I’ve just finished another week of amazing training with Suhaila Salimpour from the Salimpour School of Belly Dance.

The week elicited emotions from pure joy at finding freedom in dancing to the music, to frustration when my body wouldn’t operate the way I wanted it to and everything in between – hope, sadness, happiness and love. All these emotions gave me the drive to push harder, to be more.

JL2 Workshop participants
Suhaila format open day choreography participants

It’s taken me a while to truly understand that the emotional ride is a part of the learning path.

If I allow my inner procrastinator to take over, I will get stressed and frustrated trying to complete my work on time. If I remember to give myself love and space to work, I achieve a higher level more quickly.

Staying focused is a tough job.

There are a plethora of distractions, from social media to Netflix, paperwork to gardening. Allowing them to take over the important task – training to make me the better dancer I want to be, is working against my vision for who I want to be.

That’s not to say that life can’t happen – family, friends all need their time to be prioritised too, but the mix needs to be balanced to make sure that my mental health is good too.

Every growth path has periods of positive growth and plateauing.

It’s how we cope with the periods of plateau that really defines who we are as people.

This last week’s worth of workshops has marked a turning point from plateau to growth and now it is up to me to measure and pace myself to get as much out of this new phase as I can.

Growth comes through focus, self forgiveness for what we can/cannot do and balance between work and play.

If you need to find the right place, the right time and the right person, then it will always be difficult.

You are the person, the place is here and the time is now. Get out there and grow.

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