The Fuller House actress blogs exclusively for PEOPLE

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Fuller House star Jodie Sweetin is blogging about her experience onDancing with the Stars‘s 22nd season exclusively for PEOPLE.com. Follow Sweetin and her partner Keo Motsepe on Twitter!

We made it through the first elimination!

I was really happy with how our first week went, but I have to admit I was a bit nervous for Keo at the end of the first elimination episode.

Keo has had the experience of going home first before [with Olympian Lolo Jones season 19] and he has told me how he gets anxious every time those lights dim and the drums start pounding as they reveal who is in the bottom. And I have to say, now that I’ve gone through it, it has really sunk in that the competition is on.

As for our samba last week, I was so glad to see we improved in the eyes of the judges.

My goal was to get at least one point more from Len [Goodman] and I accomplished that. My big thing is that I want to feel like I’m growing every week.

And this week has certainly been a week for recognizing growth.

We’re honoring our most memorable years and Keo and I are doing a slow foxtrot that allows for a lot of time to share my journey.

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I’ve overcome a lot to get where I am now and Keo has translated that beautifully into a choreographed dance.

You might think spending a week focusing on my past would leave me distracted, but it’s actually made learning the dance easier – because it’s not a just a dance, it’s a story.

We try to tell a story each week, but this one is so deeply personal, so I feel like I can bring so much more to the movements.

And I’m not the only one.

All of us are going to go out there on Monday and share our stories not only with the audience, but with each other. I’m really looking forward to getting to know more about these amazing people I’m going on this journey with. It’s going to be a lot of fun.

Season 22 of Dancing with the Stars airs Mondays (8 p.m. ET) on ABC. To vote for Jodie and Keo, dial 1-800-868-3405.