Kickstarter Update: Chuggin Along...

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Hey team!

So, it’s been just over two weeks since the project was officially funded, and I’ve already competed in Kansas City, spent some time with my dance partner in Seattle, competed in Oregon, and am now on an island off the coast of Vancouver, Canada, working as head cook for a couple weeks at a beautiful summer camp. The campers just arrived today (little girls, ages 7-12), and they couldn’t be cuter. :)

With my crazy schedule recently, and being under the weather for a good part of that time, I would be lying if I said it hasn’t been a challenge to keep up with all that needs to be done here. I acknowledge that I haven’t been as communicative as I would’ve liked, post-funding. But please know that regardless of the circumstances, I’ll be sending out weekly updates along the way, so y’all will be in the loop.

What to look forward to:

  • Personal thank yous will be sent to those who donated more than $35 (look for a survey asking for your addresses soon!)
  • Updates from working on our routine with my Seattle-ite dance partner, Andy
  • Video of my debut performance of my solo piece about my mom, to be performed at the Wild Wild Westie event in Dallas over 4th of July weekend (super nervous-excited!!)
  • Video from more upcoming competitions
  • And the online release of my first book, Don’t Settle: Start Living a Life You Love (to those who donated more than $5)... estimated delivery--July 2014!!

So, let’s just say there’s no lack of things to do between the menu planning/cooking, thank you note writing, choreographing, and book editing. ;) #IthinkIcanIthinkIcan!

And there’ve been many times this week where I’ve found myself exhausted from being in the kitchen 10+ hours a day, looking over my insanely long to-do list, and feeling very separated from real life, without a chance to sit and catch my breath--wondering if I’ll be able to actually do what I’ve set out to do here.

But sometimes I feel that exact same way when looking at the clock with only 90 minutes until dinner, and 50 mouths to feed--wondering if I’ll be able to pull it all together in time...and we always do! So thankfully, each day I’m reminded of what’s possible when I have support and when I just keep chugging along towards the vision.

That said, I should hit the hay myself--I’ll be up before I know it to crack eggs and get the bacon sizzlin for the girls tomorrow.

Thank you again for all your support along this journey!

Lots of love,


P.S. Go Team USA!!!

Say No to the Status Quo


There seems to be a general consensus that it’s okay to be unsatisfied and unhappy in our work life. Some of us wear it as a kind of a badge of honor, to go into a job we hate and to battle it out each day, martyring ourselves in hopes that it fulfills our need for feeling significant.  

For others, it’s an epidemic of the doldrums and a overriding dreariness that has been accepted as “normal” within the workplace. If we took a large scanner and grabbed an average sample from the domestic US, I believe we’d see extremely high levels of boredom and dissatisfaction in the workplace. Who is that truly helping? No one.


Boredom, stagnancy, and routine may get the baseline level of work done, it’s true. But what company is satisfied with mediocre level work, and mediocre level profits? Dare I suggest that you shouldn’t be either, then?


I recently visited a beauty salon and asked my esthetician if she liked her job. To which she replied, “It’s easy.” Let’s not get hypnotized into believing that having a job that’s “easy” or one that just “pays the bills” is good enough.** I believe that all of us have more to contribute than what’s on our résumés. And I believe that you’re more than the 9-5. If the questions have started bubbling up from inside of you, they’re not to be dismissed.


Start listening to those desires and the questions that arise from within. Those questions are the sign of life, of a life unlived. It’s been said that the quality of our lives is directly related to the types of questions we ask ourselves. What if Madonna had settled for her job at Dunkin Donuts and given up on her dance career, early on?


What if it wasn’t actually “normal” to hate your job? What if it were possible to wake up more often than not, excited to be doing your work?


I’m here to tell you that it is possible. Not only because I’ve experienced it, but I’ve witnessed many others who have. And once you know that it’s possible, it’s hard not to want to create it yourself. But this is not the path of the majority, and it is not the easy path. The majority has accepted the routine of mediocrity and one of drudgery. If you want to be a part of the few who are invigorated by their work instead of drained by it, it takes guts.


And it starts by saying No to the status quo.


**[I will say, however, that there are times in life when a “bridge job” is necessary.  Heck, I happily worked in a cafe serving salads for six months this year to pay my bills while I worked on my projects in the background. Let’s be honest, there’s a lot more you can get done after your “job” is done,  by putting in time from 7pm-12am instead of plunking down and watching 4 episodes of Breaking Bad each night. If you want to hear it from someone other than me, then listen to Gary Vaynerchuk here. (explicit)]**