Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Azusa Now

Take off will never lose its magic.

This weekend I had the amazing opportunity to be a part of a group of fourteen that flew out from Chicago to LAX for Azusa Now. Let me tell you, there's nothing quite like trying to sleep in an airport with loud announcements going off every fifteen minutes at one in the morning. Sleep: basically impossible.
We rented two vans and stopped for breakfast at McDonald's around 5am; had the best fast food restaurant experience of my life! (Believe me it was not the food that was phenomenal - we had to wait an hour at least before our food was even ready! - it was the people! So many people going to Azusa Now and we had the opportunity to pray with one another in the McDonalds! So good!)

The rest of the day was spent in the Colosseum. Around fourteen hours we stayed there in the rain and cold, praising God and praying with thousand and thousand (around 100,000) of other believers for revival. So many amazing people were there to lead us in prayer and pray for us and lead in worship! Bryan & Katie Torwalt, Bethel, Todd White, Loren cunningham, Bill Johnson, Kris Vallotton, Heidi Baker, Lou Engle, and so many more!
We spent Sunday on the beach playing frisbee and then hiked up a mountain to look out over the ocean and part of the city.

  Currently functioning on less then six hours of sleep and putting lots of Aloe Vera on my entire body. I had an unforgettable time, thank you Jesus for the amazing memories and experience!
And on another note, I've fallen in love with California!


Sunday, March 20, 2016

Theater Letter

Dear Cast,

Three months is a long time; though it seems to go so fast.

Remember auditioning? Remember all those people in that small back room filling out paperwork and getting updated head shots? There were way more people then I thought there would be, and the evening had just begun! The heater was loud and when it kicked on we had to speak up to hear each other over the noise in that small, crowded back room; all of us waiting for our names to be called and wondering who else would be in our group – who would we read with?

I remember watching many of you get called on, at the time you were complete strangers to me. I watched as group after group was pulled away into the other room and as one by one the crowd began to disappear, many of whom I would not see again.

Remember getting the call? Would you be willing to take the part of ____? Your smile growing as inside you pump your fist and grin, of course you will! But outwardly your answer is calm and collective. You thank them very much for the offer and express your willingness to be cast in that roll. You hang up the phone and finally answer your family's ceaseless questions of “well, what roll did you get!?”. Vaguely you think back to the crowded room that cold night and wonder which of the many faces you'll see again almost every night for the next three months.

Remember the fist night of rehearsal? Unsure where to sit, where the bathrooms are, and wondering if the directors are always whispering about you when your doing a scene. Time goes on and moments are sculpted as memories are made – little inside jokes, new friends, awkward moments. Slowly you step into your character and out of yourself, all around you the world is painted into color with the sounds of each members voice and the practiced movement of their feet – though now it seems natural instead of merely a place and a time where you need to be. Three months is a long time.

Remember tec week? Yeah, how could you forget tec week? The flashing lights at odd times, the random rooster sound affect that wouldn't stop, the loudness of the mic as you hear yourself on that stage for the first time. The many laughs shared in the wings that were stifled behind closed hands, smirks shared. Ques missed, lines re-worded or missed altogether. But slowly the world is being painted once more, this time with lights and sounds, sets and props, all in a unique dance and rhythm.

Remember dress rehearsal? The first time you put on that pasty stage base makeup and exclaiming loudly how horribly spray-tanned you looked – or like a carrot, or a ghost? Trying out hair styles, working out costume changes, missing ques and lines, tripping over yourself. Touching up makeup, smearing a little red lipstick on your collar by mistake. Getting eyeliner almost in your eye. Oh, the good times roll.

Three months is a long time.

Remember the first show, and all the rest after that? The surge as you step out for the first entrance, the laughter of the audience and the serious face you have to try and keep. Every night is a little different, every audience special in its own way. Laughs, hair, more makeup – oh that makeup, though. Late nights and bright lights. Sweaty dressing rooms and freezing wings.

