Ariel.Rosalina

Inspire. Dream. Be.

August 30, 2014: I DID IT!!!!!! 

Forward stroking - Check! One foot snowplow stop- Check! Forward pumping- Check! Forward crossovers- Check! (This also includes zig zags, swizzles, backward wiggles, scooter pushes and snowplow stops. which were covered in the pre-alpha class)   

I have to thank my coach Mary Casale for pushing me and teaching me that sometimes its easier to just go fast and to not be afraid to fall. 

"If you aren’t falling, you aren’t trying hard enough"

She taught me that even thought I’m not a spring chicken anymore, I can still rock it out on the ice with hard work. 

I have learned so much about myself and dedication throughout this first semester of classes. I am hungry for success now more than ever. I plan to continue on with figure skating for as long as I can. 

Now onto the Beta level where I will be pushing myself twice as hard. 

XOXO Ariel. Rosalina 

July 26, 2014: Halfway through my Alpha classes, I was able to skate and keep up with the ever so talented Luis! (we both started skating at the same time in Van Nuys, he is a natural at skating) 

We motivate each other, he kicks my butt, and we laugh about when we fall down.He has become a great friend and a mentor to me.  

XOXO Ariel.Rosalina 

June 14,2014: Day one of skating lessons at Pickwick Ice Rink- Burbank, CA.
I entered into a “beginner/entry level” class. After skating around with my new coach, Taylor, for a few minutes showing her what I already knew she suggested I skip both the entry level the Pre-Alpha class and go into the Alpha class. (Wow! Those Youtube videos really work!)
XOXO Ariel.Rosalina 

June 14,2014: Day one of skating lessons at Pickwick Ice Rink- Burbank, CA.

I entered into a “beginner/entry level” class. After skating around with my new coach, Taylor, for a few minutes showing her what I already knew she suggested I skip both the entry level the Pre-Alpha class and go into the Alpha class. (Wow! Those Youtube videos really work!)

XOXO Ariel.Rosalina 

About to step out on the ice for the last time as a coach-less skater. Next week I start lessons at Pickwick Ice Rink in Burbank, CA. 
Photo taken at Ice Land- Ice Skating Rink in Van Nuys, CA. 
XOXO Ariel.Rosalina 

About to step out on the ice for the last time as a coach-less skater. Next week I start lessons at Pickwick Ice Rink in Burbank, CA. 

Photo taken at Ice Land- Ice Skating Rink in Van Nuys, CA. 

XOXO Ariel.Rosalina 

My ice skates have been broken in here. I have started to feel comfortable lifting one foot off the ground. It is not very high but practice makes perfect. I am having so much fun learning the basics. Occasionally little girls will follow me around trying to copy what I do. Here I am a swizzle queen! 

Photo taken at Ice Land- Ice Skating Rink in Van Nuys, CA. 

XOXO Ariel.Rosalina 

My new skates a few weeks into my self taught skating lessons. At this point I have been watching Youtube videos and learning from those. Focusing on stroking, stopping, forward swizzles and backwards swizzles.
 Photo taken at Ice Land- Ice Skating Rink in Van Nuys, CA. 
XOXO Ariel.Rosalina 

My new skates a few weeks into my self taught skating lessons. At this point I have been watching Youtube videos and learning from those. Focusing on stroking, stopping, forward swizzles and backwards swizzles.

 Photo taken at Ice Land- Ice Skating Rink in Van Nuys, CA. 

XOXO Ariel.Rosalina 

February 2, 2014- Started on the ice at around 12:00pm, and got off the ice at around 2:30.
Great first day. It was the first time I really focused on the ice. It was to my advantage that no one else was skating, so I had all the whole rink to myself. Practiced basic skating, did pretty well I would say, considering I only fell two times and both times I knew I was going down. I remember placing the front of the skate right down into the ice, thus, causing me to come to a complete stop, fall and slide on the ice. Feeling a little sore on my left elbow…I’m going to invest in some elbow pads since I don’t want to hurt myself too bad. 
Mind. Body. Soul. 
Three ingredients definitely needed for this incredible sport.
XOXO Ariel.Rosalina  

February 2, 2014- Started on the ice at around 12:00pm, and got off the ice at around 2:30.

