Summer 2016

I have come to the conclusion of my junior year of high school. I have completed three performances throughout the school year that have now brought me to what I have been most excited for. Last December I performed in the Nutcracker, early this spring I preformed in Cinderella, and just this past weekend I performed in my studios annual recital. Through these past months I took classes in New York City and went to many auditions for different summer intensives to take part in during my summer of 2016. In a little over two weeks I will be leaving for University of North Carolina School of Arts Comprehensive Dance Intensive. Many HS students would think of summer as the time to hang out with there friends and have fun, but dance is my passion. Having a good summer from my point of view is the idea of dancing the majority of the time. I will be spending 5 weeks in North Carolina dancing for many hours each day, building my technique in the art I love. I am very enthused to be expanding my horizons in the art of dance. Besides the dancing, I am excited to meet new people and live a life in a different city. When returning from UNCSA I will continue my dance education at my local dance studio preparing for my college auditions beginning in September. I am very privileged to be going away for the majority of my summer to do what I love. I am very excited to see what the future will bring.

Having a Positive Outlook

Many of us look at our days with such negativity. We wake up and say to ourselves “oh it’s just another day” or “here we go again” and these phrases are so pessimistic. Instead of being so negative we should think positively. Having a positive outlook on your life can do a lot for your mood.

If we were one of the whos from whoville we would have a different view on negative circumstances. When the Grinch came down and stole all of the presents, they did not let them ruin Christmas for them. Instead, on Christmas morning the whos came and sang. Although negative things happen in life it is very healthy to view it from a different angle and turn it into a positive.

How many of you wake up each morning counting down the days till Friday? Going to school or work just to talk about the party this weekend or how you can not wait to be home and isolate yourself from society. The best of us feel this way but we don’t have to. Many of us forget to live in the moment and are too busy worrying about the future than enjoying the current day. Wake up and smile because it’s another day to live and another day to accomplish the objectives we set for ourselves. Enjoy the day, put your phone down, and talk to your family. Your family will care about how you feel more than the people of twitter will.

No one can make you see your life in a different way but it all starts with you. You decide whether you’re going to smile today. You decide how to spend your day. Whether you choose to live in the front row, or the the third row make it the best row you would ever dream of.

Puppy or Toddler

Training a dog is very difficult. Every day I am teaching him to not pee in the house or to not eat everything he sees. I am constantly pulling different things out of his mouth or taking the shoes away from him. His favorite thing to do is run around the house with a cat toy. I do not think he can have enough toys to play with. The moment my mom comes home I am always so excited for her to watch him because he takes all of my energy. The other day I gave him his first bath. He went from the size of a small bear to a wet little mop. Nothing can make me happier than my puppy but he has come to show me how much work kids are because I don’t know if i’m training a puppy or raising a child; maybe I am doing both.

High Life

Every once in awhile we all still come across a gloomy day. After a few months of refocussing my life, I am extremely content. Leaving a public school was the best thing for me. I see life differently and appreciate life much more than I ever have.

Dance and music helps to keep me sane. Without these two components in my life, I do not know where I would be. Focusing on working hard in the studio and at home has distracted my mind from the negatives of society. I have been auditioning for many dance programs and will be spending five weeks at the University of North Carolina for the comprehensive dance intensive. In an upcoming performance of Cinderella I will be performing as the roll of the Fairy Godmother.

Along with dance being one of the most supportive getaways in my life, family and friends have helped. Between my immediate family, to the extended, and friends, I have had one of the greatest support systems. We all wish everyday can be full of happiness, but unfortunately that will never be the case. With many individuals supporting me I have grown to be more kind and mentally/physically healthy.

I am thankful for everyday and every individual that has come through my life. Without the challenges I have experienced I would not be the person I am today. Proud to say I have come this far and I have learned to love myself and be happy as my own individual.

 

Sunday Funday

Super Bowl Sunday in my household is not as typical as it usually is. My mom is still cooking as usual, but my brother won’t be here. My dad and I started our day with parallel parking which is always quite eventful. Following our outing we came home to cook. My dad and I made goat cheese stuffed jalapeño peppers wrapped in bacon while my mom made a superb amount of food. Before sitting down to watch tv as a family we went for a walk and then my mom took some pictures of me outside. Hope everyone has a great Sunday with their family and friends!

 

Ridin’ Solo

For the first time I traveled as an independent teen. I had two weeks off from school and with nearly nothing to do I decided I wanted to travel to Myrtle Beach to hang out with my Titi Linda & Uncle Manuel. On Tuesday, January 19th I traveled from a small town of Pennsylvania to Laguardia Airport with my brother. Arriving after a 4 hour drive that should have been no longer than 2 hours my brother left me. I went through security without any hassle. After an hour and a half hour flight I arrived in Myrtle Beach to be greeted by my Aunt.

Today was the day I was planning to go home. Winter storm Jonas decided to come through the Northeast. Now I am stuck in Myrtle Beach until Wednesday. It is certainly not a terrible thing to be stuck in SC with my aunt and uncle. Having a lot of fun the past few days I have been working on a 2,000 piece puzzle that causes many headaches. To get away from the stress of the puzzle we go for walks at the beach. I have been having a lot of fun and can not wait for the rest of the days that I am spending here in Myrtle Beach, SC.

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