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Just Making a Plan

….and letting you know.

Today is a simple post to get me motivated and to keep me accountable.

This blog is meant to be, overall, inspiring and encouraging, and I’ve developed a plan and some goals to make sure that it happens on a more consistent basis.

So my goal is to post at least one blog a week for the rest of the year.

What you can look forward to as readers:

Motivation Mondays-we’ve all seen people hashtagging this, and it is definitely a day we could use some motivation, so why not jump on the bandwagon ๐Ÿ™‚

Traveling Tuesdays- I am all about traveling tips, goals, and stories. Get pumped about this day!

Wise Words Wednesdays- time for some real talk. Whether this is reflecting on something or someone wise, hearing advice from a guest blogger, or having a honest deep talk, this day should really get you thinking and reflecting.

Throwback Thursdays- obviously a really popular hashtag, but I love it. This day will be dedicated to looking back at some really good blogs or even moments in life/history.

Fun Fridays- Mostly for living our list! Bucketlists, events, and even diys. Honestly, anything could happen on a friday ๐Ÿ˜€

A simple post, I know, but I hope you join me on this journey of serious committed ( but always fun ๐Ÿ™‚ ) blogging.

-Steph ๐Ÿ™‚

P.S. Got a blog? Let me know, and maybe you can be a guest blogger ๐Ÿ˜‰

Teamwork in Theatre

Alright, in case I haven’t told you…I LOVE theatre. I love it for so many reasons, but one of the top reasons is the teamwork required in theatre. It is true. A theatre company is a team. It is a family. Sure, it can be a dramatic crazy messed up family at times, but still a fantastic team.ย 

You see, I’ve had the chance over the years to be a part of many productions and one incredible theatre company. Every time, it amazes me how all these different types of people can work together to create something wonderful. And seriously, it takes every single role to put on a production well.

Let’s analyze the team, shall we?

  • Actors-memorizing lines and blocking, attending countless rehearsals, and responsible for bringing characters alive.
  • Directors-responsible for a vision for the production, guiding actors through the script,
  • Stage manager-managing everyone during a show: actors, running crew, all the cues
  • Design team- Set designer, Light designer, Costume designer, Props designer, Sound designer.
  • Work crew- those who assist in building or creating what the designers have designed.
  • Running crew- those who help back stage during a show: stage hands, sound operator, light board operator, etc.
  • Front of house- ushers, house manager, and box office.

And often, people have to fill multiple roles. An actor could also be assisting with building the set, or a costume designer may be running the box office. People come together because they are passionate about the art of theatre just like how any IMG_4821team is passionate about their sport or an a cappella group about their music. Every role is so essential. Without one person or a person not fully playing their part, the whole system could falter. Got a light person who isn’t paying attention, cues could be missed. Got a lazy actor who misses his cue to come on stage, you may end up with an awkward situation on stage. Every role relies on the others. An actor relies on another actor to say their lines on time, on the stage manager to call the right cues, on the usher to get the audience seated in an orderly fashion so no one is a disruption to the show.

I have also seen a theatre team come together in crisis:

  • An actor dropped out. Alright, put in the understudy and help them get caught up.
  • The set isn’t finished. Everyoneโ€“director, actors, crew, designersโ€“comes in one day and works for hours to get everything finished.
  • Something broke. Alright, who can fix it? What do we need to do?
  • The lights are not working before a show is about to start or a group is late so the show is delayed. With a children audience at that! Actors improve entertainment during the delay.

Excellent team members in theatre, from my experience, tend to go above and beyond their role or duty.

A theatre company is also a supportive team. The world/career of theatre is a competitive one. However, I have still found that in a theatre company there is always support, advice, and encouragement. They support your success inside the theatre company and outside of it. They support the theatre aspects of your life and others. 10675616_897538056924280_8769389562425829333_nI’ve had a theatre company promote my fundraisers for missions, celebrate my accomplishments in college and in life, and encourage/support my decisions.

Bottom line, most important teamwork lessons I’ve learned in theatre:

  • Every role is essential. So play your role and encourage/appreciate others.
  • Know when to lead and when to take direction.
  • Always be prepared to help even in areas that are not your role.
  • A positive attitude can go a long ways ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Remember to focus on success for the whole team/production.
  • It is incredible what a team can do, create, and accomplish when they share the same passion and different strengths.

I love theatre! I love the theatre company I got the opportunity to be a part of. I am so thankful for that team, that familyโ€“for their support and for how they have helped me become both a better team-player and leader.

-Steph ๐Ÿ™‚

P.S. Have you learned anything from theatre? What organization, club, or situation has taught you the most about teamwork?

Restart

Restarting….

I haven’t posted in a good amount of time. What have I been doing?

  • Traveling and marking off lots of bucket list items in Alaska and New York
  • Graduating college with two degrees
  • Working
  • Looking for a job

Now, let me be honest with this post. On the big scale or plan of life, it all sounds like I’ve been doing pretty good. I’m definitely not complaining about these awesome events, absolutely not. What I am here to make known are the small events. Those little actions that make up daily life. Those good, healthy, and productive actions we wish would become habits.

Recently, I’ve been reflecting on my own life, thinking about myself the past few years. I thought about when I was happiest, when life was the smoothest, what my goals were, and how have they changed. To cut to the chase, I’ve realized that I have been focusing on all the big things and have forgotten to keep up with the small things.

For example:

  • reading my bible daily
  • praying daily
  • exercising regularly
  • taking a few minutes to stretch
  • spending time by myself to reflect or be creative
  • taking time to clean/declutter
  • blogging

They are just a few examples, and yet I find my life affected by their absence. These small activities had a bigger impact on my life than I took time to realize before. Typically, these actions made me feel goodโ€“a bit more put togetherโ€“and made it feel like my day was running smoother.

So this is my restart, blogging and all the small things. I don’t have much of an excuse why I stopped them before; I don’t think many of us do. Just the same: “I got busy. I just forgot. I had other things to focus on.” I know I have time for them; I can definitely make time for them.

The small things…they are so easy to forget and let slip away…

The small things…they can be hard to keep up and make into habits, but they are so worth it.

Don’t delay it. Don’t put it off. If you need a restart on dreams, goals, new year’s resolutions, or small action, it is ok. Restart now. Take action. Be happy.

I want to leave you with one more thing:

I live by the quote “Shoot for the moon and even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” Well sometimes, we focus on that moon too much, and we forget the stars around us. Whether your stars be small actions, present goals, or people, remember them.

Yours Truly,

Steph ๐Ÿ™‚