Organization

W’s

Hi, all!

Back to the goals! I am beginning the process to get myself in the best shape mentally and physically for Nutcracker. That’s the main focus of my goals the week.

Goal #1 (Health Goal)

Workouts and Water. I’m challenging myself to drink 8 glasses of water everyday this week. I rarely drink enough water but I know that when I do, I tend to not crave junk food as much. Also, I need to implement some more cardio workouts into my routine to build stamina.

Goal #2 (Creative Goal)

Write one thing. Nothing assigned or prompted. Just one random short story or poem for myself.

Goal #3 (Spiritual Goal)

Words of Wisdom. I’m trying to listen to more sermons. Something I’ve realized about myself this year is that I learn better audibly.

Goal #4 (Dance Goal)

Work Harder. I need to stop being lazy and start attacking things. I want to stop comparing myself to others and just work harder to be the best I can be.

Goal #5 (Fun Goal)

Winter Wonderland. I want to take sometime this week to just put on a pair of fuzzy socks, grab a cup of tea, and watch a Hallmark Christmas movie.

 

❤ McKinnlee

 

Organization

Back On Track

Last week’s goals:

 

Goal #1 (Health Goal)

Morning routine. (B)

I was sick for like two days, but I really have been sticking with my routine pretty well!

Goal #2 (Creative Goal)

Sticking with NaNoWriMo. (D-)

Yikes. Being sick really drained me of motivation to write, so I only did this for about two days.

Goal #3 (Spiritual Goal)

Read everyday. (A-)

I’m pretty sure I only missed one day being sick!

Goal #4 (Dance Goal)

Extensions. (B-)

I did full-stretching routines after class for about 2 days I think, and I think I’m seeing improvements. I want to keep it up.

Goal #5 (Fun Goal)

Christmas Music. (A+)

It’s not like this was very difficult. 😛

 

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I really want to get back on track this week after being sick. I have a full week of rehearsals and classes and work and school. BLAH.

Goal #1 (Health Goal)

Morning + Night.

I did pretty well with this morning routine thing, but I want to add a night time routine, which will include a cup of tea (ginger is my favorite), a nighttime magnesium supplement, stretching (whether that is some simple yoga, or a full routine to push myself), and sitting down to my computer to write something.

Goal #2 (Creative Goal)

Choreography.

I have a chance to choreograph for a small group of middle school kids this spring, but I want to start playing around with ideas now to flex my choreographic muscles.

Goal #3 (Spiritual Goal)

Boldness.

I want to stick with my reading everyday, but I want to be a “do-er” this week. If God presents me an opportunity to serve Him outside of my comfort zone this week, I want to jump at it without hesitation. I want to let go of fleshly desires and walk in the spirit this week with my actions, not just my words.

Goal #4 (Dance Goal)

Triples.

I want to push to have consistent triple pirouettes this week. I usually have a few triples per class on my right side, rarely ever on my left. I want to work just turning without hesitation and pushing for those triples on the left.

Goal #5 (Fun Goal)

Coffee.

I want grab a coffee this week and just enjoy the moment. Whether I’m with friends or by myself with a book and some Josh Groban Christmas music, I know it’ll be a nice break during this busy week.

 

What are your goals? Comment below!

 

❤ McKinnlee

 

 

Organization

Routine

Goal #1 (Health Goal)

No gluten, yes yoga. (D)

Ugh, did not do very well with this one. I stayed off of gluten for the most part, but then it was my brother’s birthday on Thursday, so we ate a bunch of junk over the weekend.

Goal #2 (Creative Goal)

NaNoWriMo. (C+)

Well, I didn’t exactly do what I intended to do, but I definitely thought about my plot some more, and I was able to come up with a clear way to start my novel. (Which I did yesterday!)

Goal #3 (Spiritual Goal)

Bedtime Prayers. (C-)

I actively thought of this and completed it once. So, yeah.

Goal #4 (Dance Goal)

Balances. (A-)

I worked on this a lot, and I am seeing significant improvements in my balances!

Goal #5 (Fun Goal)

Movie night. (A)

Well, I didn’t get to do this with my mom, but my aunt was in town, so we watched a movie.

 

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So starting off with a blank slate, here are my goals for this week.

 

Goal #1 (Health Goal)

Morning routine.

I want to get in the routine of having focusing on my health in the mornings. I want to make sure that I have a smoothie every morning and get back on with the exercise routine I was doing during the summer.(100 crunches, 100 leg lifts, 100 releve’s)

Goal #2 (Creative Goal)

Sticking with NaNoWriMo.

I’m doing a modified version of NaNoWriMo, by the way. I’m a very slow writer, so I’m going with 500 words a day. My main goal is just writing everyday.

Goal #3 (Spiritual Goal)

Read everyday.

I’m going through the book of Luke right now, and I’m trying to read a chapter everyday.

Goal #4 (Dance Goal)

Extensions.

I have decent extensions, but I really want to work on pushing them this week. Bonus: If I can stretch every night after I have class, that’d be awesome:)

Goal #5 (Fun Goal)

Christmas Music.

