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‘What I did for Love’

Yesterday marked the 7th and final day of filming a piece entitled ‘What I did for Love’. This piece is about love and relationships. It’s about how everyone has to work hard or even fight to be with the person they love and it certainly does not discriminate against gender and/or sexual orientation. That is not the way myself and this brilliant group of dancers see our world anyway. We had the chance here to showcase our talents and support a great cause. Anyone should be able to be with their person and that is exactly how we feel and what we show through choreography and striking visuals.

We had an absolute BLAST playing with holi powder this week while filming. This powder is used to emphasize the idea that people’s true colors aren’t always the same as someone else’s and they aren’t always what they “should” be. Couples in the piece struggle to let their true colors shine until they are united with the person whom they are truly meant to be with. Then we celebrate that with a blending of colors and the use of every single color of the rainbow to tie the piece up at the end. I am the Director of this video, as well as having been the choreography director and creative director so needless to say this project has been my passion for the past few months and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I am so proud of the work we have done and now that I have 5 seconds to myself I could not WAIT to share a few bits from our experience over the past week. Check out these photos, capturing the essence of the holi powder perfectly as it floats in the air while the dancers perform. And please please please watch the promo video here.

  

 

This is what afloat means to me.

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Taste the Rainbow

Think about this… When was the last time you painted a rock? If ever?

When was the last time you just did something fun and silly, the last time you played pretend and really let your imagination run wild. Do you take the time to let the young spirit in you have a little fun or do you just live each day plainly. Are you a grey stone?
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Or a colored rock?
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I spent the weekend with kiddies. I have cousins who live in Galway so that’s how I’m lucky enough to go out there every once in a while. They have so much energy, a lightness of being that we should all hope to maintain! Every time I’m with them they remind me that not everything in life has to be so serious. I believe it. We should all take some time to paint rocks.
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Think about what that means to you, it could be going for a bike ride, roller skating, making jewelry or friendship bracelets even! Playing in the back yard or going for a long walk on the beach. Going to the carnival and riding a few roller coasters! Playing pretend, having an imaginary tea party or army battle. Why not? Let it out, live a little!

And one last thought for this gorgeous Tuesday in Dublin: Not everything has to be tied to reality and everything that’s important doesn’t always qualify as “important”.

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Emerald Isle of Enchantment: Ireland

I have been living in Ireland over a year. I feel so comfortable in this place that I think I forget to look at it. I spent an afternoon a couple of weeks ago in Bray, Co. Wicklow, then this afternoon in Roscam, Co. Galway. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I actually opened them to appreciate what’s right in front of me. Absolutely,  breathtakingly, shockingly beautiful. Only because I have simply been failing to look. Check it.

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Bray, Co. Wickow

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Bray, Co. Wickow

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Roscam, Co. Galway                                        Bray, Co. Wicklow

This is a bit blurry… only because of that giant ball of fire. It basically is a huge blur anyway. A huge, gorgeous so so bright it’s white ball of blurry goodness. I couldn’t help myself. I snapped a little photo. It is beautiful to me. Daily Post.

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Roscam, Co. Galway

 

As a last note, cheers to the Daily post – no three letter words! HAH!

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Matcha Lattes for the win!

I have to say … I wasn’t sure about this milky green colored hot drink… but I think I’m sold.

An article came up on Lovin Dublin a couple of months ago about these amazing matcha lattes that are the latest and greatest. I read it and I was like hmm… one day I need to try these. Well that day was today and I’m proud to say I did it! Today a friend and I ventured over to the Cracked Nut which was #2 on the list and we ordered 2 Vanilla Matcha lattes. I survived my first matcha latte and I think I like it…  I will definitely be trying it again.

