There is NOTHING wrong with being yourself!!
I don't even know where to begin with Anya...her energy and sexuality SCARE THE HELL OUTTA ME!! Once I settled in to being Anya's partner, she really stepped up and became a shoulder for me to lean on. Her dance style and technique are absolutely breathtaking, and I'm really looking forward to working with Anya and seeing how far she can take me. I know that in order to be successful, I must listen to everything Anya says...LORD...I can already tell that it’s going to be a roller coaster ride...I CAN'T WAIT TO DANCE WITH ANYA and show the world what we're made of!!
I have to be honest with you and say that I was completely put off by Lisa Ann's comment to “man up” (as if you couldn't tell by my facial expression). I was fortunate to be raised in a small town surrounded by wonderful people. I am extremely proud of Glade Spring, VA and will always sing its praises as one of the best areas to be raised in. With that being said, I must also tell you that I discovered things about myself early on that were not necessarily accepted in my hometown. I spent the majority of my life trying to hide these feelings, pretending to be someone I wasn't. I overcame these insecurities during my college years and decided to always be true to myself. For Lisa Ann to make the comments "MAN UP" and "BE A DUDE" was almost like a setback to all that I have worked for towards being comfortable in my life and my own skin. I want everyone out there—no matter who you identify with—to know that there is NOTHING wrong with being yourself!! Live your life by being good to others and most importantly, BE GOOD TO YOURSELF!! At the end of the day when you lay down to rest, be proud of your daily accomplishments and stay true to who you really are!! Let me also say that I love Lisa Ann...always have, always will!!
Stepping up to the scale is just as stressful as dancing for the judges! Quite frankly, I try to hold my breath the entire time I'm standing there in hopes that that will be a couple extra pounds that won't show up. I realize that the main thing that will keep me in this competition will be my weight loss for the week BECAUSE I'm not feeling the judges at this point!
Having lived in Hollywood for the past 10 years, Runyon Canyon is something that is brought up on a daily basis around my neighborhood. Once I reached the top, I felt VERY accomplished. I've been to Runyon Canyon many times in the past, but this particular time was very fulfilling for me!
My motivation throughout the competition stems from the fact that I have been given this AMAZING opportunity that I know for a fact a couple thousand other people would have given their two front teeth for. I want to use this to help me power through this competition and give it my all. Every time I'm on that dance floor or in the gym, I want to remind myself of this!
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