If you think you are too small, try sleeping in a room with a mosquito.
Dance. It’s one of those things in life that seeps into your soul in ways unexpected. Not unlike music. When you listen to music or watch a dancer, you see a different side of life, a beauty unparalleled in the never-ending to-do lists and piles of laundry. It’s an ethereal experience, even a holy one at times. At least that’s what dance is for me.
Whether I’m watching or dancing, I feel a giddy sense of how life should really be lived… all in, wholehearted, full of emotion, passion and movement. There was a time in my life when dance was such an intrinsic part of me that I could never imagine not dancing. But decades later, that is the reality of my everyday life. I no longer identify myself as a dancer, but somewhere my spirit knows that it once flew on the wings of a dancers feet and my heart knows the love of movement that only a dancer can understand… the freedom, the joy, the unbridled attention to the connection between heart, mind, body and soul. Those are moments of freedom, joy and bliss.
What brings that feeling of freedom, joy and bliss to you?
When do you experience that connection to your heart, mind, body and soul?
Do you remember?
I remember practicing for our performance at the 49ers 50-yard line for a big game. We were so nervous and excited. Arcell filmed us with an old video camera so we could see how well we did and what we needed to change before the big day. Another long forgotten memory that came to the surface as I watched his performance was a day we took everything out of Michelle’s closet and pretended to be models. We tried clothes on, walked down the hall to the living room and posed for the camera. We were top models before “Top Model” was ever created… or at least we tried. I’m pretty sure I have the VHS of that somewhere under lock and key.
What memories do you have that bring you laughter and tears at the same time?
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You might remember I declared August a giving month. I felt challenged to do what I could to give to others. The response and my experience were both amazing. From giving away free books and prizes, to sending out copies of my book, to featuring real women, it was all worth it.
In fact, I'm still working through some of the list of emails I received. You wouldn't believe how many requests there were! I loved it and was humbled by it as well. If you're still waiting to be featured, feel free to send me an email reminder or leave me a gentle reminder in the comments.
One more recent request came from Kathy Robinson. Kathy recently felt compelled to start a blog, Pass It On. Kathy gives away handmade cards at least twice a week so the winner can pass on some encouragement to someone they know who needs support and love. The image above is just one of her cards.
It's really that simple. She sprinkles in a bit of herself in her cards and in her blog posts. You'll be encouraged and be an encouragement. Would you take a minute to stop by and leave a comment to encourage her? Who knows? You just might be the next winner!
I'm here! In the city that never sleeps. I'm reminded of a dance I did in junior year to the song, "New York, New York." I wonder if that is where my obsession with this city began. All my life (as long as I can remember), there have been two places that I longed to go: New York and Paris.
Now, within the span of a few months, I have visited New York twice! It's amazing how once you get past the initial visit, the first step, the dream into reality, that everything seems so much easier. What dream, goal, or secret desire is lying dormant just waiting for you to take the first step? Just do it!
So are there any other New Yorkers out there? Wanna get together for lunch? Have a suggestion for the best place to visit? Send me an email, leave a comment, contact me via Twitter and let's do lunch!
I'm taking it all in and I've got the pictures to prove it!
Are you on Flickr? Do you really use it?
I'm curious to know because I just recently started using it more frequently to upload, post, and view images. I've had an account for years but barely posted anything there since I didn't really see a need for it. However, after starting my tasra365 photography challenge to improve my images 300% in a year, I had a change of heart.
The primary reason for the change was a request by one of the participants in the challenge. They wanted a way to participate, but didn't have a blog. Using Flickr and creating a group specific for those taking this challenge allows those with or without a blog to participate equally. AND get feedback and comments.
Feedback and comments are one of the greatest aspects of Flickr in my opinion. It allows you to see what people respond to in your images. It provides instant feedback and gratification for your hard work. And it allows you to challenge and motivate yourself to improve when you are posting in a public forum for others to see.
Would love to hear your thoughts on Flickr and photo sharing. Even more, would be honored to have you join us in our group! Above is just one of the recent images I uploaded to the site.
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Seems I had almost all of the above today on my birthday and I feel blessed beyond measure.
Thanks for stopping by the birthday celebration for co-founders Susan and Janice from 5 Minutes for Mom. They are really rocking the mom blogging scene and wanted to celebrate their joint bdays with everyone!
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If you've been blogging for a while, you've probably heard of BlogHer, perhaps even attended the conference. Well, it's happening right now in Chicago. Wish I could've been there, but since we just returned from our speaking engagement in New Jersey, film shoot in New York, and visit with friends in Richmond, it was a little much.