Wednesday, June 29, 2011

"See you laters": Part 1

So, two days ago I had to say 'see you later' to my Oklahoma family. Definitely not easy. I know that I'll be back in no time, but it's still really hard to leave behind the ones that mean so much to you.

My week off was epic =) I got so much done and I was able to see a lot of people. I even got to go rock climbing for the first time! (Thank you Rudy, we will definitely have to do that again!) Friday was a small going away party held by one of my Sbux regulars (Thanks again!) Some showed up, some didn't, but it was still a lot of fun. I got eat dinner at the Melting Pot, and then returned home to received a very nice drawing from a good friend. The best part though was my roomies and I goofing around Friday night just being silly girls. We all laughed so much and definitely didn't go to bed until almost 4 in the morning haha

Saturday was a day full of SHOPPING! I was lucky at every store I went to, which is rare because I actually don't like shopping all that much. Unless it's shoes, then that's a different story, haha. Went to Hideaway Pizza for dinner, and then picked Sarah back up from work, stopped at a bar to say goodbye to Blaine, and then we all went to see Bridesmaids. I thought it was going to be good, but it wasn't my choice of humor. I liked a few parts but I probably wouldn't go see it again. But it was still worth it because we went to the Warren Theatre in Moore =) We stopped at a few other bars after to say goodbye to some of my other friends, and then made a stop at Walmart to get everything we needed for breakfast!

Sunday we made a huuuuge breakfast: waffles, eggs, bacon, toast and fruit. After that, Najah came over and we all spent a little time switching the furniture out in two rooms so Sarah could use mine and Najah could store hers. Then I started packing... my room was a mess! And I have waaaay too many clothes for 9 months!! So my suitcases were way too full, but I knew I could slim down later. Later, I had dinner at Olive Garden with Jared and his mom, which was very pleasant =) After I came back to the roomies where we enjoyed our last bottle of wine together and just hung out at the apartment.

Then came Monday. Laura left early in the morning, which was the beginning of my goodbyes. I had my last face-to-face counseling session, which went very well. I made my next rounds of saying goodbye to everyone.. NOT FUN. It was hard. I got to say goodbye to everyone that I wanted to, with just a couple of exceptions. The worst part was definitely saying goodbye to my roomies... we've been through everything together and it's the hardest connection to have to suspend while I'm away. They helped me load my car, and I wish I had a picture because I was rolling my big suitcase, Sarah was behind me with my medium suitcase, and Danielle was behind her with my baby suitcase. It looked hilarious! Mama Bear had her to Lil Bears behind her.... We all started crying when we had to do hugs.. and it took awhile for me to actually leave because I was stalling. When I drove off, I lost it, so I had to keep telling myself that it's only for a little while...

To my two roomies.. I am very proud of you both for everything you both have accomplished and I will miss you both so so so so much! Thank you for always being there for me and being the bestest friends anyone could ever ask for. I'm one lucky girl because I got the best of the best =) And take care of my Lucy! I miss her =(

As for now, I'm still in Dallas visiting with my Mom and Sister. It's been great so far, I'm just dreading round two of my goodbyes with them.... =(

Thursday, June 9, 2011

A New Chapter Begins!

On June 7th, 2011 around 4 pm, I had two missed calls on my phone from Jodie Steinbaugh, the casting director for Stiletto Entertainment. When I called her back, I GOT A JOB OFFER!! :-) Here's the details that I know so far:
  • I will be dancing on the Noordam of the Holland America Cruise Lines (click the following link to see the ship:
  • I am one of 6 female dancers in a 14 member cast (in which some are singers)
  • I am being flown to LA on July 15th for paid rehearsals
  • There I will learn 3 production shows and a welcome aboard show
  • In addition, I will have 3 days of training on the LYRA HOOP!
  • After rehearsals are over, we are flown to our port... Civitavecchia ROME!
    • This is going to be my first home port as we travel through the Mediterranean :-)
  • After the Mediterranean, we travel transatlantic over to the Caribbean for a few months
  • My contract dates are for August 16, 2011 - about May 2, 2012

I AM SO EXCITED!!! :-D Finally getting a job offer, especially one that I have wanted, is so fulfilling emotionally. I feel like my hard work has finally paid off... I can officially call myself a professional dancer, dancing out there in the industry. I always remembered hearing about alumni who had gotten jobs and I always wondered if I ever would. And now here I am preparing to go travel the world, at no cost, and getting to dance at the same time :-) I am SO excited to see what kind of adventures I'm going to experience and I can't wait to share them on this blog :-)

I know that I wouldn't be where I'm at today without the support of all my family and friends. I cannot thank you enough for being there for me along the way. The same goes for my academic mentors. I've been polished and prepared to face the enteratinment industry and I feel so ready. My heart goes out to everyone who's guided me along the way.

Mom & Dad, you are truly the best parents ever. You have molded me into the adult that I am and I cannot describe how lucky I feel to have you two as parents. Both have you have supported me through everything, even when things got tough. Dad, thanks for forking over the money for my education, and actually starting the dance monster in me when I was little haha. Mom, thanks for all of the fun bonding moments. I will forever cherish our shopping trips and Gilmore Girls days!! Seester, you are the best. I would not have survived a lot of things without you. I'm so glad we are super close, especially now that I'm big!! To all of my closest friends, thank you for your unconditional support and understanding, and all of the laughs. And even to my Starbucks regulars, I cherish our friendships and feel blessed to have met each of you! The support system that I have gained over the years is incredible, so thank you everyone and I love you dearly!! I am truly blessed!!

So in short, because I will be traveling and unable to communicate a lot, I have decided to create this blog in order to share my experiences as much as possible and of course, post as many photos as I can! Please comment and such so I can get feedback and feel connected to all of you :-) I've allowed annonymous comments, so you don't have to be a registered user to Blogger (Just leave your name in the comment so I know who you are!)