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Don’t miss the Moose.

IMG_1647loving having my little red car Tommy back in my life.  Although he is very expensive to have around..

running around town getting ready for my NYC trip.

enjoying the mild “winter” weather in Ontario right now.

planning on making a plan for the rest of my life one of these days.. taking suggestions.

daydreaming about times gone by when things made more sense.

celebrating the fact that November is over (always the worst month if you ask me)

clearing cupboards and closets and drawers to make room for stuff that doesn’t fit.

driving to NYC with some girlfriends!

buying nothing.  I put myself on a spending hiatus during November.  It was tough.

trying to stay in the moment.

listening to podcasts like they’re going out of style!

sewing buttons on shirts to help out my mama.

appreciating every moment, easy or hard.

looking to the horizon. That’s all we can focus on for now, what’s on our horizon.  We can’t plan ahead further than that, or we’ll miss the moose that’s right in front of us.

This post is inspired by an Elise Joy post.  She’s so inspiring, check out her blog if you get a chance!
What’s inspiring you these days?
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It’s weird when you stumble upon something that reflects your mental state so perfectly. Take 35 seconds to read this post, it’s a good one.

Things I’ll Never Forget

1. The feeling just before the curtain rose on Opening Night of 42nd Street on the Festival Stage.  Nervous, excited, words cannot describe.  The crowd was with us every moment that night.  I have never felt anything like it.

2. Tap dancing out there with just the four of us in “Go Into Your Dance”.  It was us against the world.  And I’ve never been happier than during that number, night after night.

3. My wig.  It was perfectly different every show.  It had a life of its’ own.  And I loved it.

4. Lorraine Flemming.  The character I played.  The girl I inhabited.  The person I created.  Southern, quirky, dorky, funny, lover of musical theatre.  I love her.

5. Walking out onstage of the Festival Theatre for the first time and taking it in.  Our floor, with the painted stars, raised up, extended, and mic’d just for our taps.  The history, the art, the beauty that has happened in that space is overwhelming.  I am so thankful I got to spend a moment up there, let alone speak words, sing songs, and tap dance my heart out night after night wearing sparkly bikinis and crazy headdresses.

“Somewhere in my youth or childhood, I must’ve done something good” to deserve that extreme honour and pleasure.  It’s been unbelievably hard to see the season end.  In more ways than I ever imagined it would.  But no matter what happens in my life, I have these moments.  These memories, these ultimate dreams fulfilled to sustain me.  Thank you. Whoever you are out there. Thank you.

March Reflections.

relieved that I think the winter is over.

running more outside and loving it.

determined to move towards a cleaner diet.

addicted to coffee.  See above.

loving my costumes in the show.

making time to exercise consistently.

noticing how much I miss Mr. Best Things in the evenings.

thankful we’re both working great jobs right now.

proud of my friend Emily for spending the last year teaching in Dubai and thriving there.

watching episodes of The New Girl and laughing my butt off.

anxious for quick change rehearsals on Saturday.

happy to be here, in this moment.

ready to get crafty again.

working on accepting myself unconditionally right now.

marveling that I’ve been gone from Mr. Best Things for 7 weeks already.

wondering the exact date of our reunion.

changing my attitude towards my body one thought at a time.

I got the inspiration from this post from a blog called Elise Joy.  Please go check it out if you have time, I find it very inspiring…

Thankful.

Things have been crazy the last 7 weeks.  I have moved across the country, started my dream job, moved in with my parents, and missed the heck out of my boyfriend.  I gave up a lot to be here.  A show, Chicago, that started rehearsals today.

And yet,

I am so thankful.  To be here.  Right now, in this moment.  There have been hard moments.  Tears, frustrations, questions, and trials and there will be more.  But I know, in my heart, that I am where I am supposed to be.  And that makes all the tough stuff easier.

I get to tap dance on the Festival stage.  In sequins and sparkles.  In fantastic wigs and state of the art microphones.  With the help of some of the most amazing artists this country has to offer.

I am so thankful for this moment.

PS- Stratford is a beautiful little town, you should come and visit!

Instant Food

Last night, I spent the evening prepping food for the coming week.  I chopped onions, broccoli, and cauliflower.  Cooked quiona, presoaked chickpeas, and grilled vegetables and tofu.  I also munched on lots of different yummy things while I cooked.  I don’t normally do this, but I think I’m going to have to start.  Tonight, when I went to make my dinner, I had options.  Blessed options.  I threw some vinegar soaked chickpeas in the oven to start toasting as a little salty appetizer as per THIS recipe.  I had just bought a jar of my favorite salsa (with black beans and corn in it) and knew I wanted to use it up.  I ate my S+V chickpeas while preparing my dinner.  A quinoa bowl with a lettuce base, sauteed onions, broccoli, and cauliflower and lots of salsa on top.  Quick, delicious, and nutritious.

The thing about healthy eating is that it’s kind of tough.  It’s not always the easiest solution when you’re tired and hungry to chop up veggies and cook grains.  It’s easier to get take out, or if you’re like me, eat toast with peanut butter on it for every meal.  Now, I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with the occasional cereal dinner, but I want to strive towards green, clean meals.  Ones with veggies in them.  And that takes planning, my friends.  Chopping, buying, thinking, organizing, tupperwaring, cleaning up.. all in advance of that moment when you get home from tap dancing all day and need “instant food”.

Do you make meals in advance?  How do you handle “instant food” problems in your life?