Here are a few things to note (from my first Matcha Latte experience):

  1. There is a good chance (as I sit here sipping normal tea) that normal tea could never compare.
  2. The texture of this latte is unlike no other… it is slightly gritty but at the same time the milk makes it so creamy and the combination of the two leaves you with a thick (but not too thick!) consistency… kind of like hot chocolate.
  3. It doesn’t taste sweet… so if you are expecting that- don’t. And if you add a bit of brown sugar (for those sweet-toothed people) it tastes really great! That’s what I did and it helped me.
  4. If you are apprehensive… STIR IT. The first sip I took was full of matcha-y foam and it was … unappealing to say the least. I felt like I was drinking a warm grass smoothie for a second BUT I stirred it and the foam that had settled was not incorporated… leading to the silky texture I mentioned in point 2.
  5. It is a feel good drink. As I was drinking it, I was enjoying it exponentially and on top of it… I didn’t feel full or tired or hyper or anything crazy after it! It was almost as if I never drank it because my stomach felt great. As well I felt a bit calmer and just happy to have tried it- could be a side effect of the matcha.

The health benefits are unreal…Matcha is the only legal drug that you can drink after all so it’s worth a try. They should call them Trippy Lattes honestly. Since drinking it I’ve been walking around seeing things a bit differently… everything is more colorful and I never noticed that there were cows in Dublin city… I swear the funniest things have been happening over the past 2 hours. I’m sitting here drinking this not so great tea and I keep getting distracted by the people around me who seem to all have funny French mustaches. This green stuff is amazing… I wish lol. April Fools! It’s not a druggy latte even though it does make you feel really nice after… I would know if I actually tried one…

 

APRIL FOOLS ahahaha I did try one! And that is what I think about it. Minus the “Latte Trip” after obviously. Thanks Daily Post for helping me celebrate one of my favorite days of the year through writing!

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I’ve got sunshine on a cloudy day

I’m pretty positive that I’m a glass half full kinda gal. It’s obviously not an absolute thing, can’t be a ray of sunshine all the time, BUT even if you can’t… there are still days.

Days like today are the definition of sunshine on a cloudy day. Allow me to explain.

I was expecting something to arrive in my inbox. Last night I made a plan in my head that this morning I would wake up to an email that I was expecting. I woke up… nothing. I waited until 12 when I had to leave to meet an old boss for a catch up lunch… nada.

So I decided to try to “let it go” for a while, at least during lunch so I could enjoy it. I think I did that because my lunch date felt like brain food. I learned a few things and picked up a few good tips and I walked out of there itching to grab my journal and write them down. As I was writing I decided… I’m here, it’s Friday, let me enjoy my afternoon.

One of the things I wrote in my journal was this – #1. Stop setting myself up.

Do you ever do that? Set yourself up for something and then end up disappointed because it didn’t go that exact way? I’ve been told that my whole life. That I set myself up for things and I should stop doing it. I wrote that in my journal and then I went off to the National Gallery.

On my way to the NGI, I crossed over a bridge that was lined with little flower pots… Filled with Daffodils. Today is National Daffodil Day in Ireland – in support of cancer research. And I just to happened to stop to smell the roses daffodils. I had to snap a photo ^. I thought about them the whole way to the Gallery.

I love it there, it’s small but it’s perfect in it’s own little way. The best part about it? The gift shop. I could spend hoursssss in there. Needless to say I spent a nice hour in there looking through all of the little goodies. May have spotted my next journal in there! Then I got to a point where I felt like I was nearly ready to go, but one last thing held me in there for a few minutes. It was that journal. I spent an extra few minutes just looking at it and pondering it… and next thing I know I’m ready to go… WITH AN INBOX FULL OF THE EXACT MESSAGE I WAS WAITING FOR!

That set off the rest of my afternoon into ‘efficient mode’ and even though the time frame wasn’t exactly what I thought it would have been… the thing I wanted to get done today still got done.

Soooo… I decided to “stop” setting myself up. And what I realized was that it’s not about the setting yourself up but it’s about HOW you do it. I know now that there is a fine line between setting yourself up for success and setting yourself up for disappointment. SO I’m learning to lean towards the former.

Sunshine. On a cloudy day.

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We need to talk.

^^^ RIGHT THOUGH? Can I get an amen please? I know what you’re thinking. That I’m going to go and rant about how utterly awful that phrase is and what’s worse is usually what comes after it. Well that is all true. But we already know all of that! Usually (more often than not) that phrase introduces a stressful conversation, confrontation of some sort or just a flat out confession – anything to make your stomach turn probably. Not fun. The good news is that since we’ve already got that established we can move on!

