Fete Lifestyle Magazine September 2017 Family Issue - Page 36

My family keeps me grounded, cheers me on whenever I reach new heights in my life, and has always supported me in making my dreams a reality. One of the many gifts that my parents gave me was the freedom to dream without limitations and without judgment. When I was seven years old, my parents suggested that I write a list of my life goals and dreams. I wrote a short and concise list: I wanted to be a ballerina, an actress, and a singer. They still have that list and treasure it because I have been blessed enough to be able to check off all three of my goals.

My parents always treated my

two siblings and I like

adults and always

spoke to us

with respect

and honesty.

They were

hands on

when we

were young

and always

made sure

we spent

quality time

as a family.

When we

got older, my

parents trusted us to

make our own decisions

and were a bit more hands off.

If we made mistakes, they allowed us

to figure out how to deal with them on our own. They knew that by allowing us deal with the results of our mistakes early-on, we would grow much more than if they cleaned it up for us - and that we probably wouldn’t repeat that mistake twice. They trusted themselves enough to teach us well, which fully supported us to make our own thoughtful choices.

My parents taught us that there is no right or wrong way to dream. They encouraged us to pave our own path and that our path is supposed to be different and unique so we didn’t waste time comparing ourselves to others. They told us that if you have the passion and fire to go after your dreams, those dreams are always attainable - but don’t forget to enjoy each step of the journey.

My parents taught me to dream big dreams, without guilt, and told me how important it is to do whatever it takes to manifest those dreams. I left home at a very young age to pursue a career with the San Francisco Ballet. My parents knew that it would be difficult to let me move to the big city, but always trusted me and

believed in me. Perhaps if they asked

their peers or relied on “social

norms” of what to do, they

would never have had

the “guilt-free”

confidence in


which led to

developing that

type of

confidence in

myself. That

kind of support

allowed me to

take risks and

push myself

past my

comfort zone to

make my wildest

dreams come true.

My family is also very competitive and always strives to win. Despite our competitive edge, we always root for each other and motivate each other to keep going - especially through the tough times. We are always there for each other and there is no better way to show our love than by supporting one another.

Although we were always taught to strive, my parents have also been a great role model for my siblings and I by teaching us to stop and smell the roses, to look up to admire the clouds, enjoy the beauty that surrounds us everyday, and not to feel guilty about any of it! They taught me to appreciate life and look on the bright side of everything because then we will always have something to be grateful for.