Tuesday, April 16, 2013

What I've been up to

If you're interested (which is possible), here's my ramble on the things consuming my past-little-while.
1. Guest posting - my first, by the way. The ever so lovely Amanda Rose from Sew Much To Say asked me to write about my interpretation of Martha Stewart's New York style cheesecake. See it here. If only I'd seen Martha's video first!
2.  Hey, yeah! I took a minute to sit back, breathe and stop glorifying 'busy'.
The view from my lunch break went something like this: bright blue sky, palm trees and perfectly plane-drawn lines.
sory about the iphone quality...
3. Coffee and a book. Solo.
4. I got new kicks. Well, I got a few (the savings are going fine, thank you). Aside from introducing my much-longed-for Hunter Boots and other penny spends to my wardrobe, I got myself some shiny new ballet points. I understand this might not tickle every one's fancy but breaking in (by breaking in, I mean breaking wood) these newbies was topping the list of satisfiers. Yea, that includes blisters.
5. Simplifying. Remember my motto for 2013? It's not always easy to turn a shoulder to the things that have become tag-alongs in my world.
6. Movies and I are not so compatible; I'm a fidgeter, a doodler, a daydreamer.  First Position, however, had my eyes glued for the 2 hours it rolled for; all about 6 brilliant kids competing for their chance to 'make it' in the professional ballet world. I'm not a huge supporter of ballet competitions - I don't think it's what the art is about, BUT the talent in this documentary was incredible.

7. Keeping healthy...relatively healthy. I've relaxed on my healthy-living-rules recently and am finding it a struggle to keep things in a balanced (fitness) perspective. If anyone has a tip or two on keeping calm, looking forward and not focusing on the irritatingly-less-than-ideal-body-image I currently hold, I'd be glad to hear them.

8. Stretching. Never underestimate the power of a good stretch. Ever.
 And that's about it. Hope you've been up to all sorts of great things?


  1. ..a former dancer myself :) yep, never underestimate the power of a good stretch.

    thanks for stopping by today. happy to follow you:)


  2. Body image... Oh, where do I begin. As a dancer, I honestly think that the concept that you're not as fit and thin as the prima ballerina follows you around like your own personal rain cloud for your entire life. It doesn't pour all the time, but it's always there. I am the closest that I think I've ever been to finding the balance right now, but that has a lot to do with the fact that there are so few other sources of stress in my life... if I'm stressed about anything, then I'm stressed about how I look. For me, it goes hand in hand. I practise a lot of yoga - an hour every morning at least. That seems to help with a lot of things, but might not be ideal for you since you're already training so much for ballet. Aside from that, just try to remember how short life is - sometimes, that means you don't need a mid-afternoon cupcake. Other times, that means just enjoying life and not worrying about the calories that come along with having a good time :)

    1. Thank you so much for your comment, Cee. I really appreciate your balanced view on things. You're right about dancing and that cloud! Although I'm a lot better with it now, I found I couldn't shake the twisted way being a dancer makes you view your body. On the odd occasion, it still gets me and throws my balanced attempts. Yoga sounds like a great idea, btw. When I get some time I think I'd like to give it another go. Until then, I'm getting the odd chance to escape to my gym's sauna and stretch (my attempt at doing something yoga/calm related) :) Maria x

  3. I really want to see First Position! I've heard such great things about it! I love going to cafe's and reading books! So relaxing!
    Sincerely, Sara

    1. You'd love First Position. The talent of the children the doc follows is just amazing! M x

  4. i want cheesecake now


  5. I want some alone time with my book!


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