The Key to Success? Dancing!

Life can be ironic. I was just thinking about the correlation between dancing and blog views. Then this photo challenge appeared. Really!

Dancing for Rain

I’ve snow danced, rain danced and dance bombed. I’ve danced after finishing my handmade Christmas cards and before Polar Plunging.

dancing with a new friend

I’ve danced on New Year’s Eve and at Two Jews and a Blonde.

Then the tempo changed.

In the last twenty-four hours, I’ve looked back on successful blog posts from 2013 while adding alt text and description to the photos. I Will Follow You, posted on April 7th, had almost 300 comments and 150 likes.

What happened?

Need to try something new? Dance!I was diagnosed with breast cancer nine days later on April 16th, 2013. Although my humorous Boob Reports spiked huge views, my oncologist predicted they would drop as soon as readers found out I would live. Ha! He was right.

I always blamed my drop in views on cancer. Everything was going well until then.

This morning I had a Eureka moment.

I need to DANCE.

There’s something about dancing that is so uplifting and happy. It transcends everyday life and all the setbacks. And you burn calories. Bonus.

Dancing was my thing!

I laughed when I saw this week’s challenge. It’s as if the Universe was saying. “Yup.”

I’m back.

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And we need more Roxy.

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Do you need more dancing in your life? Are you a closet dancer? A chair dancer? Do you head bob in your car?

This is a response to the Weekly Photo Challenge – Dance

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  1. So sorry to hear how your recovery from cancer cut into your blog stats. Of course dancing never hurts, but maybe you need a teeny little life-threatening injury to spice up the stats? Have you considered sky-diving?


    1. Thanks, Cathy! That’s the plan. No more looking backward, only forward while dancing, of course. Roxy is super excited. I’m surprised she didn’t photo bomb me. She’s obviously out of practice. Ha!
      Are you heading up to ski?


      1. Sadly, (or delightedly depending on one’s perspective) we decided to start a kitchen remodel which precludes the rest of the ski season. And now Breck has a dump of snow, but we had a great season… There’s always next year. You?


        1. We were going to head up this morning. All of a sudden, I heard dripping coming from somewhere. Then it started to pour! We have same leak as during the flood, which was supposedly repaired. Good thing we’re home! Danny went out to shovel the roof. Luckily it’s a low roof over a guest bedroom on the first floor.

          Our remodel is still going strong. We moved into the finished basement and set up the kitchen at the bar! It is such a mess, but I look at it like camping. If we get up to Breck this afternoon, there will be 5 people and three dogs sharing two bedrooms! Ha!


  2. I love dancing in my kitchen. This is a great post. I can really relate to this. Dancing in my kitchen has got me through a lot of bad times. When my husband had cancer for two years and I danced a lot on my own in the kitchen, listening to 80s tunes. Dancing kept me sane through his chemo and radiotherapy, Everyone should get up and dance!

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    1. Dancing is a great way to reduce stress. It’s better than laughing since moving is so good for our bodies and our souls!
      I’m sorry to hear about your husband. I trust cancer is in his rear view mirror. She lurked in my mind for the first two years, but I’ve waved goodbye to that bitch for good and don’t waste my time on her!
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Perfect! I am Ginger Rogers behind the wheel and last Saturday there was a full blown 80’s dance party in the house while I cleaned. Michael Jackson never disappoints its his beats. I probably looked like an octopus on an oil slick, but that’s ok.

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      1. Speaking of lighting up your brain. Have you ever watched the movie, Hector & the Search for Happiness. It is a quirky little film but I think you would love it. Check it out😉


  4. My kids know better than to say something like “Stop it Dad, you’re embarrassing us!” because they know what that means. They’re going to get more of it. I’ll dance anywhere, and have. I did a Star Wars dance yesterday, and I’m not even sure what the hell that is. But it worked. For me.


          1. It IS. There is something so very life affirming to getting caught up in the moment. Call my thought cliche, fine. But anything that makes you smile, laugh, feel good? Is a good thing. That’s a great video, Susie. It speaks to your spirit without having to say a word. Good for you.


  5. Spring begins tonight – though we’d never notice it with the weather the way it is today. Last weekend yes, this weekend no. Regardless, I am dancin.’ Spring Break is five days away – four days of school – working to make them count and making spring break count, I;ll be dancin’ with sand in my toes! Have a great week.


    1. Nice! I’m overdue for some sand between my toes too. I didn’t realize it was spring tomorrow! We had a huge snowstorm and it’s melting today. We were going to head up skiing, but have a roof leak! GAH!
      Have fun on your break, Clay! Make sure to blog about it. Where are you headed?

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      1. But is the world ready for it? Ohh…oh, oh…”I’m getting happy feet!” Steve Martin was right! Steve’s always been jealous of my two left feet’s abilities on a dance floor. But, I think he’s the only one, though. 😀


  6. I was on a local “Bandstand” TV show in 1958. Been dancin’ ever since. I met my wife almost 49 years ago by “getting my swerve on” at a dance. Still boogie a bit in the car to those 60’s hits! From the looks of your pictures, you still know how to “do your groove thing”, to use the vernacular. That was a happy post.

