Hello world! I wanna share a little bit with you about who I am and where the idea for ‘The Love Revolution Presents’ came from. My name is Cara. I’m an ’84 baby, born and raised in one of the most beautiful places known to man, Hawaii, although I’ve been living in Los Angeles since 2006. I moved to LA to pursue my dreams as a professional dancer and up until recently, it has been the forefront of my life. I began training at the age of 9 and thru 20 years of hard work, dedication, some sacrifice and a whole lot of passion, I’ve been able to move my way thru this industry, performing and teaching in places I’d only dreamed of visiting.
What I love most about dance is that it is a universal language that transcends culture, with the ability to speak and be understood by people from anywhere and everywhere. It’s a beautiful freedom of expression that has the power to transport your mind to another place, time, and emotion. In my travels, amidst varying languages, social, and political systems, dance has helped me to communicate and forge strong connections internationally, regardless of these differences. It has served as the major link, enabling me to fully immerse myself in other lifestyles and giving me a new set of perspectives and appreciation for each unique surrounding. This growing exposure to other people, places, and things is what has opened my eyes and provided me a deeper sense of awareness, ultimately moving me to create this site.
After years of hard work, I couldn’t help noticing a growing gap between the art of dance and the business of dance. The more I saw of the industry the less I liked, and the less I liked, the more I craved the desire to re-focus the direction of my life elsewhere. Don’t get me wrong, I am extremely grateful for the industry. I’ve had some of the best times of my life in this business and it’s because of it that I was introduced to the multitude of angles that led me to my new insight in the first place. However, as I approach my 30th birthday, I’ve come to a place where my values have superseded my drive to continue. Please bear with my rant as I try to explain.
Most people only see the beautifully packaged and presented gift on stage or in videos but unless you’re in the business you don’t see what happens behind closed doors. There are auditions (we refer to as “cattle calls”) where hundreds of us are stuffed into buildings, overflowing into parking lots, waiting sometimes hours just to get a number or learn a step (choreography). Most are disorganized with sign-in sheets floating around a sea of girls recommended to wear “body conscious” attire (aka bras and heels) and often times (and sadly this is generally a good thing to us) we get type-casted before the actual competition begins. Type casting is when you line up and the choreographer or their assistant goes down the rows one at a time saying “please stay”, meaning you are able to audition or “thank you”, which means, based off of what they see (your face, your body, your clothes) in that split second, they don’t need to see any more. You can imagine what this can do to a person’s psyche after a while.
I began comparing myself to everyone else, something I’d worked all my life to get away from. This destructive habit warped my perception of not only myself but the world around me. The more I questioned my worth the more I questioned the worth of everything else. I became a huge skeptic, developing a defeatist attitude about everything. I hit an ultimate low of daily confusion, frustrations, and tears. Then one day, while I was on a camping trip, detached from cell phone use, social media, make up, and competition, I reconnected with my inner nature girl the way I used to back when I was living on the islands. I remembered what was most important to me; to love, be loved, and to be happy. It triggered a change in me.
I began studying positive psychology. In my research I came across a lecture on Ted Talks, “The Happiness Advantage” by Shawn Achor. In it he said something that will always stick with me;”It is not necessarily the reality that shapes us, but the lens through which your brain views the world that shapes our reality”. Thru fascinating research and statistics he proved “If you can change the lens” then “you change your happiness.”
Since Happiness was most definitely what I was after I did everything I could to ‘change my lens’. I started with positive journaling (*refer to Shawn Achor’s lecture) and immersed myself in inspirational and motivational articles, books, and videos of some of the biggest peace leaders/humanitarians throughout history as well as present day activists. I paid closer attention to whom and what I surrounded myself with and how I spent my time. I made a conscious effort in finding ways to perform small acts of kindness every day and with each passing gesture I felt happier and healthier than I’d ever been. Realizing I felt best while helping others, I wanted to do more by figuring out how to help as many people as possible. I thought, what better way to help others than to share the way I found help for myself.
I started by posting daily good news articles and blogs on Facebook and Twitter in an effort to help change the ratio of positive to negative stories on social media networks. It was a pleasant surprise when I began receiving feedback from friends, strangers even, telling me how much they appreciated the uplifting messages. I kept it up for months, sprinkling in positive news, but I didn’t like how posts could so easily be missed and get lost in the rapid flow of the feed. So, with the encouragement and help of supportive friends, I developed my own site. I wanted to create a specific place for anyone who might be needing a positive shift in perspective. A place where people can get a dose of positivity, inspiration, motivation, and love whenever they need. I believe in this site wholeheartedly and will do everything I can to make this an informative, loving, and non-judgemental home. I hope that it lifts you up and encourages you to join the Revolution because “life without love is no life at all” (-Leonardo da Vinci)