After waffling on the subject (and actually being so hesitant to see myself on camera that I had to wait until my partner came home to watch the video), I eventually realized what she meant. Yeah rejection sucks, but I face that as a writer all the time. I didn't think I would be accepted as a stage kitten with no experience last year, but it happened because I gave it a shot. Go big or go home, right?
That mentality has gotten me really far with burlesque, and looking back at the past year, I am impressed with all the chances I've taken, as well as the work I've put in. Not to say that I've always had it easy, but I do tend to pursue hobbies that I happen to be good at. I've had to work for this; even if the dance steps were easy to learn, getting them to look effortlessly sensual took effort. I'm proud of myself, and I've learned to not be afraid to say it.
My resolution to be more naked has been beyond successful. It's transformed me, and I hope that burlesque continues to have that impact. I'm super excited to see what 2014 has in store and to be in the Dallas Burlesque Festival!