35. Make your own business cards- even if for fun!

I was seven years old the first time I remember choreographing something. I was sitting in our van, listening to “Always Something There to Remind Me” by Naked Eyes on the radio. (In case I haven’t mentioned it before, I have a freakishly good memory.) Halfway through the song, I started coming up with tap steps in my head to go along with the music. I remember I pictured a stool onstage, and an assortment of picture frames set up that little Steph was mentally tap dancing around. (Yes, award-winning stuff right there!) Anyway, that’s my first memory that showed me how my brain was different than everyone else’s, even if I didn’t realize it at the time.

People ask me sometimes how it all works- how do I come up with dance after dance, combo after combo? How do I choreograph without a studio space? How do I choreograph a partner routine when I’m only one person? Well… I see it. I can actually, physically see my choreography in my brain when I’m listening to a piece of music. It’s almost like I’m discovering it, rather than creating it. And it happens all the time. Any time I’m listening to music. I’m never not seeing choreography. It’s always there. When I was younger, I just kind of assumed that everyone’s brain worked that way. Even as I got older, worked with other dance teachers- I thought maybe it was a dance teacher “thing.” But it’s not. It’s a gift, and one I feel so lucky to have.

As a dancer, I was never the best at anything, technique-wise. The extra bones in my feet prevented me from achieving a full point. I wasn’t as flexible as the rest of the girls in my class. I wasn’t the best turner, I wasn’t the best jumper, and I certainly wasn’t the best at tricks. But the things I was good at? Timing. Counting. Hearing patterns. Explaining things to the girls in my class when they had been absent. Stringing combinations together. Those were my strengths. That, coupled with my brain, my crazy creative brain, didn’t make me a stand-out dancer. But they did make me a pretty bad-ass choreographer.

I’ve been freelancing for 11 years now and finally decided it was time to make it “official.” So, a few months ago, I sat down with my friend, Elizabeth, and asked her to design me some business cards. We talked through what I liked, what I didn’t, and I turned her loose. A few weeks later, she sent me some options. We talked through them, and a few weeks after that, she sent me what I’m about to show you. Full disclosure: I’m getting a little teary about sharing this. These cards are something I’ve shared with very few people, but I’m ready now. So here they are- P.S. Elizabeth is a kick-ass designer. Please check out her freelance business “Eleven Creative” on Facebook.

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Here they are! I’m so proud of these, and so thankful that Elizabeth was able to turn my ideas into something beautiful. I’ve never been one to brag about what I do, but I am really, really good at this, so I thought it was time to share that with the world. If you’d like to share it too, let me know…I got a little excited and ordered 500 of these bad boys. Also exciting…I’m choreographing something for ME right now. I’ve only ever done that once (it turned out horribly) but I got inspired the other night, so I’m working on a little something. I don’t know that I’ll ever perform it, and the chances of anyone ever seeing it are slim, but I’m excited about it, and excited to see where this crazy choreography journey takes me.

Until next time,

xoxo

 

Crossing the 2nd Thing Off My List…

Happy Super Bowl Sunday! Are you watching this game?!?!

…neither am I. (I do have it on; just not paying attention. Oops.) I hope you all had an excellent weekend! I sure did. I’ve decided that since January sucked so much, the rest of the year is going to be good to me. I’m going to make sure of it. So, I started my first day of February with a day in. My original weekend plans got a bit jumbled because of the snow we got yesterday, so a day in was excellent! I did a bit of choreography for the musical I’m currently working on, had a quick phone chat with Erica, cleaned the house a bit, rearranged the kitchen cupboards (which I’ve been meaning to do for over a month), and finished the night with a much-needed friend dinner with Elizabeth and Tyler, featuring fajitas, chips and salsa, and some yummy mango margaritas. It was just an all-around great day. I started today off with some kitty snuggles, then coffee with my wonderful friend, Jessica. I don’t get nearly enough “girl time,” I’ve decided. Sure, I spend time with my dancers all week, in an office with all girls. But, as far as getting one on one time with a girlfriend who is my age that doesn’t involve Skype? Well, that never happens. I followed up coffee with a lunch date downtown with Bryan and Seth. When I got home, my mom was here. She cleaned

Ok, sorry. I just got side-tracked by the new Spiderman trailer. At least, I think it was new. It took the entire trailer for me to realize my mouth was hanging open. As I was saying…

My mom cleaned the walls around my stove because they are a greasy, gross mess. She also delivered a whole bunch of Thirty One products! I can’t remember if I mentioned this before, but my mom is a Thirty One consultant. I had a party 2 weeks ago, and it was such a success, that I got a bunch of free product. I am SO excited to use everything! Yay!  On a totally unrelated note, if you ever want to host a Thirty One party, let me know and I’ll hook you up with my mom. 🙂 Anywho, since she left, I’ve just been hanging out, making garlic chicken alfredo in the crockpot and pretending to watch this game. (The Seahawks are winning. I do know that!)

So…my exciting hoola hoop journey has come to an end. Don’t worry; I finished out strong!

Day 26 (Jan 28): 6 minutes

Day 27 (Jan 29): I forgot. Yes. I FORGOT. Like, didn’t remember until the next night. I’m an idiot.

Day 28 (Jan 30): Upon remembering, I had a moment of panic. Did I need to start over? I decided no; if I’d made the conscious decision not to hoola hoop, then sure. I’d start over. But I forgot. It was a crazy week. I compromised and decided that I’d do a double session over the weekend. But I did do 5 minutes that day.

Day 29 (Jan 31): 5 minutes

Day 30 (Feb 1): 5 minutes + 5 minutes to make up for Wednesday

Day 31 (Feb 2): 5 minutes

That’s it! I’m finished and can cross it off my list! Yaaaaaaaaay! Although this hasn’t been the greatest, given the knee/back/mental pain (ha), it did have some positives. Firstly, I started a habit and stuck to it. I’ve decided that although this may not be an every day activity, I would like to incorporate it into my weekly schedule. Lastly, and most exciting, I lost 3/4 of an inch on my waist and a full inch on my hips! WOOT WOOT!

I’m hoping February will see me crossing a few things off my list. What would YOU like to see me do next? Let me know 🙂

As always, xoxo