Sunshine and Longer days!

I spoke to my big sis yesterday during our weekly Sunday Face Time chats and she exhausted the conversation early to get out and enjoy the rays of sunshine.  She lives in Alaska and was gloating over the longer days becoming more noticed.

This coming weekend we spring forward and  although we lose an hour of sleep – who cares, right?! An extra hour of sunlight moving closer to solstice day creates hope for the cold days to end (although here in KC we have had a seriously mild winter)!

What does longer days of sun mean for you? Here are my favs!

  • Flowers, flowers and more flowers!
  • Walks and hikes for a much greater span!
  • Corn hole and beer – just saying!
  • Vitamin D – healthy immune system!
  • Fresh fruits and Veggies!
  • Green Grass and Parks!
  • Water Slides, Water Parks, Water Rides, Water Fountains, Water Polo!

Now looking at the bottom right corner of my computer I see that it’s just March 6…Yikes, I may be a little overconfident here, although back to my point…Spring forward is this weekend so mark your calendars and sunlight feel free to shine on through!

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Say yes to new adventures!

Well it’s not completely like me to post on a Saturday, but my work week at the new job has been taking just a tad of my time (big wink wink). I’m super excited about my new adventure, learning as I go, and of course by trial and error. Going from spending my time in a ballet studio 40 hours a week for the last 20 years of my life, to spending 40 hours a week outside of one has made for quite the transition…but I couldn’t ask for it any other way.

Our clinic at Performance Rehab, housing the very first Kansas City Performing Arts Medicine Program, is a dream come true.  We have been open for just 10 days and it feels incredible when every 45 minutes another client walks in the door – smiles and finds comfort in a place of healing. Everyday another word gets out around town, and hopefully with each day that passes we will double and triple that flow. Our performing arts medicine program is continuing to grow as an alliance of doctors, orthopedics, nutritionists, physical therapists, Pilates instructors, yoga instructors, mental health experts, chiropractors, massage therapists and ballet teachers that all share the mission of keeping performing artists healthy (prevention), doing all they can to heal (recovery), and increasing the longevity and quality of their careers. It’s incredible to think what this alliance can do for all artists and so I constantly remind myself to remain patient.

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Takin by my awesome friend and photographer for fun: Geoffrey Kropp

Besides that – on the more personal side of life – I’m busy carrying my baby girl. Every Saturday I get to celebrate another week farther along! Today marks 20 weeks. Half way thru – holy cow! It’s an amazing feeling carrying and nurturing for a little one inside you. On Thursday, I got to hear her heartbeat and I was surprised at how fast her little heart sounded. Every time I get to hear her, or see her, I get a crazy urge of euphoria, followed by both happy tears and a biiiiiiiggggggggg smile. I can feel life changing, my focus changing, my heart growing in size, and an overwhelming feeling of purpose.  I’m trying my best to organize, eat well, rest up, exercise and right – back to the top – grow a baby and a business.  Good stress is gratifying and I’ll take it any day!

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Dare to be

Dare to be:

When a new day begins, dare to smile gratefully.

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When there is darkness, dare to be the first to shine the light.

When times are tough, dare to be tougher.

When love hurts you, dare to love again.

When there is injustice, dare to be the first to condemn it.

When something seems difficult, dare to do it anyway.

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When life seems to beat you down, dare to fight back.

When there seems to be no hope, dare to find some.

When you’re feeling tired, dare to keep going.

When someone is hurting, dare to help them heal.

When something doesn’t work, dare to try it again.

When all you want to do is give up, dare to keep moving forward.

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When another is lost, dare to help them find their way.

When a friend falls, dare the be the first to extend a hand.

When you cross paths with another, dare to make them smile.

When you feel great, dare to help someone else feel great too.

When the day has ended, dare to feel as you’ve done your best.

Dare to be the best you can be – one step at a time.

Dare to dancehealthier.

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1st Photograph: My family.

2nd Photograph: Alexander Peters from Pennsylvania Ballet before Rubies Pas de deux.

3rd Photograph: My parents steeeeeeeeep climb.  They are over 60, I’ll just say!

4th Photograph: Myself before my last entrance. Retirement. Four Temperaments.

Keep moving forward

As dancers, we tend to always ache for something more. That “more” varies at different levels and changes with time and space, taking the shape of a bell curve, or may be best described as a “roller coaster ride.” Dancers are dreamers, unconventional, creative, motivated and driven people. A dancer’s expectation is to grow artistically throughout their career, which inevitably changes their everyday life outside the studio. We seek things, more and more and more. Because when that “more” is felt, it makes you feel a rush.  A rush of adrenaline.  A rush of euphoria.  A rush of serotonin. Mostly, a rush of accomplishment.  With accomplishment comes confidence. With confidence comes more and more and more.

Unfortunately, the reality of the “roller coaster ride” sets precedence and the low times are inevitable. However, it is important for the dancer to experience the low times so he/she can appreciate the better times that much more. The more a dancer can understand this concept, the easier things will be for them. Ultimately, handling the hard times and pushing forward, or in other words, defeating your own defeat is just as much of an accomplishment, if not more, than being handed a silver platter at all times.

Remember though to not be so hard on yourselves and believe in yourself no matter what. When you can find your own happiness, regardless of what is happening around you, then life will be much easier for you inside and outside the studio.  It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters. Listen to yourself, believe in yourself, and keep pushing onward and up. In dance, but most importantly in your own life. Lastly, surround yourself amongst people who believe in you and your believe in other people too. People need you just as much as you need people.

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Need a good book to read: “Wild,” by Cheryl Strayed, A walkabout of reinvention. Read this review by Dwight Garner, from the New York Times. (I heard from a lil’ birdy that it is being made into a movie).

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Stay Classy San Diego

I love me some “Anchorman,” & I also love me some San Diego.  After completing a few dancehealthier summer dance program workshops, my hubby and I traveled to sunny San Diego.  Quite frankly, the real reason for the last minute vacation package (really had internally planned it for months) was to celebrate my husband, Anthony Krutzkamp’s retirement from the stage.  I’m so proud of his accomplishments.  He moved & inspired audience members’ with his natural stage presence, masculine mannerisms, refined technique, emotional output & how could I forget. . .

HIS GORGEOUS LEGS.

Here are some pics to recap our celebration.

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La Jolla, San Diego. Pit stop from the beach. On our way to George’s Cove. A thank you shout out to Laura Dunlop for the recommendation.

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Fire pit. Bottle of wine. Ocean.

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Balboa Park. Woah! Enough said.

photo 1Botanical Garden @ Balboa. Gorgeous. Refreshing. Free.

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Lines. Sunlight. An accomplished dancer.

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Spanish Village. One of my many favorites. Art. “Could have spent all day here!”

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Appreciation. Satisfaction.  Commitment.  Applause.  Spanish Village. Bravo!

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Should have a picture of the seafood.

I can’t believe I don’t have one. Delicious!