I’ve had a weird week. On tour, we have hours on end wandering around a new city trying to entertain ourselves before having to get ready for our shows at night. Sometimes we are very productive and go to the gym, site see, and explore. Other times, more so than not, we sleep in until late in the day and slowly make our way into the venue and just sit. I’ve come to realize that “sitting around” can be a poisonous thing for me. It allows my mind to think. Think a little too much. If I sit for too long I over analyze everything and stress myself out with questions, concerns, and complaints about myself. This week I have felt very unmotivated. I feel like my body isn’t where I want it to be, I haven’t been overly happy and bubbly, and I have torn myself apart by judging every ounce of insecurity and problem I posses. I ultimately was being incredibly selfish by only thinking of “Me, Me, Me”. Yesterday, however, I found the best cure that turned my whole day/week into sunshine and butterflies.
I think I’ve mentioned this before but Dancing With the Stars has created and maintained a beautiful relationship with Children’s Hospitals around the country. The best days of the year are when we get to go visit these beautiful angels and are inspired by their strength. Our cast members were invited to go to the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital yesterday. It was the most magical day!! Spending just a few hours with these angelic souls completely changed my mindset and helped me focus on what truly matters in life.
We first started the day in the Seacrest Studios room by chatting on their radio show that’s broadcasted in all the rooms for the kids to watch. We talked about what we would be if we weren’t dancers, what our favorite dance styles are, what keeps us motivated during hard times, and what we like to do on our time off.
I think this is when Keo stole the mic and started singing to the kids…. hahaha.
We then played a game a charades. The kids loved this game and had fun guessing what we were acting out.
Diving into a pool.. although my form could be mistaken for Michael Phelps 🙂
Putting on makeup.
We then got to take pictures with the kids who were healthy enough to meet us. I wish with all my heart that we could have gone around to all of their individual rooms and met the ones who were too sick to leave their room. But Cincinnati Children’s is ranked number three in the country, so they are pretty strict with their regulations and rules…. totally understandable.
This sweet little angel melted my heart.
I’m also so grateful that I get to work with some amazingly talented people that have hearts full of gold. I’m even luckier because I get to call some of them my best friends. (Remember when we talked about surrounding yourself with good people who motivate you? I think I found mine :))
When we fully commit to putting others before ourselves, we have no choice but to forget about our own issues and problems. There is a quote I love by Gordon B. Hickley that says, “The happiest people I know are those who lose themselves in the service of others”. We all want to be happy, right? Isn’t that our main goal almost everyday? Finding happiness in this crazy and chaotic world. I promise that if you take just a few minutes everyday to think about somebody else and see how you can make their day a little brighter, yours will be beaming with sunshine and light! Sure love you guys.