Hello from the deep dark forest of Northern California! I am enjoying the springtime vibes and hope you are too. Please enjoy some new pictures in my fabulous faux assuit created by Melodia Designs. Her clothes are truly an inspiration! I've created an entirely separate page dedicated exclusively to pictures of peeps in assuit. I include myself of course, but there are other pics of famous beauties from vintage Hollywood and a few dancing queens. I will be adding more to this page over time. The pictures of Jamila Salimpour are particularly inspiring for me because when I saw them for the first time I realized I could be a tribal belly dancer AND WEAR BLACK. When I started dancing I was nervous about the belly dance aesthetic. I was in love with the dancing but the costumes did not speak to me, and I knew I did not want to wear lots of bright colors on the stage. After seeing Jamila (she took my breath away) I knew I would be alright. She gave me the courage to take the plunge and start weekly lessons. I"m so grateful!
This picture is a visual representation of my goals for the new year. I only have one goal, really. I never make resolutions because I feel they are silly, but my GOAL is to remain on my minimalist journey. So far, so good.
I've identified as a minimalist since the early 2000's when I got rid of my 3,000 volumes book collection. That was my first step and it was incredibly liberating. Over the years, I've slowly decluttered and reshaped my perspective on consumerism and capitalism and various other lofty ideas. Recently I've been so happy to discover that minimalism is now a trend! There are tons of videos on Youtube, multiple talks on TED.com and many awesome and inspiring websites. I am especially inspired by the minimalist youtubers (is that a word? oh well, it is now).
I now have a morning routine that goes as follows:
-I wake up and first things first: I drink a huge glass of tepid water OR lemon water, then I make my morning coffee (blue bottle). I used to have on average 2-3 cups of coffee in the morning. Now I have one. One and done.
Minimalism spills over into every corner and facet of my life. For instance, I started out with the goal of more space in my living room to dance, and now I have better eating habits/choices because of minimalism! When I go out to restaurants I allow myself to have whatever I want, but at home I simply don't buy meat anymore. All my meals at home are vegetarian. This is a huge step for me and I feel so much better in body, mind, and spirit. I am greatly inspired by Jenny Mustard, a vegan minimalist who makes beautiful and creative videos. I watch her almost every morning with my one, precious cup of coffee. Sometimes I watch certain videos over and over again, just to keep the minimalist lifestyle fresh in my mind. Honestly, watching the videos in the morning has allowed me to make better choices throughout the day.
If you are looking for some inspo, check out this playlist!
Stunningly beautiful TED talk. He talks about the serpentine movements of Khmer classical dance and I feel such a kinship with him! We as belly dancers really strive for that serpentine look and style. I am very humbled and inspired by this video. Enjoy!
This is the place where I track future performances and announce updates in the Blackhoodygrrl world. There is also bits of poetry, musings and eye candy, always keeping with the theme of Sacred Dance.
Dark Beauty Magazine
Dress for Success
Ghoul Next Door
Pixie Vision Photography
Riot at the Rite
Sisters of the Black Moon