Remember the last show? It was bittersweet when it was over, we all said our goodbyes and went our separate ways, we each held a piece of the others in our hearts to remember. We brought the world to life and painted the strokes of time with our voices. We opened a new place for people to look in and see and experience with the rhythm of our movement. We cast shadows and played in another reality for a time; bringing it into being with the light in our eyes.

Though we part ways we will all remember each other, though perhaps each in different ways. That's the beauty of it; we all carry something different into the stage but unite the individual with the group and you create a beautiful masterpiece. Though time and miles may separate us, I'll always remember those months, that time, the theater days.

Three months is a long time.

Always Love,

Fellow Actress

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

NaNoWriMo 2015

   Guess what!? =D November will soon be upon us; you know what that means! NaNo!!!! Woop woop! ^_^ We all love NaNo, and if you don't then you probably haven't tried it yet ;) Give it a shot, seriously, if you haven't yet; it's so worth it even if you don't meet the end goal my Nov. 30th. It's a time to get down and get rolling in the word count of your novel. So lets go, shall we!? =D

     So I'll be trying to get the 50,000 words I need to finish my novel, The Nameless - the second in the Guardian Elf Scroll series. Shouldn't be too hard, right? I'm pretty confident I'll make it and then you know what that means. I'll be onto doing The Nameless second draft and then on to publishing it. ^_^
     Yeah, I'm pretty excited. Not to mention I have a bunch of other really epic things going on in November which you might hear about later...;)
        But, in honor of NaNo coming and The Nameless just being excellent, I thought I'd post some pics of the Guardians that I made up here. Enjoy. =D
Lyana, Guardian of Truth
Justyn, Guardian of Peace
Opyl, Guardian of Peace
Daryk, Guardian of Freedom
Fye, Guardian of Mercy
Brye, Guardian of Virtue
Daryl, Guardian of Honor
Mya, Guardian of Life
Yay ^_^

Sunday, September 13, 2015

The Guardian Elf Scrolls

      I'm really excited to see where this story goes, and am super stoked as to where its headed right now! There's a page on Facebook you can like/follow for updates on The Guardian Elf Scrolls, if you would like to know what's going on there. =D

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Ages Have Past...

      Or, at least, it seems like ages since I've last posted. I've been back from Australia for about two & a half months now, seems like forever ago I was there; I miss it a lot! Its been getting so chilly here and thinking of warm Aussie land and Thailand...Oh yeah. X)

Anyhow, I've been busy since I've returned home: babysitting, writing, crafting, and of course the newest thing up to date...dun dun dun....
Yup, I've cracked down on learning to play the guitar and have been dabbling with my keyboard as well. Its been such fun and I really enjoy playing, singing and writing music.
Also, my family went on a vaca not long ago to upper Michigan for almost a week; got to see everything we'd hoped too, and I got a bunch of stickers for my guitar case, woop woop.

(we got a tour of a copper mine then got to repel down a 90ft shaft!)
All in all, the vacation was pretty epic. Now we're back and I'm doing the same thing as I said above: babysitting, writing, crafting and music. Kinda a short post...but, hey, better than nothing I suppose. ;) 
Oh yeah, and when I find the time I'll post more pics from Australia and Thailand! =D

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Australia 2.0 (Easterfest!)

