5, 6, 7, 8.

The countdown is on, people.

The first annual Movement Mission performance is just weeks away. EEEK. February 7 and 8 we take the stage for three performances only. Have you bought your tickets yet?? (DO IT.)

The funny thing about shows is that you always think you have SO MUCH TIME. I mean, we started rehearsals last summer. That was an eternity ago. But all of a sudden, it’s crunch time. Costumes to buy. Choreography to finish. And tired (tired!) bodies.

This week I couldn’t stop smiling through rehearsal. All this women are so beautiful. Sometimes I want to pinch myself. That such an eclectic group of strangers could come together to produce so much beauty is beyond me.

As the shows get closer, the weight of not only being a dancer, but being a first time choreographer is setting in. Choreographing is terrifying for a few simple reasons.

What if no one understands the story?

What if I haven’t been a very good teacher?

What if we just look…well, stupid? (I mean, it could happen.)

No different from other forms of art, it’s horrifying to lay a piece of yourself out for the public to chew up and spit out. But at some point you have to let it go. Just like the quote says, there comes a point when the pain of staying closed up and held tight is worse than the pain of letting go and blooming (extremely rough paraphrase by moi.)

Regardless, I’m so happy and proud to be telling this story I’ve been carrying around for a few years. It’s like a part of me has come to live in the world. I can’t wait. I better see you there (yes, you.)

And while I can’t give you an actual sneak peek, I thought I’d give you a little taste of what’s to come. Here’s our song! I’m a sucker for acoustic music and I love me a chick rocker.

For the Love of Layers.

Fall is undoubtedly my favorite season for fashion and for one simple reason…

Layering.

Maybe it’s because I’m naturally cold-blooded and value the warmth. Maybe it’s because layering allows me to get more wear out of my clothes. Either way, it’s so fun!

I get a lot of comments and questions about my fall wardrobe, so I thought I’d share a little bit. Here are my top tips for layering:

1.) Don’t be afraid of color. Despite what you think, bold colors can go together. Just make sure you use prints and accessories sparingly.

2.) It’s about proportions. Know your body and know what shapes and lengths flatter you. If you’re going to wear long layers on the top (tunic, long sweater, dress) then skinnies on the bottom are probably your best bet. If you’re going shorter or slimmer on the top, maybe try a flared skirt and wider jeans.

3.) Put a belt on it. Cinch in that cute waist of yours. When you wear several layers, it’s easy to start feeling like the Stay-Puffed Marshmallow Man. A belt can not only be a great accessory, but it can pull the outfit together and make it look tailored and finished.

4.) Own it. Somewhere along the line I stopped really caring if other people liked my clothes. I think it was towards the end of high school; when I used to wear my royal blue, sequined show choir dress to school for performances, layered over plaid flannel pants and a zip-up hoodie (I’m just going to let you sit with that hot mental image for a few.) If you feel good in what you’re wearing, and it’s flattering to you, then you look good. Don’t get hung up on trends. Trends change every season. Ain’t nobody got time for that. Find your own style and own it. Be classy.

In case you need some inspiration, here are some of my faves from Pinterest!

There you go, pretties. Go forth and layer up!

We Have Come to be Danced.

As a follow-up to Tuesday’s post, I thought I’d share a poem that we’re currently working on a dance for. It’s a beautiful piece and the text summarizes The Movement Mission almost to a tee. When you find your thing, it goes all the way to the core of who you are. And that’s what this is about.

Have you found your thing yet? I want to hear about it! Happy Thursday, loves.

We Have Come to be Danced
by Jewel Mathieson

We have come to be danced
not the pretty dance
not the pretty pretty, pick me, pick me dance
but the claw our way back into the belly of the sacred, sensual animal dance
the unhinged, unplugged, cat is out of its box dance
the holding the precious moment in the palms of our hands and feet dance

We have come to be danced
not the jiffy booby, shake your booty for him dance
but the wring the sadness from our skin dance
the blow the chip off our shoulder dance
the slap the apology from our posture dance

We have come to be danced
not the monkey see, monkey do dance
one, two dance like you one two three, dance like me dance
but the grave robber, tomb stalker tearing scabs & scars open dance
the rub the rhythm raw against our souls dance

