Building Confidence by Hope
Empowering through Dance
I opened a children's dance studio, Bella Ballet, in 2012 with the primary goal of empowering little ones through dance. It has been an amazing success, voted best dance school in the tri-state area since 2015, and we are now in our 7th year! I am so blessed to have the privledge of empowering nearly 600 kids a week through dance.
Diagnosed with MS
In 2016, months before marrying the man of my dreams, I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Inititally the hospital stays lasted weeks at a time, with IV treatments going to my heart. For the first time in my life I was depressed and at times feeling very hopeless. I started wearing uplifting t-shirts on the days I felt the worst and it really helped. Nurses would comment "I love that!" and we shared this moment of positivity that helped fuel me to recovery. I have been lesion-free since 2016!
Empowering through Apparel
In 2017 I launched my empowerment apparel line, Confidence by Hope! My goal is that the clothing helps open dialogue with parents and children about positive body image, anti-bullying, and kindness towards one's self & others. Besides, why shouldn't our clothing remind us how awesome we are?