Despite What You Think, Dance is a Team Sport

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Team apparel is a part of creating that total team-atmosphere, just like any other team. This past year, our studio created team jackets, and have done t-shirts, sweatpants and shorts over the years. Local Surrey-based company Bravo Apparel, does a variety of branded apparel and uniform, and can customize unique jerseys for any type of sports team.

You wouldn’t think it in the traditional sense, but dance truly is what I would consider a team sport. Our dance studio attends competitions as a group, and create a sense of camaraderie like a team. All of the group dance numbers require a team effort. Although it isn’t competing head-to-head like another sport such as football or soccer, it’s just as much of a team, and dancers are athletes with strength and flexibility training weekly.

My girls are really into the Hip-Hop vibe right now, and love the casual hip-hop style clothing and dressing, so when Bravo Apparel offered them their own customized unique jerseys, they both wanted something that was Hip Hop in favour, but had something unique to them. Chloe chose a Football Jersey, with her favourite number and name on the back and in a large size so she can wear it to dance over leggings. Isabella chose a Baseball Jersey, with her favourite number and a big ‘E’ on the front corner for “Essence of Dance”.

bravo apparel, surrey bc,summer, bravo apparel, corporate clothing, canadian made corporate clothing, branded apparelBravo Apparel does every type of team jersey, from Rugby, Soccer, Lacrosse, Football, Hockey and more and they have a custom design tool on their website that you can play around with to get an idea of what your colour and placement might look like. Located in Surrey, they do team apparel for any type of team across British Columbia with competitive pricing and very helpful staff to make your ideas come to life.

Bravo Apparel is holding a Facebook Contest from July 25th -31st, 2016

We’re looking for a new catchy tagline and we want it to be YOURS! Put down your idea in the comment section on our Facebook post for a chance to win 12 BELLA+CANVAS v-neck tshirts or crewneck tank tops (men or ladies fit) with your choice of 1 logo (multiple colors) for customization. Contest runs from July 25th to 31st, 2016. To enter this contest:

1. LIKE Bravo Apparel on Facebook 

2. COMMENT and LIKE their Facebook post

3. SHARE their Facebook contest

Good luck everyone!

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6-Months into A Shopping Detox: How am I Doing?

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In January, I joined a Facebook Shopping Detox Group with some other women I am connected with via my former direct sales biz. The goal is to be mindful of what we are consuming and change behaviour, and stop spending money on unnecessary things. Of course, I have never felt that I was an over-shopper, or at least not over the last number of years. But the accountability of being in a group, even if they don’t know whether I purchased or not, has given me that small voice in my head, reminding me to be mindful.

Honestly…it has been life-changing.

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What Freelancing Has Taught Me About Social Media and Direct Sales

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Out and about with my jewelry, 2009

Since I left my long-time jewelry business and started working freelance, I have learned so much about myself and about what it really means to use social media to work a business. My former jewelry business was direct sales, and therefore, there was always a roadmap of where to go. When working for yourself, you have no one to answer to but yourself: no incentives to hit, no pre-determined marketing and no team to rally. Just you.

Sometimes it gets lonely and a little boring being just you. But it also really helps to figure out who you are, and what your social media presence means to your business. You start making friends because you just want to BE their friend – you aren’t constantly thinking about selling them something or snagging them as a possible recruit.  I am not just spraying and praying on social media to attract business, but only posting things that are meaningful to me. And if I do post about selling something, it’s because I really mean it and genuinely want to share it.

I’m certainly no pro at freelancing, far from it. But I have learned a few things from working freelance that has given me a greater perspective on using social media for business and/or direct sales. Separately, not necessarily together. Continue reading

Live to Dance: Another Dance Season Complete

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In so many ways, this school year has flown by. As my girls get further into high school, I find that they have even more activities plus their own social schedules, yet they still need as much assistance as they did when they were younger. When everyone is coming and going every week and into the weekend, 6 months can pass by in a flash. Our dance season consisted of 4 competitions and one trip away to Kelowna, and so if felt like the months of March, April and May, which also is our year end recital, had something almost every weekend. Since Isabella will be entering Grade 11 in the Fall, I have come to the realization that she won’t be in high school too much longer – and her time at Essence of Dance will be coming to a close then too. So, I am looking at the next years ahead with so much gratitude. Continue reading

Did the New Cabela’s Store Convert Me to Becoming an Outdoor-Girl?

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I am not really an outdoorsy-type of girl.

Surprising statement, I know!

I grew up in Saskatchewan, but still somehow, was always more of an urban girl rather than an outdoor girl. It’s only since we have moved to BC that I have enjoyed nature more like White Rock beach and the other things this beautiful province has to offer.  I remember reading an interview with celebrity Rose McGowan who was raised travelling Europe in communes with her hippie parents, and she said that she always knew from a young age that she was different then them. She said that at around 10 years old she saw a woman putting on red lipstick and she immediately thought….”My people!” I have always related to that statement, because I think I knew at a very young age that I was that girl too. Continue reading

Confessional: I Can’t Adult Today

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Source: Kandee Johnson

I saw this image on social media yesterday and realized that sums up exactly how I have been feeling recently:

I Can’t Adult Today!

I have had a plethora of rejections of the past several months – some personal like from my kid that no longer wants my help backstage at dance events, and some professional, like a writing submission rejection (tonnes of those), emails going unanswered and contract job rejections.

In theory, I know I can’t take it personally, but in actuality, I usually do. My sensitive heart is more sensitive when I haven’t had enough sleep, am feeling stressed out or maybe have had too much coffee – yes, I am dabbling in coffee again, despite giving it up a year ago.

The overwhelming feeling is, this Adulting thing really friggin’ sucks!  Continue reading

2016 Beauty Trends for Gals over 40 – Do’s and Don’ts.

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Wearing the Kylie Lipkit in Posey K.

Just because we are over 40 doesn’t mean that we aren’t interested in beauty products and trends. However not all trends are created equal – and many beauty trends are in vogue for a short time – 6 months to 2 years. If you are over 40, trying these trends can wind up looking more foolish than trendy.

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