How I’ve Kept My Love of Theatre Alive

How I’ve Kept My Love of Theatre Alive

How I've Kept My Love of Theatre Alive

Hey Hey!

I hope you’re all doing well, friends!

I’m particularly excited about this week’s post because it is centered around one of my greatest passions: THEATRE! For anyone new here who may not know, theatre is not only one of my passions, it’s what I hope to pursue professionally! I’ve been dancing and performing in theatre for as long as I can remember and last year, I received my B.A. in Musical Theatre from DeSales University! *whoop whoop*

Two months before I was set to graduate, perform in my senior showcase, start work with a professional theatre company, and hit the ground running in the theatre industry, the whole world shut down. Broadway shut down, and it has been shut down until, well, now. Fortunately, things for individuals in the performing arts industry are FINALLY starting to look up and some theatre is set to start happening slowly but surely all over the country.

You might be thinking “wow. a year is a long time to go without work in your field” or “wow. how do you even keep that passion alive?” All good questions, my friend. And the truthful answer? It’s been hard as hell. Beyond hard, really. I don’t even think there is a word in the dictionary yet to describe what artists have been through in the last year+. But armed with resilience and many, MANY years’ worth of armor built up to fight rejection, we persevered, and we continue to do so every. damn. day.

While it’s been hard and I’ve had many days where I contemplate changing career paths completely and the first note of my favorite cast album brings me to tears and I have to turn it off because it’s too much to bear, on the flip side, I have tried really hard to keep my love, craft, and skills alive and thriving! Now, if you’re a creative reading this and you’re like “Angela, I haven’t done a damn thing and I DID change career paths,” then I want you to know that what you have/have not done does not make you any less of a creative. Every creative individual has processed and gone through this journey in their own way; there is no right or wrong way to do it. I applaud you for simply making it to this point.

*end rant*

Today, I want to share with you some ways in which I’ve kept my craft alive and some tools/people/groups I’ve connected with to help me do so! Here are some ways I’ve kept theatre alive in my life!

Dance From Home

I’ve written about my experience with Dance From Home before, and if you’ve read any of my Monthly Minute posts since November, you know that I am a BIG fan of their programming and mission. I can’t even really recall how or when exactly I stumbled across the DFH or Megan Bowen’s (the owner and CEO) Instagram pages, but I started out doing a free 14-day challenge, and the rest is history!

When Megan’s programming switched from individual classes/small class packages to a monthly membership, I wasn’t sure if myself and my wallet would be ready to make the transition, but I am SO glad I took a leap of faith!

I’ve been a member of DFH’s Ensemble Membership since the beginning of 2021 and I can’t even begin to describe what I’ve gained from this program. A little breakdown of what a week in the membership looks like: Monday/Wednesday are choreography classes (with different instructors throughout the month) and Tuesday/Thursday are Broadway Dance Cardio classes to a playlist of Broadway tunes (yes, they are themed!). In choreography classes, half the combo is taught Monday and it is finished and elaborated on Wednesday. Megan also recently added back Dance Cardio classes on Saturday mornings as part of the new Dance Cardio Club Membership (these weekend classes are also included in the Ensemble Membership package).

Whether you are a dancer and want that choreo class or you’re simply looking for the cardio, DFH has a package for everyone. To be explicit like Megan would want me to be, these programs are not designed for weight loss. Sure, weight loss may be a wonderful added benefit to joining, but that isn’t the purpose. The main purpose is to get the community reconnecting with their bodies and their love for musical theatre through these means!

AND, in case you weren’t already sold, every month DFH hosts one Masterclass Workshop with a Broadway Professional! We’ve worked with people from Kiss Me, Kate, Six, Hamilton, and April is….WICKED! You can get more info and sign up for the workshop on April 20th HERE!

The DFH programming has helped me keep up with my dancing abilities, and it has also really helped me learn to embrace my body and my movement. It’s taught me to be less of a perfectionist as a dancer, and I feel so much more connected to my body which in turn makes me feel more confident as a dancer. The cardio classes have helped me build and maintain stamina and strength so I can feel ready to go when theatre comes back in full force!

Monologue Consults with Shaun Leisher

If you’re a theatre artist, I’m sure you can relate when I say monologues are a b*tch to find. I still can’t seem to understand why it’s so hard to find really great monologues but it’s hard, nonetheless. Sometimes, you just have to turn to the professionals! If you’re anything like me and you’ve spent the pandemic searching for great material to no avail, I highly recommend calling up Shaun Leisher! Shaun is a Philadelphia-based dramaturg, producer and arts education advocate. While I haven’t actually met Shaun in person yet (lol, the pandemic life), he and I have many, many mutual friends and by the grace of God and the internet, we connected via social media!

Shaun offers quite an incredible service: after a 30-minute phone call with him, he will hand select about 3 monologues that suit your abilities and the artistic attributes you want to highlight. Boom. That easy. Shaun and I had an enriching 30-minute phone call and in a super quick turnaround time, he presented me with a handful of incredibly specific new material to add to my book that I truly NEVER would have found on my own!

If you head to Shaun’s Instagram you can click the link in his bio and choose to schedule you monologue consult call! Trust him with your vision and your work, you will not regret it!

TheatreWorksUSA: TWUSA.TV

TWUAS.TV is something new that I’ve recently integrated into my at-home theatre artist life and it’s too cute not to share! Not only have I continued to work on my personal craft as a theatre artist during this time, but I have also taken this time to familiarize and educate myself in other areas of the theatre industry. Enter, TWUSA! I have always loved kids and I believe that access to enriching art is extremely vital for young children and their families. TWUAS does exactly that! Through their programming they help bring engaging, exciting, and inclusive theatre to a wider audience of young people whether it be through educational programs or their home life!

One way that they’ve continued to do this during this uncertain time is through TWUSA.TV! With this online streaming platform, children and their families can bring the magic of live performance right into their homes! Educators can also utilize the platform to bring enriching theatre directly into the classroom (both in person and online) and into their lesson plan!

One reason why I love being a performer so much is because you never know whose life you may impact through your performance, and I’ve especially thought about this in my experience doing children’s theatre. I believe it is important to foster one’s love of theatre and performance if it develops from a young age, and what better way to nurture that passion than by bringing theatre straight into the homes or classrooms of children who may not have access to it otherwise?

If you’re interested in TWUSA.TV for your little ones or the classroom you can check it out HERE!

Other Things!

After nearly a year without a voice lesson, I decided to find a new voice teacher! If you feel like, vocally, you’re ready to get back into training or like you have a new goal you’d like towards then I highly suggest getting yourself back into voice lessons! Obviously, it’s a financial commitment, but if you’re fortunate enough to find a teacher with sort of a “revolving door,” where you can choose how often you take lessons, then I absolutely think it’s worth it! I love, love, love my new teacher and I’ve experienced such growth in just a handful of lessons!


Good News!

And finally, some good news! I mentioned in the beginning of this post that my senior class’s showcase got cancelled in March of last year as the pandemic was happening- a WEEK before we were supposed to go to NYC. You can read my reflection of those prior happenings in my post “The Show Must Go On.”

The good news is, a little over a year later, most of my fellow showcase members and I were able to safely come together a few weeks ago and FILM our showcase to send to agencies digitally!!! It’s times like these I’m grateful to live in a technological world. Nine out of the twelve of us were able to gather together at our college after proper testing took place, and we spent a weekend rehearsing, reconnecting, and having the opportunity to showcase the work that has been waiting in the shadows for a year.

