What I’m Into {March 2013}

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This past month packed a punch for me.  Whether it was lots of auditions (with lots of rejections), road trips (hello, sun), doctor appointments and FINISHING MY LAST UNDERGRADUATE CLASS (can you tell I’m excited?)–March truly roared in like a lion…and I savored every minute of it.


I finished only one book this month–Kris Camealy‘s beautiful Lenten devotional– and I’m still reading a heaping stack full.  I could’ve finished reading Shauna Niequist‘s Bread & Wine, but I’m purposefully savoring it slowly because I don’t want it to end.  I’m doing a similar thing with The War of Art – it’s amazing, and I can’t believe I’m just now reading it.

Holey, Wholly, Holy: A Lenten Journey of Refinement by Kris Camealy
All this time with my face in the carpet I didn’t know He was answering a prayer.  He’s dependable.  In His omnipotence He chooses when and how to fulfill the cries of a heart that longs for Him.
The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
Rule of Thumb: The more important a call or action is to our soul’s evolution, the more Resistance we will feel toward pursuing it.
Bread & Wine  by Shauna Niequist
 My prayer is that you’ll read these pages first curled up on your couch or in bed or in the bathtub, and then after that you’ll bring it to the kitchen with you, turning corners of pages, breaking the spine, spilling red wine on it, and splashing vinegar across the pages, that it will become battered and stained as you cook and chop and play, music loud and kitchen messy.
Start by Jon Acuff  (releases April 22nd) 
We’ve been told our whole lives that our 20s are when we begin down our career paths  And our 60s are the end of the road.  But that timeline is no longer the only valid one.  In fact, that timeline is no longer typical.  Age is no longer the primary factor that determines where you are on the map.  Life is now less about how old you are and more about when you decide to live.
The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder     {I’m reading this one for audition research – it’s the play on which the musical Hello Dolly is based.}
Dolly Levi: I want New York to be more like Vienna and less like a collection of nervous and tired ants.
Blogging & Blissdom {& New Friends & ‘Oh Honey’}


This was my first year to attend the Blissdom blogging conference.  I snagged an unexpected, deeply discounted ticket from a gal on Twitter who couldn’t use hers (thank you Cassie!), and given the fact that it was in my neck of the woods, there weren’t crazy high flight or hotel fees to keep me from saying ‘no’.   My first blogging conference ever was last fall’s Allume, and I think they spoiled me, because I found myself comparing my experience to Allume quite often. (NOT that I recommend that behavior, mind you.)  I enjoyed the speakers immensely (my main reason for attending), and was happily surprised to be able to spend time with some new friends and speakers that was incredibly inspiring.  My favorite speakers sessions were Jon Acuff, Jeff Goins & Bianca Olthoff.  Attending this conference made me uber excited for Allume this fall.

I also connected with a gal I met first briefly at Allume–a blogger I’ve enjoyed reading through Incourage for some time, Mary.  We bonded and chatted at one of the evening parties, and she felt comfortable enough to share a funny/ackward story that happened to her while meeting one of the Blissdom speakers.  I didn’t think much about the conversation until I read her hilarious ‘Oh Honey’ blog post the other day, and realized–I think I was the one who said that to her!  After gulping down a mortified ‘Oh No!’, I asked her and she was gracious and lovely and kind.  I think (and hope and pray) she knew I said those words as a friend who understands and had been there in my own life.  (For a good chuckle & ‘Oh yeah, me too!’ moment, check out the post & her blog).

Blogs Reads

Chatting At the Sky: How to Brush Your Teeth Like A Revolutionary 

The greatest pursuit is not to chase a dream, free the slaves, build the wells, feed the hungry, save the children or fight for equality.  The greatest pursuit is Christ.

Sarah Bessey: In Which Art Is Like Manna

Art is like that daily manna-bread to me. There is always enough for the day. Gather it, eat it while it’s there, turn around and release it by sharing it.
And tomorrow when we rise and work all over again, I usually find it – whatever you call it, the Holy Spirit, your muse, your words, your inspiration – rushes into the vacuum left by the sacred act of imperfect creation and again, there is enough for yet another day.


Flower Patch Farmgirl:  Why Today Needs Friday

I’m losing patience with doctrine and dogma, popular opinion and politics, focusing my scattered thoughts instead on who He is, the truth of His Word, the greatness of His love, the completeness of His dominion, and the actual work He has for me.
Happy List Gratitude:

My version of the gratitude/1000-gifts journal is my Happy List.  My best friend turned me onto the concept years ago, and I absolutely love it.  It’s meant to be carried around with you and freely read by anyone.  I finished one from 2011, and started a new one this month in a pretty Write Now Journal.  I always find a quote I love for the opening page–this time it came from the book  Acceptable Words – Prayers For Writers. 


Fave Life Moments On Instagram:

IMG_3178My sweet friend made this a few years back, and gave it to me for a break-a-leg gift when we were doing a musical together at church.  My husband and I have been saving it for a special occasion, and we shared this tasty vino with new friends in our community group and a sweet couple recently relocated from Paris.


I don’t usually gush over technological gadgets, but I was over-the-moon excited and giddy when my husband surprised me with this early birthday/anniversary/graduation/insert-holiday-here gift!  I finally understand what so many other people have been raving about – I’m gone Mac, and I’m not going back.  (Can I even say that the keyboard feels ‘velvety’ when I type – yeah, I know.  I sound ridiculous).  I’m also loving the owl mug next to my computer -yay for Anthropologie clearance!   I love the quirky design and the fun colors.  (And the photo might just be showing an upcoming interview with one of my, ahem,  favorite bloggers!)  This quiet moment of writing and drinking tea was simply divine.


