Monday Letters 20-21 Archive
T'S SHOW WEEK!! This Friday, at 7pm and Saturday, at 7pm, Juanita Drama is presenting 9 REASONS! The LINK for both shows can be found on the Home Page and at the TOP of this Letter! The show is FREE, 35 minutes long, and fun!
Can you help us out by spreading the word, downloading the poster image and sharing on your social media? Put it on your story, and eblast to everyone you know! Ask your families to help to reach even more people. It is crazy, but the link can be used by up to 10,000 devices!! Let's see how many people we can get to attend the show!
This week we are smack in the middle of performance and technical units in all classes. Make sure you are all caught up with your assignments on Teams.
8th period, Production Workshop: Drama Leadership will be presenting Secret Santa at class on Tuesday, and letting you know how to get involved. Make sure you are at class by 2:30 so you don't miss out! There is NO Production Workshop, 8th period class, on Friday, since we will be getting ready for the Live Stream. Plan to attend 9 REASONS Friday and Saturday at 7pm!
Can you believe this is the final week of November? This past month flew past! We are into the holiday season now, with only three weeks to a two-week break! There are lots of fun things ahead!
The featured pic reminds us of one of the basic ideas in life; we grow a little every day. It is especially important to remember this because it keeps us working, a little at a time, for big pay offs. I am proud of my students for the tenacity and creative risk taking in all classes, in all of our work together. Keep choosing to do things a bit out of your comfort level; that's when amazing growth happens!
In Technical Theatre we will be exploring the scenic design needs for The Hound of the Baskervilles with a choice project coming up! Make sure you have turned in the current Teams assignment.
In Drama 1&2 we will take a deep dive into how you prepare your monologues. Have your monologues printed so you can 'mark them up' in class! it is good to double space them on a page for easy notes. Have a yellow highlighter handy if you have one.
Production Workshop: if you are not in 9 Reasons then you don't have class on Tuesday this week. Tuesdays' class will only be for the students involved in the 9 Reasons' production. Use the Tuesday time to make sure you have your Thespy pieces chosen, and all information correctly typed into the Thespy collaborative page. We will continue working on Thespy entries on Friday. I will also be sharing new deadlines because the Washington Thespian Board has changed the submission deadlines a bit. Please continue to email me with needs, requests, follow ups. If you have asked for help but haven't heard back by Sunday evening, 9pm, then email me. I will be offering drop in sessions on Monday, 2:30 - 2:50, and on Wednesday 1:30 - 2:30 for help with Thespy monologues, solo songs. These are optional drop in sessions. I am going to schedule some classes and optional work times just for the technical theoreticals next week.
Our Fall play, 9 Reasons, is moving right along and will be all set with the production to open on Friday, December 11, at 7pm. This will be a Teams Live Event, and a link will be made available for all of you, your families and friends. Everyone in Drama: mark your calendars for Friday, December 11, at 7pm, and Saturday, December 12th at 7pm (with a possible matinee, and other showings to be announced!). If you have any questions about this let me know. *******************************
Short week! As odd as our lives are these days we can always find things to be thankful for. What tops your list? I am grateful that I have kind, creative, and intellectually curious students to explore Theatre with. I am thankful for all the cheery hellos, the interest in the work and the smiles from the boxes stacked on the screen. And even though my family can't be together over Thanksgiving I am happy for the technology that is going to zoom us all together! I hope that this holiday is special for you and your family. Wish them all a Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at Juanita Drama!
Our Fall play, 9 Reasons, has a big day coming up this Saturday as we do our first full recorded run! Everyone in Drama: mark you calendars for Friday, December 11, at 7pm, and Saturday, December 12th at 7pm (with a possible matinee, and other showings to be announced!). We will be sharing a link to get you to the showing, and asking for your help to publicize the show. Stay tuned!
All classes have Teams assignments due this week so make sure you are on top of your assignment calendar.
If you wrote me asking for help with monologues and song choices in 7th or 8th expect a reply by Sunday night. If you haven't written me, and need help then send an email letting me know what you need.
SHE KILLS MONSTERS opened the brand new Juanita Theatre one year ago this weekend! The show was a high octane flight of fancy set in the magical world of D&D, a brilliant tale of courage, love and family. One of the coolest things about our new Theatre space is the rigging, and we had a lot of fun designing and flying in the Gelatinous Cube, Orcus' Map, and the show stopping Beholder, with voice over by Isabel Grizzard.
