Lots of thoughts go through that brain of yours, but how many of them do you acknowledge?
If you think that what you are living is your fate, well why don’t you look at it from a different perspective. Every act you made and every decision you took, lead you to the place you are at today.
Don’t feel comfortable and happy at that exact place and time? That means you didn’t reach the end of your tunnel yet. You always have the choice to stop in the middle and stay stuck in the dark calling it fate, or you choose to keep going until you see the light at the end.
To reach the end, self-awareness is essential. You won’t always make the choice that will bring more happiness or more fortune, but each experience will teach you lessons that you wouldn’t have gained in different circumstances. That phase will be temporary and you will be able to reach much better opportunities.
For that, all you have to do is start to understand your weaknesses and strengths, what makes you stand out; and if you focus enough, maybe one day you’ll unmask some areas of your unconscious, understanding yourself more and more each day.
⚠️ Keep in mind: SELF-AWARNESS.
Ellie (@Gym_ellie_gymnastsings) is an athlete AND a singer! I love when I come access multi-talented people and can share them with all of you. I also love that she's tiny like me. I've always struggled with that. But sometimes the advantage of being tiny is that you have to work harder to make people really see you!
A bit about Ellie:
"I’m a gymnast and a singer." She explains. "I’ve performed the National Anthem at several local races and events. I sometimes like to combine my favorite things by singing during handstands 😂, but my main focus is gymnastics. I just turned 9 and am competing level 7 training 8 and TOPs. My dream is to become an elite gymnast!"
On being the small fry:
"I have to work extra hard because I’ve always been extremely small. I do all my bar routines without grips - none fit. I’ve spent hours and hours trying to get the vault and tumbling skills that require more momentum. The extra work has taught me to never lose focus and never, ever give up."
Advice for athletes:
"Keep putting in the time. Think about the big picture and the long-term goal."
@maia_musique here... Miscommunication is so easy. I caught myself yesterday in a miscommunication with L. But my patience just was not there. So, after class, L and I had to have a real sit-down hard to heart so we could both be on the same page with her training, what is expected of her, what my role is as the parent, and what the steps are that we should be taking in order to get to the final goal.
I don't think it's easy to be a parent of a kid who is in any kind of competitive field. It is such a fine line and a delicate balance of supporting but not overstepping. You want it to be there journey, and you want them to set the rules. As for me, all I really need is to be communicated with. But, what I didn't realize was how my lack of patience or tone of voice can really affect her when she steps into class.
If we get it wrong, we get it wrong. All we can do is apologize and try to do better the next time. This is imperfect art form. We can strive for perfection, but We can only ever just get close to it. It's the same way with relationships. They take a lot of work, sometimes we have to have difficult conversations, and it's not always easy. But in the end, everybody wants what is best for each other. And that's the most important thing.
A while ago I decided something very important. I wanted to put a focus on contributing positive news stories, celebrating people, and making them smile the best way I know how. I figured there was far too much negativity in the world, and my purpose was for something more. This morning was very much that.
65 years ago Rebecca McKenzie was born on the original Cunard Queen Elizabeth, and 65 years later, I took her back to where it all began. A special woman with a very special story. One that actually made her quite emotional, but happy, which made me happy, and hopefully made you happy too.
Mornings like this make me proud of my decision, and I intend to keep telling stories like this, to keep putting a smile on people’s faces, and to keep adding more positivity and happiness in the world 🤙🏻.
Link to story in bio 🎥.
RESPECT TO MARTIN LUTHER KING JR AND HIS LEGACY 🙏
Hi, friends. This year I want to dive in deeper and talk about what's truly important to me. I want to bring conversations here (and to my blog) that I often discuss with close friends over coffee. Body image, positivity, confidence. I feel so strongly about these topics, especially now that we're raising a daughter in this crazy world. It's so important. I hope you stay awhile and join me as I dive into these crucial topics and conversations this year. I'm glad you're here. 🖤
A Monday Morning Reminder;
Dear Men: you can be soft, you can be vulnerable, you can cry, you can go to therapy, you can be scared, you can admit that you don’t know what you’re doing, and you can let other men do all these things too.
U16 this year Zoe Burton (@zoeburton.dance) is a seasoned and talented #irishdancer for #CelticSteps. Some people work their entire dance careers just to get to World's, but she's been there multiple times! (Notice the stretegy she uses to help keep her arms in place in the above video. Do you see it?) Here's her story.
How she got started:
"I was inspired to start Irish dance after seeing a friend from preschool perform at my school on St. Patrick’s Day. From then on I have been dancing competitively for almost nine years!"
What she's currently working on:
"I recently qualified for Worlds for the fourth time and will be heading to #Dublin this year! That means I have started up training and will be pushing hard until April!"
On the future:
"My goal for 2020 is to dance my best and be happy with my performances!"
