May 27, 2010
This is not so much a craft post as it is an introspective monologue. So, if you’re really more about the crafts, don’t feel bad about skipping over this post and digging through the archive for some nifty how-to’s to carry you through until my next post.
For those of you who are still with me, thanks! I just wanted to get a little more personal and update you on some choices I have made recently.Before we moved here to Texas, I was working three jobs: Bank Teller, Church Music Director, and Advertising Sales Executive. We moved, and I went from having three jobs, to having one: actor. My dear husband and I agreed that, since we were moving to a much larger area with more opportunity, I would focus on giving acting my best shot, and not be tied down with a full-time job elsewhere. I asked for six months; he gave me two years.
In those two years, I have had some wonderful experiences and met people that I wouldn’t have met otherwise. I have had my first real experiences in front of the camera and have made some great theatre connections. I have made a decent living – by actor standards – which is to say, not a whole heck of a lot.Now, I am approaching 30 and have come to the point where it is time to make a change. We live a good life in a lovely little rental house with two of the sweetest dogs ever. I have nothing to complain about – except that I want a little more than that. I want a house of my own and children of my own. I want the freedom to change my hairstyle and appearance without the expense of getting new headshots made. I want to take kung-fu lessons. I want to start a theatre for the disabled. I want to travel and see more of the world, and maybe fly home to visit my family more often.
These desires all have one thing in common, they cost money. Now, I don’t even like to talk about money, but it is a fact of life. And, as I said before, we do live a good life. But, the only way for us to move forward from where we are now, is to become a true two-income family.
Which brings me full circle. My desire for these “other things in life” has now grown to the point that it outweighs my desire to be a full-time actress. I’m not saying that I’m giving up acting completely. I have no intention of quitting improv, or divorcing Ida Straightshooter, or dropping out of projects that can be worked around my schedule. In fact, I am interested in getting more involved in the theatre scene around here. But, I have also decided that now is the time for me to get settled in at a full-time “real job”.I sent off my resume on Monday to the bank that I was working at before we moved. They have new branches opening up here in DFW, so I thought it might be a good shot. They called me on Tuesday for an interview on Wednesday. That was unexpected. The last time I went job hunting, I looked for four months without being called for a single interview.
So, now I wait. I am hopeful. The sooner I find a good full-time job, the sooner I can begin my next life adventure. It’s an exciting thing to stand at the edge of a new beginning and think of all wonderful possibilities that lay ahead.
“Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.” – Psalm 37:4 (NIV)
I’d love to hear your stories about big life changes you have made. Leave me some comments! Encouragement is especially appreciated. 🙂
March 5, 2010
Happy Friday to you all! I hope you are as excited about the weekend as I am. I’ll be performing in an improv show tonight AND tomorrow night, and my hubby and I are headed out to see the new Alice In Wonderland in 3D tomorrow. And to top it all off, this will be our first Sunday as official members at our new church. Yay!
Many thanks to those of you who have participated in my poll from Tuesday’s post. It you haven’t already, I’d really appreciate your input. It’s one question, and it’s super easy. 🙂
But enough about me, it’s time for another Featured Friday!
Store Name: BambuEarth
First Name: Amber
Tag Line: Natural Body Beauty Products
Physical Location: Foothill Ranch, CA
Inventory: “natural handmade bath, body and beauty products”
A few weeks ago, I curated a treasury called “A Day By The Sea” (here’s the post about it), in my dreams of warmer weather. All of the items included in this treasury were varying shades of blue, green, and turquoise. It really was a lovely treasury, and one item in particular kept coming back to mind, the Juicey Lime Coconut Body Polish. I LOVE the lime/coconut smell combination, and as I said, I was wishing for warmer weather. I had also recently run out of my supply of sugar scrub, and the backs of my hands were beginning to feel like sandpaper. What’s a girl to do?
Buy the Body Polish.
I was so glad to receive my Body Polish (and lip balm) in the mail! The lime/coconut scent is nice and light, and the sugar is very fine, which I really like. It’s not as harsh on my hands as some other sugar scrubs that I have tried in the past, but it still works very well. And her packaging is so nice, too.
Here are some of the awesome products she has in her store. Check it out and let me know what you think!
February 26, 2010
I’m not sure if you’ve noticed or not, but some of my posts appear to have been written either late at night or in the wee hours of the morning. I noticed that my post from yesterday came up dated with today’s date. It seems that my time zone was not set for Central time. The problem has been fixed, so everything from here on out should be carrying a correct time stamp.
Now, on to more important things. It’s time for another installment of Featured Fridays!
Store Name: 3BearsStudio
First Name: Rachel
Tag Line: Welcome to 3 Bears Studio!
Physical Location: DFW Metroplex, Texas
Inventory: art work (paintings, chalk, mixed media)
If you read my post last week entitled, “If We’re Not Funny, It’s Your Fault,” then you learned a little bit about the improv comedy troupe that I’m involved in, After Hour’s Improv. Last week, a handful of us were out of town doing a corporate gig, when I discovered that one of my fellow cast mates, Rachel, has her very own Etsy shop as well! How did I not know this until now?
I hurried home that evening to check out her store, and I was so excited by my new discovery. She has the most adorable collection of art work! Her work is full of vibrant colors and animal characters. Some are reminders of love and friendship, while others communicate stern messages, such as “Be nice or leave,” and “Mind your own beeswax,” in a soft and playful way. You’ll find crocodiles, singing birds, spider princesses, and don’t forget the elephants. “Elephants are lovely guys. They are good & true & tell no lies.”
Here are a few of my favorites:
February 19, 2010
The rumors are absolutely unfounded – I did not fall off the face of the planet. WordPress was having some issues yesterday, and I wasn’t able to get my post to publish. So far, it looks like everything is moving smoothly today, so you’re going to get a double dose!
Yesterday, after a full day of steadily working (and completing!) my new April styled table runner, I was very much looking forward to kicking back and relaxing with an evening of comedy. That’s right, last night we served up another healping of After Hours Improv comedy.
Now, being a cast member, “kicking back and relaxing” may not be the right term to use. Improvisation required you to be alert and on your toes, because you never know what is going to happen. But, there’s nothing like the feeling you have after a show well-done, and last night was no exception. We had an awesome crowd, and that only makes for an even better show.
Thursday night is not is not our regularly scheduled performance time. We’ve been blessed with a good many private gigs in the month of February, but we are in the house and open to the public delivering family friendly, serious comedy every Saturday night at 8pm at the After Hours Improv Theater in the historic Rogers Hotel in downtown Waxahachie. So, come out and see us if you’re in the general area, or hire us out and we will bring the funny to you!
Here’s a bonus to all of you savvy shoppers and super cool blog readers out there. You can find a coupon for $1.00 off admission here.