What I like the most about dancing is not the presentation, is not the performance in front of thousands of people. It's the rehearsal process, it's how we all feel together as a team, in order to build an end result to show in front of thousands of people. To me, working with you like this, it's teamwork.
In the past six months of private Pilates lessons, Pinling taught me to walk in a way that allowed my torn hamstring to heal while staying constantly in motion, and for that I am incredibly grateful. The most important therapy Pinling has given me, though, is not purely physical. She can tell when old wrist or hamstring pain kicks in and always has a work-around. She is teaching me not to focus on the pain from old injuries, which are disappointing and make me want to give up, but instead to focus on the areas that are still strong. Simply taking weight off of a problem area fades discomfort, so that the whole mechanism can keep performing.
I can slouch and feel dragged towards the ground by circumstances, or I can tap into my core supports and lift myself up towards the sky - it's manual, and it's a choice. This is a very important thing to know.
In this interview, Pinling shares the disappointments in other careers that led her to teach Pilates, and how she found something satisfying in the aftermath.
The first thing they want to see is, can you communicate? Because you can do this beautiful analysis that's super difficult, but if you can't explain it to anyone else, they don't care.
Anne Driscoll is my grad school roommate and the only person who has visited me in ALL 10 HOMES I have had since earning my master's degree. She went on to earn a PhD in statistics and now teaches students at all levels, conducts research in statistical process monitoring, and consults with NASA scientists. She defies most stereotypes of her profession. This data pro is one of warmest, wisest "people people" I've ever had the pleasure to meet.
We also discuss our experience of the April 2007 massacre, which we watched from classroom windows directly across the drillfield, and what that violent event taught us about life, community and relationships.
Cheers! Here's to celebrating curiosity at all costs.
Statistician-turned-hairdresser and salon owner Lauren Dufresne interviews creative professionals from various industries. Listen in as this diverse group of high achievers share their questions pondered, answers swallowed, and the aspirations that determine the direction of their lives.