For Christmas last year, instead of gifts, my mother asked us to pick a WORD for 2013. We had the option of creating a piece of art with the word and I used over three sheets of construction paper. The word is now hanging in her dining room, clashing horribly with the paint.
My stepsister, Jess, chose the word “Believe,” and her fiancee chose “Family.” (So pertinent, amiright)?! Everyone else sat on the couch and shrugged and made excuses and pretended to be looking in their stockings.
But for the rest of us, it was a great exercise. And a resolution, as well. My word for 2013 is FOCUS. And when I’m feeling stuck, or overwhelmed, I meditate on that word for a few moments until I can get back on track. It’s been super helpful, and I’ve found that defining and specifying my focus has improved my discipline.
So why am I writing this in a post about my friend’s play?
When I lived in Chicago, I didn’t have any specific career goals. I got involved with a couple of theatres, and ultimately ended up doing A LOT of EVERYTHING between the two of them. Which was great for building my skills as a theatre artist, and therefore my confidence. Ultimately, this made my experiences in Chicago invaluable, but dividing my time between so many paths mostly created a “head just above the water” feeling. Nobody likes that. So when I moved to New York, I decided to follow acting. That is number one. However, I realize that thinking in black in white is limiting, so when other opportunities come my way, I will definitely check them out!
Therefore, I told my good friend Shira I would direct her play at Manhattan Repertory Theatre. Acting in it wasn’t much of an option since my schedule is starting to get hot, but it’s a fantastic play and I really want to be a part of it.
Come check it out!
And as far as a word for 2014, I’m still brainstorming.
It should probably be “money.”