We had the good fortune of connecting with Annett Bone and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Annett, any advice for those thinking about whether to keep going or to give up?
One pivotal lesson I have learned is that reframing questions bring positive perspectives. So it’s not a matter of whether to keep going or giving up, as it is assessing my core values so I know how to keep going or navigate in a different direction. Reframing questions impact the way I show up for myself and others. It also keeps me excited about the process and the journey.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Despite fear and frustration, I am excited that I returned to my first love of dance after a 20+ year hiatus at the age of 43, and at the time of this interview, I will be 50 in a few months. This decision was the genesis of experiences I never thought I’d be doing—performances, creative projects, speaking engagements, and starting a podcast, to name a few things. It has not been easy, but it has been exciting and fulfilling. I am a stronger and more embodied dancer/artist now than I ever was in my 20s. I had to overcome years of unhealthy mental and physical habits to get to where I value who I am as a human and as an artist. I had to change how I saw myself, how I talked to myself about myself, and I had to establish consistency with other positive habits as a part of my daily life. I have learned many lessons and continue to learn lessons. I now believe that I am valuable as I am, whether I had made the changes I did, and that I have a choice on how I will respond, regardless of outside circumstances. I am a testimony that you already have everything within to reach milestones and that it’s never too late to be great.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Depending on who they are, I would make a list of three items for various categories and have them choose from each. For example, if I am going out to eat with a friend, my standard question is, “What country do you feel like?” From there, I will have three options to choose from. I always have places that include plant based options and varieties. The beach and hiking are always an option. We would definitely go on the weekdays to avoid crowds if possible. If there are art related events and live music, those are options as well. Farmer’s markets, gardens, parks, scenic lookouts, and small, unique stores would be on the list. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Much gratitude to the people who overcome themselves so they can inspire others to overcome. I am thankful for the painful experiences that taught me to persevere. I will always have a special place in my heart for Elm Pizarro and Boogiezone Utopia for welcoming me with kindness when I returned to dance after a 20+ year hiatus, If it wasn’t for this special place, I would not have met the incredible people and connections that I have today. Thank you to Brendon Burchard, Abraham Hicks, Florence Scovel Shinn, to name a few, for creating and sharing content that challenges and empowers me. I am also grateful for pursuing yoga and other forms of movement that constantly teach me.
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