Accomplished one of my huge life goals today. I hope this story inspires.
For those of you who don’t know me personally, I was raised in a single parent household on welfare. My mother had me when she was 20 years old. She worked extremely hard at allowing me to pursue my passion for dance. At times when my goals seemed grandeur she amused me and kept supporting me. I could never afford to attend dance conventions to train but I made the most out of the training I received in San Diego by being very disciplined and soaking it all in. In heinsight the training I received was stellar and that was all thanks to the work my mother put in by seeking out the best. To all of my dance teachers and mentors I bow to you.
I decided at a young age that I would show my mom gratitude by buying her a house one day. In 2012 I purchased a 4 bedroom house in San Diego for my family (mom, little brother, aunt). I then made another goal to pay it off as fast as I could. Here we are Aug 2016 and it’s paid off!!!! I did it! I’m proud of myself and I’m so grateful to my mother and her sacrifices. Just last year I won an Emmy award for my choreography but that feeling doesn’t compare to how I feel knowing that I gave my mother a place to call home.
I want to tell all of you who may get discouraged and feel like you’re climbing an uphill battle, you can do it and anything is possible!
I was sitting here thinking about how 4 years ago my engagement ended with my boyfriend of 8 years and how I spent 2 years recovering, healing and learning about myself. In 2010 I made a decision to drive forward aggressively and make up for lost time by pursuing what I always dreamed of. In those two years I’ve conquered MANY of my dreams and goals. Here’s a quick list to give you an idea of short term goals I set. 1) Get on SYTYCD 2) Work for and with Brian Friedman (I worked for him on America’s Got Talent, X-factor & Kevin Stea’s music video) 3) Get on The PULSE Convention as permanent Faculty 4) Work more in general as a choreographer and teach less 5) Lose weight and be healthy 6) Find balance in my life between work and friends 7) Take risks and be happy. Those were my goals and I can proudly say I have and AM conquering them! I had no rigid structure in my approach. I just internally believed in my goals and visualized them and spent everyday working towards achieving them. I also don’t do anything that doesn’t make me happy or fulfill me. I have an ongoing joke with my partner in crime, Kevin Frey that I never know what choreography job is coming next so (since he’s on the Lady Gaga World Tour) he may have to pay my rent should I not have a job. LOL….. (I have a nice savings account and a convention teaching gig so I’ll never really need it but it’s fun to joke with him). He laughs because every time I complete a choreography job he asks me what’s coming next and if he’ll have to pay my rent for the next month. He always laughs at how things just fall into place for me. I’ve been blessed to have booked choreography work back to back for the past year or so. It’s all about believing friends! I hope sharing my short story with you has inspired you to work hard and believe.
Til next time!
I am beyond honored as well as humbled to have the privilege to teach along side such legends as Brian Friedman, Wade Robson, Tyce Diorio, Gil Duldulao, Laurieann Gibson, Dave Scott, Desmond Richardson, Cris Judd and Brooke Lipton. These are all people that I have looked up to as I was growing up in this industry. It’s a dream come true to know that I earned a place next to them. I am so excited to embark upon this new journey of inspiration.
I feel so blessed that my initial love of dance at 5 years old has turned into my way of life. I truly believe there are no mistakes and that I am exactly where I’m supposed to be. I am grateful for all of the trials and tribulations that I’ve been through because those pains are what fueled me to push forward into my purpose.
“When I felt like giving up I kept going….”