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November Round Up

November Round Up

Hello!!!

Holy gumdrops, it’s almost DECEMBER! I hope you all had the most amazing and SAFE Thankgivings! It’s so hard for me to even grasp that we are on our way to CHRISTMAS. Honestly, even though 2020 has been an absolute dumpster fire, it really has flown by!

I don’t know about you, but now that the year is coming to a close, I find myself sitting with the thought of where I was this time last year. Like, holy crap, talk about change. I do try really hard not to get too caught up in thoughts of “pre-pandemic” times, but it’s wild to me that we all knew 2020 would be big, but never in a million years did anyone expect all the events that transpired.

I don’t want to get too deep or too invested in a recap of the year (that’s for December content, wink wink), but it is important that we take a moment to recognize the growth I know we have all made in one way or another in 2020. Hello, if this pandemic hadn’t happened, I don’t think I would have been sitting here writing this for you, and you wouldn’t be sitting here reading it! Starting the blog was one event this year for me that set me on a new path that ultimately led me down so many other avenues that I hope to continue to pursue.

Setting my monthly goals for myself was something I DID NOT DO prior to starting the blog. So, showing up for myself (and for you all with these recaps) is something I am really proud of! SO, on that note, let’s hop into my November Round Up!

First of all, HUGE step for me and the blog…we reached 100 followers this month!!! Grow with the blog has been slow and steady since I started it back in May but having 100 people who follow and subscribe wasn’t something I had anticipated achieving in my first year! So, if you’re reading this, a huge thank you to YOU for your support! I also wanted to create a new freebie for subscribers, get ahead on content, and land at least 1 partnership with a brand, all of which I accomplished!

In my personal life this month, I wanted to work on my physical health a bit! I’ve always been very active because of my involvement with theatre and dance, but I’ll be honest…working out has not always been my favorite thing to do. I love yoga, and because of my teacher training I’ve done a lot of yoga during this quarantine, but I really wanted to start doing more to get my body moving. I haven’t done a lot of dancing since the theatre industry shut down, for lack of space and lack of motivation. Recently, I started following Megan Bowen and her business Dance From Home and I just finished her 14 Day Get Up and Dance Challenge! It included dance cardio workouts, strengthening workouts, and self-love exercises, and I’m so proud of myself for finishing it! It felt amazing to get my body moving on a regular basis and begin to love my body and meet it where it’s at. Typically during the holiday season, I slack off on moving my body and I end up feeling terrible about myself after enjoying all the holiday food. But I can honestly say that right now, I feel the best I’ve felt during this season in a LONG time! I’m ready to jump into the holidays, stay active, eat whatever the heck I want because I can, and enjoy it ALL!

Some other goals of mine were:

  • Try not to spend unnecessarily– I did still spend money on myself and some things I probably could’ve done without, but I did spend less than I did in October! Even small wins are still wins!
  • Keep manifesting– 🙂
  • Fill out gratitude journal every night– I didn’t land EVERY night, but I only missed one or two!
  • Pick at least one day to social media cleanse– This, I didn’t do. BUT I did set limits on my social media at night/in the mornings! I love that the iPhone allows you to set time limits on apps that you choose. I set a limit for myself from 11pm-8am. Going forward, I would like to have the limit start earlier and end later!
  • Read 1-2 books– Nailed it! Unless I was feeling particularly exhausted, I would read at least 1 chapter of my book before bed (since I set the limits on my phone!).

Like I always say, every month is hit or miss in terms of reaching my goals! November was a pretty decent month for goal reaching, but there were still some marks I missed AND there were marks that I kind of hit! I’m learning to be gentle with myself, so I encourage you to practice being gentle with yourself too! Now, here are some things I’ve watched/read/loved this month!

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TV

Schitt’s Creek

I finally finished the series this month and I LOVED it! It took me a while to warm up to the show, but I got so invested in the characters as their stories developed. I can’t say much because I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t watched but I TOTALLY cried watching the final episode!

Killing Eve (Season 3)

I watched the first two seasons of Killing Eve early on in the pandemic, so I was really excited to see season 3 on Hulu a few weeks ago! Honestly, it hasn’t thrilled me, I’m not going as crazy over it as I was in season 2. I had to Google the ending of season 2 because there was no kind of recap, and I kind of feel like a third season was a little bit of a stretch. It was still entertaining; I just wasn’t as sucked in as I had been with season 2!

