Dancing

Why I Dance

When I dance, I don’t want to be doing anything else.

Try as I might to suppress my feelings, I’m an emotional human being. And dance lets me express myself.

I started dancing more in high school. So many moments of my life are dance related.

I remember the highs, times where all I wanted was to dance in my living room. The world and its worries would fall away.

I remember the lowest points, times where I didn’t feel like dancing at all. When I don’t, it’s like I have a million emotions bottled up inside, and I can’t release any of them.

I honestly would not be the person I am today if I didn’t dance.

I don’t even want to think about the decisions I might’ve made if not for music and movement.

Dance taught me how to love my body. Moving forced me to listen to my heart and my head, my arms and my legs.

I dance because I need a creative outlet that’s not writing. I love both. In a way, I get to work out my body and mind.

I dance because I feel good before, during, and after I do.

Dancing helped me cope healthily with some unhealthy issues.

I dance because I love it. I know I’m not the best. I don’t have perfect technique. But I feel like the best version of myself when I’m doing it.

Personal Reflection

How Practicing Mindfulness Helped Me During My Recovery

Being mindful made me listen to my body.

In high school, I had a yoga teacher who made the class meditate every day. In retrospect, I’m grateful for that experience.

Even though I don’t meditate all the time, I do try to be mindful. Especially when my body is in pain.

Nowadays, I stretch often because that’s when I’m able to be more mindful. I become aware of my breathing as well as how I’m feeling.

I struggle with the non-judgemental side of meditating. What can I say? I’m a judgemental person. But honestly, judging others doesn’t make me happier. If anything, I prefer minding my own business. Which is why I try to.

In my experience, I suck at reserving judgment. I’m trying to be more mindful of that.

I’m a fan of mindfulness meditation. It doesn’t solve every problem under the sun, but the practice helped me during a difficult time. I felt more in touch with my body, not just physically but mentally and emotionally as well.

I also put aside my own judgement long enough to cry a lot of tears. While I know crying isn’t going to fix anything, I tend to feel better after.

I need to express my emotions somehow, regardless of whether they are positive or negative.

Meditation is personal in many ways, and that’s okay. The practice differs from person to person. One form of meditation might not work for you but maybe another will.

At the very least, being aware of how you’re doing isn’t a bad thing.

Personal Reflection

What I Would Tell My Younger Self

Now that I’m a year older, here are some things I want to tell my younger self.

  • You’re not nice. Especially to yourself. Be kinder.
  • Pay attention to your posture. Sit up straight. It’s not that hard, Herminia.
  • You will fail. That’s inevitable. Unless you don’t try, which is even worse.
  • It’s OK to cry. Even and especially when you have no idea why you’re crying in the first place.
  • You’re allowed to ask for help. Oftentimes you have little or nothing to lose but a lot to gain.
  • Listen to your body. If you’re tired, sleep. If you’re hungry, eat. After all, you only have one heart, one brain.
  • You don’t have to love everything. Don’t hate everything either.
  • Numbers will never define you. They aren’t a measure of your self-worth.
  • Always challenge yourself. Step outside of your comfort zone. That’s how you’ll grow.
  • Try to focus on the positives rather than the negatives. Be realistic though.
  • You can’t live someone else’s life. You can, however, live your own.
  • Don’t be too stubborn, but do you stand your ground. Otherwise, people will walk all over you.
  • You’re going to be OK. You might not feel fine right now. Yet one day, you will.
Writing

22 Lessons I Learned About Writing

These are twenty-two things I have learned as a writer. Or I’m still learning. Or I hope to learn.

  1. Start writing.
  2. Believe in your story.
  3. Take it one word at a time.
  4. Hold onto your dreams.
  5. Pursue your passion.
  6. Set small goals.
  7. Never settle for less than your best.
  8. Make the right sacrifices.
  9. Stay true to your vision.
  10. Write for yourself.
  11. Be your own critic.
  12. Be your own cheerleader.
  13. Don’t let the bad days win.
  14. Talk to other writers.
  15. Accept rejection.
  16. Embrace failure.
  17. Find a support system.
  18. Ask for help when needed.
  19. Exercise your brain and body.
  20. Remember why you started.
  21. Forgive yourself.
  22. Finish your stories.

What’s a lesson you’ve learned?

Reading

15 Reasons To Read

There are many reasons why I read and maybe even more reasons why you read.

By no means is this an extensive list. Just the ones I could think of off the top of my head. Also, the list is in no particular order.

I read:

  1. To pass time.
  2. To escape real life.
  3. To lose myself in a story.
  4. To learn about different cultures, ideas, etc.
  5. To have fun.
  6. To be inspired.
  7. To practice empathy.
  8. To cure my boredom.
  9. To relax and unwind.
  10. To improve my writing.
  11. To remember I’m not alone.
  12. To give my body a break.
  13. To stimulate my mind.
  14. To encounter new characters and worlds.
  15. To get away from screens and technology.

Why do you read? Feel free to answer that question silently. Or loudly. Do as you please.

Personal Reflection

Don’t Listen To Lies

Listen to your head.

Listen to your heart.

Listen to your body.

Your head lies. Your heart lies. But your body won’t. It’s straight and true when nothing else is. 

Your body knows best. 

Personal Reflection

You Come First

You come first.

Put yourself first.

Look after number one.

Look after what matters.

Stay safe.

Stay healthy.

Take care of your body.

Take care of your mind.

Love yourself.

Be yourself.

Blogging · Writing

What’s More Important Than Writing?

Believe it or not, there is one thing (in my opinion) that trumps writing. Want to know what it is? It’s your health.

Think about it. If your health isn’t up to par, your writing won’t be either.

I urge you all to listen to your body.

While writing is not the main culprit behind my health concerns at this moment, I am still putting rest as my top priority. I’ll try not to neglect my online presence via this blog. But I much rather be at 100 percent and blog when I am feeling better than be at 50 percent and blog halfheartedly.

I want you all to be in good health. Take care.