Saturday, May 28, 2016

So You Think You Can Dance Next Generation: Why I won't be Watching

Hey loves,

I have a problem.

I have a problem with So You Think You Can Dance season 13. This is particularly distressing because SYTYCD has always been one of the things I look forward to most during the summer.

 Here's a picture of me and my cat, Butterscotch, enjoying season 11.
Cat Watches So You Think You Can Dance

And here's me as a SYTYCD contestant for Halloween... Oh college.

But alas, like all competition shows (I'm looking at you American Idol), SYTYCD has done something stupid and messed it up.

For those of you that haven't heard, this season is going to feature the Next Generation of dancers. Meaning, that all of the contestants fall between the ages of 8 and 13.

I have several problems with this.

1. The physical stress of being a dancer is immense.
These kids are just that, kids. They are 8, 9, 10 year olds that have little, still developing bodies. The rigorous schedule that it takes to compete and perform each week on live TV was too much sometimes for the adult contestants. Will SYTYCD have trainers and professionals to watch over the wellbeing of these little performers? Of course. But that doesn't matter much. It is still too much, and I fundamentally think it's wrong.

2. Criticism is hard, especially at 12.
Dancers, especially competitive ones, get used to criticism at a young age.  It's healthy, it's good, it makes you a better dancer.  But as nearly every dancer knows, some days it just gets too much.  Show me 20 (assuming they will continue with the top 20) 8-13 year olds that are emotionally developed enough to be evaluated and criticized in front of a live audience and have it broadcast live week after week.  Right. I'm not saying criticism is wrong. I'm just saying that it is wrong to publicly evaluate a tired, stressed, and adrenaline filled child on TV.

3. What happens next?
So what happens next? Who wins SYTYCD season 13? They get exposure to the dance world, they get an ad campaign. They have high demands to go on tour and to do a bunch of work. But really, what if an 8 year old wins the competition? They have to go to school. They have training to be done. They might decide that they don't like to dance anymore... They're 8! I'm just envisioning the loss of a childhood here for some unsuspecting child with a dream. Please don't crush these kids, SYTYCD.

There's my problem. Laid out for you in the most condensed way I could manage.  I know it's ranty, and I know that it's pointed, but I have a lot of feels and I needed to put them out there.

Are you watching SYTYCD this season? Are you not? Start a debate in the comments. I'm genuinely interested in your opinion.

With love,

Traci J xx

Moving to Texas & A Trip To The Farmers Market | Life Lately


Hello loves,

How are you? How's it going? How've you been?

I've been great, thanks for asking.

So I did a thing... and I moved to Texas for the summer. Are we really surprised that I did something drastic that involved traveling and work (I'm here for a job, fyi)? No. No, we are not.

So yeah. I moved to a city just south of Oklahoma for the next few months - and am super excited for a great and adventurous summer.
Farmers Market Texas

Since this was my first weekend in a new place, I felt the need to go exploring.  One of my roommates (I have 2) and I ventured out to the farmers market, and found some great things and talked to some great people!

Produce Farmers Market

We found a ton of great produce at the market. I grabbed some blackberries, strawberries, and herbs to make some infused water (and maybe some cocktails).

Fruit and Vegetables Texas

The worst thing about the market was that we could only buy so much that we would be able to eat before it goes bad! Lucky for us, the market happens every week!

Not only was there a great selection of produce, but there was also meat, cheese, and even wine!

Jalapeno Summer Sausage
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We also met this great woman who was selling homemade soap, and even solid shampoo like they sell at LUSH! Her products smelled super good. Here is a link to her etsy shop!

Organic Handmade Soap

I hope you enjoyed this little update on my Life Lately.  Let me know in the comments what you're up to this summer or what your favorite items are to buy at the Farmers Market.

With love,

Traci J xx

Sunday, May 8, 2016

What I Learned from My First Year of Grad School

Hey loves,

So... I've uploaded a video all about the life lessons I have learned from my first year of graduate school.  Enjoy!