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The Reluctant Self Promoter

I must start this post by saying how utterly embarrassed I am about what I am about to write. Not the ballet part and not the crazy-lady-from-the-bush-flies-to-Sydney-to-take-a-ballet-lesson part. No, those all fall within my relative level of normal.

But the self-promotional part? Oh, it’s agony! Why is that? I don’t know. (Well, okay, maybe I know a little bit, but lets not turn all psycho-babble.) I wish I didn’t have such an issue with promoting myself or my work/art/ideas. I see other people being loud and proud about themselves and I’m so darn jealous. It’s something I MUST work through, and apparently there is no time like the present. I’m not sure about that statement, but I’ll have a go anyway.

So there are only two days until… 

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Yep, I will be heading to Sydney for my next Sydney class at Studio Tibor. And honestly, I’m so excited.

I am now having two lessons on the same day. I am having a regular beginner class in the morning and a private with Tibor in the afternoon. Yikes…

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I can’t wait. It’s going to be awesome! I’m going to love every ounce of pain, because it is all completely worth the feeling of having wonderful real-life ballet lessons. 🙂

There is, though, a downside to my Sydney lessons, and that is that they are going to be over before I know it. And I want more! This is my thing. I need it. I love it.

And I am determined to find a way to afford more classes, without taking from our family finances too much. After thinking about this for a while, I decided to launch an online shop. I have started with a fairly small collection of designs on t-shirts, badges, hoodies, drink bottles and mugs, and I have also stocked some items without any designs for those who like wearing unbranded gear.

I will be expanding my design options and item range as I go and I am open to any feedback or suggestions anyone has. And I will be ordering the products myself and will demonstrate the gorgeousness of them one by one! Even the guys’ items. 🙂

All the funds raised from the shop will go to the costs of me getting to more ballet classes. And of course, I will happily let you all know how I go with that effort! So feel free to have a look-see if you wish. No pressure though. It’s just there if people want to shop from there rather than somewhere else! 😀

You can find the shop by clicking on the “My Shop” page at the top of this blog. Or you can also just click on this link —> Bush Shopping!

Below are close up images of the designs on the products. (It is a little hard to see the @bushballerina on the shop website).

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And there are different coloured “Believe & Become” designs for different coloured t-shirts. But they are the same text and layout.

I hope you enjoy the shop — even if you don’t buy anything. I have been having a lot of fun coming up with designs.

It would be so fabulous if gorgeous dancers from dance companies and adult dance classes alike, decided to purchase one, just for the fun of it? Ballerinas, ballerinos and adult dance students, wearing a bush-tee? How incredible. Ah, a girl can dream, right? 😉

Bush xxx

P.S, I’d really appreciate if anyone can share this post via whatever medium you have at hand, be it twitter or facebook or pigeon carrier. That would be awesome!

P.P.S, If you do the pigeon carrier thing, be sure to film it, that’d make a great post! 🙂

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14 thoughts on “The Reluctant Self Promoter”

  1. Ohhhh what a lovely idea! I might go ahead and sponsor you by buying a nice t-shirt! I really love this idea and I think you should go for it, embarrassment be damned!! You go BB, have fun thinking about what will happen in only TWO DAYS!!!! 😀

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    1. Oh, thank you so much, RO. Whether you buy something or not, you’re a great friend to have! I’ve been quite sick today with allergies, so I’m feeling pretty awful right now. But I’m sure I will feel better tomorrow. 🙂

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      1. Ohh get well soon!! Andeh… I bought a shirt. Sorry, couldn’t resist!! I’ve bought the one with Think Less Dance More, it was so.. adequate!! 🙂 You’ll receive some comission soon I guess and I’ll certainly post a pic on WordPress if I have your shirt here!!!

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  2. I will put a link to your blog, and to your store, on my FB status. This will be the best way for me to reach people who are not already mutual ballet fiends here on WP, as they already read your blog. So, will do that today. Am looking forward to checking out your store later today – today is a riding day for me, so gotta get going. I saw this post yesterday and wanted to make sure I stopped by this morning.

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  3. Don’t worry and don’t be ashamed of anything! I love your blog and articles. Like I just wrote on RO’s blog:…I am not an adult beginner myself, but I respect those who begin later than early youth very much! 🙂

    Keep on doing what you’re doing, and above all: keep on dancing everyone! Sweet kisses, madelon

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