Tangled Growth

“May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.” —Elite Daily

As I step back and take an inventory of my life, I take a deep breath and realize that I am exactly where I want to be, even if it almost never seems that way. I have been able to sit and take the time to do what makes me happy, what allows me to breathe without focusing on what is supposed to come next, and who has come in to my life to propel my creativity, love, and appreciation for all aspects of who I am as a person. The words above were found recently floating throughout my social media accounts and I felt that it really hit home at this point in my life; the point where nothing makes sense and everything makes sense (if it wasn’t meant to happen then it wouldn’t).

As of right now I am a blogger, a dancer, a teacher, a choreographer, a yogi, an artist, and many other things I either never thought I would be or that I wanted to be but never thought I could. It has only been as of late that I decided to further analyze these titles bestowed upon me either by my peers or my self. I looked a little further than just how busy each thing seems to make me and started looking at exactly WHAT I was doing and what it was doing for me; the praise received from a new student in a ballet class, the mention of my teaching in an Art lesson, or even succeeding in a challenging yoga pose. The small gestures or accomplishments are why we do the things we do, but somehow all we seem to focus on are the next tasks to be completed in our daily routine, or just how much time each of these activities takes and how busy we are because of it.

My first steps in really seeing how important each part of my life is to me were just taking in how my students improve during one class, how all the people I have met this year come together with those I have loved for a long time, furthering the love I have in my life, and how each and every one of our bloggers is so talented and thorough in their art and writing that I can’t help but feel so humbled and proud to be a member of their group. All of this being said, I find it difficult but so important to take a different approach, allow yourself an alternate view of your life. Make changes if something doesn’t make you happy, pursue the impossible and always, ALWAYS follow your heart. Tell those you appreciate that you appreciate them, make a list of all of your “titles”; you have accomplished more than you think, so congratulate yourself. Even though some goals may be far fetched or far away, give it some time and look back again; you never know what may come of those every day dreams for just a little bit more out of life.

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