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Welcome, glad you could stop by, whether for the first time on not, I’m glad you could come today. I was thinking that I’ve been telling you stories about my life, but I haven’t really introduced myself. So, today’s story is going to be about . . . myself.

Just to recap: CorKnits is the business I’m getting ready to launch, and this blog is a place to share stories about how I’ll be using the money, that come from the business, to help me go on short term mission trips. There are also going to be stories about knitting! I also hope I will get to share other people’s stories as I go along. But today, a bit of my story.

I was born and raised in the beautiful Pacific NW, and I am completely happy living here in Portland, OR and I think the only reason I would leave is if God called me elsewhere. My “regular” job is as a dance teacher and choreographer.

I have been taking ballet since I was six years old, so the majority of my life. I initially fell into the job of teaching. I started out as an assistant for a few classes at the studio I where I was training, and then they offered me two of my very own classes, several years passed and each year a few more classes were added to my schedule. I thought it was a pretty cool way to make money as I began attending community college trying to figure out “what I wanted to do”.

For years I thought I wanted to be a Ballerina, what little girl doesn’t? But I was pretty sure that was what I was going to be. But then I came to understand how all consuming a life it was, and well, I just had too many other things I wanted to be able to do to make that kind of commitment.

So, I kept teaching, taking random classes at school, prayed, went to school, prayed, taught and danced, worried and wondered, and prayed some more. Then when I was about 21 years old, attending a two week ballet intensive at Ballet Magnificat!, I realized I was already doing what I loved. TEACHING. So, at the end of that summer I didn’t go back school. I started saving my money and really put my focus into my teaching, and I haven’t regretted it.

Now I have a question for you: Am I a walking cliché? I’m a Ballet teacher, who really does like classical music (I have a particular weakness for Bach, Vivaldi, & Mozart), I’m now obsessed with knitting, I think tea is and always should be the drink of choice, and cats are the best pet a person could ask for. Walking cliché right? But wait, I think there are some other thing you should know about me.

Half the time I’d rather go to a well done action movie, as a magnificent musical. I actually find most dramatic romances boring, but I’ll take a romantic comedy any day. My DW (younger brother) and I totally geek out together over Anime, and some of my favorite easy reads are Manga.

I have very eclectic music tastes, and what I’m listening to really depends on my mood. I’m particularly fond of my “Mumford & Sons” Pandora station right now, but sometimes the only thing that will do is a Katy Perry song. Most of the time my car radio is tuned to Air1 or WAY-FM contemporary Christian artist stations, but often I’ll switch over to a country station when driving with DW in the car. Ooh and don’t get me started on Wax Tailor, Evanescence, Christina Perri, Michael Bublé, or . . . Josh Groban *sigh*.

There you go: I’m – a ballet teaching/loving – classical/contemporary Christian/alternative/pop music listening – action movie appreciating – romantic comedy fan – Anime geek – Manga reader – wait I forget to mention Jane Austen! *sigh*  – tea drinking – cat loving  – lover of my family – Christ follower.  To just give you a brief introduction 😉