On October 25th, some friends and I hosted an awesome fundraising event for my DTS: A Swing Dance Party! We had a great turn-out, people of all ages and stages of dancing. We definitively raised awareness for my trip and had a LOT of fun, plus raising over $300! God is good! It was also an honor to dedicate the night to the family of Dave Huttala, who had died exactly one year before. He was the dad of a dancer friend of mine. Please enjoy these pictures of the event: Photography by my friend Dane Vandwiele.
DJs Josh and Amy watch the action from the stage
Dane (photographer) and Chloe (close friend and event volunteer) enjoying a dance together
My mother at the welcome desk; a guest signing in
Friends watching the couples on the dance floor
The more experienced dancers doing the “Shim Sham”
Stumptown Stomper Performers enjoying the music
David and Rachel teaching a great dancing lesson
My sister coupling up with my friend Matt for the lesson
Mindy (Owner of Stumptown Dance) and good friend Sam performing their signature Lindy Hop routine.
Stumptown Stompers performing a group routine
Mindy, Sam and Peter (who made our awesome flyers!) doing the “Shim Sham”
Long time friend Kati teaches her boyfriend how to swing
Folk dancers performing an Israeli folk dance
Friends Sydney and William enjoying a special moment
Laughing…because sometimes the life of Heather is just unbelievable.
I am coming home from the Tri-Cities tomorrow and I NEED HELP! I have been very successful with Black Friday Shopping and have been able to get most of my Christmas/thank you gifts for people and a lot of new comfy/workout clothes for Kona. I got some new bed sheets and towels for my move also! I have been advice to get what I can here for cheap because everything is so expensive in Hawaii. So now I just need to sort everything out! I need to sort: what I am planning on bring to Kona, what clothes I am going try to sell, what items I can use for my next fundraiser or donate to my Grandma’s House, what items I need to put into storage, and what things go together to make nice Christmas gifts!
This is fun work, guys! And I have tons of yummy food to feed you and old things to give you if you so desire! But I do need help staying focused and lifting things. I also have finals week after next and need help studying! I actually enjoy my classes and homework, its just really helpful having someone with me keeping my on track and quizzing me.
I am sad to announce that I am having more health issues. I will not get into the nature of this yet because at this point there are a lot of unknowns…which is so frustrating! So my Go Fund Me site I would say is about half missions funding and half medical funding…crazy. I am excited to be ending my second day without any Dr./Urgent Care/ER visits…but I know it all will continue once I get home again. What I can say right now is that my right wrist is still giving me trouble (its is still obviously sprained/dislocated), I am very low iron and I seem to be having some heart trouble.
One more crazy hiccup in my life…my beautiful purse was stolen/lost on the bus on Tuesday! Yes, I have checked in with my bank. Yes, I have emailed Trimet. NOTHING! Finally I had all my IDs and cards in one place…then ALL GONE. Fortunately I still have my phone and keys.
So, here are the prayer/help as you can needs for right now:
That my purse will be returned
That I will have clarity concerning health decisions
That I will be able to focus and do well during finals
That I will be blessed with helpers to get things done; even the simple things are so hard sometimes
That my friends will be able to understand my needs and help me, especially financially
That I will be able to get on a good sleep rhythm
That I will be able to have good boundaries with certain people, no matter how much I love them
That I will have the energy and focus to get the important things done
That I will be thankful for many people and things I have been blessed with
That I will rely on GOD NO MATTER WHAT
I have several new blog posts in the works, including a Thanksgiving thankful post, and a recap of the Swing Dance Fundraiser…WITH PICTURES! But this is what I have got for now. As much as I hate admitting it, I need help.
For a couple of years now my sister and I have had a running joke that the song Downtown Girlby Hot Chelle Raeis about me. We laugh because while I am not a hooker as the song suggests, a lot of the qualities described I can relate to! If you don’t know already, I’m a REALLY typical extrovert. Depressed and dysfunctional, maybe, but extraverted all the same. So read the lyrics or take a listen, take a look into the life of Heather. And tell me what you think!
Ready for my day…DOWNTOWN GIRL! 😀
She’s a weekend beauty queen of the black like clubs wearing out the scene
Well I do love the weekends, but no, I don’t go to clubs.
You know her type, out all night
Yup, pretty much 🙂
Starry eyed for the dirty dream, always looking for the prince where the cash is king
Starry eyed? Yes. Dirty dream with a prince where the cash is king? I sure hope so not, although I think sometimes it comes out that way. But anyone who really hangs out with me know that money is the last thing I care about.
