Summer Skincare Essentials for Your Travel Bag: My Recommendations
Looking to add some new summer skincare essentials for your travel bag? You’re in the right place!
Summer is in full swing, and if you’re anything like me, you are spending all the time you can in the sun! Enjoying the beautiful weather also means your beautiful skin is taking in the sun as well. Getting that vitamin D is very important, but so is protecting and caring for your skin!
I have a handful of skincare products that I use religiously in my daily summer skincare routine that are essential in my life- on staycations and vacations alike! Keep reading to check out my recommendations! XO
Summer Skincare Essentials for Your Travel Bag: The Products
Tula Glow & Get It Cooling and Brightening Eye Balm
I’ve written about this product in so many previous posts and highlighted it in my “Skincare is Self-Care” post, but I just can’t get enough of it! There are 3 different versions of this product, but they all work to de-puff and brighten your under eyes! You can swipe the balm on under or over your makeup- I’ve done both and it works perfectly both ways.
This is my go-to product all summer long! Most days, I’ll put on my moisturizer/sunscreen, swipe the balm on, curl my lashes, and go! You can also swipe it on your cheek bones and the tip of your nose for added highlight! This product is so easy to throw in your bag and is perfect for those long travel days/nights!
Check out my Tik Tok to see how I use this product! Want to try it for yourself? Shop here!
I call this sunscreen my “fancy sunscreen.” When Tula launched this product last year, I ordered it so quickly and I’m so glad I did! This sunscreen will give you the most gorgeous, natural glow while protecting your skin! Even if you’re going to be in front of your computer all day, it’s got you covered with blue light protection as well!
Made with pineapple, papaya, and ginger root, it also smells AMAZING! This product is also perfect for your beach travels because it’s reef safe! Your best deal on this product is from Amazon!
Sun Bum SPF 30 Mineral Sunscreen Lip Balm
After years of spending time in the sun and wondering afterwards “why are my lips chapped?” I finally realized they weren’t chapped. They were sunburnt! I’m super picky about my choice of lip balm/chap stick, and I love Sun Bum products! I’m a longtime fan of the Sun Bum Mineral line, so I figured I’d give the lip balm a try.
I love it because it’s SPF 30, while many other lip products with sunscreen that I’ve seen are only SPF 15. Another perfect travel pick because it’s also reef friendly, chemical free, and vegan!
Bliss Bright Idea Vitamin C & Tri-Peptide Collagen-Protecting & Brightening Serum
Sunscreen + a vitamin C serum = THE DREAM TEAM for your skin! I love the Bliss Bright Idea Vitamin C & Tri-Peptide Collagen-Protecting & Brightening Serum! This serum just scream summer to me. It’s so light and goes on easily under moisturizer and makeup and smells like yummy citrus!
The collagen protecting formula boosts your skin’s elasticity and works to protect skin. It works to lighten dark spots and give you an amazing natural glow! This product is also vegan, paraben-free, and cruelty-free! Amazon is the place to find this product for the best price!
Mario Badescu Facial Spray
The Mario Badescu facial sprays are a summer staple! I’m linking a set of all 4 scents from Amazon, but my personal favorite is the orange blossom! These sprays are perfect for a little extra hydration on top of your moisturizer, or as a mid-day pick me up! I love to take mine with me on beach trips to cool my skin down on hot days! You will definitely feel refreshed after a quick spritz, no matter what scent/formula you choose!
BalmLabs Gentle Foam Cleanser
In the summer, I prefer to use a face wash that is light weight but still gets the job done! The BalmLabs Gentle Foam Cleanser is my new favorite wash that does just that! Not only is it fun because it’s a weightless foam, but it does a really great job of cleaning dirt, oil, and product off my skin and smoothing pesky breakouts!
I’ve got a special code that will grab you a discount on the BalmLabs ClearBalm 3-Step System! Check it all out here!
And those are my Summer Skincare Essentials for Your Travel Bag! See a product that you want to try? Leave a comment below and let me know what you’re excited for!
The day is finally here! Beyond the Footlights turns 1! *insert confetti cannons*
On May 18th, 2020, I took a leap of faith and published Beyond the Footlights for all to see! I can’t believe I’ve been working on this little slice of internet heaven for just over a year already! I’ve learned so much, about myself and the world of blogging, in the last year, and I wanted to dedicate this week’s post to a little reflection on the last 12 months at Beyond the Footlights!