How I've Kept My Love of Theatre Alive

Connecting with my classmates a year later was equal parts nerve wracking and exciting. Some of them I hadn’t seen since we left college last March so abruptly, so I was a little nervous, not gonna lie! But like the true friends these people are, we were able to pick right up where we left off and we had the best time working together again. We’ve all grown so much as individuals outside of the pressure of the college theatre environment, and I think we actually all connected so much better than we ever have before.

Seeing people perform in front of me was magical. Being granted the opportunity to go back to college for 3 days and perform alongside some of the most outrageously talented people I know was magical. And being reminded of what I was put on this earth to do was also magical.

For as many times as I’ve felt like giving up on my dream of a theatre career, these 3 days reminded me that I SHOULD NOT give up any time soon. Keep working to make your dreams happen, friends. They are coming to you, even though it may not be evident in every moment of every day. Your hard working will pay off, your dreams will become your reality, and the world will be a better place because of it!

Lots of love!

~ Ang

National Days in April You Should Know

National Days in April You Should Know

HAPPY APRIL!

I hope all you beautiful people had a lovely Easter holiday! Spring is about to be happening in full force, I can feel it in my bones (and my sinuses)! I’m so excited to be in a new month, I can’t believe how quickly this year is flying by already. The next two month on the blog and on my Instagram are going to be really exciting! I’ve got some new partnerships coming up and lots to write about and recount, so I hope you’re ready! Let’s talk about some blog business and National Days in April!

New month’s always means one thing for me as a blogger: blog planning. At the end of each month, I gear up and start coming up with content for BTF and my Instagram for the upcoming month. Some people are shocked when I tell them that I try to plan my blog posts out a month in advance, but that’s just how I have to roll for me! I’m sure fellow content creators can relate, but if I don’t have ideas down and planned out in advance, I won’t produce at all. Coming up with ideas for blog posts and Insta posts/stories is a lot harder than I think people understand!

What’s one way I try to come up with monthly content? Looking up National Days for the upcoming month! Some months are easier than others, because they have lots of well-known holidays throughout their 30-31 days, but every month has some lesser known “National Days” in there too! You know, like the 40 different “National Daughter Days” or “National Sibling Days” you see all over Facebook, but much more fun and interesting!

If you’re looking for a starting point for some content ideas or you’re just interested in quirky holidays, here are a handful of National Days in April that I found exciting, relevant, and fun!

*note, this is not every National Day in April but a chosen few

National Days in April 2021

April 1st

  • April Fool’s Day
  • National Burrito Day
  • National Sourdough Bread Day
    • Now is the time to put your quarantine sourdough skills to good use, people

April 2nd

  • National Peanut Butter & Jelly Day
  • National Autism Awareness Day

April 3rd

  • National Film Score Day
  • World Party Day

April 4th

  • Easter Sunday (2021)
  • National Vitamin C Day
    • Chug that Emergen-C today, baby

April 5th

  • National Caramel Day
  • National Deep Dish Pizza Day

April 7th

  • National Beer Day
    • Heyo
  • National Walking Day
    • Hit that trail, sister!
  • Childhelp National Day of Hope

April 10th

  • National Siblings Day

April 11th

  • National Pets Day

April 12th

  • National Grilled Cheese Day
    • This is amazing, thank you

April 14th

  • National Look Up At the Sky Day

April 16th

  • National Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet Day
    • ORGANIZE PEOPLE! THROW IT OUT, YOU DON’T NEED IT!

April 19th

  • National Garlic Day
  • National Hanging Out Day
    • Hang out with your pals (if you’re vaccinated)!

April 20th

  • National Cheddar Fries Day
    • YUM

April 22nd

  • Earth Day (2021)
  • National Jelly Bean Day

April 27th

  • National Tell a Story Day

April 28th

  • Global Pay It Forward Day

April 29th

  • International Dance Day

National Weeks in April 2021

  • National Library Week – April 4-10, 2021
  • National Princess Week – Last Full Week of April

April is National *blank* Month (2021)

  • National Autism Awareness Month
  • National Alcohol Awareness Month
  • Stress Awareness Month
  • National Month of Hope
  • National Soft Pretzel Month
  • Sexual Assault Awareness Month
  • National Poetry Month

Again, this isn’t a full list of National Days in April, this is just a list of some of my favorites! And National Princess Week? Sign me up! I hope that these National Days sparked some ideas for upcoming April content, or at least gave you another fun day to add to your calendar this month!

Next week, stay tuned for a post about all thing’s theatre! Keep an eye on my Instagram for upcoming posts and things!

Lots of love to YOU!

~ Ang

Monthly Minute

Monthly Minute

March Monthly Minute
Monthly Review

March Monthly Review

Hi my friends!

Another month in the books! I know for many, March 2021 brought up a lot of unresolved emotions and feelings about being in the pandemic for a year, but I hope you feel proud to say that you’ve made it this far, you made it through, and you are gracefully moving forward!

As usual, I’m back with my Monthly Minute- March Monthly Review! I’m so excited to share my monthly goals with you and some of my favorite’s in this monthly review!

I guess it’s the 31 days, but this month has really felt like it’s gone on for a lifetime! SO much has happened this month so let’s dive right in to my monthly review!

Monthly Review!

March Monthly Minute
Monthly Review

March was a packed month for me! In addition to work, I was actually able to get some time to be a real person in her 20’s this month, and that time was MUCH needed. I got to sing at a dear friend’s wedding this month with my best friend, Kailey! The wedding was held at our university, so it was really beautiful to get to go back there and be part of something so intimate and special. Since we were singing, we decided to make a weekend out of it! I spent the weekend at Kailey’s and we were later joined by one of my other best friends, Bella! Kailey is a photographer, so we spent time capturing some creative content for me, she took new headshots for Bella and I, and we got to do a really fun and gorgeous shoot! Then we just went to dinner, paraded around a Target, and lived like we were just a couple of college girls. It truly was a much needed escape from every day life!

I also got my vaccine this month! Yahoo! I got the single dose shot which rocked, and I only had a headache, body aches, and a low-grade fever for 24 hours. I feel really grateful to be vaccinated and I’m grateful that my immediate family members were also all able to get vaccinated. A year later, here we are!

And the fun isn’t over! Remember about a year ago when I wrote my post “The Show Must Go On” about not being able to perform in my senior showcase in New York last spring? Well IT’S HAPPENING! Just in a different way! This past weekend, my friends and I all gathered on campus again, got tested and all, and were able to film the showcase to be sent a year later! I’m going to write more about this experience in a post next month, but feel free to read last year’s post to get caught up on the saga!

Goals

No lie, I fell off the wagon in terms of my goals this month- IT HAPPENS! Unfortunately, I got sick right in the middle of the month for the first time in over a year and it really knocked me on my butt. I spent a lot of time just trying to keep myself healthy so I could get well fast because of all I had going on! A handful of my goals included singing more, keeping up with my Dance From Home Classes, staying off my phone…and honestly, I didn’t do so well with all of that.

At the start of the month, I had to miss 2 classes of DFH a week because I was teaching dance classes of my own- no biggie. Then I got sick which didn’t really allow me to sing or get my sick butt in class. I spent a period of a few days feeling down about it, but I was actually really proud of how I took care of myself when I wasn’t feeling well.

In college, my life and schedule were always go, go, go, and sometimes I had to sacrifice proper rest to get assignments done, get into rehearsals, or I just didn’t rest well because I felt like I was an indestructible college student. But this time around, I really took the time to baby myself. I went to work, came home, and RESTED. I took a whole day off later that week to get myself better, got an antibiotic, and rested every second I possibly could. It was a really nice change of pace. There was no way I could’ve predicted getting sick or could have predicted I wouldn’t get to be in classes as much this month, but it’s called rolling with the punches, people!

