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A few years ago I decided to start a new career as a performer. I used to be a biology teacher but couldn't face walking around in a white coat all day teaching children who didn't want to learn. Actually it wasn't so much the children as the system cause I think all children want to learn - they just don't all want to learn in schools. Anyway I now work as a Life and Executive coach. Work is perhaps not the right word because it never feels like work. I just love to see people grow and change. I love it when they peel of the layers of limiting beliefs and find their true self. And I make some great frends in the process. I've re-discovered my writing and have published two poetry books and now working on 2 CDs, a novel, a book of short stories and talking to someone about a collaoration on a film script. That should keep me busy for a whild. Oh and I do bellydance.
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Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Belly Dance Progress

All good bellydancers must have some presence on the web and apart from my tentative attempts on my website I am now on YouTube! Hurray! The wedding bellydance is finally posted by the videographers. You can watch it at


They've only put up the veiled dance. The raunchier Shakira one (which so embarassed my boys) willbe posted on my website in the portfolio section - waiting for Andrew to do that for me but he's so busy just now....

So how has my first week been? Dedided to keep paper journal as I have a big enough handbag to carry one - laptop doesn't quite fit my bag. Viewed loads of flamenco style dances to see if there are any moves I'd like to incorporate in my dance; eventually after seeing a dance by my teacher decided on; square turns, penatgon turns, fireny walk, zig zag hot backs, cash steps, shoulder and hip shimmies, floreos, knee raises and a fair bit of skirt ruffling. I was sent home to practice upward and downward undulations and piston hips (which involve an amazing amount of glutes work) Have been given specific glutes exercised - my I'm going to have a tight arse. Need to lose about 7 pounds if I'm really going to look the part (how quickly it shot back on after the wedding).

On another performance matter. Passed up the opportunity to perform at a Black History Month event on October 10th as that weekend is a social whirl with a bit of R&R at Champney Springs thrown in. It's all very exciting . Being Mrs Dixon is much more fun than I expected.
Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Back on the creative path

I'm always amazed at the time gap between post. I think its a week or so and when I come to write again find it two or even three weeks. In the last few weeks I've had a birthday - very low key coming so close on the heel of the high profile wedding. We had a hot stone massage; our first one-and a wedding gift. The stones were beautiful and I must confess to being very impressed with Banatynes in Brindley Place where we had it. One of my sons joined us for dinner in one of the Italians restarants in Brindley Place. He was working early the next day and Andrew was driving so I was forced to drink most of the two bottles of Survignon Blanc by myself. And was really surprised when the waiting staff who found out it was my birthday brought me a candle in my dessert and all gathered to sing me happy birthday.

I had a most amazing reading at the mind, body, spirit fair at the Council House in Birmingham on Saturday from a guy called Ian on the 'Lizian' stand. Apparently I need to get back into my creative activities and from my last birthday I come into a most 'progressive' phase - roughly translated means I can do anything I set my mind to. SO I've set my mind on becoming an international bellydancer!! Well, if the man is right it should be possible.

So this is where the creative path come back into the blog. I've agreed with my bellydance teacher to learn a dance to be performed solo at the next Hafla. I enjoyed the performance at the wedding so much that I have a real taste for solo performance. To keep me on track and to chart my progress I'm going to keep a diary (Diary of an International Bellydancer) may even do it on line. There's a mixture of fear and excitement at this prospect but if my chances of acheiveing whatever I want in the next 6-7 years are so greatly increased why not go for it?

WE GOT THE WEDDING DVD yesterday. I've watched it 3 times. It is fab and was certainly worth the wait. I saw so much that I didn't on the day. I can't get over how much laughter there was- how happy everyone appeared and how much fun we had. Everyone was so beautiul - so proud of my boys.

So - my next performance will be at the Christmas Hafla in Sutton. I just have to perfect the dance - watch this space!!
Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Dear John

If you are reading this please know that I hold you in a place of love. Whatever has gone on between us, however acrimonious it may have felt to you; please know that I have always trusted that the outcome will be a fair and just one. Please go in peace.
Saturday, 5 September 2009
Two weeks since I last blogged and it feels like two days. Where does the time go? Loads have happened since which I'm sure I'll get round to writing about when I have a bit more time. And yet no news from the contractor taking me to court. If you're reading this - what's going on? Please send me a reply to my email.

Been sorting out the photo albums/books/dvds/cd. Takes ages. Now have absolutely fantastic collage on wall. A1 size beautifully framed. Also got some really lovely frames from Debenhams for wall pictures of me, Andrew and the guys. Managed to deliver a few framed pictures of friends to them and and little personalised albums to bridesmaid, ushers and bestman (back in the UK for a few days before jetting off back to New York).

Went to a performance workshow with WWB today. Made relaize how far I've drifted from the performing world - haven't done any writing in ages - so decided to book myself into a poetry workshop the day before my birthday. Wedding hardly over and having to think about what to do for my birthday. Current options. Party at home...Glee Club....Dinner with Andrew....Girls night in...Dinner out with friends...Still thinking about it.