Hurricane Irma

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“When you face difficult times, know that challenges are not sent to destroy you. They are sent to promote, increase, and strengthen you…”

~Joel Osteen

When we are faced with bad situations, we often find ourselves questioning, “how could GOD ever allow this to happen?” We become angry at the Lord, as we look around at the stormy skies surrounding us. The fact is, we will never completely understand GOD’s plan for our lives, but we must remember that everything happens for a reason. Hurricane Irma may brought structural damage, but it has also washed ashore a whole new reminder that we are a team. So many people from multiple countries have come together to protect/ assist each other with this storm. Don’t ever forget that there is a very good reason for this, even if it is unclear at the moment. Be positive and safe as we continue to recover from this disaster.

“When you go through deep waters. I will be with you.”

~Isaiah 43:2

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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! 🙂

IBI Summer Program

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Thank you so much International Ballet Intensive for everything that you have taught me and helped me with throughout these past few weeks. I have learned so much, and I can not even begin to explain how appreciative I am. For those of you who have not attended to IBI, I strongly recommend this intensive to be on your audition list next year… I got so much out of the training, and I am so lucky to have met five guest instructors from all across the world. THANK YOU INTERNATIONAL BALLET INTENSIVE! 🙂

http://www.internationalballetintensive.net/

*Photo taken of me warming up before class

Week 4 Performance

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Life is not a dress rehearsal. The curtain is up and your on, so get out there & give it your best shot.”

~Unknown

We are in the theater late tonight rehearsing for our two performances on Friday.

I have worked extremely hard throughout these past four weeks, so I hope that I am truly able to show my parents how much I have learned and grown. I am hoping that they will see a new and improved dancer, who has transformed into something better than before…

I am going to get out there on that stage and do my absolute best for my family, for my director back home, the director of this intensive, and most of all… for myself. 🙂 Goodnight everyone.

Painting Pages

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The floor is the canvas, and my feet are the paint

Creating an artwork that opens the gate

for a million stories that simply await.

~Maysa

We are almost finished with WEEK 3 of the intensive! I am shocked at how fast these past few weeks have gone, and I am so thankful to have learned as much as I have within this short amount of time. It is going to be great to go home soon and see my parents again, but it’s going to be hard to part with these INCREDIBLE instructors. They are so hands on and focus on a lot of important technical aspects that are so important. I am going to soak up as much as I possibly can as I go into this last week. 🙂 Happy Dancing!

Faith

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“I am blessed and I thank God for every day for everything that happens for me…”

~Lil Wayne

I thank God for the food on my table, the roof over my head this rainy day, the supportive followers on this blog, my health, the beautiful flowers blooming in the garden, my family and friends who continue to encourage me to achieve my  dreams, the gift of faith, happiness, the men and women who give their lives for my freedom, and the ability to learn and receive an education.

I think that it is important to stop for a second to think about all of the blessings that the Lord has given you. If you are anything like me, your days always consist of tight schedules. As a result, you may find yourself going multiple days without praying or thinking about your faith at all! It is a very hard thing to confess, but I really wanted to bring this to your attention. No matter how busy you are and no matter how tight your schedule gets, never put your faith aside… God has blessed you with so much, so don’t ignore Him… He is always there waiting to hear from you…

This is just something to think about as we begin a new week…

My Past

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I have changed over these past 4 years… In fact, I have changed so much that I am not even CLOSE the same person that I use to be. When I was in elementary school, I was so concerned about being like everyone else. I was trying to fit in any way that I could to make up for the fact that I was so different. I felt like people didn’t really understand how important dance was to me, and they didn’t truly understand what I was working so hard to do. The truth is that I wanted people at school to like me and support me and my goals. I thought that being popular might help me fit in…

Once I had become “popular”, I unintentionally started changing the way that I was acting, and I began to loose sight of the real me. To be honest, I felt like I was under high expectations to maintain my reputation, so I started to treat people badly for a sense of power. I felt trapped, and I wasn’t sure how to escape the mess that I had created.

Shortly after that school year ended, I found out that I was accepted as a pre- professional in the daytime ballet academy at my studio. I started homeschooling to attend, but homeschooling has helped me MUCH more than just in dance. I have found my TRUE SELF again. From that experience, I have learned to never allow other people to change who I am.

I am stubborn, always laughing, creative, messy, smart, crazy, determined, artistic, kind, and unique. I am proud of who I am, and I will always be ME.