I can't believe we're going into week eight and I'm still here! Whoo hoo! My personal goal was to make it to week six, so anything after this is just a cherry on top.
After this week's show, we're in the home stretch with only the semi-finals and finale left. I'm giving it my all and am proud of my efforts no matter what the outcome and again want to thank you all for you support. It's been tremendous!
I came off a great week last week, pushing through my nerves and performing what has so far been my favorite dance, the Argentine tango. I had good scores, along with our fantastic team dance scores that placed me smack in the center of the leaderboard.
The competition of course is so tough, with only six of us left, so I won't be surprised if I'm still in jeopardy tonight. You just never know what's going to happen and there's no way to ever feel safe (unless you're Meryl!). Hehe.
Tonight, I'll be performing a fun Foxtrot with Mark that seems to fit my personality well. I admit that my nerves again got the best of me during my camera rehearsal yesterday and I blanked out mid-way through my routine. I'm going to continue using the tools Dr. Jenn gave me, like deep breathing, imagery of my routine in first person and positive thoughts to myself affirming that I know my choreography, I have access to my choreography and that I can do it.
Those things, along with my everyday prayers and reciting of scripture assure me that I will do it! And even if it's not perfect, it's okay.
We are also dancing a duel dance and I'm paired up with Charlie White! In the duel dance, Mark and I will dance together with Charlie and Sharna, and then Charlie and I will dance together without our partners. I was so excited when Charlie picked my name out of the hat and I believe we are suited so well together for our solo.
I don't want to give anything away, but I can't wait for you to see it! We're doing something no other celebrity couple has done before.
My kids came to rehearsal with me this weekend and my hubby was able to pop in, too! This has been a long journey and my family has been an amazing support to me. I know they'll be excited to see it to the end – hopefully the very, very end – and then get Mom back home full-time on carpool duty!
I'm also so proud of Mark, whose new single drops TODAY on iTunes!! Make sure you download it and checkout Mark opening tonight's show with "Get My Name."
He's such a talent, and I am blessed to have gotten him as my partner. He's more than I could have hoped for and has become a great friend to our family.
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