Thursday, May 20, 2021

Suh-Suh-Summertime!

It feels like I only just posted about being back to work, in the post 'worst-of-the-covid-crisis' competition dance circuit... and here I am, nearly finished.  In all fairness, I am accustomed to a few more weeks out of the regular season than what this year offered.  But after being stripped of all the work and travel things last year, it's quite impressive that my schedule this season showed no cancellations.  

I'm down to one scheduled national dance event... hopefully more that I don't know about yet... and I'm transitioning into summer.  Summer means outdoor endurance events, mud, sweat, tears (not usually mine), blood (sometimes mine), sunscreen and an overabundance of bug spray (I am a mosquito delicacy).  

While I'm looking forward to the outdoor events too - last year brought fewer of these events than I can count on one hand - I'm not ready for dance to be over.  Some part feels like we've only just begun - likely because we were able to do NOTHING in 2020.  No competitions to cover. Not even classes to attend in my area most of the time... not without a lot of hoops to jump through.  I think I'm looking to catch up on what was lost.  I'm realistic enough to know this isn't going to happen, but it still doesn't make the wanting disappear.  Virtual and YouTube classes had to suffice... and now there is a hope of getting back into a studio classroom sooner rather than later.  For that, I am ever-thankful.

So, I re-focus and corral myself into transition to the outdoor season.  I'm indescribably happy for all the opportunities coming my way.  My calendar is starting to be almost as busy as it was pre-covid - I so hope it stays that way, and that I can pick up even more events.  I love this way of work and of life.  The travel, the movement, the new responsibilities, the people I will reconnect with on the road, and the new ones I've yet to meet.  

Whatever this year decides to bring - Let's do this!





Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Back in the Saddle Again

 It happened!

Just a mere 15 days shy of a full calendar year since I last covered this kind of an event, I am finally back in the dance competition world again.  💛

**Whew!  Thank goodness!**

Not only did I start this past weekend, but I am currently booked out every weekend now through at least mid-May with events (pending cancellations and postponements).  This makes me incredibly happy!

My first weekend back was in Louisville, Kentucky covering the Nexstar Talent Competition.  I'd photographed their events in the past, but hadn't been with them for a couple of years.  I'm now contracting with a company who has Nexstar as one of their many clients.  The upside is that last weekend's regional director is someone I'd worked with a LOT in the past, so it was like seeing an old friend.  In addition to that, the videographer sent for this Louisville event was also someone I had worked with a lot prior... so, in all honesty, part of the weekend felt like a little 'ol reunion!

It is going to take some adjustment to get back into the rhythm of these weekends again.  I rediscovered muscles I forgot I had... vitamin I(buprofen) helps.  It was odd being away all weekend again (Aaron said the same, waking up without me there for the first time in a very long time).  But I am working with a wonderful organization, reconnecting with people I used to see all the time, and in an industry that I love.

I only hope now that all of this holds steady.  

***Oh, and I can share these a little more freely now.  😄***












Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Unsettled

“Not everyone’s life is like a house that belongs to him and that he can go on decorating ever more richly with the furniture of his memory. Some people live in hotels, in many hotels. The years close behind them like hotel doors— and the only thing that remains is a little courage and no regrets.”
― Erich Maria Remarque


North Shore, Lake Superior
Minnesota, USA


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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

North Shore

“To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion, to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich; to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly, to listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart, to bear all cheerfully, to all bravely await occasions, hurry never. In a word, to let the spiritual unbidden and unconscious grow up through the common. This is to be my symphony.” ― William Henry Channing


North Shore - Lake Superior
Northeast Minnesota, USA


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Sunday, January 24, 2021

Animas Forks


“Going to the mountains is like going home” ~John Muir


Looking forward to the time when I can get back to the mountains. I'm so thankful that my path took me there last year, regardless of life's chaos.


Animas Forks
Silverton, Colorado, USA


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