New Year’s Resolutions

written by Melissa on January 10, 2015 in Healthy for life and Plus size belly dancers with no comments

It’s a new year! Resolutions! Changes! Clichés! Seriously though, it’s the perfect time to initiate some changes. No, I’m not resolving to lose weight. I have been going to the gym since October so that’s not my goal. Last year was just an awful year that got into way more complicated things than I felt like dragging online so this year is sort of in response to that. My resolve is to ramp up my dance career.

So, January is perhaps the worst month for someone working in retail. I’m not working much which actually puts me into an interesting position to breathe some new life into my goals. At first, I was really upset about the lack of hours at work even though I knew it was happening. After much discussion with my boyfriend, we have decided that this would be the perfect time to explore my options.

Quite honestly, I think I’m getting tired of having to teach through my town’s recreation department. There’s nothing wrong with going through a rec department, I am just not a fan of how difficult it is to sign up for class. I want to have a little more control over my classes. I also want a decent dance space and the spaces that I have access to are really not that great for dancing. The last room I was in has carpet and I just don’t like carpet. I really want to do what is best for my students. My first students just absolutely blew me away with how much work they put into the choreography for the student show and they deserve to have some elbow room and a space where they don’t have to worry about messing up their knees.

The other great thing that is going to happen is that I am hoping to take over one of my teacher’s former nights. She is off doing amazing things (she’s getting her PhD in some crazy STEM field) so she just does not have the time to do all of her classes. I feel absolutely honored to receive her encouragement in pursuing these goals. It’s quite a bit intimidating, worrying that I will fill these shoes out well, but I also don’t see why I shouldn’t be able to do this. If I can get these two classes going, then I will have 4.5 hours of scheduled dance commitments (Tues: teach class, Wed: take class, Thurs: troupe, Sat: teach class) a week. Considering the year I have been through, these will do wonders for my own mental health.

One of my other goals feels a little more awkward to pursue, but I am still doing it. The public schools in my town have recently received a grant to start a wellness committee to get the staff doing some physical activity after work. As someone who has actually worked at a public school, I fully understand how important it is for the stress relief of a physical activity. The thing I’m feeling awkward about is obviously my size and how I will be received as a physical fitness instructor. (Yes, I understand that I can be fat and active, or else why would I support this website as much as I do?) I feel unsure of how others, especially the nurses who will ok me or not, will accept the fact that I can get people up and moving and breaking a sweat. I know I can do that. One of my students does marathons and she gets sore after my class. So, we’ll see.

This has been on my mind for a while now. I just needed the swift kick in the rear in order to do so. Even though it’s incredibly cliché to start making resolutions, I feel like this is such a good time to start something new.


About Melissa

Melissa began belly dancing seriously in 2010. In January of 2013, she joined the Crescent Dancers, a professional dance troupe located in western Massachusetts. Around that time, she started reading about Health at Every Size through Ragen Chastain’s website "Dances with Fat." Through this philosophy, she has learned to accept her body as it is, a fat body that can do some pretty awesome things. She also hopes that she is able to spread some of the love to random women she meets at her job, working at a major clothing company.