Resolutions

the lost art of keeping secrets

Starting fresh…

2015 has been…well, hard to narrow down to a single word. There were highs and there were lows. The year is finishing off in the lows, which makes me want to yell “2015 was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year!” But when I stop to think, there has been so much good between the difficult bits. I went to New York and London, I performed in many shows, I met so many wonderful new friends, I graduated college…so thank you, 2015, for those moments. But I’m asking the universe for more of those moments in 2016!

On to resolutions, which I doubt I’ll actually keep but why not set myself up to fail? Mm I’m in such a positive mood today. No but really these are things I’d like to do more of this coming year, whether or not I accomplish them daily.

  1. Be healthier (aka the standard resolution). I put on my big girl panties and joined a gym after graduation and have gone nearly every day so the main goal is to keep this up. The next step is truly fixing my diet. While I would love for the end result to be a leaner body, what I want most is to be stronger. Strong enough for anything life throws my way.
  2. Make art every day. I would like to motivate this by choosing a word every day as my inspiration. So I welcome any word suggestions!
  3. Embrace new challenges and face old fears. I’ve just graduated and will likely be moving to New York (or anywhere I can get a performing job) soon so this year is going to be filled with challenges and (hopefully) opportunities. I get very anxious about not knowing what the future holds, so I’d like to focus on going with the flow this year. I want to step out of my comfort zone and face whatever comes my way with a smile. Even if I fail, I’ll keep striving for success.
  4. Be more socialThis resolution actually terrifies me. I am a textbook introvert and am pretty uncomfortable in many social situations. But again, it’s a year of new beginnings. And when I move, I will be without my current family and friends. I need to push myself to go out and meet people instead of (only) sitting at home reading.
  5. Be more frugal. I’ve been lucky enough to have incredible parents who’ve provided for my every need. And while I am pretty good with money, I will be living on my own in (most likely) a very expensive city. Probably without a job for awhile. Which means far less online shopping, far fewer visits to Panera, and far more saving. I should also make an attempt to put my business degree to use and put some money in stocks and the like.

I have many other things I’d like to focus on in 2016, but I’ll leave it at that for now.

I hope 2016 is kind to all of you and that you find the strength to face any challenges the year brings!

xx

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IMG_3668We’ve ended up with a full week off from classes thanks to the snow and freezing cold. As nice a break as that is, cabin fever set in early and I’ve been searching for ways to use my time productively. I’m the type of person who thrives on a schedule and is terrified of free time. I feel like I need to use every moment doing something productive. Relaxing means wasting time in my mind, and I always feel guilty about that.

So in an effort to do something other than sit in my dorm all day I’ve been visiting (breaking into) the studios all week to stretch, sing, or work on monologues. Can’t say I’ve really accomplished much but doing something is better than nothing, I suppose. And now that I’m back in the warmth of my dorm I’m going to make an effort to queue up some belated travel and outfit posts for this blog!

Stay warm xx

Snow Daze

My prayers to the snow spirits have been answered with a foot of snow and two days without classes! Unsurprisingly, I’m not too distraught about how having class, though sitting in my dorm for 48 hours straight isn’t my favorite thing either. I’ve been using the time to catch up on homework and read. So much reading! I’ve contemplated doing one of those 50 Book Challenges or at least keeping track of what I read this year, but I think we all know my track record when it comes to following through on these things (*ahem* this blog *ahem*).

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Still, I’m always willing to give it a shot. So here’s what I’ve read (and that I can remember) so far this year:

-The Throne of Glass series (Sarah J Maas): books 1-3 plus Assassin short stories
Immortality Bites series (Michelle Rowen): books 1-8
The Curse Workers series (Holly Black): books 1-3
The Modern Faerie Tales (Holly Black): books 1-3
The Darkest Part of the Forest (Holly Black)
The Selection series (Kiera Cass): books 1-3
The Blood of Eden series (Julie Kagawa): books 1 & 2, waiting for the 3rd to arrive!
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (Mindy Kaling)
The Troupe (Robert Jackson Bennett)
Wonder (R.J. Palacio)
Harvesting the Heart (Jodi Picoult)
150 Pounds (Kate Rockland)
China Dolls (Michelle Yu & Blossom Kan)
-Musicals: My Fair Lady, Little Women, 42nd Street, The Fantasticks, Gypsy, Guys and Dolls
-Plays: Design for Living, Sylvia, The Motherfucker with the Hat, Peter and the Starcatcher, Agnes of God
-Plus quite a few re-reads

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Finished The Eternity Cure this morning and the final book of the trilogy is being shipped right now! Excited to read it!

You may notice a trend. I’m a big fan of fantasy: the more faeries, vampires, or princesses, the better! If that’s not your thing, fine, but no judgement please.

This Is Gospel

Hello February! This is the second week of university classes and I’m still trying to get into the swing of things. I’m taking 21 hours this semester, with a big block of International Business classes on Monday and Wednesday. Not the ideal but I can deal with it for the three and half months or so.

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I’ve had a couple people asking lately for the secret to taking so many hours. ‘How do you keep up with the work’ and ‘do you sleep’ are the usual questions! Unfortunately, I don’t have any fancy secret method. It always sounds like more work than it really is. And if I don’t get much sleep it’s usually from my wasting time on the web, not struggling to catch up on work. I guess the “secret” would be that half the time I feel like I’m drowning and don’t have a clue what I’m doing. But I just keep plodding along, hoping I’m doing what the professors want! Probably not the best method but so long as it works…

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Leaving you with this song before I head off to class. It’s nothing new but I heard the piano version for the first time yesterday and fell in love. It’s the anthem I need for the first few weeks back!

A January Trip

Good morning! I’m writing to you from New York City where I’ll be staying for the next few days before flying off to London. Since I’m on a bit of a whirlwind trip for the next few weeks (and then back to school, ugh), posts will be pretty infrequent. I also just realized my SD card does not work with the laptop I brought, so any photos will be from my phone. Meaning I’ll (hopefully) have a ton of photos to post once I get back home! Meanwhile, hello low quality selfies…oh the struggle.

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Anyway, I got to the city yesterday afternoon. It’s my first time traveling by myself so I was a little out of my element, but everything went fairly smoothly. Yesterday was mostly devoted to traveling but I also got to see Drunk Shakespeare! If you want spoilers just google the show but it is basically what the name suggests. Our drunk actor for the night played Macbeth and it was hilarious! Damn do I love theatre. Today is pretty low key. Going to the Met this afternoon to meet up with some friends. The rest of the week is mainly seeing shows and performing in a Senior Showcase with fellow MT majors. Wish me luck!

Hope 2015 is off to a smashing start for everyone!