Yeah, I know it’s early. But that Michael Buble Christmas album is staring me in the face.

 

Have a great week everyone! Let me know your goals in the comments!

 

❤ McKinnlee

 

 

 

Organization

Time Management

Hi, Everyone!

It’s been a little while since I’ve posted, and that is mostly due to business and disorganization. The low down is: I want to be more organized. So taking a cue from one of my favorite bloggers, CurrentlyKelli, I’m going to start keeping track of my weekly goals!

Goal #1 (Health Goal)

No gluten, yes yoga. My main health goal this week is to completely avoid gluten. I am dancing everyday this week except for Friday, so I also want to do a little yoga/stretching that day to eliminate soreness.

Goal #2 (Creative Goal)

NaNoWriMo. National Novel Writing Month is right around the corner. I had my outline mostly done, but then this crazy idea popped into my head that I need to work into the plot.

Goal #3 (Spiritual Goal)

Bedtime Prayers. It’s usually pretty easy for me to remember to pray when I wake up, but after a long day,  I often forget to before I go to bed. It also helps me sleep better, which I’ve also been having issues with.

Goal #4 (Dance Goal)

Balances. I’ve always had trouble with balancing (it’s almost a mental block for me) and I really want to push past that this week. I’m going to focus on using the correct muscles, and not quitting in the middle of the balance.

Goal #5 (Fun Goal)

Movie night. I’ve been wanting to just have an at home movie night with my mom and my sister for a long time. I’m shooting for Saturday on this one.

 

What are your goals this week? Comment below!

 

❤ McKinnlee

 

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Small Goals

Hi, everyone!

How’s life? I had a busy weekend. On Friday I was working all day, on Saturday I was cleaning all day, and on Sunday I went to a wedding. Today, I am enjoying my day off from dance and work.

Anyways, I wanted to talk about goal setting today. It’s really hard sometimes to have a goal that you are completely excited about. Usually, there is at least a small part about the goal that you dread. This dread eventually overwhelms you, and you end up giving up on the goal a week after you started.

I think the key to living out our goals, is to break them down into smaller goals. Say you want to write 2 novels this year. The best way to deal with a big goal like that is to break that goal down into smaller goals. So, have a game plan. Maybe you want to outline your novel in a month, write the first draft in two, edit the draft in two, then prepare it for publication in one. This is just an example, but you get the gist.

The overall point is, dream big, but plan small.

Talk to you all tomorrow!

❤ McKinnlee

Ballet · Organization

5 Tips for Dancers with Stage Fright

Hi, everyone!

It’s Tutu Tuesday! This past Sunday was my recital, and while recital is not a huge deal at my studio (our other productions are generally more important), I noticed that a lot of people seemed to get really nervous. Being one who doesn’t often get nervous about performance, I wanted to share with you some tips that keep me calm on performance days.

  1. Have a plan. This is an example of a day from my daily planner. Planning helps you stay organized and minimizes stress on a performance day.

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2. Eat, drink, sleep. Make sure you fill your body with nutrients and get plenty of sleep. This will minimize risk of blood sugar drops and general exhaustion.

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3. Have a pre-show ritual. I’m not talking about a superstitious type thing. I’m talking about something you do before every show that keeps you calm. Maybe it’s reading a book, drinking a glass of water, praying, running through choreography,  ect. Something that will help you focus on what you have to accomplish.

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4. Warm up. I cannot stress this enough. NEVER dance when your muscles are cold. Keep it simple. Some plies and releves, a little cardio, and good stretching is usually my routine.

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5. Talk with your friends. They’re nervous too! Talking with them will help keep you focused on your goal and less focused on worst case scenarios.

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Have an amazing week!

❤ McKinnlee

Organization

April 2016

Hello!
I wanted to share some of the things that I really enjoyed last month. 

  1. Theo Organic Lemon Milk Chocolate. 


I know, I know. Sounds gross. But trust me, it is the most amazing chocolate that I’ve ever tasted!!!

 2. Young Living Cool Azul Sports Gel. 


This stuff is the bomb after class. I use about a dime size dollop on my feet after pointe and it feels amazing. 

3. My Arc Notebook. 


Again, amazing. Thanks to this notebook, I am sooo organized. It helps me keep all of my ideas and todo’s in one place. 

4. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. 


Do I even need to explain why this is one of my favorites? I can’t even begin to describe how much I love this book. It’s so classic. 

5. Mineral Fusion Lipstick in the shade Gem. 


The Whole Foods makeup aisle caught me off guard…again;). But it was well worth it. This color is such a gorgeous deep dusty rose color. And it’s not super pigmented, so you can build it up for a bolder look, or wear it like a stain. 

6. The Helping Writers Become Authors Podcast on iTunes. 


I’ve been loving podcasts in general lately, and this one is so helpful. I learn something new about writing from every episode. 
What have you been loving recently? Let me know in the comments below!
❤ McKinnlee