A space for creativity—dance, poetry, art, creative pursuits, artistic inspiration, and creativity-related posts.


I Always Wanted to Try… Ballroom Dance!







Ballroom Dance Competition

My introduction to Ballroom Dance began at    Go Dance Studios here in Knoxville—and I loved every minute!

Ballroom Dance movies are one of my favorite genres to watch (especially Dance with Me, Take the Lead, Shall We Dance?, Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing & Charm School, & Strictly Ballroom), and I was eager to learn the moves I’d seen in those movies!

I approached ballroom dance like a true multipotentialite—I went all in!


The Benefits of Ballet

My Ballet Studio









I absolutely love the art of ballet!

I love how it serves as a creative outlet for me to express myself artistically.

I revel in the intensity of physical exertion required, both in movement and stillness.

I enjoy the mental challenge it provides—trying to remember different ballet positions and combinations while remaining focused on my breathing and body positioning—neck long, shoulders down, tailbone tucked in, feet turned out…

Ballet is the epitome of creative mindfulness for me.




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Embracing Authenticity

Embracing authenticity
means shaking off the status quo
and letting go
of societal expectations
that don’t seem to fit.

Choosing your own path—
even if it’s much different
and less structured
then the one you envisioned.

Striving for what we know to be true
once we’ve slowed down
long enough
to think about it.

Dayo Wilson Lanier, M.D.
April 2021


Back from Burnout

Back from burnout—
It turns out,
You can’t work, do
and move—
Without rest,
or catching your breath.

Labor, continuous
Giving, generous—
No time for you,
just making do
Pressed to achieve,
while fighting fatigue.

Too busy to notice,
Losing focus—
Feeling weighted,
nerves are grated—
Won’t make a change,
So… things stay the same.

Refuse to do less,
Continue to stress—
Feeling frustrated,
needs unstated—
Exhaustion arrives,
and stops your strive.

Taken off-course,
Down-time forced—
Feels arbitrary,
but necessary
Have to take time,
to restore your mind.

Prioritize needs,
Set boundaries—
Learn to delegate,
and advocate—
For what’s best for you,
Now… feeling renewed.

Dayo Wilson Lanier, M.D.
April 2021