This Year I Dance!

Mary Ann Matthys- Artist, Color of Woman Teacher, Intentional Creativity Coach.

This Year I Dance!



Lindy HopMy word to live by this year is “dance” meaning dance with life, dance with my husband, dancing at my son, Michael’s wedding…dance!  Dancing is an art form in itself and involves holding on, releasing, spinning, turning, did I say releasing, changing directions, patterns, individuality and most of all having fun.  This year I dance!

Consecrating the Day is all about dancing with this one and only life we are living.  All too often I get bogged down in the stuff of life and forget to enjoy each day moment by moment…but not this year.  This year I plan to savor every moment, every nuance of this dance called ‘Life.’

So, as my pastor friend Mike Lindstrom would say, what does that look like?

Well, for me the releasing comes before the holding…I want to release all those things that hold me back from being the person I want to be.  You know what I am talking about.  Release those lenses that try to say you could never do or be the person you envision yourself being.  Ignore your inner critic who steps up now and then.  Most of all, release all the baggage you have been carrying around…the wounds from your past that you cling to, the hurts and unforgiveness in your heart; because you can’t step into the fullness of living and dance while you are carrying all that baggage. (If you need a visual, think of lugging two heavy suitcases through an airport.)

So release and then take that first step.  Spin around and see how it feels.  Don’t you feel lighter?

Be expressive as you dance.  I always remember a scene in Seinfeld where Elaine dances.  I laugh just thinking about it. Dancing is all about expressing your authentic self.  If you have rhythm, great.  If you don’t, dance anyway and dance like no one is watching you.  Have fun!

Now, hold on for the exhilaration of the dance.  Something happens as you dance…the cares of the world drift away as the music carries you across the dance floor…  

Listen.  Do you hear the music of life calling you to the dance floor?  

What is it that you have been wanting to do but keep putting off? 

When and where do you feel fully alive?  

Who are the people that bring joy and wonder into your life?

Take the first step and then spin and sway and dance!

Blessings dear ones!

Mary Ann


These wonderful photos are used with permission from Hilary Mercer Photography.  Hilary is an amazing photographer who lives in DuPont, Washington and travels all around the country photographing amazing people, places and events.





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