And So It Begins...

I am sitting here in my living room trying to contemplate how to start this blog. I really should eat something, but have been too busy to go to the grocery store. Technically, I could go now, but this would require many tasks I don't feel like completing at the moment, mainly putting a bra and makeup on. So instead I hear up some really awful pizza rolls, which I would never purchase, but are in my freezer due to my boyfriend and his unrefined pallete that he is quite proud of.

In a lot of ways I have accomplished what a lot of aspiring dancers and entertainers dream of. That is to be employed solely through my dance, no side office jobs, no waitressing, promotional modeling, or any other of the the jobs we dancers and entertainers suffer through in order to supplement our income. I have also accomplished getting almost to the end of grad school career. I am currently a Ph.D. candidate in the middle of conducting field research and will hopefully be graduated in no less than 2 years. Although, I feel I have been lacking in significant advancements in this part of my life due to an unexpected rush of business. At this exact moment, I would say I am doing pretty well. This is a vast improvement from life as a ballerina, better pay, less work, less wear and tear on my body and more personal freedom in my dance. It is also a vast improvement over a typically "successful 9-5" life, less work, better sleep schedule, though no health insurance but I rarely got that in most jobs anyways.

Though in this moment I am quite happy, I know the future offers more challenges and my lifestyle choices are not condoned by everyone, mainly my mother, who is desperate for grandchildren and I think secretly prays for me to have a birth control fail or knee injury to prevent me from continuing to dance. I wanted to start this blog for several reasons. First, because I really need to get back into writing or I will become a droning academic whose work is boring and dry. I also feel I need a place to put my academic, narcissistic rants now that my coursework is finished and I have moved so I am not exactly having the most academically based conversations. But more importantly, because I know there are many others out there like me whether better or worse, and we would all benefit from having someone to talk to or at least read about to know nontraditional lifestyles can be done. Stay Tuned...