Blog Goals

March Monthly Minute
Monthly Review

Looking at my blog goals for this monthly review, I am pleased to say that grow is slow and steady! I set 5 goals for myself for this month and was able to accomplish 4 of them! I’ve been setting what I think are rather attainable goals for my online presence and the blog every month and so far, I’ve met most of them each month! My follower count on here is growing, my follower count on Instagram is growing, I’m in contact with and reaching out to more brands, and I’m ahead of the game in my planning. It feels great to say that. I also upgraded my blog plan this month! I was waiting until I reached my 1 year mark in May, but there was a sale on plans and I had to take advantage of it while I could!

With my upgrade, I have more tools for things like SEO and I’m able to add more plugins that will help me make the site the best that it can be! I appreciate every single one of you who are on this journey with me! My 50th post is coming up next month and we are almost at the 1 year mark, so stay tuned for lots of amazing and exciting things!


Now, let’s dive into the favorites portion of my monthly review!

Amazing Grass Tablets

I’ve been using these Amazing Grass Energy Effervescent Tablets since the beginning of college and I LOVE them. Sometimes, I don’t feel like drinking coffee BUT I still need my caffeine! These tablets taste so yummy, I love the tropical flavor AND they have 1 full serving of greens & veggies, 85 mg Caffeine and 100% DV Vitamins B1 & B12. You can find them on Amazon or on their website!

Annie & Lulu Cup

And how do I drink my Effervescent Tablets? In my FAV Annie & Lulu reusable Starbucks cup! It’s perfect for on the go, easy to clean, and it’s customizable and cute! Check out their Etsy HERE!

My Ivory Paper Co. Planner

My Ivory Paper Co. Planner is seriously the best planner I’ve ever had! I have so much space to write down everything I need. There are monthly pages, weekly layout pages, and daily pages which allow me to see the bigger picture but still break it down with each day! I have lots of different stickers and markers I use to spice things up and make it as ‘me” as possible! If you’re looking for a new planner or some gorgeous stationery check out Ivory Paper Co.!

Keyper

Check out this video ALL about My Keyper! I feel so lucky to have been able to partner with this amazing brand this month- these wristlets and the key ring bracelet are SO functional and fashionable! PLUS- I’ve got an Easter giveaway running through April 2nd! Head over to My Instagram to see how to enter!

Believe IT | Book by Jamie Kern Lima | Official Publisher Page | Simon &  Schuster

My March Read

Sometimes, I have a really hard time working through books, and this month I DEF spent way more time on my phone than finishing up my book…womp womp. BUT! I’ve been reading Believe IT: How to Go from Underestimated to Unstoppable by owner of It Cosmetics, Jamie Kern Lima! It’s so inspirational, informative, and heart warming- the perfect read for anyone who may need a little added boost in their personal and professional lives! I highly recommend checking it out!


That’s my March monthly review for you! I hope that your last week of March is beautiful, and that you all have a happy, happy Easter! Lots of love!

~ Ang xo

Passion Piece Feature

Passion Piece Feature

Passion Piece Feature
Feature #9
Lauren Ladouceur

Feature #9

Lauren Ladouceur of Plan With Laur

Happy Monday!

I’m back with the Beyond the Footlights Passion Piece Feature for March! This month I’m so thrilled to feature the incredible woman behind Plan With Laur, Lauren Ladouceur! I first came across Lauren’s profile a few months ago in a search of my own for individuals on Instagram that were part of the planning community. As you all know here, I’m obsessed with all things planning, stationary, planners, etc. While I have talked about planning on my own here on the blog as well as social media, I hadn’t really sought out other people/communities in that niche. When I found Lauren and Plan With Laur I immediately felt like I had found a little community I could be part of!

I recently attended Lauren’s Recommit to Your Goals workshop using her bundle and it was just what I needed at this point in the year. So often we set goals for ourselves at the start of the year, and we don’t stick to them- for many different and individual reasons. Lauren’s bundle and workshop helped me remember the WHY behind my big goals, establish attainable steps towards reaching my goal, and reframe my thinking as I decided to press on!

Here is a bit about Lauren in her own words:

“I’m the daughter of two military parents, so planning is rooted in my DNA: The frequent  moves and trips of my childhood gave me great appreciation to detail and plans early on. These  days, I work my 9 to 5 job and share my love for planning and goal-setting on the side. Though I  haven’t always had a planner, I’ve always been planning. I thrive in structured environments that  I can make sense of. 

Helping others is foundational for me. I want to make people feel heard and loved. With  planning, everyone has resources at their disposal but not everyone knows how to use them. Your  planner can be a window into your life, and I try to help you find a frame through which you  enjoy looking inside.”

Who are you, where are you from, and where are you spending your time these days? 

My name is Lauren but the planning community knows me as Plan With Laur. I’m your go-to gal  for all things planners, productivity, and how to use the resources at your disposal to plan today  for a better tomorrow. Where I’m from is difficult to answer because both of my parents were in  the military. I attended undergrad in the South but I call Boston home…for now!

What are you currently doing for work, if anything?

I’m a corporate talent professional in my day job. Most of my professional background is in  event marketing, however, which is why I think planning is something I naturally gravitate  towards in my personal life.

Tell me a little about your journey towards developing Plan with Laur and how it has  brought you to where you are today?

My story with Plan With Laur starts by finding the planner community. When I tell people  there’s a community of planners, they typically give me a blank stare. But when I moved to  Boston I didn’t know anyone and didn’t have a community. I bought a planner literally to make  plans to go places and meet new people. That probably sounds like the most Type A thing ever,  but planning gives me a sense of purpose and direction. 

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Lauren Ladouceur

While waiting for my planner to arrive I found a YouTube community and Facebook groups of  like-minded people. Everyone in the community was talking so in depth about these complicated  planning strategies and very niche products. There was a huge learning curve. There wasn’t a “if  you’re new to planning start here” content creator, so I decided to contribute by teaching people  how to plan. 

I believe in simple, realistic, and functional planning. Sticker kits and washi tape is part of that,  but I talk about the plans themselves. At the heart of my community is to help people feel seen and heard. We all make plans and have aspirational goals around planning or productivity,  whether it’s for work or our personal life.

If you can, list for me your top 5 passions- no matter what they are!

In no particular order: Disney. running, Broadway, helping others and memory keeping.

Does the work you are currently doing fall into the same category as any of those passions?

I truly believe that I’m on this earth to help others. I seek this out in both my jobs, as a talent  professional and as a content creator. Memory keeping is a subset of planning, so I get to work  on memory keeping and share it with my community. I keep my Disney, Broadway, and running  passions apart from my work because I preach balance. 

What has inspired most you in a time where we are seeing so much change in the world?

As a Black person in the US, this year was emotionally exhausting. Racism and ignorance and  prejudice didn’t start in 2020 obviously, but there’s been a sea change of public opinion. I think  people are becoming more mindful of the privilege they carry. We still have a long way to go, but  we’re taking collective steps that are so important for progress.

What are some things you like to do in your down time to nurture your passions, so they can stay just as alive, consistent, and active as your work?

