Sunday, May 11, 2014

We've Moved!

We've moved our blogging efforts over to waybetterblog.com

Come join us there!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Big Announcements!

And ... She's back! Did you miss me? I missed me! Where have I been? Well, funny you should ask ... I have three reasons for my extended absence, and a grand plan for the future to not let it happen again! Ready for some news? Of course you are! Here we go!!!

Reason Number One: The holidays always bring about family time, and our little family has been separated by geography. This has meant more travel time! Travel means that my schedule has been topsy turvy and that has had a major impact on my creativity!

Reason Number Two: The dreaded day job! (It's not really dreaded. I love that I get to own my own company and to work every day with my husband as my partner!) The end of the year brought about meetings for new marketing plans for the new year and January meant setting those plans into motion. We decide on television advertising this year and that meant coming up with commercial ideas. This was time consuming, but also heaps of fun! One of the shows we are advertising locally on is the Walking Dead. We decided to use the opportunity to poke fun at our obsession with zombies. Here is the 30 second commercial:

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As you can tell by watching that, that we also did an extended version to drive people to our website. We lovingly spoofed The Walking Dead, Office Space, and The Office. Blogger won't let me upload the extended version, so go here to see it. It's pretty funny! I think I came up with a great concept, even if it did take time away from my blog. ;)

Reason Number Three: This reason also includes the big announcement, so bear with me! So a while ago, I decided that my blog would also be a way to market the big writing project (when it gets published). So I made the decision to move away from blogger and to get my own website. And after speaking with the other web designer in the office, we determined that we could have the new website up and running in about a week. That was in the beginning of November. And here we are mid February. Work, the holidays, and life have gotten in the way of making www.adriannacollins.com go live. But I have high hopes that we can have it up and running by March! I know that is only two weeks away, but I'm hopeful ... always hopeful.

One change that I will be making with the blog (and one I'm pretty excited about) is the addition of guest bloggers. I know plenty of extraordinary women who are creative, experienced and have loads to say, but no time for a blog of their own. So I have been extending invitations to some of these women to write a post about anything they feel like. This way, the blog gets more content, and really interesting content at that, and you, the reader, get a chance to hear from women of various age groups and interests. I think it is going to be great fun! And you never know. We might hear from a gentleman or two as well.

I hope you are as excited about this as I am! We live in a unique time where the possibilities of what we can accomplish are only limited by our imaginations and our willingness to see it through. So the next time you hear from me, it will be to announce the new website going live. So be prepared! I'll see you soon!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Lovin' Those Moves

I used to dance. I used to teach dance. I used to be a choreographer. But not any more. Unfortunately, an injury to my back has left me with a permanent limp in my left leg. I can walk without help, especially if I concentrate, as I have been known to randomly lose my balance. Running is not advisable, and neither is dancing.

This is a very sad thing because for most of my life, dance has been a passion. I love it as an art form, a way to exercise, and mostly as a way to have fun and relieve stress. I can sort of bop around now, but truly busting a move is a difficult thing. And usually ends in tears from the pain. So I have done the adult thing and given it up. But I still love it. Which brings me to today's topic: Excellence in Dance.

Surfing through YouTube is a great way to see what is going on in the world of dance, and I have found a few outstanding examples of dance that have brought joy to my soul this week for a few different reasons. If you feel like taking the time, please watch these videos and leave a positive comment, because really, excellence should be celebrated.

1) The Naked and Famous - I Kill Giants. I love this band, their music is always good. This video is now one of my permanent favourites. When I would teach, and when I worked as a choreographer, I always tried to tell my dancers that it is not enough to portray the emotion on your face. You have to become that emotion with your whole body. This song is about losing someone to cancer, and these dancers become all the emotions of what it feels like to watch someone die. I've been through this and it's pretty spot on. Check it out here.

2) I love tap. I know that a lot of people say that it is boring. Watch this and tell me that's boring. I could watch this all day. It makes me so happy.

3) One of my all time favorites. It's amazing what this guy can do with his body. He's simply brilliant. Watch him move.

And finally, the dance group I founded still exists. It is now run by my most awesome former assistant, Brittany. Some of the members have left, but the core group remains the same. To those ladies I would like to say this: You are beautiful. You are talented. Dance is art, and the world likes to put labels on art. The world likes to criticize art. Don't listen, and don't accept any label that tries to attach itself to you. Only you know your purpose. Only you know your calling. Stay true to what is in your heart. Protect it. Nurture it. Let it out to breathe. And know that you are loved. Always. By me.

If you would like to see examples of what these ladies do, they have a YouTube page. Check them out and show them some love. People brave enough to post their talent on YouTube deserve some love.

P.S. I am participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). I'm making a Herculean effort to make some real progress on the novel I've been working on. Which will prove to be a challenge with all the travel I have scheduled for this month. What that means for you, dear readers, is that these blog posts might get a little wacky. But you should be used to it by now. See you next week.