One of the many blogs I follow, Thoughts in Style, did a post called Sparkle Positivity Everywhere. It is part of a project called the “Project Positief” or Project Positive. It’s all about positivity and sharing that positivity. At the end of her post, she challenges her readers to fill this out and share the tag.
What’s your favorite quote and why?
“It will all turn out good in the end. If it’s not good, it’s not the end.” This is such an important quote to me. Whenever I’m going through a rough patch I absolutely have to remind myself of this. Some days it’s really hard to even think about tomorrow let alone the proverbial end. Knowing that things will improve eventually is often that little spark I need to get going.
Lately, I have also been trying to live by “Get up, show up, and never give up.” It is the quote that helps get me to the one above. Things will turn out good but I need to keep on persevering in order to achieve that good. It’s not going to come to me. I have to work for it. so I will continue to get up out of bed, will continue to show up, and will never let things get me down enough to give up.
What dream would you want to achieve in life?
This is a hard one for me to answer. I have a whole bunch of different levels of dreams that range from having a job that I love that supports me to having a dog. I’m at a weird crossroad where I’m not sure what I want to do with my life career-wise. So we’re going to stick with the dog one. I want to have a dog. That would be living the dream right now.
What does happiness mean to you?
Happiness means a whole bunch of different things to me. At the risk of sounding too Charlie Brown about the whole thing… Happiness is cuddling on the couch with tea and a blanket. Happiness is that feeling when you’re with someone you love. Happiness is so many things. In my current situation, it means being able to take the bad in stride and keep moving forward. It means deciding against sad.
Who can cheer you up?
There’s a few people who can cheer me up pretty quickly. The first, obviously, would be my lady, Sarah. She knows just how to make me smile even when I feel like I never want to smile again. Whether it’s a silly face, a picture of a puppy, or just a short text to say I love you, she can help life my mood pretty quickly.
The next is one of my best friends, Kate. She is a bit of a Buzzfeed addict and knows exactly the lists that will get me laughing again. Hint: they usually involve corgis.
What’s something people can wake you up for in the middle of the night?
It takes a lot to actually manage to wake me up, to be honest. I sleep like the dead to the point I do a lot in my sleep- including have phone conversations! That being said, if you can successfully wake me up, you have my full attention, no matter what it is. Even if it’s “just to talk” I can at least give you an occasional grumble of acknowledgement.
When was the last time you almost cried of laughter?
I’ve been thinking about this post for a few weeks now and I’m sad to say I cannot remember the last time I laughed this hard. My schedule has been insane lately and I’ve barely had time to relax let alone laugh. I do get some good laughing done at rehearsal when silly things happen- crazy line flubs, people forgetting blocking, etc. It’s where I find the most laughter release but outside of that, I can honestly not think of a time when I laughed so hard I almost cried. Clearly, I need to work on this.
What achievement are you proud of?
The achievement I am most proud of changes pretty frequently. In this immediate moment, I am most proud of my current show, The Lieutenant of Inishmore. We close this weekend. It’s been the most exciting ride with this cast. This show was a really strong reminder of the power of teamwork in theatre. No matter what your role, you are vital to the team. And this show has been so amazing.
What message would you like to pass on to others?
With the theme of positivity in mind, I want others to remember my quote from up in the first question. “It will all turn out good in the end. If it’s not good, it’s not the end.” I know I’m not the only one having a rough go of it right now and I KNOW there are others having a significantly rougher go than me. I very firmly believe in the message of this quote and I hope everyone else can take the message with them as well.
I am adding one more question to this tag, one that I think is extremely important:
How do you share positivity with others?
Being positive and sharing positivity are two very different things. I can be positive about things but unless I share that positivity, it remains only with me. I saw a post on facebook that said “Kindness is free. sprinkle that shit everywhere” and I think that’s so important. Send someone a positive message, tell them you care. If they’re having a rough time, remind them that you’re there for them supporting them. remind someone how beautiful they are. Boost up others. I don’t do this nearly enough but it’s a thing that I am going to do from now on.
So now I ask you, wonderful readers, how do you share positivity with others?
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