life lately

So, it’s been a while. But the reason I’ve been absent is because I have been busy, which is a great thing. Our first several weeks in Los Angeles I was kind of floundering about, getting antsy and not feeling quite sure what I was doing. Now I have a more full schedule of things all leading me to my goals. I’m hoping some great things are on the horizon.

I joined a gym last week and am really enjoying attending the fitness classes. They give me greater motivation to head to the gym (since I have to make the specific class times), and I have an instructor leading and pushing me the whole time. It’s also been great having such a mix of workouts; so far I’ve taken yoga, total body conditioning, cardio jam, and a complimentary personal training session. But man have I been SORE. I also had my first improv class yesterday. If you’ve ever talked to me about it, you know how terrified I was of improv and how I really didn’t think it would be something I would enjoy. Boy, was I wrong. I loved it. I am so relieved and excited to get to play (and act!) in this fun environment and with other people my own age no less! I’ve been working on-call nanny jobs (to help pay for acting relating expenses), so my days are spent with children and Kipling (and my husband in the evenings). It will be a nice change of pace to actually interact with other adults, haha. We haven’t been able to branch out much and make new friends in LA, but I’m hoping this will help. Moving to a new city and being busy with work and trying to save money makes it a little difficult to meet and hang out with new people. But the other students in my class seem like such a great (and funny) group, and I’m really looking forward to getting to know them.

As far as my 365 project (photo a day) goes, I changed it up a bit. Originally I wanted to only use my DSLR for these photos, so that I could continue to practice and would be motivated to bring it with me everywhere. Well, the reality is it would be 11 o’clock at night, and I’d realize I hadn’t taken a photo; I would then proceed to find some random object in our tiny apartment for which to snap a photo. This was getting me nowhere. I wasn’t documenting what was really happening in my day. I wasn’t expressing anything creatively. The photos were boring and drab, and we only have so many things in our small home. I was more often than not taking far more interesting photos with my smart phone, which has a pretty remarkable camera for a phone (better than point and shoot cameras, in my opinion). So, I have still been taking a photo a day, but now it has mostly been on my phone. I still want to try and take my DSLR with me when I can and not let it collect dust, but I’ve also been using my Instax camera a lot lately (which is suddenly not working, so I’m hoping I can get a replacement). Having too many cameras can be stressful, so I’m trying not to pressure myself into always having all three handy. My smart phone photos have been more representative of my life and are much more spontaneous and creative than what I had been taking with my DSLR. Always pulling out my DSLR also sometimes gets in the way of me enjoying what is happening in the present. Does that happen to any of you? I love photos, and I love documenting my life and having these memories caught forever, but sometimes it’s really important to just be and enjoy the present.

Ok, enough of my novel. I’m going to work on putting some photos together for you next time to (hopefully) enjoy and to get caught up. Hope your week has been off to a great start!

-wonderland sam

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actress/texan kickin' it in los angeles. always searching for my next pizza. cia agent in another life.

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