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July Round Up

July Round Up

Hi Friends!

I feel like I will say this every month, but I can’t believe July is already coming to a close! Summer always goes so quickly. I wait all year for these glorious three months and they are always gone in a blink! Even though I felt like this month flew by, honestly, I felt a lot less productive in my own life. I’m not really sure why I feel that way, but if I had to guess it would probably be because I didn’t have as much down time this month as I did in June to accomplish everything I had wanted to. A blessing and a curse!

Fortunately, I was able to get back to work at my part-time job this month which put some normalcy back into my life. I’m excited to start working regularly again; it’ll be interesting returning back to a “normal” busy schedule and making life work!

This month I was also lucky enough to be part of a virtual production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona with the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival’s Young Company (the position I was slated to have this summer), and it gave me so much life. Seeing my friends a couple times a week and having a dedicated space to practice our craft was much needed after months of separation/lack of work.

Diving into July’s round up, normally I would start with my monthly goals, but honestly, a lot of my goals remained the same from June! And to be candid, there was a lot of inconsistency in my goals this month. Some days/weeks, I really nailed it but many others I did not. But that’s ok! We eb and flow, and some months are just bound to be more productive than others!

Two things that I added onto my list of goals were:

  • Listening to podcasts at least one day a week
    • I accomplished this one! I listened to Black-tor, The Ensemblist, Yoga Girl: Conversations From the Heart, and Everyday Ayurveda & Yoga at Hale Pale
  • Choosing 2 days a week to seriously limit social media usage
    • This one, I didn’t do so well with (hence my post on burnout at the start of the month!). I think I was just too vague with myself, seeing as I didn’t pick 2 days right from the start. I’m going to bring this one with me into August!

Books, Movies, and More!

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One of my other goals for the month was to read 1-2 books. Here are the ones I read!

  • Sunburn by Laura Lippman
    • This book was alright! Definitely not my favorite read, but I kept reading nonetheless! The plot was a little too slow and confusing for my taste, and there wasn’t really a shocking moment until the very, very end despite its claim as “suspenseful.”
  • The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
    • I loved this one!!! I finished it I think in four days, I couldn’t put it down! There were turns and surprises left and right, it did not end up being anything like I expected. I definitely want to explore other works of both authors since I loved this book so much!

Movies and TV (or lack thereof)

I will admit, I am the worst at watching TV and movies. You would think that as an actor I would be on top of it, but I am ashamed to say, I was not this month. (It also isn’t helpful that I have been binge watching Dance Moms as a form of entertainment– very bad). But here is what I DID watch!

  • Hamilton (duh)
    • Whatever I say about Hamilton here won’t do it justice, and most of you reading this have probably experienced this moment of speechless-ness. The artistry, athleticism, and genius just moved me to tears, several times. Watching that, I knew that theatre truly was where I belonged. (If you want to have a discussion on whether Hamilton or Burr was the bad guy, let me know).
  • We Are Freestyle Love Supreme
    • This documentary is on Hulu and if you loved Hamilton, you should certainly watch this! It follows the trajectory of the hip-hop improv group that Lin Manuel-Miranda (among many other Broadway stars) was a part of that sparked the show that came to Broadway in 2019. I marvel at the men and women that were part of the group, their talent simply is extraordinary.
  • Uncut Gems
    • Unpopular opinion: I love Adam Sandler. I thought this movie was great, and unlike anything he has ever done before! It was definitely a little slow to start, and a little strange, but the end knocked it out of the park!
  • Unsolved Mysteries
    • Crazy. Crazy. Crazy. If you love crime shows, this is 100% for you. It was only slightly unsatisfying because…they are unsolved. Nonetheless, it was very addicting!
  • Palm Springs
    • Personally, I didn’t love this movie! I thought it was a little predictable and just reminded me of Groundhog Day too much. I love Andy Samberg, I thought he was good but nothing to shout about. I thought there were a lot of plot holes and things that didn’t make sense to me, so I regret to share that it wasn’t my fave!

