Dancing for Food

Overcoming the ballet body image.


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Halloween Candy

“What is your favourite Halloween candy to receive?”

This is a post from NaBloPoMo that I can write because I love chocolate.  I don’t receive Halloween candy anymore of course because I’m not a kid, but I will say that there are many types of candy that I love.  Give me Reese’s, Snickers, Milky Way (especially dark OMG), or Twix and I’m a happy girl.  The other day at Target Mat and I totally bought Halloween candy even though we probably won’t be getting any trick or treaters in our complex.

 

That’s just a small sample of the candy we have.  I may take some to school later this week.  Or not.  It’s entirely possible that we’ll end up eating all of the candy ourselves over the next (hopefully) several months.

I really don’t eat candy like this at all, but every once and a while I really enjoy it.  It’s not surprising that the craving strikes around Halloween.  🙂  As long as I don’t go too crazy, bring on the candy!

Mmmm sugar high!!!!  😀

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My Header Picture

The header picture on my blog is from a performance I did about 2 years ago.  In it, I was playing a squirrel in a new ballet about autumn.  In the pose, I was trying to convey a sense of longing or of reaching for something (presumable nuts for the winter).  I chose this for my header picture because of the title of my blog.  In the about me and dancing sections, you can read about my struggle with ballet and food.  I thought this picture, with its sense of longing, helped to portray that.

In time, I will likely redesign my blog, including the header.  But I’m always going to keep this picture.  It’s the original, so it has to stay.


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Keeping Up the Image

“Do you give a lot of thought to your image online?”

Hmm. Honestly, not really. That’s not to say I don’t care, but I don’t care anymore about my online image than I do my everyday image. To me, they are one and the same. We all care about how we appear to the outside world. The internet us now part of the world.

Now that social media has become so prevalent, especially when you’re a blogger, it’s important to remember that your online image IS your image. You have to care about it. But I don’t think you should care about it in a different way than you would care about the image you present to your boss or others. Present a good image of yourself to everyone. Not a false image though. Present the best you that you can.


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Faces for Friends

“Oliver Wendell Holmes said, ‘Without wearing any mask we are conscious of, we have a special face for each friend.’ Do you agree or disagree?”

Yes, I agree.  I definitely think that we act differently around certain people than around others.  We may act the same for a certain group; it’s not that it changes for each individual person.  However I completely agree that we put on a face.  We act differently around coworkers than we do around our friends.  We act differently around coworkers who are older than us that we do around those who are our age (I think this applies most when you’re new to the job).

That Oliver Wendell Holmes was a smart guy.  I have nothing else to say.  I think he’s right.


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Social Media

“Social media allows you to mask parts of your personality and show others. What percentage of yourself do you think you reveal to people online?”

Now that I’m a blogger, I have a much more active social media life.  I’ve always been a bit of a Facebook junkie (who doesn’t like “stalking” people?  Come on, admit it).  I use Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram on a daily basis to promote my blog.

That being said, I think I show nearly all of myself online.  Not 100%, because that would be creepy, but probably 80-90%.  I’m pretty honest, and my blog posts are often total brain dumps.

However, being a teacher means that I have to be careful with how much I reveal online.  Even though I try to block things like my Facebook profile from showing up in search results, I’m sure people can still find it.  Besides, if I want to promote my blog I kind of need to keep my profiles active.  It’s a delicate balance.

Do you have any tips for using social media to the fullest while protecting your profile from being found by certain people?


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A Big Question

“At what point in life did you stop trying to look older? At what point in life did you start trying to look younger?  If neither are true, talk about looking your age.”

Oh boy.  This is a good question.  I’m not sure if I ever tried to look older while growing up.  I’ve always looked young for my age, so it’s quite possible I tried to make myself look older.  I do remember being all bummed out that a girl from ballet actually looked her age, in fact looked older, and I looked way younger.  Since I was also super short for my age, it made it worse.  I remember my mom telling me that I should be glad to look young because when we’re all adults she’ll look old and I won’t.

At the time I obviously didn’t appreciate that.  But now?  I totally do.  I’m about to be 27 and I could probably pass for 16.  So I certainly not trying to look younger, and now that I’m getting closer to 30 I certainly don’t want to look older.

I’m pretty happy with how I look, I guess.  Yeah, I have fat days and icky feeling days, but overall I’m happy.  I love being short.  I used to hate it, but now I love being little and cute.  🙂  Even my students think I’m adorable (well, the dance students anyway).

Do you look your age?  Do you like it or hate it?