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If 2016 Wasn’t Meant to be, Maybe 2017 is! :)

Hey guys! Happy New Year!2017 Concept Clipped Cards and Lights

This post is something I’d intended to write and post by December 31st of 2016, but it just wasn’t meant to be. So, this post is going out a little later than I would’ve liked.

Can we all just pause for a minute and think about how quickly 2016 went by?

Yeah… it went by that fast.

When December 1st came around, I immediately pulled out my 2016 resolutions to see what I’d accomplished.

  1. Finish the book
  2. Learn guitar (play at least two songs)
  3. Strive for all A’s and B’s by the end of the school year
  4. Audition for at least 3 things
  5. Have more self confidence
  6. Remember to smile
  7. Be more responsible
  8. Never miss a blog post
  9. Take care of my body (eat well, exercise, get plenty of rest)
  10. Stay strong

meant-to-beI realized I’ve accomplished very little this year. Sure, I auditioned for over three things, I was more confident in myself, I smiled more than I did in 2015, and I assumed tons of responsibility as a student and as a daughter. But I didn’t finish the book I’m writing, I only learned half of each song on guitar, the one C on my report card doesn’t cope with number 3, I missed 99% of the blog posts I was supposed to write, I completely ignored number 9, and I let myself crack instead of keeping a strong mind and heart.

Upon discovering this, I was sooooo upset with myself. So upset, in fact, that I didn’t want to write new goals for 2017 because I was stuck in the mindset of “Well, what’s the point? I won’t do it anyway.”
Not achieving my goals for 2016 got me thinking… maybe completing the things I wanted to complete just wasn’t meant to be.

Life isn’t something you can always plan precisely. Sure, you can try, but life will sometimes take you down a different road based on what needs to happen and when it needs to happen. Sometimes it’s beyond our control. fullsizerender-4

After realizing this, I ceased the thoughts on what had gone wrong the past year and started to think about all the things that went right.

Finishing the book wasn’t meant to be, but reading a book almost every week was.

Learning to play 2 songs on guitar wasn’t meant to be, but writing 5 sets of incredible lyrics was.

Having all A’s and B’s wasn’t meant to be, but passing my first AP class was.

fullsizerender-5Being part of set crew for my school’s production of The Mystery of Edwin Drood, singing my first solo in choir, performing in the talent show, making new friends, spending time with old friends, seeing snow for the first time, getting cast as a fairy in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream; all of these happened and were meant to be! 🙂

Let’s not start 2017 trying to beat ourselves up for not achieving the goals we’d set for 2016. Let’s spend 2017 at peace with what wasn’t meant to be in 2016, and strive for what is meant to be this year. By taking pleasure in the present and doing the best we can do.

  1. Be more positivewhat-you-want-and-what-you-need
  2. Take care of myself (physically and mentally)
  3. Practice what I preach
  4. Have better time management
  5. Be a better friend
  6. Be self confident always
  7. Have better focus
  8. Communicate my feelings
  9. Finish my book
  10. Motivate myself to do my best

Until next time,

~ Rina Raj

 

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I AM NOT YET DEAD, I CAN DANCE AND I CAN SING!

Hi guys! Happy February! 😀 february is that you.jpg

2016 is moving along so fast, I’m sure many of you may agree when I say it feels like a race!

guitar.pngI’ve already taken 3 tests and 10 quizzes, learned about 75% of the 6 pieces of music we’re focusing on in chorus right now, written 3 songs (with guitar >.<), and read 7 books.

While all of those things were incredibly exciting (minus the tests of course) and made for a great January, I’d have to say that my biggest accomplishment so far this year was trying something new.

Typically, upon hearing the words ‘try something new’, many of us feel the urge to hide under our blankets. Try something new? No thanks!

However, trying something new may open doors to new possibilities for you. You may discover something about yourself that you hadn’t known before. You might discover new strengths or talents. You might find out that you like something new.

Or that you like trying new things. 😉

Allow me to share my experience…

Our first unit in theatre was specific to musical theatre. The unit started with a lecture about the golden age of musical theatre, some of the most important shows, and all the different types of musical theatre.sweeney todd.jpg

Once the lecture was over and we had taken our test on it, we watched the staged version (which, sadly, doesn’t have Johnny Depp in it) of Sweeney Todd to get a feel for what musical theatre was really like.

After watching the entirety of the show and taking yet another test (this time on Sweeney Todd), we were allowed to pick groups of individuals to create our own musical theatre number!  😀

I was ecstatic to be included in a group made up of my friends and some of the most talented kids in our class!

We were given two weeks (with a little under 10 hours) to complete our number. We had to have the song memorized, choreographed and have costumes, a backdrop and props. And yes, emoji singing.pngwe had to *le gasp* actually sing!

Our first step was to pick the song we wanted to perform. monty pythons spamalot.jpgHe’s Not Dead Yet from Spamalot turned out to be the best choice for us. Everyone would have something to do, and we could be as crazy and over the top as we wanted, as this was a very humorous number.

Once we decided who would play who, and who would sing what, we attempted blocking. For those who don’t know, blocking is when the director tells the actors where to move onstage for proper dramatic effect (when to sit down, when to stand up, etc.).

group project time to relax while you watch someone who cares do all the work.jpg

As a group, we left the weight of blocking the entire number on the shoulders of one kid. And though he had some great ideas that we ended up using, surprisingly I found myself coming up with random ideas for what the choreography could be and what the other characters, that were being a bit neglected, could do in the background.