My email subscribers (shameless plug to tell you to SUBSCRIBE TO THE BLOG on the homepage!) received a little love letter in their inboxes from me today highlighting my journey a bit, but I’d like to dive a little deeper into all my first year of blogging has given me and the growth I’ve experienced. So, in typical Sound of Music fashion, let’s start at the very beginning!
How It Started
If you were in my values seminar class first semester senior year of college, you heard the idea for this blog first. Shout out to all of you! Our professor asked us one day “what is something you’d do if you knew you couldn’t fail?” I had toyed around with the idea of starting a blog before; I had a list of potential topics/ideas in one of my theatre notebooks. We went around the room to share, and when it got to me, I said I’d start a blog.
I said I wasn’t sure about starting a blog because I didn’t have any time as a theatre student. At the time, I was going to have work throughout the summer months as well, so the idea of having free time for other creative endeavors was nonexistent. I don’t know why I decided to be a little vulnerable in class that day in front of a group of students I wasn’t particularly close to, but I also shared that I feared that whatever I chose to do would have “already been done” and that no one would really care about what I had to write about.
Past Angela, that’s just not true. But we’ll get there.
And we know the age-old tale by now: the pandemic hit giving me too much time and not enough creative outlets. So, I took my lemons and made them into lemonade and decided to go all in creating the blog that had always been a fleeting thought. I learned a few things pretty quickly when I started creating the blog:
The internet is a savior
I knew absolutely nothing about how to start a blog and where to even start (look for a blog post all about starting a blog from scratch soon, wink wink). It took a LOT of researching and planning before I was even able to get to the fun stuff like writing and branding. I had built my actor website a few months prior on another platform, but using WordPress was foreign territory. Little did I know, a lot of the skills I learned while starting my blog would prove to be useful to me in the year to come.
Blogging can mean more than just your blog
At the same time I was launching the blog, I decided to also try to build up my social media presence as a tool to help the blog grow. I started small, trying to rebrand my Instagram in a way and by starting a Facebook page for the blog. I needed to try and streamline my social media/the blog’s for added success. Branding & Influencing on my social media is something that I’ve continued to learn more about now that my stand-alone blog is on its feet.
Investing in your blog will help in the long run
With my blog plan, I wanted to start small and simple in case I discovered after a year that this path wasn’t for me. While I was able to do quite a lot with the little resources I had, I quickly discovered that investing in the proper tools would help me much more in the long run. Investing in things like workshops and creator tools allowed me to keep learning and experimenting with growing my brand.
The reception I got when I officially launched the blog was incredible. I was very fortunate to have a best friend (Kailey Edwards Photography) who was simultaneously building and launching her photography business, and she provided me with creative and gorgeous photos for my site (she still takes the majority of my fabulous photos for blog/influencer purposes).
Each month, two posts have always been the same: my Passion Piece Features and Monthly Minutes. I’ve featured 9 amazing actors and creators in my Passion Piece Features, shout out to those amazing human beings for giving up a slice of their time and energy to help this little ‘ol blog. My Monthly Minute Posts, monthly recaps of my monthly goals & favorites, have now evolved into strictly monthly favorites posts.
Starting this blog and teaching myself the new skills that come with the territory has also opened doors for me that I never would’ve anticipated a year ago. I’ve gotten work doing some freelance writing, landed partnerships with some incredible brands, and have found work as a marketing assistant with my new toolbelt of skills! I’ve clearly found some new passions and some new things I’m good at and it’s exciting to think about how these opportunities will help carry me forward.
As I’ve been recapping the last year on the blog, I think the most amazing thing to note is the growth of the “brand.” It’s been really cool to look at all my blog covers, the graphics I started out with, and my social media posts because there’s a clear shift in the branding of it all. It represents me getting a better handle on this new world I found and finding myself in this new form of artistic expression.
I’ve certainly learned that plans don’t always work out. There have been plenty of weeks throughout the year where pumping out a blog post was just not possible due to conflicts, writers block, or mental exhaustion. In my first year, I felt like it was more important to just get the content on, both here and on my social media. But I’m a believer in quality over quantity. In my second year, I’m hoping to produce content that is helpful, fun, and inspiring and don’t want to sacrifice the quality of my writing to meet a deadline I made for myself.
