October has been a very busy month! It started with a surprise visit home; ended with a tour to Albany, NY, and a Fall season show! All is well in my world (:-)). During my visit home, I had some time to mentally regroup and share time with close family and friends (much needed). Also spent time taking classes at my Alma Mater. It was such a great feeling to be in a place that was so familiar but the experience was so new. I realized I wasn’t the same person taking these classes as I was all those years ago (okay, it wasn’t that long ago, but 6 years is awhile… just saying).
Being in the studios that I had spent four years in, four years of memories and growth, friendships, life lessons, all brought back so much for me. The highlight was sharing my post college experience with some of the current students. Just to give them the encouragement that everyone has their own path and to not compare themselves to others (#RespectOthersJourney). They asked questions about next steps and where my peers were. It was so great to tell them the things that I wished someone told me! And, to have the support of my professors. For years, I felt that my professors weren’t there for me, but the reality was, I didn’t know how to reach out to them as I should have. They were/are a resource for me to reach out. The only thing missing was my action of reaching out to them. They were rooting for me all along. I know that now, and so do those students I spoke to!
This post is a short one, but I’ll leave you with some photos of some of the amazing people I got to share my college experience with. Don’t forget, you can always reach out via my contact page or connect with me via Instagram (@miss_mcgriff_)
Today I want to share something that was shared with me. You ever have those days where you are stuck in your head and thinking about everything you need to do at home, for work, artist- learning a new work, etc? Does it make you overwhelmed? Do you only think of yourself? Take a minute and really think about it…. now Stop! I know, the room just started spinning. Stop doing this to yourself! (This is a great time for a reminder. This blog is to help others… AND MYSELF LOL. I get it, easier said than done. )
A very close friend of mine sent me a link of the amazing Alonzo King speaking about how as artist, we must be the poets (link provided below). We make things harder by thinking and getting in our heads. This is something that I struggle with daily! What makes an artist is the reality of the emotions we embody as human beings. We need to be real. Show courage, fearlessness, & compassion. Not in our heads and superficial. Use your emotions to be real. Connect to others. Now, some of you are thinking, ‘I’m not a dancer or artist, how does this relate to me’? …. I got you!
Sunday in church, the message was titled: Where do I stand? How can you connect to others? With everything going on in the world, we can’t stand back and not wonder where do I stand on these different issues/topics/events. There was a lot in the message but I’ll share this with you. If you are experiencing or going through something, how would you want to be helped by others? Be that person for others. You see someone down, give them some words of encouragement, an ear for listening, and if needed a shoulder to cry on. That’s what makes us human. The empathy for others. This alone will help you put things in perspective and see that things could be worse or it might just make you feel better helping someone else. We need to uplift one another more. Let’s stop kicking people when they are down.
So today what I want you to leave with is the understanding that as humans (and as artist!), we must empower ourselves and each other. Be human in your daily work and help one another. You never know the next time you will need that encouragement. Who will be there to help you?
Don’t forget to visit the link below for the full message from Alonzo King!!!
Those who know me, know my story. It is full of ups and down’s when it comes to dance and dancing. I’ve taken two different leaves from dancing and settled living an everyday 9-5 lifestyle. But never truly felt complete.
I’m happy to say that here I am at 28 years old, (Yes, 28!) as a Professional Dancer! Dancing has always been a dream and now it is my reality. Now that Dance is my reality, I am learning it is not easy. It takes so much work, confidence in yourself, and courage to get to this point and to go beyond anything you ever dreamed.
Everything leading up to this time in my life was strategically planned and placed by God. Now, I know not everyone believes in God, But I do! So Whoever your higher being is, please know that when the timing is right (and not your timing but in my case, God’s timing) you will start to see the vision for your life unfold before you! The people placed into my life, I know were placed there for a reason. I am so thankful to have the support system that I have behind me! They have helped me see the person I am and who I have the strength to become. I know that with God on my side, I can get through anything!
I’ve created this blog to help those (and myself) to stay encouraged and confident in who they are. Keep reading to follow me on this journey! Visit my contact page to ask any questions! Thank you for reading and I hope you come back.