Mele Kalikimaka – Merry Christmas

Happy holidays! We are coming to an end in 2020. At this time, I would like to thank everyone who has supported me in my ventures and especially on all my dance platforms.

This year started like any other. Hopes and promises of a better and more fulfilled life. I had just left my marketing position at a pet sitting company to work further on building my new career as a realtor. To support myself, I had dance teaching positions for Cheer dance and Musical Theater classes at schools throughout Prince William County in VA. Low and behold, come March all of those classes were canceled due to COVID-19 lockdown.

Suddenly, I found myself in a very unique position. I had taught intermittently on Outschool and for the first couple of months of lockdown, I supported myself solely on the classes I taught there including Hula, Yoga, Cheer, Ballet, and Musical Theater. The virtual world of classes was snowballing, and after a few months, competing platforms saturated the internet. I was at another crossroad.

The time I got to spend with my family was immeasurable. Children are adaptable and quickly fell into a routine with their online studies. I finally completed a project of mine, publishing my first book on Amazon. It’s little Americana style eBook about the gentrification of a rural town, somewhere, USA.

Before long, my realty career began seeing action. A friend and former colleague reached out for some home buying help. I managed to navigate COVID-19 realty waters and locked down a home for her family. Soon after, I had another listing and despite the current environment sold the home in under the first three days of listing on the market. It’s been slow coming after those two transactions. Let me be transparent, I am still finding my footing in this new world of ours.

Despite the struggles and the moments of success in between, I’ve been blessed with good health and my family has stayed safe so far. Finding Moxie was the next step for me. I realized, dance has always been a place for me to return and come home. Dance, though unpredictable and extremely competitive has been the opportunity of my life.

This holiday season, take a moment to recover from your losses but remember your true foundation for life itself. Whether it’s a dream that’s been sustaining your spirit, family members, pets, or just yourself staying sane and well throughout all of this, keep your head up and keep moving forward. Movement is healing and we all need to keep our eye on the prize, a better tomorrow and a lasting life full of goodness.

A hui hou. Malama pono!


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