Confession: I´m a little scared – my heart’s going BUM, BUM, BUM! – and beyond excited.
I can hardly believe we´re in June (what a cliché!).
Here´s the thing I dislike about clichés: we end up bumping into them, even if we don´t want to.
Here´s today´s inevitable cliché: where did time go?
The more you focus on your own life, your dreams, your people, and your priorities, the less you feel inclined to check your neighbor´s garden and the faster time will pass. In fact, you won´t feel it passing.
May was particularly blessed, busy, and fast-paced. Here are the goals I set, & accomplished, this month:
I celebrated Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School 1st anniversary with our beautiful dance community. We had several events, Facebook live sessions, contests, gifts, and our special pioneering Course “Enta Omri, a Journey of Soulful Egyptian Dance & Self-Love”.
I´ve moved forward with the editing of my upcoming book – a collaboration between me and a talented Slovenian photographer, Breda Jurecko;
I´ve created, and delivered, our game changer Online Course: Enta Omri, a Journey of Soulful Egyptian Dance & Self-Love (now available, fully recorded, at our school). Aside from the classes I taught – 10, to be more exact, each focused on a particular theme related with dance, personal, and life expansion -, I´ve created extra material that totally kicked my ass; it pushed me beyond everything I´ve done, so far.
The bonus material – videos, articles, music, images, Love Sheets with Life Changing Questions & Exercises – offered with the course was in itself enough to make me work like a maniac for 6 months, at least. But I´ve made it in one month, adapting, changing, improving as we went along.
The participation of the students and their feedback was an essential key to the success of this course.
*Follow the link for more information: https://joanasaahirahworld.com/2018/05/03/enta-omri-a-journey-of-soulful-egyptian-dance-self-love/
I´ve made the final decision to move to Bali, Indonesia & took care of the logistics behind such a huge life shift.
Furthermore, I´ve studied and challenged myself on a personal level like I hadn´t done in many, many years.
Am I exhausted? Heavens, yes. Am I happy? Absolutely.
As far as I´m concerned, June will be even better, and more intense, than May.
At least, I plan on showing up for my part of the deal.
What about YOU? How was your month? Did you achieve the goals you´ve set for yourself? Wait a second…you haven´t set your goals?
No worries. There´s no better time than NOW.
May´s gone – bye, darling! -; June´s here – hello, gorgeous!
You CAN act upon your dreams now.
Grab a Journal, or a blank paper;
Write JUNE, the most blessed month (so far), at the top;
Write a list of your TOP 3 GOALS for the month which is now starting;
Then, write the STEPS you´ll take to make them happen;
Go ahead and schedule those steps on your agenda.
The present moment is all we have – make the best of it.
If you´ve met me, personally or through my work, you know how much I love to communicate, exchange ideas, learn & teach.
When Jennifer Dove invited me for an Interview about Egyptian Dance & Creativity, one of the many interesting chats she´s sharing in her NEW Your Creative Fire Series, it was a no-brainer: yes, I´ll talk to you about it.
I´ve been doing, teaching, performing, lecturing & living the Essence of Egyptian Dance for almost 20 years in a high profile career that spans from Lebanon, Oman and Egypt, to the whole World. Besides, Creativity is my middle name.
I breathe, eat, & drink creative endeavors as a dancer, a teacher, a choreographer, an author, an entrepreneur, a life creator.
Dig into this inspiring series of interviews, get inspired, then go out in the world and
MAKE YOUR STUFF
MATERIALIZE YOUR DREAM(S)
DANCE YOUR DANCE
CO-CREATE THE LIFE YOU WANT FOR YOURSELF
Join me, Jennifer Dove, & a group of amazing artists, teachers, & entrepreneurs, for a series of FREE MASTER CLASSES called “Your Creative Fire”!
“Your Creative Fire” is a summit master classes, a series of conversations with women and men in the creative and healing arts fields on the subject of Creativity and Intuition. Artists, visual artists, writers, retreat leaders, sexuality coaches, shamans, yoga teachers, business coaches, women’s empowerment leaders, and more, speak about what gets their mojo on.
And, it’s FREE!
Here are the steps to enjoy “Your Creative Fire” Master Class Series:
1. To access Joana Saahirah´s Master Class, as well as the Master Classes available at this amazing series, follow the link https://www.jenniferdove.com/events/o/joana/
- Fill in their name and email address and click “get access.”