#love

These last few days I have really been focusing on the goal I set for myself in my last post.  I’ve even taken to twitter and started “hashtagging” my posts with #love.  To remind myself that all the good things that I want in my life will come to me from self love and acceptance.  It’s not always easy and I’m not always perfect… but I’m trying.  That’s all I can ask of myself.  #love.

I noticed while out at the grocery store last week how beautiful all my produce looked in my cart.  It made me so proud to look in and think, I love all this stuff.  It tastes great and it’s good for me.  (PS- this was only a little mid week fresh shop, not like a major haul shop).

I continued along my fresh food = love theme and brought it all home and started dicing my little heart out.  I was making a veggie-full sauce to top my spaghetti squash.  Aren’t all these colours amazing?!  Added some delicious, homemade garlic bread to this dinner!

This is just a little picture out our back window right now.  Soon enough the pool will be open and I can drink my (iced) coffee outside.

Clearly, I’m coffee obsessed right now.  I had this lovely soy cappuccino in Ingersoll at a little deli cafe which features gluten free, vegetarian, and vegan options!  What a find for small town Ontario!  The food was fresh and delicious!

Thanks for listening to my #love ramblings and pictures.  We all have a choice in how we think of ourselves.  (At the best of times this is easy.. most of the time, it’s not. I get that.)  And I think any little thing we can do to choose love over fear should be done!

#love to you, blog-o-sphere.

11 Random Things

I was tagged by Happy Fit Mama for the 11 things post.  Here’s the rules:

1. Post these rules.

2. You must post 11 random things about yourself.

3. Answer the questions set for you in their post.

4. Create 11 new questions for the people you tag to answer.

5. Go to their blog and tell them you’ve tagged them.

11 Questions for Others to Answer:

1. Chocolate or vanilla?

Vanilla ice cream. But I love good chocolate still..

2. Aisle or window seat?

Always always always aisle.  I have to pee too often.  And even if I don’t have to, I get nervous that I will soon have to..

3. What’s your favorite way to workout?

DANCE! It hurts the most muscles at once.  Good hurt, of course.

4. What is your dream job?

The one I have now.  Dancing and singing for a living.

5. If you could run/workout with any celebrity, who would it be?

Bob Harper.  That’d be a killer workout.

6. Which do you prefer – ocean, lake, river, or desert?

Ocean.

7. Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods?

I’ve never been to a Trader Joe’s because we don’t have them in Canada.  So I guess Whole Foods.  Although the closest one is 1.5 hours away.

8. Mountains or beach vacation?

Beach, with mountain at a very very close second.  Cape Town, South Africa is my favourite because you get both at the same time!

9. Did you play any sports in high school?

Does dance count?

10. Do you play any musical instruments?

I sing. I can read music and play a little bit of piano and guitar.

11. What’s your favorite snack?

OO.. pita and good hummus?  Frozen grapes?  Yogurt and granola?  all of the above.

Tag!  You’re It!

Mixed Mediums Theatre

Charming Gypsy

Dish N Dash

La Falneuse Charmaine 

Be Anything But Quiet!

Cue Your Life

Here are your questions:

1. If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

2. If you birthed a daughter tomorrow, what would you name her?

3. What’s your favourite quick and healthy meal you make?

4. Do you have siblings? If so, what types?

5. Describe yourself in one word.

6. What are you most thankful for today?

7. Chocolate desserts or other (cheesecake, pies, fruit stuff)?

8. What did 11 year old you want to be when they grew up?

9. Would you rather chips had no calories and tasted the same, or cookies?

10. Hamburgers or hot dogs?

11. Dog person or cat person?

Go forth and be RANDOM!!

Away We Go.

Let me draw your attention to a little post I wrote a while back… here it is.  I posted about my “Virtual Dream Board” on September 16th 2011.  The first thing I wrote about was “Performing at the Stratford Festival”.  I am happy to announce…

To put it simply, I have been dreaming about this moment since I was a child.  I have been going to see shows at Stratford my whole life because I grew up really close.  This is the biggest, most amazing thing that’s ever happened to me.  And it’s happening now.  That’s a crazy feeling.  My brain is exploding with happiness, anxiety, excitement, and fear of the unknown.  We start Friday.  I am thrilled, and terrified.  And my heart hurts because I had to move across the country and leave Mr. Best Things to cook for himself (hope he doesn’t starve..).  I miss him so much. It’s going to be a crazy hard next couple of months, but when your dreams are coming true in front of you, you grab them, right?  I want to write about this experience so I never forget what it felt like when this moment occurred.  Thank you for reading my ramblings and letting me express my excitement. This dream is 10 years in the making.

What’s your biggest, scariest dream?  The one that you need to write a virtual dream board about?!

42nd Street: The Hair

42nd Street was the first show I ever saw on Broadway when I was in high school.  My mom bought me the album after the show.  I used to listen to it and just stare at the girls on the cover.  I loved their hair!  I just loved the way they looked.  I wanted to be just like them.  

Introducing, the finger wave.  I think the finger wave is my favourite part of 1930s style.  It’s soft, feminine, and face framing.  And wearing wigs (which is what we’ll be doing in the show), is so fun when you get to wear a finger waved bob.  It’s so flattering on EVERYONE!  

Here’s a little tutorial on how to do an official finger wave.  They used to wet their hair, apply setting lotion, man handle their hair into the curl shape, then let the hair dry under the dryer or naturally.  This creates a very sharp, “perfect” look.  The more relaxed version of the finger wave still makes an appearance today.  It’s a great vintage look to dress up any outfit!

Here’s an example of a finger wave being used today.  Isn’t that pretty? 

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