God’s Message

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“She believed she could so she did”

~Unknown

Today, I wanted to take a second and reflect back to exactly ONE week before Snow Queen. I will never forget this day, because I think God was sending me a message of encouragement 7 DAYS before my big moment…

Long story short, it was the first Friday of November, and I was spending some time with my best friend. We decided to enjoy the weather (while it was still warm) and went shopping at an outdoor mall for awhile. Believe it or not, every single store that we visited had an item with this quote that caught my eye. Shirts. Coffee mugs. Poster Boards. Notebooks. This quote was everywhere… At first, I didn’t think much about it! I remember thinking, ‘this must be a popular quote the season’, but I soon began to think that maybe God was trying to tell me something. What could it be? My friend was the one who reminded me that Snow Queen was exactly one week away, and that was when I finally understood the message that was being sent! God wanted me to see this so that I would believe in myself. He wanted me to know that He was going to be there with me the whole time. He wanted to me to have the confidence to shine under those lights, and He wanted me to know that I was not alone. I kept this quote with me, and I started believing it. It was no surprise that when my big weekend arrived, this quote proved to be true!

*God communicates to people in many ways, and I think that this was His way of speaking to ME that night… Some people might argue that it was just coincidental, and they might be right! However, I find it to be quite odd that EVERY STORE that we visited had that quote on an item somewhere that just happened to catch my eye <hidden or not, it always ended up in front of me>…In the end, you can make your own conclusion, but I have enough faith to understand that this was more than just a coincidence. This was exactly what I needed to to make it through that weekend.

As a result, I have no shame to tell you that

I will never forget the night that I received God’s Message.

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Perfection

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“I was born to make mistakes, not to fake perfection.”

~Drake

Why do we spend so much time obsessing about mistakes and being afraid of failure? We place so much unnecessary pressure on ourselves to do things perfectly all the time that we ruin experiences that could be filled with so much joy and happiness. There is never going to be a moment that we are completely flawless, and it is unrealistic to expect ourselves to be. It is important to do the best in everything we can (school, work, dance, life), but we shouldn’t beat ourselves up about every little mistake. Enjoy being YOURSELF. Enjoy Life. Enjoy these fleeting moments, because they don’t last forever. Goodnight everyone. 🙂

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

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!