Photos from 42nd Street

Hello all!

I wanted to show you all some of the promotional photos from Stratford Shakespeare Festival’s production of 42nd Street.  These are ones that I happened to be front and centre in, which makes my mom happy.  There were like 1000 of them in total.  We had to go through them all and sign off on the ones we were ok with being made public.

Just stating the obvious, that these photos are not my property.  They are meant for promotional use for the Stratford Festival.

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There you have it!  A quick peak at what I was up to all summer!  I’ll show some behind the scenes photos soon too.

What do you think?  Do you think you’d have liked the show?  Do you like musicals?

Summer To Do List: Revisited

1. Take a tennis lesson. I didn’t take a professional tennis lesson, but I did play more than a couple of times throughout the summer.  I still suck though.

2. Watch fireworks. I got the chance to go to a friend’s cottage up North and we watched fireworks from her family’s boat on Canada Day.

3. Host a party of some TBA fabulous theme. I didn’t have a massive, stressful party, but I did have my girlfriends over for veggie burgers, salad, wine, and a swim!

4. Go berry picking. Not even close.  No berry picking.  Ate lots of local strawberries, though.

5. Wear summer dresses as much as possible. Definitely succeeded here.  Not a surprise, I love summer dresses!

6. Run 3 races before it snows. Fail!  Didn’t run a single race.  I’ll attribute it to a weird show schedule and a physically taxing show.

7. Read 3 books.  This is lofty considering I haven’t read a book since Christmas.. recommendations? Definitely succeeded.  Some titles include: all of the Fifty Shades books (haha), The Last Werewolf, The Penelopiad and lots more.  Got on a bit of a kick.

8. Eat a green meal everyday.  Big salad, big smoothie.. or just a huge side plate of green something with dinner. Medium success, definitely ate lots of produce.

9.  Swim in the pool as much as possible. I would say YES!  It’s deep, big, and COLD, our pool.  So I did my best.  And it was lovely.

10. Sit on the back porch with a bottle of wine and good company until an unreasonably late hour.  Have more wine on hand. As the picture above shows, I drank a lot of wine.  Congrats, Kayla. 

Will Organize for Money


So a couple of awesome things are happening right now in my life: a) I moved in with my parents b) I don’t have a job c) I spent all my money driving across the country unexpectedly.

To make the best of a bad situation, I’ve been working as a personal assistant for my mom.  Bless that woman.  Times have changed.  Now, people move back in at 25 cause their lives are falling apart.  Let this stand as a lesson at how NOT GLAMOROUS the performance industry is.  Super high highs and extremely low lows, people.  It’s not a joke.


I feel great about organizing.  I’ve been scouring pinterest and organization blogs for inspiration, and just jumping in.  My parent’s house is the product of a happy, busy, two full time working parents kind of family, so needless to say, there’s LOTS to be done.  And I’m getting to it, one day at a time.  It’s helping me feel some sense of accomplishment these days, which is exactly what I need.

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.

30 before 30: Sewing

One of my 30 before 30 goals was to learn how to sew on a sewing machine!  I finally got to it this summer.  I pulled out my mom’s machine and the instruction manual and got to work.  She’s barely used it, as it had been given to her by her mom in an attempt to get her to sew.  It didn’t work.  Everyone says I take after my Granny anyway.  Turns out my mom was helpful with certain weird things like threading the machine for the first time.  Although, we did have to spend a lot of time pouring over the instruction manual.  It was frustrating, but the mistakes that I made ultimately taught me how to do it better.  Just keep at it.

I made some clothes for my bear first thing.  They were crappy and uneven, but also the most awesome thing ever.After the clothes, I decided to make some napkins and actually do my best to make them good.  Turns out, sewing is really more like ironing.  To get a good seam, I had to iron iron iron the napkins.  Oh, and cutting.  Measure, cut, iron, sew.  The sewing is the easiest part really.

It may not be perfect, but I can do it.  I can sew on my sewing machine!  Goal: Crossed off!

tuesday things.


