Here comes the sun, doo doo do dooooo: Sunshine Award

After taking a bit of a break from writing publicly due to some personal issues (for more on what inspired that, please see this post and this post), I’m back! And I’ve had the loveliest surprise! I have been nominated for the Sunshine Award from my friend over at Collecting Conversations, a lovely blog where she interviews different people about their lives and professions to try to gain wisdom for her twentysomething years. The only writing award I’ve ever received was from my local library back in Missouri for a short story I wrote called “Claus-trophobia” about how Santa conquered his fear of small spaces to deliver toys to children and thus inspired the name of the phobia. I was fifteen or sixteen, and my mother was so proud. She still puts that little tome out every year at Christmas for guests to read while I sip on wassail and the color in my cheeks turns as red as Rudolph’s nose. It’s actually a pretty clever story, if I say so myself, but my writing has certainly matured in the last ten years (OH GOD THAT WAS TEN YEARS AGO ALREADY?!  I’M GONNA HAVE CROWS FEET SOON! I’M OLD!).


As an actor, I’ve of course dreamed up acceptance speeches (and performed them to my bathroom mirror, usually with a bottle of shampoo in my hands), but I don’t think they apply here. I don’t have an agent or manager. No director. No Harvey Weinstein. I can’t say “I beat Meryl.” I can only say thank you for thinking my blog provides a bit of sunshine to your days, that my writing is perceived as honest and encouraging to others. I certainly try to be as honest as I can about highs and lows of my life and this crazy career called acting and making art and that the lessons I’m learning are applicable to your lives in some way. My acting teacher, Robyn Lee, always says “the purpose of life is to master the space between you and the rest of the world,” and I hold to that.  I feel like I’m trying to do that every day.  To close the gap, so to speak.  We’re not all that different, you and me; we’re all seeking the same things, we just go about it in different ways.  So to quote my girl, Sally Field at the Oscars, “I can’t deny the fact that you like me, right now, you like me!”

According to the rules, I must

  1. Post the image of the award.
  2. Write an acceptance post including a link back to the person who nominated me.
  3. Write a list of Ten Things About Myself
  4. Nominate other bloggers for the award

So without further ado, here are Ten Things About Me (You probably don’t know and possibly don’t want to know):

  1. I am currently writing my first real play.  I’m excited and terrified at the prospect of finishing it and then actually performing it, but I think that means I should absolutely be doing it, right?
  2. Even though I’m 25, Furbys still scare me.  I think they might be of the devil and/or plotting to take over the world Terminator-style.  Somewhere in the back of your closets, they are making those weird noises and hatching their schemes, I’m telling you…
  3. I grew up playing baseball/t-ball for a couple of years as a kid.
    A league of my own

    A league of my own

    I always liked it (though I didn’t like the potentially getting hurt part), which is why I took a job as a coaches’ assistant for a youth baseball league on the Upper East Side last spring.

  4. My current favorite television show is the BBC Sherlock with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.  I was completely unprepared for the extent of fangirling that happened to me.  I have Pinterest boards dedicated to it specifically.  I think I have a disease. #cumberbitch
  5. I’m obsessed with the Oklahoma City Thunder.  I never was into the NBA until my college town of OKC bought the team while I was still in school, and then, I’m not really sure what happened, but somehow I became a raging Thunder fan.  Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are my homies, and I will support them to the death.
  6. I’m a trained ballet dancer (I even did pointe for a few years, though at 5’10” flat-footed, I was too crazy tall for it!).  I initially wanted to dance for New York City Ballet when I grew up until I realized I needed way more hours of intense training.  For more on that, see this post.  I still go to class once a week at the Ailey Extension.  It’s my happy place.
  7. A few of my lady heroes include Sofia Coppola, Cate Blanchett, Vivien Leigh, Nora Ephron, Nicole Kidman, J.K. Rowling, Winona Ryder, Mindy Kaling, Feist, Bette Midler, Susan Sarandon, Drew Barrymore, Meryl Streep, and Angelina Jolie among others
  8. Walt Whitman is my favorite poet.
  9. Chips and salsa and/or guacamole is a staple of my diet.
    My one true love

    My one true love

    I cannot function without these items in my cupboard.  I can go through a container of guacamole in literally two days.  Again, I think I have a disease.

  10. I’m a member of Sigma Alpha Iota, the international women’s music fraternity.  Love and roses to all you fellow SAI’s out there!

Bloggers I’m nominating for this award are:

So I’m back.  And hopefully will be writing more than ever.  Thanks again for letting me be your sunshine!