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Here we are, it’s 2015. Last year I returned to this space as a little project at a time when I was in need of purpose. I returned fairly consistently with updates until October, at which point I didn’t feel the need to write here. I’m pleased that I think writing small musings here helped me to return to write more lofty observations for my dissertation. I think that on this very day last year I returned to my dissertation and one year later I have completed that chapter and moved onto the next. It was a slow pace, but I embraced it and most definitely made progress. For 2015 I would like to reestablish a more rigorous pace, but one in which I can still take care of me. I would like to be able to return to this space at the fore of 2016 to report that my seven year long project is complete. This is one huge New Years resolution.

Beyond this very large, long term, and underlying goal I  feel like this year I have a running laundry list of intentions as opposed to one resolution. I would like to be more consistent in my exercise, mindful of my diet, and continue to strive for a life in which I care for myself and for those around me. I need to floss more. I say this every year. And I could stand to drink more water. This too is a yearly intention. I would also like to face my fears. I did a lot of this in 2014 with I think much success. I’d love to continue working on this in the year to come.

I also have resolutions for my relationship. I can sometimes be dramatic and in turn a bit volatile in my responses to minor things. I hope that I can work on mindfulness when it comes to my interactions such that I am a bit more zen.

Moving Virtual

Rather than spend my spare time ghosting others’ blogs, I am following my passion for participatory arts and joining in. This is not my first blog. A few years ago I kept a blog chronicling my choreographic adventures and my ideas about dance. You see, I am a choreographer and a dancer living in the Bay Area who is interested in the ways that technology shape, mold, and affect our movement. I let my first blog die because it didn’t feel natural. I didn’t run to the blog to share my ideas. I felt the impulse to perform my thoughts in some sort of coherent and interesting way. I am giving blogging a second go with the promise that I will make this second blog more personal. For me, moving virtual is not just about my choreographic practice. It’s also about the relationships I have, the food that I cook, the walks that I take around my neighborhood, the dance classes I take, and the artistic inspiration that I see around me. This new blog, while never detached from my professional thinking about dance and choreography and what it means to be pursing a professional degree in arts, will be about my more vulnerable virtual sides.

Consider this my commonplace book. In the 9th grade Mr. Blackburn assigned our class the task of keeping a commonplace book. A commonplace book is like an early modern European version of a scrapbook, or a blog. I ended up keeping a commonplace book for four years. I kept roughly one large book each year. I pasted mementos, transcribed thoughts, and allowed for my self to develop through the pages of those books. Consider this the commonplace of my adult life: a space where my professional, personal, and social selves are allowed to collide.