Hey there, glad you decided to stop by! I’m Paige, co-creator of The Cocobee.
Born and raised in the great Pacific Northwest, I am continuously enchanted by this place- the ocean, the mountain, and Seattle, the city I love because of it’s quirky personality and in spite of it’s sogginess. My heart will always call this place home.
I am a middle child, sandwiched between two brothers whom I love dearly and admire endlessly. In typical middle child style, I have always done things my own way (some would say stubborn, but I like to call it “independent”). I have an avid love of classic literature and interesting people with unique stories. My life motto is “Fake it till you make it”- usually it works out, sometimes, not so much.
As a creative-minded person and a lover of the arts and all things beautiful, I have always found myself following some artistic pursuit or another, but dance is my true creative love. My whole life I have worked toward a professional dance career, and in college it started to pay off as I had my first humble beginnings as an apprentice in a professional company. I graduated with my bachelor’s degree in three years so I could continue my career as a professional dancer, but life threw me a curve ball (as life often does) and I ended up becoming the mother of the most beautiful human being on the planet (in my eyes, of course). My plans changed, to say the least.
With the new “Mom” title came a drastic reorganization of my priorities. I gave up the professional dance scene indefinitely to take care of her, and while I hope to re-enter that life soon in some way, I would not change my decision for the world. So, now I am a full time single mom and a part time dance teacher (all moms are full time, am I right?). While the past couple years have been a whirlwind of life changes, full of countless victories and obstacles, I made it out alive, and I am so excited to see where my life takes me.
Those of you who know me well know that I am usually an extremely private person. I do not often feel the need to broadcast details of my life on social media, and it sometimes makes me uncomfortable to reveal the most personal aspects of myself. However, I do find great value in sharing stories; maybe it’s something to do with the fact that I love reading stories, or maybe it’s to do with the fact that I can always find pieces of myself in the stories of others. So here I am, forcing myself to get over my phobias of social media and over-sharing, hoping that somewhere there will be a person who is affected by reading about my thoughts and experiences. Feel free to laugh, cry, cringe, be inspired, and tell us your own story- we would love to hear it!
That’s all for now, stay tuned for some awesome perspectives on everything you could ever imagine! I am happy to have you along for the ride!