On the boulevard in a big black car, She’s everywhere you are
Well I’ve never been in a limo, or any sort of big black (fancy) car. Normally its an old car, trimet bus, or as of lately, me walking with my “homeless gypsy cart.” I am everywhere you are however 😉
I smell her sweet perfume making rounds around the room
I do hope I smell good as I make my “famous” rounds around the room 🙂
Cause she is a downtown girl a downtown girl
I LOVE downtown Portland. LOVE IT!!! PDX makes me feel ALIVE.
Her lips are red and those hips are turning heads
I have been rocking the red lipstick lately! I didn’t think I could pull it off but I love it! And as selfish as it sounds I love when heads turn when I walk through a room. This often happens when I am at a church service or a swing dance event! I’m always tearing through the room trying to find the people I love!
Living like a celebrity all the guys lined up and the drinks are free
I’m not sure if the song is saying the drinks are free for the guys or the girl. My drinks are NOT normally free, and I normally end up paying for everyone else too. But that is because I genuinely like to!
She’s knows she’s hot but that’s all she got
This line makes me cringe a bit. Half of the time I am convinced that I am an ugly skeleton, and the other half of the time a know I look damn good. Sometimes I feel both at the same time! That was be beautiful paradox of my Corpse Bride costume for Halloween and my musical, I got to be super-skinny, scary AND pretty!
BUT. The idea of that being “all [I’ve] got” is really scary. That is my nightmare. But I know that my looks is not all I’ve got. I have a sense of humor, a joyful personality, and of course…MY SAVIOR!
Everybody knows she’s on the move with her six inch heels and an attitude
I actually almost never wear heels. I say its because I’m too tall for heels, but its really that I just have a lot of short friends. And I’m a BIG klutz. But when I do wear heels, I do feel VERY sexy. And I’m actually really good at walking in them, and dancing for that matter. Hmmm…maybe I’ll wear heals today.
When I’m out and about…I DO have an attitude. It changes in nature, but I do.
To seal the deal she shoots to kill, but I’m not going down
This is another line I don’t understand. I can be intense, but I’m not going to kill anybody 😉
Likes the attention gets the attention her name is on the bathroom wall
I’m an extrovert; I do like attention. I can’t lie. And when I need it, I get it. But I’m trying to do it in the most mutually respectful way possible.
The party never over she’s always coming over even when the music stops
YES YES YES A MILLION YES! Most of the time, whenever a certain social event is over, I’m still ready for more. And really its because I have a hard time going from lots of friends and excitement to NO friends and excitement. I just have a really hard time making that switch. That is why after swing dancing or another event, I’m almost always trying to get people to go out to eat or at least carpool home. I love that “winding down” time almost more than the actual event. And when I don’t get that “winding down” time, I normally end up bawling my eyes out while driving myself home all by myself.
All the boys staring at the girls, staring at the boys
Its hard to admit, but sometimes I like it when the guys are staring at me and visa versa! And I think that is ok and healthy!
Today marks my third official year celebrating Halloween. I kind of have a love/hate relationship with this day, and I think I always will. I’m not going to get into a debate today on the ethics and theology of Halloween, I have many friends who both embrace and deny it. I do believe it is a special day though. I think that things happen on this day that don’t happen on any other day of the year.
Many different memories come to mind on this day. I remember the dress-up box getting put away, because God knows who would get us if we dressed up on October 31st. I remember being kept home from activities and church groups because of the costumes. I remember our curtains being closed, locked out from the whatever evil the rest of the world was doing. I remember all the candy that I would somehow get a hold of after the holiday was over. I knew there was something magical that I wasn’t getting to be a part of.
Two years ago I went to my first Halloween/harvest party. I dressed as Ragity Anne, and prepared at my friend’s house. I watched her and her current finance’ fight and yell about his drinking habits, and was thankful that I wasn’t getting a ride home with them. The friends I did get a ride home with was lit up with glow sticks and thankful we weaseled our way out of a ticket when we got pulled over.
Last year I made a warm welcome to Halloween at swing dancing and community college. I prepared a killer costume of Deb from Napoleon Dynamite with the help of friends. I organized a group of my friends to go to a special costume swing dance event. Amazingly, the people I spend that night with are some of the friends who have supported me greatly this year.
And this morning I found myself stranded in North Portland, dressed as the corpse bride, to exhausted and scared to get myself home, watching the city go by. I made it to school around noon where I was treated like a celebrity due to my costume and rising networking status. After crashing in a friend’s car, I made to downtown Oregon City where with my theater company we brought in the evening with a bang. Soon I will make my journey back to Portland where I have the best of friends waiting for me to make sure I have a safe and fun night, whatever I need that to be.
