Flounder. That’s an interesting word. I’d like to say that I’ve pulled up my bootstraps and fought my way through this with a smile on my face. Honestly, floundering is something that is hard not to do. At this moment it seems like the Big Apple is unrecognizable. I look out my window and it looks like a New York City I don’t know. It’s…devoid of people and energy. It’s…not NYC. I can only hope that everyone is at home re-configuring their lives and succeeding in the best way possible. Truthfully, this is the first time that I’ve gotten myself to the page. It’s a whirl of craziness even though everything is so still. Thousands and thousands of New Yorkers have all of the sudden become unemployed and the city is doing it’s best to accomodate all of that. It has put a massive strain on the infrastructure of the city, and we are all struggling to get through. We have quickly become the location with the highest amount of cases in the US and times are very uncertain. The interesting thing is, we will not be defeated. NY’ers…are tough, diligent, strong, and courageous. It’s been incredible, the way that the community has shown love during this time. I’m proud of my co-workers and proud of my city. NYC strong. We can do this. It may be dark now…but it will be light in time.

Photo credit: Alexis Azabache. Follow Alexis on twitter: @alexazabache1

“Give em’ the old razzle dazzle, razzle dazzle em”. Any “Chicago” fans out there? That lyric was literally the first thing that came to mind when I thought about the word dazzle. Dazzle sounds sparkly, doesn’t it? It sounds glitzy, like the 20’s, at least in my opinion. It reminds me of themed 20’s parties, songs, dances, movies, singing, and general stuff of that era. It also makes me think about how I can dazzle people…or at least “dazzle” my own life. You see, I’m an entrepreneur, so I’m always thinking of ways to dazzle my customers at all of my jobs (yes, you read that correctly, I have several jobs). I’m a waitress, dog walker, house sitter, e-commerce store owner, and aspiring actress/singer. There’s a lot of room to dazzle there!

Thinking about the e-commerce store, though (millennialpets.org), I’m always learning and growing. I’m not particularly technically inclined, and that is an uphill climb for me…but I’m always learning and achieving and acquiring new skills. I’ve learned more about how the internet/tech works in the last few months than I have in a lifetime, and it really is a whole other world. All in all, I hope to dazzle my clients every day with awesome customer service, speed, accuracy, and products that provide tons of incredible memories! I also hope to have the skills of Broadway stars so that I can literally dazzle entire audiences every night one day. It will happen. In the meantime, keep on being you, you fabulous ragtagdailyprompt’ers! Have a wonderful Monday!

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It’s currently 12:45 am on the East Coast. I’d love to be in bed. This is my current view. At first glance, you might think “why would she bother to post that?” It’s just a random, blurry building. Well, I had this thought on the way home from my job: this is what I do to make my dreams a reality. I should document this. These moments are part of what makes me who I am. When I first started this blog, I told you it would be about my adventures in this crazy city. Well, sometimes adventure isn’t always a fun thing. Dreams take work. They take sweat, and, as Debbie Allen put it in Fame “and right here’s where you start paying.” This is my view after working a very hot, sweaty, tough night shift that ended quite late. I’ll be back tomorrow. And the next day. And countless days/nights after that. It’s what we do as artists to survive (and not only artists do this, I’m sure). It’s hard. We work til all hours to pay for those lessons, make those auditions, get those head shots, put food on the table…and you know what? It’s all worth it. It builds tough, strong people. It builds a lot of character. So cheers to random sights at odd hours of the day. They’re good reminders that you’re following your dreams, you’re making the sacrifices, and you’re living with passion. For that you should feel good. Sleep well. You deserve it, dream followers.