Passion & Determination …My Twin Dancers

I woke up this morning and reached for the remote. I decided to watch a documentary that I recorded for my five year old daughter to watch. Beings as though she is very young I wanted to preview the documentary before allowing her to consume it. Yes, consume. My five year old loves EVERYTHING about dance. She loves all genres and displays so much passion for dance as a five year old. She is absolutely amazing to watch. I know she has a lot more to learn but the flame that is burning within shine very brightly.

Rewind to the Fall of 2003. I enrolled my first-born daughter in dance class at a local recreation center. She was cute and danced as four year old with that same passion that I am seeing from my five year old who was four years old when she started her first dance class. Since then, (due to a ballet solo that earned my oldest daughter an audition at a premiere dance studio & was invited to join the company for children) both of my daughters have been learning to conduct themselves as professional dancers. I know, my youngest is only five and no, I am not pressuring her. She wants to dance. She never wants to miss classes. She in fact wants to wear a black leotard to class and convertible tights as opposed to the pink leotards and footed tights that are worn in class by her peers. My baby wants to attend more than her required weekly class. She would like to attend classes more than once per week as her older sister does. She wants to be in the company as her sister is. She wants to perform.

In 2006, I was astonished at the fact that I birthed a baby girl that looked just like my first when she was born. As time progressed, I realized that they were both exhibiting the same qualities as if they were twins. They were born seven years apart but they are kindred spirits. They fight together. They cry together. But most beautifully, they dance together. Both of my daughters exhibit amazing qualities. One has immense passion & the other has an unbelievable amount of determination. I am anxiously awaiting for them to grow up and pursue life as these they bloom into awesomely talented individuals.

So as I watched this documentary, I cried knowing that my daughters have opportunities that are not afforded to other children that may have that same flame within. It is a devastating experience to not be able to pursue a dream. It is even more rewarding when someone believes in you enough to extend the opportunity of a lifetime.

Below you will find the story of a young lady who believed in herself enough to keep dancing through it all.

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The Fork…

…in the road. I was talking to my hubby the other day and stated boldly that I am not doing business in 2012. No business at all. Well, except for makeup jobs. That was until I woke up this morning with my good friend (and business consultant) on my mind. I called her (and woke her) at around 9ish. My body convinced me that it was much later. Anyway, that conversation turned out to be very productive and propelled me in the right direction. There is work to be done!

An hour (or two) had passed and I found myself engaged in another “business-like” conversation. The premise of this conversation was simply this: don’t waste creativity That God has blessed you with. This was not the first (or the twentieth time, for that matter) that I had had this conversation. It lead me to thinking…what am I not seeing? Why is it that I haven’t done “it”? What is really holding me back? Seems they are questions that need to be answered (self-reflection). I can say this: I need to spend some time this weekend enjoying the process of creativity for no other purpose other than self-fulfillment. Breathe and just be. Yes, Breathe and just be.

So with that being said, I need to develop a list of tasks & deadlines and then put it away until Monday. There is always something to do and/or somewhere to go. (PAUSE) for now I can just take the road to the space that allows me to just …BREATHE!

Good Morning, Spring?

Ok…No…Wait. I know. It’s not Spring but I am in cleaning mode before the new year arrives and my computer is included in this process. I am setting it up to cater to the me that is evolving.

So as I’ve been e-cleaning (Webster?? Where art thou?), I have found lots of pictures, links, documents and music that has been untouched for months. I must admit that my mental rolodex doesn’t hold very much these days and that I have forgotten all about these boots that I so want from the UK. Are you ready for this? (I don’t think you are but here goes it):

…and there are MORE!!

…so adorable!

…and just in case you were wondering. They are unavailable now butIMG_5999

DIY instructions!!!!

Enjoy!!

I Am Thankful for Sharpies!!!

I love Sharpies!! They are great for writing and so when I stumbled upon this at Blue Cricket Design it was love at first sight.

Anyway, I am thinking of all of the many opportunities to write–and even draw–on these canvases. I’ initially though about one of the children’s birthdays but there isn’t one of those until June. So I’ll just have to create an opportunity to do this or …hmmm…we can make placemats during Family Fun Night!!! Problem solved.

MY FIRST LOVE

I have finally reunited with MY FIRST LOVE and this time I am here to stay! This morning I woke up knowing that I needed to begin my end-of-the-year cleaning but could not resist pushing the power button on my laptop. I checked emails, chatted on Facebook and then headed over to Flickr. It is here that I began to look through pedalpower’s Photostream. It is amazing and inspirational & left me needing more. http://www.flickr.com/photos/40024890@N00/. I then clicked the link for her blog http://drawdaily.blogspot.com/ and was in awe. It was there that I saw this eye-opening video (and book reference) — and for a moment I thought I was in heaven or at least as close to heaven as one can possibly get on this side of mortality.

So, I vow to rekindle this love affair of artistic expression. I will sketch, paint, create, express my thoughts and share my world through color. I’m so in love!

P.S. Those links listed as they are are annoying. I will try to figure out how to fix them with just the names. I’m so challenged in the world of technology.