November 2019 Monthly Wrap-Up

November was definitely characterized by the show I was in! I am so happy about, grateful for, and content with the experience of being in the show; it was just awesome. The show was a Broadway revue and I danced/acted/sang in five numbers. We had five shows in four days (plus, of course, several dress rehearsals prior to that). There were a lot of epic dance parties behind the curtain/in the wings, lots of hanging out on the stage laughing about nothing, lots of red lipstick in the dressing room, and tears from everyone on the last day.

Unfortunately, the day after the show all my health problems plus more rushed back in with a vengeance. I had a cold, a GI flare-up, a fever, was in the ER, and stayed at my parents’ house for a week because I was so weak and sick. So that was basically what I did for the rest of the month. However, before things got really bad I was able to go to tap class once, small group once, dinner with Kenna, and dinner at the Wises’ house, and when I finally got a little strength back after Thanksgiving I also had my first voice lesson and saw A Christmas Carol at the theatre.

This month I’m…

Reading: Uninvited, Lysa TerKeurst (reread). Lab Girl, Hope Jahren. Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Richard and Florence Atwater (reread). The Fountains of Silence, Ruta Sepetys. The Saturdays (reread), The Four-Story Mistake, Then There Were Five, and Spiderweb for Two, Elizabeth Enright. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett (reread). All-American Muslim Girl, Nadine Jolie Courtney. Boundaries, Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend. The Feather Thief, Kirk Wallace Johnson. 12 total.

Listening to: Pulled, The Addams Family. They Just Keep Moving The Line, Smash. All For You, Seussical. Legally Blonde, Legally Blonde. Under the Sea, The Little Mermaid. Make It To Christmas, Alessia Cara. Swan Song, Dua Lipa. Love Someone, Lukas Graham. Anchor and Carry On, Chris TMV. The Upside, Lindsey Stirling. Bird Set Free, BYU Noteworthy. Be Still, Hillsong Worship. Rabbit Hole, Mindy Gledhill. Literally everything by Maisie Peters but especially Worst of You, This Is On You, April Showers, Personal Best, Favourite Ex, Architecture, and Best I’ll Ever Sing.

Watching: Mean Girls and Dear Evan Hansen vlogs. Captain America: Winter Soldier.

Eating: Bacon burgers and baked Lays. Then… really nothing for two weeks thanks to my GI flare.

Writing: The first part of the month was about getting through the show, but after that I was able to dig back into work and even start doing some marketing for new clients for the first time in six months. As far as other writing, I didn’t do much beyond a few personal essay-type things for my “secret” blog.

Grateful for: A castmate giving me a yellow rose on opening night of the show when no one came to see me. Sitting on the floor of the dressing room playing with a baby. Everything about the show. Discovering awesome new music.

What did you do in November? Blogmas starts tomorrow!!!!!





October 2019 Monthly Wrap-Up

October was a really beautiful, fun, all-around great month. There were lots of slow mornings learning to love journaling again, quiet days sitting on the couch with my kitty eating candy corn while I worked, and fun evenings going to either the theatre for rehearsal or out to spend time with new friends. It was awesome!

Health-wise, I didn’t have any major flare-ups thanks to my new abdominal pain medication; just dealt with the usual daily fatigue, nerve pain, nausea, etc. I had an endoscopy that wasn’t helpful and then took a break from doctors because of being so busy with rehearsals. I also had an epiphany on the last day of the month, which I’ll talk more about later if it pans out.

Most weeks I had rehearsal for the show twice a week–once at the theatre and once at the dance studio after class. The last week of the month, we moved into the dressing rooms and had rehearsal every day to block everything on the stage. I also enjoyed going to small group every week. And the weather and the leaves were so beautiful this month!

My grandpa visited the first week of the month and we went to the pumpkin farm, went bowling with my cousin, and more. I went to Victoria’s birthday party; went to the county fair (briefly) with Joshua; had dinner at Panera with an amazing new friend and then, another night, carved pumpkins and ate dinner at her house; went to Joshua’s last ball game; picnicked at the park with Andrea; went out for dinner with my dad; and went to a bingo night with my mom.





This month I’m…

Reading: Educated, Tara Westover. Outrun the Moon, Stacey Lee. Tell Me Three Things and What to Say Next, Julie Buxbaum. Call It What You Want, Brigid Kemmerer (reread). He’s Making Diamonds, S.G. Willoughby (reread). The Weight of Feathers, Anna-Marie McLemore (reread). Becoming, Michelle Obama. To Best the Boys, Mary Weber (reread). Gay Girl, Good God, Jackie Hill Perry (reread). Marcel’s Letters, Carolyn Porter. The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Riddle of Ages, Trenton Lee Stewart. 12 total.

Listening to: All That Jazz, Chicago. When You’re An Addams, The Addams Family. Grow As We Go, Ben Platt. Bandstand. Fearless, Mean Girls. Conversations with my Wife, Jon Bellion. I’m Beginning To See The Light, The Ink Spots/Ella Fitzgerald. Nice To Meet Ya, Niall Horan. The Way I Am, Charlie Puth. Happy, Last Dinosaurs. If The World Was Ending, JP Saxe/Julia Michaels. comethru, Jeremy Zucker. affection, BETWEEN FRIENDS. Don’t Give Up On Me, Andy Grammar. Only Us, Dear Evan Hansen. Spirits, The Strumbellas. On My Own, Les Miserables.

Watching: Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald (rewatch). Mona Lisa Smile (rewatch). vlogs from Mean Girls and Dear Evan Hansen. David Dobrik vlogs. A couple episodes of Girl Meets World season four.

Eating: (Overall, not much because of my GI symptoms.) Salad and French bread. Oven baked tacos. Dairy free chocolate pecan brownies. Dairy free pumpkin muffins. Dairy free pizza (lol do you notice a trend here).


Writing: Yeah, things were really slow on the fiction side this month; nothing happened beyond a couple thousand words of fanfiction (because I was out at night so much + expending my creative energy into the show, which was fine). I did create a secret “poetry” blog this month too though. And then work-wise, I did the same old stuff for the same old clients — lots of blog posts on social media marketing and email marketing.

Grateful for: Journaling in the morning. Lying on the floor at rehearsal (so relaxing hehe). My pain medicine that WORKS, hallelujah. The girls at church asking me to save me a seat next to them. My new fairy lights. Getting a 20 oz candle for $3. The amazing beautiful weather.

What did you do in October?