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Today is my BIRTHDAY!

July 7, 2020

It’s on my favorite days of the year…not because it’s about me but because it’s a day I consistently give myself permission to really slow down, think about life, who I’m becoming, how I want to show up in this world and what I want to contribute. 

Last year I spent the day giving free coaching calls to studio owners. 

This year I want to share some reflections with my “younger self” AND share some love with YOU!


This is 45

To my TEENAGE SELF, I would say: Don’t worry about what side of town you live on, about not having the right clothes or the 20-year-old car with no paint. Real friends don’t care about your things and being a scrappy Northsider is a gift!

To my DANCER SELF, I would say: Try a new style, embrace the corrections, and forget about the mirror. Dance is a gift, don’t worry about “making it”, you’ll get where you’re supposed to be.

To my COLLEGE SELF, I would say: I know you don’t like all these classes, but you’ll never regret learning how to learn, organize, communicate. You may not become a Spanish teacher like you planned, but education is never wasted.

To my NEWLY MARRIED SELF, I would say: Put down your work, take the trip, and enjoy your time alone. It will be a long time before you can do that again.

To my YOUNG MOM SELF, I would say: Stop obsession over the parenting books and follow your gut. Your parenting might not look like your friend’s parenting, but God picked you for these children, He’s not going to let you down.

To my EARLY STUDIO OWNER SELF, I would say: It’s okay to not do all the things. Hire more great helpers sooner! And, for the love of jazz hands, go home, have dinner with your kids and take that family vacation.

To my MID-CAREER SELF, I would say: Take that chance! You can do things you’ve never done before. If you don’t know how to do it, you can learn it. And, that whole “you can sleep when you’re dead” is dumb. Get some sleep.

To my JANUARY 2020 SELF, I would say: GET READY. You are going to be stretched in new ways and in new directions, but it will make you a stronger, more compassionate leader. Don’t miss the beauty in every situation. And, if you can’t find it, CREATE it.

Here’s to a year of LESS of things that will not matter in the long run and MORE of the things that WILL… LOVE and JOY, GRACE and PEACE, FAMILY and FAITH.

This is 45 <3


If you follow me here you know that I’m a studio owner of 23 years. But, I’m also the owner of More Than Just Great Dancing!® affiliated dance studios and Youth Protection Advocates in Dance.  I’m also publishing the new INSight™ Magazine: Recover + Rise Edition. 

I’d like to share a little LOVE to our studio owner community who have been through such an incredible journey over the last 100+ days. 

To celebrate my birthday, I’m giving out $4,500 in scholarships to our programs and publications to help lift up other studio owners. 


If this would help you, or you know someone who would benefit, please direct them to APPLY HERE

I’ll be leaving this application open until the end of the week (Friday, July 10). Please fill out or share it before that time. Thanks! 

Much love and support, 


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