Wordy Wednesday

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Seasonal Questions

To be “In Like” or

“In Lust?”

To dream?

Or bask in the moment which just was “is?”

How do you keep the doors open

yet keep that small wall of protection around you?

Build the wall?

OR

Ban the doubt?

Leaves pop through frozen snow

Proclaiming the arrival of birth and new beginnings

Do I wish to be left behind in the polar vortex of my past?

OR

break free with effervescence and joy to the coming spring?

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Wordy Wednesday- Maintenance May

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Hello NYDreaming followers and family!

It has been AGES, (almost a year to be exact) since my last post on ye olde blog. That being said, 2016 and much of 2017 has been a whirlwind adventure. Both on the global and personal stage, changes have been rampant and it has definitely been a little difficult to juggle everything seamlessly in the air. That being said, I am a little under a month away from my 28th birthday and it got me thinking to what was missing in my life.

And naturally, my old Word Press account floated into my head!

It’s sometimes funny to think, that when I started this blog three years ago, it was out of necessity.

Necessary to leave my apartment. Necessary to not become bogged down with disappointment that I didn’t go to that audition or book that role, or follow up on that email. Necessary to find beauty in the grit and grime of New York City, the place I now fondly call home. Necessary to build new routines, go on new adventures, and just say “Hey, let’s see what happens, and try not to spend too much money.”

Suffice it to say, in the past 12 months there has been a shortage of DOWNTIME and as a result NYDreaming fell by the wayside. But like I always say when this occurs, dreaming is fine and dandy but acting on those dreams is what I always wanted in the first place!

Now back to the blog and my BIRTHDAY!!!

As the title of this post suggests, it’s Maintenance May for me. I never realized how much I missed a monthly theme, until I didn’t force myself to have one! LOL. This month, I’m really focusing on what makes me, ME! Taking time to fine tune the machine (working out and eating right), listening to what my heart and mind are telling me (blogging, journaling, and writing new poems), and making sure I’m in tip-top shape to change the world (pre-production and development for Shampagne season two). Acting is in no way on the back burner (melissamickens.com) and I’m hitting new benchmarks on the directing and teaching front at Stella Adler Studio!

Maintenance May is the undercurrent of the month because I want to finish 27 strong, so that 28 is just ready to pick up the baton and hit its stride.

June 8th, it will be wheels up back down to St. Thomas to ring in the day with my bestie, Cynthia! A time to fully relax, slow down and have some serious girl time with one of my very best friends, (the other will be getting a visit from me come fall, San Francisco I’m coming for ya!)

The post is wordy. The theme is in place. The world keeps spinning.

NYDreaming I missed you and so glad to be back.

Ciao,

M

Wandering Wednesday

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As you read this, I should be en route to St. Thomas for sun, fun, sand and relaxation! This year’s birthday trip takes me to the Caribbean and my bestie Cynthia’s new home. 🙂

(You can be jealous, I won’t blame you!)

Can’t wait to recap my trip here, but until next week, here’s my Wandering Wednesday post, which winds down 8th Avenue from 42nd street to the High Line in Chelsea.

Ciao!

#AboutLastMonth

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June is here, and I realized that I wasn’t very consistent with my April May posts. Oops. But, luckily there are photos that I can plaster up NOW, to give you an idea of what I was up to. In all honesty, I was a pretty bad blogger. There were a lot of amazing things that happened in May: my Adler ladies brunch, performances, reunions with friends, walks in new neighborhoods, that I just didn’t record or photograph.

Talk about awful bad. But, even if I don’t have an image to go along with these moments, the memories are good enough for me. After all, I didn’t always have a Facebook. Instagram, Xanga, blog as a resource for all of the internet-world to see and relive my life, so it’s kind of fun for me to have a few things for myself. 😉

Below you will, however, find a May slideshow chockfull of photos from Andrew’s New York City art debut, roomie night out with Alicia at Apotheke, Lauren’s graduation from NYU, a day at the Whitney with Kyla, drinks after a busy casting day with Glen, Pierre, and David and more!

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Ciao 🙂

The “Certainty” of May

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So, for the past few months I have been OBSESSED with Ibrahim Maalouf’s album “Wind.” If you don’t know who I’m talking about look him up, an incredible jazz musician. On the album, there is one track that I kept coming to again and again, Certainty.The notes are smooth and lush, when you think of a great kickback melody that you can read a book too with a delicious glass of wine on your nightstand, this is that song!

As my birthday rapidly approaches, I can’t help but laugh at my favorite song of choice. The career I have chosen is anything but “certain,” life as a whole is definitely not “certain,” but what I want to build upon this month is the certainty in my choices. As my mother often reminds me, Life is all about your choices, and I am choosing to make sound ones (excuse the pun).

My resolution for 2015 was to be persistent and consistent, and while I may have fallen off the wagon a bit, my goals are still crystal clear, and my handy Vision Board is a constant reminder of what I want to accomplish this year. May is currently filled with performances (Private Lives and staged readings), work (day job and jewelry selling), and friendship celebrations and rekindling (graduations, reunions, visits galore). Tons of great things to look forward to, yeah?

The theme of March definitely bled into April and that drum is still leading the way! “May” you have a great month and see the many opportunities that are waiting for you.

Ciao 🙂

Tuesday Thoughts

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Tuesday Thoughts

Super busy week ahead for me! With rehearsals (for Midsummer Night’s Dream), auditions (for touring companies in and out of state), training (for additional positions at my day job), and selling (continuing my training in jewelry selling in Brooklyn), I can admit that the visit from hometown friends (Andrew) and a long weekend away (mom/daughter time in D.C.) have refreshed and revitalized me for all that lies ahead!!

Saw this photo on Pinterest this morning and was the perfect reaffirmation of words my mother shared with me over dinner our last night in the nation’s capital.

Have a great Tuesday and be on the lookout for a Washington-themed Wandering Wednesday tomorrow.

 

Ciao 🙂