WE have come to be danced
not the nice invisible, self conscious shuffle
but the matted hair flying, voodoo mama shaman shakin’ ancient bones dance
the strip us from our casings, return our wings sharpen our claws & tongues dance
the shed dead cells and slip into the luminous skin of love dance

We have come to be danced
not the hold our breath and wallow in the shallow end of the floor dance
but the meeting of the trinity: the body, breath & beat dance
the shout hallelujah from the top of our thighs dance
the mother may I? yes you may take 10 giant leaps dance
the Olly Olly Oxen Free Free Free dance
the everyone can come to our heaven dance

We have come to be danced
where the kingdom’s collide in the cathedral of flesh
to burn back into the light
to unravel, to play, to fly, to pray
to root in skin sanctuary
We have come to be danced
WE HAVE COME

Photo by B.Hockensmith Photography, www.bhockensmith.com

The Movement Mission

Have you ever had something that makes you feel completely alive? Something that is a safe space you can retreat to?  That challenges you but you look forward to that? Where you feel completely like yourself but yet sometimes you can’t believe it’s even real?

The Movement Mission.

The Movement Mission came from my good friend Christina and her niece Michela. It grew out of a desire that they, and many of us, have had for years; to dance for ourselves and for a purpose. It’s a group of 30 or so women (we’re looking for some men to join us!) of various ages, backgrounds and technique levels. It’s a place where we come to move  and support each other. A place where we dance for ourselves, not necessarily for an audience or a class of students (many of the women are dance teachers.) It’s a place where we dance for a bigger purpose…more on that in a bit.

Photo by Klatte Photography, http://www.klattephotography.com

About half of us came to be part of TMM because of a previous group, a dance ministry Christina started with our church about six years ago (yowza the years have flown!) Joining this group of women was where I rediscovered my love of dancing, which I had hidden down inside since I was in elementary school, thinking that I wasn’t “really” a dancer. It unlocked a passion inside of me that I had been stifling for years. It showed me that dancing is often my therapy. My way to connect with the Lord and worship. My “me time” in a world where I usually spend my days giving to everyone else around me.

And now we have come together as a group to share our love and dance for a cause. Currently, that cause is the Bonnie Lavric Scholarship at Dublin Dance Center. Christina, Michela and many of the women involved with the group are teachers or students at Dublin Dance Center, and that is where our ministry group has danced since we started. Bonnie is an amazing woman whom I only had the pleasure of meeting a few times, but who lives on through stories of those who love her very much. Bonnie lost her fight with cancer several years ago and the studio supports a scholarship in her honor which is awarded annually to some of its dancers.

The inaugural Bonnie Lavric Cancer Benefit Concert will be held on February 8, 2014. We dance not only in Bonnie’s honor, but also in celebration of so many we all know have fought cancer. We dance to raise funds but also to inspire. It will be a great night of heart, dance, music and a variety of performances.

More details on tickets and times to come. We’re also looking for more musicians/dancers/performers who want to participate…so if that’s you, please get in touch! We’d love to have you as part of this story.

What’s your thing? Your place that makes you come alive. Your Movement Mission. If you don’t have that thing yet, I challenge you to start seeking it out. You’d be amazed how it can change your life!

My Kind of Truck.

This weekend was the third annual Columbus Food Truck Fest held at the Columbus Commons (one of my FAVE summer spots in cbus.) I couldn’t imagine a better end-of-summer weekend. The temperature was perfect, I started the morning with outdoor yoga, took a walk along the river and had this for lunch.

Only one of the greatest festival foods I could imagine, as confirmed by the mile-long line I stood in (but totally worth it and actually incredibly fast-moving.)

But then we walked past it. Perhaps one of the most ingenious ideas I’ve seen in a while. The Boutique Truck.

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LADIES. This is a STORE ON WHEELS. Can I get an amen?!

Kimmy and I walked right in (because it said to come in!) and were in immediate heaven. We talked with Catherine, the truck’s owner, and I assured her that she is definitely onto something. Inside you can shop for everything from maxi dresses (hello, my favorite!) to leggings and accessories. She even has a fitting room. It truly felt like walking into a personal closet. Aside from just festivals, The Boutique Truck can be reserved for at-home parties, bachelorette parties, etc. A store that will come to my house so my friends and I can shop in our own driveway while drinking wine and hanging out? Sign me up!

