Telling stories on stage is only one way I communicate what's going on in my head. I sometimes cut paper or paint to present my ideas. But there are times when my stories are too big for a stage or a canvas. Follow the white rabbit to experience more.
To me, "wellness" is about a healthy balance in one's life. It does not mean perfection. It doesn't mean looking a certain way or being a particular dress size. Eating things like cheeseburgers and cupcakes are wonderful... as treats, not staples. A diet rich in dark leafy greens, fruits, vegetables, and nuts is even healthier for your brain and mental health! Things like exercise, massage, cryotherapy, infrared therapy (among others) are all affordable means by which to help supplement our wellness. We have one meatsack to get us through this life, why wouldn't we want to treat it well? We also have one meatsack to present to our audiences, don't they deserve to see us put our best "foot" forward? When I make the effort to put my best foot forward, I never have any reason to feel badly about myself.
People are more than one thing.
I've been a stripper for over 25 years. I started in east coast clubs during the early 1990's always wanting to "do burlesque," but at the time, I didn't have the resources to study or perform the art form. Instead, I followed the fold, got a boob job and a tan to keep from starving. After years and years of increased fees I had to pay to work, and fewer personal choices of artistic expression, I sued my employer for employee misclassification- and won. But not before getting fired from my job and ostracized by my entire community. Eventually, I moved to Los Angeles and took burlesque classes at Lili's School for Wayward Girls, and began fulfilling my sparkly dreams.