Stranded in N PDX. thank god for portlandy coffee shops with wifi and gf breakfasts! #loveourcity OH. and I'm dressed as the #corpsebride 😛
Stranded in North Portland! Making the best of things as the corpse bride hangs tight waiting for a ride on this crisp beautiful hallow’s eve morning. #corpsebride #halloween #lovethiscitySo tonight I am blessed.
To tonight I toast to the people that have stood by me through thin and thin. I toast to those who have been affected by my careless words and behavior. I toast to my friends who are rising above the gossip and rumors in order to keep people safe. I toast to the Lord because he is so good, and I toast the devil because he reminds us how beautiful our God is. The clouds have a silver lining, because the sun is so much brighter. GOD BLESS YOU ALL!
The countdown is on!!! The Swing Dance is Friday night!!!
Now that I have lots of information about my trip and what I will be doing, I am even more ecstatic to share about it in this great night of dancing! I am being blessed so much already by the people who are helping me put this event together and who have RSVPed!
I am so blessed by King Jesus right now! Here is just a little overview:
Great progression on my Swing Dance Fundraiser, so many people willing to help! Which all the different people involved, it is being made clear that this event is becoming way more than just about me and my trip! Its about the swing dance community being introduced to Christ and missions in a healthy, open environment. Its about non- swing dancers being introduced to the swing dance community and seeing that it is a great way to get to know other people and stay active.
School has started and is going well! I am enrolled full time at the local community college. I have been blessed by some really inspiring teachers this term! My first ever psychology class is very interesting, I can tell already that it will be hard; not because of the homework quantity but of the quality and how it focuses on personal reflection. That is going to be hard for me. My writing and speech teachers are also awesome, I could listen to both of them talk forever. My biology class is mediocre, but that is to be expected from a creative right-brainer. At least I have friends in the class with me, and the labs can be fun.
My health is doing much better! During these past few days my RLS (Restless Leg Syndrome) symptoms has been fading, which is incredible! It is wondrous to take baths and showers because I want to and not because I need to to get my twitching and itching to calm down. I will have a blood test soon to see if my iron levels have gone up, for that is what is causing the RLS (we think). I have had pretty good energy since school has started, I wasn’t sure if that would be the case. Also, I have not had very much anxiety or hard feelings lately, which is always a plus. 🙂
I am surrounded by friends of all colors, worldviews, orientations, ages and locations. I am blessed with the best of friends! Lately I have been getting to know some new friends and connect with old friends too. This is one of the things I love about being in school. I am also loving getting to know my new twitter friends! Some people would argue that they aren’t “real” friends, but I believe that some of them really are. Especially when then you meet them in person.
Well I could go on and on with the ways that God is blessing me, but alas I have homework and a bed calling me name, so I will leave it at that. Thank you for reading, praying and supporting!
First of, just wanted to remind you that my fundraiser swing dance event is coming up: Friday, October 25th! For more info, read previous blog post Fundraiser Swing Dance and/or join the Facebook Event.
Also, I have some new information about the event! Saturday Market’s SCOOPS ice cream will be selling ice cream by donation! They have several flavors available. In addition, there will be several types of homemade baked goods, snacks and beverages available.
The Stumptown Stompers, a local swing performance group lead by Mindy Barnhart of Stumptown Dance, will be doing a short performance! You won’t want to miss it, especially if you are new to swing!
We now have flyers available created by local graphic designer and swing dancer Peter Litster. Feel free to download and share them by clicking here.
Thank you so much, hope to see you there! Blessings!
I (Heather McClish) am hosting a special night of swing dancing all to support a good cause! I is preparing to take part in a six month missions program with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in January, and thought that there would be no better way to raise awareness and funds than by hosting a swing dancing fundraiser!
7:30 – Beginning East Coast Swing Lesson taught by David Dang and Rachael Ries
8:00 – Intermediate East Coast Swing Lesson taught by David Dang and Rachael Ries
8:30-11:00 DJed open dancing with a break for announcements a special performance.DJed open dancing with a break for announcements and a special performance
Children, Parents, Grandparents; all ages and levels are welcome! Swing dancing is recommended for ages 10 and above, and Heather highly advises that new dancers attend the beginning lesson. Younger children may come as long as they are looked after and kept off of the dance floor.
Beverages and Snacks:
Beverages and snacks will be available for purchase by donation.
No food and drinks on the dance floor.
Food and beverages must remain in the basement.
Is anywhere from casual to semiformal, just wear something you can move in! Because of the culture of East Coast Swing, some people enjoy wearing vintage styles. Please be considerate of the modesty of your clothing, we want this to be a family-friendly event.
Whatever shoes you choose to wear, please make sure they are CLEAN! This is a really nice dance floor we are getting to use and we want to keep it this way! Please do not come in dirty shoes or boots which make black marks on the floor.