It’s A New Year.. What Makes YOU Fierce?

It’s a new year and one of my favorite words is FIERCE!  It ignites my passion.. my desire to be strong.. my wish to be fearless.. my ambition to persevere and my goals of being unforgettable!

A year ago in February, my Grama passed away.  We were very close & I loved her with all my heart.  She was one of my most special people: my cheerleader, my mom, my voice of reason, my greatest sounding board and LOVED to watch me dance!  While I was back East for her funeral I stumbled upon a ballroom dance studio I had NO IDEA existed a few blocks from my home in LA.  I contacted them while in NJ (I swear Grama sent me to them) and the rest is history.. I fell back in love with dancing because of the owners Katie & Erick (below) and the wonderful instructors (the events & other students are just a bonus).

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I started dancing at 10 yrs old.  I taught, performed & competed all throughout school.  I turned professional at the age of 19 and continued my career until 26.  I taught ballroom at a Fred Astaire studio from 22-24 yrs old.  I lived my dream of being a dancer and performing professionally all over the country.  But I hadn’t ballroom danced in about 15 years (even just for fun).

Dancing has ALWAYS been my heart, my love, my joy, my passion.

When I retired I couldn’t figure out how to enjoy it for fun.. so I gave it up.

Last February I walked into the studio (shaking & heart pounding – thinking WHAT AM I DOING? I can’t do this anymore!) I was greeted by one of the sweetest guys I have ever had the pleasure of meeting (or dancing with) and I haven’t stopped smiling yet!   In a year I have lost 25 pounds.. bought a dozen glittering gowns.. danced & sung more songs then I can remember, laughed uncontrollably (while dancing), felt like a princess (more than once) and entered my first EVER competition in December.

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I am FIERCE!  I am having the time of my life.. inspiring others to dare to try something new.. sharing my joy, reminding others talent SHOULD be shared and hoping to become awesome in TANGO (my worst dance, in my mind) by this years end.  I am  not giving up!  I have over done it and injured myself multiple times last year.  But I’ve kept going. I can’t remember as much as I would like to or as quickly as I used to, BUT I AM FIERCE.  I feel good.  I’m graceful.  I’m happy.  I’m taking chances.  I’m NOT giving up!

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What is it that you would LOVE to try this year?  What lights a spark in your heart? What do you do and no matter how hard you try, you can’t stop smiling (this is a problem for my TANGO).  Do that!  Try that!  If it scares you a little, it means there is a WONDERFUL treasure awaiting you on the other side.. it’s wrapped in a gorgeous package with a tag on it with YOUR name.. “YOU ARE FIERCE“.. It’s just waiting to be opened.. discovered.. shared.. and ONLY YOU can unwrap it!

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Remember, DON’T let anyone or anything STOP you.. especially when you soul is whispering to you.. listen to it!  It’s usually IMPORTANT.

Please share your adventures & journey with me!  I can’t wait to hear what makes YOU FIERCE!(because you are)

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Grown-up Girl’s “to do list”

 

 

grown up to doSometimes lists are good and worth sharing..

 

F is for Friendship

The key to having a good friend, is learning how to BE a good friend.

Friends are “kisses blown to us by angels.”

These 8 people have taught me the true meaning of Friendship..

Real friends show up.

They always make time.  They listen.  They inspire.  They encourage.  They laugh.  They critique.  They share.  They love.  They forgive.  They jump w/you.

My biggest lesson recently is that Friendship is a 2-way street & takes work.  Both people have to be willing or it doesn’t work.

And when a Friendship isn’t working, sometimes it is time to let it go.

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 What work have you done on a special Friendship recently?

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My life would not be as full or as blessed without these Friendships.. ❤

I love you all so much & am grateful for every one of you!

I can’t picture what my life would look like without YOU in it!

Tell your friends how much they mean to you today and..

#TellYourStory2014.

 

L O V E is in the Air

LOVE is in the air.. Everywhere I look around..” one of my favorite songs (by John Paul Young) from a favorite movie (Strictly Ballroom). Just because it’s February, you don’t have to have a Valentine. Start by giving LOVE to yourself & others. I believe LOVE should be in the air all year, every day!

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I’m taking Valentine’s day as a day to take care of ME! I’m sleeping in, getting a manicure (no red, a funky blue sparkle), grabbing a great book (the Gift by James Patterson or Hunger Games trilogy if you haven’t read it), having a massage and then dancing with 7-16 yr. olds (of course bringing brownies & beauty bags with lipgloss for the girls) at the Boys & Girls Club of Burbank.

That’s what I call a day filled with LOVE!
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So what are you doing for Valentine’s Day?  What do you do to spread LOVE the rest of the year?

Spread LOVE

Why just on Feb 14?

See a movie:the Vow or the Artist

Grab a book: Be the Miracle by Regina Brett or Once Upon a Secret: My Affair with President John Kennedy by Mimi Alford

Play a great game: www.aok.tv (acts of kindness)

Grab a great playlist, hula hoop or jog outside, drink water and buy yourself something pretty.

Or just simply, write someone a handwritten THANK YOU note..

Whatever it is for you.. Spread LOVE.. it is the truest beauty of them all!

“LOVE never fails.. The greatest of all these is LOVE. “