Monday Moments: Kindness Wins


It’s not about winning its about finishing the race! Lift someone up today!

Kind Moment

Who: Derek Redmond, record holder and medal winner anticipated to achieve an Olympic medal for Great Britain and Jim Redmond -his loving father

When: 1992 Barcelona Olympics 400 meters semi-final

What: Derek snapped his hamstring during an Olympic race and struggled with a limp to continue on and finish a full lap around the track to receive a standing ovation from the crowd.

How: His father broke through security to help finish the race side by side. He drew up alongside Derek in his son’s moment of hurtful pain.

Why: Because kindness matters, because of love and strength of relationships

Happy Monday!


Kind Strength

Last Monday, Bindi Irwin radiated fierceness as she received a perfect judge’s score on “Dancing with the Stars” for her Argentine Tango.  Bindi’s positive outlook is contagious and she knows that kindness is a sign of strength and not weakness.  She fully committed to the character of the dance with personality, passion and precision. It takes strength to give kindness that strengthens others.


Tuesday Tunes: Good Morning Smiles

Morning Smiles and Gratitude

Last night on Dancing With The Stars Andy Grammer and his pro partner Allison Holker received a standing ovation and a perfect score of 10’s across the board from the judges for their tribute to “Good Morning” from the legendary musical Singing in the Rain.

The new reinvented version choreographed by Holker captured the essence of joy and playfulness that was exuded from Donald O’ Conner, Debbie Reynolds, and Gene Kelly despite lacking the intricate energetic tap steps that the original was known for.

Start your day with a dance in your step celebrating the blessings in your life!

Splendid Living with Misty and Misa


Misty Copeland stands at only 5ft 2inches which may be considered small for a ballerina. However, her influence of positivity and strength is anything but small. She is one of my heroes in learning to maximize your potential, dreaming big for others and going after life with a fierce tenacity all while staying grateful and humble.

She dances with an expansiveness and fluidity of motion that reminds you of a burning flame. Her movements give you the impression that she is 6ft tall. Her mentality and movements are a far cry from small.

This summer, Misty became the first African-American female principal of American Ballet Theater and made a Broadway debut in the musical “On the Town.”


I had the chance to meet her in person after an ABT’s World Premiere of “Sleeping Beauty Ballet” performance. She met me with such grace and kindness. It seems that her accomplishments don’t define her but her character does.


Misty’s documentary “A Ballerina’s Tale” will be released on October 14th. For those that live on the West Coast Misty will be performing in American Ballet Theater’s production of the Nutcracker Ballet at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Her specific performances are on Wednesday, December 16 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, December 19 at 7:30 p.m.

Another ballerina who in an inspiration is Misa Kuranaga who is a principal ballerina for the Boston Ballet at only 5’1.


Let your story be filled with gratitude for your individuality and leaps of splendid joy in celebrating life’s big adventures!

Wednesday Wonder: Cinderella Courageous Kindness


People are unreasonable, illogical, self-centered…
Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives…
Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies…
Be successful anyway.

The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow…
Do good anyway.

Honest and frankness will make you vulnerable…
Be honest and frank anyway.

People love underdogs but follow only top dogs…
Follow some underdogs anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight…
Build anyway.

People really need help, but attack you if you try to help…
Help them anyway.

Give the world the best you have…you may get kicked in the teeth,
But give the world the best you have anyway!

You see, in the final analysis, it’s between you and God.
It was never between you and them anyway.

(Anonymous: found in Mother Teresa’s Calcutta office)

I love how this current film version of the story of “Cinderella” embraces the theme of courage and kindness that transforms the soul.  The butterfly is a visual image of many transformations.

Check out my Pinterest board to the wonder that is Cinderella!