August 27, 2012

Life Lately.

I haven't written many posts of substance lately because, well, there hasn't been much to say.

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Between settling (uh, that word doesn't really exist in my vocabulary, but just go with it for the purpose of this run-on sentence) after our move from Texas, preparing for the wedding and all that one of those crazy shenanigans entails (geeze, I'm never doing that again!), moving between New York and Massachusetts three times, and getting organized for our next big move, this summer has just flown by. Is it really the last Monday of August? Say it isn't so. 

Here is my summer according to Instagram:


So, what's else is up with my life lately?

Well, I'm craving for hockey to start. Meh, I take that back...I'm craving for the structure that the season brings to me. I'm a very pen and paper, meticulous person between the months of September and May, but once June hits and I don't have my entire life planned around a hockey schedule, I morph into this very lazy go-with-the-flow type of person who doesn't get much of anything done. I guess that's why it's called the "off season", right? A free pass to gain 10 pounds and only wash my hair once a week? Fine, I'll take it.

I've jumped head first into the new business adventure that I mentioned last week. You know me and those crazy ideas that I always have because I have too much time on my hands to think about what I should be doing instead of sitting and thinking? Yes, it's one of those, but I'm pretty confident about this one. I'm excited, and I'm 94.7% finished with my Business Plan, which according to my Google re-searches is the very important first step of starting a business. Duh.

Frequent "I'll tell ya what I want, what I really really want" dance parties (is it still called a party if it's only me?) have been happening in my life. How amazing was it to see The Spice Girls reunited at the Closing Ceremony and then sing along to Wonderwall? I went right onto iTunes, downloaded Spice Girls and TLC songs, and haven't looked back since. TJ told me that I was "wasting money on garbage songs", but he clearly has no idea how much Left Eye and Baby Spice influenced the woman that he just married.

Is anyone still reading my ramblings? I have changes coming to my blog. It's been an exhausting fun time exploring different niches, but I'm ready to go back to my roots. Expect more posts like this...just me, unedited.

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PS - I have exciting news to share tomorrow so make sure that you come back :)


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August 21, 2012

Thoughts About Creativity

"Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is nonexistent." 
- Jim Jarmusch
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August 15, 2012

♫ ♪ Our Wedding Day Music ♪ ♫

We hired Rob Alberti for our wedding day entertainment and he truly exceeded our expectations. He was so classy and professional right from our very first meeting, which was via Skype two years ago when we were living in Germany! Many of our guests are still commenting about how phenomenal of a wedding we had and I give my many thanks to Rob for their compliments, as he truly kept our party going. There was not one single moment where our dance floor was empty, and every minute from prelude to the last dance was perfect! If you're getting married in or around Massachusetts I highly recommend Rob. I promise that you won't be disappointed.

Here are the songs that we chose to compliment our special day:


Prelude
The Vitamin String Quartet - The Verve - Bittersweet Symphony
The Vitamin String Quartet - Bruno Mars - Just The Way You Are
The Vitamin String Quartet - Oasis - Wonderwall
The Vitamin String Quartet - Blink 182 - All The Small Things
The Vitamin String Quartet - Journey - Don't Stop Believing
The Vitamin String Quartet - Eric Clapton - Wonderful Tonight
The Vitamin String Quartet - Jason Mraz - Lucky
The Vitamin String Quartet - Plain White Tee's - 1, 2, 3, 4
The Vitamin String Quartet - Boys Like Girls - Two Is Better Than One
The Vitamin String Quartet - Paul McCartney - Maybe I'm Amazed
The Vitamin String Quartet - The Pretenders - I'll Stand By You


Parents and Grandparents
The Vitamin String Quartet - U2 - It's A Beautiful Day

Bridesmaids Entrance
The Vitamin String Quartet - Bruno Mars - Just The Way You Are


Bride's Entrance
Martina McBride & Pat Monahan - Marry Me

Recessional
The Vitamin String Quartet - Queen - Another One Bites The Dust


Bridal Party Entrance
DJ Pauly D - Night Of My Life

First Dance
DMB - Steady As We Go


Cake Cutting
Def Leppard - Pour Some Sugar On Me

Father/Daughter Dance 
Rod Stewart - Forever Young


Mother/Son Dance
Bon Jovi - Thank You For Loving Me

Last Song
Journey - Don't Stop Believing



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August 13, 2012

Just Writing | My Aha Moment


Lately I've been contemplating what I want to be when I grow up.

26 years old seems like a pretty good age to start figuring it out, right?

Five years ago I had plans. I was focused.

I was utilizing my degree and choreographing in the dance studio forty hours a week. 

Life was good.

And now? Well, life is better. Much better.

But, it's different.

The past five years of traveling have given me the opportunity to explore other hobbies,

to develop other interests and to tap into other parts of myself that I wouldn't have found otherwise,

but I'm tired of being a drifter, in the sense that I drift from one "thing" to the next to the next.


Until I have dance in my life again I am certain that I will always be trying to fill that void, 

but until we have a bit more stability in our life and location I do not want to teach.

It's been an emotional time for me trying to figure out just what else it is that I can "be" 

since owning a dance studio or teaching is not in my near future.

Should I utilize my wedding planning certificate? 

Should I focus on my writing?

Sometimes it crosses my mind that I'd really love to be a personal trainer, too.

(until I snap out of that quickly and remember that I love double chocolate brownies.)


Trying to find my calling while following a different map than the one I had drawn for myself has been hard.

There have been twists and turns turns, speed bumps, and detours, 

crossroads, pot holes and stop signs along my journey,

but when I pulled over and took the time to smell the roses and glimpse at the panoramic view...

 I figured it out. 

My Aha Moment.

I'm excited for a fresh start...a focus.

And if I fall on my face? Then I fall on my face.

But I find no failure in embracing something that allows my personality, creativity and authentic self to shine.

Stay tuned.

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August 6, 2012

What Would You Do?

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Would you go after your childhood dream?

Would you go back to school?

Would you take that vacation?

Would you write that book?

Would you move?

What would you do if nothing stood in your way?
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