Sparkle

I grew up going to schools where jewelry was one of the worst things you could wear, aside from ripped jeans, of course. It wasn’t as though people were obviously judged for wearing it, but there was also this idea that if you wore jewelry then you weren’t as good as the people who didn’t. When I wasn’t at school I would wear necklaces sometimes, and I always liked them, but also didn’t feel the need to go against the dress code and sneak a bracelet here or a ring there. Once I graduated high school, however, I started wearing jewelry more often. I began to express my artistic and creative nature in a more physical, tangible way, and that has continued for the last year, and most likely will continue onward. I thought, for today, I would show you a little bit of the tangible sparkle that I keep with me all the time.

My Ring

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This ring was a gift from my mom at the end of the school year. I chose it to represent the end of A Wrinkle in Time, hence the moon and stars. On the inside there are two engraved dates: 03/21/2019 for the day I was officially cast as Meg, and 05/19/2019, which was the day I received an Irene Ryan Nomination. The 19th was also the day of the last performance, so the dates also represent the beginning and end of the journey. I really like the idea of commemorating every show I do with some kind of jewelry, and I really like that the dates are engraved on the inside of this one.

My Bracelet

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A little less than a year ago, before I started college and right before passing my permit test, I was dealing with a lot of anxiety. But because I’d passed my permit test, I was feeling more capable than usual. I heard about a girl who makes friendship bracelets and sends them all over the world. To get one, you write a message expressing what’s been going on and what you need help with. I wrote that I was anxious about starting college and moving away from home, and she made and sent over this bracelet. She wrote a note to go with it, and explained that this bracelet was made to represent peace. I’ve worn it almost everyday since, and whenever I look at it, I am reminded of a time when I was anxious and of the good things that have happened since. It is a reminder of peace, but also a reminder that I can do more than I think I can.

My Necklaces

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The Arrow
My mom’s last name is Schuetz (I’m going somewhere with this, don’t worry). I’m not sure who told me this, but a long time ago someone told me that, back in the day, the “Schuetzes” were the people who defended royalty with bows and arrows. I have no idea if this is actually true, but the German term "Schuetz” does translate to “protect” or “defend.” For a long time, I have known that when I eventually get my tattoo, it will be an arrow. Like I said earlier, when I graduated high school, I was terrified of leaving home. Right before my graduation, I had a breakdown and wound up crying on my mom’s bed, expressing how sad I was to leave, and how I was sure I was going to fail. My mom chose that moment to give me my graduation present- the arrow necklace. I started crying again (because of course I did), and since graduating there hasn’t been a day where I haven’t worn it. For me, it symbolizes how I always have my family’s support and protection with me, even when I go off on my own.

The Giraffe
I got this necklace while in Vancouver, British Columbia for a couple hours over spring break. There were a lot of necklaces that looked really pretty, but this little one stood out to me because of the paper it was attached to. Behind the giraffe was the word “courage,” which was something I was in extra need of at the time. I had just been cast as Meg and I had absolutely no idea what to expect when I returned to school. I was scared of not being enough, and I was scared of what people would think. This giraffe stayed with me for all the rehearsals and all that went with them, and it has also been worn everyday since. It is still a reminder to be brave in the face of fear.

My Earrings

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When I was little, I really wanted to get my ears pierced. Alas, earrings were the most abhorrent kind of jewelry at my school, so I knew I’d have to wait for a while. I remember once asking my dad if I could get my ears pierced when I was twelve, and he said yes. When I was eleven I brought it up, and he said I could do it when I turned sixteen. So I waited another five years and did it after my Sophomore year of high school. These little hoops are my favorite earrings right now, mostly because I grew up wanting earrings so I could wear ones just like these. They’re simple, and I often forget that they’re there. I love wearing earrings, and my favorites change all the time, but right now I am quite fond of these ones.


I really love wearing jewelry. It makes me happy, and they often serve as reminders for things I’m working on. For me, with the exception of earrings, the jewelry I choose to wear on a daily basis needs to have a deeper meaning behind it. I like it when the sparkle as significance, and right now mine definitely does.

