I Chose

We chose our reactions to negative feelings!

This is just a revised Facebook post from last year at this time, but I wanted to share it with you. My weekend was so eventful and uplifting that I never got a chance to submit any of my writings.


This weekend I had the most amazing opportunity to be surrounded by some of the most amazing people in my life. These people were not brought into my by accident but through dance. DANCE, something my Mother put me in 32 years ago, and drug me to week after week sometimes kicking and screaming. I am grateful that my Mom never got tired of the fight I gave her, and new that as a child I would not know what was best for me. For the past 32 years, this specific talent has brought me experiences with the highest highs and the lowest lows. My reaction to these ups and downs is completely up to me, the consequences are dependent upon each situation.


I have these opportunities and these trials because I am out there. I don’t sit around and wait for things to come to me. I don’t wait for people to talk to me, and I don’t keep to myself (some might wish I did). I have opportunities that I want and don’t get after the opportunity loss I feel broken, but being broken is just my motive to make the next opportunity happen. I have always been a very busy and curious person, and this often gets me into good and sometimes great trouble. I know and understand that all my choices good and bad have consequences, that I need to accept. I am not incredibly quick to accept the bad consequences, but I know and understand that I have too, in order to continue my success.


I chose to wake up every morning even though some mornings it seems so hard to pull myself out of bed, but I do it. No matter what is going on in my life, I chose to smile or frown about it. I chose my attitude, no one decides that for me, and if I let them I am giving them control of my choice. Don’t let anybody take away your choice to be good, positive, and strong.


I often hear from others or make some of these comments to myself: “She makes me so mad!”, “The reason I am so upset is that they…”, “Because of them I will never be able to….”, and the list goes on. I don’t exactly remember the day I learned, that no matter what someone says or does, I have the choice on how I react. I am grateful I learned this even if it makes life a little harder because I do feel it was easier to blame others for my reactions or mistakes. I still get caught in the actions of others, and putting blame on the way they affect me. Ultimately I know that it is my choice and mine alone to chose the feelings I become a victim too.


This dream has drained me physically, financially and sometimes emotionally, but I CHOSE to keep going. This dream is so deep in my heart and my soul, and I don’t think I could ever let it go. I am blessed to have a beautiful dance studio, but it surprises me the judgment that comes from others on how I achieved it. I have a beautiful dance studio because I dreamed that I could, and then I worked hard (blood, sweat, and tears) to make it happen. I was blessed with the right people at the right time to help me make it happen and I could never thank them all enough. Every day at 3:15pm I am exposed to the beautiful faces of so many amazing dancers, who are just trying to find themselves and survive the struggles that come to our youth today. I feel stronger being in their presence!

Premier Dance Center is coming up on our 8 year anniversary next month, Super Steppers is approaching their 35 year anniversary. Both these businesses have changed the life of myself and so many others, and I will never forget the fight and sacrifices my Mother made to get me there.

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