Beyond the Footlights Turns 2!

Beyond the Footlights Turns 2!

Beyond the Footlights Turns 2!

Where I’ve been, what I’ve been up to, and what’s coming next…


Hello BTF Friends!!!

Long time, no talk! Holy moly, it’s been a hot minute since I’ve hopped on my computer to write like this. I’m excited, nervous, all the feelings as I sit here, hoping you’ll all find this an exciting (and interesting) post/update.

In case you missed it, I’ve been a liiiittle MIA- for lots of amazing reasons that I’ll get into later. I haven’t published a blog post since December of 2021, but even before that my blogging efforts were spotty. It’s probably been about 6 months since I’ve shared posts consistently BUT today is the blog’s 2nd birthday!! So, there’s no better time than the present to jump back in, give you a little life update, and give you an idea of what the future of the blog might look like!

Where I’ve Been & What I’ve Been Up To…

So she’s been MIA, but where has she been??

You all know (if you didn’t, now you will) that I studied musical theatre and my primary focus since theatre started opening back up has been to pursue THAT. Since November of 2021, I’ve been fortunate enough to be part of a National Tour!! Being in a tour was one of my biggest goals post-grad, and it’s been such a blessing. Not only have I been able to do what I love, but I’ve made so many new amazing friends that are now like my family AND I’ve had the opportunity to do some traveling! In about 3 weeks between the end of March and the beginning of April we traveled to six cities with the show, going between charter buses and a sleeper bus (what an experience).

Because the show is totally new, there are a lot of moving parts and there’s a lot that goes into getting it on its feet and in front of larger audiences. Our performances in November/December and March/April were part of two ‘mini-tours’ and it’s the hope that the full North American tour will be hitting the road again later this year!

Beyond the Footlights Turns 2!
Our tour cast!

So, as you can imagine, rehearsing, hitting the road, and being in a new city at least every other day leaves little room for much else. I spent most of my time exploring the new cities between performances and getting as much rest as I could. Honestly, my brain only had the capacity to think about our travel and performance schedules which left me without much creative inspiration outside of what I needed to be focusing on.

Since taking this break from the blog there have been tons of times when I’ve had the urge to sit down and write but had absolutely no inspiration. Very early on in this blogging journey, I often found myself under this self-imposed pressure to publish a new post once a week, follow a self-prescribed schedule I felt very rigid in, and do everything ‘right’ to try and make this platform grow. While it’s still my goal to grow this platform and reach as many people as I can with the content I’m creating, I’m slowly realizing that if I don’t do this blogging thing for myself first then what good is it?

In the digital age we are so wrapped up in where creating content is what gets people noticed, it’s easy to get caught up in this unspoken “pressure” to create great content and create it consistently. And while no one has made ME feel this way directly, I often get caught in the web of comparison that the internet easily creates. I see other bloggers working with brands, brands I’ve attempted to work with or not, and creating new blog, Instagram, and Tik Tok posts consistently while I’ve been busy and I can’t help but feel sometimes like I’m not a “real” blogger because I’m not keeping up.

Trust me: I know this is COMPLETELY false and I am no less of a creative because I’ve had to put one creative endeavor on the back burner while focusing on another, the one I’ve dreamt of always putting first.

All this to say- I love this blog, I love the content I have created, and it is going to continue to be part of my life. How it fits in though will be on MY terms and not any that may be imposed on me by the world of social media! It’s healthier that way and it’ll allow me to focus on what I love about all of my creative works. I started this blog for myself in a time that was so uncertain and it continues to grow and shift with me as I continue life in an amazing (but sometimes uncertain) career!

What’s Coming Next…

Now that I’ve explained my entire thought process to you, I think it’s clear to see that I may not have an exact direction of what comes next for Beyond the Footlights. And I don’t think I totally have to have a clearly defined answer just yet! As I have the time to create content that I think is relevant, I will! During busy times working in other creative fields, I may not create as much blog content and that’s that!

Beyond the Footlights Turns 2!

Even two years into this whole blogging thing, I still feel like I don’t totally have a clear direction of what type of content I’d like to focus on! My ideas have shifted and continue to do so, so I think that will be reflected in the content I’m hoping to create.

