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What does bouncing back look like?

What a surreal moment in time we're in. And every day is so different... I'm sure it's the same for you, too. Some days I feel rested, like this time is just what my body needed to heal. For example,  I travel so much for work that I'm constantly jet lagged,...

Interview: Suhaila on “A Little Lighter” with Alicia Free

Last December, Alicia Free, a dancer and podcaster in New York state, interviewed me her for her fantastic podcast "A Little Lighter." We discussed such a wide range of topics, from my mom's legacy, belly dance styles, how belly dance is changing in the Arab world, and cultural appropriation. She...

How I handle challenging times

A few days ago, I walked down the main street of my neighborhood. Others were out, too, particularly families. Of course, we stayed six feet away from each other, but we made eye contact and said, "Hello!" We made a connection, despite our physical distance. I know there are many people working hard...

They told me I couldn’t do it

They said I shouldn't do it. They said it didn't make sense. They said, "Why bother? You already have videos and DVD's.” They said that it wasn't a good time to expand and try new things, especially since it would cost so much money. They said to wait. But, of...

Trust isn’t something you give

Several years ago, I was dating someone who knew the tragic details of my divorce. During one of our conversations, he said to me, “I think that one of our issues will be you trusting me." And without batting an eye or any kind of hesitation, I replied, “Oh, it...

The key to finding your Truth

The truth is… well, it's not that easy. Truth has many faces. We can talk ourselves into or out of anything. We can find the smallest, most teensy little bit of a situation that resonates with us, and then call that Truth. But is it really? What I do know...

How I find power in vulnerability

You can find true power in allowing yourself to be vulnerable. That inner power is linked to self-motivation and awareness. It's the place in the soul that will catch you if you fall. So when you feel you have that kind of support and love from within yourself then true...

Embracing change and listening to the creative force

I'm lucky to be very in touch with how I really feel about things... all kinds of things. To the chairs I sit on to a friend's facial expression, if you ask me what I want to eat or how I'm feeling, I will never not know. You'll never hear...

Setting intentions for the new year

Every January 1st, I wake up ready for the new year. But I didn’t always used to feel that way. Back when I was performing professionally, both in LA and in the Middle East, I had to dance on New Year’s Eve, and I remember every year being full of stress....

I just want some peace!

The letters that I chose to use as stocking hangers on our fireplace during the holidays spell out PEACE.  It's what I most desire during the holidays. That idea must sound like such a cliche. But I never really felt peace growing up, and I wanted so much to create it for...