Christy Little: What It Takes To Achieve Personal Development

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February 5, 2021

PTR 31 | Personal Development

Shifting your energy from one passion to a fresh one can be both daunting and exciting. By allowing yourself to jump outside of your box of comfort and achieve personal development, new opportunities will come your way. Christy Little is a living testament to this, with her life of creativity constantly challenged by a looming feeling of unworthiness. She sits down with Susanne Puerschel to look back on how she pivoted from a professional dancer to a stage performer, and finally becoming a bestselling author who assists people in hitting their health and wellness goals. Christy also imparts advice to the next generation of dancers who, because of the pandemic, cannot perform at their best at the moment.

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Christy Little: What It Takes To Achieve Personal Development

Our guest is Christy Little. Christy and I feel like we go way back. I met her via LinkedIn and we connected over our past as professional dancers. This is how we became friends. It’s something that I’ve never would have taken in consideration prior to me stepping into a different version of myself. However, she is one of my dearest people that I can’t wait to hug and hold tight when we can travel again. Christy is a former professional ballet dancer that turned wellness entrepreneur. She is passionate about assisting people to find health and wellness goals, a healthy body, a healthy mind, and a soul connection to create their ideal lifestyle. Christy is also a bestselling author and illustrator. I can’t wait for you to read this episode. Enjoy and as always, I’d love your feedback.

Christy, thank you for being here. I appreciate you taking the time to chat. I wanted to share something. I looked into my archives and there was an episode that you and I did. I started listening to it, debating whether or not to use it. I was like, “No, we’re not those people anymore. We’re completely different people.” It showed me that 365 days can make such a huge difference if you do one little thing every single day.

I would be interested to hear that because I know from seeing some of my Facebook Lives as they pop up in memories years ago, my husband can tell he doesn’t even have to look at the video or what date. He’ll say, “That’s old. Isn’t it?” It’s interesting. Growth is cool.

I did a little introduction but I don’t want to take anything away. If you want to tell us how you came to dance, where you danced, and why you stopped.

My mom was the most beautiful mother and she was encouraging me as a young child to find whatever was the right fit for me. In the beginning, as soon as I could walk, she started putting me in activities, gymnastics. I did Girl Scouts, brownies. I did soccer. That was not for me. Dance was the thing that stuck. She gave me the allowance at such a young age, I started dancing at four, to tell her whether I enjoyed something or not. Without any pressure, she allowed me to navigate that. Through trial and tribulation, the dance stuck the most. By eight, I was training intensely. I come from an area of the US that the competitive dance field is big, and it’s prestigious in that area. There are a lot of well-trained studios that are not just for glitz and glam, but they do understand how to train dancers at a professional level.

I was blessed to grow up in that area. I was 45 minutes out of Boston. I was in pre-professional Boston youth companies in my teenage years. Right out of high school, I moved to New York City, which I’m grateful my parents gave me the allowance. They didn’t restrict me saying I had to get a degree. Even in dance or in anything else they said, “Whatever you feel called to do, we are supportive.” I got into the Elliot School on scholarship and I didn’t feel college was in alignment. I wanted to move right to the city. I trained there for 2.5 years on scholarship. I left and the universe naturally pulled me oddly enough into the musical theater and of entertainment.

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I don’t even know how I ended up there. I started auditioning and that’s what stuck. I was classically-trained. I loved that area but I also loved all kinds of genres. Musical theater opened up a whole world for me to take all of my training, disciplines, and be able to put them to use because many musicals call for all different styles. I spent a good portion of my professional career in the musical theater industry. I worked all over the country in different theaters. I also performed and was a Dance Captain for Princess Cruise Lines.

That’s what the next decade of my life looked like. My body started to break down a bit and I wasn’t sure how to navigate it. I put myself in an early retirement without giving myself any trials and tribulations around what might be happening. I was in a negative mind space. That’s where the start of the unraveling of entertainment came for me. I had gotten to a point where I allowed the industry to make me jaded. I was negative. I got wrapped up in the energy space of entertainment that sometimes can happen. I was choreographing and directing. I was a company manager for an entertainment company in Vegas, and none of them felt home for me like the stage did.

