A. Focus on your goal, and just keep plodding towards it with blinders on.
A number of years ago I did a book with Lynne Cheney called A is for Abigail: An Almanac of Amazing American Women. In doing the research on these great American women in history, I was so awed and inspired by what these women were able to acheive -- and what they had to go through to give women of my generation and the next the ability to go after our own dreams with fewer stumbling blocks along the way. So many women, both nameless and well-known, worked so hard. I would be thrilled and honored to meet any one of them in order to say thanks.
A. Down, Boo, down! (spoken to the dog)
A. I've always worn my hair pulled back in a bun or ponytail, and despite not having danced for over 20 years now, it's a habit I cannot break.
A. That I didn't make the most of my ballet career when I had the chance. Ballet requires sacrifice, determination, and above all, hard work, and I was too young to really understand that at the time. However, I'd learned those lessons by the time I launched my second career and and I'm grateful to have been given a second chance.