I had such a great time at DWTS last night. I took my Mom, Lisa Rosenblatt and our girlfriend Suzie. It amazed me how it felt like just yesterday that I was waiting backstage to perform my last dance. I could feel the nerves in the ballroom even though I was in the audience.
Everyone is asking who my pick is to win, and it’s honestly a tough one this year. Each couple brings such diversity to the dance floor. Ty has a HUGE country music following and they are loyal to the bone! Sean knows what it is like to train and perform like a professional athlete, Melissa is flawless and makes dancing look so easy – problem is, sometimes the public doesn’t think she needs their votes. Gilles, oh Gilles! He and Sheryl have unbelievable chemistry and seeing them dance live was even more passionate!!! I think the American women have fallen in love, and he’s actually NICE too! Who knows what will happen, but I give them all huge credit for making it this far.
I’ll only be the champion for one more week, so I think I’ll just put my dance shoes on and leave them on every moment that is left! JK, but Rain would love that. My children got so much out of my DWTS experience. Although they all gave up a lot of mommy time, Rain fell in love with dancing. Neriah and Sierra witnessed what it takes to commit to something, work SUPER hard, and not give up. The pay off was a valuable lesson for all and an example of the rewards that dedication can bring. David also stepped up in a beautiful way with the kids. He is an amazing father, and he supported me every step of the way. I never worked harder at anything in my life. For me, the opportunity to try something that I had never done before was both thrilling and terrifying.
Everyone asked me how I was managing to juggle it all, four kids and the demanding schedule. I have to admit on some days, I didn’t know where I would find the strength, but on others, it was a true testimony that as mothers, WE CAN DO ANYTHING! I have accomplished more as a mom than ever before. It is so easy to get into a rut and be hindered by fear that you may not succeed. I say go for everything you are contemplating, especially the things that scare you. I learned so much about myself from facing ALL my fears on that dance floor.
I never knew that I could dance, and I did not have the privilege of artistic classes as a child. I realize the importance of exposing our children to as much as our means will allow. How else could you know what talents may be hidden? My mother didn’t know I had it in me.
I also learned how precious the moments we take for granted with our children are. The most difficult part of my DWTS experience was the time it kept me away from my children. I missed the simple moments at home and I began to cherish the time we did have together. I made sure that our time was quality time spent with undivided attention – something I know many of us are guilty of. We all want what we can’t have. Enjoy all the moment that you can share with your kids, because time sure is flying by…