Not knowing what else I wanted to do with my life, I was deeply identified with being a dancer. I didn’t think that I had anything else to offer the world. It didn’t feel like I had any other worthiness outside of me dancing. I had no voice. That led me to seek some changes in my health, to change the way I was feeling my body and what I was feeling my body with. It had always been about being thin for me. If I had a six-pack, I didn’t focus on health. I focused on what I looked like. I know a lot of people that have eating disorders. I wouldn’t say I had an eating disorder but I would tell you that I had a warped view and perspective of my body.

I was obsessed with pinching every aspect of me. Our costumes especially in musical theater and on cruise ships are non-existent. We’re supposed to look a certain way. I listened to one of your podcast and a new light bulb went off for me in a deep way of understanding where I was at in this industry. I might be paraphrasing but you said that the way your body looked and you being thin was a level of beauty and worthiness for yourself. I deeply resonated with that because I truly only felt beautiful if I was the size zero, if I had the six-pack in my midriff, and when I was dancing. I have come to understand that in several years of working on myself, through the change of my lifestyle, what I was putting in my body allowed me to transform and activate a strength and a stamina that I didn’t have a few years prior to that. It’s allowing me to have a second wind and a revival to my career because that’s all I saw. I was grateful. I jumped back into a full-time career.

I also had started a side stream of income with this wellness company that completely transformed myself. I saw a big value for the dance industry. I felt like a lot of people I knew would find a lot of value in what I had found and what had helped me. That opened the door to personal growth and development. As I personally grew and as I got back in full-time into the industry as a performer, everything started to be misaligned. I realized through that personal development why I acted the way I did, why I behave the way I did is that I truly didn’t feel beautiful as Christy. My beauty, in my mind, came from the way my body looks and that I could articulate my physical body in a beautiful way. That made me feel beautiful. That’s why I was desperately clinging to it. Without those two things, I felt like nothing. I do mean that. It’s hard hitting to say that because it’s far from how I feel now, but I felt completely empty. If you took away dance, it deflated all the air out of me and I had nothing.

As I started to learn to love myself, I started to see a lot of the things that are the way it is in this industry, the way it operates, the way we’re put in boxes. You and I would never ever be cast the same because of our height, our movement quality, and our body types, all of the things. I didn’t want to be in a box anymore. I wanted to be me and I didn’t feel I was in a place where I could truly be me, radiate out, and fit in the mold of this industry. I was in a period of growth where I was straddling two lives. I was growing into another version and going down this path that I never would have imagined before, but my ego wanted to hold onto what was familiar.

My ego still only felt beautiful by dancing. I didn’t realize that then. I was in a tug of war place. March of 2020 was the gentle/hard shove of the universe that made me step over that line and embraced what was ahead of me that felt good. I needed to own it and step into what I was growing into. All my entertainment opportunities and jobs went away. Initially, they were going to close for two weeks in the US. Here still, they are not back as an option for me if I wanted them. Two weeks we were going to close and as soon as I got word of that, the immediate feeling I felt was a wave of relief like you took off a weighted coat off of me. That made me pause and say, “You should take these two weeks to reflect on what that feeling is because it was evident.”

PTR 31 | Personal Development

Personal Development: Refusing to explore your feelings means losing more and more of who you are and what makes you unique.

2020 has been the most wonderful way. I don’t want to belittle all that’s gone on in the world and I don’t wish any of the pain that I’ve seen in 2020 on anyone, but I’ve seen people have two perspectives. They’ve either not been able to handle, adjust or pivot the way we’ve been asked or forced to, or you’ve been one that goes with the ebbs and the flows, and I decided not to fight this wave, go with it and explore these feelings. That’s how it ended. I am in a place where, regardless of when the entertainment industry does open back up, I am at peace with putting the book on the shelf and being grateful for the places all over the world I’ve traveled, the people that I’ve met, and understanding that wasn’t the life career that I imagined. I’ve grown a different way and that’s okay. I’m at peace with that. I’m happy with that.

