July 7, 2008

Hey everyone! Sorry I haven't written in a while, once again I have been insanely busy! Where should I even start? I recently changed coaches to Priscilla Hill, and both of us are having a great time.

In May, Phillip Mills came out and choreographed my new short program to the theme music from the movie “Somewhere in Time”.  This piece is completely different than other programs I have skated to before.  Phillip brought out my strengths, but also pushed me to new heights and areas of expression.  He is such a great guy to work with, and I really enjoyed putting my program together with him.

Priscilla and I are focusing mostly on perfecting my new programs, but we are also trying to mature my skating as well. It's like skating boot camp, we're both working so hard! Priscilla is such a technician, so yes, EVERYTHING that has to do with jumps is being looked at. Other than that, everything has been well. I'm up in Delaware part time now, with my mom and my brother, but during the school year I'll only get to see them on the weekends. I'm also happy to say that I'll be going to both Beijing and Tokyo this year for my Grand Prix assignments. I am so excited!

My Dad just returned from the Sichuan Province of China.  He had traveled to the epicenter of the tragic earthquake that took place on May 12, 2008.  My Dad was working with Operation USA and the Honeywell Corporation to locate a spot to rebuild a new school.  I am very proud of the work that he is doing to help support the families affected by the natural disaster.  Education has always been something that means a lot to my family.  It was incredible to see the photos of the children sitting in their school chairs taken from the rubble along with the salvaged books. Even though they have been through rough times you could still see their innocence and happiness with what they had.  I would like to help support the goals of Operation USA.

Well, I hope to check back in soon, but keep your fingers crossed and wish me luck!



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