Day of the Show

It’s the day of the show y’all!


Morning from the green mountains of good ol’ West Virginia.

I drove over to Lewisburg on Wednesday afternoon to start technical rehearsals for Layers of Life.   After running my dance the last two nights to a small audience comprised of the rest of the cast, the crew, and a few others, I am ready for opening night!

My piece, In the Hum, is a solo to this song and works around the theme of  this amazing sentiment from the Dalai Lama.

I haven’t performed since September 2008 and I’m a little nervous!  Once the music starts I’ll be fine, it’s just all the waiting for my turn on stage that makes me jittery.

Yikes! I’ve onlygot One Week to 30!

My habit breaking/making is going really well!

Here’s the rundown on the changes I’ve been working on over the last four weeks in order to bring in my thirty’s in the healthiest, strongest, most positive way I can.

  • Quit interrupting! I will probably never completely stop interrupting, sometimes the conversation just calls for a little butting in, but I have grown much more aware of when I do this.
  • Less tasting is going on.  I haven’t completely stopped snacking/tasting as I cook but I am more scrupulous in my choices.  Every bite that goes from cutting board/pot/pan/bag to mouth is a conscious choice rather than a mindless toss.
  • I can adapt.  Wow, this one’s tough.  I’ve caught myself many times over the  last few weeks getting bogged down silly stress.  Silly stress, why do I give in to you?
  • Self-loathing is so 20’s, I’m choosing to highlight the best!
With one week left I am proclaiming two more things to go out with my twenties;
  • Stop frying my precious skin!  If only I could convince my twenty year old self of this one.  My parents have hounded me about protecting my skin from the elements for all time but wrinkles, sun-spots, and cancer seem like urban legends when your skin is young and fresh and tight.  At 29.99 my skin is still pretty young, fresh, and tight but I am starting to see the effects of too much sun.   I will embrace sun hats, shade, lightweight long-sleeves, and maybe even a parasol for picnics!  Don’t worry, I’ll still get my daily dose of vitamin D. 🙂
  • No more overeating.  Really, I’m over it.  This is not primary a calorie overload issue for me, I just really don’t like the feeling of being FULL.  I used to think that I did.  But I don’t.  I don’t like being hungry either though so it’s a fine line between the two, one that I cross too often.   My main tool to prevent overeating is to s l o w  d o w n.  Chew each bite, set my fork down between bites, look at my food and take note of how much I’ve already eaten, and literally ask myself “are you still hungry?” as my food diminishes.
What habits are embracing or working to change at the moment?


  1. Good luck — you will do beautifully! I’m excited for you to embrace dance once again. 🙂
    I just love how mindful you are & the aspects you have chosen to “leave behind” & the habits you are going to move forward with.

  2. I encourage you to wear a high SPF sunscreen religiously. I have had a skin cancer removed from my right upper back and I assure you it is not a fun experience. It’s good that you’re starting your sun protection awareness at an early age. When I grew up we didn’t know about such things.

  3. Carol

    Break a leg tonight:)

    I also found that once I hit 30 I had to make some serious changes with my diet and work out habits. I have adopted a clean eating lifestyle and am as active now as I was in high school. No wonder I weigh less than I did back then:)
    I also wear long sleeves, a hat, sunglasses, and long pants when I know I am going to be outside for any period of time. A parasol is a fabulous idea:) Gotta protect that skin.

  4. Very excited for you! I hope we’ll get to see some pictures, or maybe even a video! Good luck! I’m sure you’ll be amazing!

  5. I’m eliminating mindless snacking while studying. It’s sort of like munching while cooking. I’m busy and bored and desperate for a little break! You are doing a great job on self-improvement. Everyone should be making a little more of an effort on that note!

  6. I often snack as I cook. Little bits and scraps here and there before the final product is made. Which, although I’m happy with my weight, it really doesn’t do much for helping me to enjoy my meal to the fullest. There are no surprises! I’d definitely like to work on this. 😀

    Very excited about the show!! You’ll be wonderful. 😀

  7. Jenifer

    Ugh.. I just turned 35. I’m feeling the no just flat out baking in the sun anymore… and I’m really trying hard to clean up my diet.

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