life

Distorted Thinking

Have you ever started a day and you just don't feel there? Your mind is somewhere else, your body is exhausted or just can't do anything right, and you're left standing there, wide-eyed, saying something like: "I'm seriously not here today."

This could mean you're just over-stressed, or have too much going on. But maybe your lack of focus/strength/power/energy comes from the fact that it's leaking out in other areas of your life? Maybe the way you are thinking about a situation in your life is consuming your focus/strength/power/energy?


 

How is Fear Directing Your Life?

"The woman who needs to create works of art is born with a kind of psychic tension in her which drives her unmercifully to find a way to balance, to make herself whole. Every human being has this need..." -May Sarton

We always knew we loved dance and we loved creating by using dance as our choice of expression. But we were plagued by very specific thoughts (that would get stuck in heavy rotation at times).  "I wish I could dance like her. I should have worked harder. If I had taken more ballet, I would be even better." These thoughts could, often times, be paralyzing.

We needed to figure out how to push through those thoughts in order to arrive at a place where we could celebrate who we are in the world of dance and what we bring to the world of dance.

We've heard there are 4 types of fear.

Fear of Loss

Fear of Failure

Fear of Rejection

Fear of the Unknown

In order to truly recognize who you are and what you have to offer when it comes to your talent / business / expertise... you have to intimately understand these 4 types of fear and how the types apply to the relationship between you and fear {and we all have a relationship with fear; which is not necessarily a bad thing.}


 

Dream Logistics

Written by: Sheena Jeffers for Ballet Shoes & Bobby Pins

Happy, happy June! This is the last month of working my full-time, day job... so that I can focus full-time on my dream life! {Cheers!}

It has certainly been a journey. Back in 2008, I thought I wanted to be a lawyer. Then in 2009, I discovered I wanted to be a teacher. Then in 2010, I wanted to be a yoga teacher. Then in 2011, I discovered I wanted to be a leader. Then in 2012, I applied for graduate school.


 

The Things You Have to Give Up

Written by: Sheena Jeffers for Ballet Shoes & Bobby Pins

My uncle recently sent me an e-mail with this quote: "The champion wins first, then walks into the arena. Everybody else walks into the arena and then tries to figure out what to do." - Jim Fannin

After I walked across that graduation stage and accepted those two degrees I had worked oh-so-very hard for, I had this cocky confidence and a head full of ideas of exactly what my twenties were supposed to look like. I had already secured a great-paying job (for a recent graduate), and I had already planned on purchasing my first new car. I was 22-year-old, armed with two degrees, a solid GPA and job experience! This was going to be great.

Then four years went by. And I learned so much. And I realized to be a champion, I had a lot to learn, and I had many battles to win before I could be truly successful.


 

When Life Gets Hectic

Written by: Sheena Jeffers for Ballet Shoes & Bobby Pins

I have 5 fully-functioning calenders in my daily life.

One hanging up in my bathroom by my sink to read over while brushing my teeth or putting on my make-up. One on my phone, which is the first method of any record. It's electronic and quick. One hanging on the wall in my office. One taped to my desk by the phone, which only has numbers that I put dots over once a day is done. One physical one that I carry around with me to write down what I did each day. It's one crazy, well-oiled, multi-tasking machine / balancing act!

Here are my tips for staying energized, staying focused, and staying right on track:


 

When a Dream Gets Tired

What was your dream future when you were 18 years old?

If we were to mail you your dream report card right now, where would you fall? Pass? Fail? Exactly where on the bell curve would you be sitting?

What happens to all of the dreams that get tired?


 

The Business of Life

We recently sat across from a nurse while eating dinner with friends.

“So,” she began, swishing her wine around in her glass. “How exactly do you live?”

This was her response to our telling her we are dance teachers. We smiled, laughed to ourselves.

“I didn’t mean that in any way other than: How did you turn something you love to do into an income?”

Thus, we explained our double life.


 

Ballet Shoes & Bobby Pins

Yay, 2011! We have so many goals and dreams for this year, and launching this Web site is the first big step!

This Web site and this blog is our attempt to do many things:

1. Open the door for dancers, teachers, students, parents for discussion, choreography, and communication
2. Track the journey as a dancer, teacher, student, friend, sister, daughter, choreographer
3. Collect thoughts, ideas, choreography, hopes and dreams for the future in teaching dance and working with the community


 

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