updated 03/24/2014 AT 5:15 PM ET
•originally published 03/24/2014 AT 8:50 AM ET
Candace Cameron Bure kicked off her career at age 10, starring on the popular series Full House. Since the show wrapped in ‘95, the actress got married, had three kids and wrote two books. She’s been paired with two-time mirror ball-winning champ Mark Ballas for season 18 of Dancing with the Stars and she’ll be sharing her experience with PEOPLE readers.
I can’t believe Carrie Ann Inaba gave me a 9 on my first dance! Mark and I were ecstatic!
I guess the lights, the camera and the thrill of performing live gave me an extra boost that even Mark was surprised to see. I really did give it my all that night and was happy with my overall performance.
Your support through Twitter and Facebook has been incredible and I appreciate all your kind words and encouragement. I will admit though, that week two feels like a little more pressure after scoring so well; I just hope I’m not a one-hit wonder!
Viewers may have caught my shocked face at the end of the show during week one, when it was announced that the dance I wanted to do most was the rumba. Um I honestly didn’t think I said that!
I’ve really wanted to do the Venetian waltz most, but the camera didn’t lie during my at-home interview when I did in fact say the rumba, since it would be so challenging. Grrrrr I could kick myself! The rumba has definitely proved to be more challenging than I would have preferred for my second week’s dance.
One of the most difficult parts going into week two is that we only have five days to learn a brand new dance, compared to 14 days before starting the show. The amount of time is a drastic cut and without increased hours in the dance studio, it’s easy to say I’ve been a bit frustrated. My legs, feet, arms, hands, hips and mind aren’t as coordinated and in sync as I wished they were.
The thing I have to remember most is that I’m not a professional dancer and have no prior dance experience to this show, so I can’t expect myself to be great and flawless in five days! That’s when I take a deep breath and remember to have fun, because when it comes down to it, that’s really the whole point of this experience.