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Disappointment and Impostor Syndrome

Disappointment and Impostor Syndrome

Yesterday I attended my second feis (Irish dance competition) since returning to dance as an adult. After the success of the first one, I was keen to do it again. It was fun! I discovered that I enjoyed performing, and that my anxiety went away as soon as I was actually on stage (even if it was bad beforehand) — and I did pretty well, too, so that was a big morale-booster. Despite impending finals, doing another competition a few…

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Bright Spots Amidst The Anxious Darkness

Bright Spots Amidst The Anxious Darkness

I thought, since my last post was a bit of a downer, I’d write one concentrating on some of the bright points of this week. Because there were bright points! To be honest, I felt awful on Wednesday, but it’s been a slow and steady improvement since then. I’m still stressed and anxious and overworked, but I haven’t had any more panic attacks. So, here are some pieces of good news. 1. My friend Cait’s book is coming out in…

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I wasn’t made for this

I wasn’t made for this

My conspicuous absence this week has been for two very good reasons: firstly, I was on a ballet course that took up all my time and also my energy, and secondly, I’m ill. You know that saying, “starve a fever, feed a cold?” That’s stupid. I have a fever and a cold. What do they expect me to do about that, then,  eh? *growls* In fact, I was ill to the point of having to miss the last day of aforementioned ballet…

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The Arts Are For Everyone

The Arts Are For Everyone

I was watching BBC Young Musician 2012 on TV the other day. I don’t watch a lot of television – Sherlock, Doctor Who and Torchwood being the exceptions – but occasionally something will come on that interests me enough to make time for it, and so it was with the Young Musician competition. As a musician myself, I was eager to see the competition from other young people my age… and then crawl in a hole and feel insignificant when…

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Unexpected Forays Into Teaching

Unexpected Forays Into Teaching

I want to be a ballet teacher when I’m older. I’ve said that for quite a while now. In September I was recording a music video with a friend who was training to be a teacher and discussing with them another friend, who helps teach poor children and start preschools and stuff, and he was telling me about another friend, who is also training to be a teacher. And I said, “Why is everyone I meet a teacher these days?”  His…

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Alone In The House

Alone In The House

I know Thursday isn’t one of my posting days, and it’s already gone half past ten so I should probably be getting off the computer, but I had a few things that seemed important to say. First of all, right now I’m alone in the house. Well, I’ve got my brother, who’s apparently a responsible adult, but as far as parents are concerned, I’m safe. House party!!! I’m joking. I’m going to stay at home and write. Second of all,…

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