Grey’s Anatomy

Ok, listen. I am a devoted Grey’s fan, and while I do kind of think it’s been going on for too long, I am STILL watching. I got all caught up in the early Corona days, so I was ready when they announced they were coming back to TV. I commend the writers for their pivot into the current circumstances of 2020, it is interesting to see the medical field right now portrayed on TV. How true to the times it really is, I’m not sure. The first few episodes have really had me in my feels though. I’m excited to see where they take things.

And, of course, I’ve been watching Dancing with the Stars and The Bachelorette religiously! I love Kaitlyn Bristowe but…Nev should’ve won. There, I said it. For the Bachelorette, I’m predicting Ben, Ivan, Brendan, and Zach will make it far. Maybe Noah? They’re the top contenders in my opinion.

Books

An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

During the summer, I read The Wife Between Us by this writing duo and I LOVED the psychological thriller so much that when I saw this book on a rack at Barnes and Noble for $7 I just had to get it! They did not disappoint with this one either! I was hooked right from the beginning, always asking questions and wondering where the plot line was heading! If you love a psychological thriller, their books are for you. You will be flipping the pages so quickly searching for answers, you’ll be done reading in the blink of an eye. Then, you’ll have to pick up another one of their books like I did! I finished this book and the next day I ordered their book You Are Not Alone! Check them out!

Podcasts

Chatty Broads

Chatty Broads is hosted by Bekah Matrinez (Bachelor alum) and Jess Ambrose, and I LIVE for their recaps of The Bachelorette on Wednesdays. Seriously, if you’re looking for the most entertaining and information filled Bachelor/Bachelorette recap, look no further! I am going to get into listening to their other episodes because I just vibe with them so much!!

Extras

Verb Energy Bars

I love these little nuggets! Each bar is only 90 calories, has as much caffeine (from green tea) as a shot of espresso, and they are yummy! They’re just so easy to throw in my bag to take to work, and they’re the perfect mid-day pick me up when I hit that 3 o’clock slump! If you’re interested in trying out the bars for yourself risk-free (seriously, no strings attached) you can click HERE to get a trial 4-pack for only $0.95! Salted Peanut Butter is my absolute FAV!

Liquid I.V.

Y’all know that Liquid I.V. is a CONSTANT favorite of mine! This month I tried the Strawberry and Apple Pie flavors, and they were to die for! I particularly enjoyed the Strawberry, it tastes like strawberry milk…only it’s water, not milk LOL if you want to try either of these flavors, the energy multiplier, the immune support blend, and more click HERE for 25% off your order + free shipping!!

Well friends, get ready for some more holiday content coming your way in the coming weeks! I hope you all jump into December with kindness, happiness, and love! Talk soon!

~ Ang

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September Round Up

September Round Up

Wake Up! September is almost over!

Thank you for indulging in my cheesy Green Day Reference.

ANYWAY!

Summer has come and gone, and we have officially made it through the first little bit of fall! I don’t know about you, but as I get older, I’m more aware of how quickly the year goes by. Things that happened last September feel like they JUST happened, and I always have to check myself and remind myself…it’s been a year, sister.

September was a great month; it was exciting in lots of new ways, but still the same-old-same-old in many ways, too. First and foremost, in addition to my lovely retail job I started a new job as a remote marketing assistant for a blogging business!!! It’s all very new and I am learning a lot, but I have loved every minute so far. I have to say, I am not anywhere NEAR where I had thought I would be at this point in the game a year ago but I do think I ended up where I am for a reason. Although actively pursuing a career in the theatre right now is not really possible, I do feel like I am continuing to grow and better myself for when that big reopening does happen (because it WILL happen). Also, this month I taught my first yoga class as my final assignment for my training! I am just about finished up, just ironing out a few logistical things, but stay tuned next month for the official announcement of my completion!

