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Monday, June 20, 2016

inside my planner


I love looking at how other people stay sane. Mainly, I love admiring organization.
I loveeeee lists.
I lovvveee organization.
And I loveeee my planner,
Well, the feeling I get from using my planner. The planner itself is kinda meh, although I've grown to love it.

 This is the outside. It's a flexible plastic, which is great because it's very durable and easy to wipe stuff of off. Not that I ever spill anything or anything...
I drew on it with a gold paint pen, to jazz up the black cover. I sorta wish I drew something more interesting, but I also like the simplicity of it.


The inside is the neat version of my life. It looks full and clean and organized. And my life is full and crazy and complicated. Yet this planner is so helpful.
It's the other half of my brain most days.


I write quotes on the top of each week, and use them like a weekly moto. I also keep a little tab on my current week so I can flip to it easily.
I write my classes and anything else going on, but I don't use it for assignments. (I keep those on separate assignment sheets in the subject notebook/folder)
The planner has a month-at-a-glance feature that I try to use for blogging, but I'm not always full of inspiration at the beginning of the month soooooooo.

And that's about it! Let me know how/if you use a planner in the comments below!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Drying Out Blisters with Cornstarch

My summer ballet intensive thingy-m-bob started this week. And goodness gracious my calves are seriously feeling the burn. 

  Of course I got a blister on day one, so I thought I would share how I dry them out with cornstarch in order to get my pointe shoes on the next day. :)

1. Start with 2 Tablespoons of 100% pure corn starch in a small bowl




2. Then add a few drops of water


3. Stir until you have a thick, glue like consistency



4. Now it's time to sterilize your needle- you can use rubbing alcohol or fire. I opted for fire. Take your sterilized needle and pop the blister if not already poped.  Squeeze the fluid out with your (clean!) hands.


5. Now take the cornstarch mixture and pour it over the blistered area. 


6. And vola! You will want to leave this on for about an hour before gently rensing it off. Don't cover it, but try and let it breathe. 


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Friday, March 6, 2015

week 12- Arch/Feet Strengthening


Hello friends! Today I wanted to share some exercises that has really helped prevent cramps in my feet (and also strengthen:-)

  This above exercise will help improve arch and metatarsal strength. Take a thin towel or folded t-shirt, and set it under one of your feet. Standing with your weight equally balanced; pull your toes towards your heel, scrunching the fabric. Repeat until you can’t do it anymore, and then do five more.

This one will haunt you forever. So standing on your feet, focus all your energy on the teeny, tiny, little mussels in your feet that you never knew you had. Isolate your big toe, and lift it. It might be slightly frustrating at first; but it will help you! 


This one is mainly inner thigh, but I included it because it is also good for becoming intuitive with your feet. Take an exercise band, and tie it. Next, put your feet inside of it and slowly bring one away from the other. Really think about keeping your feet parallel, and really feeling resistance as you come back in. Do this 10 times on each foot. This exercise has everything to do with quality over quantity. 

This is a good Achilles tendon stretch, calf, ankle, and quad stretch. Stand on a prop (stairs, phone books, stool, or whatever) and raise yourself to a demi pointe. You can do both or one foot at a time.



So this is kind of a humble-jumble of stuff. If any of it is helpful, and you want more (or different stuff, just let me know! I am always happy to give people stuff like thisJ As you are doing these, it is super, super, super important that you keep your core, and inner thighs engaged.  Keep your body aligned. Happy Strenghthing! 

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Five things I've Learned about Friendship

 

   I love my friends. I have some of the sweetest, caring, thoughtful people in my life. Every time I get of the phone with Jayna I can't stop smiling, because she is amazing. I have the friends I have, because something drew us together. Same with you. Your friends saw a sparkle in you that they were attracted to. You have inside stories and a lot of dirt on each other. It is a wonderful feeling. 

    There are times in life that we are overflowing with friends, and there are other times that it's lonely. It can be hard to not have good friends- it can be very lonely, isolating, and makes you wonder about you. Are you not good enough? Is there something wrong with you? Why don't you have any friends?

     I understand those feelings because I have experienced some of that. There was a time in middle school were a friend of mine took a very mean direction. She filled my head with lies, and it hurt. My heart felt betrayed because of our history. We has sleepovers, and attended each others birthday parties. So what did I do? Her bulling was disguised in the form of "joking", and I took the "joking" personally. It was a time where I felt it was my fault, and something was wrong with me.

    Now that we are older, and time has passed, we get along. I still don't agree with all her choices and her personality can rub me the wrong way. But, I now understand that she was insecure, and putting her insecurity on me. The reason I share that with you, is because I want you to know that nothing is wrong with you. Weather you are in a time of your life that your are surrounded by friends or not, you are there for a reason.

 You guys, by no means do I consider myself a perfect friend. I struggle to just be quiet and listen to my friends hearts. I forget to send birthday cards. Sometimes I ignore a phone call and continue to surf Pintrest. But as I continue to learn about love, and see the kindness others have poured out on me, I begin to realize this huge, beautiful, responsibility I have. I want to serve my friends, to love them, and to share life with them.