This not-so-great-quality Instagram photo makes me smile wide!  The little engine that could, otherwise known as our college basketball team (in comparison to all of the Big 10 college teams) has made it to the Final Four in March Madness!  The last time our team did something like this was in 1965–us Kansans are giddy and proud, people!


Along with millions around the globe, I watched the live announcement of the new Pope on the telly, and it was fascinating and surprisingly moving! I’m not Catholic, but watching such a seemingly humble and quiet man speak to the crowd of thousands outside of St. Peter’s in Rome brought tears to my eyes, especially when he asked for a moment of silent prayer.  The fact that he is the first non-European Pope in over a 1000 years is extraordinary to me, as well as the name he choose – Francis I.   I hope and pray he will be a reflection of the Lord’s light to his church.  My husband and I walked the steps of St. Peter’s this time last spring–it was amazing to see all of this transpire in just a year.  It’s also extraordinary to me that in the last 600 YEARS no one has seen a 2nd pope elected in a mere 7 years period.


While visiting my wonderful in-laws and family for Easter, we spent a delightful Saturday night cooking Steak Au Poivre (and kicking off a cooking journey for an upcoming blog series) from my favorite new book, Bread & Wine.   I loved using a cast iron skillet for the first time– I definitely think I’ll be acquiring one in my culinary future–and learning from my mother-in-law in the kitchen.  The tweaks we made in the recipe (I’ll be sharing later, no doubt), the creative ways we discovered to crack peppercorns, the smell of the cognac and shallots simmering, and the delight of devouring our culinary creation was so much fun–a perfect way to spend time with family.


I auditioned for an upcoming regional production of “Mary Poppins” with music from the Broadway production. I don’t usually sing from a show I’m auditioning for initially, but I really wanted to try out some fun new music for my audition book.  I didn’t even come close to getting the gig, and I honestly was way more nervous than I expected to be, so I’m pretty sure it wasn’t my best work.  However, I was still THRILLED with the PROCESS of putting myself out there–which feels like growth to me.  A good deal of my auditioning this month turned up lots of rejection, but moving through it, learning from the process, and looking forward to the next audition just feels good, and makes me feel like a ‘pro’ again (can you tell I’m reading The War of Art?).  Lots of auditions with lots of rejections is par for the course in a professional actor’s life, and while I’m not back in the trenches of New York auditioning 5 times a week, I feel like I’m getting my feet wet and practicing my craft the more auditions I take.  And for right now – that’s enough.


I was in Texas for one glorious week, and snapped this photo on a morning walk with my pup.  Growing up, spring was my favorite season, and while I’m now also a pretty big fan of fall, there’s just nothing like seeing the first beautiful buds and blue sky of the season of rebirth.


We took lots of lovely family photos this Easter, but one of my faves was goofin’ around with my precious niece.  She is beautiful inside & out, and always makes me laugh.  (She also showed me a thing or two on my new laptop…ok, now I feel old).  This picture also makes me smile when I see that our fun goofy gestures covered up my double chin.

Favorite Tunes

My favorite Mixtape Monday post unfortunately was my first ‘bust’ with Grooveshark player – almost all of the tunes I used weren’t on their website.  (My close-2nd-fave was this one). My favorites tunes this month were from new-to-me discoveries The Paper Kites & Elenowen.  I also loved hearing new music from The Civil Wars – the soundtrack to the documentary A Place At The Table. I also got wind of a new release in April that I sampled on NPR – a tribute album to John Denver featuring lots of artists I love.

What I’m Looking Forward To


I am starting to write posts for my new blog series, Cooking With Bread & Wine.  Yep, I’m totally going to go all ‘Julie & Julia’ for this one.  I have enjoyed this book so much I’ve decided to cook my way through the book and blog about it.  I’ve wanted to try my hand at writing about being a ‘foodie’ and sharing recipes and meals I’ve loved with family and friends, and this seems to be the perfect opportunity.  You can order your copy of the book on Amazon for around 10 bucks right now – pick it up, and come back next month to read more about my culinary adventures.

ResourcesForCreativesThough I know it’s been much more slow going than I would like, I’m still plugging away with this series on the blog.  I’ve got an interview with blogger Sarah Bessey coming up this week, as well as guest posts and more this coming month – I hope you’ll give them a read and let me know what you think.

What were some of your favorite books/music/moments this past month?


{It’s always fun linking up with Leigh each month}

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6 comments on “What I’m Into {March 2013}

  1. Busy girl! I can’t wait to get my copy of Bread and Wine. I’ve had it marked for sometime in my Amazon account. I can’t wait to read your new series.

  2. Oh, so much good stuff in your post! I love all those blogs. Love that you included the life moments. I miss my Mac so much! I keep hearing so many good things about Bread & Wine. I really must get it.

    1. So glad you stopped by – I just read your post this morning, and loved it! 🙂 Bread & Wine really is great – I thought it lived up to every bit of hype – looking forward to blogging through it.

  3. I love your idea to cook your way through Bread & Wine. I too savored Shauna’s book, just as I did the previous two. So good. How fun you got to go to Blissdom! I went in 2011 and since it was still in Nashville in 2012, I just popped over to visit friends that year and would have done so again this year if not for the venue change. My loss is your gain. Glad you got to spend time with Mary. She’s become a friend and I enjoy her company, though we’re not often in the same place at the same time. Congrats on finishing school! And thanks for linking up with What I’m Into!

  4. Love, love, love it all! I loves your “what I’m into” posts! They make me wish I were closer to sous chef and pick your brain on books and hear about your auditions and… I hope you are well, friend! Happy week to you.

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