I’ve been a fan of the stage for as long as I can remember. At three years old, I was tapping in a tutu while soaking up the excitement of the bright lights. Throughout my childhood, I packed my bags for acting camp in the summers, and auditioned in New York City in the winters. In college, I enjoyed my time on stages across campus, ranging from skits and short improv classes, to productions for incoming freshman.

Today, I’m a working mom. I have a full time job, a five year old son (my second full time job) a dog and husband (third and fourth full time jobs, not necessarily in that order, of course). I love it all, but until recently, I always separated my life into three buckets:

Screen Shot 2018-01-17 at 10.09.04 AM.pngAt any given point in time, the three buckets could shift in weight, depending on my area of focus. However, beyond my level of attention, they didn’t overlap.

That is, until recently.

Recently, Matt Heinz asked me to be a part of his  How I Work” blog series.  (You can catch up on everyone they’ve featured here). As I answered each productivity question for the blog, thoughts of community theater kept entering stage right. Whether it was my perspective on work/life balance, or how I craft my presentation skills, my jazz shoes were walking my toward a successful career.

Thanks, Bill. I couldn’t agree more. I’ve always tried to make the most out of each and every project, from ebooks and blog posts to theater skills and running races. And when life throws me curve balls, I write about how theater makes me strong. But my Twitter pal, Bill, gave me an idea.

Theater meant so much more to me than personal challenges. It impacted the professional ones, too. Bill’s list is just the tip of the tap shoe. My three buckets were overflowing with similarities from my theater experience. I brought my stage presence to conference presentations. I taught choreography to fellow actors the way I shared Instagram best practices to coworkers. I was more aware of my body language at the office.  I prepared for, and met, deadlines the way I had my dance steps ready for opening night.

The list goes on (and I’m sure Bill’s does, too). Consider your hobby, and how it can blend into other areas of life to help your work experiences, too.

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