Inspiring Tidbits


"Shhh," says the ballerina.

“Shhh,” says the ballerina, “now get to work.”

Sorry for all the silence this past week, darlin’s! I’ve been up against a lot of deadlines, and apparently am nowhere near as good at budgeting my time as I like to think I am. After working rather long days, I’ve been unwinding by watching an episode of City Ballet every night before bed. Have you seen it? It is narrated by Sarah Jessica Parker and is really quite charming. Ever since watching the documentary “First Position” by Bess Kargman, I’ve felt a strong kinship with ballerinas and the level of dedication they pour into their craft. There was something about that documentary that quite simply touched me and made me feel inspired to try and emulate the work ethic/practice-makes-perfect mentality of a ballerina in my life as a writer. And so, as I burn the candle on both ends, I love being comforted and kept company by the aspiring dancers of New York City Ballet. These tutu-and-tights-clad companions are no substitute for you, however, dear readers… I so very much look forward to chatting with you on the flip side of all these due dates! Leave a comment.

Photo from Girl In A Tutu via Pinterest.

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  • Reply Ritchie January 25, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    You may enjoy The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp if you’d like a deeper look at the practice-makes-perfect aspect of ballet.

    The key takeaway is that creative opportunities happen to all of us, but only those who are practiced enough to recognize them can effectively capitalize on those moments – the rest of us just watch them go by with a “damn, I should have…”.

  • Reply Jennifer Coté February 2, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    Thank you so much for the recommendation Ritchie! This book looks awesome, and I’m definitely going to read it. I’m only sorry it took me so long to see your comment and respond to it. Gosh, that’s embarrassing! (There is something wonky going on with my notifications system.) Very much looking forward to this read, and to seeing you soon!

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