As a little girl, I was dance crazy.
My book, Fat Girls Can Dance tells you all about my first and subsequent experiences as a dancer plus invites you to explore your own heart, as I also share my journey through many life challenges.
Dancing was definitely my passion, but no my only passion. It wasn’t until my life vision and my passion met, that I was able to really move forward.
I studied dance from age 8 to 17 years of age, working on my junior teacher’s level qualification just before I left town in 1984.
When I moved to Sydney dance took a back seat, as there was no obvious opportunity in the new world that I lived in to introduce dance again. Well, at least not for a few years.
Strangely enough, it was the words of Al Fury during a Chrisitan revival meeting in 1986 that greatly impacted my vision. He prophesied over my life that I was going dance like I had never danced before. I was going to leap for joy. I was going to twirl for joy. That God’s power would be in my legs and feet. He finished by saying, “I’ve never prophesied that before.”
Little did he know that out of the whole crowd he had picked the girl with a passion for dance, who for whatever reason had hung up her dance shoes. That prophetic word mobilised me and shortly after I joined the dance team and started performing again.
That word was also the impetus for my going to study dance full-time in 1988. And it carried me through the next two years of study, then 18 months work as a professional choreographer/performer/youth worker, where I was employed to do the things that I was most passionate about.
It’s funny how when you are doing what you are passionate about it is not work, it is an absolute joy.
Going to work with Moving Images Performing Arts Company felt like I was cheating the system somehow like I was being paid to play.
Each day was an exploration of my craft and I was able to be cutting edge in what I was creating, so it was a tremendously liberating space to be in. The Company paid my bills so I could explore. What a joy!
And the Company also paid the bills for me to fulfill all of my childhood dreams of photo shoots, recording sessions, public performances, magazine covers and television appearances, right down to being an Ambassador for World Vision.
I was extremely fortunate to fulfill my childhood vision by age 25…not many get to do that in a lifetime.
This blog is about my journey and how I did that, but also about so much more. Dance now is just the metaphor, as I left dance behind when I had children.
It is more about resilience and how I have learned to be a chameleon in life so that I could not only survive but thrive.
I possibly could have called this blog, “the career makeover queen” because I have become very adept at adapting my life. I think that is the essence of resilience and in my case, it is about not just bouncing back from life’s challenges but really thriving.
I will share some of my challenges…possibly lots of them, because there have been so many…as we journey together, along with the wisdom I learned. This is essential. If we learn but don’t harvest the wisdom it is a bit like digging up a beautiful gem but never setting that gem so it can be appreciated by others. Wisdom is given for us to share and that is what I feel we should be doing.
So I invite you to come on the Fat Girls Can Dance journey with me, to comment when I post, to share the posts with the women in your world and a few good men, and to help me to get the message out to as many people as possible that you can dance through life when you learn to dance with your heart, when you learn to let your vision and passion combine to ignite the fire and the pathway to your destiny.