The featured pic this week is Diana Plenefisch and Cate Gray, as sisters Agnes and Tilly. To everyone involved in the show: Congratulations! We brought an amazing show to life, had a blast doing it, AND we did it while breaking in the (really complicated!) space and learning to use all the fun technology. If you want to see more pics of the show go the Archive tab!
Every student in the Juanita Drama Classes has the incredible opportunity to present performances and design projects for Regionals (Thespys) this year. The virtual submission makes it easy, and I am here to help you every step of the way! More information about HOW to submit will come in the next week or so.
One change I already know is this: you do NOT have to pay an entry fee. We have received a grant from the Juanita Foundation, a non-profit group that supports schools in the Juanita Learning Community, that will be paying ALL Juanita Drama fees for Regionals (Thespys). I worked with Principal Clapp to make this happen, and am proud that the Juanita Drama program is being given this support!
TECH THEATRE: I am really looking forward to your scenic sketches for The Hound of the Baskervilles. You are only required to respond to one set of questions and sketch one of the scenes for this week's assignment (see Teams), but you are more than welcome to submit two! If you have questions email me.
Drama 1&2: You need to have 2 short monologues to drop into the Collaborative page by the beginning of class. You should have already put in your song selection. If you need help finding monologues/songs email me and I will send you suggestions. If you have found some that are too long, I can help with cuts that bring them to the time limit of 3 minutes for both monologues. This week we will work with the monologues you have chosen during class time.
Production Workshop: make sure you have complete information on the Collaborative page. Double check that. I am running extra drop in classes on Monday, 2:30 - 3:00, and Wednesday, 1:30 - 2:30 for 8th period, for help on monologues, songs, and to answer any questions you might have about Regionals (Thespys).
9 Reasons, our virtual Fall Play, is so much fun! We can't wait to share it with everyone. The show dates are December 11 & 12, so mark your calendars. More information (and a POSTER!) to come. 9 Reasons Cast and PA's: we will be recording every day from now on, so you will need to be in costume. Please check your email for additional information. *************
Nov 9, 2020
Hello Drama! We have reached 2nd quarter! Congratulations!
Time to level up.
All students in Drama classes will be submitting performance and/or technical designs as class assignments, using the National Theatre Rubrics to guide us. These performance and/or tech design class assignments can ALSO be submitted to the Washington State Thespian Regional Individual Events, now called Thespys! All classes will receive training and information to complete this class assignment and to learn how to submit monologues, solo songs and technical designs for this year's virtual Thespys. This is an AMAZING opportunity to work at your highest level and receive feedback from Industry professionals. I will help you choose what you want to perform or what technical design you want to present, and I will help you as you prepare. You are required to choose at least one event for the class assignment, but you can do up to three events to submit to the Thespys!
Here are the dates for Thespys:
Why submit to Thespys?
If you are in 8th Period Production Workshop, and you were not in class on Friday, go to the November Calendar on One Note to see the Calendar update. We will meet 8th period on Tuesdays and Fridays for check in and updates on Thespys, and I will be holding open meetings on Monday, 2:30-3:00, and Wednesday, 1:30 - 2:30 for anyone who wants more help.
**************MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Juanita Drama's Virtual Fall Play, 9 REASONS, will be streamed on December 11th and 12th. Stay tuned for more information!
Nov 2, 2020
Happy Dia De Los Muertos! I enjoyed putting last week's lesson together for Mexico's Day of the Dead, and enjoyed even more the discussions in 6th and 7th about the responsibility Theatre artists have to accurately and respectfully incorporate cultural traditions and ideas. Here are the thoughts of one of our tech students: "Theater should spark questions about our society, and from there help shape it. As such, for us as people to move in a positive direction, we need to make sure everyone . . . has their culture accurately represented."
I am so proud of my students. You are kind, supportive and growing as Theatre artists. Each class has become a working ensemble with distinct voices, clearly choosing to lean into the lessons and explore the ideas we are discussing. I am amazed at all we have done in two months! This last round of performances and technical work shows your deepening understanding. It was very cool to see you bring what you have learned in class into your OPP's (so many to read!). I particularly liked the confidence you demonstrated bringing personal opinion and thematic connections into your reviews.
Let's have a great week! We will be adding your 2nd quarter OPP Choices to the Collaborative Space, introducing Regional IE (Thespy) opportunities to ALL classes, and rehearsing Production Workshop's virtual Fall Production, 9 Reasons.
