GiveIt100: Let's just get this straight...

My students are brilliant.


and whether they decide to choose to stay with me for multiple years or just one year, I know they are capable of really fantastic stuff. Karen X Cheng is a former student and is no exception to that.

I look back on our lessons together as being a catalyst for both of us to embark upon deeply wonderful things. Even though I climbed 4 flights of stairs with a cello, I loved our lessons perched above Capitol Hill with a great view of the Space Needle. But only after I caught my breath.

Karen ended lessons with me when she realized she needed a pretty huge career change. There was something sucking the joy out of her life. She was feeling the pressure to make a change in her life and to make it NOW. Having been there many times myself I totally understood and sympathized with her predicament. 

Her resignation letter/song to Microsoft and Excel is below. ;-)

She moved to San Francisco, CA to work as a designer for a lovely company, Exec. While she was there she fell in love with dance.

And then she did something remarkable... 

she made a video of herself practicing dance every day. The end result was that she was now really good at dance and she had a her time-lapse video go viral on youtube with almost 4 million views. (Check it out below...)

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So now she's done something else unique. She's started which provides a platform for others to share their process of learning something new every day for 100 days.

I can't even begin to describe how excited I am for her and grateful I am to her.

My new online students and I are using the site as a way to keep them accountable to cello practice and getting better at ONE thing each day. 

I've even started on my own 100 Days of Artist Residency Prep by sharing some general thoughts and fears on what it's like to "step up and stand up as an artist" each new day.

And! I get to meet other wonderful folks from around the world that are really making great strides in their learning every day.

Many rounds of applause go to Karen for pioneering this facet of the learning process and community!

I can't wait to hear more from her in the near future! :-)