Baby wearing. Disney. Faith. Self Expression.
I love many things. And I’m going to share about them. I’m here to tell my story, the story of things I care about. If you like them too, that’s great. If not, I hope perhaps I can change your mind. Or at the very least consider them in a new light.
Baby wearing has only been a part of my life for 18 months. I knew I wanted to wear my daughter before she was born. But what I didn’t know was how much a part of my life and identity would become wrapped up in it. Literally. I use yards and yards of fabric to hold my child on my body. It’s an amazing thing when I stop to think about it. I am doing something that parents have done for hundreds of years. I feel connected to the history of baby wearing when I wrap my daughter. I don’t feel it every day but some times when I stop and think about it, I realize how incredible it is. My mom wore my sisters and I, so I wear my daughter. Maybe someday she will wear her babies and on and on and on. I am part of something bigger than myself. That is powerful and important. Even if all I am doing is keeping the toddler out of the way while I do the dishes.
I have loved all things Disney for my whole life. Growing up in Southern California, we had annual passes to Disneyland and went frequently. As a child born at the start of the Disney Renaissance, I got to watch some of the most amazing movies Disney has produced in the theater. The Little Mermaid. Beauty and the Beast. Aladdin. The Lion King. They all came out before I was 12. I got to watch them and rewatch them again and again as soon as the VCR rewound the tapes. Those fairy tale stories have always fascinated me. I love when the hero saves the damsel in distress and “love conquers all”. Magic, the prevailing of good over evil, and the escape to a world where true love’s kiss will cure all ills appeals to me. Not because it is real but because it is so not real. It’s a wonderful place to escape and to know that no matter what happens good will win. There is a straightforward path to defeat the darkness. I may be considered immature for loving these stories but there is so much wonder in them. I love holding on to these beliefs. Even if it is only for the time that I am watching the movies or TV shows. It reminds me to never lose that sense of wonder because if I do then I would really be a grown up. And deep down I know I’m not ready for that yet.
My faith and Christian beliefs are very important to me. I don’t always come out and say this. But I hope it is evident in the way I live my life, the way I interact with others, the way I interact with my family and most importantly the way I interact with my church.
At age 6, I began to take dance lessons. I continued to take them until I graduated from high school. Now I teach dance. Being able to move and express myself to music has been very important to me. During my sophomore year of high school, I started to act and performed in a few plays and musicals throughout high school and college. These were so fun because of the friendships I formed and the chance to perform. Only recently have I begun to express myself through writing. And I must say it has been very eye opening. I am starting to know myself in better and deeper ways. I cannot wait to see what I learn and where I go as I continue to write.