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March 3, 2019

Today I realized that it’s been a year since I first got my first recurring professional belly dancing gig.  It’s been a steep learning curve this past year, as I bridged the gap from “aspiring professional” to “actual professional.”  In order to do this job, I had to...

February 3, 2019

Today's post is a little different.  Instead of the usual text format, I tried recording my first full-length YouTube video.  Since I'm still learning how to make videos, the quality is pretty rough, but it was a fun way for me to share my ideas.   


January 14, 2019

For several years, I’ve been making art full time for my living.  Before that, I had been working a 40+ hour a week office job, making my art in scraps of time on weekends and weekday nights.  I quit my job to see if I could make a living with modeling and dancing, and...

January 7, 2019

Every year around this time, I notice a flurry of discussion around new year’s resolutions, and how this is going to be the year of new habits, new beginnings, and a better way of life.  However, those conversations concentrate in January and drop off sharply after tha...

January 1, 2019

As you may know if you've followed my work for a while, I like things to be tidy.  Both in my personal and professional sphere, I don’t like to be surrounded by clutter.  I don’t need things to be totally meticulous at all times, to be clear, but if there’s too much go...

December 9, 2018

As many of you know, I’ve spent most of this year in a huge writing rut, which I talk more about in my previous post.  In truth, it wasn’t just this year that I was struggling with writing. I’ve been struggling with perfectionism and a lack of inspiration, particularly...

November 20, 2018

At the beginning of 2018, I had a lot of hopes and aspirations about where I’d go with my writing.  I had just started a blog, and was overflowing with ideas for things to write. I’ve loved writing for all of my life, but have never published my work for public view....

November 6, 2018

When I was younger, I used to loathe voting because it always felt like choosing the lesser of two evils, finding the candidate that was less crappy than the other one.  I wanted a Disney-type perfect love for my chosen politician, a feeling of total enthusiasm and lov...

April 19, 2018

Recently, I’ve been taking a lot of my creative time to work on costumes.  Recently I was offered my first weekly recurring belly dance gig, (yay!) and closely following that was the panic of realizing that I didn't have nearly enough professional quality costumes to p...

April 6, 2018

A couple of months ago, I wrote about my experience with Imposter Syndrome, in which I have been feeling like I’m “faking it” when I’m dancing publicly. This spring, I will have been belly dancing for four years, but I still feel pretty feel unprepared in many contexts...

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