Want to know what this phrase means to me… and what I think it should mean? Is that WE NEED TO TALK. We need to talk about stuff! So here is what I think we need to talk about:

  1. We need to talk about our feelings.
    1. Lots of people have it in their head that they need to be strong and can’t talk about how they feel about things. They can’t tell someone they are sad or scared because then they won’t be seen as a strong, successful person. Or they can’t talk about how they feel about happenings that stir emotions in them because they fear their opinion might contrast someone else’s and they will be seen as stupid or uneducated. GET OVER IT.
  2. We need to talk about the sh bad stuff.
    1. Honestly we just need to talk about stuff. We are all people, we all feel sad and happy and angry and desperate etc etc etc. Be those things and say them out loud because that is how you learn, grow and move forward. Crappy things happen, in the world and in our lives. Talk about them. Processing. Most people will find they prefer to process things out loud. So do it. Call your friend, talk to a stranger. Live.
  3. We need to talk about our goals and dreams.
    1. We all have ’em and I believe that lots of us spend way too much time and energy pushing them away. I have too much to say here so I will leave it at this: Here’s a challenge… Say them out loud, to yourself, your friends, whoever will listen and see how quickly opportunities present themselves towards those goals and dreams.
  4. We need to talk about who we are.
    1. It’s a fun process, you know, going through this life and chasing after opportunities you want to experience. Learning new things, meeting new people, traveling, working in different jobs, getting married, having children, all of it! There is a lot that can be done and a lot to look forward to. Talk about it! You know how you feel about things, you know what you want to do and why you want to do it. All of this is largely to do with who you are. So speak out about it and DO NOT be afraid or ashamed. You are who you are and as soon as you realize that, you will accept yourself and become extraordinary.
  5. We need to talk about what goes on in the world.
    1. So much goes on in the world and if you speak up you can make a difference. Take every chance you get to help progress your world forward. Enough said.

That’s enough of me for the day. #ThoughtsforaThursday

Talk soon!

B-

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So what’s in a job?

How does the word job make you feel? ::cries a little::

I knowwww you know what I’m talking about! Most people do unfortunately. But that is because a job has become a means to an end. It’s something you do to make money so you can have money to live and do the things you want to do. <confusing, boring and a little sad, don’t you think?

Not to mention it’s that little something that you spend at least 1/3 of your day doing, 5 days a week. Just as a means to an end… to have money to spend for those 2 days a week where you feel like you can do what you want.

Well well well, I’m in the process of looking for a job and it had me thinking about all of this. So I’ve decided… I’m going to do what I want. I’m going to make the process even more grueling by searching for jobs that I would genuinely enjoy, jobs that wouldn’t feel like jobs as much as other ones. I’ve also been inspired by an article I read on Linked In yesterday, it was worth a share! And then I decided to procrastinate commit to that idea by expressing it in writing via this lovely post.

I’ve learned a few things along the way so now that I’ve found a few jobs I might actually enjoy more than going to the dentist, allow me to share.

  1. What do you like to do? Pick something you like to do, that you’d like to get paid to do. The catch here though is to make sure that whatever you pick is something you can see as more than a hobby/passion. There can be a fine line, but sometimes when you decide to dive into the nitty gritty of what you love, you fall out of love with it.
    1. I have decided to pursue dancing, in various ways, to achieve my career goals, I don’t mind diving right in and hashing out the details, it doesn’t ruin anything for me. HOWEVER, if I decided to pursue baking and someone tried to tell me how to decorate my cakes… NO WAY, Jose. So thats what I mean.
  2. Why do you want to do it? That seems simple, but it can be so hard to define this aspect of it. I always like to do this because when the going gets tough, remembering why I want to do something in the first place is like a reality check. Why do you want to have that dream job as an artist or a writer? Why do you want to start your own company? Figure it out, write it down and always remember it.
  3. What makes you good at it? Every job application and interview is basically a pitch. You need to be able to pitch yourself to the company, organization, investor, whomever it is and let them know why they need you. Why are you good? What will you bring to the table. Same goes here.. Figure it out, write it down and always remember it.

That’s it honestly, I really meant a few things! I feel like these things are what keep me grounded.