Ballet Shoes & Mickey Ears

The happenings of this Disney-obsessed runner and dancer!


Live. Laugh. Love.

Sorry I haven’t blogged lately, I’ve been so incredibly busy!! Many things are going on here in my life!! We are in the midst of getting our yard fenced in and having some other minor housework completed, my Great Aunt has been very sick (she’s almost died a couple of times now), I’ve been busy doing the ballet thing 3 nights a week, and………I’m quitting my job! Things have been so crazy lately I don’t know where to start!

First off, my Great Aunt is actually doing much better. She’s alive, and right now that’s all that matters.  She’s been like a grandmother to me since I can remember. She was pretty sick these past two weeks. But against all the odds she is making a recovery.

Ballet has been super busy/crazy!! My ballet classes have been going great! I’m improving on my technique every week and getting the opportunity to learn different combinations and steps. My pointe class on the other hand…..has not been so good. I was having pain in my 3 smaller toes on each foot creating a needle-like sensation when up on pointe. I went to my local Capezio’s store and they were such great help!! I told them my problem and they worked with me for about 30 minutes trying different things. We came to the conclusion that when I point my toes, my smaller ones curl under, which can be common. I couldn’t keep them straight and supported in my shoes using the pads I currently had (Ouch Pouches). So, we ended up trying these FeatherLites gel toe pads. It was like heaven on earth!!!! Right away I could feel that all my toes were straight and I could stand up on my box without having that pain!!! Now I can actually move in my shoes and not feel so unstable and sore!! These are seriously the greatest things I have come across. We’ll see how they do in class this week!!

And last but not least, I am quitting my job as a dental hygienist. The office I work in is crazy and things there are never going to get better. I gave it a chance and  now it’s time to move on!!  So for the next year, I will go back to being a nanny for my best friend and her family. I’m so excited!!! Now a little back story on me…..I’ve always wanted to be a nurse. My mom is a nurse and I grew up always wanting to work in a hospital. But what did I become? That’s right, a dental hygienist. I was so young when I made up my mind (and had the heavy persuasion of others at the time) to become a dental hygienist. I was almost accepted into a nursing program when I switched majors. And then again, about 1-2 years ago, I started to apply to go to nursing school, again. Well people, third time is a charm!! I will finally be applying to a nursing program in the hopes to really do what I’ve always wanted to do- be a nurse and help save people’s lives. It’s not that I didn’t like dental hygiene, it’s just that it was never rewarding or challenging enough for me. So I guess this means I will have to come up with a new title for my blog, huh?!

This past weekend I had the joy of going camping with my husband and doggy. The weather however was not so cooperative!! It rained and stormed most of the weekend. We were able to go kayaking once and hiking a couple of times. I also managed to fall and wipe out at our campsite and got a nice big ol’ bruise on my arm. It was a fun but busy weekend. I’m so sad summer is almost gone!!!
Just when I thought I had everything figured out….I decided to change my life!!! What I’ve learned so far in this experience is that life is too short to get caught up in the pesky things that make you unhappy. I wasn’t happy in my job so I decided to change that. I’m lucky that I don’t have any kids that this affects yet and that my husband was so supportive. Always do what your heart tells you to do, even if that means turning your life upside down. In the end, things will work out and you will be much happier. If you spend all your time dwelling on the “what- if’s”, all those opportunities will pass you up.

Live. Laugh. Love.


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Cinderella’s Castle

Hi there! I’m Smilecleaner, a twenty-something year old dental hygienist who LOVES all things Disney and does Ballet!! I’ve always wanted to start a blog but never had the guts to do it! Well here I am blogging world!! You can look here for discussions about things tooth related, my crazy obsession with Disney, and my passion for dancing!! Did I mention I like photography too?!?!  Hope you enjoy the ride… I know I will!!

My picture of the Mouse at Pop Century Resort!!