Splendid Living with Misty and Misa

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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

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Thursday Television: Limitations, Challenges and Glee

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Limitations are just guideposts.  They may signal different routes or different ways to reach a destination.  But they won’t prevent us from getting there, unless we empower them to do so.  -Patrick Lindsay

Outshine Your Limitations

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Gina Rodriguez won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a TV Comedy for her work as Jane in The CW’s television show “Jane the Virgin.” She is a shining inspiration for her refusal to accept limitations potentially placed on her by Hollywood’s vision of what audiences want to see and expect. She pursues her craft with integrity and dares to tell stories that connect and inspire.
Jane the Virgin is renewed for season 2 on the CW! You can catch up on all the episodes this week or online!

Find Glee in Being the Best You
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The sixth and final season of Fox’s television Glee started to air last week. The show has been known for spotlighting the underdogs with their endearing vulnerability and bright personalities as they overcome expectations and difficulties together. They go for their dreams! Last week’s episode was filled with memorable quotes such as what the character Will said to Rachel.

“Have you ever seen a guy shoot a bow and arrow? The power is created by the bending of the bow. The more the bow bends, the more potential energy is created. Life’s challenges age not just bending of the bow. The bigger the challenges, the more the bow bends, the more potential you create to do something amazing. All you have to do is find a purpose, find the arrow that you’re gonna put in that bow.” Will to Rachel from Glee

Catch Glee tomorrow! Friday at 9pm on FOX

Happy Thursday!
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Monday Moments: Seasons of Life Story

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The Season of Life Story

There was a man who had four sons. He wanted his sons to learn to not judge things too quickly. So he sent them each on a quest, in turn, to go and look at a pear tree that was a great distance away.

The first son went in the winter, the second in the spring, the third in summer, and the youngest son in the fall.

When they had all gone and come back, he called them together to describe what they had seen.

The first son said that the tree was ugly, bent, and twisted.

The second son said no – it was covered with green buds and full of promise.

The third son disagreed, he said it was laden with blossoms that smelled so sweet and looked so beautiful, it was the most graceful thing he had ever seen.

The last son disagreed with all of them; he said it was ripe and drooping with fruit, full of life and fulfillment.

The man then explained to his sons that they were all right, because they had each seen but one season in the tree’s life.

He told them that you cannot judge a tree, or a person, by only one season, and that the essence of who they are – and the pleasure, joy, and love that come from that life – can only be measured at the end, when all the seasons are up.

If you give up when it’s winter, you will miss the promise of your spring, the beauty of your summer, fulfillment of your fall.

Don’t judge a life by one difficult season. Don’t let the pain of one season destroy the joy of all the rest.

Happy Monday!

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Monday Moments: Say YES

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“Saying yes to life is really saying yes to yourself. ‘Yes’ opens the door to new ideas and experiences, lets the light in, attracts kindred spirits to your journey, launches dreams and new beginnings, and spares you from later regrets.  Sure, ‘yes’ leads to change, risk, adventure, and sometimes even trouble, but ‘no’ usually leads nowhere.  Starting now, say yes to life and see where it leads you.” -Inspired by work and words by Hunter S. Thompson and Professor Karl Pillemer

Happy Monday! Live an inspired week filled with possibilities to say YES!