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Mary Fran Wiley
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web designer. wordpress lover. polyglot. francophile. gluten free baker.
web designer. wordpress lover. polyglot. francophile. gluten free baker.

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It’s more than jazz hands and shuffle ball changes. It’s more than pliés and pirouettes. It’s more than the escape from the everyday. It’s the people. It’s the community. It’s the support. Two weeks ago, my doctor suggested that I replace my spinal cord…

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{new post} Tapping into strength | lessons from a class with chloe & maud arnold

This weekend. Oh man. It was glorious. And a little bit hair-brained. I mean, a 3-hour dance class. That was a bit above my level. I have a nerve block scheduled for Thursday, or else taking this class and the one a few hours later might have been…

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Dancing into Two Thousand Sixteen

Facebook presented me with a memory from 2011 this morning. Usually, when Facebook brings up the past, I am reminded of something funny or happy. Today, not so much. My tiara says “Happy New Year”, but the night of that party was anything but. Everything…

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[new blog post] On stage

I had a big moment last Friday. I danced on a stage. With an audience. I was as excited as I remembered being when I was young and twirling in a tutu. I invited everyone I knew and a few friends took me up on the offer. I practiced in my kitchen (I’m sure…

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    It seems a wee bit hokey. Maybe a little bit Dr. Phil. But mantras and power statements can help you change your mindset. (Julianne Hough even talked about her mantras, briefly, on Dancing with the Stars, if you need a celebrity endorsement…) This…

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My life is an endless cycle of detoxing, retoxing and hoping for the best. Before I left work for my latest five day epidural infusion, I sent my coworkers the following gifs to explain my upcoming absence: Translation: Going to get my wiring fixed up by…

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I’m scared of a lot of things. Spiders. Moldy leftovers. Wearing pants inside out. In reality, those things don’t matter. Cecelia can get the spiders. Takeout can be ordered if the leftovers are inedible. And who hasn’t worn their yoga pants inside out…

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{new post} "Why are you dancing?" The answer? "Because I can walk."

I know to many this might seem silly. To be celebrating sticking with something for six months. What you don’t know is that I wasn’t sure I would last 6 minutes. This life of mine seemed like it had devolved into an endless rotation of treatments, cyborg…

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This is your friendly reminder to suck it up. I don’t care if you can’t even. I don’t care if adulting is hard today and you can’t be bothered to cook. There’s nothing wrong with making yourself a bowl of gluten-free ramen (doctored with peanut butter and…

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Positivity in motion : 5 reasons everyone should dance

Some days I wonder why I didn’t find deep connection in yoga. Or why barre fitness or ballet burn classes just seemed like a chore. And yet, I can spend an hour at the barre plié-ing, tendu-ing and battement-ing my heart out. I can follow it up with a…
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