I had the opportunity to meet Vanessa where I meet many people now a days on Facebook. She’s a wonderful dancer and you can learn more about her exciting offerings on her website www.creativesourcemovement.com.
Thank you Vanessa for sharing your passion for life with the world. Such a beautiful soul.
What City is home?
What type of dance do you do?
Bellydance, Modern, and (currently studying) Persian Dance. I also teach Yoga.
Who’s your favorite dancer?
What’s your dream?
My dream is to work with others in harmonizing the Body, Mind, and Spirit through movement, both physical and energetic. I hope to foster a sense of connection, joy, and awareness in both my own life and in the lives of the people I work with.
What’s your favorite song?
"Smile" by Charlie Chaplin
What’s one wish you hope comes true?
I send wishes and prayers that Calilfornia finds some relief from these fires soon. LA was my home for fifteen years. My heart breaks to see so much devastation in the area.
What is your opinion on wellness?
I believe that at the core of wellness, one can find the seeds of joy, gratitude, and love beginning to take root. I find the body and mind respond to the harmony that these emotions bring and that wellness is an extension of finding that sense of peace within.
Is it just me or do trees seem to be the most important things around. Not only do they provide shade, food and keep our soil healthy they also take carbon and turn it into life saving OXYGEN. Is that just so cool or what? I always liked trees but now I just LOVE THEM so much!!
How did I plant these trees remotely?
Well I found out about this organization called One Tree Planted. For $1.00 (yes I said one US dollar) you can plant one tree. They are a 501C out of the USA and they take seedlings and plant them and they grow into trees. They have partners and so far in just 2019 they have planted 4,000,000 trees. ISn’t that awesome!!
So I went on their website and was going to do a fundraiser but then I decided to do it on Facebook because I already had my credit card linked to Facebook. So literally with a click of a button I started a fundraiser and kicked it off with $20 for 20 trees. I shared the fundraiser with my friends. And within no time, I had planted 112 trees or donated $112 to One Tree Planted. The thing that’s cool is that they emailed me a receipt and I felt instantly better. I only got a receipt for the $20 I donated. So it’s not like I’m making any money off it.
Would you be willing to do the same?
I know everyone is so busy and all. But if you can do a fundraiser too and your spare change can literally create life saving oxygen. I live in Northern California and we are literally on fire. I don’t ask for much from my readers. But if you can start a fundraiser that would be so awesome!!! Here’s the pros:
You would be creating oxygen
You would be an awesome person
You will be rewarded in the most amazing ways (I can tell you what happened to me but it sounds uber braggy and I don’t want to do that.)
You will officially be an Earth Angel. (That means Good stuff just comes to you without asking. It’s like you just turn into a cool person over night. Not that you aren’t cool now but if you aren’t then you become cool.) PS this isn’t scientifically proven.
I would share your fundraiser here too (if you want.)
I would really appreciate it.
You can always just donate and keep it on the Down Low but you’ll still be an Earth Angel on the low.
A million thanks
My daughter, dog and I really just want to say thanks for doing this. Your doing this for humanity. PS don’t want to donate that’s fine but maybe you can share this article and someone else will donate.
PS I’m not affiliated with One Tree Planted other than I think they are awesome!! So you would really be helping out all of us including yourself. Now don’t you feel better? I know I do.
Valeria hopes to inspire others to follow their passions.
I enjoy many types of dance. I enjoy ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, belly, salsa, hip hop and ballroom. Currently I am studying ballet although I am going through the rehabilitation process so all dancing must be done with good form so as to not become injured. And I must make sure to address any injuries right away so they will get better. So that means I am not able to dance as often as I like.
Where is home for you?
Stockton, CA, where else
How Long Have You Been Dancing
I believe that we started dancing in the womb since we were swimming in utero. But when I was 8, my mother gave me tights and leotard for my birthday and I was horrified. I didn’t want to go to ballet but ended up loving it after only 1 class. That was 44 years ago. But I had big gaps in my dance life because of work.
What is your favorite song right now?
I believe you can have infinite favorite songs. But I did a dance to one of my favorite songs called Patience by M. Mendi. It was produced by Outrecords.com. It’s a really chill song that is sure to have you feeling like your riding on clouds. I did the video to hopefully inspire Patience in the world. I think we all need to be really patient with everyone which includes ourselves. The more we can relax, we can begin to have more positive social interactions and actually help other people feel our calmness.
What Dancer Do you Admire?
That is another really hard question!! I love so many!! But if I can only pick one it would be Misty Copeland. I read both of her books and I know her story of courage and perserverance. She had a very difficult home life and despite all of that she was able to succeed. Also she’s just so strong and has the most amazing body. I can only dream to have her body one day. But I do have her book Ballet Body so hey anything is possible.
What Is Your One Wish that You Hope Comes True?
More than anything I want there to be world peace. What that means to me is that we don’t have anymore wars, everyone is fed, healthy and has food and jobs. The economies are all thriving and our Mother Earth is Healthy and clean. And there are a lot of trees. I love trees so much that I started a fundraiser for trees and it’s with a NonProfit called Plant One Tree. Super excited. To date, I’ve raised enough for over 90 trees. To Plant trees for $1/tree click here.
What does wellness mean to you?
Wellness means that you are basically healthy and doing well. You have housing, food, clothing along with financial income or support and you are calm, physically strong, flexible and in a positive mindset. Also your finances are in order and you love and respect yourself. You also eat lots of fruits, vegetables and drink lots of water and take yoga. It’s really important to take care of yourself because who wants someone else to take care of them? They won’t do the same job you would. Nobody will ever take better care of you then yourself. Just drink a cup of tea and think about scheduling that appointment for a massage.
Final Words on Dance
Just do it and do it often. You may think you are no good and have no talent but if you allow your body just to start moving to the rhythm of the music, you will find a cool flow. You start to have fun and it’s so good for your body, brain and spirit. I feel it can get you out of a bad mood in no time. You can take classes if you like but nothing wrong with just shaking that bootie however you want. I hope you dance and often.