New Year, New Goals
By Rebecca McGill on December 31, 2015

2015 was a fantastic year! I learned from both my failures and my successes and now look forward to putting my new wisdom into action!

While I have dozens of goals in mind for 2016, I feel work life balance is one area in particular that needs some attention. This is an area of my life that tends to suffer as I get busy during the year. I am going to make a conscious effort to make family time a priority in 2016 by scheduling times on the calendar for family. It seems so simple, but I really believe it is just the change I need to strike more of a balance (I am a dance teacher after all…dancers love balance, right?).

Time is a funny thing…we use it, waste it, cherish it, spend it, value it…but one thing we can’t do is get it back. I enjoy the work that I do and I am fortunate to own a business that I truly love. My business needs a lot of attention to prosper; but relationships also need attention in order to thrive – and kids grow up fast!

So there it is…one of my big goals for 2016. What are your goals for 2016?

BDA Logo Colors
By Rebecca McGill on February 23, 2015

A studio parent recently asked me if the colors in the BDA logo represent something in particular. I told her that they actually do have a meaning to me personally. Back when I originally started thinking about colors for my logo, I knew I wanted three colors that worked well together. I also wanted a variety of colors that were not all feminine (since we want boys to feel welcome at BDA). I came up with green, red, and purple.

Green represents a new beginning or “being new or inexperienced” at something. It can also represent a fresh start – like the green you see popping up in spring. All dancers have to start at the beginning and work their way up and the studio was a new beginning for me personally.

Red represents sacrifice (i.e. blood, sweat, and tears). Dancers have to make sacrifices if they want to reach the next level. The studio was a huge sacrifice of time and resources…but well worth every drop of blood, sweat, and tears.

Purple represents royalty and deity (and also happens to be my favorite color). I know BDA would not exist were it not for God. It was all perfectly orchestrated, outside of my control, at just the right place and just the right time. It is incredible how everything fell into place and continues to do so. A year later, I am still in awe.

Do you find meaning in the BDA logo colors? Please share.

Television Time
By Rebecca McGill on December 04, 2013

On my way to work today the radio DJs were talking about television shows that “everyone” seems to be watching. They asked listeners to call in if they have never seen a single episode of one of these popular TV series. As they rattled off the names of the shows I realized I have never seen a single episode of ANY of these shows.  Breaking Bad, Duck Dynasty, Walking Dead…the list goes on and on.

I often get asked, “How do you do it all?” I have a full-time job, I run two businesses, and I have 4 children in school. I usually reply, “You just do what you have to do.” But now I think I have a better answer. My new answer is, “I don’t watch much television.” I think if people added up the hours they spend watching TV they would be shocked. Television is a huge time-suck.

We no longer have cable in our house and haven’t for quite some time. I refuse to pay for it when I don’t really watch TV.  We have Netflix and basic television channels.  After dance I typically watch the news and maybe one sitcom before going to bed. That is, if I don’t have online work to do.

I am not suggesting that most people would want to carry the crazy schedule that I have. There are plenty of days when I wish there were more hours in the day. (And some would accuse me of being a workaholic, but I enjoy the work I do on my own businesses, so it doesn’t even feel like work most of the time.) And some days I wish I had more hours to sleep. I do love my sleep. But the truth is, for most people, there are more hours in the day. They just have to use their time more wisely.

There are of course other things that can suck time away quickly…surfing the internet, Facebook, etc. So my challenge to all of us going into the New Year is this – think about how you use your time and consider if you can spend a few hours a week doing something more productive than watching endless television. Read an informative book, go to a park and walk, organize your linen closet or heck, start a business in your spare time. You only think you don’t have spare time. I bet if you really looked into how you use your time you probably have more than you know what to do with.

~ Rebecca

Blogging to Share
By Rebecca McGill on August 03, 2013

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