What Dance Taught Me

Hello lovelies! I am back from Atlanta. Driving 5 hours makes for a tired Madison--but now I have a warm, full belly and am happy to be sitting down to blog.

I had lots of different ideas on what to talk about tonight but decided to talk about something close to my heart. As most of you know, I grew up in dance and loved it. Dance has carried through my adult life in memories and lessons. Here are just a few things that dance has taught me...

  1. Love your body. Dancing in front of a mirror and looking at yourself all day can definitely be a recipe for disaster. There were many times I was harsh on myself. However, I realized that I could not dance without this body. Yes, there are imperfections but those imperfections are beautiful. Imperfections make us who we are--my imperfections make me "Madison."
  2. Put passion into everything. If I didn't dance with my heart or with passion, my dance instructors and the audience could tell. But when I took a moment and danced with my heart--that's when the true dance started. This should be carried through life...live your life to the fullest and pursue your passions. Don't go through life on "pause" or wait for good things to happen to you. You have to create these moments.
  3. Practice make (almost) perfect. During dance we practiced for months to be on stage for 5 minutes. We made everything as perfect as possible so that when we performed: we were proud of the product. My dad and mom's dad (Papa Frank) always tell me that the "harder you work, the luckier you get." Work hard and it'll pay off.

Austin and I dancing our hearts out at Sarah's wedding!