[day 303]

My dad has always said you're community will affirm your talents. A year ago, I thought I as done performing, burnt out, it took more energy than I had anymore, but as I've journeyed with Nutrasine and began to gain strength I've started singing at open mics with the thought, "Okay, just this." It's simple. It's just me and my harp. No problem and I really enjoy it. When I became a "regular" at open mic, they started calling me Ariel  saying they thought I sounded like a Disney princess (also because they cannot EVER remember my name). On my last night performing (before my move to AVL), I had several people come up to me and encourage me to pursue theater. Yesterday, the woman I nanny for said the same. I thought I was done, but maybe not. All that to say, next semester I'll be teaching two theater classes with Elevate School of Life and Art (one for elementary students and one for middle & highschool students; Wednesdays 4pm-5 & 5pm-6 respectively). It's a small step of reentry for me, but one that I feel strong enough to make thanks to all the progress I've made this year. As one of my favorite Broadway composers, Tim Minchin says,

I advocate passionate dedication to the pursuit of short-term goals. Be micro ambitious. Put your head down and work with pride on whatever is in front of you. You never know where you might end up. Just be aware the next worthy pursuit will probably appear in your periphery....If you focus too far in front of you, you won’t see the shiny thing out of the corner of your eye.
— Tim Minchin
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