Things I Loved

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  • My Planit Planner Planner
    • I have been in desperate need of a new planner, and my Planit Planner saved my life! I can’t wait to use it as the year progresses. It is so high quality, and I loved that your experience is really personal. You have the freedom to choose your planner, the cover style/type, your weekly layout, and the extras that come inside! I never had enough space in a planner to write out everything without it all being squashed, but with the blank weekly layout I never have to worry. They are going to have lots of new styles launching through the end of the year, so keep an eye out! Check them out here! Use the code ANGELAL10 for 10% off your purchase!

There you have it, JULY! I hope that you all had a terrific month, and I can’t wait to see what August brings!

On the blog, August will bring something new….BULLET JOURNAL TEMPLATES!

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I love bullet journaling so much, and I wanted to make it a little more accessible to those who may not have the time or may not feel confident in their own ability to make one from scratch! The templates I made are so cute, you don’t want to miss them!

To get the first monthly template in August, make sure you subscribe to Beyond the Footlights on the home page of the blog, only subscribers will have access to the template! If you are already an email subscriber, no worries, you will receive the template!

I can’t wait to share these with you! xoxo

~ Ang

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A Love Letter to My College Years

A Love Letter to My College Years

Where did the time go? It feels like yesterday that I was setting foot on campus for the first time as a student- excited, nervous, hopeful for the four years that would follow. It feels like yesterday I was meeting these new people for the first time, unaware of how important they would come to be in my life. Like yesterday, I gained my first real taste of independence that would ignite the spark that would guide me through the journey of the most important years of my life to date.

A Love Letter to My College Years
My freshman roomie and forever friend, Bella, and I prepping for Girl’s Night!

The lessons I learned in my four years of schooling are endless. From a career standpoint, I am so blessed to have been placed where I was for the last four years. Truthfully, (sorry, DeSales!), but DeSales was not the place I wanted to go! I had my eyes on so many larger schools with (what I thought at the time) were bigger and better theatre programs, but I have no regrets in the choice I made. If I hadn’t gone to DeSales, I never would have had a regional theatre right at my fingertips. I am forever indebted to DeSales and the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival for taking a chance on me and presenting me with all the incredible opportunities I was able to be part of.

I learned the importance of professionalism and preparedness- two of the most invaluable qualities to possess in any career. I also learned the value of kindness above all else. I fell in love with DeSales because of how welcoming the community was; I was always shown compassion. The theatre department was also the place where I began to learn to trust myself and my gut instincts as an actor, which ultimately helped me to trust myself in everyday life. I gained such a sense of freedom of expression, and I was allowed to cultivate the tools deemed necessary moving forward into the working world.

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The aftermath of the “Angela Locks Her Keys in the Car for the Third Time” fiasco of sophomore year

But career business aside, the lessons I learned and the perspective I gained off the stage shaped me into the woman I am today. The friends that I made in college undoubtedly will be my forever friends. They will be my life long self-tape readers, my go-to group text, my future bridesmaids, the ‘aunties’ to my future children. My greatest support system. They have taught me so much about what I deserve and have shown me the greatest love I could have imagined. While the four years brought us all many ups and downs, I know the friends I have made will remain my constants.

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Playing Elizabeth Darcy in Miss Bennet: Christmas At Pemberley my junior year

I have learned the importance of fostering the passions I have, whether they are related to my chosen career path or not. Because who knows? Dreams change, people change, and the plans I thought I had for my professional career could change in an instant. The lessons and strategies I learned in my four years of college ultimately prepared me (as much as they could) for what I am experiencing right now during this pandemic. Never in a million years could I have predicted that I wouldn’t get to finish out the remainder of my college career sharing every last milestone, big or small, with my best friends by my side. But it is because of the strong relationships I fostered, the practice techniques I honed, and the drive I developed that I have been able to persevere.

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My best friend, Kailey, and I making the most of our senior year

There is one lesson that I cherish most of all. Carrie Bradshaw (my girl!) said it best. “Don’t forget to fall in love with yourself first.” This couldn’t be more true. Even though this lesson was definitely the hardest for me to grasp, and I am still working on it, I have made such incredible strides in loving the person that I am coming to be in every role that I play in my life- daughter, friend, artist, and beyond.

Congratulations to the Class of 2020. May our light never dim, and our dreams stay big!