After two days of trying to come up with more ideas (five days of rehearsals), I decided to speak up.

The kid who had been blocking everything was actually happy to have some help.

And the result of trying something new from my end (versus just going with the flow) yielded an amazing musical number that lots of people loved including our theatre teacher!

So what did I learn? I realized that my ideas are worth something. I also discovered that having a contribution from more than one person in a group project can have a great outcome. I learned that I have skills that I wasn’t even quite aware of!

Going with the flow is the easy way, and sometimes the easy way is okay. But other times, you have to challenge yourself to try something different, do something different. You never know what gifts will be revealed about yourself. 😉

When was the last time you tried something new? Or stepped outside your comfort? Share, and let’s discuss!

Until next time!

~ Rina Raj

2016 Came to Town, Riding on a Pony ;)

hiding behind curtainMe: *peeks out from behind curtain* “Hey guys!” *awkward smile*

Audience Member: *glares* “You missed 3 weeks!” *whispers* “Plus a day!” *throws tomato*

 

HI GUYS!

Merry belated Christmas!!! 🙂 merry xmas.jpgI know, I know, it’s been three weeks. I missed three weeks! But I feel bad and I’m sorry. I know, excuses are lame but hear me out.

Or… read me out? *shakes head* I don’t know what I just did.

Anyway…

i can't remember anything.jpgIf you’re in high school, or even in middle school, you can understand the stress that comes with exams. And in my case, it was exams and an audition.

I was uber stressed out and had no room in my overflowing brain for a blog post, nor did I really have the motivation or time to write even half a post.I'm sorry.jpg

So I’m sorry, and I hope this blog post will compensate for the past three weeks. Before I get into this post however, let me remind you of a very important fact…

2016 is in 2 days.

Let that sink in.

2016 is in 2 days!

Let’s be real, are most of us even ready for this? Did we fulfill everything we planned since January, when we came up with our 2015 resolutions? (Seriously, where has the time gone?)

It’s unreal how quickly this year has gone by, leaving nothing in its path except for uncompleted resolutions. Personally, I feel as though I’ve accomplished nothing this year.

Zip. Zero. Nada.

Nothing.

However, when I went back to review and looked at my 2015 resolutions, I realized I actually accomplished a lot. My list consisted of only 5 things.

  1. Audition at least 3 times.
  2. Write 5 good songs.
  3. Write a book.
  4. Be more caring and responsible.
  5. Be a better daughter.

audition for all the shows.jpgNumber 1 (auditioning) was something I was scared of doing, but I did it. I faced that fear.

Number 2 (writing songs) was something I didn’t see happening when I initially wrote this down. But guess what? I didn’t write 5 good songs. I wrote 13 amazing songs!

Number 3 (write a book) was something I could’ve accomplished, but didn’t. Instead, I fished for ideas day in and day out. I started one storyline, deleted it and switched to another. Finally over the summer, I came up with the best storyline yet and presently I’m working on chapter 6. So no, I didn’t finish a book, but at least I started it!

Number 4 (be more caring and responsible)… I’d like to say that I have been all that number 4 asked of me this entire year, but I’m trying to be an honest person. I’ve definitely made tons of effort to be caring towards my younger sister, but as a newfound middle schooler, she finds my attempts annoying and they most always end in a disagreement of some sort.

(Whatever… she’s annoying too) 😉

Responsibility is something I’ve tampered with. I’ve been responsible when asked to help my sister, I’ve taken on the task of making dinner numerous times, I’ve been trusted with using my electronic devices at school (per mom’s designated times and rules). I wouldn’t say it’s been this way the whole year though. Therefore I consider number 4 incomplete. But I’m working on it.

Number 5 (be a better daughter) is something difficult to explain. I’d rate myself a 50% on this one. While many people have told me otherwise, I personally feel as though I could strive to be a better daughter. So the journey continues with number 5.

I may have only checked off two items on my list with satisfaction, but those resolutions aren’t the only verdict of how my 2015 went.

survived first semester.jpgJust because I didn’t do everything on that list doesn’t mean I didn’t do other stuff.

I started a blog, for one, and it’s been a pretty amazing experience so far!

I started high school, and I’m surviving it! And…

I’ve become stronger!

As a teen, I’m learning to love myself and to define healthy boundaries. I’m learning to take better care of myself and to put myself first in regards to my personal needs, goals and dreams.

So now, I’m feeling inspired and striving to create achievable resolutions for 2016. My list consists of the following:new years resolutions.jpg

  1. Finish the book.
  2. Learn guitar (play at least two songs).
  3. Strive for all A’s and B’s by the end of the school year.
  4. Audition for at least 3 things.
  5. Have more self confidence.
  6. Remember to smile.
  7. Be more responsible.
  8. Never miss a blog post (what did I just do).
  9. Take care of my body (eat well, exercise, get plenty of rest).
  10. Stay strong.

Make sure you hold me to number 8… 😉

Now it’s your turn. What are your resolutions for the new year? Comment below and share some of the things you’d like to accomplish. I would love to hear all about it!

happy new year 2016.jpgHappy New Year everyone! 🙂

Until 2016,

~Rina Raj