If you are in 8th Period you will find our calendar for November in One Note/Fall Play section. I will post an announcement about the calendar in the general channel for our class in Teams. Whenever I post an announcement please show me that you have read the announcement by 'liking' it. Responding to Monday Letters, announcements and emails are a very important part of our collaborative communication. Communication = all of us in the know!
*****October 26, 2020
The Photo on the Monday Letter is the current assignment in Tech Theatre class. We are examining Scenic Design as an Art Form, and each student has created a collage filled with color and texture connected to how a chosen quote makes them feel. Here is mine for Fall. I love living in the Northwest where dramatic scene changes are happening all around us! Take the time to go outside and breathe in Fall. Invite your family to go for a walk with you! Take your camera and capture the beauty, or bring your sketchbook and do some quick draws. Bring home a sprig of vibrant fall foliage and put it in a jar on your desk. Stay connected to the amazing world around you!
This week is OPP week! Make sure you have uploaded your quarter project to Teams by 4pm on Wednesday. All the information you need is on Teams, but if you have ANY questions just send me an email. Follow the example I showed in class. Have fun writing these up!
6th: We will continue with our presentations of the ppt. slides. Make sure you go to Teams and follow the instructions for re-submitting your work in PNG form by 9am on Monday. I have a Halloween lesson for Friday!
7th: Your Flipgrids, 8 Emotions, are due by Monday, 9am. Get them done this weekend if you haven't already so that you are ready to enjoy a week of going deeper into our study of acting/reacting. We will also have a Halloween lesson for Friday!
8th: NO class on Tuesday. If you need help with your OPP let me know! We will be meeting on Friday for our Halloween Party. I am going to start class at 2:40 to give people time to get costumes on, have a bit of a break. See you then!
Fall Play Company: We begin Rehearsals on Monday with our Fall Play. Everyone who is part of the company will be receiving an email from me this weekend. Look on your Teams to see if you have been added to the new channel. If you can read my message there then please follow the prompt.
Looking forward to seeing everyone this coming week! October 19, 2020
Are you as glad as I am to make it back to a regular week's schedule? I am looking forward to all of our Synch classes this week, and to do the Fall Play Reveal to Production Workshop on Friday!
The photo on this week's Monday Letter is Sutton Foster as Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes. I saw this production at the 5th Ave and I have had the great fun of directing this classic Musical Comedy. If you want to see two amazing Reno Sweeneys first check out the fabulous Patty Lupone in 1988 as she performs Anything Goes! Tap alert!!
and THEN Sutton Foster at the 2011 Tony's performing Anything Goes. Again, TAP ALERT!! It is REALLY interesting to compare the changes in performance styles between the two pieces.
This week in 6th Technical Theatre we will continue exploring the Scenic Design as an Art Form. Have you been working on your Quote collages? Make SURE you have viewed the Collage and OPP Assignment on Teams. This is part of your participation grade.
This week in 7th Drama 1&2 we will be continue to work on the 8 Emotions assignment and exploring tips for virtual recordings. Make sure you have viewed the 8 Emotion and OPP Assignments in Teams. This is part of your participation grade.
This week in Production Workshop is Audition Week for the Fall Play. Make sure you view Part One in Teams, AND the Flipgrid Assignment for Part Two. Do NOT submit either one until after our class on Tuesday. Full information and instructions are on the assignment pages. ALL members of 8th are required to turn in Part One. If you want to continue with the full Audition you will also do the Flipgrid Interview. We will be having a regular class on Tuesday and Friday this week. Tuesday I will be presenting Audition tips and answering questions. Friday I will be revealing the Show and the Company Roles and Positions.
Looking forward to seeing everyone! *********************
For Monday, Oct 12, 2020
We have a four day school week with a whacko schedule so make sure you pay attention to when your classes are meeting on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday!
The pic featured on this week's Monday Letter is from an exuberant and joyful moment in the musical Newsies!
How are you doing with keeping up with your homework? The majority of students in my classes are getting 100% of the assignments in. Good job! I know it is harder keeping track of everything in remote learning land. How are you organizing your assignments and your time? My best advice is keeping a day planner. It is a big help when you have so many things to remember. My other bit of advice is to do one thing at a time, and then check it off! If you have a to-do list that becomes a to-done list it feels great! Need help with assignments you missed in our classes? Just ask me! I want you all to be successful and feel great about your Theatre classes.
