Thanksgiving

I haven’t written [here] in so long, but to my readers, I am still alive. It’s been a tough year. My soul and my heart have been challenged more than ever. Today is Thanksgiving and I have a lot to be thankful for. 
First off is life. As my 32nd year earthside approaches, I can’t help but reflect on everything that has happened in this lifetime. If I were to read a letter to myself written 15, 10, even 5 years ago, I don’t think I’d recognize that person. I almost didn’t have this ability, but “someone” was certainly looking out for me and I am forever grateful for that. With that, I closed off a lot of myself from the outside world. I dug deep into my soul and connected with my maker. There are spiritual things that I can’t even begin to describe, because even to the most open of minds, they sound insane [myself, included]. I am just starting to emerge and it has been an awakening. This has blessed me careerwise as well, but that is still a complete work in progress. 

Second is love. This is not necessarily romantic even though there is involvement. I learned to love myself again. Self-love is hard. The person most critical of your flaws, your goals, your actions, is YOU. I got back into a healthy lifestyle and it connects back to that whole spirit thing. I have also experienced my very own seasons of love this year. I loved someone who loved me, but yet couldn’t commit to something. It took some time to realize and admit, but it wasn’t meant to be. I know it had to happen to lead up to the present. It forced me to come out of my shell, go on dates, experience the good (& the bad) that goes along with that, but above all it cleared my mind and showed me the caliber of a relationship that I deserve and desire. It gave me confidence to speak my mind rather than be passive and fall into something just because it was there in front of me. It’s then that something somewhat magical just might happen. You just might choose to go to a party, even though you’re exhausted & would much rather sleep, to find something you didn’t know you were looking for. Something that makes you want to be a better person. Something that actually makes you want to take risks. Something that makes that commitment-phobe that you’ve known for so long go running for the hills. New beginnings are beautiful and I just want to embrace every second I have.

Last, but not least, is companionship. I say it this way, because this year has taught me that just because someone is blood doesn’t mean they are family and just because someone isn’t blood doesn’t mean they are not. Family is who you hold closest to you. The ones that sacrifice for you, support you, build you up, embrace you for all your faults. I’ve let go of a lot of friendships & family relationships, because they were so negative. You are not forced in this life to walk the path you are given. Everyone you encounter plays a part, but most are seasonal. They all have their own time frame. They blossom, they bloom, they fall, they lay dormant, and they either blossom again or they end. I am grateful for both scenarios. Yes, it can be hard to adjust to endings, but once your mind clears, you realize their purpose. 

I have a lot to be grateful for and if you’re reading this, so do you. 

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TORUK – The First Flight

Join us in welcoming Cirque du Soleil back to Amalie Arena as they take us into the Na’vi world with TORUK -The First Flight. 

We here at Second Blog to the Right are extremely excited to see what this show is all about. We have been lucky enough to become friends with Cirque du Soleil and they never seem to disappoint. 

TORUK – The First Flight is a live immersive multimedia spectacle that brings to the stage the breathtaking world of James Cameron’s AVATAR like you have never seen it before.

 

Through a riveting fusion of cutting-edge visuals, puppetry and stagecraft buoyed by a soaring cinematic score, Cirque du Soleil applies its unique signature style to James Cameron’s imaginary world and “makes the bond” between two kindred artistic visions that capture the imagination.

 

This live immersive experience also bears the distinct signature of directors and multimedia innovators Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon. It is a living ode to the Na’vi’s symbiotic coexistence with nature and their belief in the basic interconnectedness of all living things.

Narrated by a “Na’vi Storyteller” and populated by unforgettable characters, TORUK – The First Flight is a mythical tale set thousands of years before the events depicted in the film AVATAR, and before any humans ever set foot on Pandora.

 

When a natural catastrophe threatens to destroy the sacred Tree of Souls, Ralu and Entu, two Omaticaya boys on the brink of adulthood, fearlessly decide to take matters into their own hands. Upon learning that Toruk can help them save the Tree of Souls, they set out, together with their newfound friend Tsyal, on a quest high up in the Floating Mountains to find the mighty red and orange predator that rules the Pandoran sky. Prophecy is fulfilled when a pure soul rises among the clans to ride Toruk for the first time and save the Na’vi from a terrible fate.

