Thursday Things

Katie organized a Take Time Tuesday on, ahem, Tuesday, and even though it’s now, y’know, Thursday, is it ever too late to be grateful? I think not. Thus, Thursday Things: Gratitude Edition.


1. This past Saturday, I went to see the Joffrey Ballet with one of my good friends from college and smokes. I don’t know if I’ve ever actually seen a ~professional~ professional ballet company perform, and even if I have, it has been QUITE some time (the last time I remember seeing any ballet was maybe third or fourth grade), so I suppose I don’t have much to compare the Joffrey to, but it was AMAZING.

They performed three different pieces as part of a show called Unique Voices. All three pieces stood on their own and were very different from each other, but nevertheless were absolutely incredible. I particularly liked the first piece, Maninyas, and the last piece, Tulle. The middle piece, The Man in Black, used Johnny Cash music, which I thought was so cool for a ballet. Part of it was danced to “Hurt,” and the choreography reminded me of one of my all-time favorite So You Think You Can Dance Routines, Gravity (or “The Addiction Piece.”)

Unique Voices is over now, so, uh, sorry you can’t see it :/ BUT I’m grateful for the time I had to spend with a friend I hadn’t seen in almost two years, and the opportunity to see such amazing dancing live.

2. Kind of in a similar vein, I had dance graduation this past Tuesday (my 14th graduation! Haha. The superest of seniors 😛 ), and man, I am so grateful for that place. Not only is it how I met some of my closest friends in Chicago, but there’s just something about the overall community there that makes me feel so comfortable and at home. A good number of people stick around and take class after class there, and while we only really see each other all together once every eight weeks at graduation, when we are all together, it feels like this wonderful Tuesday night family made up of people of all sorts of ages who, at one point or another, decided that just because we’re “grown ups” doesn’t mean we have to stop learning and can’t pursue something totally new to us. And I think that’s pretty great 🙂

3. Finally, I’m grateful for running. I’m *just* getting back into things after a bit of a hiatus and kicked off my 2015 training season on Wednesday. I went for a base building run on Saturday–my first non-treadmill run in over a month–and oh MAN. It was life changing. Haha. Well, maybe not quite life changing, but my goodness did it make an impact on how I felt. My mental game has been way, way off for the past month or so, and my run on Saturday was truly the first time I actually felt like myself instead of Crazy Overly Emotional Bethany in weeks. While I (and by “I” I mean “I, in conjunction with more than one professional who would actually know what they’re talking about”) think some outside factors had caused me to turn into Crazy Overly Emotional Bethany (which have since been eliminated, thank goodness), it was just wonderful to catch a glimpse of Normal Bethany on Saturday courtesy of my run — and hopefully to welcome her back for quite some time moving forward, since I like her a lot more than Crazy Overly Emotional Bethany 😉

What are you grateful for right now?

15 thoughts on “Thursday Things

  1. I was at ORD last night and saw an advertisement for the ballet that made me really want to go! 🙂

    I love that you feel that way with your dance peeps! I feel that way with my strength peeps 🙂

    And yay for your outdoor run! I was so off Monday and Tuesday, cause I didn’t get my am run in! ha ha

  2. You don’t know how amazing it is to feel that connected within a community until you have it — then you realize how much your life lacks without that human connection! That’s how I started feeling when I threw myself into the fitness community in Chicago. It’s amazing to have people know your name, if you know what I mean 🙂 glad you’re feeling on top of the world! There’s nothing better than running in the morning and then living off that high the rest of the day. it really does bring out the best in us. And don’t worry, you’re not alone in Crazy Emotional Bethany-land. It happens to the best of us, especially when we take time off of something we love.

  3. The Joffrey Ballet is amazing! I used to work for a company that was one of the Joffrey’s biggest sponsors. Part of the sponsorship package was to provide pro bono staff on 3-month rotations. I actually got selected for one of the rotations, so I got to work at the Joffrey’s development office! It was an amazing experience. Their staff is wonderful and the dancers are of course jawdropping. You should see the dancers during rehearsal, too. They casually do things like pick up one leg while standing and twirling it around their ear!

  4. Yay for getting back into running!! I’m not exaggerating when I say that running is the only thing that helped me through this month. I always without a doubt felt so much better after every single run and even considered adding in a 4th and 5th day of running just to help maintain my mental health. I’m sure my shins wouldn’t have been very happy with that though so it didn’t happen haha. I’m so happy you’re experiencing such happiness from running! I’m cheering for you 🙂 March is almost here…

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