   Here are a few things I have been learning about friendship:

1. Send a darn card.
2. Make a phone call. Just to chat
3. The only person you can change is yourself.
4. They don't know what's bothering you, unless you tell them
5. Remind them that you love them


 -Elissa

 Q: Do you feel more like a loner or surrounded? What would you add to the list?

Friday, January 2, 2015

Week Five- Ballerina Inspired Updo

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Week five is here! For those of you who are new to the blog, welcome! Click here for more information about the series. Today, I will show you a hairstyle you could use for class or a fun night out! 


    Start with tangle-free hair. My lovely model has very straight hair, but this hairstyle works for all different types. Part your hair in a flattering place for you.


    Take about 2in. by 1in. of hair {this doesn't need to be exact)} and begin to braid. Once you have reached the end of the hair, do not use a rubber hairband {unless you are doing it on yourself}. You can have your client work those arm muscles :-) 


 Repeat the same process on the other side. 


Your head should now look like this-


While keeping the braids in front, gather the rest of the hair into a ponytail and secure it with a hairband.

Now take the braids, and cris-cross them above the ponytail. Take a second hairband and rap it around. 

Pull the hair slightly away from the head, and make a hole in the hair. Twist the hair upwards, and through the hole. 



Repeate this 2-3 times depending on the length of your hair. On the last twist, tuck the ends in and put in bobby pins {or hair pins} to keep in in place. 
And villa! 

{she's so cute}

Ballerinas- to wear for class, just follow until the braids are secured with a ponytail holder. Then make your bun as usual :-)

Questions? Comment below! Also, I want to see pictures of your results! :-) 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Week three


~This weeks topic: How to do a French Twist~

Materails Needed: Lots of bobby pins, hair pins (optional), water, and a hair brush


STEP 1: Brush hair until all tangles are out. If your hair is supper straight or freshly washed, spray some water and/or hairspray

STEP 2: Gather hair into a low pony tail at the nape of your neck. If you want a higher twist, gather hair a little further up on you head.

STEP 3: Pulling straight down, twist hair into a strand of twisted hair

STEP 4: Take hair and pull it straight up on your head. You could have to go over this a few times.
STEP 5: Tuck in the ends, and use bobby pins and hair pins to get hair into place. You want to make sure it is secure!!
  A few good videos-
          

And there you have it!

Question: How do you usually wear your hair for ballet class? What topics are you looking forward to

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

5 ways to avoid embarrissing situations

  1.  Get out of the habit of saying, "Bye, I love you!", when you get of the phone. Or you end up like me in 7th grade, on the phone with a boy saying..."Okay, sounds good. Bye, I love you! I mean, no, I don't love you. I mean, I like you but I don't love you, but I don't like you like that you know, and okay bye." Supper, supper embarrassing.
  2. Always eat well when you are taking long car rides. Look out the window. Try not to get car sick. Because you don't want to end up washing vomit out of your hair in a gas station bathroom. After you barfed out the window while going 70mph on a highway. I'm not even making that up.
  3. Hold in bodily functions during long silences.  Third grade me was taking a summer ballet class with a bunch of middle and high school students who I looked-up-to-oh-so-much. When all the sudden a l-o-u-d, g-r-o-s-s, ripping sound comes from my general direction. 
  4. Know when people are coming over to your house. Lets get one thing straight- I don't do too well in the morning. I'm not very friendly in the morning. So when I drag myself down stairs, wearing questionable attire, make-up smudges all  over my face, and crazy morning hair pilled atop of my head, I really don't want to answer the door. Especially to the 17 year old boy that I need to test for my science project.
  5. Don't put big globs of peanut butter in your mouth!! Scene- All the winners of a short story contest sitting around a table eating lunch. One by one, we go around the table talking about of story to this author who is eating with us. My pea brain- 'Elissa, there are two people before you have to talk. Have another few bites.' Now that could have been fine if I had soup or something. But no; of corse I have the supper natural, gloopy, thick, peanut butter with a hard whole wheat bagel. I take a bite. I start to chew. Only to find that there is absolutely no way that bagel with peanut butter is going anywhere. But you know- you can always run out of the room, spit it out in a garbage can, rush back in, and begin to talk about your story.
Trust me on these. I speak from experience.


-Elissa
Question- What are your most embarrassing moments?

Sunday, October 20, 2013

How to Make a Ballet Bun

Dear Jayna,

So remember the bun conversation?

Step 1)
First you brush our all of you hair, and spray it lightly with water or a dab of hair spray. Brush this in with your hair: it just helps keep all the little frizzes down.


Step 2)
Brush your hair into a pony tail. This could be any where from low to high depending on where you want the bun, but remember that the hair will spread out 1-2 inches around the pony tail, depending on how long your hair is.


Step 3)
Pull the hair straight away from your head, and twist it


Step 4)
Take the hair and twist it all around in a circle: I always bobby pin as I go
 

Step 5)
(Optional) Take a hair net and plop it over the bun once, twist the rest around the bun and tuck it in with a bobby pin.


Step 6)
Spray a few puffs of hair spray, and you are ready to go!

P.S. If you would like to make a cimmion roll bun, separate the pony tail in half. Twist and bobby pin down each of the two pieces individually.
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