Day in the Life of a Dancer + Poll

*future me banging my head against the computer screen*

So before I start this post I have a bit of a storytime.

If you are a blogger you know how wonderful it feels to have a well-written post completed, right? You feel so accomplished and proud of the work put into it.

That’s exactly what I felt like. Until I turned my computer off….

And somehow didn’t press save….

So when I turned my computer back on to do some last minute editing…

The internet was out..

And I reloaded the page..

AND POOF…

My beautiful creation was gone.

ARGHHHHHHH

So here I am again, typing away trying to make up for lost time.

Current time: 10:53 p.m. (5/27/19)

Current brain cell(s) remaining: 0

So I am going to apologize now if this isn’t the best-written post ever, because I will probably be up writing this until 1am.

Now here is where I make a friendly introduction and pretend none of this happened…

HELLLLLOOOOOOOO EVERYONEEEEE!!!!!!

Welcome back to my blog!

I’m sorry I’ve been absent these past two weeks. I’ve been CRAZY busy between school and after school activities, so it was hard to write some posts. But, I’m gonna make up for that with this extra long post. 😉

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE reading “Day in my Life” posts.

So I decided to write my own with a little twist.

If you have read my Welcome to my Blog post or my About page, you would know that I’m a dancer! So imma show you what my day is like during days I have dance classes.

I have classes Mondays and Wednesdays. Mondays I have one class and Wednesdays I have two classes back to back (making it a 3 hour session >:P), so I’ve decided to base this post on my Wednesday routines since it is a more event-filled day.

Let’s get to it!

I start my day off at 7:30 am (Or at least I try to. Sometimes I end up getting up at 8:30ish instead because I’m a bad little bean x3). The first thing I do in my blurry-eyed daze is take my little pupper outside to use the restroom if nobody is already up and has taken him out. And then I snuggle his wittle’ head because he is so cuteeeee. *already acknowledging how I sound like the crazy dog lady*

EEEPPP

After my doggo decides he’d rather chew on his slobber covered bone than deal with my smothering, I go get dressed and start my beauty routine.

For my outfit, I get right into my dance clothes. I wear the typical leotard and tights, but my studio requires us to wear a t-shirt and a pair of shorts over top for modesty.

My beauty routine on dance days is pretty basic. I just wash my face, brush my teeth, and curl my eyelashes. That’s it! 😀

As for my hair, I usually just wear it in a bun. My studio requires us to wear buns on Mondays and then we can wear our hair however we want on Wednesdays as long as our hair is out of our faces. I personally prefer just wearing buns because it’s just convenient. 🙂

Here’s how I do my bun:

  1. I pull my hair into a ponytail.
  2. Braid the ponytail.
  3. Wrap the ponytail around my head until I have the desired bun.
  4. Secure with hair pins, hair ties, and scrunchies.

Once I’m properly awake I get straight into my schoolwork. I start dance at 12:45 so I try to use up as much time as possible.

Somewhere between smothering my dog and starting my schoolwork, I try to read my morning Bible plan. I’ll admit: I am absolutely terrible about remembering to do this. But, alas I am not perfect and am trying to get better at making it my main focus in the mornings! 🙂

Now you may be asking, “Saege what about breakfast?” or maybe you aren’t and want me to shut up and continue with the post. Either way, I’m gonna be honest. I usually don’t eat breakfast.

*insert sitcom gasps here*

I know I know, not the healthiest choice, especially being in such a strenuous sport (I can hear my dance teacher’s disappointment from here). I’ve never eaten much of a breakfast unless my mom makes me 1) choke down some food or else (I’m just joking please don’t take me seriously o.o) or 2) grab something small like a banana or clementine. More often it’s the latter.

I end school roughly around noon. Check out my post >HERE< to find out how to finish your schoolwork quickly and effectively with a compilation of the things I’ve tried and tested with myself. (Shameless plug am I right? XD)

So now is the part of my day where I madly rush around to grab lunch, pack my dance bag, and fill my water bottle.

For lunch, it’s usually leftovers from yesterday’s dinner or previous dinners (Unless my mom makes lunch before I get done with my schoolwork. Thank you Mom! <3)

My dance bag for the most part is already pre-packed. I use my old swim team bag, because it is so big and has so much storage space for all of my dance supplies. The only things I have to put in my bag are my slides, water bottle, and my phone.

