Hello Dear You,
My name is Ana-Maria. Thank you for visiting my blog!
I am a University of Washington graduate (International Studies&Dance), currently pursuing master`s degree in Counseling and Mental Health; dance-fitness and barre instructor; creator of the unique format Balkan Dance-Fit; healthy food blogger, lifestyle blogger and a writer.
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The event that propelled my determination to pursue a graduate program in Mental Counseling (and be a full-time writer, dance-fitness instructor and wellness entrepreneur) is my own metamorphosis that took place during my three-quarter independent study at the University Washington (from where I graduated with honors in winter 2018, with a double BA degree in International Studies and Dance); during a span of six months I conducted scholarly research on how does the process of journaling about contact improvisation reveal more about who we are.
Pondering and contemplating upon my improvisation and relationship tendencies, and how they tend to overlap, I gradually developed an unceasing curiosity about how (and, if so, why) does observation and analysis of one’s own patterns of improvisational dance decision-making affect the dancer’s awareness of behavior patterns in other aspects of one’s life. I was curious to find to what extent we can change if we are determined to observe our tendencies and be mindful of patterns that are impeding our growth, success and happiness.
As we tend to learn mostly from experience, the research I did on self-learning through dancing and journaling confirmed to me that we are never alone in our struggles. I was able to overcome my own hurdles and childhood traumas because of my strong determination to examine my behavior and outgrow traits and patterns that impede my relationships. To further deepen my understanding of the patterns I discerned from the participants` reflections and interviews, during my one-year study I reviewed and cited hundreds of scholarly works from the fields of psychology, interpersonal neurobiology, counseling and dance therapy.
Now I am in the process of obtaining a master’s degree that will enable me to use my own experience of overcoming chronic self-doubt, relationship issues and disordered eating (among other things…) to inspire positively others who might be going through similar challenges to take hold of their life and take back their power to change and be free from self-judgment, trust issues and chronic anxiety.
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