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Lauren Ladouceur

This is a good opportunity to talk about passion-adjacent activities. These are things that relate to  your passions. When I think of a painter, I typically imagine them nurturing their passion by  creating art. But there’s a whole host of passion-adjacent things they could be doing– volunteering their talents to teach someone else, watching YouTube, reading about new  techniques. This holistic approach means I’m doing something different each day! For me, this  might look like creating Broadway musical playlists for my next run, or training for my next  marathon at Disney.

What are your top 3 goals in your life/work?

My top goal is to create a community with Plan With Laur that teaches people how to plan better,  set and achieve their goals, reclaim their time and live a life they love. After that, I want to  cultivate a strong and resilient body and mind. And I always want to prioritize quality time with  the people I love most.

What does your self-care routine look like?

Sipping hot tea, memory keeping and watching the Bachelor or Bachelorette.

What advice do you have for anyone struggling to make the time for their passions in their  life?

Small is your best friend. Small goals, small blocks of time, and small action items give you  momentum to chip away at the larger goal; in this case, making time for your passion. It’s a  constant battle against the many distractions the world throws at us. But you can always make 5 minutes a day.

What are you hopeful for as we press on in 2021? What prospects excite you, scare you, and  make your heart flutter with anticipation? 

I can’t wait to travel again. When it’s safe to do so, you’ll catch me on a plane near you!

Thank you so much to Lauren for sharing her time with me, as well as sharing her story and planning journey with the Beyond the Footlights Community! You can follow Lauren on Instagram @planwithlaur, check out her her YouTube Channel, and her website at www.planwithlaur.com.

Happy Planning!

~ Ang

Lucky 13: 13 of My Luckiest Moments

Lucky 13: 13 of My Luckiest Moments

Lucky 13: 13 of My Luckiest Moments

Hello my friends!

I can’t believe I’m already saying this, but we are halfway through March! I thought February went quickly, but this month is flying by! March has kind of a lot happening: International Women’s Day, Women’s History Month, the start of daylight savings time, the first day of spring, aaaaaand St. Patrick’s Day!

I’ll be the first to say there is not an Irish bone in this little Italian girl’s body, so I never really felt connected to the spirit of St. Patty’s Day (but it WAS a great excuse to look cute and go out with friends, you know, when going out was a thing). Does anyone else feel funny about the prospect of wearing a shirt that says “Kiss me, I’m Irish” if you’re not…actually Irish? Just me?

Whether you celebrate your Irish roots on St. Patrick’s Day, choose to embrace the traditions of the holiday, or don’t really celebrate it, there is one thing associated with the holiday that I think we can all embrace: LUCK!

Since last March, I think many of us can identify with the fact that it’s been hard experience moments of luck. Obviously, those with good health, those who have made it through the last year, and have made it to March 2021 are all lucky in many, many ways. But I’m sure many people have also felt like a cloud of bad luck has washed over them in terms of work, personal feats, and other varying aspects of life. I encourage you to take a moment and a.) write down all the reasons you are currently lucky and b.) take some time to think back and reflect on some of your luckiest moments! I guarantee that you will find you are lucky and have been lucky in more ways than you could’ve guessed!

In the same spirit, here are 13 of my luckiest moments with some lucky charms of mine thrown in the mix! These luck moments span my entire 23 years- some of them from my childhood were just too good not to include! I hope you find them as enjoyable as I do!

  1. So, my lucky number is 3. Why might you ask? Well, some of the details are a little bit blurry, but I decided this is the 2nd grade. I loved second grade, I had an amazing teacher, and she made the 2nd grade experience very enjoyable. I remember coming in on this day and I want to say maybe it was a birthday of a classmate or something? I don’t remember the first event, but maybe we got to have a treat to celebrate someone or something like that. Then, I for some reason received and Alice in Wonderland coloring book from my teacher. Cool! AND THEN, I don’t recall why, but I also got to pick a prize from the classroom prize chest. I remember feeling like it was my lucky day, getting to get 3 treats in one day! From that moment on, my favorite number has been 3!
  2. Getting to meet the Jonas Brothers when I was 10 years old was another lucky moment of mine! Funny story- we have always had a radio in our bathroom. One night, I was in said bathroom and some channel was on and they were giving away tickets to their concert and meet and greet passes. I was in there listening as they chose the winner; it was this guy Bob and he was so excited because his daughter was going to be so excited and he was talking about how the dog was barking in the background. Now, these are all very general details BUT for some reason I was like “Hm. My godmother’s husband’s name is Bob. They have a dog. And he’d be talking about my cousin because she loved the Jonas Brothers…” Really it was a long shot it was them. But sure enough, that weekend we went to a family gathering and my godmother shared with me it had been Bob who won the passes and they wanted to take me as their fourth person! Another stroke of luck!
  3. I started performing in community theatre when I was about 8 and the adults around me figured out pretty quickly that this was something I was proving to be really good at and loved doing. The first “big” role I had when I was younger was Susan in Miracle on 34th Street. It was my first taste of what it was going to be life to dedicate part of my life to this craft, even if I didn’t recognize it fully at the time. In Northeast PA there are these awards called the NEPTA’s that recognize and honor the community theatres of the area- and in the Northeast PA community theatre community…it’s kinda a big deal. To make a long story short, the year I did Miracle on 34th Street I was nominated for an award for my performance and I won! It might not have been luck so much as I earned it, but I think of it as a stroke of luck because it acted as validation from a very young age that this was something I was good at and could really work at! I might not be pursuing the career I am now if it hadn’t been for that lucky moment!
  4. Going off of that, the theatre where I often performed had a little smoke shop next to it that had gas station-like snacks and things, and it became a lucky charm of mine to always go over and get Airheads to eat before performances! I have no idea why, and I don’t know what made it lucky, but there was a period of time where I wouldn’t do a show without them!
  5. I felt really lucky being able to travel to Rome and Florence with classmates my sophomore year of college! Looking back, I feel even MORE lucky, because it was meant to be a biannual trip for students, but that never panned out. For whatever reason, the theatre department made it happen while I happened to be in school and I think that was a stroke of luck- especially now that travel isn’t as simple anymore.
  6. Being able to perform with the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival during my summer’s in college always made me feel very lucky, but my sophomore year made me feel super lucky in particular. I knew I had been cast in the ensemble for the show, but a little while after finding that out, the director (one of my professors at the time) had a few people also audition to cover one of the supporting roles, as the girl they had cast would have to miss 2 performances. Low and behold, I landed the part and got to go on for my first professional supporting role as a rising junior in college! It was one of the most exciting and joyous days of my career thus far!
  7. Being able to perform as a member of the 24 Hour Plays 2020 Cohort…in the middle of a global pandemic! Being able to get professional experience from the comfort of my own home, right out of school was really rewarding and I felt extremely lucky to be part of such an incredibly talented bunch!
  8. This is really random and also didn’t really materialize BUT around this time last year I actually one one of those little giveaways on Instagram! You know, the ones you always enter, and you never win? Yeah, well I won one! It was some little jewelry brand based out of Canada and it happened right before the shutdown. They let me know they’d be waiting to send my package because they weren’t going to the post office, which obviously wasn’t a problem, but then they just….never sent the package LOL I didn’t really care, plus we were in a freaking pandemic so I didn’t press it. But man, the one time I win…
  9. Landing my marketing assistant job was a lucky break! I work on the side as a project-based marketing assistant for a blogger, and I really applied for the job on a whim. I had started following her last year when I first started blogging, and I attended one of her live workshops to just learn more about this whole world and now I work for her! I didn’t think I would get it because of my lack of experience, but it just goes to show that being yourself and your ability to be teachable are extremely important!
  10. Another little good luck thing/superstition that I had in college was to wear the same jewelry to every audition in a year. Weird, I know. Whatever necklace/rings/bracelets/earrings I would wear to the first audition of the season would be what I had to wear to all of my other auditions for the rest of the year. I felt like they had some kind of lucky powers (especially if auditions went well and I landed the parts). For a period of time freshman year, I would also wear the same blue dress. My professors probably got so sick of seeing me in that dress. Fortunately, I grew out of that dress (thanks freshman 15) and I became a normal person with multiple outfits for different purposes.
  11. Obviously, the pandemic brought a lot of sadness and loss into everyone’s lives in different and individual ways. With that being said, looking back a year later, I believe I was very lucky to be in the position I was in. I had a family and a home to come back to, we had enough supplies to last us, no one in my family got really sick with Covid, and I was able to reap the benefits of unemployment and actually get some money into my savings. It all could have been much, MUCH worse, and for that I feel very lucky.
  12. Getting on a list for my vaccine! Because of my job, I was able to get one a vaccine list, and I should be able to receive my shot when the next batch of doses is available to employees! And I feel very lucky that many of my loved ones were able to get vaccinated!
  13. Finally, I feel extremely lucky for having the courage to follow my heart, start this blog, and for all of the amazing things that are coming out of it! I am finally starting to feel like I have a community both on this page and on my Instagram, and I’m seeing slow and steady growth! I feel very lucky to have been in my humanities class the day that my teacher asked us “what is one thing you would do if it wasn’t for your fear of failure?” I told my whole class that I would want to start a blog but was afraid no one would follow along or care about what I had to say. I’m very lucky to say now that I’m glad I didn’t let fear stand in my way.