Now it’s out the door and off to dance!

The first thing we do in class is sit around our teacher in a circle and recite our ASL Bible Verse. Every session we practice and learn a new verse to recite at the end of the session (this session we are reciting Colossians 3:12-17).

Once we’ve finished our recitation our teacher gives us any updates we need to know about the studio or an upcoming show. We are currently preparing for our annual June show! I’m so excited for this opportunity to spread the good news of God’s Word to those who may not have heard it before or have taken anything from it. We are performing in a community that is currently in a bit of a dark place, so I’m excited to see what Christ has planned through our performance!

With all updates out of the way, it’s time to get down to business. Most of the class is spent rehearsing our pieces for the show during this time. So far my company is performing four performances, one of which is in the works of finishing up with choreographing.

Towards the end of class our teacher sometimes has us stretch out our splits, and that’s it for class!

Once I get home it’s another mad rush because I have to get my chores done, get a shower, and get dinner before it’s time for youth group.

 Youth group ends around 8:30, and then the rest of the night is spent relaxing.

Before bed I like to read a book (I’m currently reading Flashback by Shannon Messenger. Who else is super excited for the new Keeper of the Lost Cities book this fall? :D), sketch, or work on planning for future blog posts.

And there you have it! I hope this helped you get to know me a bit better and get a little glimpse of what it is like to be a dancer!

Before you go, I’ve decided to do a poll this month for future posts. I would super duper appreciate it if you would take the poll and cast in your votes for what you would like to see upcoming on my blog! I love hearing feedback from you!

>CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE POLL<

Until next time…

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Happy Mother’s Day! {Honor Thy Mother Tag}

Hello everyone, and Happy Mother’s Day!

I’ve been trying to stick to a schedule of posting every Friday, but I decided I will be doing some “surprise” posts every now and then. This is one of those posts!

I was not nominated for this tag, however, I thought it was so fitting for Mother’s Day, I just had to do it!

Here are the rules:

1. Thank the person who nominated you to participate.

2. Link back to the original post.

3. Use the original featured image.

4. Copy and paste the meaning of this tag into your post.

5. Answer the questions.

6. Nominate one or more people to participate.

7. Enjoy the rest of your month! 

Now I would like to thank myself for nominating myself to do this tag. XD

You can find the original post >HERE<

I did not include the original featured image (#rebel) because I couldn’t paste it into my document and I just wanted to be careful just in case it was copyrighted.

The Meaning of this Tag:

A mother is someone who loves her child unconditionally, nourishes them, protects them always, teaches them values, disciplines them fairly, and wants the best for them. For that, we should always, ALWAYS have respect for our mothers. They are designed to bring beautiful life into this world and nurture that precious life as God created them to. Mother’s Day is about reminding your mother how much you appreciate her, but I hope this tag will perhaps remind you this month how blessed you are to have a mother at all.

Now, I don’t want anyone getting the wrong idea about this tag. Trust me, I study psychology in college currently and I know there is no perfect relationship with a parent. If you have been abused, neglected, or abandoned by your mother then you probably will not enjoy the idea of honoring her. And you know what? There is nothing wrong with how you feel. She hurt you, and that hurt may never go away depending on how severe it was. Your mother may be an addict, a narcissist, an abuser, a cheater, a liar…the list goes on and on. I am blessed to have the mother I have, because I think of her as pretty close to perfect, but many are not as blessed as I have been.

However, (I know, that’s never a fun word to hear), we are called to honor our mothers. For me, that’s easy. My mother is my best friend and is the most amazing person in existence besides Jesus in my mind. Honoring her is the least I can do for everything she has been through, everything she has sacrificed, and everything she does daily to be the incredible person and mother she is. 

But, like I said before, many don’t feel that way about their mothers and the last thing they may want to do is call their mom, send her a card, or give her a present for simply giving birth to them. (Trust me, I have a step-mother and two grandmothers I don’t speak to). So…how does one honor their mother in that case?

