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The Double Meaning behind the blog title 'Dream Follower:'
First, for 14 years I was a ballroom & social dance instructor, and have studied both leading and following. I feel that learning to follow is full of nuance and is often misunderstood. I made it one of my personal goals to become a really excellent follow on the dance floor, and will probably talk a lot about the art of following - both in and out of the context of dance.

Second, I am a huge fan of author Michael Ende, probably best known for The Neverending Story. The book is incredible, and the first film captured some of the essence. (Please don't watch the other two films...I urge you to read the book though!) Anyway, at least twice in my life I have been caught in a storm of my own indecision, and my inner Moon Princess yelled to my inner Bastian...'Why don't you do what you dream?' I tear up even now as I write this little blurb. The tension between being practical, keeping my feet on the ground and my head out of the clouds (at the risk of compromising my inner vibrancy, true self, and who knows what else)...and reaching for my true dreams (at the risk of losing everything) is still a very real struggle. In fact, one of those struggles lead to my 14 years of teaching dance, so we can see which voice won the battle that fateful day when I was staring at the want-ad...

And so I strive to be two kinds of Dream Followers in my life. One has to do with connecting with others, and the other has to do with connecting with my inner Moon Princess and the world of possibility that opens when I do...

Sunday, March 30, 2014

A First Step

Dear Cherished Reader,

You are my validation. Thank you for taking a moment to follow along on my journey.

My first step into this world feels exciting which is a good sign. There have been a few times in my life when I knew that a beginning was different than other beginnings. Perhaps one day soon I will share some of those moments with some of you who choose to spare the time. This is a promising feeling every time it happens, and a part of me feels that it might be too soon (I don't want to jinx it) to say if this is another Significant Beginning.

Someone famous and very smart said "You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great."

So here it is. A start.

My heart feels glad.

I may invent, or just vent.
I might entertain or offend.
I might play, overshare, titillate...

It feels like being let out of school on the last day with a summer of options stretching in front of me. And like the sickly sweet vanilla smell of old books in the library and my arms overfilled with so many books I won't know which one to start reading first when I get home. It feels like running with total abandon toward the playground at recess not knowing which thing to climb first.

Welcome, dear reader. And thank you for making one of my dreams come true.


  1. You can count on me following along for the journey, whatever it may be. And, I highly doubt you will offend. ;-)

  2. Thank you for the en-courage-ment.

  3. Nah, you're making your dream come true.
    We just get to enjoy it through you.

    1. That is a sweet thought too. It would be a pretty sad endeavor alone, tho...thanks for joining in, and for participating in the comment party!