For those of you interested in my belly dance adventures, I recently performed my first solo of my own choreography. My troupe leader pushed me to do it for our last gig. Otherwise I may never have finished it. I definitely work better with a deadline. I love this song and I think the dance turned out well. It was very well received which makes me all warm and fuzzy.
Now we're preparing for the Las Vegas Bellydance Intensive in September. The troupe dance I'm doing is a folkloric piece but it is probably the hardest dance I've ever done. I pretty much went from "OMGSOLO!" to "OMGINTENSIVE!" So lots of belly dance going on these days.
My weight loss efforts for the year had pretty much stalled out. So at the beginning of June I drastically changed my diet and really focused on the mental/emotional aspects of my relationship with food. The main thing is I eat food made from actual food. So there's a lot of planning and making meals ahead of time which can be pretty time consuming. Since I changed my diet, I've lost 10lbs which brings me up to 19lbs for the year. It's pretty noticeable if you watch this video and the video in my last general update post. Same costume worn three months apart. I had to move the snaps on my belt an inch and a half! It was one thing to see it on my costume but watching those videos back to back was a real eye opener. The most important part is that I feel AMAZING. I have a ton more energy and I feel really healthy. I tend not to call it a "diet" but a "lifestyle change" which I intend to maintain.
In other news I've been going to meditation class and trying to develop my intuition. I've severely neglected my spiritual side for many years. Now that I'm focusing on it, I really feel things coming together.
I'm planning to move to a new apartment at the beginning of the year and I'm contemplating making a major life change within two years. In my bones, I feel it is the right thing to do but it will take sacrifice and a lot of hard work This change will make my discretionary income a lot less discretionary. So you probably won't see many haul posts from me in the future. I'm trying to downsize not just my makeup collection but also my stuff in general.
I can't promise that I'll be able to keep this running all the time. It may turn to more of a lifestyle blog. Would ya'll be interested in hearing more about my weight loss, spiritual development, recipes, etc? I may try to start doing shorter reviews too. I have a ton of stuff I could review. Let me know what you're interested in.
I've also massively cut down the number of blogs I follow. It was overwhelming to look up and see the Bloglovin' extension sitting at 99+. I just don't have the time to devote to reading blogs that I used to. Don't worry. It's not you it's me.
Thanks everyone for sticking with me!