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The Struggle is Real

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I grew up hearing phrases like: You can’t fight city hall. If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. One person can’t change the world. Crawl before you walk. The struggle is real. Start from the bottom, and work your way up. It’s a dog eat dog world. Ain’t no such thing as a free lunch. It’s a waste of time ... Read More »

15 Annoying Things Dancers Do to Lose Jobs

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True story: I know this guy that no matter where I am, as soon as his name comes up, everyone immediately talks about his bad breath. No one considers it gossip, because it’s a fact. People talk about it freely, because this dancer has got the funkiest breath on the planet. He may have a medical issue. I don’t know. I do, however, know that ... Read More »

Am I Happy Enough?

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Do you sometimes look around and believe that the rest of the world has been given a free pass to happiness? Does it look like other people are breezing along with luck, love, and endless opportunities? This used to happen to me all the time.   I used to wonder: Where’s their struggle? What work did they do? What about the years ... Read More »

Dancers: I see you.

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I am the tap dance teacher for Tremaine Dance Conventions. My goal for each class is this: to make eye contact with every student in the room. I do not look at parents while I’m teaching, because I save that smile, that energy, for their kids. Making eye contact builds relationships. Every interaction does not result in something deep or ... Read More »

You Were Right; I Was Wrong

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Whenever someone says, “Easier said than done.” I always think, “What isn’t?” Just about everything is easier said than done. What about the words, “You were right; I was wrong?” It is such an easy statement to make, yet I remember feeling like such a loser the first few times I decided to say them.  Initially, saying these words made ... Read More »

A Dead-end is a Perfect Place to Turn Around

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I know what it’s like to be in a relationship that is a complete waste of life’s breath. I used to semi-exist inside these relationships convincing myself, “it’s not that bad” or… “it’s better than my last one.” Really? We all have an inner knowing, our intuitive sense, that tells us when it’s time to cut our… Click To Tweet ... Read More »

Making Every Day Feel Special

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Raise your hand if you are in a relationship in which your special boo makes you feel like everyday is your birthday. Thank you, congratulations. I’m happy for you. You are a wonderful person who deserves what you are getting. This post is not for you. This is for the people who barely feel special one day a year. I don’t know if ... Read More »

The Longest Journey

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I painted this canvass while in the depths of despair. I realize how super dramatic that sounds, but it’s true. I had reached a point where I had enough of myself and was ready to change the one thing I had control over: Meeeeeeeeeeee!   I kissed misery goodbye by first turning off my television. Then I started painting.    ... Read More »

You’re Better Than That

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The day my mother said these words to me changed my life forever. I had just graduated college and was in a relationship that didn’t make sense. Of course, it made sense to me at the time. Today, I realize I was just being a coward. Mother was visiting and, as usual, stayed with me. Before she returned home, she asked: ... Read More »

I Talked ‘Till I Was Blue in The Face

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I used to worry a lot. Then one day I heard the expression: “Worrying is like sitting in a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get… Click To Tweet This quote didn’t stop me from worrying, but it certainly slowed me down. I stopped worrying about stuff I couldn’t control: My sister is still using ... Read More »

Stop Along the Way

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During my run this morning, I spotted a woman struggling to move odds and ends from the back of an apartment building to the front curb. I’d guess she was in her mid 60’s. I shouted, “Need help?” “No, I’m ok,” she said. I replied, “I’m able-bodied, and I’m right here.” Within seconds, she was sobbing uncontrollably. The only words ... Read More »

10 Ways You May Be Wasting Time

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Sometimes we waste time on stuff that doesn’t matter. Sometimes our thoughts hold us back. Check out this short list and see if you recognize yourself in any of them. Here are a few ways you could be holding yourself back from becoming your best self:   1.    Playing small like you’re not important.  Let’s face it: If you don’t ... Read More »

Misery Offers Great Insight

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Some say happiness is our birthright. I don’t know if I agree or disagree with this statement, so I’ll save that discussion for another writing. If we assume this statement is true … I wonder what life would be like if we all had happiness all the time. Like, we didn’t need to wish, work, or pray for it. It ... Read More »

18 Truths About Following Your Passion

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A 22-year-old dancer is not as physically fit as she was last year and her self-confidence is low. She’s incredibly talented and wants to perform. What do you say to someone who has difficulty with self-motivation and self-trust?  She’s has two more years of college and doesn’t practice her craft at all. However, she constantly talks about how much she ... Read More »

I Own That: Taking Responsibility

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I used to be in so much emotional pain. One of the ways I sought relief was to follow advice I had heard for a long time: “Take responsibility for where you are in your life right now.” Click To Tweet At first, I didn’t know what it meant, nor did I know what I was supposed to do. I ... Read More »

Stay in Your Lane

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I’m not good at math. I actually put my hands under the table at restaurants, so I can figure out the tip by counting on my fingers. I realize this is sad. I simply don’t have an acumen for numbers, and I’ve decided not to waste any more time trying to get good at something I’m not. Wasting time wondering ... Read More »

Doing Good Looks Good on You

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Leaving my house this morning, I noticed a woman pulling out of her garage. Her tall, thermal coffee cup was still on top of the car. There were no bumps in the road, at least not yet. I pulled up beside her at the stop signal. I motioned for her to sit tight. I hopped out of my car and ... Read More »

Less is More: Why I Decluttered My Life

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I strive for minimalism. I’m continually on the lookout for what’s not needed in my home, car, or boat. Ok, let me stop. I don’t have a boat; I’m just messing with you. If I buy a new black belt, I get rid of my old one. If stuff sits in the pantry too long, it’s gone. Before buying something ... Read More »

Sensitivity Paved the Way

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You know the kid: the socially awkward, goofy-faced kid who’s different and doesn’t blend in? That was me. I went to 13 different schools, and no, my family never moved.  Was I ostracized and teased because I was the new kid who was dressed differently, or because I was an easy target who never talked nor fought back? I’m still ... Read More »

Every Day I’m Wondering

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We all have them. I’m talking about those few moments that come in the course of nearly every day when we contemplate the great mysteries of the universe. It can happen while we brush our teeth, or while we stand in the shower. It can even happen while standing in line at the supermarket. How do I take advantage of ... Read More »

Be True to Yourself: Rock that Boat

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Someone asked me what it means to be true to yourself. I immediately thought of a billboard I once saw that simply read, “Passengers, say something!” Some people passively sit in the passenger seat and don’t ask the driver to stop texting, tailgating, speeding, drinking, etc. Sometimes we’re uncomfortable saying what needs to be said, but when your life depends ... Read More »

The Feeling Good Goal

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Most of the time we just want to feel good.   We search for the right work, because we want to enjoy what we do. We want a great relationship, because we want to be happy. We want good health, so we can feel better. We want money or a new car, because we believe it will make us happier.   But if ... Read More »

The Power of Saying NO

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I used to work for a manager that continually gave me extra work. One day I politely asked him, “Why do you keep giving me more tasks when you know I’ve already got so much to do?” He replied, “Because I know you’ll get it done. The busiest person gets stuff done.” Back then, I thought that was a compliment. ... Read More »

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