The beginning is always the hardest…

Once you get past it the rest is history.

Finding my job at the moment to be lacking in creativity.  I think it may partly be attempting to do it in the tiniest of spaces.  A NYC apartment. I need to move and grow and travel.  I know I should be able to create anywhere, I almost find it easiest on the subway, but I am currently just failing.  I tend to force myself to stop and do something else when I feel that my work is becoming mediocre, however I don’t want to run out of time.  These things have deadlines.

As an artist, what do you do when the creativity isn’t flowing?  You can’t force it.

I guess I just need more practice.

So on another note, it is perhaps, the best month of the year.  Although, I promised not to be excited about it until my hubmuffin comes home. Until then I have only put up some Halloween decorations and thought about all of the fun stuff we will do on his arrival. (10 more days if your counting)

Well I can only let this little procrastination last so long.  I must start looking for some inspiration.

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Byeee.

Dancing is Hard

Whenever my kids are complaining about a step or choreography I tell them “dancing is hard”.  If it were easy everyone would do it right?  Well, this week I have really felt the truth of that statement. I have been trying to get back into the dance world in a different way than I ever have been before.  Teaching master classes, taking classes that aren’t the usual or are not necessarily my style and auditioning for whatever comes up that I can make it to.  With all of these things the body mind can really take a beating. It’s hard to remember all of the good things and easy to get down on yourself. From not picking up choreography fast enough, to getting cut from an audition or always comparing yourself to others. I understand how people can decide to take an easy way out.  But you have to tell yourself you can do it because you love it and the passion for it is so strong.  I am just trying to keep positive and know that all of this is a learning experience and though it may not feel like it, it will make me so much better in the long run.

While it can be difficult, there are many fun and rewarding times also!

I get to teach sassy children fun combinations!

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and have dance parties with 7 year olds!

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I get to learn from people who are amazing at what they do and I am constantly growing as an artist and a person.  That’s what it’s all about.

You’re right, it does pretty much rock being a dancer..

Where have I been?

Living life I suppose you could say. Last time I was here there was a huge snow storm and now we are in the middle of a heat wave.  Hello Summer! To sum up my life so far.. Teaching dance class, taking dance class, choreographing for dance class.  There were some relaxing times thrown in there too don’t get me wrong. There have been visits to London..Image

Trips to Boston, Atlantic City, the Lake house,

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weddings, recitals, birthdays, christenings and so many babies!  154397_10101958948722901_1322367120_n

(Oh yeah and a pretty major haircut!)

Now that the year has started to die down and summer is happening I have had more down time and just time for myself to do whatever I please.  Which means I’m super fun to be around. No really just ask my husband.

Lately, I’ve been teaching master classes all over the place and I have been having a blast meeting and working with so many new and wonderful dancers!

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I am super excited about all of my new adventures and will hopefully be sharing more with you!

Buy me a chiropractor please.

Well, I had a great Columbus Day Weekend how about you??  Me and J spent a lot of QT time together after a week of work.  It was a nice relaxing weekend but somehow still wasn’t long enough.  I made my first batch of granola and I must say it was pretty awesome.

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I think I may have overcooked it a little but I know now for next time!  Maybe some PB Granola?!  Speaking of PB, I just tried Peanut Butter and Companies Cinnamon Raisin Swirl and I am in love.  I was unsure how I would feel about it when J forced me to put it in the shopping cart but it’s so good I’m pretty sure you should walk/run/drive/take the subway to your nearest store and buy some right now.

Pizza tends to happen on our relaxy quality time nights.

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But let’s pretend it doesn’t and talk about my new crockpot usage instead.  On Monday I knew I had a long week ahead and some late nights where making dinner is out of the question so I got out our handy dandy crockpot,  It has been pretty chili here lately so I thought making some would be a good idea. 

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Quinoa Chicken Chili.  I used this recipe from Sweet Treats & More.  Soo good. And it made a big batch so I had dinner when I got home late on Tuesday and Wednesday night!  I am loving the crockpot!  Plus it makes the apartment smell amazing!

Some more pics from the weekend.

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In recent news, I still can’t get enough of my foam roller, my body has been pretty painful, but I am loving dancing again.  It’s worth it I say!  But if anyone would like to buy me my own personal chiropractor I would be forever grateful,  I am in desperate need of a realignment. 

Lastly. next Tuesday is me and J’s 2nd anniversary and since I wont be home until after 10 we are celebrating on our Sunday!  I cannot wait.  He is keeping it secret where we are going for dinner because he knows I hate love secrets but it adds to all of the excitement.  He thinks he has to outdo last year when he flew from London to Myrtle Beach to surprise me and it actually worked, but I think just being together finally will be enough!  I’ll let you know how it goes! 

See you next time. Gobuysomecinnamonraisinswirlipromiseyoullloveitandafoamroller.

Byee

Cloisters, Renaissance, Birthdays..

Had a very fun exhausting weekend!

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On Saturday my mom came down to the city and we went to NY city Center to see some dancing!  The overall performance was pretty great.  First, we went out to dinner (and dessert) at Seraphina’s and that was pretty amazing.  For dessert I ordered the chocolate soufflé topped with Nutella and vanilla ice cream on the side. (skipped telling you about dinner, clearly dessert is more important) Literally, the best thing I’ve ever tasted!  I have this crazy new love for anything chocolate.