I think we got it all, thank you. There are many ways we could go. A few things I want to dig a little deeper on, one is when you said fitting in the box, I can relate to that. I felt like my entire life and the unboxing of me is happening too. Do you remember that moment where you could no longer hang on to that old version of yourself? If you never have experienced what that feels like, it can be scary. It feels like something is breaking down and we as people are scared of that. This is why many people are still in their kitchens and doing class every day because they’re hanging onto what they know. I can relate to that. If you dig deeper in what that moment was for you and what that felt like, that would be helpful.

Everything shuts down in March. I had an equity audition here in Orlando. At the time, I thought that was the last goal or role that I would be interested to close up my career with a pretty bow and call it good. At this time, I was 2.5 years into personal development and growth. I walked into that room and there were 360 people auditioning that day and maybe five people behind the table. I’m sensitive and aware of energy now. The holding room before we even auditioned, I felt heavy and anxious. It was almost like the water was up to my chin feeling. I started to get nervous. As there’s so much buzzing and chatter in the room, it wasn’t clear of what I was nervous about. You naturally think, “It’s because you want this role, or this is the last role that you are striving for.” As I reflect back on it, it was the energy of everybody sizing everybody up. People are stretching, looking at what their rotation looks like, how flexible they are, and what they look in their outfit.

All the things that you think are second nature and you don’t think anything of it when you’re in it, but as soon as you go to work on yourself and do some inner work, you realize, “I don’t have any interest in being in that environment.” I took that to the floor. This audition kept all of us in the room together. We learned the combination with that many people in the room. You couldn’t even do photographs let alone your legs. They lined us up numerically and we spiraled around the room as we lined up and went 4×4 across the floor as a progression combination. With that many people watching everybody, as the groups kept going, I started to get more and more nervous. I could feel it was starting to take over my whole body. My whole body shakes because there was so much judgment. When it got to be my turn, at that point from head to toe, I was physically shaking.

If I had stood still, you would have seen me shaking. It was an overwhelming energy that I had in me. I did my first pique turn and I didn’t even feel this was my body. I had no muscle control. I felt like I had an out of body experience. I muscled through the combination but it was not me. I knew immediately like, “I’m getting cut. Whose body is dancing now?” I wanted to burst into tears then. Reflecting back, I got cut for sure. I was not dancing like me. When I left, I was upset and it wasn’t even with myself. I called my mom when I got in my car. I said, “I can’t do this anymore. I can’t endure this environment anymore. This feeling that I’m feeling now, I don’t want to ever feel it again. It was natural to feel this way before, it doesn’t feel natural anymore and I don’t want it.”

I realized that my full body shut down, “This is not for you anymore. You’ve grown.” I can’t do it. The acceptance of growth by far has been the hardest lesson for me. You spent 30 years dedicating and I know that you understand too. My childhood was not a childhood by choice. I don’t regret it if this is my journey. At Elliott, the college age life, that was not me. I danced 45 hours a week and I lived by myself in New York City. That’s what I did. I walked to school, I danced, I went home with my knuckles dragging, went to sleep and did it all again. To have that realization of, “You sacrificed so much of what people have in their life, weddings, birthdays, all the things and you’re just going to stop?” It was my ego that was clinging on to the shame of being a traitor. Those are the actual words that I heard, a traitor to the industry because you are not going to be a lifer.

To top that off, I had that feeling into being in a theater and being in a professional company. I had no tools to discover what is going on. Why do I feel anxious all the time? It became worse and worse every year. I was like, “What is that feeling of this is not for me. Why is this?” I spent all of my childhood, all of the years training for this to discover this is not for me. I cannot. This pushing down of the truth kept on continuing and continuing. With not allowing to feel all the feelings and exploring them. As silly as that sound and I laughed at people telling me something like that, “Explore your feelings.” What the hell do you mean by that? Let them in. Let yourself feel your feelings. That’s what it means.