This week in Technical Theatre Class and Drama 1&2 we are starting new units! Make sure you have your notebooks, turn those cameras on, and be ready to explore new ideas! You should check to make sure ALL assignments are in. Look at your grades, and if something is missing or wrong let me know. There are a LOT of things for me to get right so your help is appreciated!
Production Workshop - see your calendar below. This week we finish up the Under Fives! I expect ALL of you to be at your recording sessions on Tuesday, on time, rehearsed and ready to be amazing. Your group leaders will be sending out some reminders for you after our Monday meeting. Make sure you respond back to them to let them know you received the message!
Want to earn an easy 5 points? Respond to the Monday Letter!
Here is the calendar for 8th period:
For Monday, Oct 5, 2020
The pic on this week's Monday Letter features the amazing Duncan Arnold, as the out-of-luck Mage, being drawn into the Gelatinous Cube in last year's production of She Kills Monsters! Are you new to Drama this year and saw SKM? Share with me what you thought about the show!
I want to give a huge shout out to all of my fabulous Drama students who are making this year work for me, and for everyone else in Drama. Your energy, willingness to TURN YOUR CAMERAS ON (yay!!), and clear interest in all things Theatre are a bright spot in my day.
OPP's should be in full swing by now. The first quarter OPP is DUE on Wednesday, Oct 28. Go to TEAMS to see the full assignment. Have you watched your show?
ALL classes, ALL students are required to read and respond to the Monday Letter. This is part of your weekly participation grade. Beginning this week if you do not respond to the Monday Letter you will see a loss of points for the week. Remember to respond to the week before, let me know what you understand is coming up for the new week, and share thoughts, ideas, family game nights, cooking experiments, etc. I love getting to know you better. Three paragraphs per Monday Letter response is the minimum, but you can write as much as you would like!
Hey! Check your grades. Participation is the KEY to success in Theatre classes, especially with our Remote challenge. Participate by turning your cameras on, speaking up in class, and completing all digital assignments, including filling in the collaboration page docs for things like OPP choices and rehearsal responses. Completion of assignments is part of your Participation grade. SKYWARD is the official place where your final grades land, so look there for updates. Am I missing something? Let me know!
Tech Theatre is exploring Stage directions and vocabulary as we begin our study of Hamilton. If you can watch Hamilton on Disney+ do that! As you learn more about what it takes to put a play together you will appreciate Hamilton even more. It is a master class in Theatre design and Production! Make sure you have taken all the quizzes! If you have a zero on SKYWARD that means I did not receive a quiz from you. Email me about this!
Drama 1&2 have an assignment due on Flipgrid on Wednesday by 4pm. Review the assignment PowerPoint pages for 'The Other'. You will find them in the Content Library in One Note under FLIPGRID. If you missed turning in the first FLIPGRID I will still accept it. Let me know if you have questions about anything, but especially about getting the Flipgrid assignments in. In this class missing a Flipgrid is going to make it very difficult for me to get to know and help you with performance.
Production Workshop began performances for the UNDER FIVES original scripts and productions we have all been working on for the past three weeks. The live performances were BRILLIANT and so much fun to see. I am looking forward to next Tuesday to see the rest of the performances. Please make SURE you follow the weekly calendar for Production Workshop listed below!! AND make sure you are doing the Rehearsal and Performance Responses on the Collaboration Pages. I have graded all entries as of this morning. If you have questions about this just ask!
Monday 10/5: Group leaders 3:30 - 4:00
Monday 10/5: Drama Leadership: 4:00 - 4:30 (same call)
Tuesday 10/6: Under Five Performance Day Two: 2:25 - 3:45
Thursday 10/8: Group Leaders 3:30 - 4:00
Thursday 10/8: Drama Leadership: 4:00 - 4:30 (same call)
Friday 10/9: Under Five DeBrief and What's Next?: 2:25 - 3:25
For Monday, Sept 28
This week September slides into October, and for Juanita Drama that means the Halloween Month has begun! Want to plan a virtual Halloween Costume Party? If you do make sure you let me know on your Monday Letter response. I am a push-over for Halloween - we decorate at our house this weekend!
The photo this week features Farrah, one of the bosses from She Kills Monsters, played by the fierce and delightful Celina Osorio. And yes, that is Steve, the mage, aka Duncan, knocked out on the floor from Farrah's potent wand. Fabulous scene, and a magical and memorable show!
