Dancing Through The Pain

Now you might think the title is metaphorical but no. I mean literally…but also get ready for some real stuff and life lessons! Wooh!

 

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le me Swing Dancing 🙂 ( photo cred: Swing Bridge Dance Club )

 

Something you all know about me at this point: I’m a huge lover of Swing Dance.  (Being deprived of it since I’ve moved is so hard)

BUT

Something you may or may not know about me is this: I have chronic pain in my legs (due to uneven arches in my feet.) This chronic pain affects me daily. Some days are worse than others but usually after a full day of running around doing errands and working I am out for the count and it hurts to walk or move.

 

 

Put chronic pain and Swing together and you get an interesting way of making said chronic pain worse. Yet I do it and keep doing it anyways.

 

Why?

 

Because I love it too much to stop. Now that might sound like a silly excuse but its the truth.

 

Why Swing Dance?

Swing Dance is something I did weekly before moving (I still dance around my apartment lots too. Not the same but hey I’m still groovin’ )  Not only was it fun but it really improved my mood but, for the first time in a long time, I REALLY looked forward to a new week ahead of me cause I always kicked off the week with dance.

Fun fact: Dance or Movement Therapy has been used for many centuries to improve the mental and physical well- being of a person. Since dancing is an art, it increases self-expression and helps people connect with themselves and others. Dancing is a form of art that offers a way to explore psychological roots to overcome certain illnesses such as depression. Research have shown that dancing provide benefits that can help minimize depression’s effects.

As well as it being fun there are actually a lot of health benefits of it. Swing Dancing is a fun way to work out without it really feeling like a workout in the moment. Dancing also makes you happier. Not just in the moment but also in the long run.

I’ve taken many kinds of dance over the last 4-5 years and it really does make you happier! and if I’m having a bad day I put on one of my favorite songs at top volume and just sing and dance away like no one is watching. (usually no one is haha)

Something else that Swing Dance has done for me personally is make me a little more social and confident. – I’m an introverted little human who much prefers sitting in a corner and waiting till someone approaches me and starts talking to me as opposed to my approaching them… but doing Swing Dance totally turned that around for me?

How?

Simple- Swing Dance is a very fun, outgoing, and social type of dance where, whether you are a lead or a follow, guy or girl, if you wanna dance you get your butt off that chair and go up to someone and ask them to dance.

For the first while when I first started Swing Dancing I was like ‘nuh- uh no way. Nope. I’m gonna sit here and wait for someone to ask me to dance.‘ but eventually I started going up to people and asking them to dance!

Now this might sound like a funny thing to discuss but here is the thing. If you are a introverted little human (as mentioned before) you would know that this is a scary thing! But in terms of Swing Dancing I now have NO problem (or almost no problem) walking up to someone and asking them to dance.

Where did the chronic pain come from? What can you do to relieve your pain?

As I stated above, my chronic pain affects my every day life as it is a reoccurring pain in my legs. It caused by uneven arches in my feet and when I went to go get it figured out I found out my one leg is carrying about 70% (cant remember exactly) of my body weight when I stand as opposed to having it distributed evenly. (So you can see there the pain comes from)

Essentially my pain relief comes with doing some stretches for my legs and feet as well as just not walking around and putting my feet up when I can. Other than that there isn’t much to be done.

Why do you dance if it hurts?

I keep doing dance because its honestly something I love and am passionate about. Swing Dance has helped me become more confident in myself and has also made me happier – as well as that I’ve gotten to know some amazing people who I now can call my friends.

 “Whats your point in telling me this, Adriana?” – well. Let me tie this all together here.

Basically my point is no matter what, do what you want to do or have dreamed of doing.

Don’t let anything hold you back whether it be mental or physical.

If there is something you truly love and are passionate about you will find a way to do it. For me that love and passion is swing dance.

For you it might be dance as well.

Or music.

Or painting.

No matter what it is, you can do it. If you just have faith in yourself and find the determination to reach for your dreams.

Achieve your goals.

If you set your mind to it you can do anything no matter what ‘limitations’ people tell you you have.

Best Blogging Buddy Award

Hello Readers!

So, I was nominated by Rachel for the Best Blog Buddies Award! So here is how it’s gonna work!

Rules
blogger-image--16410493☼You must make a post to show your award on your main blog.

☼You must tag the person who nominated you in your post (also take the cute owl on the left with you!).
☼You must nominate all of your best buddies, and those whom you want to become best buddies with, who, to your knowledge, have not been nominated for this award.
☼You must ask your buddies at least 15 questions in your post.
☼You must answer all of the questions your buddies ask you on your post.