I’ve learned to take breaks. From working, from creating content, and from scrolling the internet trying to build my brand. It’s all important work but it can be extremely time consuming and mentally exhausting. I’ve learned that I’m not for everyone, and that’s ok. Looking at some of the stats can definitely hurt sometimes. It stinks to see I’ve lost email subscribers or Instagram followers. But, at the end of the day, I don’t need the people who aren’t interested in supporting this journey hanging onto my coat tails.
I’ve learned that I DO have a wonderful little community of people who love and support me, and I’m very lucky for that. Most importantly, I’ve learned that what I have to say DOES matter. I’ve found a part of my voice that was missing and continue to fill my cup every day by working on my own little slice of internet heaven.
My tagline is “All Passions. All People.”
Thank you for supporting me and my newfound passion, you beautiful and amazing people!
I’m forever grateful! Here’s to another incredible year!
Check out my top lifestyle blog posts, personal blog posts, and features in honor of my 50th post!
Today is a big day! THIS IS MY 50TH PUBLISHED BLOG POST! The idea of writing and sharing just one blog post scared the crap out of me a year ago, but here I am now with 50 whole lifestyle blog posts out there on the internet for anyone to read!
Let me just say, pretty much from now until the end of May it’s going to be one big celebration at Beyond the Footlights! The blog’s one year anniversary is quickly approaching, I’m almost at 2k followers on Instagram, and I’m working my little butt off to nail my branding! SO, with that being said, expect lots of new and exciting posts and things on the blog, a few giveaways, and much much more! Make sure you’re following me on Instagram and you’re on BTF’s subscriber list so you don’t miss a beat!
Beyond the Footlights started out as a more personal blog but has easily make the switch to a lifestyle blog, aligning with the same notion of fostering one’s passions and self-care while also encompassing organization, planning, beauty, and first-hand experiences into the niche. While this lifestyle blog niche may seem rather broad, I’m working really hard every day to nail down MY niche and MY audience!
I thought it would be really fun to use my 50th post as a sort of reflection and highlight for you a few of my top blog posts to date! These posts come from a variety of categories on the blog- lifestyle, personal, and features. These are some of the posts from the last year that have received the most views from my audience not just at the time they were published, but all year round!
When I started the blog and started planning out content, I knew I wanted to a.) take away a little bit of pressure on myself in writing something brand new every week of every month and b.) use this platform to share the voices of other artists I knew personally or through social media and share how they incorporated self-care into their busy lives.
I’m very grateful to know a multitude of artists and also have a friend group so close to me entirely made up of artists, but I also knew I wanted to scale this feature and reach out to people I maybe didn’t know or have a personal relationship with. I wanted to reach out to people who inspired me and share their work, their voice, and their process with our community here!
I was really nervous about reaching out to people I wasn’t connected to so personally, mostly because I was asking them to give their time to me free of charge, and I know how huge of an ask that is for artists any time, but especially in the last year. As of now, I’m a lifestyle blogger creating this platform from the ground up, and unfortunately I don’t have a large income (YET) from the blog to be able to offer compensation. All this to say, THANK YOU to all 12 individuals who have graciously shared their valuable time and energy with me. The success of this little lifestyle blog can be tied right back to these features, so thank you from the bottom of my heart,
Mackenzie’s post was an absolute hit from the moment I shared it! Not only do she and I know many of the same people, who I assume were excited to see a sort of collab in this way, but she also knows a TON of amazing other people from other large communities who were definitely excited to see a whole post dedicated to this fab lady!
Check out Mackenzie’s Feature and all of my other Passion Piece Features HERE! In the new year of the blog, I’ll be starting a new series, but I hope to keep PPF’s in my content whenever I can!
This post was published on my birthday and I did NOT expect it would be such a hit! Apparently y’all were really interested in knowing things about me that you might not have known before! At the time of it’s publish, this post got the blog it’s most views since launch day in May!
And, as always, I’m grateful to have the beautiful photography of my best friend, Kailey Edwards, dawning this post as well as most of my site and many other blog pages! Check out her Instagram (there’s a Passion Piece Feature on her, too!)
