I will not lie, Week 3 of the Shallenge was a bit lackluster. I did end up reaching a lot of my goals, but it was certainly not as jam-packed as the other two weeks. I got caught up with work and auditions, (which I suppose is a good problem to have) and did not have time to get through everything on my list.

Here’s what I got between the days 7/38 and 8/3.

1. Experience something new.

7/30 – Buy a ukulele and learn how to play it

On Thursday, before the sky opened up and it started pouring, I was on my way to The Strand Bookstore (of course) and took a detour at the 14th Street Guitar Center. I was originally just going to go to the acoustic room and play a Martin Guitar that I’ve had my eye on for a while, but I decided to inquire about ukuleles.

I ended up walking out with an adorable (on sale!) ukulele. I have named her Opal. I’m still learning different chord shapes, but overall I’m loving my new uke!


8/3 – Take a Class at Flywheel NYC

Yesterday, I was lucky enough to take my first ever Flywheel class and all I can say is that it absolutely KICKED MY ASS! I’m always looking for new ways to up my fitness game, and I really enjoyed my time at Flywheel. I recommend it to all! 🙂

2. Go somewhere in New York City that I haven’t been before. 

7/28 – Rockaway Beach

The Terrible Twins (ie me and Jen) took an hour and 1/2 subway ride all the way to the end of the A Train and went to the beach! It was a HOT, HOT day and we drank beers, talked, and laid in the sun. We took turns running into the water, and the temperature was actually warm and not icy cold like I expected! I don’t think I’ve completely submerged myself in the ocean in at least 5 years. Truthfully.

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3. Do something alone that I would normally do with others.

Again, I did not complete this task. Although I did look up several flights to Austin and considered going for a weekend alone. Obviously that’s not the same as actually doing it, but the thought was nice!

4. Say “yes” to something to which I would typically say “no.”

8/1 – A New Music Opportunity

I hate to be vague about this one (and I haven’t said yes to anything) but an interesting opportunity for my music has opened up. It would entail songwriting and collaborating, which is something that I typically do not like to do. However, I’m allowing myself to be open to a meeting and discussing specifics.

We shall see.

5. Do something that scares me.

This was another category that I did not fulfill. Unless of course you talk about the scary movies Jen and I watched this week. 😉

6. Make a new friend. 

7/31 – Reconnecting with Set Friends

On Friday, I worked a show where some of the crew were the same of the show I stood in for. I got the chance to catch up with those guys, as well as reconnect with a friend whom I strangely met on the airplane flight home from Idol who also works in the film industry.

The world is a small place.

7. Have a “Book of the Week”

This category was originally titled “Go on an actual date with someone. (Drinks do not count).” 

However, I really just don’t feel like dating at the moment. I would much rather read books! (In fact, I would prefer to read books over most things, but I digress).

So this week I finished two books:

Not That Kind of Girl – Lena Dunham

The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao – Junot Diaz

I loved both of these books for different reasons. I will start with Ms. Dunham. Upon finishing the book earlier this week, I sat down and wrote this on my computer so I wouldn’t forget it by the time I wrote my blog:

Thank you to Lena Dunham for the essay in her book, Not That Kind of Girl, about death and dying. It is good to know that I was not the only adolescent who had a strange obsession with death. I clearly remember being about 5 or 6, coming downstairs after watching Bambi on VHS and crying to my mom about how I didn’t want to die. Since that moment, I’ve been ever so acutely aware of my mortality. 

I could go on and on about this book. I LOVED it. Lena has such a descriptive writing technique. Her attention to detail is absolutely exquisite and I felt as if I was inside her brain throughout the entire read.

Now on to Mr. Diaz and Oscar Wao. What I loved about this book was that the colloquial language juxtaposed this tragic, beautiful story of a modern Dominican family. The footnotes were a bit excessive for me, but they were also integral in delving into Dominican history that is relevant to the entire story.

I highly recommend both novels. Lena’s especially for women in their 20s. Diaz’s if you love a well-crafted story.


8. Purge the unnecessary.

7/28 – 8/3 STILL cleaning out the closet 

I have a gigantic pile for the GoodWill. I opened up my closet and just started throwing!

9. Do something that makes me feel beautiful. 

7/28 – 8/3 Taking Time to Play Piano and Guitar

This may seem super simple, but taking time out of my week to write music and learn new songs always makes me feel beautiful.

10. Surround myself with nature. 

7/28 – Rockaway Beach 

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7/28 – 8/3 Continuing my 10k training 

I’m happy to report that I’ve kept with the Women’s Health 10-week training chart. Running on the West Side Highway, especially when the sun is going down, is very calming.

7/31 – Gazing at the Blue Moon

I brought Opal along to this one. We howled at the moon together! 🙂


Shallenges Completed: 7

I counted both Make and New Friend and Say “yes” as .5 because I didn’t exactly meet the criteria.

Shan Baby Score: 7 

I don’t feel like I faired any better or worse than a 7. I suppose I actually did hit more Shallenges than I originally thought. It was simply more of a mundane week last week.

Here’s my Happy Face of the Week: 


Until next time!

❤ S


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