This new year has found me with both feet firmly on the ground and a growing pair of wings that´ll allow me to take off.
Once more, I redefine my concept of Happiness and the Priorities I must focus on, in case I wish to continue growing (I do).
Turning dreams into reality isn´t always cool, pleasant, or beautiful – sometimes, work is hard; we have to dive deep into boring, challenging tasks; we gotta bump with our head against the wall in order to see the fruits of the seeds we´ve planted. More often than not, the tip of the iceberg is just a tiny sample of the enormous amount of work that preceded it, work which the public never gets to see.
Here are some of the (exciting) NEWS I´m sharing with YOU, this month, both a product of the work that remains hiding beneath the water:
My NEW book – “Behind the Curtain” -, a collaboration with a talented Slovenian photographer – Breda Jurecko – is coming out.
A NEW, renewed, Joana Saahirah Online Dance School, is arriving with brand new, pioneering, online courses. The same Vision and Purpose – to share authentic Egyptian Dance, Self-Discovery & Empowerment with the whole world – with an upgraded platform that will serve our community better.
Celebrating 2018 is a huge part of preparing for the best year of our lives – we cannot move forward, heading for true JOY, if we don´t bow in gratitude towards everything we´ve lived.
This year brought the (physical) death of one of my best friends – Khaled Roshdy -, the growth and increasing success of Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School; finding the Love of my Life; life in Morocco, then in Bali; a major earthquake with a terrifying tsunami threat in Lombok, dengue fever (my man), a fire, the birth and publishing of a new book; a resetting of life priorities and dreams.
I take the unpleasant as I take the pleasant: with open arms, ready to make the best of everything that comes my way. Meanwhile, I keep on dreaming and taking action upon those dreams – lazy bones have never been my thing.
As we draw 2018 to an end, I share a special video on Authentic Egyptian Dance and, ultimately, Life. I´m sure you´ll understand why.
Wishing YOU the brightest, most loving and abundant NEW YEAR!
Video: What is Egyptian Dance by Joana Saahirah of Cairo Text & dance pieces by Joana Saahirah Video edited by Khaled Roshdy
Last note (before the new year arrives) – something to take into 2019:
Whenever I prepare to launch a new year, I look back and focus on the things I´m most GRATEFUL for in the year that´s coming to an end. I see it as preparing the ground for new, better, more loving fruits.
If we start a new year with resentments, anger, and negative vibes, those are the seeds we´re planting in the upcoming days and months. Why would we plant rotten seeds in a ground that we hope will bear delicious fruits? That, as many other questions, is a part of our human idiosyncrasies (let´s face it: we´re batshit crazy we don´t make sense, most of the time).
Instead of counting problems – or challenges, as I prefer to call them -, I count my blessings and I SUGGEST YOU DO THE SAME.
Here´s a sample of my personal 2018 GRATITUDE LIST – I hope it inspires you to grab a paper and a pen and create your own.
I´m grateful for my health and the health of my loved ones.
I´m grateful for having found the Love of my Life, the man of my dreams; grateful for our love, our evolution; the blooming of our relationship.
I´m grateful for the peace inside and around me.
I´m grateful for the success and growth of Joana Saahirah´s Online Dance School, one of the most exciting things I´ve ever done professionally, and for the fact that it has educated and empowered many fabulous women from around the world.
I´m grateful for the amazing trips I´ve made, the first I didn´t take exclusively for work – Morocco, Bali, Malaysia, East-Timor, Holland and more.
I´m grateful for having a safe ceiling upon my head, food on the table, and people who love me and care for me at arm’s length.
I´m grateful for the NEW DREAMS that were born and old ones which turned into reality.
I´m grateful for my NEW BOOK – “Behind the Curtain” – which is about to come out.
I´m grateful for the inspiration, the creativity, the faith, and the passion in my life.
I´m grateful for having survived natural catastrophes, painful challenges, and tests.
I´m grateful for the sky, the oxygen, and all the – visible and invisible – blessings that surround me on a daily basis.
I´m grateful for my growth as an Artist and, mostly, as a Human Being.