After years of being lazy with crafting and selling my crafts I made some decent strides in December. I went to my first craft show and started an Esty shop. I’ve even made a banner for it!
It’s the little things like these that make me feel accomplished.
I’m going to join the new resolution bandwagon and instead of making a list for 2016 choose a word to focus on for the year.
My word is productive.
One of my biggest struggles is having too many ideas and not producing any of them, so this year I hope to be productive and make things happen.
I hope to stick with this the whole year, but I won’t beat myself up if other words/goals become more important. As my favourite playwright says:
I finally got to Burke’s, the bookstore around the corner from the intern house. I bought three books and blazed through one in a few days.
Gene Wilder’s memoir, kiss me like a stranger, was an open and honest glimpse into his life. I’ve always loved Gene Wilder in everything I’ve seen him in (not much as I found out) and I was excited to read about him.
Growing up I first saw Wilder in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, which I was incredibly surprised to learn was considered a flop at the box office. It only earned $4,000,000, one million more than its budget. I also discovered that Wilder was a writer having many ideas turned into movies, most well-known to me being Young Frankenstein.
Reading about Gene Wilder’s stage days were particularly interesting because I hadn’t known about them. He auditioned for and became part of The Actors Studio, here he was mentored by Lee Strasburg. In those early days Gene had focused on being dramatic instead of playing to his comedic strengths, and Strasburg called him out on it, saying:
“I got news for you: If you don’t know how you’re going to act some part of the script–work on what you do know. Build up your confidence a little bit. That will help you find what you don’t know.”
I was struck by this statement. So often I focus on what I need to be doing and learning and working on that I forget to play to my strengths. I spend too much of my time and energy worrying about how I’m doing compared to others. My biggest competition is myself; as long as I’m doing better than I was yesterday that should count as a win.
I loved this book. The flow was easy and made me want to read way past my bedtime. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone, specifically theatre people and those interested in Gene Wilder.
Street Art from Mobile, Alabama. I was going through my pictures from last week at SETC and this quote jumped right out…if it was a dog it would have bit me.
“Our birthdays are feathers in the broad wing of time.” Jean Paul Richter
Yup, it’s my birthday. I turned 23 today at 4:04pm, that’s right I get serious about this stuff haha. I just like being precise in these things. I found that quote in one of my Tea Time magazines and thought it was adorable! About turning 23, I don’t feel any different…maybe by tomorrow I’ll feel strange but probably not. After all it’s just another year, 365 days. It was fun to log on to facebook and see my page flooded with birthday wishes, and it was even better getting texts from the few people who actually know when my birthday is haha. My wonderful parents sent me flowers this morning and they smell delicious!
Some people would say I need to celebrate the 2nd anniversary of turning 21…but I’m ok with being 23.
Well, I’m off to make a cup of tea, then to cast on and knit a swatch for a sweater. I need to figure out how many more balls of yarn I need.
Yup, I’m ok with being 23.