Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Senior Updates IV

because cinnamon rolls are the b e s t
Everyone tells you that senior year flies by, but I really underestimated the truth of that statement. This year has gone by so. quickly. I can't believe that in two and a half months, I'll be finished with high school. It's completely surreal, and honestly, I'm trying not to think about it too hard yet.

Life since my last senior update has officially reached the height of insanity. I have never been this busy in my life, but I'm loving all of the various sources of craziness, even if they do leave me exhausted on a semi-regular basis. It's a lot, but I'm just really thankful that my last semester of high school has worked out in such a way that I can do so many things that I love.

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L A T E L Y

I feel like I have SO MANY things to update you guys on! My last Senior Update post was in mid-December, and it's insane how much has happened since then. I really wanted to do an update at the end of January, but I just couldn't get the post written up. So, I'm just going to attempt to summarize everything that's taken place over the last few months, and hope that it comes out semi-coherently. 

January was consumed by prepping for a musical theatre competition. My group competed with the piece You Will Be Found from Dear Evan Hansen. I performed in the piece, and also helped to choreograph it. It was such an incredible experience. If you've never heard the song before, you absolutely should go listen to it. It's a really powerful number, and getting to perform that number onstage was something that I'll never forget. Honestly, just getting to be a part of such a moving performance was enough, but what was even more mind blowing was....we took first! I could have cried, I was so happy. My last high school competition could not have possibly been more wonderful.

The same week of the competition, I auditioned for a production of Beauty and the Beast. I told myself going in that there was absolutely no way that I would be cast, that I was just auditioning for the experience. Long story short, I ended up getting a callback, and finding out the next day that I was cast as not only a Silly Girl (dream role!), but a wolf and a napkin as well. Literally three roles that I've always wanted to play in that show. I've actually worked on a production of Beauty and the Beast once before, and I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to be doing this show again. It's one of my all-time favorites.

The crazy part of joining Beauty and the Beast was that it meant that I'm now in not one, but TWO musicals. At the same time. Running the same month. I've never done this before, and it was probably a terrible decision on my part, seeing as I'm rehearsing roughly 28 hours a week, but it's so much fun. I can't think of a better way to spend my senior spring than surrounding myself with theatre.

Senior spring also means TONS of college stuff. I applied to two colleges, was accepted to both of them, and have made my decision. I'm really happy with it, and I'm excited to see what next semester is like. Now it's just a matter of finalizing a decision on a major and getting used to the fact that I'm almost a college student. What. (!!!!!)

The writing world has been rather bleak, due to the fact that I've been so busy that I've barely slept, much less had a chance to write. I did, however, write a short fiction piece that was a little piece of my soul, and I published it here on the blog. (My first time posting fiction!) If you missed that, you can read it here. ♥

Life is also filled with lots and lots of graduation planning. Let's just say, fine arts kids don't do anything halfway, and I'm pretty pumped.

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G O A L S

I'm trying not to set too many goals for myself, since time is scarce and I don't want to end up beating myself up over not accomplishing everything that I want to. But you all know that I'm way too Type A to not set ANY goals. So I'm aiming for a balance of realistic, yet productive. Let's give this a shot. 

-Journal journal journal. I've been journaling on a semi-consistent basis, but I want to do it even more. I want to be sure that I have all of these memories saved forever.

-Take as many photos as possible. Again with the memory hoarding. I want to record all of the crazy memories of this semester. 

-Stay organized. There are so many things to balance, and I don't want to find myself at the last minute scrambling to get things together. I've really been working to organize everything ahead of time, and I want to continue doing this.

-Find a prom dress! I found one that I really like, but it's a little more expensive than I'd hoped to spend. 

-Get my license. I've been meaning to do it for forever, and it's one of those things that I've just got to get done.

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R E A D

My reading life has been nothing short of horrible, if we're being honest. The craziness of life has completely stolen the little reading time that I had. I've been trying to keep a bit of steady reading in my life by keeping a book with me at all times, so I'll read a chapter in between classes or while waiting for rehearsal to start. It's definitely helping me to continue to read consistently, but goodness, I wish that I had the time to just sit down and devour a book in an afternoon like I used to. Oh well. I haven't read anything lately that I've absolutely loved, so if you happen to have any super solid recommendations, send them my way!

Since my last Senior Update, I've read......

-The Color Project by Sierra Abrams : At some point, I'm going to have to do a whole post on this book. It is an utter masterpiece.

-The Cage-maker by Nicole A. Seitz : An amazingly detailed historical fiction full of mystery, intrigue, and drama. 

-Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis : I'm so glad that I finally read this book. It's so good. Full of so much truth and such brilliant perspectives. I highly recommend taking notes as you read this one- you'll be glad that you did.

