Just the musings of a small-town professional ballerina, business owner, wife, and beagle mama as she attempts to make it through this thing called life.

Jul 16, 2016

thirty day blog challenge {day 4}

day 4: discuss your views on religion

Now, on this blog, I'm not sure this topic would be entirely relevant or if anyone out there would even care to listen to my thoughts on what might make the world go round. So, instead, I'm going to do a little update on what's happening in this silly little life of mine.

Yesterday, Maine State Ballet began their six-week summer intensive training program, for both students and company members. Every day from 9:30-2:30, we undergo vigorous training that not only gets us in shape for the summer ballet, but I believe keeps us strong all the way through the spring. Without this intense period of non-stop dancing, our bodies wouldn't be able to hold up against the performances we do.

We are so blessed to have Leigh-Ann Esty (former Miami City Ballet dancer and is now joining her twin sister, Sara, on tour with An American in Paris) here in Maine to teach for a handful of weeks. Her positivity, humor, and challenging repertoire that she teaches make the long hours of the day go by in a snap. And now we get to learn from her wonderful boyfriend, Andrei Chagas, of Miami City Ballet, too!

So we are done with week one and I am just barely walking... Stiff and sore, but so happy to be back dancing. I'm enjoying every minute.

This week, we learned a variation from Ballo Della Regina. Oh, Balanchine, how you bruise my toes! Check out this video of Megan Fairchild, who I'm pretty sure defied gravity in this variation. Eager to see what's in store for next week.

Jul 9, 2016

thirty day blog challenge {day 3}

3. what are your pet peeves?

Rapid fire, people:

1. Sickled feet

2. Society's version of the "ballet bun"

3. This                   

4. Being stabbed by a hairpin

5. When any of my students say this:

6. When I or others are running late to class

7. ... And this you just get use to!    

What are your pet peeves?

Jul 8, 2016

thirty day blog challenge {day 2}

Thirty day blog challenge... Take 2!

Let's pick up right where we left off...

2. where would you like to be in ten years?

Oh, what a pressing question. I could give the abstractly honest answer and just say that I want to be happy, but I feel like that's somewhat of a cop out.

I have a long list of things that I'd like to do and be and try, some more concrete and realistic than others. I encourage others to do this exercise with me and leave them in a comment below! That way I won't feel like I'm sending these thoughts into an abyss haha.


I want a job where I'm in control... Could I get any more type A? I want to be able to carpe the heck out of my diem, and spend my days doing work that both pays the bills, and feeds my soul. And you know what, I really don't think that's asking for too much... Right?

Recently, I tried my hand at a more traditional 9-5 job in an office. I lasted about six weeks. Now, this was largely due to an overwhelmingly jam-packed schedule. I realized I couldn't balance everything, so I had to let go of something. I love teaching dance. I love dancing myself. I love blogging. I love writing. I love organizing my own day. I love being my own boss... How can I let go of pursuing all of that, just so I can have the stability of a "normal" career?

you can take the girl out of the ballet studio, but you can't take the ballerina out of the girl

So to answer this question, I see myself in ten years being almost the age of thirty-one, I have two or three children, a wonderful, hilarious, and handsome husband, and a lovely home close to where Travis and I grew up in Southern Maine.  I would be open to living somewhere else for a time, but we're both Mainers through and through. I love this place and couldn't picture myself settling down anywhere else. We have two dogs: a cavalier spaniel mix and a french bulldog (they're all Trav can talk about). I work partially from home as a blogger, writer, and social media manager (I'm opening my own business, by the way. Did I forget to mention that? Firefly Social Media - keep an eye out for it!), I teach dance in the evenings, maybe even own and operate my own dance studio, I direct performances, and have a running series of published novels called the "Becoming" series that center around dance (more to come on that later). 

I'm a big believer in the law of attraction. Like attracts like. Positive thoughts, energy, and emotions attract more to themselves. This was actually a really great exercise for me to truly visualize what life should and will be like in the future. I'll let you know in ten years how it goes ;)