New year! New goals and a time for reflection . . .
Another year gone. Boy didn't that fly by!
For me, the start of a new year is always a time for reflection. 2017. What a year! Full on in so many ways for myself and for En Avant. We embraced many changes, faced plenty of challenges and found new, inspiring directions to embark on and pathways to follow. I learnt a lot and found change surprisingly easy once I fully surrendered to it! I'd like to share a little of what 2017 taught me (even teachers are constantly learning) . . .
1) You sometimes have to pivot. Similar to the kind you do in ballet class! A controlled, steady change of direction. I learnt that to pivot in business (and life) is necessary in order to keep inspired and creative. And I am so pleased with the outcome.
2) Travelling is good for your health. I went away a lot last year, most of it for work. The trips I took not only opened many more studios doors for potential ballet retreats but it also made me review life in London. City life can be very absorbing. We are constantly in our routine day after day on auto-pilot . . . before you know it, another week has gone by and we've hardly even taken a breath let alone a ballet class! Travelling allows us to leave our everyday environment to find that much needed time to relax. Throw in some colourful nature and beautiful ballet class and you'll start to feel your adrenaline levels lower, very often to the point of revealing just how depleted of energy you really are! This is normal and the reason why some of us are more tired or get sick when we are on holiday. Those high adrenaline levels are helping to keep the bugs at bay back in the city but they are also putting pressure on your organs and hormones. Knowing this has really spurred me on to find more Ballet Retreat and Mini Retreat destinations for us all in 2018. I mean, if it's good for our health . . . !
3) Value. London is getting more and more crowded. There are gyms everywhere each one offering a better deal than the next, fitness classes as sustainable as fast food and new ballet teachers everywhere! But the most important thing I've discovered throughout my career is that experience is worth more than any half price offer and teachers with the most invaluable training, honest philosophy and integrity are rare in such a saturated market. If you find one, look after them! Because they'll look after you . . . it's their job after all!
4) It's ok to be a beginner. Being a stubborn Aries and a product of the Royal Ballet School institution (where we had to fend for ourselves a lot of the time) I have this bad habit of not asking for help when I need it. Maybe I don't recognise when I need help until it's too late but either way, it's definitely a habit I'm trying to break. And I broke a few times this year! I found help in places I didn't expect which really opened by eyes . . . there really are some incredible people right in front of you who are willing to guide you through something that isn't your expertise. It also reminded me of something that I tell you guys a lot (how I forgot to apply it to myself I don't know) and that is: IT'S OK TO BE A BEGINNER! We are all beginners at something.
5) Be proud! I am truly proud of EVERYTHING we did in 2017, even if the outcome wasn't what was expected. It all lead to where we are today which is the most exciting path . . .
Here's to 2018!