In September, I was cast in an original play called “School for Manners” at Hole in the Wall Theatre in New Britain, Connecticut. It was such an awesome opportunity. It was the first time I acted on stage in nearly 10 years. I loved the comradery of the cast. I made some really cool new life- long friends, I pushed myself as an actor, and I went from being bored out of my mind to being busy nonstop for 10 solid weeks!
The show wrapped recently and we ended it well. I’m so pleased with the work that we did. As the holidays approached and the snow arrived, I was glad that I took the winter off. The 3rd weekend of show (of a 4 weekend run) I was sick with a cold. I felt wiped out and I know that at one of the shows I wasn’t giving the same high-energy performance I had the weeks before. This was a bummer but it was a sign that I needed to listen to my body:
Body: Oh hey Holly!
Me: Oh hey Body.
Body: How you feeling? Because you look like a hot mess.
Me: I’m super stuffy. You know that awful feeling when the throat and nose feels like it’s on fire...that me for like a week!
Body: Yikes that’s not good girrrrrrrlllll….Take in some lunch-naps, go to bed early, do some yoga to relax me and stay hydrated!
Holly: Great advice! Thanks Body!
Body: You’re welcome. We need to take care of each other!
Cheesy grin and thumbs up here! Freeze-Frame High Five!!
Over the years I’ve had a variety of hairstyles. As a kid I’d probably mostly be remembered for my short hair.
It took about 5 years and a few short looks, awkward growing phases until I’ve reached a “past the shoulder” length. I’m quite pleased with it, however, I’m craving something different.
Maybe you can tell, but I’ve left something out from my hair evolution. I’ve never colored my hair, not even pharmacy boxed color, school spirit day color spray. My hair is a color virgin.
Hey Pixie Chick!
It’s Monday, and you know what that means! No, not the dragging start of your week: Motivational Music Monday!
I’m so psyched to share this with you. For the past few months I kept track of my Go-To-Songs that gets me pumped and motivated. Sometimes I’m in that high energy mood and surf those good vibes and other times I know I’m in a funk and tuning in lifts me up. Music is an awesome cure-all!
There are some oldies but all are goodies! The vibe for this playlist is to get S*** done! So put on some headphone and Get Your Dream On!
For the past few months I’ve watched interviews of my acting role models when I have down time. I really enjoy the Variety’s Actors on Actors and The Hollywood Reporter’s Roundtable Discussions, (THR). I find them on YouTube and watch as many as I can.
I wish I wrote this article when I first discovered these videos—I viewed so many the first week I won’t even bother with a wild estimate. I felt such a rush while watching them. Some of my favorite actors, like Tom Hanks, Keira Knightley, Emma Stone, Nicole Kidman, and Viola Davis (just to name a few) asked each other questions and shared their experiences as actors. (Variety’s Actors on Actors) Then, there was the thrill of the Round Table Discussions with several of my favorites—casually expressing their feelings and history, (Kate Winslet, Cate Blanchett, Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams, Denzel Washington, and many more).
I was excited by the interesting pairings. I learned many had a shared director, co-star, or worked on a film together years ago. I was completely enthralled. It’s entertaining and insightful for me as a member of the audience but also as a person interested in exploring the human condition as an actor.
Do chocolates really matter?
Valentine’s Day is tomorrow and that question has tickled my mind a few times this month. Valentine’s Day: is it one of the longest running marketing campaigns that provokes gimmicks to buy chocolates, cards, and roses, or is it a holiday totally devoted to couples to make the extra effort that show they truly love each other?
I’ve never been bothered by the commercialization of the holiday, so I either am the target market to the “T” or I just think it’s a nice reminder to show extra affection.
Now, money is tight and I’m not demanding a fancy dinner at a candlelight table, or a dozen roses--or any roses, actually. A cute card, homemade or purchased, would be nice. Chocolate isn’t necessary, and depending on my mood, if I’m attempting a sugar detox, it’s refused; or if I’m indulging my chocolate craving, it’s greatly appreciated.
My boyfriend and I have always done something for V-day but it’s always within our financial means and lighthearted. We’ve gone to out to dinner, movies, made homemade cards and gifts for each other and shared some special time together ;)
I won’t be devastated that we’ll be thoughtful on a budget. In fact, I think that this creates an opportunity for creative and truly personal ideas.
Hi Pixie Chicks!
Over the course of this last year I think it’s safe to say that things were difficult for me: from my mom’s brain surgery and continued recovery, my lack of funds, and even lack of transportation.
It really wasn’t all that bad—(I can say now).
I got a job and a car (which means I also have a little extra pocket money…but I will always welcome more)!
But not everything was easy-peasy for these improvements.
For instance, at work I occasionally make a mistake. (I’m new and human). But honestly I’m not used to that situation. I don’t want brag falsely but the circumstances that I dealt with recently (pre-job) didn’t allow or require me to mess up. In fact when it comes to my mom’s recovery and my responsibilities I didn’t mess up. I was a machine—a real-life computer or super brain (which my family and I often joked about my mom’s brain surgery and me behaving like a super brain).
Jokes aside, I was her brain and I held and sorted so much information. It was impressive and weird as to what I retained and my quick ability to call upon dates, names, and other facts so immediately in regards to her surgery and recovery, and of course perform all the duties like complete paperwork and calls. (Folks I wasn’t just giving her tea and plumping pillows—I wish that’s what I did. I wrote letters, emails, filled out medical applications, financial assistance applications, insurance papers, charity request applications, spoke with doctors’ offices and insurance companies on pretty much a daily basis for 9 months - thankfully things have slowed down.
Hello Pixie Chicks:
The cold weather is upon us which could mean your idea of date night might be Netflix and fuzzy blankets. Well that’s all fine but there are other options out there too.
1. Bowling—when was the last time you put on those slick shoes and bowled your best? Could have been middle school or the occasional college outing. This is a super fun way to engage in a fun and cheap activity with your S.O.
A few weeks ago I cleaned my desk and I came across something I hadn’t seen or thought about in years. Immediately I remembered the impact it had on me.
I wish I wrote the date on it...didn’t think to then, but it was obviously around a new year that I created my list of “resolutions” or, better defined, my mantras.
The rainbow stream of fonts in all different sizes illustrate my intention to make each point stand out.
I used direct lines from lyrics...Hannah Montana lyrics to be honest...I’m guessing I wrote this inspirational page around 2007. I definitely remember having this hung up in my bedroom during high school. I would walk the school halls and classrooms and repeat my favorite lines to myself--one being, “I own the room, in a good way.”
Happy New Year Pixie Chicks!
I hope you all enjoyed your holidays with your loved ones. I certainly had a fine time. They were quiet and enjoyable—just what my family needed to wrap up last year.
Now it’s time to shift gears. Do you have your resolutions? Are you keeping them so far?!
I, like some of you, have resolutions I intend to keep this year and one of them happens to be to get fit and healthy.
Tis the Season!
Hello friends I hope you’re all feeling the love and spirit of Christmas this month. As I walk around shops and drive through town I admit my (sometimes grinchy/bitchy) heart just melts. The lights twinkling, the festive wealths with bulbs and bows, Christmas music on the radio, it all just sooths me into a warm and mellow blanket of Christmastime Bliss!