Beyond the Footlights has always been considered a ‘lifestyle’ blog and I think that’s what I am looking to lean into more going forward. As I mentioned before, it isn’t always easy to balance this creative outlet with others, mainly theatre. While theatre is my first love and what I love most at heart, I don’t feel like I can easily come up with theatre topics to blog about often enough. Keeping those two passions separated a bit more may be what’s best for me for now!

Over the last two years pursuing blogging and content creation, I’ve had several opportunities to work with some amazing brands and pursue partnerships which has been amazing. That’s definitely something I’m looking to keep up. I’m also very passionate about all things shopping- particularly shopping for great bargains (this may or may not be a bad habit, but we’re ignoring that). That along with self-care, beauty, organization, and all that jazz are topics I’m thinking of really honing in on!

So, Now What?

Now what? Well, I guess only time will tell! The best place to keep an eye on all things blog related is my Instagram! I’m always there sharing blog posts, products I love, and more! Until further notice, I’ve stopped my email list, so Instagram is going to the the place to be if you want to keep up with new things I’m creating! You can also subscribe to BTF on my homepage- that way you will always be the first to be notified when I share a new post. My Links & Codes page will stay up to date with any special links or discounts I have for my followers, and you can follow me on LTK to shop the products I share directly!


I’m looking forward to sharing more content with you coming soon, and I’m so grateful that you’re all still here showing your support- even after my little hiatus!

Lots of love!

XO Ang

The Ultimate Planner Gift Guide

The Ultimate Planner Gift Guide

The Ultimate Planner Gift Guide

The Ultimate Planner Gift Guide: Give the Gift of Planning

Do you have that one person in your life obsessed with all things planners, stationery, stickers, and notebooks? I bet you do! Never quite sure what to get them in fear that they might already have it? Let’s make one thing clear: You can never have too many notebooks, stickers, planners, sticky notes, and pens if you’re an avid planner! Even if they aren’t asking for them, they will never turn away some new planner accessories. As a planner obsessed babe myself, I’ve put together the ultimate planner gift guide bursting with tons of ideas for the planner in your life!

See something that you just HAVE to have now? Click any product title throughout this post to shop items directly via my LiketoKnowIt!

Happy Planning!


The Happy Planner Skinny Classic Sized 12-Month Planner

The Happy Planner is one of my favorite planner brands, and these skinny classic sized 12-month planner are perfect for anyone who travels! Throw it right in your backpack, purse, or travel bag and keep your life super organized- even on the go!

The Happy Planner Sticker Sets

Planner stickers are my favorite way to spice up my regular planner layout! These planner sticker books come in a variety of different sizes and colors and for different purposes! There are sticker sets to help track your health, your shopping, you seasonal planning, and much, much more!

Colorful Pen & Highlighter Sets

I don’t know about you, but I’m a color coding nerd! These Paper Mate pens and Mildliner highlighters are the PERFECT gift for anyone who also loves to color code, journal, or doodle! Also a great gift for the bullet journal lover!

Weekly/Daily Desk Planner

Looking at a monthly planner can sometimes be overwhelming, so a desk daily/weekly planner is the perfect way to break down the month! Certain planner pads can be used for your basic weekly organization while others can be used to track habits, keep lists, and track tasks!

Marble Sticky Notes

Spice up your desk with these gorgeous marble sticky notes! Who said organization had to be plain!

Small Notebook Sets

If you’ve got multiple remote jobs like me, having multiple mini notes books for each job is SUCH a help in keeping tasks and info organized! Different notebooks are the perfect gift for anyone who does multiple jobs, or even just the friend who like to keep a notebook on hand at all times in their bag!

Pencil Case

Now that you’ve gifted someone all those amazing new pens and highlighters, they’re going to need somewhere to put them all! I love carrying a pencil case around with me- you never know when or where you’ll need a writing utensil!

Desk Accessory Set

I love that these desk accessory sets come so neatly organized, in gorgeous rose gold coloring, and are sure to make any desk sparkle!

Desk Organizer

Having a nice desk organizer is perfect for storing all your new accessories, pens, and notebooks! It helps to know where everything is stored!

Gratitude Journal

The holiday season is the perfect time to start a gratitude practice, and a gratitude journal helps in following the habit through!

Dotted Journal (for Bullet Journaling)

If you know someone who loves bullet journaling or wants to give it a try, gifting them a nice dotted journal will help kickstart their journey! This one from Michael’s comes in a variety of different colors and is really affordable!

