Office spaceI don’t have a large office at my dance studio named Alma Folklórica. In fact it’s more like a sliver of the studio that I’ve forcefully carved out. But it’s filled with so much love, and photos, and beautiful gifts that people have given me throughout the years; some from Mexico, some not. Some things I bought myself. My daughters have spent hours on my desk during 15 years of BFML lessons. Years worth of DUF badges proudly hang next to my most beloved books and items. Copious amounts of coffee were (and are!) consumed in this space. Tightly guarded secrets lie within these walls. Some of the best Comadre chisme has been shared in this office. My own personal tears and frustrations lie in this space as well. Triumph lives here too. I love my office because some of my favorite IGers are in here as well. You can barely see my super cool Otomi lampshade that I bought so many years ago, back when I didn’t even have an office. But it was so unique that I saved it for years before I was able to finally use it. My space certainly isn’t fancy, nor is it even big enough for two people. (!) But it works for me. When I’m there, I’m grounded and I’m reminded that even in the day in and day out-teaching, planning, prepping, executing, and budgeting- may not be glamorous aspects of teaching dance, but looking around at so many photos and chucherias lovingly brought back just for me reminds me of why I do what I do, and why I continue. Because in the grand scheme of things, my dancing is absolutely so much more than what meets the eye. It’s an absolute extension of who and what I am.
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