Keep, Following Your Bliss,


When I was 16 I met a Pam. My high school sweetheart dedicated regular time to her sons. Local boys who had just tragically lost their dad. Sometimes, when he took the boys surfing or skating I’d stay back and hang with Pam. She spoke to me and treated me like an equal instead of a younger teen. She listened and we’ld laugh. She offered friendship during a really rough year of my teens, when my parents separated & divorced. And eventually I’d seek advice and great insight on life from her. And much later, like about 30 years later #holyshit #40saresurreal she’ld still be in my life and be my life coach - auntie- friend today

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These are some of my students. This is after Pointe class, after Ballet 3, after their company rehearsal. Yes, being teens. But, yes, new enough on Pointe ...and I was so flipping tired too #ifeelyou

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I love them. I do my best to treat them like I try to also treat my 9 & 5 year olds. With respect, and taking in their ideas, uniqueness, voices & differences. Yes, with authority as their teacher/mother. But not superiority, better then, I have all the answers. Cause I don’t. Thank God

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Taking on teaching overwhelms me this season, busy season, business growth season, Holiday season ! While it equally fuels me, lifts me, gives me pure service with joy, employees me, cultivates more community, extended my life long dance family and yeah, keeps me dancing everyday - every week which, is like my 5th Limb

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Out of some business training today...There’s always SO MUCH we can be doing as a biz owner. But are we Living ? Are we healthy? Are we experiencing joy & love? I can say now, I totally am. Thanks to dance. To my students. Our studio. And turning back IN to what works for me. What my strengths are, and not worrying about my weakness #soreadsheets . Also what I don’t get to today, or this week. Because I dance, teach dance, might need a nap or get in the water. Trust me, I have 20 years of pushing and choosing coffee over a rest, or three more hours on my computer over a swim in the ocean. Work & Grind over pleasure and joy. Just since 40’s am I following better total health & long term wellness

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And Pam’s wise advice, to always follow your bliss and your health #1. #wearehumanbeingsnothumandoings #dancer #artist #alwaysbecreating

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