After dinner we headed to the show.  We got to see Julliard, ABT performing Twyla Tharp Choreography, The Hong Kong Ballet and the Martha Graham Company.  We had seen the Twyla piece before and to be honest my favorite piece of the whole night was The Hong Kong Ballet.  The dancers were all ridiculously beautiful and I loved the music.  Amazing.

My mom stayed over and became our first overnight guest!!!

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The next day we went over to our park next door to see the cloisters and there just happened to be a Renaissance Festival.  Our lucky day!  I unfortunately did NOT get to eat a big turkey leg and I was pretty disappointed.

We walked around the Cloisters first and J took lots of photos with his new birthday present that he wasn’t supposed to open yet.

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The gardens were beautiful.

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It was a really great weekend and I cant wait for my mom to come back for more visits!!!

I forgot to mention that it was J’s birthday on Tuesday and I was trying to make it a really special one because of the fact that we don’t get to spend many birthdays together on land.  It’s a whole nother experience. (Nother isn’t a word?) It was hard because Tuesday was my longest, latest night of work!  It was okay because I made his cupcakes the night before! These cupcakes!  SO good.  And then I made him breakfast in the morning.  He also still had pumpkin bread to finish!

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 (my plan to fatten him up HAS to work!)

And because I couldn’t be home to make dinner and celebrate I put some stuff in the crockpot so he didn’t have to!  It was my first time using our crockpot (I know I’ve had it for ages) and it worked out really well!  I made a crazy mixture of chicken tacos.

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Chicken, corn, black beans, and some salsa and spices. Throw it in a wrap and add some greek yogurt!  SO good and plenty of leftovers!!!  Thanks Patty!

It’s been pretty great, and I am so excited that October is here because that means fall and my birthday and most important Halloween!!!  I have been eating plenty of candy corn so don’t you worry.  I pick out the pumpkins..

What should I be for Halloween?  My girls have suggested fairy and princess.  I think that’s pretty lame so I am still searching for ideas and also, plans, so I can wear my costume somewhere other than my tiny apartment.  Please help.

Byee.

Where to start…

I have been so busy lately since I have started teaching and setting choreography.  It’s only been two weeks but I am already feeling like I have been doing so much.   I am sad that I am missing out on performing jobs but I know that this will make me better.  I have also been dancing for myself a lot more lately and while my foot may not be liking it, I am!  I am loving taking class from Kristen Sudeikis.  If you are a dancer in NYC I completely recommend taking her as often as possible.  She mostly teaches at Peridance.  I have also been doing a lot of other really fun things.  Movies and walks/runs with J, Brunch with cousins!

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Heather Graham? No, Kiera Knightley.  Whatever, she’s pretty.

The other day J and I went on the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway starting from the beginning and walking all the way at Battery Park! IMG_20120916_133110

Good old GW Bridge.

It was a good 15 miles and I almost cannot believe that we did it.  We almost stopped at 10 but decided we wanted to make it all the way to Battery Park.

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And that we did.

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I think we look good for having just walked 15 miles.  Other than that just been a dancing fool.  My mom sent me this pretty awesome cartoon that is actually perfect.

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I don’t know what you mean, that doesn’t sound like me at all.

I am getting pretty excited for the fact that Fall is here and that means Halloween! 

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I cannot wait to decorate/dress up/celebrate my birthday!  And thankfully no one likes to take dance class on Halloween so I have the night off!  What should I be?! (I think I may be able to convince J to let me go trick-or-treating)

I have been having some pretty late nights and some really early mornings and I think I need some sleep but…… I am so excited for tomorrow.  Me and J are heading upstate (I can say that now that I live in the city) to visit the rents and go apple picking!  I will let you know how it goes.. Oh and soon I will be baking something pumpkin.  And probably something with apples. That’s all for now.

Byeee

Today I danced.

Today was a fantastic day.  I started it off with a super awesome dance class! I haven’t danced in ages (about 2 or 3 months) which is ages to me.  I got to take from my friend Danielle who is amazing. Her choreo is crazy good and it felt so good to be dancing again. I am not going to lie but I was a little nervous to go, but it felt great!

After class I stopped in Fairway Market to get some more grapes to freeze and I bought some watermelon for after class.  I had an impulse moment walking to the register where I by accident picked up some chocolate covered caramels. By the time I had decided to put them back everyone was yelling “next in line” and there was no chance, so I had to take them. (Life is so hard)  Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.  Oh and I forgot the grapes.

Me and J had a really good chat today and it felt good to talk to my best friend. I got some things off my chest and it was nice.  Later, I went for another quick run that turned into 6 miles.  My new usual trail around Fort Tryon.

It was super hot and my legs were like lead from class today but the run felt so good.  And the sky was beautiful.

After my run I came home had dinner and some wine and then I baked cookies! WHO?! yeah. I really did.  They were really simple 5 ingredients only. I got the recipe from the blogger the girl who ate everything.

Umm they are brown because I used CHOCOLATE peanut butter mixed with regular crunchy. The light brown specs are peanuts.  I like to do it how I want okay?

SOOO I may have burnt them a little but it’s okay because that just makes them taste somewhat like peanut brittle.  Or at least that is what I tell myself.  Ask J, he had the first bite:

I really need to fatten him up.

Trust me, they were amazing.  With wine. And kettle corn.  And some Remy. What?

My stomach is happily protruding now, but I did do my 30 (girl) push ups for the day.  I know, I am supposed to call them modified according to my gym teacher from high school, but I do what I want. And I’m a girl. Okay?

I didn’t even mention the M&M’s.