Want to do the ONE thing that will make all of your classes so much more fun and engaging? Turn you cameras on! In my classes where students are popping on their cameras the atmosphere is transformed. On Friday, 6th period Tech Theatre, and 8th period Production Workshop, filled my screen with smiling, interested faces that made the moments come to life! It was energizing and inspiring. Give your classmates and teachers a gift and turn those camera on!
In 6th we have been studying In The Heights, which opened on Broadway at the Richard Roger's Theatre, February, 2007. Next week we will be looking more closely at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, that has for the past 95 years housed some of Broadways most famous plays and musicals. Don't forget to take the quiz currently posted on Teams!
In 7th I am having a great time viewing the Flipgrids of Monologues from Pop Songs. It is SO MUCH FUN to see you up and moving! Congrats on getting your first performance video to me. I will be sharing a few of the monologues in class, and will be getting feedback to you over the next week or so. Next week we will be looking at what it takes to perform on Broadway!
In 8th, Production Workshop, all 12 Under Five cast and director groups are in rehearsal, preparing for performances to begin this coming Friday! I have thoroughly enjoyed the excitement surrounding this project. It is wonderful to have training sessions with my student directors, and to hear and read feedback from the actors. REMINDER: Communication is THE KEY to building and running the Juanita Drama program. Each and everyone of you communicating is critical to making it work with such a large and dynamic program. When you get an email from me, please respond, and make sure you are responsible for any of the tasks you have been assigned. This includes completing the collaborative responses posted on One Note. I need 100% of you to complete the current Sept 25 Response right away. Enjoy what others have written!
EVERYONE please review the OPP Assignment Page in Teams, and make sure your OPP Proposal is filled in and correct: Classroom Notebook, Collaborative Section, Quarter Project. I will be posting grades this week for your OPP PROPOSAL and for VIEWING THE ASSIGNMENT. Teams shows me when you view an assignment:).
Here is the Production Workshop Calendar for the week:
For Monday, September, 21, 2020
We are in the swing of things in all of the Drama Classes! ALL classes now have the OPP Assignment and Rubric posted in TEAMS. Take the time to carefully review the assignment, and read the Rubric. FINAL DUE DATE for your OPP Proposals. submitted to Mac via email, is this Monday, September 21. Once you have submitted your proposal go to the PROJECT PROPOSAL page in the Collaborative section of your Class Notebook, and fill in the information.
Check your grades! Everything is updated. Missing something? Complete it and let me know in your Monday Letter response (which is due by Sunday, at 9pm). If you MISSED last week's letter on how to respond to the Monday Letter go to the top of this website, click on MORE. and open the Past Monday Letter page. You will find instructions on how to respond to the Monday Letter there.
In Tech Theatre we are studying In The Heights, as we continue our deep dive into the collaborative process of producing a show.
In Drama 1 & 2 we are working on Popular Songs as Monologues. Your Flipgrids are DUE on Wed, Sept 23, by 4pm. The assignment page, and link to Flipgrid, is in your Class Notebook, Content Library, under the Monologue Section.
In Production Workshop we are in week two of Under Fives, with 12 groups, and 42 students writing under five minute plays, with abandoned places as common settings. Plays are due to be submitted to Mac in the Group Leader meeting on Monday during 0 period. We will then begin the week long rehearsal process to prepare for live performances on Teams. ALL Production
Workshop students will meet on Tuesday, in 8th period, before breaking out to rehearsal groups. Group Leaders make sure you UPDATE the Meeting Details page in the Collaborative section of your Class Notebook with the next meeting posted.
Today's featured photo is Alumni Cindy Cao, and Senior Elizabeth Shirakian, in Arabian Nights! Ask Elizabeth about her experiences in that show! To see more pics from past show go to Juanita Drama's Facebook page (while you are there put a like on the page!). We also have an instagram account at jhs_drama. Take some time to check that out!
I am so grateful for ALL of JHS Drama. Keep working hard and having fun in Drama!
For Monday, September 14, 2020
Hello Drama! This is the first Monday Letter that is a REQUIRED RESPONSE as part of your participation grade each week. See below for how to respond, and make sure you email a response by 9pm each Sunday. If this is your first time on the site, welcome! Explore the Archive Tab for past show pics, and read below this letter for past letters from this past summer!
The photo featured on the Monday Letter this week brings back amazing memories of SKM and three of our awesome D&D characters played by Gabe, Jade and Eve ! Did you see the show?
