And in my garden I have my family, friends, ballet, and God. And it certainly takes a lot to tend a garden. You have to water each aspect of your garden and take care in bringing kindness to all in your garden!! Think.. you would not want to grow bad things in your garden so neither in your life too!! Right!! Instead fill your garden with light, fuel it with happiness, keep your hobbies growing as the wild flowers, tend to friends, family and most important God!! You would over or underwater any flower right or water one more than the other? The same thing goes for your garden too!! Tend to each aspect equally! God deserves just as much personal time from you as your family. Even if we do not see him in the flesh, he is still there. God has placed family, hobbies like dancing, traveling or painting and so on…..in our lives to give our garden color!! Dare to explore and adventure out into your own garden. Keep it pretty, clean, you and fill it with kindness after all, you only have one!!
Don’t be afraid if you have not found your garden yet or if your garden is not “up to par” with others. God will fill it with happy things, you just have to let Him in first!! And when you do… you will see the ivy peeking through the wall!! This is what God does!!:):)He loves us!!:):)
Dare to try new things and fill you life’s garden with kindness, joy, and happiness!!
Here is a beautiful song that really explains the relationship with God and the garden (your life) and this is one of my favorite songs by Kari Jobe!
What inspires you in your everyday life, career, or passion?
Inspiration is a very important necessity for my career in ballet. You want to be like the people who inspire you and sometimes that makes it hard to find who you are or can be. With this being said, take what inspires you or who inspires you and use it to ignite your flame and you’ll do just fine!! For me, I like watching dancers that have similar qualities, but also dancers that have different qualities. I like to watch dancers that tell a story or who are able to express raw emotion through movement, and to me this is inspiring!! One of my biggest inspirations is my family and God. My mommy and my daddy really have taught me so much in life. My daddy is the hardest worker I know! He taught me that personal hard work can make even the smallest light shine!! 🙂 And I am so very thankful to God for him. He was there from the very beginning and worked so hard with his own hands to keep me dancing!! He even just finished designing and building his own motorcycle too!! He inspires me to work as hard as him in my craft, ballet!! 🙂 My mommy is one of the most beautiful inside and out!! God definitely placed her in my life when I need someone to lean on! I look up to her everyday because seeing the smile on her face when I dance is what makes me light up with joy too!! True beauty lies within and that’s for sure!! When I was younger, I would always watch these amazing ballerinas on old video tapes. For me it was so special to have someone that talented to look up to! I never thought about it then, but now that I am older dancing and performing it so special to see even just one face light up! “It’s the little things that make me do what I do!!” 🙂
This year my studio that I used to train is performing Cinderella. This ballet is special to me because it was the first ballet that I had my on “solo” part in. I was Cinderella’s cat, and you know I love my kitty cats. This year a younger student has been so excited to have been cast as the cat in Cinderella, knowing that I too was once the kitty cat!! This makes me so happy to know I have inspired another little dancer!! 🙂 My teacher who danced at NBS (Canada’s National Ballet School) and Tulsa Ballet, has always been an inspirations to me!! She taught my first ballet class and I remember thinking, “I don’t know how I am going to do it yet, but I want to be like her, I want to be a ballerina!!” As I kept dancing through the years I learned so much from her and all my amazing teachers. Of course my “thing” was always having bent knees in my arabesque!! haha, still is a little!! 🙂 Working on it!! One of the most important things I learned from her was to never be shy! She would always say, “Kira, it does not matter if you are the smallest one in the class, just do your thing and stand in the front of the class. And always be bright before every performance. My first performance of Clara in the Nutcracker was so magical because of her and what inspires me most about her is the fact that she is such a lady of God!!
Seeing younger dancers look up to me reminds me of when I was in their place and that little wink or glance you receive from an older dancer is so special, especially at that age. You are so willing and for me watching others dancers inspires me to be the best that I can be. And if I can inspire younger or older generations, that makes me feel purpose. And that is what inspires me!!
I never imagined that I would be an inspiration to others. I perform onstage in front of hundreds of people, my family, and God. And when my dance is over or I finish the ballet, I always thank God for dancing with me through every step, every movement, like He is right there with me. This makes it so much more fun, through every pirouette He is there too!! Even if it is just one person out of an audience of hundreds that smiles or feels joy or emotion through my dancing, I know I have done my job. To be an inspiration, to work hard, feel the burn, and to fly onstage is why I dance!!
Some of the ballerinas who have inspired me since I started dancing have something different about each dancer. Joy Womack is an American ballerina who moved to Russia to dance because it was her dream to receive Russian training and dance in a company there, and I admire that! She went for what so wanted and that is amazing!! I am a strong believer of doing what makes you happy in life!! I believe God created us to use or passions to our fullest ability, this is what makes us beautiful humans!! Lauren Lovette is with New York City Ballet, my favorite ballet company in the USA!! She is such a fun dancer to watch, always joyful and always true to herself!! Alina Cojocaru, she is very special to me, a true artist and so kind hearted onstage!! Alina was one of the first ballerina’s I started watching on video along with Polina Seminova!! I absolutely love Dana Benton’s dancing! I had the opportunity to see her perform Petite Mort and take her class!! She inspires me to dance the best I can dance, to be bright, break limits and though she be small she is mighty!! 🙂
(check them out):
Joy Womack (Joy has a youtube, she vlogs her life as an American ballerina in Russia! Check it out, it’s pretty cool!!)
