Do You For You

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Do You For You

Hello everyone and happy weekend! As many of you probably know, I figure skated competitively for close to ten years. I still love to hit the rink every now and then to get my skate on, but, I haven’t had a real lesson in about eight years. And, this past week, that changed! After running into one of my old coaches while I was at work, I decided that I would like to try my hand at ice dancing. And, try my hand at ice dancing I did!

I had the absolute best time being back on the ice and actually learning something new. Ice dancing is completely foreign to me, but the old girl can’t jump like she used to so I figured that dancing would be the best way to go. I had a half hour lesson with my coach, Chris, who is really the end all be all in my neck of the woods when it comes to all aspects of skating. Then, I got to practice on my own for a half hour.

By the end of my time on the ice, I was beat! But, boy, did it feel good. As I consider continuing to learn ice dancing, I find myself leaning towards not doing it, because it’s rather expensive. And, then, I find myself thinking that I do so much for others and that maybe I should do something for me, for once. Having a lesson every other week is definitely not as desirable as weekly skate time. But, it’s the best I can do and it sure would make me happy.

It feels so good to have something that I’m genuinely excited about. I’m twenty-four, which, for all intents and purposes, is over the hill in the skating world. But, I came back on the ice strong, I tried hard, and I can’t wait to do it again.

Doing you for you is so important, because if you don’t take that extra time for yourself, it’s so easy to become burnt out. I was definitely getting to that point and just one hour on the ice made me feel totally rejuvenated. And, you just can’t put a price on that. 🙂

Then and now! ❤

How do you do you for you? What is a hobby that you did when you were younger that you would like to get back into? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

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  1. Dude!! That’s awesome!!! 24 is young! Maybe not for figure skating but for ice dancing, if you REALLY wanted to…you could do it! However, I completely agree and understand doing for “you”. It feels amazing to do something you love. I recently ( in the last 5 years) started dance lessons. Started with just salsa, then moved onto Argentine tango, cha cha, and even some samba. My instructor told me he doesn’t train for competition so if I wanted to compete he would find someone else for me. The idea was enticing at first, but I am too old (way older than you) and I don’t have time for that. But I did have time for me…to feel alive and challenged and into something that takes me away from my daily routine…for just a few hours per week. You keep on ice dancing…for you! And keep encouraging everyone to do those little things for themselves whatever it may be! 😘

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  2. You just don’t know what you did in my heart with this text!!!! I was telling my sis in law the very same thing last week. I started kickboxing 2 weeks ago and I’m hooked. I am doing this just for myself and it feels good to have time just for me!!! Congratulations on the ice dancing

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  3. I started dance when I was 3 1/2 and danced until I was 18. I feel like I was much thinner then ha. I sometimes think about taking an adult class or try ballroom dancing. But as for now I do barre warm ups on my railing. Sometimes I put my pointe shoes on and wonder why I can’t releve anymore haha. It doesn’t feel the same. It’s like I’m putting on someone else’s shoes. I’m just not used to it anymore. But I still dance around the house 😊

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      • I love it! You probably still have a little of that too. And when I watch dance shows it’s like I watch and look for mistakes lol my husband is like uh how did you see it? Lol I’m like how did you not? And then the judges point it out lol. But yes, if I got back into it, hands down- ballroom dancing.

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