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Starting Your Own Business, Tip #32:  Take some time for yourself

The hamster wheel never stops. There’s always stuff to do, and it’s always your job to do it.  But better busy than bored, right?  You wake up the morning thinking Hmm, not exactly certain what I’ll be doing today, but I am sure that it will be new and exciting. That’s just part of the fun.  Nevertheless it’s important to take time off–some time for yourself to stay balanced.

Julia and I were in LA this week visiting family and promoting Barre.  It was all: yoga class and hustle, ballet class and hustle, drinks and hustle, busy, busy, busy.  Now,  with a little luck and a lot of generous and wonderful friends, Barre will soon be available at Westside School of Ballet and Pharmaca (fingers crossed) among others.

When we’re on the West Coast Julia always makes appointments with these new age witch doctor-e body work people.  This often leaves me with some Aaron time.  On this trip I took a nice drive through the San Gabriel Mountains in the Angeles National Forest.  It’s like the Grand Corniche in the south of France.  You know, like at the beginning of every James Bond movie.  Here are some pictures from my mini-vacation…









Way up in the mountains.  Far below is the reservoir and winding road.


Hairpin turns with the pedal to the floor in my rented Hyundai Accent!

the turn


What’s around the corner?  Hmm, not exactly certain, but I am sure that it will be new and exciting.







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Written by Aaron Ingley

Aaron Ingley, originally from Tallahassee, Florida, began his training at the Southern Academy of Ballet Arts and Tallahassee Ballet. Aaron completed his professional training at Pacific Northwest Ballet School in Seattle, WA, where he performed with that company at the 1999 Edinburgh Festival. He was also featured as Tom Snout in PNB’s production of George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream produced for the BBC. He performed professionally with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre for nine seasons. A versatile dancer, Aaron was featured in numerous classical and contemporary roles and served as the company’s Principal Character Artist during that time.

A consummate innovator, Aaron pushes the boundaries, helping expand the ways in which art is conceptualized and defined through the use of film and by training the next generation of dancers to combine fundamental technique with the fine art of performing. Aaron is a renaissance man of sorts; in addition to ballet, Aaron is a professional actor, a founding partner of MDK Studios, CEO of Barre LLC, and holds degrees in History and General Management from University of Pittsburgh. MDK Studios produces video for local nonprofit organizations and independent films. Barre LLC is a gourmet nutrition foods company that markets and distributes real food bars to fuel ballet and the performing arts.

In his free time he is an avid cyclist and enjoys creating delicious, healthy snacks in the kitchen with Julia. He especially loves tasting all the delicious, healthy snacks he creates, and testing their effectiveness while riding the trails! He wishes to give a shout out to his two cats, Sadler McCorvey Sr. and Dita.