Count your blessings, reflect on all your moments of luck, and celebrate safely this St. Patrick’s Day! Stay tuned for the March Passion Piece Feature next week and be sure to keep an eye on my Instagram at this end of this month for a new partnership/giveaway!

Lots of love!

~ Ang

How to Prep for Daylight Savings Time

How to Prep for Daylight Savings Time

How to Prep for Daylight Savings Time

Happy Monday, my friends!

I hope your March is off to a wonderful start! I love the spring but it dooooes come with one tiny little downfall…daylight savings. Losing that hour of sleep? Yikes. I don’t know if anyone else experiences this, but some years losing that hour absolutely rocks my world and other years I feel completely fine! I’ve felt better in my adult years, so maybe it was a thing of the past? Who knows, I’ll report back on that one LOL

If you are not like me and losing an hour during daylight savings time IS a major slap in the face to your routine and schedule, you might be wondering how you can prevent that from happening this year or even just lessen the blow a bit. Based on my own experiences and a little bit of research, here are some helpful hints for surviving the monster that is daylight savings time!

Don’t Change Your Routine

Even though we are about to experience a little shake up in our routines, it’s just a blip on the radar! You don’t need to let it alter your whole routine! In fact, I think maintaining your typical routine is essential in getting through this time. Are you an early riser? Don’t compromise your schedule by pushing back your daily start time. Don’t push back or put off the workout, try to keep your days going just like any other. Your body won’t notice such a sudden change if you just keep your routine going as usual!

If You Don’t Have a Routine…Get One!

How to Prep for Daylight Savings Time

On the flip side, don’t have a real routine? Get one! Particularly a morning routine. Establish a daily start time for yourself and stick to it! From there, planning out how you start your day to set yourself up for success is totally up to you! Try your best to establish the basis of your routine- what you do first, second, third, and so on. Maybe you get up, make the bed, complete your gratitude practice, chug a glass of water, do a yoga flow, shower/brush teeth/skincare, then get dressed, do makeup, and get to work! That’s just an example of how to set yourself up for greatness with your routine right off the bat. Set up your routine in a way that works for you and then stick to it!

Go to Bed Earlier & Start Earlier

Listen. I love sleep and I SO appreciate the days that I’m able to sleep in. But during the switch up of daylight savings time, I encourage you to get an early start! If you’re going to go to bed earlier, adjust the time you’re waking up accordingly as well. If your body is telling you to get up, get up! And going off of this note…

Listen to Your Body

Again, if you’re body clock is telling you it’s time to go, get goin’! But, at the same time, if your body is telling you to slow down, slow down. If your body is craving an extra hour of sleep and you can afford it, then absolutely take that. If you’re craving a little afternoon cat nap, do it up! While maintaining your routine IS important during this transition, it’s much more important to listen to what your body is telling you. Don’t run yourself down if you can help it!

Take in the Sun!

Yes, daylight savings time is about to take away an hour of our beauty sleep, but what we are about to lose in sleep we are going to gain back in SUNSHINE! WOOHOO! Very few things make me happier than sunnier, longer days. Going outside, or even just finding a sweet little pocket of sun in your home is going to make you forget about that lost hour of sleep so freaking fast! There’s nothing better than a little Vitamin D to brighten your spirit and warm your soul. And, of course, if you’re going to be out in the sun make sure your skincare routine involves sunscreen and make sure to stay hydrated!

Try to Stay Off Electronics Before Bed

Limiting your electronic screen time before bed is always a good thing, but it will do you even better during the daylight savings transition. This is something I’ve been generally trying to implement into my nightly routine to ensure better rest for myself. While it seems like a no brainer, I’ve truthfully found limiting my screen time at night to be a struggle! More of a struggle of willpower, really, so if you’ve got stronger willpower than me chances are good you’ll be just fine! In the settings on my phone, I’ve set time limits on my social media apps; they lock at 11pm. The tricky part is, you always have the option to ignore the limit…which I’m guilty of doing. Aside from that, I turn my phone on do not disturb around 10pm. Staying off those screens before bed has been proven to improve your quality of sleep which will be SUPER important for you during this transition!

How to Prep for Daylight Savings Time

Develop a Wind-Down Routine

Once you’ve got your phone silenced and your limits set, you’re going to want to develop a wind-down routine for yourself to help get ready for bed. For me, my wind down routine usually starts with showering, doing my evening skincare routine, brushing my teeth, getting into my warm pajamas and getting into bed. Then, I’ll fill in my daily gratitude journal, and sometimes I’ll write in my regular journal as well. One of the monthly goals I usually set for myself is to read 1-2 books, and the last thing in my wind down routine is to at least read a chapter or two of whatever book I’m reading! I’ve found that reading before bed relaxes me just enough to get me ready for a good night’s sleep. Include anything in your wind-down routine that will get you feeling the same way!


Hopefully this little handful of tips will help you survive Daylight Savings Time and come out on the other side with your routine still intact! Mother Nature is about to pull us out of the winter blues slump and launch us forward into a beautiful new season of spring! Soak up the sun and enjoy a little extra time in your day- make the most of it however you can!

I’m sure plenty of you are feeling exactly as I am: like the month of March holds a lot of weight to it. It’s been a year since we were thrust into this new, crazy world that we’ve been living in, and of course, the month of March brings up what/how we were feeling this time last year. I’m right there with you; I had a tough time processing that we were entering March. But, and I say this in practice right along with you, I hope that the start of this spring season brings you a brand-new sense of peace and growth.

I love you lots!!

~Ang

10 Ways to ‘Spring Clean’ Your Life

10 Ways to ‘Spring Clean’ Your Life

10 Ways to Spring Clean Your Life

Haaaaappy March! Spring is on the way (hopefully)!

To me, spring seems to mark a fresh start more than the New Year does. I mean, think about it: we are in winter from December-March, so January and February can sometimes just feel like an extension of the previous year (this year ESPECIALLY). So, when the days start getting longer, the weather starts to heat up just a tad (again, hopefully), and all this new life starts to pop up in nature, THAT’S when I can feel the start of something new coming about (excuse my HSM reference).

