September 12, 2016
Fall into You
I want to personally thank you for welcoming me into your inbox and I want to welcome you to my community as well.
Now, a little over 2 weeks ago I sent you my very first blog post. Not a newsletter, not an upcoming product or an event – but a personal blog post. It was pretty scary for me to be completely transparent, but I knew it was right for me. Thank you everyone for your support. Here are some awesome responses from the community… In case you didn’t read it, click here.
“This is an issue that I, as a dancer who is short and naturally curvy, have struggled with for as long as I can remember….When I was a teenager taking dance classes, going to auditions, starting to make dance a career – J.Lo and Beyonce were not famous yet, and there was no role models/images/acceptance of beautiful women with big booties and curves! I would go to auditions and all they wanted was tall, blonde & skinny. I fit into NONE of those categories. That’s one of the things that led me to Partner dancing, because as long as I found a good match for me, I was the “right” height and size. However, I still struggle with liking my body/hating my body – and it gets harder to stay at a weight/size I am “happy” with with each passing year.
Some days I look in the mirror and think I’m small and fit, especially compared to the average person out there, and other days I look in the mirror and think – how can I dare put on a costume and get on stage?! It’s an ongoing issue that I continue to work on. So I totally understand, and appreciate, what you have written!
We miss you here in SF! – Ava”
Your message is beautiful and I’m adopting your attitude today!!
I miss you – Dorothy Garvin”
“Thanks Oreet!!! I can appreciate what you are saying here. This resonates with me as I age. I’m still dancing at 57 and have insecurities about my body and face. ~Majah”
“What wonderful blog. I feel honoured that you would share such a personal story with us. Thank you, you made my day. – Janne Ploquin”
“I am a 49 year old, that just finished my menopause. It was quite possibly the worse three or four years of my life. I hate myself, my eyes, my hair my body etc. No one told me what was going to happen. I read things but had no idea. I now feel the healthiest I’ve probably felt since my childhood years, but my body looks so different. Thank you so much for this post. – Lisa”
Now in case you don’t know me, here is a little something about little ol’ me:
- I’m not a fitness and dance instructor that sells “weight loss” as the outcome of taking my classes. I sell beauty. More specific, your beauty! How…? Well I turn people who thought, “I can’t do that!” into “Oh snap, I really can!” or “I’m too fat!” into “Damn I’m fabulous!” And you know what…I didn’t do it, my students did. They always had it, I just gave them a tool to find it – that’s all.
- I’m also obsessed with shows about wedding gowns. I get goose bumps every time.
- I’m living proof that you can look bigger than you are on stage! (Even at 4’10. Shhhh..don’t tell)
- I go through virtuous spurts of trying to drink 1 glass of wine a week…but I have 2 small kids, so aint happening. (Don’t judge)
- And last but not least, Bikram yoga keeps me sane.
Ok, so now that’s out of the way…I wanted to tell you that this year my first-born went to 1st grade. I know, I know. He’s already gone through kindergarten, but this is 1st grade! It’s now full day of elementary school – it just feels different. This month I will be smiling through tears as I watch him walk up the massive stairs through the massive doors into the massive building. I know he’s ready, but am I?
What a lesson this is.
Our children are constant reminders that we can do anything. So as they return to school and the fall season can come with a bit of stress, grown-ups please don’t forget about you. Make time for yourself to do what you love or try something new. (Maybe take your first SharQui class – wink wink)
Now, if you don’t mind, I’d love to hear about you. Tell me a little about yourself, why you decided to sign up for my list, and what kind of stuff you’d like to get or hear from me.
Always shake your beauty,