Growing up, I didn’t always get a lot of positive reinforcement. When I was young, I longed to be acknowledged; to be praised and told that I was great or smart or funny. Despite this lack of affirmation, I still somehow managed to develop confidence and a strong sense of self. I learned to become my own cheerleader and to find validation from within. I’m not exactly sure where this self-assurance came from, but I realized that being strong and fearless were my survival skills.
When I was a little girl, I was not a huge fan of the Circus.
I have been told that whenever my parents took me to see the circus I would cry and scream. Now, I am all grown up, divorced, a mother of two girls, and quite frankly much of the time it feels as though I am the Ringmaster of a very active and busy 3 ring circus.