Greetings! March is a birthday month for me. Naturally I am looking backward instead of forward the older I get. I think the common term for this is nostalgia. This was a BTS photo taken of me. That day I was part of a photoshoot with some other beautiful belly dancers. At the time, we were a troupe and it was magical. I truly miss dancing with those ladies. This picture is probably over ten years old but I'm not sure. Since the pandemic, I have no concept of time and space anymore. What day is it today? I have no idea.
Just received an email from my current dance teacher that classes will resume on March 27th. Ohhh HAPPY DAY!! I am so excited. Classes stopped in March 2020. For awhile I was taking privates with her (both of us wearing masks), and then the dance studio completely shut down. To say I was heartbroken is an understatement. Dance class is one of my anchors in life. Without it, I have a severe lack in motivation to continue and develop my personal dance practice. But when I have a class to look forward to, whaddya know! Suddenly I'm on my yoga mat 5 days a week, I am practicing in front of my bedroom closet mirrors, making music playlists and even creating original choreography. BTW, dancing with a mask is so hard for me, I dissolved in tears the first few times I did it. I have been watching ballet classes and rehearsals on youtube of professional dance companies...they are kicking ass and wearing masks and I can hardly believe my eyes. It is seriously so HARD to do!
This picture was taken on my birthday. Yes, I am far away because I'm feeling a little self-conscious in front of the camera these days. This too shall pass. Happy Spring!
What a wonderful way to kick off a new year: a documentary on minimalism! My favorite subject/topic of all time! I mean, besides dance of course ;)
These guys are AWESOME. I highly recommend you check out all they have to offer: a great podcast, numerous books that are extremely helpful, a youtube channel, and two documentaries which are both available on Netflix. I am so incredibly glad they have this doc-o streaming on a platform that is wildly popular because it means the idea will be introduced to literally millions of people who may not have ever considered this lifestyle and philosophy. I hope it inspires people to take a look at their lives, perhaps rethink a thing or two and hopefully downsize in certain areas.
Remember, this life is about experiences, not things. Take some time this year to focus on having fantastic experiences instead of acquiring mere stuff. This year I am focusing on financial minimalism, which means I will be embracing the concept of "low-buy" (ie: I will not be making any purchases which aren't absolutely essential). I am also tracking my expenses in my bullet journal. If you are interested in these concepts, I highly recommend you check out the blog and youtube channel Use Less. I have included one of her printables in this post to help guide you on your journey to a more minimalist lifestyle.
Greetings! My name is Captain Obvious and I am here to say that 2020 has been a trash fire in a dumpster full of shit kinda year. I would love to recap all the fabulous things I did or achieved but alas...there is really nothing. At the moment I am swimming in gratitude for having shelter, food, money in the bank, and my HEALTH. And that is really it.
I never wanted to post about anything on this site that is not art, lifestyle, or dance related, but I feel compelled to say this: my husband of almost 11 years (and ride or die friend for 21 years) is a first responder and this has been the hardest year of my life in a psychological sense. Neither of us are in an ICU bed and again, I am so grateful for that. More than I can ever express in a blog post. But mental health wise...WOW. I feel an enormous shift within me, and to be blunt, it is not in a positive direction. I feel completely changed and totally paralyzed with fear for his life and my own. He puts his life on the line every single day, and as much as I love him, I also know I am just not emotionally equipped for this kinda thing. I have spent a lifetime of jumping into the fire with no fear whatsoever, and I am judging myself now for being terrified. It makes me angry and makes me feel weak and useless. The struggle is real. All I can do is try to remain calm and try to cultivate gratitude every day. Easier said than done. For sure.
Wishing you a wonderful Winter Solstice. I hope you are healthy and have the strength to continue your journey in 2021.
ps. I have one favor to ask: if any of you happen to find yourself in the back of an ambulance, please do not give the paramedics shit for doing their job. Please wear a mask. Please give them some respect. They truly deserve it.
Hullo Humans. Normally I tend to stay away from nostalgia because it is SO easy to get lost in the good ol' days that you can literally waste your life away thinking about the past. Uncle Rico from Napoleon Dynamite comes to mind when I think about this topic. Don't be Uncle Rico.
However, OMG BETCH! Kelly is back and she has a very important message to tell you guys.
In other news, I am doing ok. Just trying to tread water here. Not doing much dancing which is very disappointing. It is very hard to get inspired at the moment.
Greetings! This summer has been slow and painful and really...I am at a loss for words. I am simply trying to maintain during these extremely trying times. If I continue to write this post, I am afraid it will dissolve into bitterness and anger and that's not terribly helpful.
I only want to say this: PLEASE WEAR A MASK when you are not at home. This is not a political issue nor is it a cultural issue. This is a health issue. Please please show some common decency and respect for other humans who share this planet with you. Thanks!
Another birthday come and gone. This month is not feeling particularly festive since the outbreak of the coronavirus. However, in my own private world I am taking baby steps towards making every day habits more like sacred rituals. This has been the entire point of Blackhoodygrrl from the very beginning! When I put my hood up, I feel a different persona bubble up to the surface: she is a dancing goddess with ancient wisdom flowing through her veins. I feel immensely powerful and beautiful in my black hood, and I want to feel that way more often. So I am incorporating more (minimalist) rituals into my life! The very first one is dancing (of course). I've been dancing all my life, but lately I have been dancing almost every day WITHOUT JUDGEMENT of my limitations (I have several fairly serious injuries). This is a complete game changer for my mental state. I enjoy my dance so much more and I have more creative ideas because I am pushing aside negative self-talk and self-judgement. As a result, my practice feels like a sacred ritual.
I call this a "minimalist" ritual because that is what minimalism is all about--removing (decluttering) things that do not serve you in order to focus on things which bring value to your life. I am putting away this negative mental state to focus on the thing I value MOST which is dance.
Stay safe out there and don't forget to wash your hands!
This made me laugh so I thought I would post it here. This was only a few, short years ago at a beautiful studio in the SOMA district of SF. After we started recording there was SO much noise in the background (multiple police sirens, construction noise, random chaos) that we stopped the video. Oh well. Yes my friends, that was me bellydancing to Van Halen.
February has been super chilly! Brrrrrr! I am whimping out on my outside fitness routine which consists of a 3 mile fast walk several times a week. If I walk any longer than 3 miles my surgery foot starts to throb. But damn! It is so windy and chilly that I haven't been walking as much. Luckily I have a new dance class and private lessons to keep me going. I subbed for my fabulous teacher last week while she was away and it was awesome.
Happy New Year!
So far this month has been filled with surprises and good things. I have finally found a local belly dance class that I love. I found another one a few months back but it didn't really suit me because it was too focused on community and not enough on dancing. But this new class is wonderful: a perfect blend of dancing and community and fun and sweat. YASSS!
I have written an article on Minimalism and Fitness. Please check it out if interested. My plan is to upload an article once a month on all things minimalism. Stay tuned!
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