Some folks near and dear and otherwise have been aware of some big shifts that have happened for me in the past six months or so. To sum it up succinctly, I have arrived, with a varied set of emotions, at a place that I hope all people go to: the compost heap. After a decade of growth and lots of blossoms, I've arrived at the next stage of this particular cycle. All the flower heads are heaped up, and I am experiencing the muck, the mire, and the beauty of deconstruction. It was a long time coming, and I am settled into a nice place of excitement about the whole thing, as different as things are for me at the moment. This blog is an invitation to those of you who have been part of my artistic life (and otherwise!) to keep up with what is going on, and continue to be part of my adventures even as I head into a social media break for a month. I'm already experiencing the positive effects of this shift: I have more focused family time, dance classes to attend (instead of teaching all of the time!), workouts, books, writing time, painting, gardening, cooking, dreaming, tons more music making, and general investigating on my plate, and I couldn't be happier!
So what does this Radical Sabbatical entail? Here's a short list:
1. I'm taking a break from teaching weekly so that I can focus on studying, and explore avenues that I have not given myself the time for.
2. I'm only taking performances that I feel 100% excited about, and most of them will likely not be "bellydance" performances.
3. EXPERIMENTS. I have so many dance/visual art/music ideas that have been flowing through my brain, and it's time to really take the harness off, and remove myself from whatever arbitrary boxes I occasionally put myself in. Ya'll, this is one of the parts I am REALLY excited about!
4. Dreaming. Working. Resting. Reading.
5. Explore the future of what our new space with be, for the next nine months.
This is just a brief list... but I am excited to share the details, my thoughts, my mistakes, and anything else that comes up. Lots more will follow!