Friday, May 06, 2011

Ahhh Spring!

Woo-Hoo! This semester is OVA!!! To say that it was a challenging is an understatement! I am grateful that I got to experience it, but I am even more excited to be finished with it. Learned MANY lessons along the way. This picture is a representation of one of the main lessons I learned... it was taken at The Waters. A dear friend of mine went with me to have a pic-nic and to breathe. I have learned that in the middle of craziness, I need to remember to take time to nurture the inner Heather and special friendships. To always trust that my steps are ordered by Jesus. To trust that He has prepared and equipped TRUST Him, in EVERYTHING...yes even school assignments.

I have also learned that I need to be surrounded with nature. Being in His creation does wonders for my soul, especially when I am stressed... He has blessed me with a wonderful little city garden that I enjoy most days, but sometimes I need to go experience places such as The Waters.

This gorgeous beauty came from my rose bush!!!! A former neighbor gave this rose bush to me... a military acquaintance of his was leaving Montgomery and knew he loved roses.  He decided that he would share it with me :-) He no longer lives here either, but I have a piece of his generosity and a constant reminder of our friendship every time she blooms....Thanks Jason!

LOVE this time of the year....working in the garden, going to the garden center's, just being outside is wonderful!  Also been enjoying taking pictures with nifty iPhone apps, Instagram, OldPhotoPro & Retro Camera. (what did I do before my iPhone?)

Trying to make the most of each day! More to come...

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Grad School

Theatre Side of the
Comm. Arts Building 
I'm "back in the saddle again" of Grad School! I am in a M.A. program @ Regent University, in Virginia. In the summer of 2008, I lived in Virginia and attended classes on campus. This semester I am doing work online. (I prefer face to face classes.) I am taking a Textual Analysis class & wow, is it CHALLENGING me! I have to read multiple plays throughout the semester & turn in several projects. I am excited (& nervous) about that though, because I believe these challenges will truly help to refine and hone my ability to understand what the playwright's original intent is. (Extremely important for a design team to grasp!) This process of attempting to discover the playwrights original intent is a journey & I haven't always clearly known where to start or where I will end up. This class is teaching me navigational tools; starting points and refueling stops along the way.

Very Colorful!
Our 1st play we are reading is The Colored Museum, by George C. Wolfe. I originally was in this class in 2009, but had to drop out early on in the semester, due to the uterine cancer moving to my spine. I had read this play in January, 2009, and it was a bit shocking & uncomfortable, as it is intended to be. However, this time, as I did a bit of research about George C. Wolfe, I got a feel for more of why he writes, what he writes. When I re-read the play, I had a MUCH greater understanding of what I believe the ESSENCE OR SPIRIT of the play is. I want to read it again before I give my official post for the class, but I actually have ideas instead of cluelessness; that is huge!

"You know I love u
 more than my luggage!"
Not only am I taking a class, I am also doing an internship @ Faulkner Theatre. I am officially the Theatre Graduate Assistant! I am really excited to be back @ the Theatre, for I have missed it so. (I had originally been the intern in 2009.) I can't believe it's been two years; time has flown! One of my goals for this Internship, is to assist in the classroom; Costume History, Technical Design 2 & Make-up. Also, I am hoping to assist in the research, design & construction of costumes for Steel Magnolias & The Scarlet Pimpernel

Woo, I am a bit overwhelmed thinking about everything that has to happen by April 30th. Yet,
I am grateful that I am back in the Theatre world again. It has been a passion of mine for many years. Never thought when I laid it on the alter 10 1/2 years ago that God would bring me back to it. Now I see that He took me away from it so He could be God of my life, not theatre. Now that we have a deep relationship, He has brought me back to it, as a place to serve, encourage, teach & learn! I love Him!