Pray for her. What she did or didn’t do in childhood has many ramifications, many of which you may live daily, and exposing yourself to her abuse for the sake of Mother’s Day is not a good idea and I don’t encourage it. What I have learned from dealing with other family members is that it’s okay to love and honor someone from afar. It’s better to learn to love and forgive someone from a distance than to hate and hurt up close.  Don’t be ashamed for doing that. Honoring someone does not mean letting them hurt you anymore. Just say, “Thank you for being in my life as God willed it, I forgive you for what you’ve done, but I am going to love you and honor you from a safe distance.” 

May I share some words of encouragement? I know it may make this tag a bit long, but I feel like there’s someone that needs to hear this:

Your mother wasn’t kind to you, but that does not mean you are not worthy of kindness.

Your mother wasn’t there for you, but that does not mean no one ever will be.

Your mother abused you, but that does not mean you deserved it.

Your mother lies, but that does not mean you don’t know the truth.

Your mother manipulates, but that does not mean you can’t get control back in your life.

Your mother loved you as she was capable of loving you, but God loves you unconditionally and will give you the love she was unable to give.

Honor your mother, whether it’s through a simple prayer or a sweet gift on Mother’s Day. If you can’t do it for her, do it for you. And, if you believe in Him, do it for Him. 

The Questions

1. What is your relationship like with your birth mother, if anything at all?

My mom and I sometimes bicker and fight (mainly because I’m a miniature of her XD), but she is always there for me no matter what. She sacrifices her time and happiness to provide for her family without a second thought. I’m so thankful to have such a loving mother! ❤

2. What is one thing you would change about your birth mother if you could? What is one thing you wouldn’t change?

One thing I would change about my mom would be how much she sacrifices for us. I appreciate her sacrifices so much, but I wish she had more time to herself where she could go see her friends, treat herself, and just relax.

3. Who do you celebrate on Mother’s Day (your mother, step-mother, grandmother, aunt, etc.)?

I celebrate my grandmothers on both sides of my family, and my mother.

4. What was the most valuable thing she taught you?

Man, my mom has taught me so many valuable things! Out of them all I think the most valuable have been to love Jesus above everyone and everything else, to treat my body with kindness because I am God’s temple, and to strive for my dreams and be the best I can be! Oh and to make sure she has the best nursing home when she gets older. XD

5. What is one thing she does (did) that you would never do?

In the medical field she deals with all kinds of messy and gory scenes that I DEFINITELY couldn’t handle!

6. How do you honor her on Mother’s Day?

I make her a gift, usually make her breakfast (depending on time), go to church with her, and spend as much time with her as possible!

7. How has your relationship with her impacted the person/parent you are today?

My mom has definitely shaped me into being a kinder person and has helped me to strive to reflect God’s love and be a light to others. My mom is an incredible role model for me and I’m so thankful for her!

I’m nominating:

Heaven

Arabella

Cassia

Gracie

Allison

Anyone else who wants to do this tag is welcome! Send me a link in the comments if you do! I’d love to check it out!

Tell your mothers thank you for everything they do and sacrifice every day!

What did you do for Mother’s Day?

Spring Photography

Hello!

Recently my family and I went to our local hardware and gardening store to pick some plants for our landscape. While we were there I found some BEAUTIFUL flowers and plants! It reminded me of God’s beautiful creation, and I wanted to share that with all of you!

Okay if anyone knows what these are called, let me know in the comments! I thought they were so neat!

Okay so here’s a little fact about me: I am absolutely OBSESSED with succulents! I find them to be so stinking adorable! Anyone with me? XD

EEEEEKKKK!!! If you can’t tell what I’m screaming at, it’s the slight bokeh in the bottom left corner of this photo. YAYAYAY!

This wasn’t the best photo I’d taken (since it was in the shade), but I thought this flower was soooo pretty! I believe it is a lily or a lily hybrid?

Does this plant make anyone else think of the 60s-hippy-tie-dye era? XD

WATERMELONNNNN!

Song of Solomon 2:11-12: For behold the winter is past; the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land

Hosea 6:3: Let us acknowledge the Lord; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises,
    he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.

