Oh, Hello!

Over the weekend I was performing in a dance concert and a man¬†in the audience, who has known me all my life, had the following comments; “she looks like she’s 18.”

Quickly followed up with; “But she must be 40 by now.”

Tomorrow is my 34th birthday.

As birthday’s can tend to do, this impending number change¬†is making me think about my life, my priorities, my future.

I had a really hard winter.  Not exactly sure what was going on but I was on edge a lot, always feeling like I had to many balls in the air.

Now, I can be one helluva juggler but between teaching three different places, managing three airbnb units, working at the clinic, dancing and choreographing with concorDance, creating a new to perform as a guest artist with Trillium, and producing the end of the semester dance concert at the college I felt like I was in a constant state of trying to avoid being hit in the face with one of those balls.

Actually, I did get hit in the face quite a few times.

Finally I took the hint and I let some of those balls drop and decided not to pick them back up.

I let go of managing two of the airbnb’s and told the college that after 7 semesters as part of the dance faculty I will not be returning in the fall.

I gave my final last week, uploaded my grades, and immediately felt relief and a beautiful balance of energized and grounded.

My creative energy and energy in general was getting sucked up in a way that wasn’t making me happy. ¬†Case in point, I haven’t blogged since the very beginning of the semester but now that it’s over, here I am!

I had a really wonderful, inspiring, and creative weekend in West Virginia as a guest artist for a dance performance with Trillium Performing Arts Collective. ¬†My niece and I played hard and had some great photography sessions, which reminded my how much I love that art form (more on that on Wednesday!), I danced and was inspired to dance in ways I hadn’t felt for a while, I exercised, I had leisurely meals with family.

All of this is really just a catch up from where I left off in my last post, my non-resolutions for 2015. ¬†I had several people respond to this post they would like to hear a follow-up on how these “goals” are going for me.

  • PROCRASTINATE LESS

Kinda rocking this one.  Things still slip through the cracks but I have noticed a significant improvement on taking the bull by the horns and getting shit done in a timely manner.   As over-attached to my phone as I am, I must give it a huge amount of credit for helping with this, I can look up the phone number for the best dentist in town, make and appointment, and put it on my calender with just a few finger movements.  Win for technology!

  • READ MORE, WATCH LESS CRAPPY T.V.

I have fully failed miserably at this. ¬†Straight up failed. ¬†I’ve read one and a half books in the last 6 months and completed multiple seasons of Broad City, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Community, and Top Chef.

  • EXERCISE FOR 1,000 REASONS BUT ONE

This topic probably deserves at least one, if not several, posts but to put it quite simply, I am doing well with this one. ¬†I’ll also mention that I know I don’t ¬†really need to lose weight. ¬†However, occasionally things shift and I notice the scale or the clothes telling me that I’m up from my “normal” weight. ¬†When this happens I resist any urge to reevaluate/pump up my exercise and instead I look at whether I’ve been listening to my body recently. ¬† I gain weight when I don’t listen to my body. ¬†I lose weight/maintain when I do. ¬†So damn simple, so ridiculously complicated.

  • FOCUS ON EDUCATION

Goal achieved and still going! I have been totally geeking out on anatomy lately and have learned a ton. ¬†I did a wonderful workshop on hip anatomy and yoga with Tiffany Cruikshank back at our old stomping grounds of Yoga Pearl (we worked there together for several years back when I lived in Portland). ¬†Next month I’m looking forward to attending Wanderlust yoga conference in West Virginia. ¬†Tonight I am starting to teach Pilates Reformer classes, a goal I set over 5 years ago finally coming to fruition.

I have several more posts swirling in my head but that’s all for now.