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With not allowing that, you keep losing more and more of who you are and what makes you special. You become a puppet that works. I kept on going for seven more years to be that puppet. I am grateful to have had that lesson and I’m sure you are as well. I remember that phone conversation where you let it all out and you knew exactly right after those tears had come out, “I’m good now. I am done. I am not a traitor.” It is imperative that we allow ourselves to feel what we feel in order to be ourselves. I found that it was never encouraged nor explored or allowed. You be in your box and you function as the little nutcracker doll in the first act. That doesn’t fit in being an artist at all.

I used to call myself a dancing monkey. The dance monkey dance quote. That’s what I had transformed into at that point.

Let’s talk about self-development because you and I know how important and imperative it is and how it has saved our lives. Why are we not seeing that as something that should go hand in hand into studios, as artists, whoever you want to be? It doesn’t mean it has to be applicable only for dancers worldwide, and how Isagenix has helped you to open that door for you.

In terms of the dance world, I believe that every teacher, choreographer, all of those people, artistic directors. They know what they’ve been taught or the way they’ve been taught. I can say that from the perspective of when I started teaching, directing and choreographing, I set pieces and taught the way I was taught. I was brought up in a ballet background as well. It was intense. I had a teacher that was a former ABT ballerina and she used to scream at us going across the floor. I wasn’t that intense but I was a stern and serious teacher because I was in a serious environment growing up. I took this seriously and it was like somebody passed on the energetic baton to me as the example of how to run a room. Even as a dance captain, how to clean numbers, how to keep everybody in line or molding them the way you wish to mold them.

The large part of our industry is following suit with what they’ve known. Personal development wasn’t something that people talked about decades ago or knew about. I didn’t even know what I didn’t know either. That’s ultimately the biggest thing. We all are functioning at a level that we’re all doing our best at this moment. The people who don’t even understand what personal development is or that there are tools and ways to be coached or mentored to allow ourselves to release some of the trauma. We all hold trauma. Everybody has been picked on and made fun of, even if it’s as light as schoolyard bullying, we’ve all experienced that or sibling bullying.

We hold those energetic patterns in our bodies because we don’t know the difference. Our body is complex. Our mind works in ways that we don’t even understand. The subconscious mind is strong. We’re all walking around with trauma until we understand that we are and we can’t release it. From that perspective, the industry hasn’t been exposed even to understand that that is something that would be beneficial for everybody, to grow and to allow yourself to not hold on to things that happened to you when you’re eight years old anymore when you’re in your 30s. We naturally do when we don’t know it. We don’t know that we play those same records in our minds over and over with other people from past experiences until we are shown that.

It’s the same thing when I entered Isagenix. I wanted help with my health, my dance career back, the stamina, and the capacity to be able to dance again for 8 to 10 hours a day. That’s what I was looking for. I saw these people who were creating lives without limits. I had a lot of dreams that I had squashed away and thinking that they weren’t possible. Watching these people inspired me to take a look. When I looked at this, at the beginning I wanted another income stream, so I didn’t have to rely on my dancing as something to sustain us and a way to support my family more. I was exposed to personal development. I didn’t even know what was going on but once I opened, it was like the flood gates of all that junk stored in me for 30 years came flooding out. For everybody, it takes that introduction into what it even is before you know how to explore it.

PTR 31 | Personal Development

Personal Development: Have your thermostat set at a level of worthiness that no matter who or what you encounter, they will not dictate how you feel about yourself.

It takes an introduction. Do you think you were ready for it? Did you have that tiny little light, that little crack where the light was able to shine in and to take over the darkness? You can’t unsee something all of a sudden. Once you’re in, once that door is opened a bit, you can’t go back. You cannot go back to your old life and your old self. It will diminish you. However, that first crack is the hardest. When we’re looking at the industry where they are, I’m not counting myself nor you in that position anymore. They are focusing on the way it has been for many centuries. They are focusing on traditions and on the body only. We are human beings and dancers are human beings, athletes of God, whatever you want to call it. First and foremost, energetic beings that not only work physically but there is much more that is us as human beings. I find if it’s out of alignment, you are not your best person in the studio.

