Wow! How is it even possible that 2016 is over and 2017 is about to begin? Time reallllly needs to slow down. It really seems like just yesterday, we were counting down to 2016.
This year was a good one! It had a lot of firsts, such as going out of state for five weeks without my family, learning to drive, my brother’s Bar Mitzvah and performing in two professional companies shows. Sweet memories were shared with family and friends and struggles were also shared by the same people. Below, I’d like to reminisce about the highlights of 2016 in a somewhat random order.
Well, in February, during a break and on a whim, I decided to start “Pointe Shoes and Wooden Spoons.” Keeping up with this blog, has taught me valuable lessons about marketing, entrepreneurship, and forced me to be more technologically savvy. I’ve learned more about photography, recipe development, and so much more. This blog also allowed me to get more creative and explore so many new things. I’m so grateful for my loyal readers who have gone along with me on this adventure and continue to do so. All of your sweet comments and feedback mean so much to me! Thank you for your support!
As for dance, it was quite the eventful year. I got to dance with a wonderful professional contemporary company that really pushed me as an artist and made me get out of my comfort zone. Performing every night four days in a row was so much fun! Then, December 13th and 14th, my studio was given the huge honor of performing with Moscow Ballet in their fantastic production of the “Great Russian Nutcracker.” Performing in this show was a dream come true, because it was my first performance with a professional ballet company. The costumes were gorgeous, the music was iconic, the back drops were brilliant, and the dancing, well the dancing was beautiful, powerful, and stunning. Honestly, I never wanted to leave that stage and it made me sad to see that curtain close, but it filled me with hope and excitement for what the future holds. I’m so grateful to my studio director, Miss Susan, for opening this door for us.
This summer at CPYB was fantastic and I’m so glad I got the opportunity to spend another intensive there. My five weeks were certainly eventful and filled with adventure. Spending all day dancing ballet reminded me that there is nothing I’d rather do than spend my time immersed in ballet. I also got to meet some really great people while up there.
Being involved in any physical activity means that one is bound to get injured. I’ve had three different injuries this year but thankfully I have the best physical therapists and most amazing parents in the world who helped me work through and get healed from them. If there is one thing injuries teach you, it is patience. Hopefully, I’ve learned my lesson and won’t have another one in 2017.
This year was my parents 25th anniversary and my brother’s Bar Mitzvah. Realizing my parents have been together for so long and continue to love each other was really special for me. Then, for my family to get to watch my brother lead the congregation in worship, that was a proud day! This year certainly gave us cause to celebrate.
This post was all over the place, but I tried to fit some of my favorite moments into it! Apologies in advance. This year had so many more memories, such as eating ice cream with my family on hot summer days, riding to the top of stone mountain in a cable car with my aunt, celebrating Thanksgiving together…it had so much joy, laughter and love.
My hope is that 2017 will be filled with just as much joy, if not more. I want this year to filled with love, creativity, dancing, courage, wisdom, and good memories. Hopefully 2017 will be filled with (gentle) growth, minimal mistakes, and triumphs no matter how small. Most importantly I’m looking forward to experiencing whatever this year holds with my family and friends by my side. Happy New Year, my dear readers!