Going into the competition, I set a personal goal of making it to week 7, and I was literally one day shy of reaching that goal. I also had a few other smaller goals in mind as the weeks went by. But I am most disappointed that I didn’t make it to my week 7 dance, which I had found out would have been a Quickstep to the song “Bare Necessities” from “The Jungle Book.” It is my 3-year-old son Mason’s favorite song, and I had already told him all about it. I even got to design the costume for that week, and it would have been great! That is the biggest let down, just knowing what I am missing.
Life goes on and there sure is a lot of life going on for me right now. I had to pack up my temporary condo and jump on a plane to my new house on the east coast where my family and I are still living out of boxes (of course, our LA home sold a week before I heard I would be lacing up my dancing shoes for the show). I have been sharing lots of snuggles with my two tiny boys, and my husband has been loving the dancer legs and remnants of the spray tan. Never in my life had I been so glammed out and encrusted in sparkly jewels with hair higher then the sky. It’s going to take a minute, but I am sure the ponytails and glitter free body will return by the week’s end. And of course there is always the finale, so I guess I can look forward to the return of all these glamorous little addictions.
I have definitely been catching up on my little catnaps and letting my body recover from the mental and physical exhaustion of the past few months. I was prepared for the physical aspect of the show since that is the part they prepare you for, but it was the mental exhaustion that I wasn’t expecting. I truly believed going into this that I didn’t give a crap about what the judges had to say as long as I felt I did my best. But I now feel that the majority of my nerves came from having these three individuals throw out their criticism for the world to hear, all while I am still trying to catch my breath.
All and all, I am so happy that I finally had a chance to join the cast, and I made some amazing friends. I can’t wait to see how our friendships develop after the show. I truly hope to keep in touch with Kelly, who is so dear and genuine, and Debi who is so funny and refreshing to be around. Tony and Maks are both east coast boys, and I hope that they will help me continue dancing Ballroom as a hobby. And of course Mark, who taught me all I know about Ballroom. I just hope I didn’t let him down.
Hopefully I’ll take two things from this amazing experience: a new hobby and better posture for the rest of my life. Oh, and if some people out there liked some of my moves, I would be pretty stoked about that too. :)