I am enjoying our work in Tech Theatre and Performance classes! You are all so amazing the way you are leaning into the remote world of Theatre Education, and supporting what we are doing in class. I am grateful for the smiling faces from the other side of my computer screen guiding me along. Thanks to all my helpers! We are going to continue exploring the role of the Stage Manager in 6th, and dive deeper into vocal work in 7th. If you are in Production Workshop you will find out on Tuesday the Under 5's groupings and settings for our first virtual rehearsals and performances! Those of you who volunteered to be student leaders please look for an email by Sunday night.
OPP's: The OPP assignment will be posted by Sunday night . Make sure you thoroughly understand the OPP Quarter Project by reading through the OPP Handout in the Content Library, under the Quarter Project tab. Show this to your parents, and encourage them to watch a show with you. Siblings, too! When you respond to the Monday Letter today you can propose what Play or Musical you want to do your OPP on!
All Drama students should now be signed up for TEENTIX. Go to HOW TO USE YOUR TEENTIX PASS for complete information on using your pass for VIRTUAL and REAL TIME events! If you haven't shown me your pass remember to do that as you say "HI MAC, It's Awesome Drama Kid (your name)" to me in classes next Monday and Tuesday! You can get the pass on your phone or print it out to show me by going to the TeenTix website.
Now that you have read the Monday Letter you need to respond by emailing Mac at firstname.lastname@example.org by 9pm each Sunday. Use your school email unless you are having problems with it. Here are the three required pieces to the Monday Letter Responses, with short examples (you can write as much as you want to me!):
1. (After saying hi to me!) Respond to the work we have been doing.
Example: It was fun to do the vocal warm up exercises in class! I get it now that the diaphragm is where the power comes from!
2. What is due, and/or what are you working on or getting ready for the next week in Drama?
Example: I have to bring a straw and a glass of water to class on Monday so we can practice Straw Vocalizing. I did it with my little sister and then my mom wanted to try! Also, I want to watch She Loves Me on the NPR site for my OPP. Is that ok?
3. Something fun and interesting about you, what you are up to, other classes - really anything you want to share with me!
Example: I made lasagna for the first time for my family. It was delicious, and not that hard to make. I put a LOT of cheese in it, and my family really liked it. I think I want to try to actually make homemade noodles next time!
I love reading the Monday Letter responses and getting to know each of you even better. Make sure you post by 9pm on SUNDAY NIGHT to give me time to read and adjust anything I need to be thinking about before classes start on Monday.
Questions? Just ask!!
Mac @ email@example.com
Hello Drama (current AND Alumni!!)
We know now that Juanita will be full remote for the start of the 20-21 school year. Many Alumni have heard that their long-awaited move to college campuses will have to be postponed. I know this is disappointing and challenging, and that you will have lots of questions about what this means going forward. There are things we don't know and can't control, but there are many things we can do as individuals to make this time a positive experience.
Live in the daily. Find joy in what is right in front of you: family, getting outside, new ideas for creativity. Stay active and engaged in life. Your future is bright - just different than what you had imagined. Take advantage of this rare personal time to expand your interests, to take some deep dives into your creative self. You are going to be spending a lot of screen time when school returns. Start NOW to create a balance, daily rituals that have nothing to do with the screen. Make art daily. Dance. Be a kitchen scientist. Grow and nurture a plant (really, this is quite the fascinating thing to do!). Write actual letters and mail them to your friends. Learn to hula-hoop or do some fancy rope skipping. Choose a favorite musical and REALLY learn the lyrics, dance moves, monologues. Push yourself to grow and change. YOU are your best teacher and it is amazing what you will learn when you also become your best motivator!
Create an idea journal filled with things that catch your eye, inspire you or lift your spirits. You can use a bound journal or just pieces of blank paper in a notebook. Start one today, and each day add a page: style steal a favorite artist or reproduce a work you love and comment on it (see above). Write a poem or short story, or some observations. Keep track of funny things you heard or saw. Record song lyrics, quotes and comment. Record kitchen adventures. Recall favorite memories. Draw your cat or make a cartoon of your family life. Sketch, cut and paste (with real scissors!). Number and date your entries. Over time you will have created a record of who you were during this time we are all being challenged to stay engaged with life. Some days you will pour yourself into a day long project; other days your page will have a quote and a comment. Your pages will reflect the ebb and flow of these days.
The thing about creative rituals is that you start looking forward to them and they become a focal point in your day. Take the time NOW when school isn't demanding your time to develop creative rituals that you can sustain throughout the fall.
Want to chat? Just send me a text or email.