How do you measure a year in the life?

RENT Poster, designed by moi.

Last week I was in a production on RENT with Theatrix Youtheatre Society at the Evergreen Cultural Centre in Coquitlam. It was AMAZING and I sumed it up on facebook by saying…

the past 525,600 minutes have been so wonderful and amazing. I’m so glad I could come full circle with RENT and i’m so grateful for all the amazing people and experiences I have had : ) MEASURE IN LOVE.

I’m still in shock that I got through it all. Last Monday I was really stressed out. I was thinking, How am I going to do this? What am I going to eat? Where will I stay? How will I manage work and school and the show? Show week is always crazy. I would go to work in the morning, then go straight to the theatre after (one day I even had a class in between which i had to rush through). It is really crazy but really rewarding and fun.

There were so many awesome people in the show. Some oldies, and some new people but I learned something from all of them and I’m so lucky to know this incredible group of human beings. I’ve been with Theatrix for 7 years now and most of my most memorable moments have occurred as a result of that. I am so grateful and lucky to have a family like this.

I was able to stick to my raw food cleanse (mostly… on Wednesday night I broke it the first time and then Sunday I think I had pretty much everything on their list of things with toxins, except meat and animal products that is… NICE). Sometimes we achieve the things we think are impossible. This was one of those times. When you have those times where everything feels impossible, remember that we’re all in this together. I’m so grateful for everyone who helped me through the week, from my excellent co-workers to my amazing castmates to my superb mamma. SNAPS FOR US. Come together, right?

This experience had so many similarities to where I was 12 months ago though, I couldn’t help but compare… I had two awesome adventures where I didn’t go home for several days (sleepovers FTW). I had good hangouts with friends. I ended up in many of the same locations as last year. I watched the sun rise from a mountain on Monday morning… Full circle. One of the things these similarities have taught me is how much I have grown in this time and everything I have learned in this past year.

Like Seasons of Love says I could measure my life in: report cards, contracts, dollars, truths learned, times cried, daylights, sunsets, midnights, cups of coffee, laughter, strife or numerous other things. When I really reflect on it though I think I measure in laughter, new experiences, memories, shows, hairstyles, and love.

What do you measure in?

Benefit Concert

Saturday, June 26th, my friend Jessie hosted a benefit concert. She brought a bunch of her talented friends together to perform and raise money for the looking glass foundation. I was so lucky to be included in such a talented line up of people. I sang and played guitar with my friend Sheamus (who tickled the keys and sang as well). We were a bit scared because two of our other friends were singing Lucky, another Jason Mraz song but both performances were quite different so I don’t think anyone compared us. Sadly it isn’t in the video the intro was something along the lines of..

Jenni: The song is a bit on the lengthy side so just sit back, close your eyes and let the music fill you with relaxation,

Sheamus: Like a musical spa!

*laughter*

Sheamus and I – Details in the Fabric

Nadia – The Wizard and I

Carolyn – Spoken Word

Jessie/Steven – Taylor the Latte Boy

There was a big group of kids that did a huge Glee Medley and we all sang/danced along. It was so high energy and made me so excited for Glee Camp this summer! Can’t wait!

Afterwards we took a bunch of silly photos.

See?

Annie Design Process

I do some of the posters for Theatrix Youtheatre Society and this summer our line up includes Annie Jr. and RENT. Above is the final poster that I designed and below you can click to view the iterations that went into creating the final product. Working with clients can be challenging but in the end they push you in some way to improve your design skills.

The Annie Jr. Design Process

The Annie Jr. Design Process

Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Will Grayson, Will Grayson Book Cover

I finished reading John Green’s new collaboration with David Levithan, “Will Grayson, Will Grayson”. What an excellent book. It was really an entertainment novel and by that I mean that It reads much like a movie or TV show. I found myself laughing out loud (actually) several times. In fact, I think the David Levithan bits were a bit funnier than the John Green bits. I’ll have to check out his other books. I laughed and got teary eyed a little at times, it was very well done. I wasn’t a huge fan of the ending… I think I was expecting some sort of closure (an epilogue maybe?).

“it’s like, you know how sometimes you see a really sexy baby? wait…”

If you like musical theatre, emo kids, or relationships i’m sure you will enjoy this book!

Endnote: This guy reminds me the slightest bit of Tiny Cooper. Just putting that out there.