After 8 years of competitive dancing in New York, I broke my ankle during an event. I got up and kept dancing. For years after the cast came off, I ignored the pain and kept pushing through, until my body shut down. I struggled with chronic pain and anxiety. Dancing had used to bring me joy but had become a main source of stress and unhappiness. I wasn’t getting the competition results I wanted. My body hurt on a daily basis. I got sick often. I was worried about changing careers. I was worried about finances. My relationships were difficult and I had a track record of them all ending in heartbreak.
Thinking that the physical nature of the professional circuit was the cause of all my problems, I finished my master’s degree and started working in PR, which quickly snowballed into the launch of my own digital advertising agency, +ONE. It was stressful living the freelance life but also came with its share of excitement and fun. After a few years, however, fueled by a fear of failure and the overwhelming need to prove myself, my body started breaking down again, along with my personal life.
I felt purposeless, burnt out, disillusioned and lost.