I loved writing this post and gathering ideas for my own 2021 vision board! This topic is obviously something that people are interested in all year round, not just at the start of a new year! Every now and again when I look at my daily blog stats, I see that this post was found by someone online and I love knowing it may be helping someone manifest their vision (or even helping them manifest their vision to start a lifestyle blog!)
This was I think my 2nd or 3rd post on the blog! Honestly, I have to go back and read it because it’s probably cute and will make me laugh while also having and air of sadness about it because, you know, pandemic LOL
But look at that baby graphic! It isn’t even a blog graphic or blog banner, it’s a photo collage! I love seeing these posts now because it is SO crazy how much I learned about lifestyle blogging and branding and all that jazz in just a year. Being able to see where I started from is really kind of sweet.
This post gave my early readers a little bit of background on who I was, what I was doing, why I had started the blog, and more! That girl has grown oh so much…
Another baby post! There were so many feeling and emotions in all of these early posts, it’s sweet but also makes me giggle! So much was changing when I wrote this post and so much had halted and had just been taken away. Most of what I wrote in this reflective, personal piece expelled all the feelings I had been holding onto about my college experience ending so abruptly. It was a love letter to my friends, my family, my teachers, you name it.
It was a time filled with so much reflection, and I can’t even fathom that I’m on the other end of it now. Graduating college felt daunting before the pandemic, then I was in this swirl of transition but also stagnancy, and now I’m sort of on the other side but also in a whole different whirlwind of “real life.” I’m glad this post reached as I had hoped it would!
I have to take a moment to thank all of you who read these posts, share them, and support me online as I grow my social media presence! I never would have even thought that I’d reach 50 post, let alone be able to pull out “top favorite” posts out of them all! Next month is the one year anniversary of this little ‘ol lifestyle blog, and I have so many new and exciting things to share with you as we get closer!
A little change is always good, and I’ve got some great little changes (in my personal life and for the blog) that I cannot wait to share!
Do you have a favorite blog post of mine from the last year? Comment below and let me know!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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 Fool’s Day
National Burrito Day
National Sourdough Bread Day
Now is the time to put your quarantine sourdough skills to good use, people
National Peanut Butter & Jelly Day
National Autism Awareness Day
National Film Score Day
World Party Day
Easter Sunday (2021)
National Vitamin C Day
Chug that Emergen-C today, baby
National Caramel Day
National Deep Dish Pizza Day
National Beer Day
National Walking Day
Hit that trail, sister!
Childhelp National Day of Hope
National Siblings Day
National Pets Day
National Grilled Cheese Day
This is amazing, thank you
National Look Up At the Sky Day
National Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet Day
ORGANIZE PEOPLE! THROW IT OUT, YOU DON’T NEED IT!
National Garlic Day
National Hanging Out Day
Hang out with your pals (if you’re vaccinated)!
National Cheddar Fries Day
Earth Day (2021)
National Jelly Bean Day
National Tell a Story Day
Global Pay It Forward Day
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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…
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
Spring Clean Tip #1: 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!
Spring Clean Tip #2: Refresh Your Spring Goals and 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 spring goals just 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 th spring 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!
Spring Clean Tip #3: Examine Your Relationships/Friendships
Now that the excitement of a new year and new goals may have settled down a little bit, use this spring season 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.
Spring Clean Tip #4: ‘Clean Up’ Your Habits
Use this new spring season 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!
Spring Clean Tip #5: Social Media Detox/Revamp
If a social media ~cleanse~ of sorts is something you need to 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 or 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!
If you’re on the opposite end of the spectrum and you’re looking to totally revamp or rebrand your social media platforms in the new spring season, 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?!
Spring Clean Tip #6: De-Clutter Your Space
This spring, 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 spring clean 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.
Need the help of a professional during your spring cleaning spree this season? Give Nash Everett a call! They’ve got services in PA via Morrisville mold removal if you’ve got any pesky mold to take care of or are looking to keep your air quality top notch! Their trained technicians will safely and efficiently help spruce up any area in your home from attics, crawl spaces, basements, and more! Through their eco-friendly dry ice blasting mold removal service, they will ensure that your space stays bacteria free! Hooray for clean, spring air!
Spring Clean Tip #7: 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!
Spring Clean Tip #8: 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!
Spring Clean Tip #9: 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!
Spring Clean Tip #10: 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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!