I can't believe it's been over a month since my last post... Wow. I have been working really hard on a post called '62 Power Questions', but I didn't think it would take this long. I guess it's time to take a break from that and update y'all on my SUMMER. As everyone knows, I'm back home in Salt Lake for the summer. I'm taking a little break from shows, just spending this summer working to earn some money for next year. I've been spending most of the time either seeing students or hanging out with friends at coffee shops. Having a break like this has been amazing. I've also been trying to spend some time alone. I used to hate it, but lately I've been really enjoying spending time by myself at a coffee shop or a park just reading. I think before college I felt the need to always be talking to people or at least to be surrounded by people... That's one major change that happened when I moved out of my NOISY house and into a teeny single room on the fourth floor of 26 Fenway. You can learn a lot from listening, whether you're listening to people or just to your own thoughts.
This past month I've been thinking about what I want to accomplish this summer and have basically narrowed it down to three things. I think putting my goals somewhere public like this will give me even more motivation to get them done. God knows I need motivation, especially when it's so much easier to get an iced latte and chill instead of going to the gym... Here are my goals:
|Emigration Canyon with Jaron|
GET NATURAL. I wish this meant to stop shaving, but it doesn't. Ever since I've been home, I've been blown away by how gorgeous this city is. Living here my whole life has spoiled me for sure -- I never realized how beautiful the mountains were until they were swapped for a big buildings. A couple weeks ago, I was driving around and ended up taking a spontaneous trip up Emigration Canyon. It had been years since I'd been up there and I was STUNNED. This canyon is honestly 15 minutes from downtown Salt Lake. I'm so extremely lucky to live in a place like this. Sometimes gorgeous summer nights are best spent alone with some great music and the canyon. Anyway, one of my summer goals is to get out and see more of this beautiful place that I live in. People reading this who are from Utah probably think I'm nuts... But HONESTLY you don't know what you've got until it's gone. Having those mountains gone for a year made me feel so naked! I'm constantly obsessing over them now.
STAY HEALTHY. I don't think Tim Rinaldi reads my blog, but if he did, this would crack him up. I have a huge reputation for having a sweet tooth and a mild (okay, severe...) carb addiction. The snack drawer in my dorm room is LEGENDARY. But on the real, second semester I started working on not eating so poorly, and it made me a lot happier. I understand -- And sometimes don't want to admit -- That a HUGE part of being marketable as an actor is being in shape. You are selling yourself in every audition, so you want to be the best version of yourself all the time. It's a little harder for me to stay active at home just because I'm not in dance class every day like I am at school and I don't have to walk everywhere, but I'm finding time to get out and go for hikes or even just hit the gym. Bikram yoga, anyone?
EXPAND MY HORIZONS. I was at a job interview awhile back and one of the questions they asked me was 'What do you like to do in your spare time? What are your hobbies?' The only answer I could give them was musical theater. Before school, singing and acting and dancing were just hobbies, but now that I'm studying theater full time... Where have my hobbies gone? I'm a teacher, which I love, but that's about the only non-theater thing about me. I've dedicated so much of my life to just theater that now I don't really have anything else to occupy my time. And the job interview wasn't the first time that came up. It's been a recurring problem and I think summer away from the theater world (mostly...) is a great time to work on that. This goal might be a little harder to completely accomplish, but I want to at least get started on exploring non-theater hobbies. I have some friends who are really into yoga or pageants or writing or playing an instrument or whatever. I'm not saying I'm going to turn into a pageant girl, but I need to start exploring. A well-rounded person is a well-rounded actor. I think having something else that I love will give me a great outlet once I'm back at school. During the school year things get really intense and everything feels like life or death. It would be nice to have some other sides of myself to escape to when the musical theater side is tweaking out with overuse.
For a photo update, click here for my 'Summer 2011' Facebook album.