Zechariah 10:1: Ask the LORD for rain in the springtime; it is the LORD who sends the thunderstorms. He gives showers of rain to all people, and plants of the field to everyone

Genesis 1:14: Then God said, “Let lights appear in the sky to separate the day from the night. Let them be signs to mark the seasons, days, and years.

What are your favorite flowers/plants?

Which was your favorite photo?

Finishing Homework Quickly and Effectively

Hello lovelies!

Summer is approaching, which means nicer weather, longer hours, and the increasing pressure to complete school.

I know for myself personally, this time of the year is honestly the most stressful. We all just want to be DONE with school. Whether you’re homeschooled like I am or in a public or private school system, we all know we are rushing to finish.

But when we are rushing to complete our homework, are we actually doing it effectively?

This week I’ve decided to share some of the tips and tricks I’ve learned for finishing homework quickly, while still engraving the information in your brain.

1) Make lists

I have found that lists are incredibly helpful! Seeing an overview of everything I need to complete helps me to:

  1. Analyze what all I need to complete in a block of time.
  2. (In the case if I am going anywhere during the day) Determine what I need to complete at home (online homework or projects typically) and what I can complete on the road.
  3. Keep on track and focused.

Plus, we all know how satisfying it is to check something off a checklist. It makes us feel like we actually accomplished something in our day!

Typically after I list my homework, I put a number beside each task in consecutive order so I know what order I am planning on completing them. Every day honestly varies and depends on what activities I have going on.

2) Hard-Easy-Hard Method

I honestly made up this method one day when I was in a mad rush to finish school before dance class. I was looking over my to-do list, fully knowing I wouldn’t be able to finish all of my schoolwork before class.

Typically after dance I am exhausted, and don’t have much brain-power left, so I asked myself, “What subject(s) would be the easiest to complete?”.

Here is how this method works:

  1. Look over your to-do list. Single out all of your harder subjects.
  2. Start with your hardest or least enjoyable lesson. Most times we want to procrastinate and put that subject off to last because we dislike it, but if you start off with that subject first the rest will be a breeze. You will also most likely have more brain-power to complete that subject right off the bat rather than if it was put off til last.
  3. If you are able to get through the lesson within a reasonable time (but not rushing through without learning!), continue through the lesson. If you are struggling to focus, or are taking much longer than needed, stop. Pause on that lesson. Look over your list and find an easier lesson, complete it, and then come back to your first lesson. You will feel much more refreshed after having completed something. Don’t be afraid to take it in chunks.
  4. Go through your list starting with your hardest lesson, then an easy lesson, and another hard lesson, etc.

3) Take small breaks

When you feel like you are struggling or beginning to slow down, don’t be afraid to take a break.

Walk around and stretch your legs.

Grab a snack.

Make a cup of tea or coffee.

Do whatever keeps you moving, but don’t let your break surpass ten minutes. It will be harder to get back into a steady learning pace and you will most likely find yourself procrastinating and wasting time.

4) Eliminate Distractions

According to this post, it takes about 25 minutes to regain concentration after being distracted.

25 minutes!

That’s 25 minutes less that you could have spent completing a task.

25 minutes less that you could have spent with your family and friends.

25 minutes less you could have been doing something you love.

You get my point..

Now you may be asking, “Saege, didn’t you advise for us to take breaks?”.

There is a major difference between a distraction and a break. A distraction takes place during your task, whereas a break is taken once the task is complete.

The worst thing you can do while studying is check your phone, stare outside, daydream, etc. Don’t do it. Trust me you will thank me for ranting later. XD

5) Set a goal time to finish

For myself, setting a goal time to finish my schoolwork motivates me to achieve and work towards that goal.

Setting a time all depends on your schedule and how you work personally. Give yourself enough time to completely study and take breaks, but don’t give yourself too much time. It’s fine to give yourself enough breathing room for time, but you still want to push yourself!

To wrap up this post I would like to give a reminder. Never ever ever ever ever ever EVER, rush to complete your homework without completely understanding and learning the material. It is way more worth your while to take your time and understand everything rather than speed through and get bad grades.

I hope this post helps motivate you and inspire you to use your time to the fullest! You’re almost there! Summer is almost here!

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When do you start summer break?

What are you most looking forward to this summer?

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