Sharing my story on Answer the Call with Kelsey Kemp
Thank you, Kelsey, for having me on and for allowing me to share my very long- winded story! I am so grateful for you and the work you are doing in and through your podcast!
6:30 - Where I grew up, what my family was like, & what I was interested in as a child.
10:30 - What does it mean when I refer to Irvine, my hometown, as a bubble!
13:05 - How ballet came into the picture. Growing through my training in Southern California from 3 years old, to back again at 8 then committing to training.
19:00- Moving to a bigger ballet conservatory at 12 years old.
21:30 - Learning what it meant for ballet to become a ‘career’.
23:50 - Going away to Summer Intensives, School of American Ballet at 13.
25:50 - ‘Flexible Feet’ and the struggle of ankle sprains. Being injured at School of American Ballet at 14.
30:00 - How did the pre-professional pursuit of ballet turn into my profession? From learning about San Francisco Ballet’s Trainee Program, to attending Summer Intensive, and being invited to be a Trainee.
32:00 - Before moving to San Francisco at 16, I had my first big encounter with God & His word after being anxious over my career and my future.
“Growing up, somehow I would say I loved God. I knew it was a good thing to love God, but I didn’t really understand actually what that meant for my heart to love God and the truth of what it meant that Christ died for me.”
Matthew 6: 25-31 reference
38:00- What was it like in my faith journey for that ‘dream’ to come true? How was your relationship with God after that? Talking about how my relationship with God didn’t have much depth at age 16.
39:20 - The story of how I got a job with the San Francisco Ballet as a corps de ballet member.
43:00 - My cycle of injury continued as I endured my worst sprain just 2 years into the company. My relationship with God began to grow by actually reading the Bible for myself.
1 Timothy 4:8 (not 2nd Timothy, sorry!)
47:00 - Understanding Sin
50:25 - How did my experience as a ballet dancer change after I got to go back into the studios?
53:25- Understanding the Gospel and how it reoriented my identity.
56:10 - Leaving San Francisco Ballet
1:00:00 - How I started my blog. Starting with renove (my furniture biz!) and then to ‘Ballerina in Business’
1:09:25 - Growing Ballet to Business into a Podcast
1:12:00 - The injury that led to the Podcast coming to fruition
1:19:00 - Psalm 23 and enduring suffering in this life as a Christian
1:23:00 - Sharing Faith in Christ with others
1:26:00 - What a calling means to me.
1:31:00 - My advice to those who are currently trying to discern what their calling is.