That was my biggest learn over the last several years. If I had known what I know now around me as a whole, I could have been a star. All that shitty trauma that I had encountered through my childhood and my years in ballet school, that was all that held me back. It’s not the trauma itself. It’s the awareness or the lack of awareness of being there, and being the catalyst of not being able to step into where we wanted to be. With that, you keep manipulating yourself so you can stay the same. I can see that now but I didn’t see it there. Why do I keep drinking? Why do I keep repeating the same pattern? Why am I smoking so much? Why do I keep dating guys that are awful to me? It’s that. Back to my question, the crack in the door. When was that? Do you remember?

The crack in the door for me, I can be authentic because my husband and I are an open book. The summer before I found Isagenix, it was in 2017 of June. My husband voluntarily checked himself into an inpatient facility for alcoholism. We had been through a lot in the 2.5 years of our marriage prior to that point. Part of my conditioning was I was codependent from my childhood and I brought it into my relationship and then my marriage. I had allowed the alcoholism to bring my own life down a path that I didn’t recognize, not in my own substance but in the decisions and the choices I was making as far as my career and what I was taking for jobs.

I realized, “How did I get here?” At the time, I had kept cutting my goals smaller and smaller. I had a period where I took all of the goals that I had and shrunk them, “I don’t want to be on Broadway. It’s fine. I don’t want to go back out on the road. It’s fine.” Those type of things. I got so small that when he was away for 30 days, I was alone to be left with. You’ve allowed another person, situation and I know spouse, it’s a team but a lot of the direction I had gone in was based off of him in a codependent capacity.

I said, “You have to find yourself. Who are you?” I didn’t even recognize who I was at that point like, “Who are you with the small mindedness and small dreams? Where is your goal?” I cracked that open. I found naturally somehow the Law of Attraction. I found my way back to meditation. I had meditated in my early twenties. I abandoned that. I’m not sure how or why. At that time, I was riddled with anxiety and panic attacks on a weekly basis. It got to the point where I said, “It was physically affecting my health. I can’t keep living like this. Something has to change.” I understood that it was all my doing and something in me understood that I had the control to get myself out of it.

That’s where it started. It started with meditating and looking at like, “What’s manifesting? What’s the Law of Attraction? What is this?” Not even knowing what I was doing or I was trying to lead places. I picked up Wayne Dyer’s books again and I started down that path. I have a happy ending to this. A few years later, my husband is still sober. He’s also gone through a personal development journey. He is solid in sobriety. We’ve had a parallel personal growth journey, which has been immensely strong for our marriage. It’s amazing. Ultimately, it took two individual people making decisions for themselves to start that.

That’s how it started. A few months later I found Isagenix and it was the natural progression. I felt that was my low. That was the call out to God or universe or whatever you say. It’s my thing and your thing. However we word it, we’re all talking about the same thing. It was the call out energetically of, “I need assistance. I’m at a pitfall. Where do I go?” I have been naturally led to people. We naturally found each other too. That’s what’s been happening to me for the last few years. Situations, opportunities, books, and people, as I allow it to come, I stopped resisting, and I want the guidance, it’s coming to me.

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It’s having that faith. I was never allowed to have that because that was woo-woo stuff. In a communist country, there’s no such thing. Your faith is your leader. Stripping that back door, if we’re looking at the industry itself, faith is not something that was ever encouraged because on a faith base, you’re not performing. You can’t have faith in your body and it’s going to come. Looking back at it, it was the missing link because my body was capable but I didn’t have the faith. Out there, it may seem for others, you and I have found that peace and the trust, even have faith in yourself, and believe in who you are and what you want to do. Before you can do that, you have to find who you are first.

It’s that journey that can be quick. I put those that are impatient people like me. You don’t see it while you’re in it. You don’t see it while you want to be there. You only see it when you’re looking back. This is why it is important that we take inventory on a consistent basis. Where we’re at? Where do we want to be? Do we have a vision? Where do we want to go? Dream as big as you can. I feel this negative talk that we have been acquiring during our training was always in the way. Would you agree?

