Life’s Garden

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“What is life without a storm?

Although you may not enjoy those days where the tears fall from the sky, it is how life’s garden grows. It happens so that you can bloom into the best you can be.”

~Maysa

*Just a simple mix of poetry and photography to close off this lovely evening… Goodnight! 🙂

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Through The Eyes

In continuation of my previous post:

As promised, here is the poem that I have submitted to the America Library of Poetry Contest!! 🙂

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Through The Eyes

Through the eyes of a dancer,

the movements unfold,

telling you stories that have never been told…

 

Through the eyes of a writer,

you read deep into the soul,

feeling the pages of secrets slowly unroll.

 

Through the eyes of a ballerina,

you experience the truth

about all of the days of work that we spend of our youth

 

Through the eyes of an artist,

the vibrant canvas unwinds

as all of the shapes and colors combine…

 

When you look into the eyes of me,

tell me… What do YOU see?

For, this is all that I am and ever hope to be…

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What do you think???? Do you have any ideas that would have made this even better? I would love to hear your input in the comments section.

Night of Variations & Beauty and The Beast…

The applause rained halfway through my variation on Friday night… By the time I finished, I had the biggest smile plastered on my face; I significantly surprised myself. The variation that I chose was a huge challenge, and it was a great accomplishment to prove to myself that I CAN DO IT! People who have seen me dance know that I am not known for my flexibility (one of my biggest challenges), I am known for my fast footwork, cleanliness, and technique. It was definitely one of the fastest variations that I have ever attempted, but I am so proud to have done it! In the end, it was so encouraging to have been told that I was a “fireball” and “firecracker” by multiple peers. All in all, it was an beautiful performance, and I really enjoyed watching my friends dance so gracefully.

The Beauty and the Beast performances also went well! All of us felt very proud, and it was so rewarding to have performed dances that we finished only two days before the show! This weekend truly proved to us ALL that we are capable of so much more than we think! Thank you all so much for all of the support and encouragement. You are the best! 🙂

Blog Award!!!

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I am pleased to announce that I have been nominated for the Liebster Blog Award by Ballet Basics on https://ballet182.wordpress.com/

The rules of this award:

1. Acknowledge the blog who nominated you and display the award.

2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger gives you.

3. Give 11 random facts about yourself.

4. Nominate 11 blogs.

5. Notify those blogs of the nomination.

6. Give them 11 questions to answer.

My 11 questions:

1: When/why did you start blogging?

I actually began this blog in 2013, but I haven’t been actively blogging for that long. I took a break from posting for almost two full years before I came back around mid-2015. To be honest, I don’t really remember why I FIRST started blogging… 

2: What is your favorite thing to do?

Dance!! I love being able to express myself through my movements, and the power/ joy that I feel when I am onstage is not even explainable! It is the most incredible feeling, and nothing else makes me feel the way that I do when I perform.

3: If you could go anywhere in the world where would it be?

I have always thought Paris would be an incredible place to visit…

4: Who inspires you?

New York City Ballet’s Ashley Bouder!!!!!!

5: What is your favorite food?

My favorite food is definitely my mother’s homemade chicken and dumpling soup! She is absolutely outstanding at cooking this, and it has always been one of my personal favorites.

6: What is your favorite color?

PURPLE!!! 🙂

7: If you could be anyone for one day who would it be?

I think that it would be cool to step into Sara Lane’s shoes for the day, literally. 😉 I think that it would be pretty amazing to dance as a soloist for the American Ballet Theatre. She is such an inspiring dancer, and I would love to be her for the day.

8: Are you a morning or night person?

I would definitely say that I am a morning person, (once I pull myself up out of bed and resist that snooze button). 

9: Favorite vacation?

Visiting Key West, Florida has to be one of my most favorite vacations!!

10: Most exciting moment in your life?

One of the most exciting moments in my life was the day that I held my baby sister for the very first time…

11: What scares you the most?

I think one of my biggest fears is something bad happening to me or someone I love. I hope that my loved ones continue to be happy and healthy for years to come. 🙂

11 random facts about me

1. I scored High Honors on my American Ballet Theatre exam, 2015

2.  I have two dogs

3. I love going to the beach

4. I placed 8th and scored high gold in Universal Ballet Competition, 2016

5. I use to play the piano

6. I have been home schooled since 7th grade

7. My favorite subject in school is science

8. I performed with the Moscow City Ballet Nutcracker, 2016

9. My favorite season is spring

10. Photography has always been a hobby of mine

11. I have a music obsession…

And now, the moment that everyone has been waiting for… I NOMINATE:

1: https://clumsyandsilly.wordpress.com/

2: https://inspirationalsteve.com/

3: https://adashofjhaee.wordpress.com/

4: https://hitherandyond.wordpress.com/

5: https://untraveledroutes.wordpress.com/

6:  https://bloomingballerina.wordpress.com/

7: https://didisvgp.wordpress.com/

8: https://estersgblog.com/

9: https://maniparna.com/

10: https://amummyfirst.wordpress.com/

11: https://thesnowmeltssomewhere.wordpress.com/

YOUR Questions (if you were one of the 11 ^)

  1. How did you come up with your blog name, and why did you choose it?
  2. What is your favorite childhood memory?
  3. Do you prefer the beach or the mountains? Why?
  4. What is one of your biggest habits?
  5. What is your top goal in life?
  6. Do you have any pets?
  7. What is your dream job?
  8. Would you rather fly or drive, if you were given a long-distance transportation option?
  9. Name two things that you absolutely HATE!
  10. Name two things that you absolutely LOVE!
  11. What is your favorite holiday?