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My lovely friend, yoga partner, city gallivant-er and model, Kimmy!

Catherine said she just started the truck this summer and hopes to continue even into the winter. Y’all, you need to check this out next time you see it on the street. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love me some food trucks. But, what a fun idea! Kimmy and I walked out saying, “What else can we put in a truck?!” We’re still working on the next big thing.

Congrats to Catherine and The Boutique Truck on such a great idea! I’m so glad you’ve brought this to Columbus and I look forward to visiting again soon (hopefully when I’m less sweaty and can actually try some things on!)

How was your weekend? How are you spending these last weeks of summer before we enter the most wonderful time of the year? (FALL.)

Hello, Bloglovin.

A few months ago I got this uber-sad news…

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WHAT.

Say it isn’t so.

My mecca of blog-reading organization is now gone.

But after I cried my tears and wiped my eyes, I came across a new solution.

Bloglovin!

They even let you import your Google Reader list (PRAISE THE LORD.)

Sanity saved.

You should really click that link up there and follow A Myriad Life. You don’t want to miss out on the fun!

A Wednesday Post of Randoms.

Happy Hump Day, friends!

I hope your week is going well. I’m enjoying my last day off before I start my new job tomorrow. The excited/nervous feelings have set in full swing. I’m packing my bag and picking out my clothes…it’s really kind of like the first day of school all over again…

Anyway, here in Ohio we are enjoying one of our favorite things…a lovely snow storm in March 😦 So I have given myself an unofficial snow day to do with it whatever the heck I want. And I decided to give you all a random update of the past few days (because mini staycations are the bomb.)

Sunday I wore this fun little get up to brunch (where there were Broadway music videos! I would just like it to be known that this is the best idea ever. Way to go, Level Dining Lounge.)

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I’m in a navy blue phase at the moment

I made this for chocolate pomegranate tart for dessert on Monday…omggggg.

Photo from PastryAffair.com

And I made this black bean soup and cilantro lime rice for dinner last night…so good.

Photo from iowagirleats.com

And I finally worked on a little project and took my Christmas wreath off my front door (I mean, it’s only March, give me a break…) Craft day!

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And I’m currently plowing through a miniseries on the Kennedys on Netflix. Snow days really are the best.

How are you today, sweet friend?

A Stitch(Fix) In Time.

Last week was a happy week for many reasons but one in particular made it extra fun…my Stitch Fix arrived!

A few weeks ago I mentioned Stitch Fix in my list of favorite things in 2o13. You may have heard of Birchbox, PopSugar MustHave, or Umba Box…all are subscription based services that send you a monthly shipment of hand selected products. What makes Stitch Fix unique is that for a $20 fee, you get a box of personally selected clothes and accessories (usually five per shipment) and you then have three days to return any unwanted items. You aren’t charged additional money for anything you return. There’s no obligation and no required subscription, you can schedule a box to be delivered as little or as often as you like. I personally LOVE surprises, so I wanted to give it a try at least once to see what I got!

When you register online, the first thing you do is fill out a personal style profile (this is the fun part!) You can also link the stylists to your Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook profiles so they can see your personal style.

Want to join me in the fun? Get your own fix here!

Once you schedule your shipment…then you wait. Pretty soon, you’ll come home to this!

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Here’s the breakdown of how the process works…

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I really liked everything I received! Unfortunately, my budget prevented me from keeping everything. But it was fun to play dress up for a little while (and I did decide to keep one top.)

And without further ado…here are the five pieces I was sent! Attached to each piece, you get a note card about the garment and examples of how to wear it.

And this is the piece I kept…

So much fun in one box! I think it’s a great way to try out new styles (especially at the season changes) and to see what a fashion expert would dress you in.

Have you gotten your Fix? What did you think? I’d love to hear about it!

Read about some other Fixes…

Nourishing and Flourishing – I got my fix! (one of my best friends, Kimmy!)
Life on the Quarter – I’m Not Stylish
Little Chief Honeybee – Stitch Fix Haul – Fixes #22 + #23
The Ride – Stitch Fix #1
Caroline Tesselle – A Stitch Fix for Me

Things I’m Lovin’ in 2013.

