It is my favorite time of year! I absolutely love the holidays because of all of the food, time with family and friends, and the decorations. I am the person who loves red Starbucks cups and holiday street lights. I don’t care if people think its cheesy, it makes me so happy.
Did I mention all of the food? (It is one of the BEST parts) I love Thanksgiving because it is a time to spend laughing with family or friends eating our favorite meals. What can be better? I look forward to this time every year.
Nonetheless, there is more to Thanksgiving and the holidays than the food. We are a little more than a month and a half away from the new year (2017!), and I immediately start to reflect on 2016. 2016 has been an amazing year for me, and there are so many things to be thankful for. Have there been difficult times in 2016? Oh yes without a doubt! But I cannot deny how the good has triumphed the bad. I think it is so important to have a time of reflection as we close out the year because it helps us set goals for 2017. And if you have read any of my other posts you know I think setting goals and writing them down is so important!
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My 2016 Time of Reflection
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I hope after visiting my blog a couple of times or from my navigation bar you can see that I am a dancer. Or read my About Me page (why not know a little about the person behind the blog) Dance is one of the leading passions in my life, and I can’t wait to see where it takes me. I have been dancing since I was 4 years old, and now 16 years later, I am still doing it nearly everyday. Many people might find it weird that I major in dance on the collegiate level or think its an unsustainable career, but it truly is a magnificent major. And trust me dancers are some of the smartest people in the world. I am fortunate enough to train at one of the best dance organizations in the world- The Ailey School. Ever heard of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater? Yea them, I train at that school.
This year there are have been multiple triumphs in dance, but one of the biggest and one that I will hold on to for the rest of my life is dancing with the company as a student in Alvin Ailey’s most famous work Revelations! In June I got the opportunity to dance at the David Koch Theater at Lincoln Center in the first section of Revelations, I’ve Been Buked. Ahhhhhhh, thinking about it still gives me butterflies. Not only did I get to perform, but I also got to attend the gala after! Maybe you have seen a photo like the one below of the Revelations.
I also started doing more dance photoshoots this year, and I have been getting some amazing dance shots! Head over to my Instagram (or click on any of my social links or the bottom of my site) to see some of them! As a dancer, I didn’t think I had enough images to represent what I do, and then the opportunities just started to pour in after I did my first shoot. I love posting my dance photos on Instagram because it shares with people a little what I do and why I work so hard every day.
Dance also gave me the chance to be featured in my first film or commercial! Have you heard about the new vessel coming to Hudson Yards in 2 years? It is going to be a huge public landmark, and I am happy to say I was apart of that unveiling. It was my first time being apart of a film, and that process is so different from creating a dance performance!
Want to read more on Hudson Yards and watch the film? Read here…
One of the amazing things about joining a dance company is the chance to travel the world sharing the beauty of dance. Growing up in NYC, there is so much at our fingertips that we kind of get stuck here. This summer I went to Chicago for the first time to dance at the Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s summer intensive for 4 weeks. It was an amazing experience, and it was so nice to see another city.
Oh yea.. and I went to Hawaii with my mom. This is definitely one of my travel highlights of my 20 year existence. I spent a week on the island of Oahu, and it was the perfect mixture of relaxation and activities. Summer 2015 I didn’t get the chance to go to the beach at all, and then summer 2016 I was lounging on the beach in Hawaii! (So yea life gets better)
“A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life”
I cut my hair March 2016, and it was such a good decision. It was time for a change, and I loved my new look while it lasted. (I decided to grow it out) It was a bold move for me to chop off my hair because I never cut my hair so short before, and when I was younger I vowed to never cut my hair. ( I was young and naive) Nonetheless, I felt so refreshed and renewed after I cut my hair, and I recommend it to any women who want a change.
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This is why you all are here reading my post right now! I am so fortunate to have found the blogging world and pushed myself to try it out. I can’t believe I was missing out on this amazing network of people and information before. I have found another creative outlet besides dance to express myself. Dance allows me to use physicality to express myself. However, with blogging it is a little different. I didn’t realize how much I loved to write until I started a blog. Especially, a lifestyle blog. I think lifestyle blogs are great because it gives you an large window of topics to expand upon. I get the chance to inspire, inform, and motivate other people through my posts and get inspired by reading other peoples’ posts.
These are just a few things I am thankful for this holiday season and from reflecting on 2016. What are you thankful for in 2016?
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