Stationery Set

A stationery set might feel fancy, but it’s the perfect gift for anyone you know that might’ve just gotten married or even started a business!


See something you want to shop ASAP? Shop via my LiketoKnowit HERE!

Happy Holidays & Happy Planning!

XOXO

~Ang

Monthly Minute-June & July Recap

Monthly Minute-June & July Recap

Monthly Minute-June & July Recap

Monthly Minute-June & July Recap

HI FRIENDS! Long time, no talk! I hope you have all been eating up every second of summer! Since June, I’ve been a liiiitle MIA on the blog, but I am BACK and ready to get some new posts together for you! I’ve said before, this blog is a personal space for me to connect with the community we’ve created, so before just launching into new blog posts, I wanted to give you a little recap on what I’ve been up to and where I’ve been the last month! SO, read on for my Monthly Minute-June & July Recap!

Monthly Minute: June Recap

Where to begin! I haven’t done a Monthly Minute in…well, a minute! Honestly, I don’t think I thought to write a recap post for June because it was pretty uneventful! I had been substitute teaching since December, so I wrapped that up and got to work for my two part-time remote jobs! Really hitting the ground running in my remote jobs was probably the most exciting part of June. School ending did make me feel like it was summer vacation and being able to eat up some time at home while also working was perfect!

Working from home definitely came with a period of adjustment, as I figured out a schedule that worked for me. My biggest problems with working from home have been setting work/life boundaries and distraction. Either I want to stop working early or find myself picking up my computer after 5 o’clock and working after dinner. Figuring out the best schedule for me is something that I’m working on, is ever-changing, and something I’ll be writing a new post on soon!

I spent a week on a ‘stay-cation’ while house/puppy sitting for my aunt! It was the perfect change of scenery. I was able to work from there every day, enjoy some puppy love, and soak up some sun. Some of my best friends came to spend time with me at the pool and going out to dinner, catching up. While I was there, I really kicked up my summer reading which is still going strong (more on that later)!

I also tried my hand at online dating for the first time this month and I CAN confirm, it is the worst.

Monthly Minute- July Recap

In July, I set foot in a theatre and saw a live performance for the first time since the pandemic started! Throughout July, I spent some time going back to my alma mater, DeSales University, that hosts the PA Shakespeare Festival, where I spent three summers as an acting intern! It was really nice to go back, see some of my friends perform, and reconnect with some of the people I had met in my time working there. There is nothing like live theatre and seeing it in a place that is so near and dear to my heart was awesome.

On the topic of theatre, my mom and I went into New York for a day this month! I hadn’t been to the city since December of 2019, so it was really great/strange to be there again. I did some pretty exciting stuff while we were there; my heart felt very full. In addition to working remotely, I’ve also kept up with auditioning and submitting for shows online. Keeping the theatre career alive (trying, anyway)!

I reached my goal of 2K followers on Instagram! 2K may not seem huge, but it was a number I set for myself at the start of 2021. I’m proud to say I’ve surpassed it! Honestly, no, I’m not going to downplay 2K followers. It may seem like a small number in my mind because I follow people with 10K+ followers. But imagine being in a room with all the people who follow you. Whether that number is 50, 100, 1,000 or 10,000- that is impressive.

Once I reached my goal, I took about two weeks off from posting and actively showing up on Instagram. “Experts” say you have to show up consistently and engage, but I truthfully just felt burnt out. I had been creating posts, graphics, captions, etc. nonstop. People don’t realize all that goes in to making a social media space cohesive and successful. I felt like I was glued to my phone, looking to see how many people had watched/seen my posts. I’m thankful that I’m self-aware enough to know when enough is enough and take a break!

Monthly Minute-June & July Recap

Going Forward & Exciting News

We made it through the first week of August! I’m excited to get back on track and find a better balance between work, social media, and blog posting! I started off this month on a much better foot than July and remembered to set goals and intentions for myself.

My university is holding an in-person graduation for the class of 2020 at the end of this week! It’ll be nice to fiiiiiinally close that chapter. Some of my best college girlfriends and I are spending the weekend together, so I can’t wait for that! Annnnd drumroll for the most exciting bit of news I have to share…….

I booked my first show since graduating from college and the pandemic!

A week from tomorrow, I’ll be heading to my first real contract since performing professionally in college and I feel so excited, overwhelmed, and so so grateful!

I can already tell August is going to be an amazing month! Look for some new blog posts coming your way soon, and as always follow along with the day-to-day of it all over on my Instagram!

