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!


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