What is up everyone?? So after a very long hiatus, I am here for you with a new blog! There’s been a lot going on since the last time I wrote a blog and I just felt like sharing it with you guys.
The first major thing that happened is that I performed in my very first show in the Memphis theatre community! I had the absolute pleasure of performing in Theatre Memphis’ production of Sense and Sensibility. It was an absolutely wonderful experience. Through this process, I met some truly amazing people that I had some good laughs with and also some great conversation as well.
I auditioned for this show back in August, completely on a whim. I had been out of school for a few months. I hadn’t done a show since November and I really missed it. I was itching to get back on a stage. I saw the audition notice on Facebook and hesitated a bit at first. I’d auditioned for shows in the community in the past (back in high school) and had not felt super great about what I gave. I also really didn’t have much knowledge about the show itself. I told myself that I had far more experience than I did in the past and it was time for me to try and put this fancy degree that I had to use. Lo and behold, I ended up in the show! And I’m so extremely grateful that I did. I don’t know when the next show will be, but whatever it may be, I am ready for it!
Also, in the middle of dress rehearsals and performances for Sense and Sensibility,my family and I moved into a new house! AHH! The most fun part: having to move out in the span of two weeks. That’s right. While working almost 40 hours a week, being in rehearsals for a show, I was having to pack up to move out of the house I’d lived in since I was 4 years old in only TWO WEEKS. To say it was exhausting would be an understatement. Thankfully, I had an extremely understanding and supportive family/ set of roommates (Mom and Dad) that were able to get my things packed and ready to go while I wasn’t there. We’ve been here almost a month now and it’s actually been really nice. This new house is basically the same layout as my old one, just stretched out. I have a brand new room, new bed, new TV and new everything. It’s almost like having a loft to myself. Put a microwave and a mini fridge in there and I’m never coming out.
The nice part about this whole move is that we didn’t give up our old house to a complete stranger. My sister and my niece have taken our old house and they’ve truly made it their own. It’s really special to see them have their own little family in the house that we both grew up in.
Another really opportunity that’s come up for me lately has been teaching. Over the next few months, I’m gonna be the acting teacher for The Halloran Centre’s Interactive Field Trips with The Orpheum! It’s honestly been an awesome experience. The Orpheum has always been so gracious to me and given me some amazing opportunities. I’m incredibly grateful to them. Seeing kids gain a love for theatre in a place where I gained my love for theatre is truly an inspiring thing. I’ve also recently taken on a position as a Director-Mentor with the Memphis Grizzlies Team Up Mentoring Program and Theatre Memphis! I go to Grizzlies Prep once a week and meet with a group of 7th graders and their mentors and help them develop a sketch that they will be performing at the end of their semester. It’s been an absolute blast. It feels good to provide them with that creative outlet and help them gain more confidence.
Recently, I decided to step down from my position as Supervisor at Charlotte Russe. I’m still with the company, but I plan on stepping back into the position of associate. I came to this decision after realizing that I was letting this job take a toll on my mental health. I found my anxiety getting worse with every time I came into work. I had to step back and realize that if this wasn’t healthy for me, I didn’t need to do it anymore. It was hard, but it was an instance where I had to think of myself first.
I used to have a picture of what my life looked like at this point. Almost a year out of college, I pictured myself working a 9-5 desk job, making a steady income, and living in my own place. Do I have that right now? No. And that’s okay. It’s good to plan for the future, but if you fixate on it too heavily, you’ll be unhappy with what you have now. It’s always important to remember the blessings you’ve been given right here and right now. I know, sometimes easier to fixate on what you don’t have rather than what you do have. But if you just take a minute out of every day to think of three things you’re grateful for, it can make you a happier person. Don’t forget to count your blessings, fam!
After this long hiatus, I’m hoping to start putting out a blog once a week. This is a nice outlet for me, and I hope someone can take something from it. So, until next week!
All the love, fam