If you’re anything like me, this spring fresh start also means it’s time to clean house, literally and figuratively. We want to start these new, sunnier, days with our space, our minds, and our bodies in a new place as well, right?! We are all familiar with the idea of spring-cleaning aka cleaning up our homes and spaces for the new season to come, but how can we take this idea of spring cleaning and incorporate it into other areas of our lives?

Here are 10 ways to help you ‘Spring Clean’ your life!

Find Some New Spring Inspo

Back in January I wrote about How to Create Your 2021 Vision Board, but who knows, your visions may have changed by now! You might’ve already accomplished some of the goals you had set out to accomplish, or maybe you’ve completely changed your perspective and have gone back to the drawing board. Both are great! Either way, you may need to look for some new inspiration as the spring season starts! Finding new quotes of graphics that align with where you are at this season could be a great start. Or maybe you just want to fill your life with all things spring! If you work from home, or you aren’t able to get out into nature as much as you wish you could, maybe you plaster your screens and the area around you with new spring photos/decor! You can check out my Pinterest HERE for some spring-y, new ideas!

Refresh Your Goals and Your Approach

Start a fresh new set of goals for the spring season! As you might already know, I like to set monthly goals for myself, so maybe you just start with a fresh, new set of goals for March! Or maybe you compile a new set of goals to take you until the start of summer- a more seasonal way of goal planning! If you feel comfortable and confident in the goals you’ve already established for yourself, maybe use this season to refresh the steps you’re taking in order to help you achieve your goals! Perhaps some are working, and others are not, which may be holding you back!

Examine Your Relationships/Friendships

Now that the excitement of a new year and new goals may have settle down a little bit, use this time to look at how your relationships are serving you and how you are serving them. This is a great time to look at your relationships, what is working, and what isn’t working from both parties. If you and your significant other, a member of your family, or a close friend have maybe been a little off and communication hasn’t been great- now is a great time to reassess where you’re at. Having an open dialogue about what you both need/do not need or want is extremely important. Are there ways you know you can do better for your people? Tell them. Are there things you need from others that you aren’t receiving? Tell them. The only thing that won’t help is keeping it all in another season longer! And ultimately, if there are people in your life you feel you need to let go of, this is the perfect time for a fresh start.

‘Clean Up’ Your Habits

Use this time to spruce up the habits in your life! Want to be more active? Cut back on junk food? Drink more water? Get to bed earlier and wake up earlier? Want to start journaling or reading more? Now is the perfect time! Take stock of what comprises your routines and adjust accordingly!

Social Media Detox/Revamp

If a social media ~cleanse~ of sorts is something you feel would help clear your headspace as you enter the spring, DO IT UP! Even if you don’t want to give up all platforms entirely, you can set time limits on your apps and maybe you can decide to seriously limit the time you spend on your phone each day! You could also use this time to de-clutter your social media by unfollowing accounts you don’t engage with anymore. Take a scroll through who you follow and have no mercy! If you’re feeling like you need to mute someone, DO IT! There is absolutely no shame in it, and no one will know but you. If it will save your sanity when you do spend time online, I encourage it! I think this is one of the easiest ways to ‘spring clean’ your mind!

10 Ways to Spring Clean Your Life

If you’re on the opposite end of the spectrum and you’re looking to totally revamp or rebrand your social media platforms, this would be a great time to do that as well! Everything else is the world is blossoming into what it’s meant to be, why shouldn’t you?!

De-Clutter Your Space

Marie Kondo that shit. If it doesn’t bring you ultimate joy, TOSS IT. Go through it all: the boxes of memorabilia everywhere, the top shelves of your closet, clothes, shoes, books, papers, files on your computer, makeup, bathroom cabinets, etc. Go through your winter wardrobe, assess what you didn’t wear, and take that stuff to Goodwill or sell it! Also clean out the spaces where you spend most of your time…the car, your desk, or your home office! I did this when I came back home from living in my apartment and I’m SO ready to do it again! While you’re on a roll, after you’ve gotten rid of things, do your best to organize what is left in all of your spaces! Buy the cute organization boxes, you won’t regret it.

Get Your Finances Straight

I know that I always feel 1,000% better when I have my finances straight! If you don’t already keep a spreadsheet or log of your spending/earnings/bills, now is the perfect time to start! For bills I pay, this helps me stay on top of what is coming up AND helps keep my extra spending in check. It’s as easy as making a Google spreadsheet! In my Bullet Journal Templates I also have sheets to help you track your spending/earning! This could also be a great time to start putting a little piece of your paycheck into your savings (if you don’t already)! This will help you out in the long run!

Find Quiet Time

Carve out time in your day or throughout the week to just find quiet. Put your phone on silent, close the laptop, and find time to simply be with yourself. I know for me personally, I love quiet time. I definitely suffer from constant running thoughts, so when I’m able to quiet my mind, even just for a little while, it’s always a treasure. Read a book, meditate, journal, just sit and reflect on your day, do your gratitude practice- do anything that allows you to be more present!

10 Ways to Spring Clean Your Life

Find Time for Self-Care

This might not be all that different from finding quiet time, but find time in your life to practice self-care, whatever that means to you! Moving your body, enjoying a cup of coffee, taking a bath, paying your bills, planning out your week- anything! Just find time that is completely YOURS to be selfish with!

Try Something New

We’ve all gotten really good at adopting new skills since the pandemic made us all professional bakers, knitters, and crafters! But there is always room to try something new or find a new hobby! Or, if you’ve been wanting to do something you used to do a lot, but you’ve been putting off, now is the perfect time to get into it! We are extremely lucky to live in a world where we have the technology to take online classes and find so much information online. It’s all there at our fingertips, you just have to go for it!

I hope these ideas will help you ‘Spring Clean’ your life as we approach spring! Keep holding on, the sunshine and warmth is coming our way!

Lots of love!

~Ang

Monthly Minute

Monthly Minute

Monthly Minute
February Round Up

February Round Up

Hellooooo!

The second month of 2021 is in the books! How are you doing, how are you feeling? Is 2021 just 2020 in a wig? Who’s to say. BUT if you’re reading this post, you’ve at least made it this far!

To be completely transparent, this month kicked my butt royally. Many tears were shed. Growing into “adulthood” is hard. Period. Particularly in the last few weeks, I’ve felt really out of sorts and like I’m just pulling myself through. I’m grateful to have such a strong support system though, which has made this tough month a lot more bearable.

I’m sure that many of you 20-something’s can totally relate to what I’m feeling- this impending sense of “now what do I do?” My theatre artist friends in particular. I’m happy to have any job(s) at all right now, but not being able to truly do what I love, or even something close, is difficult and disheartening. My feeling of frustration comes from a deep passion for the art that I love and not being willing to give up on that dream. Frustration and passions don’t seem like they fit together in the same sentence like that, but it’s hard when you want to pursue what you love, that industry is not really happening, and you’ve got bills and student loans hanging over your head (although, bless that extension). All this is to say: if you are reading this and this struggle continues to sting or hit you harder this month like it did me- I see you. I hear you. You are not alone, and we will find a way.

ANYWAY.

