The November 2021 Diaries: Days 3 and 4 (and 5)

Dear friends,

Today’s a double whammy post because I fell off track and skipped yesterday’s blog! It is 7:24pm on this Thursday evening and I’m about to head out to watch the new movie, Dune. Gonna start this blog now, and hopefully I’ll have energy later tonight to finish it!

Yesterday (Wednesday) and today (Thursday) are what I describe as “passion and personal development days”. In the past 48 hours, I went figure skating twice, had two dance practice sessions, attended my first aerial silks class, and took a Latin ballroom private dance lesson. The more I live, the more I realize how inextricably linked my identity and soul is to movement, and more specifically, movement as a vehicle for self-expression. Gymnastics was a solid base from which this passion for movement germinated. My ten years in the sport gave me the foundation– strength, flexibility, coordination, body awareness, discipline– to pursue all that my heart desires. And what a journey it has been. I’ve pursued many hobbies, explored different avenues, and hopped on many an adventure: dance, figure skating, circus arts, choreography, and more. I love challenging my body in various dimensions, and never have I felt more connected with my inner desire to move, express, and create, than I do at age 23.


Following day, 2:08pm

Okay guys, this is getting to be a bit much. I’m seriously falling behind on TNDs, so in a major effort to catch up, let’s tack on Day 5 of the series to this post, as well.

Okay, so where was I? Ah, yes. Passion for movement, galore! So Wednesday and Thursday were magical and my body was challenged in ways I didn’t know it craved. Thursday was what I call a “traverse the Bay” kind of day, because I did SO much driving from morning to evening. Started off the day with a morning figure skating session at a rink in Palo Alto. It’s called Winter Lodge, and it has easily become my new favorite skating rink in the bay. Just the cozy winter cabin vibe of the rink gives you the warm and fuzzies as you skate… I remember the very first time I went there, a few weeks back, there was literally no one else in the morning session! I had the entire rink to myself, and since I was the first skater of the day, the ice was pristine and smooth like glass, giving it the appearance of a frozen lake. Yesterday’s morning session had more people, but it still was a great time!

Having fun at Winter Lodge ⛸

Okay, back to Thursday. So after skating was over, I drove from Palo Alto to San Mateo where I had therapy. After therapy, I drove to Belmont, where I picked up my dance shoes I had left at the studio. Afterwards, I drove from Belmont to San Jose, where I had a private dance lesson. Right after the lesson, I had an online grad school class from 2:15-3:30pm, which I did right at the studio. After that, I drove back to the studio in Belmont and did about an hour of dance practice (really trying to get back into my training). And I finished my night off with a movie date! We watched Dune, the new sci-fi action movie that everyone’s been raving about. It’s based on a book series, and I had aimed on finishing the book before watching the movie, but was ultimately unsuccessful (the book is over 600 pages). I got back from my date around 1am, and slept shortly afterwards.

That brings us to the present– Friday, November 5, 2021. TGIF!!!! Today got off to an early start, as I taught dance fitness from 9:15-10:05am. I’m so happy I was able to wake up on time for it (last week I nearly overslept my class and was 10 minutes late!). After teaching dance fitness, I took a shower at Bay Club and headed home. The first thing I did upon arriving home was take a much-needed nap to make up for lost sleep. I woke up not too long ago, and here I am, wrapping up today’s triple-whammy post! Rest of the day is chill: catch up on schoolwork and help a student with her college applications. Might be going out to SF later tonight for a house party hosted by a friend in the “SF Gang” (nickname for my friend group in SF). Talk to you all tomorrow!!

-Bel

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