Now that we’re into the new year, I thought I’d take a moment to share some of my favorite things that are making my January days a little brighter…

My french press
Here I am, admitting it publicly I, Heather Lynn Massey, have become a coffee drinker. And this pretty little thing is one of my new best friends. It allows me to make just one mug of coffee to take with me to work, it’s green (ooooh, trendy) and it’s easy to clean up when I’m done. Economical and enjoyable!

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My new kitchen timer
Small things bring me great joy. This was my little birthday gift to myself, from my beloved Anthropologie. I’ve been eyeballing this thing for awhile. The blue happens to match my walls almost perfectly and goes with my retro-ish kitchen. And it’s magnetic (cool, huh?!) Unfortunately, it has a ring so loud it sends both cats flying across the house every time it goes off…but hey, style takes sacrifices, right?

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Stitch Fix
What girl hasn’t dreamed of having a personal shopper? Now take it to the next level…what if that shopper delivered to your house?! Enter Stitch Fix! I just got my approval a couple of weeks ago (you are on a waitlist when you sign up) and I’ve requested my first shipment for February. With a short questionnaire about your personal style, they put together a shipment of clothing and accessories. You pay for what you want to keep and send back what you don’t. I don’t imagine it’s something I’ll splurge on regularly, but I’m excited to give it a try. There will definitely be a post to follow my shipment next month!

Paper Thin Leaf Antenna by Mohu
Game changer, right here my friends. Network tv, no cable and no ugly antenna arms all over my living room! It literally looks like a file folder. It’s thin enough to hang on the back of my television and gets great reception. Giant THANK YOU to my lovely friend Tess who introduced me to this. I ordered mine on Amazon at a very reasonable price.

And speaking of no cable television…

Netflix
I know this isn’t really a new thing, but golly gee it makes my life happy. Lately I’ve been reliving my high school days with Alias, catching up on Downton Abbey (because I’m apparently the only person on the planet who isn’t up to speed!) and watching endless documentaries. I love documentaries. I’m a nerd, and proud of it.

Kid President
You know you watched his Pep Talk, it went viral earlier this week. I honestly can’t get enough of this little guy. He’s hilarious. And believes in dancing, which, we all know I support. And he has challenged us to make this year awesome for somebody else. He even includes a pretty fabulous list of ways to do so (I for one will be taking advantage of the “mail somebody a corn dog” option.) Watch away…I dare you not to laugh. DARE. YOU.

What are you lovin’ right now? Anything new, fun or life-changing?

And the color of the year is.

Last week Pantone released its color of the year for 2013 (I honestly didn’t know this was a thing, but the artsy side of me got really excited when I found out it was.) And to my surprise, it was a color I’ve been rocking most of the fall!

Emerald Green. Who knew I was so trendy? In honor of the recent announcement, I thought I’d share some of my favorite emerald outfits from this fall and winter. I was saving them for a later post but decided they fit they occasion too well to wait.

Green skinny jeans from H&;M (Yes, I often run around and pretend I’m Peter Pan when I wear these)
Navy and white striped top from Target
Brown booties from DSW

Sweet navy/ivory/emerald shift dress from Old Navy ($19!), navy tights and navy shoes from DSW

Sweet navy/ivory/emerald shift dress from Old Navy ($19!)
Navy tights
Navy shoes from DSW

My favorite new power suit. Jacket from H&M (they LOVE this color this season as well), striped tank from the Ann Taylor outlet, black skirt from The Limited, black tights, and black oxford heels from DSW (which I comfortably had already kicked off before this photo)

My favorite new power suit. Jacket from H&M (they LOVE this color this season as well)
Necklace from my lovely friend Breena
Striped tank from the Ann Taylor outlet
Black skirt from The Limited
Black tights
Black oxford heels from DSW (which I comfortably had already kicked off before this photo)

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You guessed it…our favorites from H&M again. HUGE sale the other day on this little green and black sweater dress.
Black tights
Black belt and boots, both of which I’ve had for so long I can’t remember where I got them.

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Yep, I love the Peter Pan pants 🙂 They’re good for layering in the winter
Boot socks made out of old sweater sleeves (seriously, it’s SO easy)
Black boots from Aldo.

What are your thoughts on the green? Love or hate? Do you have your own color of the year?