And, you´re in!
Starting on May 28th, one video/master class per day will be sent to your email.
There are 14 speakers in total, each with his/her own vision, experience, & inspirations.
Each video will be available for 72 hours. After all 14 have aired, all videos will again be available for 72 hours, until June 18th.
The Master Class with Joana Saahirah (that´s me) – about Egyptian Dance & Creativity – airs on June 4th.
To know more about this event, & the amazing people involved in it, follow the link:
The night was young and we, me and a group of friends, were ready to rock Marrakech.
We left our riad, a building with fresh corners, a courtyard, and birds which drank directly from our hands, hidden in the labyrinth of the old medina, towards the famous Jemaa el Fna.
–Jemaa el Fna is that way, that way, that way! – Strangers would yell at us, pointing in the wrong direction. Invariably.
Morocco was new to me and, yet, it wasn´t. The Arabic Culture, the North of Africa, the Chaos & the Colorful Mysteries of Life have been the core of my life for too long. Normality, if it exists, is exotic to me. Madness & adventure aren´t.
We settled for dinner at a 5 star restaurant, half lit, warm, pretentious. Girls dressed as “bellydancers” were swirling around, shaking their tired, apathetic hips in our direction.
I ordered my usual “vegetarian tagine”. What I received was a plate – steaming & depressed – of old, heated, over-salted veggies.
-Hey, sir. Can you please come here? – I called one of the waiters.
-Yes, miss. – He approached our table, pulling his “tarboush” towards his legs.
-This plate is unacceptable. You´re cute, the restaurant is gorgeous, but these over-priced veggies are uneatable. They´re old, heated, and over-salted. Take them back, please.
My friends were surprised. The waiter was surprised. I think the “bellydancers” were surprised. I wasn´t.
Whenever I feel disrespected, I say it so. Respectfully, but assertively.
I was being overcharged for a plate of uneatable vegetables and there was no way I´d shut up – “don´t make waves, girl; don´t make waves! – mamma used to say” – and eat something that hadn´t been properly prepared.
I wasn´t upset. In fact, I joked with the waiter the whole evening; I accepted an apology dessert, and I laughed my heart out. But I didn´t pay for that tagine and I certainly didn´t eat it.
Self-respect is a sign of SELF-LOVE. Without SELF-LOVE there´s no love. No love for others, no love for what you do. No love at all. Period. Love, and respect, start with ourselves.
Whenever you´re served an old, heated, over-salted plate of veggies, remember to set the boundaries of what is acceptable and unacceptable for you, and don´t be afraid to make yourself respected.
It´s not a question of creating conflict, or being mean to others; it´s a question of justice, clarity, and evolution. For you. For everybody.
P.S: This was the only time I was served a lousy plate of food in Morocco.
Moroccan gastronomy is amazing and, if you´re a foodie, like me, you should try it.
Baladi Awadi, which was supposed to be just a “taksim”, by Joana Saahirah created on the spot, with Mazzikatea orchestra, dedicated to Morocco (Aunt Rocky). Fully improvised, music and orchestra, just as it should be.
Video shot in Slovenia, during a fabulous event organized by Ksenija Plesna Delavnica Zahir.
“I don’t like to discuss my marriage, but I will tell you something which may sound corny but which happens to be true. I have steak at home. Why should I go out for hamburger?”
~ Paul Newman
Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward
Although comparing his woman to a steak is not a good idea – not for me, at least -, the truth hidden behind these words is spotless and it can only make me respect Paul Newman, more than I already did.
He was not just a great, charismatic actor and the most gorgeous man ever lived on earth but he also happened to be a MAN. Not a kid old enough to be a man but an actual man. A rare diamond!
-You´re not ashamed at all, are you? – My niece asked me as I pulled her out to dance in the middle of the beach on my birthday.
-I´m not, honey. There´s no shame in happiness. I´d be ashamed if I hurt someone; if I stole, lied or was unkind. But I´ll never be ashamed for dancing with you on the beach.
– Of course they are. It´s a real treat to see people, totally free, enjoying themselves without shame. And they´re not paying a ticket. See? Why being ashamed when we´re offering a free show to the people?
My niece smiled and nodded. She understood ❤