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love is an open door

Happy Monday! Can you feel Christmastime in the air?! What a magical time of year! Last week I wrote two posts called “give to those in need” and “mix up your routine.” It’s been such an amazing past few months full of growth and new experiences that I couldn’t help but tear up a little bit thinking about it.

Have you ever seen the show “Cheers?” It’s strange to me sometimes when people don’t want to be part of something bigger than themselves. People don’t exist to live alone. We’re pack animals who thrive in communities, surrounded by people who encourage our growth, challenge us, and support us. The past three months I got to spend my Sunday mornings with an incredibly fun group of people in my Groundlings Basic Class. I got to see other people do silly stuff, challenge themselves, have them come support me at the iO West Cagematch, and also form some great friendships I can’t wait to nurture. I got to work hard in a new setting, establish a new routine, and even become friends with the guy who works at NatureWell (and would say “oh you want the usual, right?” when I would walk in). I'm going to miss them and our time in Basic together, but I'm excited to keep those friendships going while also moving on to Intermediate where I can meet some more silly people who challenge themselves to grow!

I have a friend who believes that life is mostly minor chords, and I have gone back-and-forth in my head about the idea because he thinks minor chords are beautiful, but I think life is just a balance of minor and major. But I do agree with him that minor chords are beautiful - it's all beautiful. And I think that’s the point. It’s like that Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock song “Joy & Pain.” You can’t appreciate the sweet unless you’ve had the sour or the peace without the chaos, so it’s important to try and recognize it when it comes. And even if the sweet finally comes and the timing isn't right, just be grateful that you got to have it at all. And vow to let yourself have the sweetness next time!

Change is inevitable, but it’s also amazing. I wrote a post a few months back called “a sharp knife cuts clean.” I was fighting so hard to let go of the shame and embarrassment of failing at a relationship because I’d met someone at that time who made me really, genuinely happy, and, sheesh, was I beating myself up about not being able to move on quickly enough! But you can’t rush the process of grieving and expect yourself to be able to let go of things right away. What you can do, though, is be incredibly thankful you met someone who jolted you into wanting to get rid of all that emotional baggage and clutter so you could try again with someone new - someone who is a better fit and more your cup of tea.

Anyone who thinks people can’t change hasn’t let him- or herself fall in love. It may sound silly, but I am legitimately in love with my puppy. She is absolutely the most wonderful thing in my life - and I really have a lot of great teams, friendships, experiences, and things I love and am so lucky to be a part of. But having this little furball of joy reminds me that some things - like love - are simple and pure. Nothing beats waking up to puppy cuddles, the moment you realize your musical improv scene partner (who also went to your alma mater) knows exactly what you're going to sing, dancing with your girlfriends at funky sole night, and having a community of silly goofballs happy to do life with you.

"Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name, and they’re always glad you came." The "Cheers" theme said it best, right? Life is a lot of minor chords, but minor chords are part of this crazy life thing that brings us closer together. Just like in the movie “Inside Out,” sharing those minor chord experiences helps make bonds stronger and opens the door for lots of major chords. And although many people disagree with me that Anna and Hans were actually supposed to end up together in "Frozen" (which I will vehemently defend), I hope we can all agree that "love is an open door."

And for an example of a song that I absolutely love that is an amazing example of minor chords, check the link at the bottom of this post!

Thank you so much for reading, and, as always, if you have any pressing questions or if you want to discuss something further with me, please subscribe below, follow me on Instagram or Twitter, or reach out to me on the “contact” page. I’m so grateful you're here and that I’ve been getting a lot of really challenging questions and even better feedback from a community all over the world. I couldn’t do this without you! So THANK YOU! I’m here for you, and I love hearing from you, too! You’re the best, and you have everything you need inside of you! Please believe it! Starve your ego, feed your soul - and follow your heart!

This song is everythingggggg! I might have to cover it in 2018!

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