Great first day. It was the first time I really focused on the ice. It was to my advantage that no one else was skating, so I had all the whole rink to myself. Practiced basic skating, did pretty well I would say, considering I only fell two times and both times I knew I was going down. I remember placing the front of the skate right down into the ice, thus, causing me to come to a complete stop, fall and slide on the ice. Feeling a little sore on my left elbow…I’m going to invest in some elbow pads since I don’t want to hurt myself too bad. 

Mind. Body. Soul. 

Three ingredients definitely needed for this incredible sport.

XOXO Ariel.Rosalina  

I’ve come to believe the old saying that life is too short. Too short to not laugh. Too short to not do what you love. Too short to not tell that someone how you really feel. Too short to not dance. 
I believe life is about adventure.  
When I was growing up, I studied Ballet. I wanted more than anything to be a professional ballerina. But life, ha, decided to give me curvy hips, made me stop growing at 5’3” and gain a whopping 125 pounds by the time I was 17. This combination did not make well for a career as a ballet dancer. 
Anyways, I went away to college, lived a little, started my career, met some crazy people, met some really lovely people, met some creeps and angels along the way. Through all this I danced every day. Weather it was a little toe tapping action, a full on dance party, or walking down the street counting sequences of 8’s. “…and 1. 2. 3. 4. —- 5. 6. 7. 8.” It never leaves you. 
But as you grow up, life happens. Your cat gets lost or your brother gets engaged, your mom dyes her hair fire red (on accident), or your father passes away. 
Oh let me tell you…life does happen. 
But just because negative things happen in our life doesn’t mean we should stop dancing. Ever. Sure it may be difficult to jump back on the saddle, but why not try it. Why not find something else that makes you happy. 
I am currently on the path to finding myself. Figuring out who I am, what I believe in and what I stand for. 
On this new adventure I have realized something. Many people find time to do leisure activities such as playing tennis, going to a movie every week or playing the piano. Me, I work. All the time. And if I’m not working then I’m always doing something for a side job. I’ve always believed it hard to be associated with some kind of outside activity that wasn’t work. But I was wrong.
With the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics happening, I was inspired to head down to an ice skating rink for some laughs with friends. It was the first time I had been skating in years….and so, to make a long story short. I danced on ice.  And I loved it. 
Now, that was pretty cool. The onlookers just saw me fall a few times, but inside I was dancing beautifully. Dancing because I felt something. It was that something I felt years ago as a child who wanted to be a ballerina. 
I am in no way saying I want to be a professional figure skater all of a sudden. AT ALL. I just want to dance again and feel that rush of adrenaline again, by dancing…just on ice this time. 
So that is why I have created this post. I will be updating my progress as I begin my personal journey to find total happiness again. Happiness of the mind, body and soul. I hope you enjoy my future posts. 

Cheers to black and blue bruises I know will become a part of me!  And cheers to dancing again!

xoxo Ariel.Rosalina 

I’ve come to believe the old saying that life is too short. Too short to not laugh. Too short to not do what you love. Too short to not tell that someone how you really feel. Too short to not dance.

I believe life is about adventure. 

When I was growing up, I studied Ballet. I wanted more than anything to be a professional ballerina. But life, ha, decided to give me curvy hips, made me stop growing at 5’3” and gain a whopping 125 pounds by the time I was 17. This combination did not make well for a career as a ballet dancer.

Anyways, I went away to college, lived a little, started my career, met some crazy people, met some really lovely people, met some creeps and angels along the way. Through all this I danced every day. Weather it was a little toe tapping action, a full on dance party, or walking down the street counting sequences of 8’s. “…and 1. 2. 3. 4. —- 5. 6. 7. 8.” It never leaves you.

But as you grow up, life happens. Your cat gets lost or your brother gets engaged, your mom dyes her hair fire red (on accident), or your father passes away.

Oh let me tell you…life does happen.

But just because negative things happen in our life doesn’t mean we should stop dancing. Ever. Sure it may be difficult to jump back on the saddle, but why not try it. Why not find something else that makes you happy.

I am currently on the path to finding myself. Figuring out who I am, what I believe in and what I stand for.

On this new adventure I have realized something. Many people find time to do leisure activities such as playing tennis, going to a movie every week or playing the piano. Me, I work. All the time. And if I’m not working then I’m always doing something for a side job. I’ve always believed it hard to be associated with some kind of outside activity that wasn’t work. But I was wrong.

With the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics happening, I was inspired to head down to an ice skating rink for some laughs with friends. It was the first time I had been skating in years….and so, to make a long story short. I danced on ice.  And I loved it.

