a little port de bras.

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I am the queen of excuses –I don’t have time right now, I have a bad knee, zero abs, lots of knots in my back. I don’t want to address all the baggage that may resurface from my once-upon-a-time dancer life if I dare to attempt a plié.  Besides, my kids need me, my renovation needs me. I’m past my prime. I can’t even arch my back. 

But deep in the back of this head full of excuses was a growing desire to move my body, to dance and create like I did in the olden days. And that desire has fought its way to the forefront of my mental space and in 2021, the excuses just felt silly.

We were off to a playground in the desert when Josh grabbed the big camera I rarely use these days. “Hey, let’s create something!” he said. And after swings and slides and lots of potty breaks, my tiny toddlers sat on the ground beside their Papa with the camera. And catching a glimpse of their proud faces as my beloved audience, I moved past a lot of usual excuses and found my way to a port de bras. 

It’s corny and cheesy and over the top, but it felt like magic. 

Whatever your port de bras may be in life – painting, sewing, writing, crafting, singing – I hope there’s plenty of it happening in 2021. Even with lots of littles and bodies growing older and schedules demanding command over our souls, I hope you find a moment to create ever so often and not allow the excuses to win. 

Happy port de bras-ing (that is now a word)!

  1. Tracy Auerbach

    Just beautiful! And inspiring. So glad you took the time to reconnect with this side of yourself. Looks joyous and wondrous and what a perfect example to share with your children.

  2. Stephanie

    That was quite lovely!

  3. Oh Naomi! This truly touched my heart. I truly believe that when you are a creative soul (and we all are on some level)… your heart just aches to create. And when you are not… it hurts and feels like something is missing. And nothing that you do (that does not fill your particular port de bras shaped void) can fill you up, because you can never get enough of a thing you don’t need. So so happy for you. P.S. I am writing a novel that I put away 3.5 years ago. Guess how old my kid is? ;)

  4. Brenda

    Love that pirouette in the stone circle. beautiful. This made my soul smile today. Thank you so much for sharing!

  5. Yara Khalil

    This is gorgeous, I can’t wait to see more of this creativity!

  6. Hopelovefun

    You are a dancer Naomi. You were and always will be.

  7. Jess

    Beautiful! You are so inspiring. I loved watching you dance and be… you. Thank you for sharing with us.

  8. Sheree

    Beautiful! Wish i could have seen the children’s faces as they watched you.

  9. Amy

    Lovely and so hopeful! Thank you for the reminder!

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  11. Christina

    You don’t have to be a certain way to be a dancer. You will always be one, even if your body changes with time.
    I saw Pina Bausch perform at 68 years old, it is still my favourite performance to this day. Could she jump as high as the 20 year old performers around her? No. But her movements revealed her life experience, so it was far more expressive than a 20 year old could do.