Let’s talk about February goals. Since I started writing monthly goals for myself back in June, I’ve noticed 2 things. 1.) my list of goals gets longer every month and 2.) even though my list has more goals on it, they are smaller, more tangible goals. I’m starting to get really specific about what I’d like to accomplish or implement in my life each month and the more specific I am, the more I can plan to take steps of action towards reaching those goals. I guess I’m also just learning more about myself, my routine, and what I can handle month to month! Going back and reviewing the goals I’ve set in past months has illuminated a lot about my growth process, and the goal setting/reviewing process is something I look forward to every month.

Some of my goals for February that I crushed were

  • Keep not looking at who views my Insta story
    • A little background. I will admit, I’m aware it’s REAL unhealthy, but I pay attention to my follower count and who is viewing my stories or not. I mostly pay attention to the follower count mainly because I am trying really hard to grow my brand online, gain exposure, and reach the goals I set on that front. But looking at who views my stories has been an additional struggle in my battle of “worrying what other people are doing or thinking.” I would find that I could still see when people I had muted (for my own mental sanity) had viewed my story, then I would look at their story if they had one…which defeated the purpose of having those people muted…a viscous cycle. SO, I’ve made it a goal to not view my story views and I’ve done really well!
  • Stay consistent with my Dance From Home Classes 🙂
  • Try not to spend on anything other than necessities (bill/birthdays)
    • Although I did spend a little on others things, I really did well with this this month
  • Read 1-2 books 🙂

Now, some things I didn’t quite crush…

  • Doing yoga 2-3x per week
    • I did do a decent amount of yoga this month, but not consistently like this every week
  • Actually stay off of my phone until my limits are up/once the limit starts 🙁
  • Less junk food, more water
    • Nailed the water, not so much the food…

Here were my blog goals!

  • Gain 5-10 new blog followers 🙂
  • Reach 1,600 followers on Instagram (or close to that) 🙂
  • Reach out to 1-2 brands 🙂
  • Work on Pinterest :/
  • Get ahead on plans and content :/
  • Post more consistently 🙂

Let’s move on to my favorites from this month!

Books

Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah

Y’all. This book. THIS BOOK! You must read it, it was so good- good doesn’t even describe how good it was. I thought it was exceptional. If you are a friend, daughter, mother, sister…you need to read it. I was so invested in the characters and their stories and I literally sobbed when I finished it. I can’t wait for all my friends to read it. Apparently, there is a sequel book and I NEED to get it pronto. Don’t walk, RUN to get this one.

Go Down Together: The Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde by Jeff Guinn

I’m reading this one currently! I am lowkey obsessed with the story of Bonnie and Clyde, and I’ve had this book on my shelf for many, many years but never made it all the way through. Once I finished Firefly Land, I picked this one up and decided to give it another shot! The first time I tried to read it I think I was too young to fully grasp the writing and the story, so it’s much more interesting to me now!

TV

Firefly Lane: The Series

DO. NOT. WATCH. I feel very passionate about this. If you are going to watch, you need to read the book first. And I hate to tell you, if you do that, you will be extremely disappointed by the show. It is absolutely nothing like the book, it’s infuriating. I don’t know if anyone else gets this heated when tv/movies are entirely different from the book, but I do. I was so excited to watch the show right after finishing the book, since it just came out, and I was so disappointed. I watched the whole season because I was semi invested in this entirely new story they decided to tell, but I would 1,000% recommend just reading the book and leaving the show well enough alone.

Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel

I just started this! I can’t speak to the quality of the show too much just yet, but it’s freaky for sure!

Other

Tik Tok

So…I’m late. LOL. Seriously, I’m light years behind. But I finally took the plunge and made a Tik Tok and my mom and I have really enjoyed sitting and watching videos together and cracking up. I only have 4 videos so far, 3 of which are singing, so we’ll see where this goes! I’m excited to create new content, just have to find the right spark! You can follow me @angelalarose1026

Be on the lookout next month for some cool and exciting collaborations with some brands and products that I LOVE!

As we finish up February and head into March, I will be participating in Lent leading up to Easter in April! Every year I give something up, and usually it’s the same thing…C H I P S. I still gave up chips this year, but I also am giving up social media time before bed and always hitting ignore when my time limit comes up! I’m hoping this will help me sleep better and turn my mind off a bit more before heading to bed. Here’s hoping!

You made it through another month as we come up on the one-year mark of this “new” pandemic world. But what matters is that you made it through to see the other side of this month, and you will press on into a new one!

I hope your March is as lucky as ever!

Lots of Love

~Ang

Passion Piece Feature

Passion Piece Feature

Passion Piece Feature: Self-Love Edition

Self-Love Edition

Hello, beauties!

A little change of pace today for our February Passion Piece Feature!!! Rather than featuring one individual this month, we’ve got a little group feature! Since self-love has been on my mind and in my heart this month, I took to social media and asked my friends and followers to share with me a little bit about self-love through their own eyes. I don’t think there is one way to define “self-love;” it isn’t a one-size-fits-all type of idea. We are all so unique and outstanding in our own beautiful ways, which means that how we each practice and recognize self-love is entirely individual.

You’re probably thinking “tell me something I don’t know, Angela, of course we are all different!” YES. RIGHT. SO. Why am I highlighting this? Because I think it’s important to note, for individuals of all ages, that the practice of self-care and what that idea means for you does not have to be static. Every day, every month, every year- your self-care practices and the way you view what self-love is is bound to change. And it should! That only means you are growing and learning more about yourself and the crazy, weird, complex thing that love (in all its forms) is.

I asked my little hive to share with me a time when they practiced a radical act of self-love, something they love about themselves, or what self-love means to them. These nine individuals are some of my closest friends, and I am so grateful to be able to feature them this week- even just a little bit! The variety in their responses has been so incredible and has illuminated new ways in which I can look for and cultivate self-love in my own life. I hope they do the same for you. I’ll share my little blurb at the end, but for now, check out what these beautiful humans (we shall call them “The Self-Love Brothers and Sisters”) had to say on self-love!

The Self-Love Brothers and Sisters

Alexia, 23, Philadelphia, PA

Passion Piece Feature: Self-Love Edition

“Self-Love: Having a solo dance party and filming clips of it to see my pure happiness. Learning to do my makeup for ME and no one else. Dying my hair HOT pink because I wanted to. Cutting toxic people out of my life was the biggest act of self-love I have ever performed. I love my ambition and drive to be the best person I can be.”

Molly, 19, Lansdale, PA

Passion Piece Feature: Self-Love Edition

“I honestly struggle to be compassionate & loving with myself and it’s constantly a work in progress for me personally, but I was really proud of myself for the way I committed myself to getting into better physical & mental shape over quarantine! I came out of freshman year feeling really crappy about myself given my own mental state & the people and energy I was investing so much of myself into, and I knew that I was capable of and wanted so much better for myself, so I went for it! & I still have some really shit days and mental health is up and down but that was a choice out of love for myself that I was really genuinely proud of.”

Lexi, 21, Hazleton, PA

Passion Piece Feature: Self-Love Edition

“I love that I love helping other people. I love that, as a consumer, I make eco conscious choices whenever I can. I love my creativity and DIY spirit. I love how my hair dries in waves when I shower before bed.”

Arrianna, 22, Pottsville, PA

Passion Piece Feature: Self-Love Edition

“My boyfriend at the time broke up with me about two months before I left to study abroad. I spent those three months overseas to discover who I am, what I love, where I needed to grow, and honestly just take in the world around me to appreciate the big picture rather than getting stuck on the small stuff that doesn’t matter.”

Cathy, 23, Macungie, PA

Passion Piece Feature: Self-Love Edition

“To me, self-love is about putting your health and well-being before the trivial aspects of life!”