Here is a clip of one of my favorite ballerinas from Colorado Ballet, Dana Benton
I used to be really scared of what people would think of me and I was a very shy person and still am a little bit, but I used to try to be perfect for other people and most of all try to be perfect for God. I used to think that this is what makes a “godly” whole human. Until God really lifted a weight off my shoulders. And that weight was myself. I now let myself be much more open and engage in what life throws my way, knowing that just being meand wearing my crown that my Savior Jesus Christ placed on my head is enough.
Do not let your peers compare you to other people’s successful lives and make you think that you too have to do exactly what they are doing just to be happy. Don’t think, “oh hey, if they are happy and successful because they chose that path, then I should do the same.” No!! Their success story is not the same as yours.
I am happy for the people when they reach their lifetime goal or when they achieve something they have been working on their whole life because that is what God planned for them. That is their story. And I know that all I need and ever want to do is dance on the path the God has for me!! God will put you in your happiest place. Keep doing you and keep dreaming!! 🙂 Laugh, run, skip, jump, and free fall into what you know best!! If it brings you joy then in the most efficient and healthy way, that is all you need. You don’t need perfection or fall into someone else’s footsteps to be happy. I want to be a ballerina that inspires others to do what they love. Just take in Jesus, family, good health and all the laughter and smiles you can get! To me life is all about experience and I want to take it all in, as much as I can. I love going on a hike with my daddy and taking in the crisp Colorado air that God breaths too. I love laughing non-stop with my mommy and playing cards with family. Even the smallest things in life make you who you are!
God is Forever – Live – Breath – and dance!!
I live a much more free life, knowing that I am filling it with strength and lots of dancing and this makes me happy. I get to run around in pointe shoes all day and who wouldn’t want to do that!! Sure it is hard at times and I have put myself through pain at times, danced when I was sick, and have had a surgery on my left ankle but nothing scares me knowing that I have God on my side. I mean, what else have we got to loose after all; God gifted us with the best reward in the end: freedom and eternity in His kingdom forever. And hearing that makes me scared of nothing!!:) That is magic right there and that is all I need!! Knowing that I can run, leap, and soar without falling and that I am foreverin His arms is the most fearless feeling ever….and I want to be fearless!! How could anyone be scared if you have that feeling!!
Check out this video by one of my favorite artists Kari Jobe. She is a beautiful singer/songwriter and God really gifted her with beautiful soul! Her video of ‘Forever’ has a perfect message about how God is forever close to you in your own individual needs and how He forever reigns!! Check the link out above!!:)
Voila!! There you go!!…and that is what makes God happy: You just beautiful, You:)!! Hear His voice, “always remember, my child and do not forget who I created you to be!!:) Hope you enjoyed!! Lots of love!!:):)
Scripture is like a lion. Who ever heard of defending a lion? Just turn it loose and it will defend itself!
You must let your self take in all that the world has to offer before you pick and choose what you want and have hope in God that everything that is meant to be will be and everything that is not will be overcome by the light that was already within you!
I want to share with you something that is so special to me, an artist who is very special to me! Charles Spurgeon is his name and you can read some of his work a little bit more about who he was and what he did: http://www.romans45.org/spurgeon/spwrtngs.htmI
I absolutely love this quote pictured above and I have put a few other words above the picture about lions quoted by Charles Spurgeon as well!
Feel free to read in to as much as possible and don’t forget to be open to as much information and scripture as you can get your hands on!! It is good for the mind soul and body to take time to rest and read!!;) 🙂
Hello everyone! Today was a pretty great day, but I would like to share with you a little snippet from yesterday, Sunday. So Sunday is always a nice day, and this Sunday was very special to me. I woke up in the morning to go to church with my grandparents and my mother. I always love spending time with my grandparents, because I did not get to see them very much until they moved out here closer to us. Tomorrow, Tuesday, they will be leaving for Florida. Since the weather is getting colder, they like to be in warmer climate, but just until it warms up. Back to what happened on Sunday. We arrived at church and started singing, all of a sudden the lights went out when we sung the word, darkness. This was rather strange, but we soon found out that all the power went out due to a fire close by. Even without lights, we kept singing! This made me think, no matter what, you are still able to see light in darkness! This goes for us in the real world, as well. No matter the chaos the world may bring, your flame will never burn out! I wanted to share a quote my grandma gave me on a little sheet of paper before she left:
“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift; that’s why they call it the present.”
No matter where you are in life, you should never look back and never worry about tomorrow! Life is always best when you live in the moment. Life is about moments. Do not let your flame burn out because of what happened in the past or because you are worried about the future! Just burn bright in the moments you are given!