Just bringing back the first time I was ever proud of myself. The year before this I got 19th and was going through some very tough mental times because of the stress and frustration with never doing as well as I wanted. That year I decided to take matters into my own hands and focus on putting myself into my dancing and making it worth it.

Also in that year, not only did I go from 19th to 2nd at nationals, I went from 117th (almost the last place) at worlds to 7th. Honestly, I have no idea how I did it, but it just goes to show that every champion was once at the bottom, they just weren’t born a champ.

In that year I think I grew to be the dancer I am today; the one who understands not only the hard work and determination it takes, but also the frustration of not going where you want. I learned that not only do you just have to dance, but you have to dance with your heart, and I think that made all the difference.

Sorry about the long obnoxious post but I think it might just show some of you that you CAN do it, and you shouldn’t give up right when you’re so close to getting there