Lessons I Learned At 38

1. Speak Your Truth Early And Often Ask your real questions or tell your truth real early because it will get you to where you want to go a WHOLE LOT FASTER. It’s friggin' HARD to be vulnerable. I’m a Capricorn Sun with Scorpio Moon and Venus, Virgo Rising and North...

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Stepping Into Your Sensual Birthright

Gathered in a circle, I asked the women my favorite question, "what is your deepest, darkest secret?" (What can I say, I like to get to the heart of things.) Answers varied - and I wouldn't dare share any of them with the outside world, these conversations we held in...

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Resiliency in the Time of Chaos

Resiliency is keeping your heart open even when it wants to shut down completely. It's damn painful to look at the news everyday and see so much hate, and then it's compounded 20-fold when something as striking and jarring as Charlottesville happens (though lets...

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Sometimes (In Praise of Your Full Emotional Spectrum)

  Sometimes, your body’s gotta eat just as much as it wants to, which is a whole shitload more than it “should”. Sometimes, you have to say no in order to get the yes you really want. Sometimes, you realize you have many soulmates, and they surround you on a daily...

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Work, then flow

Work, then flow. It's my new mantra. Let me back up a moment. I find myself - my proclivities - to fall somewhere in between the grounded and woo. It's been the course of my life; if you are at all interested and understanding of the woo, my south node of Pisces and...

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Nine Steps for Dealing with Depression and Anxiety

Over the last several weeks, I've been sharing on Instagram some of the tools that I wish I had as a child/teenager/young adult to get me through my depressive (and unknown to me at the time, deep anxiety) episodes. I pondered anti-depressants many times, was told by...

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For the Love of Performing

One of my favorite things about being a dance teacher is watching my students perform. For the first few years of teaching, I often performed with them, and so I missed out on the joy it brings to see them do their thing on stage. There was also more of a dependence...

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CGD+T Dancer Certification Spotlight: Alison Pettigrew

  Alison (aka Ali or Alie) Pettigrew, 31, Customer Care Coordinator for Galaxy Digital Note from Christine: Ali (or Alie, as I always write) started taking Hip Hop with me a couple of years ago. Her Hip Hop class inexplicably changed into a performance class (that's...

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CGD+T Dancer Certification Spotlight: Crystal Edwards

Crystal Leigh Edwards, 31, Assistant General Manager  Note from Christine: Crystal is one of our first dancers to become a certified CGD+T dancer. I am floored by how far she has come since beginning dance classes with me last summer; not only has she put a lot of...

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There’s No Such Thing As Balance

  Oh, I used to believe there was. I used to repeat that mantra over and over again to friends, family, clients. "Balance is what brings you good health. It's what so many of us are missing in life, and what would make us so much happier." The truth of my life looked...

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Can You Ease Up? Or, How to Approach 2017

I woke up with a sweat-covered face and chest. The sweat I could handle; the worst part was that pit-feeling space in the middle of my stomach. I've been here before. Note: this does not make it any easier in the moment. But I was able to feel some comfort more...

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Looking For A Fresh Start (aka Happy Holidays)

It's hard for many of us to look at the holidays as anything other than a crazy busy time. We may jump into seeing some holiday theater, or music, or venture out to see the lights and the Christmas markets, but we're mostly running around trying to take care of...

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Forward Movements

I stopped following the news as closely as I had been. Don't worry, I still get the overall picture. I read the headlines to know which person is being appointed, what mind-numbing tweets have been made, and I delve into some articles to read about the tragedies that...

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I Don’t Want a Revolution.

I used to. Definitely for all of my 20s. During all of the anti-Iraq war marches I participated in in San Francisco, during my work with a low-income black women's organization my first couple of years in the Bay Area, when Bush won the first and second times, when...

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Now is the Time for Authenticity, Shadows and All

I hold the well-being of all others close to my heart every single day. * I get wrapped up in trying to sort out my own emotional world, which can lead to self-absorption.   I accept that I am a complicated, emotional being with a rich internal world that is hard to...

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