Advice for dancers:
"My advice for other athletes is always remember you are doing it because you love it and it is important to you! It is a gift to compete and perform and we can never forget that❤️❤️❤️." 📷: @rinceandrepeat#irishdancer#irishdancersofinstagram#dancephotography#Ireland#dancer#irish#celtic#gaelic#Riverdance#Oireachtas#westernregion#performer#sundaymotivation#lynneajigs#positivityproject
Patrick McKenna (@patrickmckennax) is an Irish dancer with the Sharon Taylor Academy in Scotland. He's what I call a multi-champion-someone who wins multiple top titles over and over again. I absolutely love his advice section so make sure to read all the way to the end!
What he's currently working on:
"I’ve been working on improving my world placing for a number of years now. I have won multiple globes. I’ve been British national champion, won 11 Regional titles & been top 2/3 in every other major. The main aim for me is being able to retire from competing & being able to say I gave it my all without having any regrets." ___________
On making Irish dancing mainstream:
"In the past year I’ve also been involved in 2 TV shows with the most recent being the greatest dancer on @bbc 1. I’m very excited about where this show will take us & also about the opportunities these shows can create for not just me but for all Irish dancers, it shows there’s a world out there other than competitions for young dancers."
On maintaining that competitive edge:
" I’m also excited to compete again at the all Ireland’s and World Championships, it’s going to be a tough year of competition but I love the challenge." ___________
Advice for dancers:
"Work hard, be positive and listen to the advice of the people around you. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. Dancing will give you opportunities like you’ve never experienced before so don’t be afraid to go and take them. At some point we all have bad results but it’s all about your positive attitude & determination. After a setback that will make a real difference. Always believe in yourself & don’t let the opinions of other people influence the way you see yourself, because there will always be negative people around. But most importantly just enjoy what you do. Life can be stressful, what is important is that you take pride in what you do and give it everything you have, in years to come your dancing years will be your favourite memories to look back on & you’ll reminisce with friends you’ve met from all over the world."
Sometimes @pinterest really does give you the best ideas. I wasn’t even looking for tiles this time but thanks to the suggested pins found this. Now just to decide if I want it only in the downstairs loo or if I would actually love it in the kitchen #beaut
Mikhail Popov (@Mihail_Popov) is my amazing #danceroftheday today, Russian #ballroomdancer and champion! Here is a little glimpse into Mikhail's world as he prepares for his upcoming international competitions.
What got him interested in dancing:
Sometimes, it's all about finding celebrities and mentors who inspire us. Mikhail knows exactly why inspired him to dance. "Ricky Martin," says Mikhail. "I like this singer!" 😂
On trying other activities:
Mikhail abmits that it was "only dance in my heart!" However, he does enjoy watching other sports, including football and hockey!"
What he's currently working on:
"We will have important competitions in January, the UK Championships!" Then Blackpool happens in May. To prepare, Mikhail and his partner attended a dance camp and practice, practice, practice! Sometimes we can practice 6 hours, sometimes 3 hours per week, with two or three days for recovery."
On dealing with challenges:
"I had a knee injury," Mikhail recalls. "Ligaments were damaged. I wore a retaining bandage after doing special exercises." ____________
On being a part of a pair:
"Our team is very important for us. Our teachers, fans, family and sponsors. We have progress because we have system. We really love what we do and enjoy the system in training."
On dealing with performance nerves:
"I try to think about the good and enjoy the process," says Mikhail, who admits that nerves are always a challenge to tackle.
""There is no secret so close as that between a rider and his horse." ~ Robert Smith Surtees
German born Mara (@paraponys) is a para dressage rider who cares for and trains with 3 beautiful ponies: Cookie, Querida, and Little Dream. Here is a little glimpse into her sport and her world!
What she's currently working on:
"With my horses, there is always something to work on, because we are a team consisting of two athletes working together. At the moment I am working mostly with my younger horse Querida. We have to get to know each other in training and find a way to communicate whilst riding. Because of my disability I cannot give my horse the same aids an able bodied rider would give, so my horse has to learn to interpret my aids in the right way. Same for me, I have to learn how to ask things from my horse. For now, my biggest accomplishment with Querida is finishing our training on a positive note."
On her award winning pony:
"In addition to Querida, I have my internationally successful competitive German riding pony Nadira, known as Cookie. Together with her I became national junior champion in 2017 & 2018 in the para dressage division, which can be seen as my greatest success so far."
On the future:
"The big goal/dream for me is to compete in a major championship or even the @paralympics.🏅
My biggest motivation to ride is the freedom it gives me. I ride, I compete, I care for my horses. I may do some things a little bit differently, but at the end of the day I am a horse girl (in a wheelchair, but that really doesn't matter to anyone in the horse community 😉)
Advice for athletes:
"Try. If you fail, try again. Nothing is impossible if you really want it to happen. Giving up is not an option. If something seems impossible, try it from a different angle or with a different method."
Got a question for Mara?:
"If there are any questions from you or your followers considering my disability, para dressage or anything else I will happily answer them as best as I can." She says! 📷: @_stallgefluester_