One hundred percent. Piggybacking on what you said earlier, outside of the energy that comes with entertainment, if you put me back on stage and give me choreography, the presence that I live day to day and moment to moment now would completely change my movement quality than what I had when I was performing. The body is truly a miracle because of all the things that we’re going through my mind while I danced, it was never release and let be present and be in the moment. It breaks down every aspect of my body, what am I doing, and the technique. Who’s in the audience? Who’s in the wings?

You worry about that that is in the way.

There would be a lot more enjoyment from my dancing with this level of perspective and peace, but we spend a lot more time not on the stage. We spend a lot more time backstage or in the studio, in the environment that I can’t go back to. That audition was proof that my body is physically rejecting that energy. It’s interesting because it was anything but presence as I danced. I had a conversation with a dancer and I mentioned that most of the time, I couldn’t even tell you the song that I was dancing to. If we were in class and we were going across the floor or even at the bar, I wouldn’t have been able to tell you what the pianist played at all.

I didn’t get lost in the movement. That was never me. This was about attention for me. This is another reason why I can let it go. I realized in 2020 that I never truly loved to dance for the movement. I didn’t know this. I liked the attention. I thought that was the way I was beautiful. Those were the things that were driving me and then the perfection, so I could have accolades or someone would say one good thing out of the twenty critiques that I would get in class. I would get one and I would be waiting for that. I was always performing for someone to fill voids that I didn’t know how to fill myself.

We’re talking about fun and creating. You cannot go on stage and say, “I’m going to have fun. I’m going to turn off everything that I practiced in my mind for the past eight weeks before preparing for the show.” I feel that is where another gap is between stage and studio, between self-development and training in the studio. We think the performance is going to bring it out in us. We don’t need to learn it and practice it. There’s no need because it’s going to show up. That is the biggest lie out there. You need to practice shutting everybody out every single day for the same amount of time as you’re practicing having your muscle react to what you’re telling them to do. If either of us would’ve had that gift and tool on knowing how to do that, both of our careers would have looked differently. It’s not coming from a place of anger or pointing or saying, “You screwed us up.” Not at all. We didn’t know. Nobody knew.

PTR 31 | Personal Development

Personal Development: COVID-19 is a very challenging time. But eventually, this too shall pass, regardless of how and where it goes.

 

They didn’t know either.

No and how? 2020 is a gift for us to look at everything that we’re doing from different perspectives and ask the questions, “I know I have been operating this way for long and it got me here but, is that where I want to be?” Even if you are the principal of the company, is that where all of your potential lies or is there more for you? What does that look like? Who do you have to become? I feel that it is imperative that you may be running against everybody else but who cares. Find that inner courage to do the dancing for yourself and from nobody else.

I never found that for myself even in class. I had so much anxiety dancing but I was like that in every aspect of life. I didn’t know better. I didn’t live in peace. I was anxious all the time about everything. I didn’t correlate it. It just wasn’t dance. It was my energy state at the time that I didn’t even notice it as an irritant until that last audition. I realized that it was a natural instinct for me to be in that body. I used to know how to move in that body and now I didn’t. It has never released and move for movement’s sake. It’s awesome that I know people that are like that can do that. That was never what dance was for me.

Last question, looking at yourself now, what is one thing you would tell your 16-year-old self, 20-year-old self, one thing, that little younger version of yourself to spare her from pain or a piece of advice?

It’s to not allow outside forces to dictate your level of worth. I’m being completely transparent because I am an open book to the version that I used to be. I only felt good about myself in times in situations where I was the best dancer or in situations where I was more experienced, then I had confidence. If the external world around me was a certain way, that’s how I felt about myself. My thermostat was set to raise or lower based on everyone and everything else around me. It would be that. To have your thermostat set at a level of worthiness that no matter what you encounter, who you encounter, what they say to you, whatever it is, you don’t allow that to dictate how you feel about yourself. I didn’t have that at 30, let alone at 16.

