RDP Monday: Dazzle

“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!

RDP Sunday: Rock

Rock has sooooo many avenues that come to mind when I picture the word. There’s rock music, there’s geological rocks, you can even describe someone as your rock. I gotta say, though, that the first thing that came to my mind is one of my favorite places on the face of the planet. It’s an area steeped in geological history that is overtly on display. It’s sense of magnitude and it’s enormity dwarfs you and makes you realize how massive and beautiful the earth is. It overwhelms you. It shows you Mother Nature’s strength. Curious what this place is yet? It’s in the state named for its red rocks…or, Colorado.

Glenwood Canyon is one of the most gorgeous places I’ve ever had the chance to visit. It’s beautiful, red, multi-layered canyon mountains/rocks rise starkly and abruptly for miles, the Colorado River to winding its way through them. One could stare up in awe just like a tourist in NYC, lost for words, for hours. You can see each layer of sediment displayed in the rock formations and how the earth grew and changed during each period. It contains three types of rocks: metamorphic, sedimentary, and igneous, and many subgroups as well. The history of the canyon is long and detailed. The visuals are stunning, with the rock faces reaching up to 1,300 feet in height over the Colorado River. 12.5 miles of amazing. The height of these formations makes one feel like a spec…but a spec that gets to view all of the beauty that the earth has to offer. It is not a scary feeling, nor is it stressful. It is an awe-inspiring reminder that the earth is more powerful, vast, and fascinating than we often times remember. Rock

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RDP Friday: Canal

So, this is kind of interesting: canal. Way or route are the first two words that jump into my head when I think of the word canal, but interestingly enough, that brings me to something else. I recently got back from D.C. and while I was there I watched a program called “Assume the Position” by Robert Wuhl (“Arliss”). “Assume the Position” is all about how history is shaped by who writes it, and how often times the legend of a story becomes the fact in historical writing/teaching even though it is not truly a fact. There are several factors why, none of which make the legends actually true. This brings me to my next point: Columbus (and how route/canal are tied together in this case). Often times in American schools it is taught that Columbus was trying to prove that the earth is round with his voyage…but that is not actually the truth. Scientists and great thinkers had already proven that the earth was round…but what he really wanted was a faster trade route to India…Although I was already aware of this fact, I thought it was interesting to bring up in relation to the prompt because they fit so perfectly together. “Assume the Position” is also very funny and interesting, so I recommend you check it out! I get no kickbacks from advertising this, I just think you might enjoy it!

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RDP Friday: Baggage

Never was there a more perfect writing prompt for my day today. I know that on here many bloggers write stories, poems, narratives, etc., and they’re beautiful…but for me, personally, I feel much more at ease writing streams of consciousness blog entries. Maybe someday I’ll branch out into fictional stories; I used to love that! But…enough about that! Let’s get on to why the word baggage is perfect for today!

I’m traveling today. I’ve literally got baggage. I’m off on a fun adventure to Washington, D.C.! I’m on the bus, brainstorming about this entry, but trying not to brainstorm too much because it’s my mini vacation! Now, for those of you who don’t know, the trip from NYC to D.C. is not a long one. It’s about 4-5 hours by bus, and I do the trip rather frequently. I go to visit my boyfriend who currently lives there (but hopefully someday soon he will be back in NYC, which is where we first met). I haven’t seen him in a while. I’m ecstatic to jump into his arms and kiss him! He’s unique, funny, intelligent, and I love him madly! When I’m with him, I don’t feel so much “baggage” in the figurative sense of the word (but clearly I’ve got it….literally…when I’m with him, haha). When we’re together, both of our lives run smoother, are more free, and we’re always laughing. 🙂 When we’re apart, sometimes those things don’t come as easily. Although this is true, in a strange way I feel that this experience makes us stronger as individuals and as a couple. You truly find out what your heart is made of when you decide to live so far apart. It will only work if you find the person who helps you work through your past baggage and stays by your side emotionally, because you don’t have the ease of dashing to their apartment on a whim. It will also only work if you choose someone who is clear and good with their communication. Communication is key in any relationship, but especially in a long distance one. Talking about previous baggage and getting it off your chest and then seeing that person wholly support you and remain by your side, help you work through it and not run away: now THAT’s a keeper, no matter how close or far apart you live. 🙂

RDP Thursday: Camouflage

Camouflage…camouflage…what to say about that? I mean…that’s quite a…militaristic word…right? At least that’s what it brings to mind for me. I guess that’s the stereotypical way of thinking about it. I guess that camouflage can really bring up several different things. For instance, right now I’m watching a certain…reality show…on Netflix; you know, the ones about the kinds of peoples’ lives that you will probably never live; where expensive cars are simply a given in everyday life, where designer clothes are bought at the snap of finger: that kind of show. It’s fun to watch because the thought of being so carefree about money is nice and some of the people are cool, but at the same time I find myself remembering that there is a lot of camouflaging going on. I’ve worked a bit of reality tv before as an actress, and the truth is that there’s a lot about reality tv that isn’t real. TV angles are decided beforehand sometimes, things are lightly decided upon before the cameras start rolling, etc. It’s true, that some of the things that happen are reality, but in truth there’s a lot of camouflage that goes on in order to give the audience a certain perception of reality. It’s the “pretty” reality. Camouflage can be used in the literal sense, like in the military, but it can also be used in plain sight to hide the truth. Camouflage is an illusion. In other words, camouflage can be used in broad daylight. People camouflage themselves all of the time. They pretend to be something or someone that they are not, whether it’s good or bad. I don’t mean all people, but some. The reason I’ve brought this up is because reality tv provides a sense of camouflage for reality. You think that what you’re watching is real…but is it? When you’re watching reality tv shows it’s interesting to see the confessionals compared to what’s said in the group settings. Sometimes people are caught saying one thing to your face and another when they’re “alone” in the confessional…they do a great job pretending…it’s camouflage in broad daylight…

