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!
Greetings. These are no filtered, no photoshop pictures taken after a performance I did over the summer. It was wonderful to be dancing again! I haven't danced at an outdoor festival during the daytime since I first started belly dancing (2008)--boy that was something special!
I don't know about you, but summertime is hard on us goths. We wear black all year round, so of course we are sweltering in the heat. I've never ever been a sun baby. I define that as the people who LIVE for the sunshine and actually have SAD (seasonal affective disorder) during the winter months. There are people who actually follow the sun and live in different places during different seasons so they NEVER have to deal with the clouds and the cold. Yeah. Sun babies. I grew up in SoCal so needless to say...the struggle is real. I absolutely love the beach...but I love it for the water, not for the sun! Moving to NorCal was a good move for me because fog. Obviously. But still...it does get quite hot here in the summer months. Trying to stay in a gratitude mindset but the hot weather is really bumming me out!
To counter my grumpy mood I have been taking private dance lessons and also working on my choreography a lot. I am really enjoying Datura classes online. I am so pleased and proud of my belly dance sisters and mentors who created such a wonderful educational tool.
AHHHH!! Look at this Cutie McCutie Pie! OMG he is so cute I want to jump in the water, swim out to him and kiss his wet snout. Harbor seals are the BEST!
I've lived in the Bay Area for twenty years, but I have never actually lived ON the bay. Our building is right on the water and we see this guy and his friends almost every day. It is pure magic every time I see them. So. flippin'. Cute.
I am in a state of constant shock and wonder. I cannot believe it...we moved to SAUSALITO!! Man oh man have the last six months of life been WEIRD AF. We had to move to a completely different STATE only to realize that we belong in the Bay Area and then we found this gem of an apartment in freakin' Sausalito. WOW. I am beyond exhausted with all the moving that's been going on. Exhausted and grateful for this new journey that lies ahead. I just bought this hoody that you see in the picture (I know! It's not black. Boo.) to support the local market that is right down the street from my place. The San Francisco Bay is right outside my front door. Yesterday I saw an otter frolicking in the water. PURE HEAVEN. Working on new choreography for the first time in months. This moment is good.
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