Ch-Ch-Ch-Changing

It's been a busy last few months. I've been feeling kind of down and needed some time to just be with myself. I've been working a lot, but all of the work feels like money work and not passion work. I'm drained. 

It's finally my favorite time of year. November and December are filled with birthdays and holidays and Snow Queen performances and although it's helping to boost my spirits a bit, it still feels different this year. I feel like the weight of adulting is hitting me hard. I feel trapped and slow, like i'm running through waist-deep water. 

I have been thinking a lot about what has changed and what is missing from my life right now. Although I am making more money, and that reduces a lot of stress, I am not making time for myself to do what I love. I keep skipping yoga. I've only been for a bike ride once. 

I need to make a change and get my flow back. I need to prioritize my freedom and my creativity. Here's what is important to me and what I will focus on going forward. These are my new year resolutions, but I'm starting them now. There's no reason to wait until the new year. 

 

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1. Read more.

A few years ago I made it my goal to read a book a month and it was bomb.com. I want to do that again. I've been reading the same book since August, and I have decided I will finish it this month and get back on track with reading. 

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2. More yoga.

I am buying a class pass for my fav yoga studios and the goal is to go twice a week. I want to be stronger. I want to be calmer. Yoga FTW.

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3. Cook more.

I really enjoy cooking. I like that when I'm cooking it's hard to multitask. I am focused and it slows me down. I have a whole Pinterest board of recipes I want to try, and I just got the Oh She Glows! Cookbook, so my goal is to make a new recipe every week. I don't cook at home very often, so once a week for a new recipe is a good goal for me. 

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4. More walks.

I read this article one time about how we focus so much of our social time on eating, but we should go for more walks. I like that. As a dance therapist, I know that movement directly affects your brain. Walking gets your brain moving and increases communication skills, patience, creativity, and is just generally good for keeping your brain alive. 

 



I want to end this little ditty with the things I already do that I want to continue. The things that excite me and keep me flowing. 

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1. Drink tea.

I love tea. I love collecting different kinds. I love creating a perfect brew. More tea. Always.

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2. Travel

I have been lucky to travel quite a bit in the last six months. I've never been one to take trips, but lately I've had a good mix of business and pleasure travel and I really want to keep it up. My adventurous, Sagittarius spirit needs it.

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3. Dance

I've been able to perform a lot and create a lot. I need to keep it up. Dance is my first love and I sometimes take it for granted. 

 


What are your goals? What do you want to add or subtract?

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The Best Advice I've Ever Received

I just met a man who started his morning with 75 handstand push-ups. Impressive, right? It's even more impressive when you learn that he's 70 years old!

When this man sat down next to me in a crowded autoshop waiting room, I wasn't very interested in chatting. I had no idea that he would leave me with the best advice I'd ever received. I had work to get done, and I was already in a bad mood because my car was taking twice as long as I expected. As I feared, the man started talking to me. I told him about my job and listened to his stories about the Italian mob in NYC where he grew up. Before I knew it, I was truly captivated by our conversation. 

As he was leaving, he left me with one of the most inspiring thoughts I've ever heard. I scrambled to write them down. Here they are...

“My wife died of cancer… she lived with it for 25 years. So I know that when you have a body that works, you gotta use it. I use mine, every single day. I haven’t missed a workout since I was 35 and I’m 70 now. This morning, I did 75 handstand push-ups and oh man do I feel it! I’m so sore already! But it feels like strength and life and at 70 years old, any day could be my last. So I do everything I can to use the body I have before I lose it. That’s really something I wish I could tell more people. You gotta use what you have before it’s gone.” 

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