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    1. Thanks Al! Dancing is a happy activity! Although I remember being stuck slow dancing while Crimson and Clover kept being played over and over. Ha!
      That is so cool you danced on American Bandstand. Do you have the video? I bet you could buy it somewhere. 🙂

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      1. It wasn’t THE American Bandstand, but many cities around the country televised local shows that were a spin-off from that. This one happened to be in New Haven, CT. Doesn’t matter, at 14, I thought I was a big star anyway!


  7. I love to dance, but I generally don’t spontaneously break out into dance. Usually, if I do that, I’m somewhere far away from home where no one knows me.

    I like to perform dance, like on stage to a choreographed routine, but I haven’t done that in a very long time either. Things have changed since I’ve been in Mississippi. I guess I need to find a zumba class again.

    Keep dancing my friend. If you do it, they will come.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt


    1. Zumba! That is a great idea. I’ll have to show up for one soon.
      If the music doesn’t move me, neither do I. There are certain dance songs that just beg me to dance to them. Ha!
      Keep on dancing Patricia, even if it’s in the car….

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    1. At first I thought you said, “internet.” That would be true too! Anything to connect to real people is a very good thing. I think that freedom of expression unlocks something magical in our brains- tons of endorphins!
      Thanks for stopping by, Kenne!


  8. Other than a nice slow waltz or some jivy swing, I didn’t dance much til I started to learn some Spanish dances….., salsa, samba, rhumba. They move you whether you’re ready or not !!! Keep on keepin’ on, Susie. 🙂


  9. I hum or sing all day long, but my dancing is mostly in the car where I have the music cranked up! It’s head bobbing but a lot of bouncing, too. I’m sure I look silly, or at least questionable, but it definitely raises my spirits like nothing else! And by the way, I literally cringed at the thought that your stats went down because you lived! Ouch! Please keep dancing! ox


    1. Thanks, Debra!
      Head bobbing is so much fun especially when it’s my favorite tune. I may not get all the lyrics right, but no one knows. Ha!

      Yep. I think it has to do with my brand. I started out as the Wild Rider and took adventure by storm. *cue needle scratching record* And then cancer added “survivor” to the mix. Cancer repels a lot of people and who can blame them. It used to repel me. I could take down my “Poster child photo,” but if one person catches it early because of the reminder, it’s worth it!
      Thanks for stopping by, Debra!


  10. I dance in my kitchen, living-room, bedroom and sometimes in the shower. Dancing can be a form for therapy for me at times.
    We should all be dancing more. So keep on dancing! 🙂


  11. Oh I love you blog here, it’s what life should be, ‘live well’ there was a word for living life well, which my Step family taught to me, but I have lost most over living with vast diverse cultures around me. Not ‘having and using words of such joy, perhaps life around is too traumatic, to arid, too hateful and thus not enjoyed by most everyone. you know it was that fun throat scratchy dancing tongue frase which I once considered having ‘Tattooed across my forehead in protests to my Jewish Stepmothers horrid and harsh actions. In fact I am not sure any step child of a Jewish –American Stepmother or a Jewish Mother has a non complaint of the horrors we have survived.

    -Oh one other thing’, ‘were able to save the two potted Plants pictured above?’ IF so awesome, if not, I bet your appreciation of life, and love for life is immense…

    ‘La – high um, la hah –yum; something like that but it was shouted from within and very well meant at every festivity. Thank you for your awesome blog and for being you. I am Brock Buildersteel which is I believe now my fifth alias… How do you like my beard? I am incognito hiding from my Jewish Stepmother – it’s what we children and step children of Jewish – American mothers do… a lot! She really screwed me up! –

    -oh’ I live in the Pacific northwest, and upon one sunny summer day I walk into one of my favorite markets in town (with too high of prices, Manischewitz) “~ And this gorgeous blonde haired women spans out her arms and come rushing towards me and squeals out: Babbi! I pause wide eyed, and smiling, but before she got to me and smothered me in kisses and hugs, I felt Guilty, kicking myself for being honest, I sadly said no, not Rabbi… and she smiled saying you have no Idea how much you look like Rabbi from New York City. I pursed out my lips and spanned my arms and winked my blue eyes, and then she patted my cheek and said nice try buddy! And call your Mother!

    -I do hope you’re still clean, free from the Manischewitz and cancer both. Oh I just tried to find La –High elm – but all I found was this:

    At chamuda/ata chamud — [aht chah-moo-dah/aht-ah chah-mood] you’re cute (to a female)/(to a male). Hey you, at chamuda. If you want to hit on a gorgeous Israeli girl, you better know how to do it in her language. Israeli women are notoriously difficult to crack, but a compliment is a good start. Sorry for the book 😉 but you did ask for it 🙂 Brock… divad… I write is tiny codex….


  12. I’m a bit late catching up on a few posts here, but I couldn’t pass up one on dancing. YES dancing! I used to want to be a dancer, I auditioned and got into a good dancing college in London when I finished school, but curse me, over the summer break before I was due to start there, I instead decided to move in with my boyfriend which meant I had to start working full time instead to help pay the bills and so my dancing dream was over. I know they say you shouldn’t regret things, but yeah, I do at times regret not taking up that dancing college place. But hey, I can’t know that things would have turned out better for me in life if I had gone, so I try and not lament too much over it, plus it was 30 years ago so I really need to get over it! I still dance around the house plenty 🙂


  13. You take the best photos’ these with Roxy and you’ the flowers’ dancing on the wooden deck’ and those awesome snow covered mountains and your family Skiing are the best out of all the best images.


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