First, I would like to say Happy New Year. I hope your 2018
is off to a great start! What’s been going on with me you ask?… January and
February have been extremely busy! Busy and good! A lot of traveling. We are in
the middle of tour season. So far, we have gone to NYC, Salt Lake City,
Mississippi, and Washington DC, as well as our Memphis Rise season. Up next is
NYC has to be a highlight. It was the first time I returned
since I move to Memphis. It brought back this confident Miyesha that I knew I
found when living there. It was so great to see so many familiar faces that
supported me to get to where I am now. It was just the feeling of being in my
own skin! A feeling I don’t know how else to describe. But every city has a
In Salt Lake City (really we were in Ogden, UT), the scene
of the mountains brought this feeling of docile tranquility. Yes, the altitude
was a little challenging to dance in. But, the view was breathtaking. If you
didn’t believe in God, you would of then. I felt so close to my creator at this
time. It reminded me how big the world really is and how I am a mere vessel
living in it. Amongst all the chaos of travel and performing, there was a
glimpse of peace. I’m not going to go into detail about each city, but these
two stood out the most.
China… let’s see. I’m excited to have the opportunity to
go and do what I love In another country. I have a few concerns. What do we
eat? What all do I need to pack? Do I have enough Currency? How Do I say
‘Hello’ in Chines? I guess I have some homework to do before we leave! What I am looking forward to, is seeing
another culture and hopefully there will be time to explore with friends and
colleagues. I’ve received all vaccines and my passport is packed, so China here
I come! I know that God’s got me. My prayer warriors please send prayers for
safe travels and great performances along the way!
Alright guys, that’s my update for now. As always, any
questions or comments just send them my way. Thank you for the continued support!
Love you all.
I hope everyone had a safe and Merry Christmas, and are preparing for the New Year. For most, this is a time for reflection and meditation as we move into 2018. I am no exception. This time of year, I love to take a moment and look back at all of the blessings, life lessons, and living I’ve experienced.
This very time last year (December 2016), I felt a shift within myself. A shift of motivation and confidence in my talent. I was participating in a huge modeling opportunity, working a full-time job in NYC, and attending dance classes on a regular schedule (side note: maybe the fact that the modeling opportunity was a body painting gig might’ve had something to do with this new found boost in pursuing my dreams). Earlier in the year of 2016, my daily schedule consisted of work and little to no dance in my life. But for some reason in December, I became this new person. Someone who suddenly remembered the talent that God blessed her with and what her dream was. From December and into the new year, my daily schedule looked like this: attend ballet class (Yes, before work), work, stretch at the gym/ take another class after work, head home, eat dinner, and look up upcoming auditions. Huge difference, I know! Even my roomies saw a change.
So in the new year of 2017, I would attend all auditions that I could just to build up the practice of going. My roommate(s) would keep me in the know of other opportunities and kept me motivated as well. I even began to noticed I would give advise to others that I could see giving up on themselves. I didn’t want them to feel even an ounce of what I felt for so long. When speaking to these beautiful people/artist, it almost felt like I was speaking into a mirror and speaking to myself. The more I heard myself motivate others, it motivated me! Keep going! You know this is what your are supposed to be doing. In late January, I attended the NYC Audition for Collage. I was so nervous! Hadn’t even been in pointe shoes in forever (KEEP WEARING YOUR POINTE SHOES LADIES!!!). But all I could do was my best. My best wasn’t perfect, not at all, but my best was enough for me. I am so thankful to God that I was given this opportunity to fall in love with Dance again.
All of this to say, Stay positive, stay prayerful, listen to your heart, and follow your dreams. Its never too late! But the most important thing is that you have to believe in yourself before anyone else can believe in you! Below I have listed a few blessings and life lessons from this past year. Lord willing, 2018 will be even better!
Blessings and Lessons of 2017
Blessing(s): To be given the opportunity to dance for a company that believes in what I believe in; Having my family and friends as a lifeline/support system; The opportunity to make 2018 even better
Lesson(s): Know who you are and don’t compare yourself to others; Don’t go through life with the same actions/reactions, expecting different results/outcomes (more like a quote, unknown author); don’t take your time here on earth for granted. it could end at any moment.
I hope you all had a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving! Even though I wasn’t with family, I truly felt loved and very blessed for the relationships I’ve created in this new city. This has to be the fourth year I haven’t been home and each year I am able to get through because of the people around me. I even tried something new… I cooked my own mini dinner (And it was pretty good)!
With the Holiday season here, there is so much to be thankful for (and that I am). But lately, I’ve felt my confidence dwindling from me. I wanted to have a check in with my readers and ask for your help! What are some things you do to help yourself get past your insecurities? I’ve always admired those who were confident and comfortable in their own skin, but I’m sure even those people have their days. I’m loving who I am and who I’m becoming as a person and as an artist, but why do I still look at all of the flaws I have?
Throughout my day, I repeat these words to myself:
“You are confident and you are beautiful. you deserve to be here. you are you! Love you! Be You!”
What else can a girl do to truly be in the moment and not in her head? Isn’t that what being an artists is all about? Let me know what you think. I’d love to hear from you on how you get through your days. This is a positive space! Let’s share!
Con·fi·dence (Noun) - a feeling of self-assurance arising from one’s appreciation of one’s own abilities or qualities