Love you lots!

~Ang

Summer Skincare Essentials for Your Travel Bag

Summer Skincare Essentials for Your Travel Bag

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!

Hi Babes!

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

Rose Glow Brightening Eye Balm | TULA Skincare

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!

Protect + Glow - Daily Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 | TULA Skincare

Tula Protect + Glow Broad Spectrum Sunscreen (SPF 30)

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 Mineral SPF 30 Lip Balm – Liquid Aloha Paddle Co.

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

Bliss Bright Idea Vitamin C + Tri-Peptide Collagen Protecting & Brightening  Serum | Ulta Beauty

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!

Amazon.com: Mario Badescu the Mini Mist Facial Spray Collection: Premium  Beauty

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

Gentle Foam Cleanser | ClearBalm for Adult Acne-Prone Skin – BalmLabs

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!

I hope you are all enjoying your summer!

Lots of love! XO

~Ang

My First Year of Blogging: A Reflection

My First Year of Blogging: A Reflection

My First Year of Blogging: A Reflection

My First Year of Blogging: A Reflection

My first BTF logo

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

My First Year of Blogging: A Reflection
My OG BTF banner Kailey Edwards Photography

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.


My First Year of Blogging: A Reflection
My new BTF banner! Kailey Edwards Photography

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!

Lots of love!!!

~ Ang

My Top Blog Posts to Date

My Top Blog Posts to Date

My Top Blog Posts to Date

Check out my top lifestyle blog posts, personal blog posts, and features in honor of my 50th post!

Hey friends!

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!

Here are My Top Blog Posts to Date!


My Top Blog Posts to Date

Passion Piece Feature: Passion Piece Feature #6- Mackenzie Moyer: A Goddess Among Us

A quick blurb about the Passion Piece Features:

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!

My Top Blog Posts to Date

Personal: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Me

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!)

My Top Blog Posts to Date

Lifestyle: How to Create Your 2021 Vision Board

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!)

My Top Blog Posts to Date

Personal: Getting to Know You!

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…

My Top Blog Posts to Date

Personal: Dear Friend…A Love Letter to My College Years

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!

Lots and lots of love to you all!

~ Ang xo

How I’ve Kept My Love of Theatre Alive

How I’ve Kept My Love of Theatre Alive

How I've Kept My Love of Theatre Alive

Hey Hey!

I hope you’re all doing well, friends!

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

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

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

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

*end rant*

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

Dance From Home

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monologue Consults with Shaun Leisher

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

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

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

TheatreWorksUSA: TWUSA.TV

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

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

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

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

Other Things!

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


Good News!

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

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

How I've Kept My Love of Theatre Alive

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

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

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

Lots of love!

~ Ang

National Days in April You Should Know

National Days in April You Should Know

HAPPY APRIL!

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

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

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

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

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

National Days in April 2021

April 1st

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

April 2nd

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

April 3rd

  • National Film Score Day
  • World Party Day

April 4th

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

April 5th

  • National Caramel Day
  • National Deep Dish Pizza Day

April 7th

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

April 10th

  • National Siblings Day

April 11th

  • National Pets Day

April 12th

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

April 14th

  • National Look Up At the Sky Day

April 16th

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

April 19th

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

April 20th

  • National Cheddar Fries Day
    • YUM

April 22nd

  • Earth Day (2021)
  • National Jelly Bean Day

April 27th

  • National Tell a Story Day

April 28th

  • Global Pay It Forward Day

April 29th

  • International Dance Day

National Weeks in April 2021

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

April is National *blank* Month (2021)

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

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

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

Lots of love to YOU!

~ Ang

Monthly Minute

Monthly Minute

March Monthly Minute
Monthly Review

March Monthly Review

Hi my friends!

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

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

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

Monthly Review!

March Monthly Minute
Monthly Review

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

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

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

Goals

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

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

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

Blog Goals

March Monthly Minute
Monthly Review

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

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


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

Amazing Grass Tablets

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

Annie & Lulu Cup

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

My Ivory Paper Co. Planner

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

Keyper

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

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

My March Read

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


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

~ Ang xo

Lucky 13: 13 of My Luckiest Moments

Lucky 13: 13 of My Luckiest Moments

Lucky 13: 13 of My Luckiest Moments

Hello my friends!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lots of love!

~ Ang