Friends are the best! My best friends are those kinds of gals that we can live 100's of miles apart and when we get together we pick up right where we left off. The travel down memory lane reminiscing about old boyfriends, bad break-ups, and strange hair styles we once thought were cool, is endless and priceless. Good friends bring out the best in you and always lift you up! Where would we be without friends?
One thing I love seeing at the studio is little friendships that bloom into life-long ones as time goes by. I'll take a minute to embarrass Miss Nicole and Miss Rachel who came into my class as 5 or 6 year olds and became the best kind of besties! Watching them grow up was like watching 2 peas in a pod! They always supported, motivated and challenged each other--they even talked during class and got in trouble once in a while together! Getting to watch friendships grow and the lives of our girls unfold at the studio each week is the highlight of my job.
So take advantage of "Bring a Friend to Dance" Week coming up again January 12th - 17th and you and your BFF could make our Facebook posts!
Remember--Friends don't let Friends DANCE alone! Love all those Friends!!!
--Miss Amy :)
I think it's fun to hear about different holiday traditions people have this time of year. My boys (for those of you who don't know I have 5 boys ranging from ages 15-3) love to drive around the neighborhoods on the weekend nights looking at Christmas lights. Fighting and bickering is usually at a minimum during these outings and it's nice to enjoy some time together. Such simple pleasures make me grateful for those 5 crazy boys who are both my best helpers and the cause of all the dry-wall patches in our house!
If you have a fun family tradition and would like to share it please comment below. I'd love to hear how all my favorite dancers spend the Holidays! In the meantime, wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Keep dancing all through the holidays!
I love this time of year! It's fun. It's festive. It's even frosty occasionally! But for busy moms (and dads and grandparents and, really any adult out there who interacts with kids) it can also be the most stressful time of year. A neighbor of mine works with a crisis center and she said the two times during the year that are the busiest with calls are Winter Break and Summer Break. I have to admit, my sanity tips over the edge at times being busy with my family. I am fortunate to have a wonderful husband and extended family members (including an amazing sister!) who are great to bring over a dose of chocolate to bring me back to the sane side of life and put a smile on my face!
I found some great tips in Women's Day to take the stress out of your life for the Holidays. Ok, none of these will actually clear out your calendar completely but keeping a few of these in mind might help you keep from losing yours!
--Miss Amy :)
Best tips recommended by Women's Day:
*Don't multi-task. Focus your attention on what's at hand. If you're making cookies take time out to eat a few chocolate chips out of the bag!
*Create a holiday playlist. Nothing makes you feel merry and bright faster than seasonal songs. Research shows that listening to music can crank down stress hormones, lower blood pressure and heart rate, and kick your anxiety to the curb.
*Make friends with Frosty. "When you exercise, your body produces endorphins, which are the happy chemicals in your brain," says Dr. Abramowitz. After going outside with the Frost, "You'll come back inside with a different mindset."
*Create your own calm. Decided on one word that describes the holiday season you want to have this year. It could be Peace, Joy, Love, Family or Service. Write it on an index card and tape it to the bathroom mirror. Glancing at your word will remind you of what you really want and make it easier to cute loose anything else that is distracting you from your goal.
Miss Amy: I love teaching kids and watching that "A-ha!" moment happen when all the dots connect and the light bulb goes on! There's nothing better!