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So here we are!  The last weeks of 2018!

(And it's totally ok if you are thinking FINALLY.)

The week before Winter break is always so intense.  I recently came upon this cute picture and am using this week in my social media posts. I just had to share! 

 

I hope you can laugh, only because it's true right?  BUT, hopefully the added "to do items" bring a smile on your face, because for the most part... they are "fun."  I know I'm a bit biased because being a mama...

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10 Steps to Start 2019 STRONG!

It's December 11th today! 

Yikes.

We have about 21 days yet to the end of  the year, and for some, the thought of throwing in the towel sounds lovely.  

"Put a fork in me. I'm done."

Whatever business goals have been set for 2018 are done. And, if they didn't quite hit the mark, they will go on the list for 2019.

Again. 

I'm there. 

I get it.  There are a couple goals that I'm slightly irritated about putting on the "2019 Goal List" yet again.

You know that...

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Why you must get up... AGAIN.

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So... Did anyone else have a tough week last week?

I'm actually still a little sore about it, so I'm gonna tread lightly. 

Last week was the first week back after Thanksgiving, and let's just say it felt "off" from the moment I started my Monday which started waaaay too early. (I had a red eye from Seattle at 12:32am.)

I don't know about you, but I was a bit melancholy. I couldn't place my finger on why.  The Holiday weekend was awesome, so I basically was chalking it up to a...

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Are You Making this 1 Mistake?

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We're back after a beautiful long weekend in the States and I have been thinking about this post for a few weeks.  So it might come across a little bossy. 

 
I'm not usually confrontational. 

I like avoid those awkward moments and just quietly walk away.   But as a business owner, I see this happening, and I wanna kinda yell out,

"YOU'RE MISSING A HUGE OPPORTUNITY!"  

So I'm "yelling it out" here. 

I hope you can hear me :)

And before I rant, I need...

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One Thing You Need to Remember...

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Happy Thanksgiving! 

(and to those of you who aren't states side... Thanks for checkin' in.)

It's my favorite holiday.  Family, Friends and lots of great Food... and a simple, but so important theme.

Give. Thanks. 

I'm going to breathe that in and out this week...no matter what "dramatics" happen.  And let's face it... there are usually some hi-jinx and mayhem when you bring family, friends, and a huge feast that needs to all be timed out and presented "perfectly." 

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Step Up, Step In or...Step Out.

It's not about Perfect... It's about EFFORT. And when YOU implement that effort into your life _ Every. Single. Day. That's where TRANSFORMATION happens. That's how CHANGE occurse. Keep Going. Remember WHY You starte (2).jpg

What just happened to you when you read that? Was it an "Oooooohhhh" or an "Ahhhh," or was it an "Ouch."

Have you ever had those days, or weeks, or months... or God for bid, years... of "I'm sick and tired of spinning my wheels.Is this even really worth it?"

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Then hopefully, we see a little flicker of hope and we can keep on keeping on. Because we're entrepreneurs.

(plus, we HAVE to be glass half full...'cuz a lot of this work is NOT like our Instagram grid.)

You see y'all,a few years...

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So...What do Plie's and Cows have in Common?

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Last week was Halloween, y'all. 

Last week was scary. 

Crazy scary. 

Like, UN. BE. LIEVE. A. BLE. 

Last week I hit personal goals that I've dreamed about.  And then I hit goals I didn't even know I had. And because of that... I feel I need to stop, and pause...breathe...and be thankful.

Annnnd, introduce myself! 

There are a WHOLE LOTTA new peeps checking out this blog, so I wanna make sure you all feel... well,  welcome. 


I'm Melissa to most...

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Miss Melissa... why are you crying?

OMG. 

I lost it.  

It's the ballet portion of my littles combo class, and put on my "Possible Recital Songs" playlist and "She used to be mine" by Sara Bareilles came on. 'Nough said.  If you know the song, seriously... heart wrenching. 

But as we were doing our plies and tendu's, our normal little ballet time, all of a sudden this mama/dance teacher got all emotional... and not the dramatic happy, jumping up and down and being silly dramatics.  I had big...

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Retention... and I'm not talking water.

Ok. 
We're full on into the season, school year, routine of Fall.  We're all starting to let our hair down a bit.  But hold steady to those reigns my friends...or you don't know where that horse will go!   

Plus...it's Halloween week y'all.

I've experienced it in my studio.  A little more chatter, a little more looking out the window, a little more telling you about their latest lost tooth....again.  Pulling them back into focus isn't the hard part. We have...

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I'm embarrassed to ask... but do you struggle to pay the bills?

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Gulp. 

As a dance teacher/studio owner... we "only work" about 9 months out of the year.  (and yes, you can roll your eyes. I know we work more....) But the majority of our income, comes during the school year or September - June.  

So... unless you wanna work until your 93, most of us have another avenue or two or three of income. 

Millionaires have WAY more then one stream of income. 

So as a business woman, and someone who doesn't want to eat Ramen Noodles now...

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