Tips from Monie…Give Yourself a Break

Monie and Sky

Dear Friend,

During this magical time of year, FOCUS is wishing everyone lots of love-filled, giggle-filled holidays! 

A fun tip for enjoying this hustle and bustle time…give yourself a break and don’t stress or sweat it if you indulge a little. Just get back on the healthy track in January! Set up your New Year’s resolutions in advance, and you’ll feel better knowing you have a game plan set up and waiting.

Sincerely & with Smiles…


Tips from Monie…Holiday Season is Here!

Many of us consider Thanksgiving to be the quintessentially American holiday. It marks the beginning of our “holiday season,” a period that lasts into winter holidays and through New Year’s Day. I love this season!

Especially it’s so appropriate as we celebrate our Veterans on November 11 for the sacrifice they’ve made to keep us protected, I feel being thankful and expressing my gratitude is such an important part of being happy in life. Finding even a small way to thank others for their generosity, friendships, support or even reminding ourselves just how much we have to be thankful for can be rewarding year-round.

I hope as you get busy, preparing for your holiday festivities and gatherings, you can find some time to reflect and be thankful for all the blessings we have around us. It can be so easy to take things for granted, let’s make sure our loved ones know how much we appreciate them this season!



Tips from Monie…Positive Thinking Is a Way of Life

With a positive attitude, we experience pleasant and happy feelings. This brings brightness to the eyes, more energy, and happiness. Our whole being broadcasts goodwill, happiness, and success. Even our health is affected in a beneficial way. We walk tall, our voice is more powerful, and our body language shows the way we feel.

Positive thinking is contagious! We affect and are affected by the people we meet, in one way or another. This happens instinctively and on a subconscious level, through words, thoughts and feelings, and through body language.

Is it any wonder that we want to be around positive people, and prefer to avoid negative ones? Stay positive and spread good vibes, it’s good for the soul…



Tips from Monie…STAY HYDRATED!

Remember to drink your water! Whether it’s hot out, just done with your dance rehearsal or it’s fall, your body depends on water to survive. Every cell, tissue, and organ in your body needs water to work properly. Your body uses water to maintain its temperature, remove waste, and lubricate your joints. Water is needed for overall good health.

You should drink water every day because water is best for staying hydrated. Most people have been told they should drink 6 to 8, 8-ounce glasses of water each day. That is a reasonable goal. However, different people need different amounts of water to stay hydrated. Most healthy people can stay well hydrated by drinking water and other fluids whenever they feel thirsty. As a dancer and athlete, you may need more water.

Remember to keep that water bottle full and close!



Tip from Monie…Start your day with a feel-good stretch!

What better way to get the day started, than to stretch those arms above your head, and stretch your legs, point those toes and let out a big yawn, and those feel-good sounds! Next, flex your feet, point your feet, then rotate your feet in a circle to wake up those ankles! Don’t forget to twist your lower body with your right leg bent over the left leg (while lying flat on your back), hold it for 2 counts of 8, and repeat on the other side, all before getting out of your soft comfy bed! Now you’re ready to go and start your day! 




FDC National Inner Beauty Day 2019

October 7th is National Inner Beauty Day. The goal is to celebrate the exceptional core qualities of the human spirit that we often overlook – inner beauty. We all have a story, a passion that expresses who we are as individuals and our inner beauty strengthens as we embrace it without filtering it through someone else’s definition of beauty.

My inner beauty is my passion to nurture growing dancers to give them the freedom to express themselves and challenge their own creative spirit. Find your inner beauty and I hope you celebrate your beautiful inner-self with love!