Hope your week is going well. We’re almost to the weekend! That’s a good reason to cheer.
If you follow me on Twitter and Instagram, then you probably saw this photo from Tuesday night.
Those are my tap shoes in between my work boots.
I grew up playing soccer. I love the sport. I played it for years, took a little break, wound up having heart surgery, and then went back to the sport I loved. I haven’t found somewhere to play during the winter yet, but it might happen again. Instead, when I moved out here back in 2016, I’d somehow tapped into this previously hidden well of bravery and wanted to dive even deeper. I wanted to do something I’d always wanted to do but never had the chance to
because soccer and that thing I’ve always wanted to try was tap dancing.
It was a struggle that first year, I’m not going to lie. But it was also rewarding as hell to fight with something and win a little bit each week. Each new eight count was a battle to win and making it to recital – feeling good about recital – was more or less winning all the battles to get to the final boss.
This year there’s still the tap struggle, and I added jazz to the mix.
I’m not graceful. I can’t pivot. And yet on Tuesday nights starting in September I set aside the steel-toe work boots and step into the studio to try something new, and fight more battles.
The jazz one I’m really not entirely sure I’m going to win, but apparently it looks pretty good and I’m doing fine for someone who’s never done this in her life and as for the tap part of it, well…that’s still one of my favorite parts of Tuesday nights. It’s also why I have “Black Velvet” stuck in my head for hours.
If you haven’t already seen it, you can check out of me and my tap teacher in the studio in a video here.
And remember, friends, it’s almost the weekend.
Hope & Kindness,
First, I hope your weekend was great
mine was great up until I literally puked on Saturday night, but I’m feeling much better today and that your week gets off to a great start.
I’m going to be doing the author thing this weekend!
If you’re in Western New York you should absolutely come say hello and check out the awesome lineup of local authors (there’s 20 of us!) – maybe even win a Kindle. If you do live in WNY and you are planning on being there on Saturday AND you already have a copy of LADY OF SHERWOOD, I will absolutely ask you if I can sign your copy. And I’ll be handing out bookmarks.
Everybody else will also have books for sale, and you should absolutely check them out, too.
I’m really excited for Saturday, and I hope to see you there!
Hope & Kindness,
Hello friends! Welcome to the new site!
I didn’t wake up this morning with the intent to completely destroy my old website, find a new platform, and start from scratch again. That was not on my list of things to do, and yet here I am, five hours later with something that looks a little cleaner and feels more like me.
I loved the gorgeous picture of Wales that was my header as much as everybody else, but that was a lot of greenery and I live in a city now.
Strike is also a thing I have access to now for blog posts, and I am a happy, happy camper.
Weebly was also incredibly difficult for me to format blog posts with, so hopefully having an easier way to do it will let me do it more. Which would be nice.
Some things are still a little under construction – I need to figure out how to add in social media links/buttons. I should get everything figured out soon, and in the meantime, feel free to poke around the corners a little bit.
But overall this does feel a little more like me, and that’s a good feeling at the end of the day.
Happy Tuesday, everybody.
Hope & Kindness,