My entire life I have loved both “the sciences” and “the arts.” Ballet, biology, piano, voice, and physics were particular areas of interest. I studied each in and out of school, and felt great conflict. I didn’t know a ballet-loving biologist, or a piano playing physicist. I felt compelled to identify with one world or the other, and it was a source of great stress for many years. Only (recently) in adulthood did I find that I could pursue a graduate degree in ecology and make a career in a field of applied science, while confidently engaging in the creative disciplines that have made me happy in the past. This year I will make time for dance classes, and take delight in tying pointe shoes to my feet when they are once again strong enough. While packing for our big move, I found a bag of pointe shoes waiting for me. In the new house there will be a place for a piano. My easel will be set up. I’ll show my daughter what an art-loving ecologist looks like.