Now, that was pretty cool. The onlookers just saw me fall a few times, but inside I was dancing beautifully. Dancing because I felt something. It was that something I felt years ago as a child who wanted to be a ballerina.

I am in no way saying I want to be a professional figure skater all of a sudden. AT ALL. I just want to dance again and feel that rush of adrenaline again, by dancing…just on ice this time.

So that is why I have created this post. I will be updating my progress as I begin my personal journey to find total happiness again. Happiness of the mind, body and soul. I hope you enjoy my future posts.

Cheers to black and blue bruises I know will become a part of me!  And cheers to dancing again!

xoxo Ariel.Rosalina 

"Here comes the sun Here comes the sun, and I say It’s all right
Little darling It’s been a long, cold lonely winter Little darling It feels like years since it’s been here
Here comes the sun Here comes the sun, and I say It’s all right
Little darling The smiles returning to the faces Little darling It seems like years since it’s been here
Here comes the sun Here comes the sun, and I say It’s all right
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes Sun, sun, sun, here it comes Sun, sun, sun, here it comes Sun, sun, sun, here it comes Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Little darling I feel that ice is slowly melting Little darling It seems like years since it’s been clear
Here comes the sun Here comes the sun, and I say It’s all right
Here comes the sun Here comes the sun It’s all right It’s all right”
Lyrics from “Here Comes The Sun” by The Beatles

Photo by Ariel.Rosalina- taken at Santa Monica Beach at the end of the pier. 

"Here comes the sun
Here comes the sun, and I say
It’s all right

Little darling
It’s been a long, cold lonely winter
Little darling
It feels like years since it’s been here

Here comes the sun
Here comes the sun, and I say
It’s all right

Little darling
The smiles returning to the faces
Little darling
It seems like years since it’s been here

Here comes the sun
Here comes the sun, and I say
It’s all right

Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes

Little darling
I feel that ice is slowly melting
Little darling
It seems like years since it’s been clear

Here comes the sun
Here comes the sun, and I say
It’s all right

Here comes the sun
Here comes the sun
It’s all right
It’s all right”

Lyrics from “Here Comes The Sun” by The Beatles

Photo by Ariel.Rosalina- taken at Santa Monica Beach at the end of the pier. 

“I can hear those echoes in the wind at night
Calling me back in time
Back to you
In a place far away where the water meets the sky
The thought of it makes me smile
You are my tomorrow
 
I will see you again, whoa
This is not where it ends
I will carry you with me, oh

‘Till I see you again”
-Lyrics from Carrie Underwood’s See You Again
Photo by Ariel.Rosalina 

I miss you daddy. I’ll see you again. <3 

“I can hear those echoes in the wind at night

Calling me back in time

Back to you

In a place far away where the water meets the sky

The thought of it makes me smile

You are my tomorrow

 

I will see you again, whoa

This is not where it ends

I will carry you with me, oh

‘Till I see you again”

-Lyrics from Carrie Underwood’s See You Again

Photo by Ariel.Rosalina 

I miss you daddy. I’ll see you again. <3 

&#8220;You&#8217;re waiting for a train, a train that will take you far away. You know where you hope this train will take you, but you don&#8217;t know for sure. But it doesn&#8217;t matter.&#8221;

You’re waiting for a train, a train that will take you far away. You know where you hope this train will take you, but you don’t know for sure. But it doesn’t matter.

&#8220;I am that. I am that which is highest. I am that which is lowest. I am that which is All.&#8221;
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I am that. I am that which is highest. I am that which is lowest. I am that which is All.”

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"It&#8217;s the game of life. Do I win or do I lose? One day they&#8217;re gonna shut the game down. I gotta have as much fun and go around the board as many times as I can before it&#8217;s my turn to leave."
-Tupac Shakur
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"It’s the game of life. Do I win or do I lose? One day they’re gonna shut the game down. I gotta have as much fun and go around the board as many times as I can before it’s my turn to leave."

-Tupac Shakur

Photo by Ariel.Rosalina

"I do not look upon these United States as a finished product. We are still in the making."
-Franklin D. Roosevelt
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"I do not look upon these United States as a finished product. We are still in the making."

-Franklin D. Roosevelt

Photo by Ariel.Rosalina

"Writing is the hardest way of earning a living, with the possible exception of wrestling alligators."
-Olin Miller
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"Writing is the hardest way of earning a living, with the possible exception of wrestling alligators."

-Olin Miller

Photo by Ariel.Rosalina