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Guest post: Life lessons from acting

Friends, today we have our very first Outrageously Wonderful guest post. Rachel Adelicia is a fashion blogger, football enthusiast, working actor and dear friend. We first met in the dorms and have cheered each other on ever since. While she usually blogs about fashion, her Sunday Chronicles dive deep into the heart and that’s where we found this gem. You won’t want to miss a word of today’s post. You can find Rachel Adelicia each day at www.investmentpiece.com.

This post could also be titled, “What facing constant rejection has taught me about living”. Acting is an interesting beast–to be great you have to be raw, honest, and vulnerable. However, the process by which you get jobs–auditioning–is about constant rejection, making the whole “be vulnerable” thing a bit hard at times.

Ask any actor and we will all tell you that we have a love/hate relationship with auditions. At their best, auditions are great; you own the part for at least a moment and you feel so empowered. At their worst, auditions can be a flawed way to match a character with an actor, akin to choosing your starting QB in football based on who scored best on a physics test. Auditioning is in itself a skill-set, one which I like to think I’ve become fairly good at.

The older I get, the more I’ve realized that what’s true in the audition room is true in real life. The best moments come from open, raw, vulnerable things–and facing rejection can be scary. However, if you can work at being great at auditioning some of those lessons have to apply to real life, right? That’s my theory, and the following is what I’ve learned.

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To our kids’ teachers, a love letter

There are five days left in the school year, friends. Five days. I don’t know who’s more excited — the kids or the teachers.

No homework, spelling lists, math facts or AR books came home this week and Wild Man reports that more of his lessons are happening outdoors. I’m certain the uptick in nature hikes has nothing at all to do with the end of the year and has everything to do with the migratory patterns of the monarch butterflies that mean the playground is teeming with them. That totally counts as an extra helping of science, right?

Now, other parents may be frustrated that their kids are coming home literally spackled with dirt after building ponds for ants and tiny boats of sticks for the ants to sail on, but not this Mama. I’m thrilled.

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Grief and joy

Grief is a strange thing. Some days it simply sits with you as a constant companion, never interrupting your rhythm and yet, always present.

Other days, waves of sadness, love, depression and joy come one after another as you miss your loved one terribly and at the same moment, are intensely grateful for the time you had together. Joy and grief are an unlikely pair, but here they are, sitting together with us.

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Kindness and thanks

Sometimes it’s the littlest things that mean the most.

Over the past few months, simple moments of kindness have gotten my family through a lot of muck and mire. I’ve started and stopped writing this post 10 times now (WordPress keeps count) and I’m still not sure I have the right words to express my gratitude.

Let me begin by telling you a little about the amazing ways people loved us with their actions.
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Friday Finds

Hi, friends! I hope you have had a great week and are ready for the weekend!

We are changing things up a bit and sharing favorites on Friday instead of Sunday. It seemed to fit better with the rhythm of the week and will give you all some fun things to check out over the weekend. This week we are talking about affordable art, finding peace in hectic times, hospitality and cruising (the boat kind, not the car kind). I also share what I’m looking forward to most in the coming days.

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