Wow. I thought I was busy before. How many things can one do in one day? During a great conversation with a friend and absolutely brilliant CEO of Harlem School of the Arts Yvette Campbell, she reminded me about a simple idea. Sometimes I can get bogged down by details and deadlines and as a result can’t spend as much time as I’d like investing in the grand scheme of things. We are all guilty of this and it is an easy trap to fall into when you’re busy. I have designed and scheduled over forty classes for ages 2-17. Harlem School of the Arts is offering everything from Baby Samba for children three years-old to advanced ballet for students hoping to further their formal education in dance. Not to mention finding faculty to teach all of those classes along with their accompanists. Luckily this is loads of fun for me and when the kids start rolling in to attempt their first plies that will be inspiring.
So, I’m wondering how this translates in your life. The made up stress about not having enough time and having too much to do can really make you crazy. You can find yourself spinning around in a cycle failing to get everything done. Suddenly you look up and the summer is gone and you have spent it stressing about things that are still incomplete.
Take some dream time. Carve out some space just for getting those wonderful colorful ideas onto paper. Getting them down actually makes them more tangible. Keeping them in your head can cause stress about what you think you should be doing. And round and round we go.
Hang in there, take a moment, and then get back to it. The tasks aren’t going anywhere. If you’re alive and pushing yourself, there will always be more to do than there is time for. So steal some time to make sure you’re inline with what will inspire you forward. That means personal dream time and professional dream time. This blog is my personal dream space to connect and reflect. I am making ways in my new position as Program Dance Director, Harlem School of the Arts to do the same. Those kids depend on it. Thanks for the reminder, Yvette.
Make sure you pay special attention to the Dance section and Musical Theatre Project section because I just spent the last few weeks outlining those programs! See you there.