Being 24

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I did it! I survived another trip around the sun! Being 23 was wonderful. I had a lot of successes in my career this year and I feel more comfortable in my personal life than ever before. Last year my goal was to pursue balance between all the different parts of myself: the right balance of me time and friend time, creative work time and relaxing with a book time, family time and independent time, mental health time and fighting with the resistance time. I kept a facebook photo diary of my year called “I am not a star. I’m the whole galaxy.” It’s from a Girl Blue song. I have star qualities but I also have darknesses and empty spaces that make up the whole of me. Ultimately, the galaxy is way cooler than a single star. It’s our brightness and our darkness that make us human, that make us strong, that make us uniquely us. Well, I did okay with my goal. My balance still feels totally off and funky. Every time I’m like “my career is going AWESOME” I simultaneously think “what happened to my social life?”. And when I think “Daaang, this book is so good” I also think “Crap, I could have used that time to write a curriculum!” And when I think “gosh, rehearsals are so fun and fulfilling” I also think “the Avengers movie came out 2 weeks ago and I haven’t seen it!” I’m incredibly busy and incredibly lucky. I have a bright future but the path towards it feels dark and muddied. That’s why I’ve named my new photo album “Getting lost in the dark is my favorite part” -It’s from a Janelle Monae song (LOVE HER) and I’m using it to inspire me this year. The journey towards my future often feels like being lost in the dark but each year I feel better, closer to my dreams, more fulfilled, and happier. So I’m going to try to enjoy this lost feeling as best as I can this year. Here are some epic things that happened to 23 year-old me:

  • I spent my 24th birthday in Disneyland and met TIANA!

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  • I taught TONS of classes at Studio East, YTN, ACT, and STG and became Studio East’s Education Associate.
  • I hiked the BEAUTIFUL Ozette loop, a 3-day backpacking trip, with family & Devin.
  • I spent a week in Boston, saw some amazing sites, and visited some great friends.
  • I saw the ECLIPSE.

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  • I celebrated my 2 year anniversary with Devin!

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  • I went to the Washington State Brewers Festival with my dad for Father’s Day.

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  • I had a blast at Gay Day at Wild Waves

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  • I played Lear 1 in Lear(s) with Shakspeariment

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  • I went to PAX West and cosplayed as Jigglypuff and Tubbs.

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  • I saw Leslie Odom Jr. live in concert!

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  • I went to the Legend of Zelda Symphony.

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  • I cosplayed as Indiana Jones at Geek Girl Con.

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  • I went pumpkin patching.

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  • I helped carve some DOPE jacko-lanterns.

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  • I made children scream for a very happy Halloween.

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  • I read some amazing books!

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  • I directed my first mainstage play: Rikki Tikki Tavi at Youth Theatre Northwest.

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  • I went to Seaside, Oregon for a beautiful holiday getaway.

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  • I celebrated a white Christmas with the fam.

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  • I picked up knitting and crocheting again (I didn’t make the penguin hat but I made the other 2)

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  • I marched in the Seattle Women’s March.

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  • I went to a Saint Vincent concert.

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  • I saw Hamilton!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • I cosplayed as Kate Bishop at Emerald City Comic Con

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  • I played Catfish in Tortoise and the Hare with Storybook Theater

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  • I saw lots of great theater (some featuring super talented friends!!)

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  • I threw the first pitch at a Mariners game at Safeco Field on May the 4th.

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  • I drank lots of craft beer.
  • I ran a few 5k’s with my mom (including the Mardi Gras 5k!)

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  • I directed The Jungle Book with STG’s Disney Musicals in Schools Program

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  • My cat and my girlfriend moved in with me.

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  • I played Grumio in Taming of the Shrew at SecondStory Rep
  • I celebrated Mother’s Day by going to a Pierogi Fest and hanging with the family.Image may contain: 6 people, including Halina Balut Diebolt, Kaysy Ostrom, Larry Ostrom and Grazyna Balut Ostrom, people smiling, people sitting and outdoor
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