Bella, 21, Souderton, PA

Passion Piece Feature: Self-Love Edition

“I’ve been on the self-love, single gal train for almost 5 years now…(wow) And I’ve definitely learned so much about myself! These past 5 years I’ve committed to listening to MY wants, needs, and passions. I’ve learned how I show love and how I like to receive love. I’ve learned what I deserve and not to settle even if lonely nights seem to find me more often than not. I know this all sounds so stereotypical but the day I decided to put myself first and start the journey to self-love, I’ve never looked back! That isn’t to say that I don’t still have to actively remind myself to be nice to my body and mind but it’s a battle I am willing to fight every day.”

Kailey, 22, Royersford, PA

Passion Piece Feature: Self-Love Edition

“Studying abroad, even when I was in a serious relationship. I decided to be selfish and it was the best decision I made. Now that I’m not with that person, I’m glad I did it and chose to put myself first. Best decision I ever made.”

Ryan, 21, Laredo, TX

Passion Piece Feature: Self-Love Edition

“Self-love means doing things that make you happy.”

Chloe, 26, Minneapolis, MN

Passion Piece Feature: Self-Love Edition

“Before the pandemic I would take myself on dates! Get my nails done, have a museum day, dress up and go to dinner. It was learning that being alone doesn’t have to mean being lonely and instead focusing on how to fall in love with being by yourself because at the end of the day you are with you until the very end💛”


Angela, 23, Sugarloaf, PA

Passion Piece Feature: Self-Love Edition

To me, self-love is learning what you need and refusing to settle for anything less than that. It means cultivating a schedule and a routine that serves your needs on a daily basis and doing what you can to make the unpredictable moments a little less stressful. I’m still working on that. It means refusing to settle and always pushing yourself to try new things and being as open to change as you can be (REALLY still working on that). In my own life, spending serious time on my own and learning how to love myself in the last year and a half has been the ultimate act of self-love. Working on myself, for myself, and for the future individual(s) I will come to love is one of the greatest gifts I could ever give myself in the long run. Little random acts of self-love that I try to do often are manifesting, putting the phone down when I feel burnt out, eating foods I like because I can, and spending time in the quiet.

I hope that now, more than ever, you are finding new ways to practice self-love, and maybe dusting off ways in which you’ve practiced before if it’s been a while since you’ve taken time for YOU. You can start by writing down 3 things you love about yourself every day, or simply by listening to your body and honoring your own needs NO MATTER WHAT. You are so loved, and you deserve to feel that. What better way than to start from within?

I love you, friends!

~Ang

Monthly Minute

Monthly Minute

January Monthly Minute

January Round-Up

Hello, friends!

We’ve survived the first month of 2021! We have a new President, a new LADY Vice President. There is hope! While a new year and a new month cannot erase the scars left by the year-that-shall-not-be-named, I hope, nonetheless, that your year is off to a great start!

These monthly round posts are always some of my favorite to write because they help me take time to reflect on the smaller moments that make up the grand scheme of things. Going forward in this year, I encourage you to try to do this as well. I love to plan and look ahead, that’s part of who I am, but learning how to break my year down into months and my months down into weeks have infinitely helped me stay in the moment more while still allowing me to look ahead. Just not on such a grand, large scale!

January always feels like it lasts for an eternity, and this year the month was no different. At first, I felt like there was momentum but about right in the middle of the month I felt things slow down. That’s probably because I had started to better settle into the new routines I set out to establish in this new year. Let me tell you a bit about my January!

If I had to land on a word that would describe my January it would probably be ‘accountability,’ as I started a few new things that would require me to demand accountability from myself, for myself. First, I joined The Ensemble Membership with Dance From Home (check out my Passion Piece Feature with the owner of Dance From Home, Megan Bowen, HERE)! This meant that I would be taking 2 dance classes and 2 dance cardio/ strengthening classes a week. I was really excited and anxious to bring dance and activity back into my life in a more intentional way and being part of the membership has been completely worth it. This did, however, require discipline- because it’s been a minute since I had a regularly show up for myself like this.

I have always been one to start something like this and never finish it. I said it. But, for many reasons, I wanted to push myself in this first month of a new year and a new venture to stop making excuses. Every time I felt like not showing up to a class, I showed up. It was hard after a long day at work to bring myself to class sometimes, but I did it because I knew I would feel much better when it was finished. Some days, I struggled and had to really modify. Some days, my mind and body surprised me in how well they showed up for me. It was a move I didn’t know I needed to make, but I’m so glad I did.

I also took part in Yoga with Adriene’s 30-Day Yoga Journey that she curates every January. This year, the theme was Breath. It was my first year taking part in the journey as a new yoga teacher myself; the depth and growth I was able to cultivate in the daily practice was incredible. I love yoga so very much, but this, too, was still a challenge in dedication and discipline for me! Because I was also taking the classes with Dance From Home every night, I had to do the yoga videos in the morning before work- most days at around 6am (you can see why getting my a** to those dance classes was a little tough sometimes lol). As you’re reading this, I’m in the final week of the challenge!

Because I wanted to approach this 30-day journey in a new way, I decided to put together an accountability group for any friends of mine who were looking to take part in the challenge and wanted to feel the support of a closer community. I had about 9 girls join the group, and we communicated almost every day- keeping each other accountable and on track. I loved having a group to go to myself, because even though I was “leading” the group, I needed them for accountability just as much as they needed me. It was beautiful to see women from many different corners of my life all come together to practice yoga and support one another- whether they had met before or not!

I am SO proud of myself- I accomplished almost all the personal and blog goals I set for myself this month! None of them were huge goals, all little things for myself, but the fact that I stayed committed to them makes me very happy. I’m hoping to carry this momentum with me into February and the rest of 2021!

Now, onto some things I LOVED this month!

Books/TV

  • Didn’t See That Coming by Rachel Hollis
  • Bridgerton (Netflix)….DUH
  • Night Stalker (Netflix)…creepy AF but good
  • Yoga With Adriene 30-Day Yoga Journey: Breath
    • P.S. this content is free on YouTube and you can complete the videos any time you want! Give it a try and let me know if you do!!!

Products

  • Verb Energy Bars
    • Click HERE to try 4 of their top flavors for only $0.95!
  • OPI Gel Nail Polish
    • This is quickly becoming my favorite gel nail polish brand! So far, I’ve found the handful of colors I have at T.J. Maxx or Marshall’s! If you want to read up on how I do my own gel manicure at home for WAY less than the salon, click HERE!
  • Bliss- Bright Idea Vitamin C + Tri-Peptide Collagen Protecting & Brightening Serum
    • I had been searching for a vitamin C serum for a while, and I found this one at CVS! It’s affordable, smells SO yummy, and makes my skin look bright and beautiful!

Habits

  • Keeping my stainless-steel water bottle on my night stand- first thing I would do when I woke up was drink water to get things moving and grooving in my body! Still cold from the night before!
  • Setting time limits on my phone!!! Never before 8 and never after 11!…now I just have to…stick to it…

There you have it! JANUARY! Like I said before, the start of a new year and a new month can’t erase what our world is going through or what I’ve gone through personally since last March, but I do feel like having this little bit of a fresh start set me on a new and promising path! I feel a little bit lighter and I feel like I’m starting to cultivate better behaviors that will serve me physically, mentally, and spiritually in 2021. Here’s to carrying this energy through for the next 11 months! We can do hard things!

Next week is FEBRUARY! If you want to grab the blog’s February Freebie, The February Self-Love Journal, head to the homepage and subscribe with an email!

Lots of love!

~ Ang