1. I recently drove 3000 km by myself across Canada.  If I wrote an album based on this adventure, this image would be the album cover and it would be called : Solo. Road. Adventure. or Coffee and Crappy Motels or Cell Phones Don’t Work in Northern Ontario.  Also, taking suggestions?

2. I picked up my guitar again.  My fingertips are angry.  I love it.

3. I fell in love with a new yoga studio in Toronto over the weekend.  We are in full on lust.  Kula Yoga at Bloor and Brunswick.. I can’t stop thinking about it.

4. I’m also really into this new podcast called “Stuff You Missed In History Class“.  It’s exactly what it sounds like.  They cover whatever topics they feel like, sometimes sticking with a theme (Halloween and haunted houses, serial killers, unsolved historical mysteries for example), but a lot of times it’s super random topics that you’re sure you’re supposed to have heard of, but haven’t.  And then they explain it all.  And you feel smarter!  I’m addicted.  I’ve listened to like 100 of them in the past 2 weeks.

5. I made a healthy lasagne today.  I don’t think it’s healthy when you eat as much of it as I have in one day.  It’s just so good.  Whole wheat pasta, lots of roasted veggies, low fat cottage cheese, and sauce.  Amazing.

6. People are really wonderful.  I have had some really lovely experiences in the last couple weeks where people have gone out of their way to help me.  It’s just nice to remember that people are generally good.  They want to help.  Sometimes, you just have to ask.

Just in case you needed a Tuesday Evening pick me up. This list made me really happy.

Found this list on and was inspired! Hopefully it will inspire you t00!

1. Make your bed.

The book The Happiness Project, explains that this three minute task is one of the simplest habits you can adopt to positively impact your happiness.

2. Bring every room back to “ready.”

I learned this trick from Marilyn Paul’s clever book, It’s Hard to Make a Difference When You Can’t Find Your Keys. It’s a known fact: Clutter causes stress; order creates a haven from it. This mood-boosting routine is simple: Take about three minutes to bring each room back to “ready” before you depart it. (Unless you have a toddler, or a partner who likes to simulate earthquakes, three minutes should be sufficient.)

3. Display sentimental items around your home.

One reason that experiences (and memories of those experiences) make us happier than material things is due to the entire…

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Summer 2012: To Do List

1. Take a tennis lesson.

2. Watch fireworks

3. Host a party of some TBA fabulous theme

4. Go berry picking

5. Wear summer dresses as much as possible

6. Run 3 races before it snows

7. Read 3 books.  This is lofty considering I haven’t read a book since Christmas.. recommendations?

8. Eat a green meal everyday.  Big salad, big smoothie.. or just a huge side plate of green something with dinner.

9.  Swim in the pool as much as possible.

10. Sit on the back porch with a bottle of wine and good company until an unreasonably late hour.  Have more wine on hand.

That mean girl..

“I accept myself unconditionally, right now”

That’s a quote from the documentary “Hungry For Change”.  Check it out if you can.. it’s very interesting.

It really stuck with me.

How much time do we waste worrying about things we can’t change?  I sometimes joke about all the things I could accomplish if I wasn’t constantly thinking about my body.  WTF is that?!  How boring am I?

Are things better than they were yesterday in my head?

Who knows.  I’m trying.

1. I went out, I ate a huge, delicious salad covered in wonderful, healthy things.  I totally enjoyed it.

2. I ate a treat.  I thought about it.  I wasn’t eating it because I was upset, or because I was bored, or hungry.  I really enjoyed it.  I felt some guilty feelings about it, and I just tried to quiet those thoughts.  It wasn’t perfect, but I’m trying.

3. I went the the gym and did a sweaty, awesome body pump class and totally enjoyed it.

4. I had a nap in the middle of the day for no particular reason.

All in all, I treated myself well.  I did nice things for my body in the form of healthy food, exercise, rest, and treats.  I tried to switch off the guilty, mean girl in my brain.  And I’ll keep trying.

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