(This certainly won’t be the last we hear about Avatar this year, stay tuned for coverage from Disney’s Animal Kingdom.) 

With 4 days & 7 shows, you’ll be sure to find a time to fit into your busy schedule.  

Show Schedule (March 17-20, 2016):

Thursday, March 17 at 7:30pm

Friday, March 18 at 4pm and 7:30pm

Saturday, March 19 at 4pm and 7:30pm 

Sunday, March 20 at 1:30pm and 5pm

To purchase tickets, visit Cirque du Soleil.

A Pep Talk to Myself (& anyone else that might need some life reassurance)

This blog post is meant to be encouraging. It’s deep, it’s personal, it’s mine. Sometimes we hit a point in life where it feels like the walls are caving in around us and we need to be reminded that it happens to us all. It will get better. Sometimes we forget all that with things like Facebook and Instagram only showing us the highlight reels of our lives and never seem to bring light to the dark side. If I can help one person in addition to myself, I have succeeded.

Dear Kira,

You are not broken. You never have been, you never will be. Your strength and your faith won’t ever let you falter to weakness. This past year was a hard year. Your life was brought to a hault due to medical issues, but you handled them and came out on top. You went through a huge transition career-wise, & you are still adjusting, but you’re doing it. You had two guys who tested the waters & broke down walls that hadn’t been broken down in years. We won’t discuss what kind of guys they were, but they were necessary to open the doors to the other things that happened this year. Yes, there have been an abundance of engagements in your Facebook feed recently, but does that mean that life is over for you or that your future is not out there somewhere?! No, not at all. The holidays tend to attract more of those & that is okay. You don’t even want to be married right now. And that biological clock that you’ve been hearing faintly in the distance, I can guarantee that its only present because babies are cute & you love them. But let’s think of the reason you don’t even want a puppy right now…they will tie you down. & babies live way longer than dogs (please don’t take offense to that statement, I love that I have babies in my life that are not my own). As for love, you have it. The love you give is far more rewarding than any that you could possibly receive, so keep on giving it the way you do. You haven’t gone through all the things you have to stop now. You are a humanitarian. It is only natural for you to give your love selflessly. That person that you’re giving it to right now, may not be your forever (he certainly could be in time), but if he’s what you want right now, then go for it & show him what it means to be loved the way only you can. You haven’t regretted anyone you have ever given your love to, even in the worst of situations, so don’t let it stop you. Even if it doesn’t work out, you can walk away knowing you gave your all and he will learn what he could’ve had when he has something more to compare your love to. You’ve got a ton of goals for this year & you are making them happen. You’re taking advantage of that employee discount and making sure you’re traveling this year. Hell, you are traveling outside of the country this year for the very first time! And then next year, you’re aspiring to LIVE outside of the country. This is HUGE. You’re not in a point where you are doing nothing with your life. You are LIVING it. You are creating your happiness, solidifying friendships, & working hard to make your mark in this world. You are doing it all. With that, you know there will be people who will try to tear you down, but don’t let them get to you. They don’t have the ability to even come close to doing so. Keep opening the doors of opportunity and when one is ready to close, CLOSE it. When there’s a fork in the road, take the road less traveled, give in to the fear. Any struggle will only make you stronger. Keep taking chances. Give into life’s temptations, but don’t stray from your goals. You’ve got this. & maybe, just maybe, you are meant to “Eat, Pray, Love” this life and you will do just that. Be exactly who you are and don’t let anyone make you hold that in. This is your life, take the reigns, & don’t let go!

Love,

Yourself.

D23 Expo 2015: A Silly Symphony Celebration

The D23 Expo is fast-approaching and the closer it gets, the more event announcements are made. I am really excited for this one! Disney in Concert: A Silly Symphony Celebration—a live concert performance featuring a 32-piece orchestra celebrating the Silly … Continue reading