      Hey from the Land Down Under! It goes well down here, though so busy these past few weeks! Why is it so busy, you ask? Easterfest! A huge Christian music festival that goes on right here in Toowoomba every Easter weekend starting on Friday. So for the a week and a half before the festival, we've been going as teams to Bump-In – or to the festival to set up, pound things, create walls, set up lots and lots of fence, and wear high-vis vests (that are like mini dresses on me).
    We pack our lunches at breakfast, have about an hour for morning devos and prep for leaving then we all meet at the lecture hall and have our morning meeting where we get the lo-down for the day and hear who's going and who's staying (every day one outreach team stays behind to get a little rest, help at local churches or ministries and/or work around base cleaning up and also preparing supper for the rest of the gang for when they get back from Easterfest). Then we shuttle off to EF in about three van loads, tromp our way over to the place to pick up our “vests”, drop our stuff in the crew tent, and set to work in one of a thousand ways, such as: put plastic bags in trash bins and tape the bags down....for about 200 bins; help set up feet and then stick fence in them as well as ratchet the tops together for all the park's fence line; unwind over fifty cables and lay them all out on the grass to see their length, then labeled their length after someone rolled them back up; clean countless cables; lay flooring in tents, build walls in other tents, rip cardboard out of wooden pallets, clean mold off things, help serve at a cinema launch promo thingy, hang up posters, stuff lanyards with stage passes, help decorate vendors tents and move fake plants and pallet tables and chairs. There's so many more jobs and stuff we all did but there's a few of them.
(Main stage going up! =D)
       We had an hour break for lunch around 12ish and then back to work until around 4:50 so we had time to hike back up to the pick up point by 5pm.
    Easterfest finally arrived  and we get to see all our hard work paying off! Yay! Thursday was the half day where some shows in town began to go on but other than that not much. After a half last day on site we went and spent the day in town then went to see Black Iris which was the first act of EF and happened to be two of the staff ladies from our base; they're so good! =D Then we cafe hopped down the street to see and other band, A Friend of Mine, play which also happens to be two of the staff guys from our base; they're super good, too!
     So Friday through Saturday we got to EF around 2pm after morning lectures and resting time. We got to hang out at the festival all day until around 10:15 when we had to hike back to the pick-up point again so we could be home by 10:30 ish. And Sunday we went in early for the Easter Sunday service at main stage.
   Got to see Tasman Jude, Red, Switchfoot, Faiti, and some others on Main stage. Got to see a lot of other people as well on the other stages around the festival! It was suepr cool and God was so at work during the whole festival!
(EF at night)
(Red on main stage)
So that's been my life recently. Back into lectures and man, have I missed them! We've got a week and about three days before we leave on outreach! Thailand here I come! =D

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Australia 1.0

Hey all! Here I am in Australia!...well, I've been here for almost five weeks (this Thursday will mark the five week point). I absolutely love it here, not just because where I come from it's below zero and snowing and blowing and here in Aussie land it's 90's and sunny and warm. Oh man, the whether is amazing! But YWAM is even better! The base is up on top of a mountain and, shoot, its so pretty!!
(There are so many butterflies here!!)
So anyhow, there's 32 of us students and about 20 or so staff; as I can tell, so far, no one seems to rub anyone the wrong way in the group (extremly badly), we all seem to blend pretty good together.
    First week our lectures were on  Character and Nature of God; second week, Biblical Worldview; third week, Fear of the Lord; fourth week, Holy Spirit; and then this week we're doing Evangelism. Woot woot! =D  It's been so good, I seriously feel like I've learned so much!
     Every morning between breakfast at 6:30 and morning worship at 8, we have about an hour – after you've eaten breakfast – to have quite time and Bible study, it's super nice to have that set apart time.
I haven't had much chance to take many pictures, but I hope to remedy that soon. We'll see how that goes. X) Eventually we'll get to go some places around Australia as well, like this Saturday we're going to the Gold Coast! So stoked! =D 
    FYI: everything grows so much bigger here! The bananas are hugemungus! The spiders and frogs/toads are also titanic; I've been told snakes are also large, haven't seen one yet to confirm though. I've seen a bunch of little lizard, butterflies up the wazoo, spiders, frogs, beetles and moths, a huge snail, parrots, and other wild birds. They say there's a Kamodo Dragon here about our camp site somewhere, they've seen him, though not in a while. I've seen his son or daughter, so cool to see that big of a lizard!!! 
    So this is my life at the moment, for the next two months before I go on outreach....to Thailand! So so so excited for that! =D God has been remaking and renewing me, it's been so great - though not always pleasant for me, still so good! God is soooo good, guys! I've seen Him working here in tangible ways as well as inside me. He's healed people from sprained feet to incurable sicknesses, cast out demons, killed depression with His laughter and joy, and so much more! It's been an adventure so far, and I'm sure the rest will be just as much so. More God? Yes, please. ^_^ He's so good! And He's the real prize, guys; seek the Miracle Maker, not the miracle.