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Give Yourself a Gift or Two

It’s that time of year, when we all look forward to celebrating the holidays. It has been a rough couple of years and that gives us all the more reason to be grateful and want to spend more time with friends and family.

When you are involved in dancesport and ballroom dancing, quite a bit of time and money is involved in the process. So on top of everything else that you must do in life, all of you in the dance community go far and beyond to accomplish goals. A fine tribute and a gift in and of itself. The Fordney Foundation congratulates our wonderful dance community in all that you have achieved throughout this past year!

I know how hard you all work and how much goes into each and every competition you perform at. The hours and days spent in planning to attend events, lessons, rehearsing your routines and having the perfect dancewear, means everything to you.

You might get lots of gifts for Hanukkah, Christmas or Kwanzaa, and there’s nothing like receiving gifts, yay! And it makes us feel good when we give gifts to others too. I would like you to think about more subtle gifts, the kind that doesn't cost any money and most people won’t talk about. It's gifts you give to yourself. These gifts that you give to yourself can motivate you, or help clarify matters in daily life, and the best part about these kinds of gifts, they are game changers and can last a lifetime.

So, relax, take a break, eat some good food, look through that stack of magazines you’ve been saving for awhile and ponder these thoughts as possible gifts you give to yourself this holiday season.

Don’t beat yourself up for what you think you did not accomplish this year. There is

always next year

Your words express who you are, but your actions express what you do. Prove to you

first, that you can say and do what you say you will do

Speaking of words—be mindful how words can affect others. Words can cut like a knife

or soothe the kindred soul

Laugh and Smile more

Be Thoughtful, Kind and Trustworthy

Have Heroes, people you Admire, they help you Stay Grounded and Lend Vision

Connect with the Earth

Expand your Parameters of Thinking

Know that there are Resources for Anything you deem Possible

Respect Individuality

Learn to Forgive not only Others but Yourself; Let go of what does not serve you

It matters what You want; Break free from Judgment

It’s Okay to Talk about Your Feelings and Emotions; it Helps release tension

Believe in You

Know there is always Hope

This time of year there is another kind of unique gift worth giving that has true meaning. The Fordney Foundation has a donation program called Yellow Brick Road Memorial. It is the perfect gift to honor a loved one in memoriam. If you are interested in adding your loved one to our yellow brick road, we would be honored. There is more information below and here is the link from our website:

As we wind down the year of 2021, the Fordney Foundation wishes each and every one of you the best holiday season ever. Our community remains strong, with new competitions popping up all the time both nationally and internationally. Dancesport continues to grow and is more popular than ever. We especially want to thank all of you who have donated to our cause by using for your purchasing needs. Here's to a bright future, as we look ahead to the New Year in 2022 celebrating our 10th year being involved with dance competitions in the U.S., Canada, and New Zealand. We will offer double points at all competitions and will add two more categories: American Smooth and American Rhythm. So attend more competitions and rack up those double points.

**We have received contributions from individuals who would like to have a dear relative or friend who passed on remembered that loved to dance or was a dance aficionado. We call these memorial contributions. Perhaps you would like to have someone memorialized in this manner. Make a donation and give us their name. We will soon put on our website a yellow brick road to add their name to a brick as a memorial to that person. This contribution will assist future generations of dancers and help keep young people more positive and healthy.

Thought Of The Week:

“Normally, we do not so much look at things as overlook them." - Alan Wilson Watts

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Shane Meuwissen is the Media Specialist for Fordney Foundation.  He is a former dance instructor who know works with his company Slow Motion Dance Videos capture the beauty of dancing. If you would like to learn more about Shane and his video work, visit his website

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