My Process

Thank goodness for Starbucks…I’m always brainstorming new business ideas, blog posts, and how to succeed in life! To check out one of my newest ventures please look at etsy.com/shop/millennialpets and “like” my store! You’ll get updates frequently, and access to some FABULOUS deals that are tough to find elsewhere! Plus…if you have any questions about e-commerce and how to run your own store I’ll be happy to help. 🙂

My Process

Thank goodness for Starbucks…I’m always brainstorming new business ideas, blog posts, and how to succeed in life! To check out one of my newest ventures please look at etsy.com/shop/millennialpets and “like” my store! You’ll get updates frequently, and access to some FABULOUS deals that are tough to find elsewhere! Plus…if you have any questions about e-commerce and how to run your own store I’ll be happy to help. 🙂

RDP Monday: Note!

Note, that’s an interesting one! I’m curious to see what others write about when they think about the word note. I’m a musician and vocalist, so naturally the first thing that I think of is a musical note. I’ve always had an interest in playing around with music writing software, and recently a buddy of mine from my day job (thanks Michael!) told me about Note Flight, a free software for just that. Usually these things cost a large amount of money, but not in this case! You can always upgrade your subscription, but the ten scores that you get for free are enough for me right now. I’m having fun messing around with the program and you never know what sort of fun work may come of it. Music writing has always been on the back burner for me…and I don’t think it will ever become a profession for me, but…you never know…for some reason I always seem to come back to it…now, on that…note…haha, the traditional form of music writing has always been hard for me. There are quite a lot of rules that you should follow in order to write correctly (at least in a traditional music theory sense). As my music theory teacher from college has put it (rather hilariously) you should go by “What would Beethoven do?” If Beethoven wouldn’t do that, then neither should you for your school projects. Now, there’s one composer I seriously admire who uses the rules…and bends them knowledgeably…and I’m entranced by his work as a performer and an intellectual. I’d like to write like him some day if I do become a composer/lyricist. That composer is Stephen Sondheim, the genius. He has inspired so many artists to create what they have…Jonathan Larson, Lin-Manuel Miranda, these greats are my inspiration; all 3 of them. You can see Sondheim’s inspiration in their work, especially in Jonathan Larson’s musical “Tick, Tick…Boom,” with the song “Sunday” directly inspired by Sondheim’s song of the same name in “Sunday in the Park With George.” I could go on and on and on about the large and small nods to Sondheim in Larson’s and Miranda’s work, but that would turn in to a novel of a blog post. Perhaps I will revisit this exact topic later and continue with my thoughts on these 3 and my admiration for them and their work, but for now I’ll leave you with this: check out this recent interview by Lin-Manual Miranda with Stephen Sondheim. It’s entrancing. I’m almost never so enthralled for an entire article (ADD is tough), but these guys…they have and will always have my attention.

I can’t believe the simple word “note” inspired this whole post, but I’m glad that it got me going down the road of inspiration in the subject I have loved my whole life. I hope it does the same for you. 🙂

RDP Tuesday: Balance

Balance is a tough one for me. Is it for you? I tend to be very enthusiastic about several subjects in life, overly so, but not about others. For instance, my life is based on musical theatre/acting success. Since I was eight years old I have dreamed of living in NYC and being on Broadway, but pretty much nothing else. I have a hard time feeling like if I let up on that sole focus even a little bit that I’ll make it there. I see other artists able to let other forms of creativity into their lives, and even to feel passionate about them, and then be on Broadway as well. I strive to be like that, nowadays, to allow myself the chance to try and indulge in other things in order to live a more full life…but that is really hard. I have many interests (photography is kind of cool, I love Spanish, I like drawing, etc.), but if I could have my dream of being on Broadway that would be the one thing that I actually really want and have made life decisions based on that; well, that and my current personal relationship with the most awesome guy in the world. So…it’s hard to learn that stepping back on my passions and trying to allow myself to do things that I see as less advancing of my ambitions are equally as valuable. You see the conundrum? Balance, for me, is a learned activity. I’m learning that balance is necessary because if you put all of your eggs in one basket, what happens when that basket breaks?: it falls apart…and that’s destructive. So….I try to teach myself to allow myself to feel passion about other things, too, while still finding ways to work on my preferred art. That also becomes difficult when work/life balance gets in the way. As artists, our survival jobs often times do not pay nearly enough to cover the costs of life as an artist, lessons, etc. So, I’m learning to try and balance that as well. I’m a very hard worker in all areas, so giving myself a break and giving myself balance is something I work on every day. 🙂 Honestly, I don’t feel that I’ve ever allowed myself to be so open while writing a post for the internet, so please excuse the very personal nature of this post if you’d prefer it, but the word balance struck an unexpected “note” (see what I did there?) with me. I hope you find balance in your lives comes more naturally for you than it does for me, and that some day we all feel equally balanced. 🙂 Happy writing/reading!