“Don’t Tell Me What I Can’t Do”

Have you ever gotten the feeling that people tell you “no” for things Β you believe 100% that you are capable of? If you have, you understand how frustrating it may be. I always say to myself “Don’t Tell Me What I Can’t Do”. It helps me to move past the negativity and continue on my dreams and new ideas. Β After all, no one has the right to put an end to other’s ideas and dreams.

This saying always reminds me of one of my favorite characters from LOST, John Locke. Throughout the series, we learn that throughout his entire life, he was faced with people telling him no. We watched as he grew angry and frustrated. However, in the end, his true colors shined through and John turned out to be one of the most intelligent, caring, whole-hearted individuals on the island. He is admirable and every time I am faced with negativity and people who try to tell me no, I think of him. Β We are all capable of everything we set our minds to.

So I encourage you to:Β Keep focused. Keep positive. Keep working hard. NEVER give up. The results will be encouraging. Anything and Everything is possible.

Here is a short clip of John telling off those who try to shut him down. πŸ™‚

Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?

I woke up today and for some reason I had this song stuck in my head. I could not stop singing that line “Have I told you lately that I love you” and then it really got me thinking. I began thinking of all the people I love. My parents, sister, brother, nephews, grandparents, the rest of my family, friends near and far, loves. I was wondering when the last time it was that I told them I loved them. I try to show my love everyday but as far as saying it, I think it could come out a bit more often. Β So I made a pact to say it. If I love someone, on any level of the word, I should start telling them more often.

Then, as I thought more and more about this phrase of the song, I thought “Wait a second! What about me?!” Do I love myself? Is it ok to love myself? Is there a way to fully love yourself without being narcissistic? I’m writing today to tell you that it is possible and needed. It is very much ok to love yourself. Most of us spend days upon days trying to impress others and please others and trying to make others love us, when really what is probably most important is loving ourselves first.

Every day both at ballet class and yoga, I am forced to look at myself in the mirror. In ballet, the mirror is a means to fix lines, movement qualities, and aid in placement. However, in yoga it is there to face yourself and begin accepting who you are. To become comfortable with who you are and then if there is something you would like to change, to be able to see yourself changing but because you want to, not because others want you to change or because that change will make someone else happy. I have been practicing for quite some time now and am just beginning to see it. I am accepting who I am and honestly, beginning to love it. Flaws we see in ourselves are just our bodies and minds being unique and we all need to love ourselves for them. When you begin to feel comfortable with who you are this amazing sense of freedom encompasses you.

I do believe that we can only begin loving others once we have a strong grasp on who we are and once we love the person we are. Because once that freedom in yourself is obtained you can begin to spread it to loved ones. Otherwise, if we are not yet in love with ourselves, we are only seeking it in others to feel accepted, not to actually love the person.

So I challenge you all. Spend a few minutes just looking at yourself in the mirror. Look in your eyes, look at our face, your body, you hair. Observe, absorb, critique, compliment and then end by saying “I love you”. Β Try it everyday until you begin to truly understand you and accept who you are. It may sound easy, but trust me, things will surprise you. Then, once you’ve got a handle on loving yourself, go out in the world and spread your love to others πŸ™‚

Now enjoy this tune:Β http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQ4NAZPi2js

My performances as Cinderella in Tarrytown, NY on 12/15/2013

Many more updates and posts will be coming shortly, but I wanted to let everyone know I will be performing in Tarrytown, NY this coming weekend in Breaking Ground Dance Center’s production of Cinderella! The performances are this Sunday 12/15/2013 at 2:00pm and 5:30pm at Tarrytown Music Hall. Tickets can be purchased here:Β http://www.tarrytownmusichall.org/

This production has been a challenge for me and I have loved every second. I have 5 challenging variations and 3 pas de deux throughout the show. I’ve also had a great time working with Nate Hunt who will be dancing the role of my prince πŸ™‚

It is a milestone for me as it is my first performance in the NY area since 2009! I am thrilled to be back performing on the east coast and hope to see many friends and family at the shows!

Cinderella

Cinderella 12/15/2013 2&5:30pm Tarrytown Music Hall