May 2019 has been a month of unimaginable change caused by a combination of hard work, determination, & compassionate luck I am so grateful for.
In just this past month, I have moved half way across the country, quit smoking cigarettes after seven years & about seven hundred failed attempts, I have started a new job, began comedy classes, and tried so many other new things (Film Auditions, Performing Stand-Up in Chicago, Alcoholics Anonymous, Hot Yoga, Bratwurst, Background Talent on Film Sets, Sound Bath Meditation, Crossfit, Mole, to name just a few). Feel free to share your experiences with the items in bold above in the comments below!
Yet, things didn't start off as smoothly as I'd hoped when I first arrived in Illinois, due in part, to Illinois having had a record breakingly wet May. Moving from the routine heat of North Carolina to the cold damp true North gave me a deep rattling chest cold & worse, a bad case of home sickness. I missed my friends & immediate family, missed the warmth & the warm familiar places in & around Rowan County that I've grown to love. Everything here was unfamiliar & I wondered if I'd made a big mistake.
My response to my apprehension & illness was to focus on my health. I began taking Yoga, Crossfit, & Zumba classes, getting lots of sleep, adding more protein & calories in my diet, & finally quitting my nasty nicotine habit with a combination of Twizzlers, a couple days of Nicotine Patches, exercise, LOTS of Water, celery, gum, & a banana shaped teething toy designed for babies. If anyone needs advice or support who is thinking of quitting cigarettes, please feel free & welcome to reach out! It has only been three weeks but I feel more clear headed, healthier, & confident that I will never pick up another cigarette again. To those of you who already have reached out to me about quitting - I believe in you!
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Small-town southern ginger librarian moved to Chicago to pursue acting & comedy with her best friend, havanese dog Judy Books by her side.