Again, I am super thankful to have been nominated by Ballet Basics! I really enjoyed participating in this fun award, and I cannot wait to read my nominee’s responses. 🙂 Enjoy the rest of your day everyone; thanks for reading this very long post!

Holding on…

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Determined to keep going,

But my legs aching and fingers slowly slipping,

I couldn’t hold myself up much longer.

I slipped,

And slammed into the wall,

Until my feet hit the ground again,

Back to where I started,

“I can’t do this! I’m too weak!”

“No, no! I have to try again!”

I chalked up my hands,

Quickly gripped on,

And began climbing,

Before I had the chance to change my mind.

You see,

Sometimes all it needs is one go,

Others, multiple hits and falls,

It’s not always easy to reach the top,

But you’ve got to realise in order to succeed,

You’ve got to let go of the belief of not being good enough,

Or simply not being capable.

You’ve got to be willing to fail once,

Or twice,

Or even more,

And acknowledge the achievement that has been made,

Even if you only managed to get…

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Footprints of Time

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Do you ever wish that you could redo a memory and re-experience what you had done before? The happiness. Joy. Childhood. Amusement. Love. Lessons? I was looking through some old photos, and I felt a few waves of longing that made me want to reverse the clock… Then I thought, “it will never be April 8, 2017 again… It will become April 8, 2018- later April 8, 2019; but never APRIL EIGHTH, TWO THOUSAND SEVENTEEN again… Today is independent and the only TODAY that will ever exist…’

Each day is simply just a footprint of time that gets washed away by the ocean of memories that surround our hearts. The ocean is a place where all of our memories are gathered together in the dream-like sea of wonder and beauty… Among it, are the footprints in the sand of time that are placed by people daily. Each tick of the clock, a wave comes to the shore and carries away the memories in the midst of the tide. Once that clock washes away the memory, you cannot get it back. You can only create new footprints and place a new memory in the sea of dreams…

Live today strong and make every small decision count. Remember, you are adding to the footprints of time…

(*Photo taken by me)

Is A Blog Right 4 You?

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Backstage shot of me in Coppelia.

Lately, I have received many questions about blogging by quite a bit of people! Therefore, I thought that it might be beneficial to post my top four most frequently asked questions to help you find out if a blog is right for you… I just want to note that I have answered these questions based off of MY experience and MY opinions; not everyone will agree with my responses, and that is okay!! If you are a blogger or have experience with blogging, feel welcome to place your personal opinions/ answers in the comment section.

1- I really want to begin a blog, but I just don’t have much time to post.

This is a common misconception that stops a lot of people from starting a blog. Let me just get straight to the point, YOU DON’T HAVE TO POST EVERYDAY! In fact, I know some great bloggers that only post once a week, only on weekends, or even just once a month! It is your blog and your schedule, so you can do whatever works best for you!! 🙂

2-I am new to blogging, but I can’t ever seem to come up with some good post ideas…

To be honest, I sometimes have trouble coming up with interesting things to write about too! Luckily, the internet has saved me from this blank phase many times, and there are multiple websites that list 100+ great blog post ideas… My secret is out, can you keep it?

3-I am not good at writing, so I feel like I would be a terrible blogger…

Well, I have to admit that I was not (and still am not) very good at writing. No one expects you to be 100% flawless; it isn’t reality. Secondly, writing and practicing regularly can actually help you improve your writing skills! So, why wouldn’t you want to start a blog?

4- What is the best advice that you have for new bloggers?

The best advice that I can give is to just always be aware of the publicity of your blog and always be very cautious about what you post; you never know who may be on the other side of the screen… This isn’t to discourage you, but it is important to always keep this in mind! Lastly, don’t become overly obsessed with the number of followers and likes that you receive. It is true that you will go through a constant cycle of followers, and you may not get a lot of likes on some posts. However, you are initially blogging for YOU! Don’t let the number of likes that you receive dictate what you post about! Enjoy blogging and post about what you want to, whether it is interesting or not! 🙂 Remember to HAVE FUN!!

I hope that this Q & A post helped cleared up some confusion about blogging, and maybe even inspired you to start your own! Let me know if you have any other questions that I have not answered. Thanks for reading!