A few years ago when I was a competitive dancer, I learned to express my emotions in a creative way and found my heart thumping loudly every time I would perform on stage. The captivating experience of having an audience awaiting your movement, energy and expression is a true euphoria. Because for those few moments, you are able to leave behind your everyday reality and connect with others in one of the most beautiful avenues. I danced to touch, to inspire and to uplift, and along the way, I found my wings. I embraced all challenges that came along the way: the injuries, the countless sleepless nights practicing and the inevitable stress associated with preparing for a performance. I may very well end up with knee problems in my old age, but I try not to dwell on that thought just yet. The memories associated with my dancing years shine brighter than the gold trophies shelved away in my tech center at my home. Although I was unaware of it then, but those years of pure bliss have filled my journey rich with gratitude. Jumpstart to today, and I have not only lost that outlet but also had started to lose sight of myself. I no longer have time to dance or do a lot of the things that released my inhibitions and allowed me to unify with people around me. So that brings me here, to his new open and accepting avenue, where I can express myself again. But this time it's a no filter zone, where I can unveil the curtain behind my style, setbacks, heartbreaks, and everything in between. I've realized that although everyone experiences ups and down in their lives, what sets us apart is the lens in which we use to perceive those curves in our journey. My motto has always been: listen to the hidden messages masked behind each open and closed door we encounter. Today, I've added a new addition to that motto- be open, vulnerable and share your life in service of others. Most people, including myself, tend to shy away from being truly visible. We put up a façade and only show our white side, not the black, greys and taupe's. Why don't we talk about those very key experiences in our lives as openly as we should? I found myself asking this question recently, and decided I was going to change this stigma. So here goes: my modest attempt at changing the world by changing myself first. I intend on opening my heart and addressing all personal aspects of my life in this blog. Sounds like a therapist recommended exercise huh? It probably is in a similar rendition. But this blog is simply my 'Happiness Project'. If any of you have read this inspirational Gretchen Rubin's piece, then you may anticipate what's to come in my future posts. As for now, I want officially sign off from my first blog post and say cheers to all those who joined me at this new beginning. Don't forget to spread your J-O-Y this week!