The things I choose to write about in these monthly round up posts are constantly changing, just because I don’t think I can really have a template for how life is going to play out that month and what I am going to need more/less of in my life! Some months I have had tons of time to watch TV and read books, other months I feel like I’m constantly being tugged at by work, and so on and so forth. This month, I’m going to share with you some books I read (I was actually able to read a lot), some products that have been life savers in my busy schedule, and some things I have added into my routine to make my soul a little happier!

Books

Moonology by Yasmin Boland

One of the goals I set for myself for September was to start manifesting, and coincidentally, this book is all about manifesting with the cycles of the moon. I got the book to read as part of the Simple Ayurveda online book club thinking that it was only about the moon, so I was pleasantly surprised when I got it and found out it had a lot to do with manifestation (one might say…I manifested for this…?). Boland is truly an expert in her field, and this book is a wonderful starting point for newcomers to manifesting like myself. I’m fascinated by how the moon and astrology control our lives and I have loved bringing manifestation into my life!

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The Whisper Man by Alex North

This book was spooky. Creepy. But an absolute page turner! Full disclosure: I am a little afraid of the dark and reading this book alone in my room at night definitely left me sitting up for longer than usual. I picked this book up at Sam’s Club not thinking I’d love it, but it was such a great read. Usually, I find thrillers to be a little predictable, or I can just unravel them quickly, but this one truly kept me guessing the whole way through. The author did a beautiful job of connecting all the dots as the twists and turns unfolded. Check it out!

Untamed by Glennon Doyle

This is the book that I am in the process of reading, but so far, I love it! My mom actually read it first and wouldn’t stop raving about it, saying every young woman should read it. She kindly got me my own copy (because she knows I like to highlight and underline and all that) and I am loving how raw and honest it is so far.

TV

Ratchet (Netflix)

If you are a Ryan Murphy/ American Horror Story lover, this show is DEFINITELY for you. I am not up to date on AHS whatsoever, but I love Sarah Paulson and Finn Wittrock so I decided to give this show a shot. There are only 8 episodes up right now, but I literally started it on a Friday night and was finished by Saturday night. I couldn’t stop!!! Of course, if you’re familiar with Ryan Murphy’s work, it usually has that effect of viewers. It’s kind of so sickening and crazy that you just can’t stop watching. If you’re looking for a little thrill in your TV watching endeavors, I would 100% recommend this show!

This and That

Fringe Studio Notebooks

If you know me, you know I am a bit of a notebook snob. I have SO many notebooks laying around, but Fringe Company notebooks are 100% my favorite. All the ones I have ever used I found at my T.J. Maxx/Marshall’s/Home Goods, but you can also find a few on Amazon or on their website! The paper is amazing to write on, and I love that they have the little space for the date in the top corner of the pages. I recently got a 2-pack on mini notebooks; one is lined pages and the other is dotted! They are so perfect for on-the-go work!

Liquid I.V.

Y’all, if you follow me on Instagram you already KNOW how much I love my Liquid I.V. Hydration and Energy Multipliers!!! Seriously, the flavors are so yummy. They also just came out with 3 new flavors- watermelon, apple pie, and guava! I haven’t tried the new ones yet but I am SO ready. The sticks use CTT technology to get the goods to your bloodstream faster, hydrating you beyond belief. The Energy Multiplier works the same way AND pumps you up with natural caffeine. If you want to try out Liquid I.V. for yourself you can shop here for 25% off your purchase AND free shipping!

JustFab Shoes

I have always wanted to give JustFab a try…I took the leap and I love my shoes! I was skeptical because first of all, I have a big foot and second of all, my feet are sometimes a weird in between size, so not being able to try them on worried me. I went with my gut on the sizing, I nailed it, and the shoes are adorable. I got a cute pair of sneaker wedges and a cute pair of simple white sneakers for the transition into fall! Also sweet, when you sign up as a VIP your first pair of shoes is only $10!

I hope you had a great September and that you’re all adjusting beautifully to this chilly fall weather! I can’t wait for October, it’s my favorite month! Myself and a lot of my close friends have birthdays in October, and it always just brings me so much joy. Be on the lookout for some more posts about my passions/getting to know me as my birthday month unfolds! I hope October brings you joy, love, and abundance! Stay well, loves!

~ Ang

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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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Books

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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How To Set Attainable Monthly Goals

How To Set Attainable Monthly Goals

Hi, sweet friends!

