About

Let’s start with something simple…a question.

I have always been very concerned…perhaps overly concerned…with the importance and influence of a well-formed question. To me, questions are more important than answers.

I remember when I was in fourth grade, and my Spanish teacher said: “Spanish, or any language, is essentially knowing how to ask questions, and how to answer them.” That really got me thinking. We answer questions for our homework, we answer questions every day in conversation, in our brains, and in our most complex thought processes. Even the biggest things in our life…like “where are we going?” “how did we get here?” and “will it all be okay?” are questions. Our lives are ruled by questions, and my goal in life is to answer as many as I can.

As you have probably inferred, I am a very curious person. I am hungry for answers, and fascinated not only by what those answers are, but how they are acquired.

My entire life I have dedicated myself to the creation, curation, organization, and publication of content. I have been writing and using my imagination to come up with broad, complex, and interesting pieces of content for a very, very long time. It started off in unexpected ways…when I was about 5 I created a surprisingly complex world simulation for my WebKinz called “Pet World” with my close friend. We even had “Pet World” computers and identification cards. (I was very upset when my friend said it was time to “destroy everything,” because according to him that is “part of every game.”)

Things became more and more complex as I started to want to publish my creations. I created an awful website called “Rambunctious Recipes.” My elementary school friends and I destroyed my mother’s kitchen every week by mixing together things that should never be mixed together, putting marshmallows in the microwave, and then editing our creations into recipes, complete with pictures and exotic names, that I published on my WordPress site. (One I remember in particular was the “Chetzel Pretzel,” which was a mixture of salty pretzel sticks, marshmallows, chocolate, and sprinkles.)

The older I got, the more complex and “real-world” they became. When I was in middle school, I started this blog, originally called “Goulet Ballet,” where I recorded my experience and advice about dance, a hobby I have had from the age of 3. In fact, I had dedicated the last 8 years of my life to perfecting my work on this art form, until I had to make the choice whether I wanted to fulfill my childhood dream of becoming a ballerina, or go to college. In one of the hardest decisions I have ever made…I chose college.

And that brings me here. That decision opened up a huge, new world of things for me to explore and create. I realized that there was more to life than just tendus and needing to buy new pointe shoes. My love of questions has once again opened up…from being focused in a very narrow field of ballet, something I latched onto and couldn’t bring myself to let go of, to the entire world of opportunity and exploration.

This blog is here to bring me along that journey, and for me to record my thoughts as I go down this new, unexpected path. For years I thought my life was bound by repetitive ballet classes and a struggle to make ends meet with a low-paying job as a dancer. Now I realize that what I thought was my life force was just a phase…a childhood dream I’ve grown out of. Now, it’s just a hobby: something there to make me happy. This blog represents my path to find my new life force, that will hopefully become the thing I dedicate myself to.

So…in many ways I am a typical high-schooler. I have no idea what I want to do with my life, my ideas and beliefs are too strong for my own good, and I believe that half the problems in the world can be solved with coffee and/or more sleep. I also have no idea what I want to do with my life.

Each blog post here will discuss an issue, topic, or even small personal anecdote that means something to me. There is no particular theme…just thoughts, ideas, and recordings of my experiences. This is my journey to answer the question: “What is meaningful to me…what makes me tick…where am I going?” I have spent my entire life answering questions, and I thought I would bring you along for this one.

Entertaining Factoids

Before you go, now that I have introduced myself in a very broad and grand way, let’s dive into some extremely specific facts about me that you should probably know so you aren’t completely alarmed.

  • I hate summer, and want to live in a tundra of ice and snow.
  • I enjoy writing papers at school because I love the process of thinking.
  • I do many weird things, so I’m glad that I have people that love me.
  • I think too deeply about things that aren’t meant to be thought deeply about.
  • I love old things (and people).
  • I drive a Prius…………
  • I have an unconditional love of Harry Potter.
  • My favorite foods all start with “p”: pasta, popcorn, pie, and peas. Except for soup…that starts with “s.”
  • My favorite band is The Beatles.
  • My dog has an excellent name…Frederick Harwell.
  • I can’t get out of bed most mornings, but I’m never late.
  • I have a thing about typewriters.
  • I drink way too much coffee…so much that I named my cat Coffee, though I exclusively call her “Kitty”.

So, that’s about it for this about page. If you have any questions, make sure to leave me a message. If you want to delve right into this blog, check out some of my recent posts below:

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9 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Ella,

    My name is Anuj Agarwal. I’m Founder of Feedspot.

    I would like to personally congratulate you as your blog Goulet Ballet has been selected by our panelist as one of the Top 60 Ballet Blogs on the web.

    http://blog.feedspot.com/ballet_blogs/

    I personally give you a high-five and want to thank you for your contribution to this world. This is the most comprehensive list of Top 60 Ballet Blogs on the internet and I’m honored to have you as part of this!

    Also, you have the honor of displaying the badge on your blog.

    Best,
    Anuj

  2. Hi Ella! I just want to say you are a big idol for me. I love what you do and I really appreciate everything you do on your blog. Everyday you inspire me. Your articles motivate me. You make me feel like it is possible for me to be succesful with ballet. You are basically a way more accomplished version of me and evey day I strive to succeed as much as you have. You have a post that helps me with every single one of my ballet flaws and ones that help me keep my life on track. Thankyou so much!!!

    1. Thank you so, so, so much Heidi! This is what I hope for all of my readers. I’m glad you can find something to inspire you and information to help make you the best dancer you can be. Best wishes! -Ella

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