Something else I want to ask you before we part. That generation of dancers and artists that is unable to perform now, what would your gift be for them? What is it that you would give them as a piece of advice from your heart?

I’ve thought about this a lot. I have said this to my husband. I can’t imagine what it’s like to be 22 now. It’s a lot easier at 35. There are two perspectives. We can either fight this wave and try to crash into it or we can ride it and go with the ebbs and the flows. Find what will spark your creativity. Find what will keep that fire even dwindling at a low point. What can fill you up each day energetically? What can make you fired up? What can make you feel amazing regardless of if your company’s not back, if your Broadway show is not back, if your theaters aren’t open. What can you be doing each day that makes you feel excited, full of gratitude? Do that every single day. Understand that this is a challenging time but eventually, this too shall pass. Regardless of where it goes, we don’t know but I know we’re not going to live in this world like this forever.

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How can you keep your creative juices flowing? While you keep your body the way you want it to and prepared to be back when it’s back, what else do you love that you haven’t had time for before that you could put some focus on? I always had stuff. I have my fine art. I love to paint. I love art. That’s something that I started picking up again. Regardless of where it goes, I’m releasing expectations. It fills me up, it lights me up, and it allows me to move forward with the rest of my day, whatever else I have going on. What is that for you? Is there something else that you’ve always thought about doing down the road after your dance career that you could start now, even if it is a little bit. Not changing a career, if that’s not what you’re ready for. Everything has to feel in alignment with you. Can you grow in a way that you wouldn’t have time for in your company setting during your full season?

This is the time. In a lot of ways, it’s not but 2020 is a bit of a gift for us to get quiet, slow down and go within. The people that are going within and are listening to the quiet voice, if you step outside on the New York City sidewalk, you’re not going to hear it, but if you sit and sit with yourself, you’re going to hear, what are they saying? That’s what I would recommend. Taking some time to focus on and not being hung up on, “When is everything going to go back to normal? When are we going to open the studio again?” All that’s going to do is create more turmoil in you. If you lean into what is going on around you, you might be able to hear something that you can’t hear sitting in that other space.

Power in the pause. Allow yourself to sit and listen. That’s hard for dancers because we compensate by moving. It’s still hard for me to be still.

Me too. I won’t belittle the energies and the emotions around what is going on with entertainment this 2020. It’s sad and it does break my heart too. I won’t belittle what people are enduring and that it’s unprecedented but we can make choices of how we live. We react or respond to challenges no matter what they are. They’re tests. We’re all being tested in a different way this 2020. What is your test? If it’s not clear for you yet, I would invite you to take some time and see what that is for you.

That’s brought up something else. When you said it’s not easy to be an artist now. I don’t think in North America it is easy at all to be an artist. I feel like 2001, 2008, 2009, 2010, we’re tiny 2x4s hitting the arts over the head saying, “Listen, it’s time to wake up and look at things differently. The way we’re going may not be sustainable for all the end of time.” If we’re not reacting to these 2x4s, they got bigger, louder, more precedent, and they don’t go away. I feel that 2020 is the 20×40 piece of wood that was hit over the head for all of us because if you look at the globe itself, we were heading down a path in a lane that was high speed but unhealthy.

The universe has a beautiful way on putting on the brakes and whatever things it needs to do, that’s going to happen. It hurts and it’s painful but with every pain, fire and death, always something new is going to be born. It’s the law. Thank you for this. I could talk to you forever. I can’t wait until I can get on a plane and fly down to Orlando, hug you and hold you. You have twenty episodes already where you can talk about your own journey. Even if you listen to you talk about your journey, it may spark little things that you can see in yourself. I would encourage her. Follow her and look at her Facebook Lives.

Thank you.

Thank you for your time.

Pleasure.

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About Christy Little

PTR 31 | Personal DevelopmentFormer professional dancer turned entrepreneur who is passionate about living in purpose and assisting people to see the greatness inside of them to live their ideal life.

 

 

 

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