Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Back in the studio

Last night I taught a ballet class.

I have been in love with ballet since I started taking classes at age thirteen. I have not taken class regularly since I graduated from college. There are many different emotions I experience when I dance. Some days, dancing was a way to calm myself after a terrible day, a place where I could dance away my worries. Other days, those ninety minutes were a place I could focus my energy and work on perfecting my technique. I could push myself to do things better than I had before.

Ballet is about striving for the unattainable perfection. You can always lift your leg a little higher, jump further, or do another pirouette. That is what makes it so beautiful. A dancer should constantly evolving. You can dance every day of your life and continue to learn. You continue to improve and push yourself beyond where you have been before.

It was through ballet that I learned some of the most valuable lessons in my life. Dedication. Passion. Control. Disappointment. Joy. Frustration. Reaching. Beauty. Strength. Growth.

And so it is with life.

I'm thrilled to be teaching again. It's been far too long since I have been in a ballet studio on a regular basis. I am excited to share what I have learned through the years with the girls I will am teaching.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Bye, bye camera

It's officially dead :(

Time to start looking for a new one.

What to buy . . . what to buy . . .

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

My camera took a dive

My camera recently took a dip in the washing machine. It's now sitting in a bowl of rice. I'm hoping there is a slight chance it will still function. I really don't want to have to buy a new camera. Boo.

Monday, January 3, 2011


At the beginning of a new year, I often debate if I will make any resolutions. Sometimes I keep them, but most of the time I don't. I figure, why bother?

This year seems different.

There is so much going on in my little world right now, and I feel like I need to re-ground myself in what is most important to me. I also need to find productive time for me again. I have a list with hundreds of things I want to learn about, and I'm going to start tackling it. Here are a few general categories I'll be delving in to.

I want to find more chemical-free products for household cleaning.

I want to introduce new produce and grains in our diet.

I want to reduce harmful chemicals in my beauty products.

I want to find new ways to use my essential oils.

I want to have more creative play time with M and T.

I want to start decorating my new house.

I want to learn how to take better photos.

I want to learn how to sew better.

I love to learn about the science behind everything. I research like crazy before making decisions. I'll do my best to track what I find. It seems like information is always changing. You can pretty much find research to back up just about any claim you want to make. It sure makes it diffiult to sort through and figure out what is best. However, the best solution, in most instances, seems to be sticking with foods and products that are natural. It just makes sense.

Here's to a year full of new discoveries and healthful changes.
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