I have been putting off eating this very apple for a week. Strange, I know. This apple is my last Door County Honeycrisp I bought when I visited earlier this fall. They hadn't come into season when I was living on campus and performing, so when the opportunity came to visit the Players AND go to Seaquist Orchard to procure said Honeycrisps, I jumped at the opportunity. And here it is...
|The final apple|
In a way, this apple represents my last tie to my time there. Sure, I have keepsakes and art I made and spices from the same orchard mentioned above and even a bottle of hard apple cider and oh, yeah, memories, but this is the last fresh thing that has kept me half in Door County and half in Chicago these past 6 or so weeks. Every time I ate one of those apples, I remembered some random perfect day there or saw posts on Facebook of my colleagues still there. It felt like I was still there. There are some bags that I am embarrassed to admit are NOT unpacked yet.
Since coming back from my summer adventures, I jumped right back into a rehearsal process for my next show, Master Class. We opened last weekend! And, I returned to teaching high schoolers how to sing. I'm at two high schools this year and am proud to say I call that, nannying and singing for Jesus on Sundays, my day job(s). It all relates to what I want to do with my life and allows me to schedule the necessary performer life duties like auditions, rehearsals and performances with less stress. My google calendar may look like a skittles package exploded, but I remind myself every time it gets stressful, I am CHOOSING this life on purpose.
|Where IS the free time?|
I learned so much as a theatre professional and as a person from my time in Door County. I learned a new way to approach scene study and how to affect my scene partner. I also had the chance to just have fun and go on adventures. For those of you who know me well and are already aware my google calendar looks like a skittles package barfed all over the place and has for quite some time, you probably also know taking time for me is something I neglect to do on a regular basis. I've joined a new gym with awesome amenities. I've taken the time to actually explore some local eateries and businesses in my neighborhood. I'm back to cooking for myself. I went to an Illini game at Solider Field. I witnessed two dear friends get married. I even participated in the Open House Chicago weekend sponsored by the Chicago Architecture Foundation. In other words, I'm working toward a more balanced work/play schedule instead of all work work work and I couldn't be happier.
I had a great summer away and it instilled in me the new sense that I am in control of my destiny, hence all the changes in my life when coming back home. I am starting to figure out some specific plans for the next 5 years. I want to travel more with my work and do gigs where I can live somewhere for an extended time and really get to know a city/area. I want to work with local teachers in Chicago and its surrounding suburbs to become a better teacher myself. I want to write another blog! And the list gets longer by the day.
Thank you for reading about my summer shenanigans. I hope you'll join me on my next adventure. Until then...
|The best sunset|