Well that was incredible!
It’s been a whirlwind week since my project funded, and I am still blown away by the immense amount of encouragement and generosity that bubbled up from all of you kind-hearted supporters. I spent much of last Friday afternoon with tears of gratitude, relief, and disbelief streaming down my face. And it’s because of you that my next book Live Your Dance and my upcoming year of living my dance are now possible. Words sincerely cannot express my thanks. But still, thank you so so much.
As a friend so aptly put it on my Facebook wall last week,
“Surpassing your funding is a testament to you and the continuous effort you put in, but it also speaks to the magic that occurs when we get behind a common goal for something bigger than ourselves! In a way, the funding process is a little example of everyone letting you know how important we think it is to live your dance! Thanks for inspiring that in each of us...274 funders!”
And the inspiration goes both ways! Throughout the entire campaign, I was so impressed by the support that came from not only family and friends, but from friends I haven’t connected with in years and from some friends I’ve never even met yet! I recently heard the phrase that “life is a team sport,” and in the final hours of the campaign, I truly felt like I had a team on my right and left flank, believing in me and supporting me all the way across the finish line.
Meanwhile, I’m also continuing to work on living and writing Live Your Dance. Much of my actual process will be documented on my blog as I travel, train and compete over the upcoming five months for the US Open Swing Dance Championships and beyond. And I'll be featuring inspirational interviews with others who are currently "living their dance," on my blog as well. Get pumped. :)
I have no doubt that there will be challenges and many unknowns as I venture down this path; but I’m embracing that fact, and I’m ready for what lies ahead. No matter how I may feel or what circumstances present themselves, I’m committed to my vision of living my dance and inspiring others to do the same. It may get messy or disheveled and yet, but I’m going all in--and there is nothing that will keep me from creating my vision and sharing my journey with you.
Last Friday afternoon, I landed in Kansas City to compete at Midwest Westie Fest, a regional West Coast Swing competition and social dancing event. And while in the shuttle to the hotel, I found out that we’d hit the goal (thankfully my fellow passengers obliged me with some celebratory high fives and cheers)!! And to top off the success of the Kickstarter, I also came away with a 1st place in the All-Star/Advanced Strictly Swing, and a 3rd place in the Intermediate Jack and Jill competitions.
After several events recently where I didn’t even progress to the semi-finals or the finals in the Intermediate category, this was a personal victory on many levels. And I’m confident that the success in funding was connected with my success on the dance floor--so thank you all for contributing to many “wins” this weekend!
Here’s a video to the 1st place dance, too:
Again, from the depths of my heart, thank you. This obviously wouldn’t be possible without you. I acknowledge the courage and risk it takes to put down money on any investment, and I don’t take that lightly. I’m so blessed to be backed by such a strong team of supporters. This is just the beginning of an incredible process, and I’m so honored and excited to share it together.
With much love + gratitude,