I was putting this off for a while, but I was tagged not once, but twice for this. You just have to put a picture for seven of your favorite things, but because I was tagged twice, I will put a list of fourteen things.
Who was I was tagged by? Chelsea and The Story Sponge
1. Kanuga has been a favorite place of mine. Now that I think of it, it is home. More than one place is home to you. Kanuga is a “thin place”, which is where you find God. You always have that place where you first see God. That place was Kanuga: it was from the grades 3rd-8th grade where I saw that at Kanuga.
2. Hiking- these two pictures represent my love for hiking. It may be hard to get up there due to the steepness at times, stepping over roots, and climbing over rocks, but the view at the top makes it worth it. You are surrounded by nature, God’s creation.
3. Snowglobes- I collect snowglobes. Whenever I go to a place new for vacation, I get a new snowglobe. But why do I love them? I never really know why I love them so much? Something appeals to me in them so much. Sometimes, a friend or a family friend gets me one from a place I never been to. Most of them are places I been to and bring back memories when I look at them. It is fun turning them upside down and look at the flakes.
4. Les Mis Piano Book- Ignore the colored pencils. Just think about the piano book. It all represents my enjoyment of playing the piano. I am not good at singing or dancing or drawing, but I do think I am good at playing the piano. I am in particular really good at Les Mis: after I really know these songs. At the moment, very rusty at them; so they do not sound the greatest so I have to kind of relearn them at the moment. This book just in particular represents my enjoyment of playing the piano.
5. Musicals- Having four playbills in this picture represents my love for musicals. It represents my range of musicals I love. From Music Man to Les Mis. That is a wide range we are working with. From the light-hearted and purely happy Music Man to the deeply tragic and highly emotional Les Mis- that is a lot to work with. The reason why those four represent my love for musicals is due to the fact that I saw all four in just one year- 2015: plus in three ways: Gardner Webb, Tour, West End. Gardner Webb: Music Man. Tour: Pippin and Sound of Music. West End (that felt like multiple musicals): Les Mis- a dream fulfilled.
6. Queen’s Theatre- Yes, still musicals. Queen’s Theatre is a special theatre. It is a special theatre for several people- audience, actors/actresses and crew. Seeing that theatre, it seemed like it wasn’t real- it seemed like a dream- even seeing the souvenir stand, even in the auditorium itself, even seeing the set. Nothing seemed real to me that night. But the first note told me, Yes this is real- this dream is no dream- it’s real. So the Queen’s Theatre is a favorite of mine- the cast I saw is very very very special to me- they always will be. However, the casts I will see after them, I will never compare.
7. Eponine Bear- there is more to one reason why this bear is important. First, I made her. Second, I made her at Gardner Webb, an university that I call home, that was home to me for 3 and 1/2 years. Third, her name is Eponine. Who is Eponine?
Well, any Les Mis fan knows who Eponine is. Eponine is a tragic character, who is unloved and alone in life. Her parents, the Thenardiers, raised her to be a thief and criminal. She is basically a watchdog for the law and is living in extreme poverty. She is unloved by her parents. On top of this, she fall in love with Marius due to the kindness he shows her, but the tragic part of this, he is the only person who shows her kindness. He is the only good thing in her life. What makes things even worse is that the love is destined to become unrequited since he falls in love with Cosette. She will anything for Marius, and she does have a tragic end, but her fate is beautiful in many ways. She is brave, loyal, and strong.
She is one of my favorite characters in Les Mis and one of my favorite characters in musical theatre. Why is the bear named Eponine? First, the bear has a brown-color scheme, the same colors Eponine wears in the stage show. Second, the bear has heart-shaped patches representing the love triangle and her loving nature. Third, there are stitch marks around the patches. The stitch marks to me represents both the unrequited love and her broken life.
8. Summer Outdoor Pops Symphony- This is one of my favorite things to do in Charlotte. Each symphony, there is a different theme. It can be anything from Jazz to Movie to Broadway to Celebrate America.
9. Snow- I love the sight of snow and playing in it. I love sledding and making snowman. That is part of why Winter is my favorite season. Yes, it is so cold, but why should the weather play a part in your favorite season. I love seeing snow fall? I love warming up with hot chocolate after playing in the snow. So, I do love the snow.
10. Classics- These are not all my classics, but it represents my love for them. I, in particular, love the classics from the Romantic time period. Why do I love them so much? I love the challenge. I love how the Romantics focused on the emotions. A lot of it evolved from my obsession with Les Mis. I started with reading the abridged, but after reading it, I realized the abridged versions do not give you a full experience. So I will always read the unabridged versions of books. I just love the classics- they challenge, and those characters: there is something about them- I don’t know what it is that makes the classics enjoyable to read
11. Dogs- this dog in my picture is my family dog. It represents my love for dogs. I love dogs. I am a dog person not a cat person. Ever since I was a little girl, I always wanted a toy black poodle to name Laci: don’t know why. Just did. I think dogs was just wonderful.
12. New York City- Favorite City of mine- one of them. Honestly, how can any musical theatre fanatic not love NYC? In the picture below, I am 12 at the Gershwin Theatre. So I been to two major theatre districts: The West End and Broadway. I love New York City. I been to American Girl, Central Park, Times Square, Natural History Museum, and Broadway. I saw Wicked on Broadway- that was when the love was sparked. I need to go back to NYC- when you live in the United States, but don’t live in or near NYC, it is hard to go back there.
Next time I go, I want to plan it all around theatre: what about one show at the Met Opera and about three to four shows on Broadway. Two will pre-planned, and the rest will be picked the day of. It has been 12 years.
13. Charlotte- I love my hometown. Do you know how I said I don’t live in or near NYC: well Charlotte is a popular touring destination plus it is home to Central Piedmont Community College. What does CPCC have to do with anything? CPCC does not do weak productions: it does well-done productions- it combines students with professionals. It calls downtown uptown. It has a lightrail to get to uptown. It has everything basically: two malls, shopping centers, Greenways (one of them inspired the children’s fantasy I am writing).
14. Volunteering- here I am volunteering at Loaves and Fishes. I have a passion for helping those living in poverty. I want to work in Nonprofit for that community. I have been volunteering every Friday with my dad at my churches Loaves and Fishes pantry. I am a co-packer by helping the clients pack. I have a similar passion for volunteering as I do with musicals. Some people do not believe me that I have a passion for volunteering when I say I do just because I talk about musicals more: I honestly do. I developed my passion for volunteering in high school. I grew up helping with Room in the Inn and other volunteer type areas. In high school, I went to a Diocese (it is part of the Episcopal Church) Event called Outreach: at one of them was a poverty stimulation, which gave us an idea of what it was like to live in poverty.
It was the second Outreach event that struck a chord with me: it was at dinner: I noticed on one our name tags that some had stars, triangles, and some (like mine) had nothing. At dinner, the star people, only four had silver plates and silverware and were served. They represented the wealthy. Only ten had the triangles: they did buffet style: still no me. Then I was stuck with the vast majority: I had to eat rice and beans in paper cups, bowls, and silverwares: we were those living in poverty: that was an “aha” moment: I was like the vast majority of the world was living in poverty: I was like I got to do something: I knew I was meant to help those people. Volunteering is one of my passions: it always will be something meant to me.