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L I S T E N I N G

Truce - Twenty-One Pilots
Atlas: Daughter - Sleeping at Last
You Will Be Found - Dear Evan Hansen
Atlas: Two - Sleeping at Last
So Will I - Hillsong United
Atlas: Taste - Sleeping at Last

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So, how has life been treating you lately? How's your semester going? What exciting things have you been up to? What have you been reading? Listening to? What's the best thing that's happened to you lately? I want to hear all about it. ♥

16 comments:

  1. Wow, you've been busy! It's hard to believe how fast the year has gone by. I have just a little over one year left of being a teenager. *mind blown* It sounds like a lot of exciting things have been going on in your life.

    As for reading, I've been busy and sometimes just don't want to read. I'm currently reading When Ravens Fall.

    As for music, I listen to A LOT of music by Srvcina, Tommee Profitt, NF, and Fleurie. The themes of the songs match my writing. XD

    Congrats with everything you've accomplished. Enjoy these last couple of months of high school. I know you're going to do great things!! <3 <3

    ~Ivie|Ivie Writes

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  2. How lucky that you get to spend your senior year with fun things!!! (All of my busy life is school-related sigh)

    Look who likes DEH now... ha. Dude I am LIVING off of Sleepjng at Last right now... I love it!

    I LITERALLY HAVE NOT READ A BOOK IN SO FREAKING LONG. IT’S ACTUALLY DEPRESSING.

    I, too, need my driver’s license :P

    Much love and waffles to you, fren! :)

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  3. EEEEP SO HAPPY FOR YOU, GRACE! <3 Despite being so busy, I am so glad everything is going well for you. ^-^ CONGRATS ON BEAUTY AND THE BEAST! That sounds absolutely amazing!

    You'll definitely have to send me a picture of your prom dress. I hope there is glitter on it... and if not, we can totally fix that. ;)

    Love you, girly!

    xx Kenzie

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  4. Omgoodness!! how exciting!!! I love DEH so much and that song is really powerfull, congrats. Also, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST CONGRATS CONGRATS CONGRATS. That's an incredible oppurtunity!!!!!

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  5. I looove all the fun opportunities you're getting!!

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  6. CINNAMON BUNS. My mouth is watering. AND BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. I'm so excited and happy for you AHHHHHH <333

    Journaling has been one of my favorite things to do lately. It's such a stress reliever, and whenever I finish writing I feel like a weight has been lifted off of my chest :')

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  7. Your life sounds like absolute craziness. Two musicals? Wow, GO YOU.

    Here's my currently list:
    reading | The Hamilton Affair by Elizabeth Cobbs
    listening | Wind River Soundtrack
    doing | I am about to spend a week or so studying photography, learning new things + improving my technique (it's been a while since I've done that). I feel like I've become complacent with my photography lately, and I don't want to do that - ever.


    hope your day is lovely,
    k.

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  8. Duuuude I hear you. I graduate in a little over 2 months and how did that happen??? Good luck with your shows/musicals!

    (Also, I have a copy of The Color Project that I haven't read yet and I really need to read it!!)

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  9. Congrats on getting first and getting those roles you wanted! I did two shows at once one time and it was so hectic oh my gosh. Haha. Wonderful post!

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  10. Ahhh you've been busy! Senior year is definitely going by extremely fast; I'm kind of scared to blink...
    You've got this! Almost there!
    Congrats on being accepted to both of the colleges you applied to!
    -Anna
    lethologicablog.weebly.com

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  11. Maxene O&#39;ReilleyMarch 13, 2018 at 12:30 PM

    Okay. I'm now officially jealous of you xD Beauty And The Beast will be awesome, I'm sure! I am gonna be in Oklahoma! in October 2019. ;) And btw, I love Mere Christianity. You've got the rest of this senior year, girl!

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  12. Congrats on getting accepted!! That's so awesome :) So happy for you. And it's crazy how fast the school year's coming to a end!

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  13. CONGRATS ON BEAUTY AND THE BEAST!!
    I wish my theater group would do that show...but we have auditions for Little Mermaid next week, and I'm excited for that!
    And the DEH competition thing sounds AWESOME.
    Best of luck on the rest of your senior endeavors!
    xx
    Mira
    p.s. I tagged you for the liebster award if you feel up to it. XD
    https://steppinginsunshine.blogspot.com/2018/03/the-leibster-award-tag.html#more

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  14. Grace, I tagged you over on my blog :)! (And I just saw you were already tagged ^. Oh well! Feel free to take it or not ;)!)

    Rejoicing in Hope,
    Bri from forget-not-his-benefits.blogspot.com

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  15. Wow, girl! Your days sound as crazy and as full as mine! But also really beautiful. I love the way you write, how you describe your life, and also the books you recommend :)

    Can't wait for your next post. Blessings for the rest of your senior year, Grace.

    -T. x

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