 

 

Here are the answers to the questions I was asked by the lovely Rachel 🙂

  • Do you use Pinterest? 
Sure do! Got tons of awesome stuff on there! I love Pinterest. It’s kinda my novel inspiration bank and much more! Here is the link to my Pinterest page!! –> PINTEREST
  • Facebook or Twitter?
Well I don’t have FB anymore but I definitely love Twitter more…even though it’s basically FB with a character limit per tweet/post.
Y’all can follow me if you want! Just click HERE to do so!
  • Favorite genre to read/write?
Gosh…I write and read a variety of genres but I think overall, YA Contemporary novels win for both.
  • Favorite book series?
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S Lewis
  • Song that makes you cry?
Broken Lullabies by forKING&COUNTRY
  • Do you play an instrument? If so, what?
I’m learning guitar, ukelele and harmonica and I can play piano (not good at it though)
  • Favorite season? (winter, spring, autumn, winter) 
Spring! I love the spring 🙂 it’s my all time favourite season
  • What are your Fandoms?
Oh honey, you better grab the popcorn cause you will be here a while…I have book and movie/tv show fandoms I am a part of so..
Book Fandoms:
-The Maze Runner
-Narnia
-LoTR
-Nancy Drew
-The Hunger Games
Movie/TV Fandoms:
-Heartland
-Sherlock
-Doctor Who
-OUAT
-Call The Midwife
  • What book could you just not put down?
Umm… I have to pick one? I would probably say ‘It’s Complicated’ by Laura L. Smith
  • Did you cry when you read/watched The Fault in Our Stars?
Absolutely not. There was and are many I reason I don’t like it but I shall not rant at all…
  • What gives you a thrill?
A good, action packed film *cough* The Maze Runner *cough* or reading a good book…. Yeah I have no life.
  • Dream job?
To be an actress though I do not think it will ever happen…or a movie director would be cool and I could make all these amazing book adaptations into movies and yeah…
  • What word processor do you use to write on?
I think it’s called Open Office…though I want Scrivener.
  • Favorite Flower? (post picture)
Lilacs. Without a doubt.
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  • What year did you start blogging?
I think it was almost two years ago actually…that’s all I remember. No exact dates xD
  • Favorite poem?
The Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll is by far my favourite poem ever.
Now! Time for me to nominate my blog buddies AND provide them with questions! 😀
So, for this award, I nominate EVERYONE! If y’all are reading this post then you are nominated! You can pick and choose which of the 15 questions you wanna answer on your blog (or in the comments if you don’t have a blog) so, yeah! Have fun with this tag my readers!
Now. The question(s) YOU have to answer are:
1. Who is the #1 author you are dying to meet in real life?
2. What do you do in your free time?
3. Dream job?
4. You have your house all to yourself for the entire weekend, what do you do?
5. Biggest pet peeve in books/writing?
6. Movie or book first?
7. If you could turn one book into a movie, which book would you choose, and why? (bonus. If you wanna tell me which actors you would pick for it too go right ahead 😉 )
8. If you were a superhero what would your superhero name be? Or would you even have a hero name? Why or why not?
9. What blog/blogger are you jealous of and why?
10. When and why did you start blogging?
11. Mermaid or Fairies?
12. Centaurs or Fauns?
13. If you could TRADE LIVES with any fictional character, which character would it be and why?
14. What is one piece of fiction you wish you wrote? Why that specific piece?
15. What is your #1 played song on your IPod/Phone?
So…I REALLY want to answer my own questions now…. anywho. If you answer any or all of these questions on your blog drop a comment below and let me know because I want to read your answers!(and stalk your blog.) Or even just answer the questions in the comments. Up to you!
Well, Until Next Time!
Adriana Gabrielle

Little Switch In The Schedule

Hello Readers!

Due to the realization that I hardly sleep anymore I have decided to use my time wisely in the wee hours of the morning to prewrite posts, read books and all that sort of lovely-ness instead of lying in bed doing absolutely nothing….A good example of what I will now be doing with time is what I did this morning which went something like this:

1.Cry because I’m so dang tired. (Okay I’m kidding but moral of the story is that I was, and still am, tired)

2. Realize my friend would be awake at 3AM so I text her. (Gotta love different timezones)

3. Realize that ‘The Maze Runner’ is sitting beside me unfinished and waiting to be finished.

4. Finish reading said novel by 5am

5. Spend the next hour getting hyped up that I am going to see ‘The Maze Runner’ on Friday night and finally watching the movie trailer for the first time (and *cough* fangirling over the cast of attractive men *cough*) and I may or may not have spent a bit of freak out time on twitter.

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Shoutout to Cait from paperfury.com haha 😛

 

6. Once that was done I then spent my time prewriting blogposts (and a review on The Maze Runner) and (I swear I am going somewhere with this post!) then I grabbed my three calendars off the wall, all for the month of December, and tried to sort out my posts for the blogs I post frequently for.

In result I ended up drawing my own calendar and therefor switching a couple things around so I spread out how often I was posting throughout the week 😄 So yeah. Little update on what I came up with at 6 this morning 😄 haha.

 

Share The Love posts will still be on Mondays (and every other week)

Top Ten Tuesday posts will be taking over for Novel Time posts on Tuesdays.

Novel Time posts will now be on Thursdays instead of Tuesdays.

Music Mania posts will remain on Fridays as well 🙂

Kiddo Review posts are coming! I just gotta get reading some of those books haha 😛 When they are done, they will be posted on Wednesday (once a month)

 

So as you can see a tiny switch in the schedule here but all tons of fun stuff! An even amount of Fangirl opportunities, Bookish stuff, Music and Writing! Wooh!

Along with that, I want to ask you lovely readers something! Is there anything you would like to see more of me posting? More book review and fangirling stuff? More writing? Sneak peaks into little bits of my writing? I’m posting a poll below and feel free to vote because I want to know what you, my lovely readers, want to see!

 

So, now that thats done I am gonna go about my day running around like a sleep deprived, sugar high hamster….

 

Until Next Time!

Adriana Gabrielle