Hello my fearless readers! This past week brought some amazing new experiences and events. I was tied up at work most days, so it was truly a challenge to try to hit every single one of my points this week.
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Here’s how I faired for the dates between July 21st and July 27th.
1. Experience Something New
This was formerly named “Try Something New,” but I feel like experience is a better catch-all for this category.
7/21 – Watching the Presidential Motorcade
President Obama came to New York City, and was en route to the Daily Show, when he drove past my apartment building on Tuesday. I had just finished an audition (which I’ll talk about later) and was worried I wouldn’t get back to my apartment before the blocked the street off completely.
Luckily I made it to my apartment, and headed up to my roof right before Obama was due to come by. Even though I was so high up, that I couldn’t tell which one was him, it was still my first experience watching The Presidential Motorcade.
I couldn’t upload my video, but feel free to visit my Instagram to see the footage. (Feel free to follow me too!)
7/24 Lola Star’s Dreamland Roller Disco in Prospect Park
This was my FAVORITE part of the week. My dear friend PJ who I met when I was in my Off-Broadway show, is the host of this lovely party which happens every Friday from 7:30 to 10 p.m. For more information, visit the site, and PLEASE do yourself a favor and go.
Rollerskating is like riding a bike, you never really forget, but it takes some getting used to. After a few songs, I was feeling much more confident, but of course I fell flat on my tailbone on the second to last song.
Here are some of my favorite pics from the night.
2. Go somewhere in New York City that I haven’t been before.
7/24 Lola Star’s Dreamland Roller Disco in Prospect Park
3. Do something alone that I would normally do with others.
Again, like last week, there was not much time for me to be alone. When there was, I was busy prepping for auditions, cleaning, and working on my website.
4. Say “yes” to something to which I would typically say “no.”
There isn’t anything this week that I did that I have been completely against in the past. I knew going into The Shallenge that some points would be more difficult to complete than others.
5. Do something that scares me.
7/26 Film a Music Video
I filmed my first ever music video for my first single from the EP, You Hate Me. I had an amazing time and had a great team around me! I cannot WAIT to show you the finished product.
Here are some cool behind the scenes shots.
7/27 Start my training for a 10k
On set last week, I was reading Women’s Health and they had a great 10-week training chart for a 10k. I’ve never completed a 10k and when I go on my “long” runs, I usually max out at 5 miles. This may cause some of you to roll your eyes, but growing up with, (and still dealing with) exercise induced asthma has made me more of a cross training kind of gal, rather than pure cardio.
I’m no stranger to exercise as I work out 5-6 days a week, but what scares me is that my body is not built for running. I have short, thick legs, bad knees, and as noted above, bad lungs.
So I started my 10k training based on the chart from Women’s Health. Because of my schedule, it may not be too easy, but I’m confident that I can train myself and even if I do not complete an official 10k run, be able to run the 6.21371 miles required to accomplish this goal.
6. Make a new friend.
7/22 Reconnecting with high school friend
This week I did not make a new friend per se, but I got the chance to share a few drinks and conversation with an old friend of mine from high school.
It is always great to catch up with someone from my hometown who has some great memories of our high school and city. This particular person now lives in LA, and we laughed and talked about what we love (and hate) about each others’ cities. It was awesome, and I’m glad I had the chance to catch up with her.
7. Go on an actual date with someone. (Drinks do not count)
I’m considering replacing number 7. While dates can open me up to new and fun experiences, for once in my life I have not been consuming my weeks thinking about dating.
Perhaps next week I’ll have a new number seven.
8. Purge the unnecessary.
7/27 Continuing to Clean My Closet
I have been on a rampage getting rid of things. I am the worst person and throwing out/donating things because I always feel like I’ll need it again for something. I’m happy to say my closet/dresser drawers went from almost overflowing, to having ample space. My closet now had a gigantic gap that it certainly did not have prior to this purge.
I only plan to continue this next week.
9. Do something that makes me feel beautiful.
7/21 – Beautiful Audition
On Tuesday, I went to the Equity Chorus Call for the Broadway show, Beautiful. For those of you who don’t know, Beautiful is the musical that chronicles the life of Carole King. I saw it with my dad and brother when they came into town.
The audition went extremely well, I sang beautifully, and had great feedback from the casting director. I know I may not ever receive a callback for this, but being able to sing Natural Woman in front of Broadway casting directors made me feel beautiful.
10. Surround myself with nature.
I didn’t go anywhere crazy this week, but after my runs in the city, I took time to sit in silence and think. Experiencing the natural beauty around me is something that I deem of upmost importance.
7/21 DeWitt Clinton Park
After my 3 mile run on Tuesday, I walked back up my street and passed by this particular park. I’ve never actually been inside, so I took a stroll around and landed on a park bench. I sat for maybe 20 minutes in complete silence, looking at the trees, and the nature, and the moms with strollers, and the intramural teams playing on the field next to me.
It was a great 20 minutes to silence my mind.
7/27 West Side Highway
In the 85 degree weather, I decided to do another 3-mile run on the West Side Highway. When I was done, I noticed a gigantic cruise ship on the Hudson while the sun was beginning to make its evening decent. I sat on an empty chair and watched as the ship slowly passed, the passengers all waving and taking pictures of the New York skyline. It was beautiful.
So there you have it, week 2 of The Shallenge complete!
Shallenges Completed: 6.5
I gave myself a .5 because connecting with an old friend is a little different than making a new friend. However, I’m going to give myself a little bump because I did end up completing multiple points in some of the challenges.
Shan Baby Score: 7
And here’s my Happy Face of the Week:
Peace, Love, and Disco