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I just posted a super difficult blog post that I’ve been trying to write for a few months. I also thought about waiting until the summer to post it, but feel that now is the best time. The details are there, but essentially this is my last year teaching. I also won’t be active on this account anymore. It’ll remain live, as will my blog, but I won’t be checking in on it. This has been an extremely difficult decision to have to come to, but it’s one I can’t avoid anymore. If you’d like to keep up with me, please feel free to follow my personal account @emileeayers or my poetry account @forthestranger (or my “nerd” account if you’re into that, @thenerdjacket ) I love y’all so much and am super grateful for the friends I’ve made over the years through ballet. Super proud of y’all and everything you’re accomplishing every day. (Thanks to Mrs Gigi for this picture from nutcracker this year. It’s super special to me.)
I’ll have a proper post after the trip when I can blog. I’m the meantime, please enjoy this photo of @ballerinakay that I am properly obsessed with. ❤️
Two years ago today, I met @allie_on_pointe in person! In NINE DAYS we’re going to London together! I truly cherish the friends being in the dance world as an adult has given me. ❤️
Caught the train, heading back to hogwarts. See you witches (and wizards) there!
The dance season started up this week! My classes started today, and I wrote a blog post about it. Now I’m gonna go sleep. Link in bio
I was at a Harry Potter convention this weekend with my best friend and had an unexpected ballet encounter. I wrote about it if that’s your sort of thing. Link in the bio. 💛🖤

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Mental Strength.

Jilissa has been hitting a certain topic recently.
“Your mind is stronger than your body.”
And, boy, is she right.

I thought I understood this before, but I’m really starting to understand it now.
I have a long way to go. I need to get stronger. I need more flexibility. I need better arches.
All these things I need to work on daily to get to where I’m heading, and sometimes it seems impossible.
My pointe shoes are giving me a really difficult time. My right foot’s big toe gets crammed and starts hurting at the joint really badly. It scares me, I don’t want to press through something if it’s going to be detrimental in the long run. At the same time, I don’t want to make excuses for something I just have to press through.
I noticed the truth in Jilissa’s statement yesterday.
After point class, I noticed the joint didn’t hurt so much, and my arch was feeling like it got more work into it.
These are both great things.
So as we started learning new and complex things I can’t physically do (yet) I kept reminding myself to try my hardest and do it right, even if it didn’t look the best. Don’t cheat and make bad habits from the beginning. Work up to it.
When I didn’t think I could do something, I would just shove the doubt out of the way and try.
It’s amazing what you can do when you tell yourself you can.

I have a lot of improvement that needs to be done, but at least I’m seeing it.
No excuses.
No, “I can’t.”
Those two words are going to be removed from my ballet vocabulary.

I’m only going up from here.

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