Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake

June is a big month for me, and not just because of the release of The Shapeshifter's Secret (I know, I know, are you sick of me talking about it yet?). It's also my 3 year anniversary (wahoo!), and this past week I performed in 2 different ballets, Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake.

I know it's a little strange to go off on a ballet tangent so close to my novel's release, but I had to share my excitement about finally fulfilling a lifelong goal of mine.

I've been in dance since I was a little girl, but once I got to high school I couldn't afford to continue paying for the lessons. My babysitting/Taco Amigo job just didn't quite cover the costs. The worst part was that I never got to perform in pointe shoes, which was my ultimate goal as a ballerina.

There was a time in my Senior year when I choreographed a ballet number for the ward talent show and was thrilled to finally perform. Sadly though, the CD with my music on it was accidentally ruined at the last minute, and I didn't get to dance in the show. Time went on, life became busy, and I never returned to ballet.

However, at the beginning of this year I decided I wanted to go back and carry out the goal that I had set so long ago. It  was a time sensitive goal, so I felt an even greater push to work quickly at it. It was very hard to get my technique up to par, and the pain of pointe shoes was SEVERE (I won't lie, part of my bone has shifted in my foot). But I finally was given the chance to perform en pointe.

This weekend I got to be the flame fairy in Sleeping Beauty as well as a swan in Swan Lake.  Also, as usual I went picture crazy. I felt like I needed evidence that I actually performed on pointe.

I am so grateful to finally have been given this opportunity, and I feel blessed to have a husband who supports my different dreams and goals in life.

What are some of your dreams or goals that you are working towards?


  1. Heather, Thank you for the opportunity of watching you dance. I am in awe at how you make a goal and really push for it. That is great. My goal is to help people achieve good health.

  2. Congratulations! You're a beautiful ballerina! I love the red costume. My goal is to finish writing my YA novel and get published. I think just finishing a 75,000+ word novel with 3 boys under 5 years old will be a huge accomplishment!

  3. Darlene,

    I was so glad that you came. Thank you for supporting me, it means the world to me. Also, you are doing amazing at your own goal of helping others achieve good health!

  4. Kathryn,

    Thank you so much! The red costume was my favorite as well :) Good luck with your goal, that will be a huge accomplishment and I'm sure you'll feel so great once you're done. Keep me updated with how it goes!