With the start of a new month quickly approaching, I wanted to take some time to talk about monthly goal setting!

Monthly goal setting is something that I only started doing at the end of May (for June), but I have found that it is something that keeps me on track and serves as a constant reminder of the things I am working towards!

I should clarify- when I say “goals,” I’m talking goals on a smaller scale. We all have our larger goals that we would like to accomplish in our life, even in the next five or so years: write a book, travel, start a business, book a Broadway show…

The list of larger than life goals can be endless and should be individual to you and your aspirations! But the goals that I set for myself every month are goals that I know I would like to accomplish in the here and now rather than in my future. These goals are comprised of things I know I would like to accomplish for myself on a daily or weekly basis during the month, or things that I know I can realistically complete in a 30-day time frame.

Many of my goals really serve as reminders for me! My list is generally comprised of actions that I want to take throughout the month to better myself in a variety of ways and help myself achieve mental, emotional, and physical peace. When I complete something that is on my list of goals, I feel a sense of peace and fulfillment that propels me forward and onto my next task!

Let me share with you a few things that were on my list of July Goals so you may better understand what I mean (these are quoted from my writing):

  • Do yoga every day BUT be gentle with myself, and take a day off if need be
  • Read 1-2 books this month
  • Start listening to podcasts at least one day a week
  • Continue waking up by 9 AM
  • Continue my money spreadsheet and spend less than June
  • Choose 2 days a week to limit social media usage to avoid burnout

So, how can YOU set up a list of goals for your month that will help you achieve peace in your everyday life?

  • Assess your values! This doesn’t mean you have to dig down deep, it really just means asking yourself what matters most to you, for yourself. Do you value your quiet time, taking care of yourself, taking care of others, education, working hard, etc.? The list goes on and on. Figure out what values need to become priorities first and foremost.
  • Figure out what you need mentally, emotionally, and physically! This is so important, and there is no right or wrong answer. Start by pausing and considering what may have caused you more mental dis-ease than you would have liked to experience this month. What can you limit/increase exposure to in your life that would create more mental ease in your life? Repeat this evaluation in terms of your emotional and physical states!
  • Ask yourself what you feel you are lacking in your life. Since graduating, I have felt the lack of education and learning in my life, so I wanted to keep reading and learning through listening to more podcasts! You may not have the time to incorporate the things you are lacking into your life every single day, but adding them to your list of goals for the month creates a space for them that you may not have even had at all!
  • By the same token, what feels excessive or unnecessary in your life that you may want to cut back on? I felt overwhelmed by social media, so I added cutting back a few days to my list of goals! This list is not just about adding things into your life, it can also be about what you’d like to get rid of to create a healthier space for yourself!
  • Ask yourself if there are goals in your work or personal endeavors/projects that you would like to accomplish. I have a separate section of my list of goals that focuses on my monthly goals for the blog! Again, these are not the goals that I would like to achieve with the blog long-term, they are simply the tasks that I know I can accomplish in a month if I set my mind to it and work hard.

At the bottom of my list for July, I wrote this:

“Be gentle with yourself and these goals. You will not reach them all at once. If you don’t reach them this month you are not a failure. Love yourself!”

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I love my past self for this reminder. I couldn’t put it into better, simpler terms if I tried! Be gentle with yourself and these goals. As you can see, I set out to do yoga every day, but what I had learned from the previous month is that that goal was great to have, but sometimes I just didn’t want to do it because my body was telling me not to. But I wasn’t gentle with myself, and I did it anyway. These goals are not set in stone, nothing bad will happen to you if you don’t do what you thought you’d have the space and time for!

You will not reach them all at once. You just won’t! You’ve got to give yourself some grace. Just as you will not write the novel you aspire to write in a day/week/month, and just like you will not have 500 new subscribers/customers overnight, you will not be able to check off every goal every day. But it’s ok. If you don’t reach them all this month you are not a failure!

Love yourself. That one speaks for itself.

If YOU make a monthly goal list for yourself for August, I’d love for you to share it with me via social media @ang_larose1 on Instagram, @BTFblog on Twitter or via email!

I love you, I can’t wait to see you all crush your goals!

xoxo

~ Angela