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Love Growth Spurt Challenge Day 1: Celebrate You With Photos

December 31, 2014
Love Growth Spurt Challenge Day 1:  Celebrate You With Photos

One of my favorite year-end activities is reviewing the photos I’ve taken during the last 12 months. It’s a wonderful way to reflect on the year and savor all magical and ordinary moments captured for posterity. Viewing the pictures will trigger memories of what happened before and after too. The first dare in this first Love Growth Challenge is about celebrating YOU and highlighting your magic from 2014 in photos (or just one). My first love growth spurt was triggered by a digital art that got placed in the center of my 2012 vision board. I’d connected deeply with my inner primal love fire in the last quarter of 2011 and wanted that connection to continue. I had no idea what putting this image in the center of my board would bring. Of course, the first challenge designed to expand your (and my) heart begins with digital art. Peruse Your 2014 Photo Library Choose your favorites. Be sure you are in some. Or at least one. Preferably most, since it’s all about celebrating YOU. And expanding your heart’s capacity to love and celebrate YOU. If time is short (or it’s hard for you to find pictures of you that like

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Surprise Your Body With 20 Sexy Secret Santa Songs

December 22, 2014
Surprise Your Body With 20 Sexy Secret Santa Songs

One of my friends, Veruca Blue of Fear of Flight, coordinated a secret santa music exchange many years ago on the former S Factor forum, where we met. She invited members to share a favorite undiscovered song and describe it one word. Most of us submitted more than one song and limited ourselves to a single word. My contributions were buoyant, slinky, and simmering. This word (ahem, phrase submitted by JJ):  lonelycircusfreak so perfectly described the song, that the notion of a fun, creative emotional phrase was born. Btw, if you’re a life coach seeking support, check out JJ’s offerings. Several years later, I adopted the idea as a way to discover new music and maintain and strengthen bonds with S Factor pole dancing friends across the country and world (one year I mailed music to Australia). One of my faves from the 2012 collection was PleadingPassionDarkestYearningBottomlessLoss. It helped me grieve the loss of the Fillmore St S Factor studio when it closed two years ago. One of my friends fell particularly hard for ArrogantPlayfulGrowlingBitchy. Here’s the full list with spotify link for listening to Secret Santa Songs from 2012 I didn’t do it in 2013 because of the time required. This year

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Behind the Scenes of My Brave Blindfold Dance That Made My Classmate Cry

December 19, 2014
Behind the Scenes of My Brave Blindfold Dance That Made My Classmate Cry

Monday I shared 50 Courage Anthems to kick off Courage Week here on the blog as part of Bernadette Pleasant’s Emotion in Motion Blog Tour. Tuesday it was 8 Courageous Quotes. Wednesday it was vulnerable wordswag. Today (sorry, a day late)  it’s a story about my ‘brave’ blindfold dance that made a classmate cry. Next week one day, I’ll share the story about how courage is all heart. In addition to Bernadette it also features another blindfold dance. To attend Bernadette’s January 4th workshop, which will create an impactful, life-changing experience for each participant you can purchase tickets here. Plan to Dance in the Light Dancing in the dark regularly again after 18 months of weekly beach dancing was a tough adjustment. I longed for a sun filled studio to play with sun and shadows. So, a few weeks ago, when I was uninspired by a recent S Factor class assignment (which I’d already done several times) I planned to dance with our skylight panel open, something I’d toyed with since learning it existed. But then I stayed up too late writing the night before class. I squinted, even while wearing sunglasses, while driving across the Bay Bridge to class because my eyes become

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WordSwag: Sacred Space to Bare Our Souls

December 17, 2014
WordSwag:  Sacred Space to Bare Our Souls

There is so much incredible wisdom in the 100,000+ words I’ve shared—here, on the blogs for PDBloggers, BadKitty + Bodybinds, and in magazines including More, Vertical Arts + Fitness, Wild Sister + Le Vie Sirene —if I say so myself! I’m particularly proud of my most recent piece at BadKitty:  Love Letter to Pole Dancing: 11 Things That Make Me Grateful. I mined it for quotes of gold to share on social media. Then I discovered WordSwag. And made this. WordSwag Backstory I’d considered buying the app before, but didn’t take the plunge until my new friend Jordana of Magical Business Academy Mastermind mentioned her obsession with WordSwag. How could I not trust the recommendation of someone who showers herself in glitter? Because as you probably know, I believe in the magical power of glitter and swear that sand is Nature’s glitter. It’s only been a few days, but I adore the app! It really is like having a graphic designer in your pocket! (I started describing it this way before I knew it’s their tag line!) My first ‘WordSwag’ pairs the essence of C… is for Church from the BadKitty piece, with a photo that made me feel vulnerable to share so

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8 Quotes to Inspire Courage. Particularly When You Feel Discouraged and Disheartened

December 16, 2014
8 Quotes to Inspire Courage. Particularly When You Feel Discouraged and Disheartened

Monday I shared 50 Courage Anthems to kick off Courage Week here on the blog as part of Bernadette Pleasant’s Emotion in Motion Blog Tour. Today it’s 8 Courageous Quotes. Follow discussions on social media  and share your words of wisdom with the #EmotioninMotion and #PoleDancingProfessor hashtags. To attend Bernadette’s January 4th workshop, which will create an impactful, life-changing experience for each participant you can purchase tickets here. Succumbing to Discouragement I experienced several business disappointments during the summer. I lost heart and pondered my next steps. I felt a little lost. I escaped with TV. Then turned to dance. Nature. Hugs and encouragement. I regrouped. Refocused. Got help. Looking back, I wonder if I had a few well-chosen pearls of wisdom, could I have skipped weeks of licking my wounds? Here’s hoping the quotes I found will encourage you (and me) the next time expectations are crushed. And we feel disheartened. As a writer, I am fascinated by the fact that I never noticed courage makes up most of both dis-courage + en-courage. Aha-light-bulb-chills moment as I type. A few days ago I also discovered the root of courage is heart. Origin: Middle English corage, from Anglo-French curage, from quer, coer heart, from Latin cor.

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