31 August 2014

Think Happy...47/52...

Hey guys! Right now, it's evening and I'm now pretty happy! Let's start!


1. I made up with Hannah this afternoon! It's made me so much happier!


2. I've not really done much this week, just been talking to Hannah at the start and it was so nice!


3. Contemporary was good!


4. The taster day at dance on Thursday was awesome! I took my first tap dance class, and I learnt our new contemporary dance!

30 August 2014

Improving...

Earlier this morning I was browsing through the photos I took when I was on holiday, and they included a set of photos my mum took of me on the beach. What was I doing in those photos? Dancing. If there's one thing you have to do on the beach, it is to dance, whether you have nice weather or not. Especially when there are at least half a dozen people wondering what on earth you're doing.

Anyway, we took some shots of leaps, attempted scorpion leaps and and arabesques.


The photo on the left was taken at the end of August last year, and the one on the right was taken last Thursday. Oh how miserable the weather has been this year! But I really wanted to make this comparison, as I've seen improvements in class, and now I can see even more clearly here.

I'm happy with the amount that I've improved. Really happy. I think what I need to work on now is strengthening my back and really trying to get it more flexible, because my lines aren't all that pretty. I've been doing the cobra stretch a bit recently, and I can definitely feel it the following day, so I'd like to think it's working. Anyway, I shall continue with that.

Also, if you look at this photo of me back in March at our production of Cats the Musical, you can see my arabesque from five months ago.


I've improved a little since then, although the progress isn't as clear. I had a lot of work to do for this show. I mean, I didn't have my flat splits before I performed, and I was working right up until the show nights trying to get them as flat as I could. Typically, on the one night my family watched the show, I wobbled like heck in the arabesque. At least it wasn't our first or last night!

Since the show, I have slacked off a lot, in terms of splits. I spent some time before our summer break trying (and succeeding!) to get them, although I dread to think what they look like now after a month off from dance!

Anyway, enjoy the rest of your day! I'm off to go do a performance in our local park for charity, bye!

28 August 2014

My ALS Ice Bucket Challenge...

I'm sure you've heard of this new internet sensation that has spread across the globe. I've been nominated by two of my friends, Shane and Alice, so I thought I'd better do it before my 24 hours were up.

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I've nominated my friend Nikita because the first thing she worries about in any situation is her hair!
Hannah becuase, why not? :P
Tom so he can put it on his YouTube!
And Michael and Martijn because I joked about it and they sounded so appalled by the idea of getting wet, that I really want to see now! Have fun boys xD

26 August 2014

Tunesday...

So I'm back for this week's favourite song, and these past couple of days I've really been loving James Blunt again! This is one of my favourites, but they're all so pretty! Hope you enjoy it!

24 August 2014

Think Happy...46/52...

Hey guys, I'm officially back from my holiday and slightly more recovered! I've had stomach pains over this weekend, but now they seem to be coming to an end, so I'm feeling slightly more optimistic about everything.


1. I had a mini photoshoot on the beach! It was incredibly cold and windy, but I bravely ditched my hoodie to get this shot, among others. I'm hoping to write up a post on all of the shots, so here's one.



2. I had so many nice meals out with my family, and I'll be showing pictures over the course of this week.


3. I play a game called Ace of Spades, and within this game I'm part of a clan called the Lime Party. There was recently a competition between teams from different clans, the Ace of Spades World Cup, and Lime Party won! Although I didn't compete, it feels great, since our clan is probably one of the least competitive clans out there! Go team!


4. Hannah came back from Italy! Missed her so much!


5. Also related to Ace of Spades, I use this awesome software/program/Idon'tknowwhattocallit called TeamSpeak, and over this week I've been using it so much to talk to my fellow teammates and friends!

18 August 2014

Think Happy...45/52..

Hey all, looks like I have another post that's going up a day late. Better than never though I guess. Anyway, I'm going away to Wales today for a family holiday, so I won't be posting until Friday at the very earliest, possibly even Saturday. Anyway, here goes!


1. I had my hair cut much shorter, and it's so much easier to wash now. I didn't want that much off, so my hairdresser kept it as long as she could, but a good three inches still ended up on the floor. On the bright side, it's all an even length now and looks much healthier.


2. I've made some new friends over the game I play (Ace Of Spades). We've Skyped a lot this week, and it's been so much fun! Thanks guys!


3. I watched Frozen with my cousin! It wasn't what I expected, let's just say that!

17 August 2014

Abs and Squats | Days 19 and 20...

These two days have been pretty cool! Luckily today was a rest day, so I sat gaming with my friends from Europe, and ate too much. Oh well! xD Here's yesterday's thoughts.


The sit ups. I did these in sets and they were hard work.

The leg raises. Just as hard as the sit ups.

The plank. I enjoy doing these planks, I feel them as being the easiest exercise.

The squats. These are my second favourite! They're challenging but I can feel the biggest improvement in my muscles.


Anyway, I'm leaving for holiday tomorrow morning, so I won't have any time for these workouts until next Saturday. When I get back, I will continue where I left off at day 21!

15 August 2014

Abs and Squats | Day 18...

Hey guys, I'm finally back on track, all aches and pains are gone, for the minute anyway.


The sit ups. I did these in four sets of 20, and they definitely worked me!

The crunches. Right. I hate to say this, but I'm not going to continue doing these anymore. Although I have gotten a more correct form, I tried these today and my neck was hurting yet again. That's the reason I won't be doing these anymore.

The leg raises. I did these in two sets of 24 and it hurt! Wow.

The plank. This was not as easy as before, but I could feel it.

The squats. I did these in sets so they weren't too bad.

14 August 2014

Abs and Squats | Day 17...

Hey guys! I've been super busy again today but I just had time to do these.


The sit ups. My neck is still too sore.

The crunches. As above.

The leg raises. Not too bad.

The plank. Easy!

The squats. Alright.

13 August 2014

Abs and Squats | Days 15 and 16...

I'm combining yesterday's and today's posts since today is a rest day and I didn't have the time to post yesterday.


The sit ups. I couldn't do them, I tweaked something in my neck.

The crunches. As above.

The leg raise. Not too bad.

The plank. Was easy, we did a ton at dance afterwards too!

The squats. These were okay today.


That's it for yesterday (day fifteen). I've been spending today looking for a dance to cover!