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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Intentional Beauty

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We are almost at the end of January.. Oh my goodness, where does the time go?

Two questions: Have you chosen a word for your intention(s) in 2015?
Have you taken steps to fulfill it this month?

My word of the year: #SHINE2015
And yes, I’ve been using it all month!

(Thanks for the inspirational image @charityideas. Check out her blog here.)

A Different Valentine

With Valentine’s just passing, I wanted to share a different view..

I remember HS years filled with “secret admirers” and vases of roses, delivered carnations, love notes and surprise boxes of chocolate – and I giggle when I think about Valentine’s.  I was so naive and had no idea how the flowers or notes mysteriously appeared at my desk or in my locker. (Seriously!?!)

This week I was with my BGC dancers and I wished them a happy Valentine’s, followed by passing out hugs.  I was surprised at what I heard.  Junior High and High School girls were saying they HATED Valentine’s Day.  I believe alot of people feel this way, because they are alone.  (I hate the “forever alone” & “single awareness day” references). But I look at Valentine’s differently. I want to share with you what I told my girls.
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Continue reading “A Different Valentine”

C is for Commit

Ask any artist the first “C” word that comes to mind – I bet it is Create.  When I sat down at the beginning of the year that is what I wrote down for my “C”.  Now it’s a month into the year, and I find another word not only in my mind, but on my heart..

Commitment – Saying something and holding true to your word.

Commit – Trying something new or uncomfortable (outside your box) and just going for it!

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NEVER underestimate the power of words.  We have all been hurt but them, excited by them, let down by them or inspired by them.  I work with a lot of teenagers and I try to be very conscious of following through with what I say.  I don’t want to disappoint them by promising something & forgetting.  I hope to inspire them by showing them not only the power of a promise, but weight of a commitment.

imageTeachers, coaches and mentors are in a position to influence & inspire.   I have been blessed to re-connect with some of my most favorite mentors & teachers throughout my life, and yet again as an adult (gotta love Facebook).  I took the opportunity to say THANK YOU to them for their commitment & encouragement. They made a great difference in my life and I am sure in many others.  I have not forgotten.  It’s usually the little things we don’t think about that can make a HUGE difference.

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I am committed to encouraging & inspiring youth every day, whenever I can.  I hope one day to be someone they can come back to with gratitude.  I do it not for the hope of a thank you,  I do it because I know my commitment, love & encouragement will make a difference!

I also commit to trying new things this year. Why not?  What do I have to lose?  Don’t like it, check it off and I don’t do it again.

For my business, I commit to sharing & encouraging the “Be-Loved” theme throughout this entire month.  Not only does it allow me to create some great treatments & blends (for the artist in me), it allows me to pay attention to “the little things..”

Besides, who couldn’t use a little more LOVE?

#TellYourStory2014

A is for ASPIRE

aspire: great ambition; to soar!

I have always loved the quote:

“AIM for the Moon, Even if you miss, You’ll land among the STARS!”

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For the New Year, I will aspire to see & share beauty every  day

and continue to inspire beauty in others daily!

#TellYourStory2014

Beauty gifts for Mom

I am enjoying the wonderful Florida sunshine on a business trip and stopped in to visit my folks. I NEVER know what to buy my mom – she buys everything herself! Sound familier?

I just finished a Live Beauty Chat with my mom on my Facebook Page.. Here’s the cheat sheet of gift ideas & the sampling of Mom’s gifts this year. Along with some of the boutiques I will visit online at Facebook to purchase.  Hope this helps you find the perfect gift for Mom this year!

Confession: I still have to order my gifts for mom. Think they will be late. Oops!  Sorry Mom.

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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. “