2016 Reflections & 2017 Resolutions

2017-resulutions

This has been a year of all things: great, challenging, and new.

This year, I had the honor of being a part of the remount production of You, or Whatever I Can Get with Flying V and the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts.  It was a small but significant (added-for-the-remount) role that was the perfect transition back into the theatre world after having Dez.

12792276_1160044387348186_5656703756787976493_o

Photo by Ryan Maxwell Photography

I became a Beachbody Coach at the end of August.  I’ve learned that although I know that the products and programs are amazing and they work, people have a hard time investing in their health and wellness.  Their kids, ALWAYS (hey, I get it!).  But themselves, it takes an epiphany or a really “down” period for that a-ha! moment to hit.

belly2

I got the chance to play a GREAT role in an innovative production of The Who’s Tommy.  Open Circle Theatre’s mission is to create opportunities for and spread awareness about actors with disabilities.  This production incorporated American Sign Language, and opened my eyes to an entire deaf culture that I (embarrassingly) had no clue existed.  The experience sparked a desire to learn ASL and get the learning process going for a possible new life path.  We’ll see!

14955899_10154562930349651_2937891994549596347_n

Photo by Wilder Photography

This doesn’t usually happen, but just one month after closing Tommy, I started rehearsals for a brand spankin’ new world premiere play, Mack, Beth! at The Keegan Theatre.  It’s a modern day version of the Scottish play, AND my first play-play since moving to the DC area in September of 2008 (aside from readings).  The cast is amazing, and I am THRILLED to be back at Keegan after too long of a hiatus.

Matt played a role that was very different than anything he’s ever done and NAILED IT.  (I had no doubts.)  He also got a promotion at work recently because he’s super smart and awesome.  (Also, no doubts.)

13217294_10154815176144057_8869620795977162015_o.jpg

Photo by Cameron Whitman Photography

Kevin is in his last year of preschool.  His handwriting, although crazy messy, is getting better.  He’s starting to read and sound out small words.  I don’t work with him nearly enough (#momfail), but regardless, he’s excelling in his school, and I’m grateful for his teachers.

15799931_10102217402225383_8624107069542822750_o

Desmond had been working with the Infants & Toddlers program for a possible speech delay.  We worked with them for about 7ish months.  I was never worried.  I knew he would speak when he was ready.  But just to be safe, we got services every couple weeks.  I learned a lot about “teaching” him to play (never thought I’d need that, but alas, I did) and how to help him develop his speech.  We recently stopped services as I didn’t think he really needed them anymore, and his vocabulary is really taking off.  Soon, he’ll be talking nonstop like his big bro.

dez-18-months

On the last day of the 2016, we lost Matt’s grandpa who had been battling cancer for about a year.  He was one tough guy, and he had a special bond with Kevin.  Matt was able to drive to Ohio on New Year’s Eve to be with our family and pay his respects to the man that raised him.  I’m so very grateful he was able to go.

11960022_10203345522598063_3307318132761414680_n

But now, on to 2017.

I have high hopes for this year.  And I have very specific resolutions… because ain’t nobody got time for broad, generic sh*t.

  • Pay off one particular loan that drives me BANANAS.  Both because debt is terrible AND the customer service at this place is literally the worst.  Rude as hell people.  The thought of paying interest to them makes me wanna puke.  So, they’re the first to go this year.
  • Workout: Weights 3x/week & yoga 3x/week — see?  Specific.
  • One blog post/week.  Eeeeks!  Hopefully I’ll have enough to share to fulfill this one.
  • Learn ASL.  At the very least, the basics.  Enough to have a rough convo.
  • Start the prerequisite course-taking process.  “For what?” — you might be thinking.  I have been feeling a strong pull to go back to school and pursue a Master’s.  I think I’ve *finally* figured out in WHAT, but there are many prerequisite classes to take before even beginning the Master’s program.  More on that later 😉
  • Live simpler.  Just… less stuff.  Less commitments.  Saying “no” when I really don’t wanna.  Less clutter.  Less stress.  Stop overthinking.
  • Badass tattoo.  Because I want one.  That’s all.

Again, 2017 — HIGH HOPES.  It’ll be busy.  I have a lot to do, a lot to work towards.  But by living simpler and paring down on the unnecessary things in life, I can do it.

1i2a2485-x3

Photo by Monika Karnani

 

 

What’s Your ‘Why’?

yourwhy

I recently watched a very powerful video that said every business, to be successful, needed to have a strong WHY.

Why is it you do what you do?  What’s DRIVING you?  If your WHY isn’t strong enough, then what’s the point? Continue reading

Smiling through the workouts.

cropped

**Photo Courtesy of my almost-5-year-old.

I usually strategically plan my workouts for when Dez (16 months) is napping.  He prefers to be on my body at all times, climbing up my legs, being held, sitting on my lap.  Sometimes I’m convinced that he’s trying to get back into the womb.  So working out, especially with weights, seemed like more of a naptime activity for me.

But then I had a thought.  When I start evening rehearsals at the end of the month, how am I going to get my work done AND my workout in?  I usually use naptime and after bedtime to get those things done.  But when I start rehearsing in the evenings, everything will change.

Then I had the thought:  Working out when the kids are AWAKE, where they can SEE that Mommy is being active and that I’m doing something to make my body stronger, is a GREAT EXAMPLE for them.

While it’s important to take your workout seriously, especially FORM (I have a lot to work on in that department), it’s equally important to HAVE FUN and to show your kids that working out isn’t some super serious thing that you hate but have to do anyway because… adulting.  I can INCLUDE my boys in my workouts.  I can SMILE throughout my workouts!  It’s not torture (although Body Beast Leg Day felt like it..).  It’s a GIFT that I’m giving to myself.

So, that’s my goal: Get the workout in while the kids are awake, set an example for them, don’t take it so seriously, and HAVE FUN.

Pro Tip: Smile when you feel like giving up 🙂

T25 during Pregnancy (with a herniated disc)

t25

(Image from here.)

So, here’s the thing about working out: you have to know your limits.

Last Fall, I was cast in the musical Hair, where I knew full nudity would be required by the entire cast.  I was fine with it, but I knew I wanted to be in my best shape, so I thought it was about time to get hardcore and jump on the Beachbody bandwagon. Continue reading