A New Year

I’ve never been great about New Year’s Resolutions. I always have a few grandiose ideas of what a new year will bring, a year where I magically acquire the discipline, focus, and luck to make all my dreams come true. I’ll eat healthy foods and stay in killer shape and book some big acting job and not have to worry about money or school. Unfortunately, things never work out quite that well.

Now I would love for 2015 to be the year where all those dreams came true, but I’m going to try to be a little more realistic this time around. Looking back at 2014, it was a bit of a mess. It had its moments, certainly, but I would say that overall the stress and frustration this year brought outweighed the rewards. So in 2015 I’m looking for a little more balance.

So with that in mind, here are a few “resolutions” for the year…

1. Let go of trying to plan everything out and go with the flow. Take some risks and don’t punish yourself if the results aren’t always what you’d hoped.

2. Get healthy but in a balanced way. I have a tendency to go to extremes when it comes to eating and exercise, which never makes me happy. More water, less sugar, more cardio BUT don’t forget to rest sometimes.

3. Strength. Physically, emotionally, mentally. Strength.

4. Graduate college!

5. Make more art. And share it. Messes and mishaps are okay because the chances of making a masterpiece are slim. Accept that.

6. Write for enjoyment instead of for school. Ditto with dancing, singing, acting, reading, you name it.

7. Be a better friend.

8. Step out of your comfort zone and be more social. Let go of trying to control what people think of you and see what happens.

9. Take the focus off yourself. I get really wrapped up in my selfish desires and problems, none of which are important in the scheme of things. I don’t need to be the best and brightest in the room. Learn that you still have worth if you aren’t the best.

10. Reclaim the magic by whatever means necessary.

Hope everyone has a lovely (and safe) NYE! xx

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Senior Year

Senior Year

Outfit Details:
Plaid Dress – Tommy Hilfiger (similar here)
Slingbacks – Goodwill
Locket – Disney’s Alice in Wonderland collection

Hype on Lookbook!

It’s been quite a long time since my last post. As in months. A lot has happened in that time and, at the same time, little has changed. I went on hiatus from blogging (several times actually…whoops) because I wasn’t feeling myself, didn’t feel like I had anything original to share with the world, and wasn’t feeling joy writing about or living my life. I wish I could tell you that has all changed, that I’ve gone on a magical quest that led to my being crowned Queen of the Dragons and discovering my purpose!

Alas, that is not quite the case.

However, I’ve felt inclined to get back to blogging over the past few weeks, so here I am. I’ve missed documenting my life and putting my thoughts down in writing. I’ve also missed the feedback and connections I’ve shared with people over posts. So here is my attempt at returning to that!

Kicking off with an outfit post as usual! This week marked the beginning of my Senior year of university and above is what I wore for the first day of school. The plaid shirt dress is Tommy Hilfiger, picked up this summer while visiting my grandmother in Virginia. The mustard slingbacks were a find at Goodwill and the necklace is Disney Alice in Wonderland themed!

As for school, this year has me anxious already though I’m hoping to overcome that. Unfortunately my Musical Theatre major and Dance minor are nearly complete meaning the bulk of my classes are for my International Business major and Honors thesis. It is no secret that I much prefer my artistic major, so I’m not thrilled about some of my coursework. Currently taking 20 hours and auditing 6: 3 management classes, finance, performing arts career seminar, musical theatre repertoire, rehearsal and production, voice lessons, touring a new children’s show around Kentucky, and researching for my thesis called Backwards in High Heels: Examining the Careers and Artistic Contributions of Fred Astaire’s Dance Partners. Please note the lack of dance or acting classes. But the most stressful part is figuring out whether I can graduate on time and if the classes I need will be offered in Spring. I have 30 hours left to complete, which I can hypothetically finish my the end of next Summer if the school is willing to work with me but life often doesn’t like to work out that easily, so I may be staying an extra semester in Kentucky. Not ideal for my life plans or bank account, but honestly my pride would suffer the most!

That’s enough of my rambling life update for now…kudos if you’ve read this far! If you’ve just started another year at school, I hope things are going smoothly right now! And hopefully you’ll hear more from me soon…

xx Fiona

A New Year

Happy New Year! Started 2014 off with a trip to Red River Gorge with my father and sister to do some hiking. Ended up walking a bit more than expected…one trail that we thought would be 2.5 miles round trip ended up being 2.5 each way. We hiked about 7 miles, which is a feat for a n0n-outdoorsy girl like yours truly.

Hope everyone had a lovely New Year’s Eve and Day! I didn’t do an overview post of 2013 because, oddly enough, it doesn’t feel like it happened. It wasn’t a particularly good year. Nothing catastrophic, but I’m not sad to see it end. I feel a little like I lost myself this year. I’m not entirely sure why or how, but I lost a lot of who I am and the magic I used to feel in being alive. Unfortunately I haven’t completely found myself once again, who knows if I ever will, but I feel like 2014 might be a step in the right direction.

I’m not big on New Year’s Resolutions, but one thing I will try to do is blog daily. That probably won’t mean outfit posts every day, but you can expect to see some brief post for the next 365 days!

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mariah hiking new years

Empty

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It’s been awhile. Seems like I’m always starting posts with that sentence, hm? I do apologize for my inconsistent posting this semester. I’ve not been feeling quite myself. Usually I’m bursting with words and ideas and creativity, so much so that it’s hard to turn even half those ideas into realities. Yet this semester I have felt very empty – I feel like I’ve lost my creativity, words fly from my mind before I can put them on paper, none of my ideas are worth pursuing. It’s been so incredibly frustrating, I just want to feel like me again! I honestly don’t know what the fix is or if there even is one, but I need that creativity, that excitement, that magic back. I’ll let you know when I find it again…


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Outfit Details: Vintage Pendleton skirt, Old Navy tank, gifted scarf

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Coffee Shop Nights

Coffee Shop Nights

It’s been a long time. First I couldn’t access my account, then last week was far too busy and stressful to attempt to post, but I am back for the time being. Life just has very odd timing.

I’m not quite sure what to even put in this post. It’s been a very long couple of weeks. Last week was especially difficult, what with balancing tech week and performances for The Frog Prince, the beginning of tech for The Comedy of Errors, and lots of tests and due dates in my classes. This week is calm in comparison, which is surprising as The Comedy of Errors opens this Thursday!

Besides shows and classes I am at that point where I need some big project or calling to latch onto. I’ve had a serious case of wanderlust the past week, in part because all my friends are in Europe right now! In fact, you can follow my friend Adela’s adventures here. Other friends have been doing some beautiful modeling work of late and I am now dying to have a photoshoot. Still other friends are moving onward and upward with their careers post-university, moving to big cities, booking shows. So incredibly happy for them all but it leaves me wanting more. Not that I could handle more in reality. I’m a busy bee and grateful for all the events in my life at present…I just need something new to pursue, I think. We’ll see if I find an outlet…

In the meantime, I open Comedy this week, then it is on to directing scenes, developing proposals for the New Works Festival in the Spring, Curtains (I’ll be playing Bambi come late February), juries, final projects, and deciding how to spend my winter break. Torn between going to LA for the first time or returning to NYC. Any thoughts would be appreciated!