Luck

Today’s word is “luck.” From the very beginning of this “write something everyday” thing (except for on Friday, so it seems we’ll be spilling over into July), I’ve wanted to write something specific about the people who greatly impacted my life during the last school year. There are more people than the eleven that are mentioned here, but these people are the ones who impacted my life on an almost daily basis (if not daily). These are people who I have acted with, had game nights with, cried with, laughed with, studied with, walked with, and simply lived my life with. I love them. I am very lucky to know these people and to call them my friends.

Kiana showed me how to not apologize for existing.

Emma allowed me to believe that my feelings are always valid, no matter if I’m correct or not.

Lindsey somehow made me laugh on days when I didn’t even want to smile. She also gave me some of the best hugs on my worst days.

Rylee showed me what confidence looks like.

Nathan showed me that it’s okay to ask for help, and that being afraid isn’t a bad thing.

Jamie reminded me of how beautiful old friendships can be, and how loyalty is not something that comes around everyday.

Savana (along with our mutual coffee obsession) reminded me to remember the simpler things, and to not take everyday beauty for granted.

Jared gave me space to be honest, and the time to practice trust.

Emily surprised me everyday with her sense of humor, and her dedication constantly inspired me to reach a little bit higher.

Arien showed me what it means to be brave.

Dorea opened doors for so many of the good things that happened this year. Without her, many things wouldn’t have occurred at all.


Little

Hello! When looking at this word, I wasn’t sure which idea to pick. Part of me wanted to list a bunch of facts about myself from when I was little, but then I decided that there is already a post quite similar. So I thought about listing some advice I would give to my past self, and then realized that, yeah, I’ve already written that post as well. This is the problem that comes with having a blog for over two and half years and still trying to write every day in June. Finally, I settled on writing a post where I give one piece of advice to myself at different ages- eight to sixteen. I chose these ages for a couple of reasons: 1) eight is probably my favorite age from when I was younger, and 2) sixteen is the oldest age that still feels distant enough that I feel I can give advice. I still feel weirdly close to seventeen, but sixteen feels far enough away. Without further ado, here we go…

To my eight year old self- Welcome to the acting world! It’s a grand ol’ time, and even though you’ll only be here for a short time before returning later, I hope you take it all in.

To my nine year old self- If I could go back and give any younger me a hug, it would be you. If I could give you any advice, it would be to not push away the (real) love that is offered.

To my ten year old self- Enjoy this year! There’s hard stuff for sure, but when you’re older and look back on it, you’ll remember the good stuff the most. Keep smiling, and loving, and laughing.

To my eleven year old self-I’m not gonna lie, this year is truly awful. The only thing I can tell you is to keep moving forward. Let yourself be upset when you need to be, but keep moving towards better things. Because they are out there, I promise.

To my twelve year old self- You’re angry, and that’s okay- It’s what you do with the anger that makes it good or bad. Channel it into good things, and be kind to the people around you.

To my thirteen year old self-You can’t change people, whether they want to change or not. As much as you want to, you cannot save the world.

To my fourteen year old self- You are not in the best environment right now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make it good. The best people for you are not going to be in your class, but they’re there. Find them.

To my fifteen year old self- Your emotions are valid. Your experiences are real. You aren’t crazy.

To my sixteen year old self- Take a deep breath. Everything is going to be okay. In fact, everything is about to get so good. Let it.

Sunflower

A Little List of Things I’m Thankful for Right Now

  1. Early mornings at a bakery to get work done.

  2. Supportive friends.

  3. Yellow journals.

  4. Warmer weather.

  5. Raspberry tea.

  6. Being so close to the end of the school year.

  7. Seeing my friends do their end of year recitals.

  8. Iced-coffee.

  9. Sundresses.

  10. Contemplative evening walks.

“Keep your face to the sun and you cannot see the shadow. It’s what sunflowers do.” ~ Helen Keller

“Keep your face to the sun and you cannot see the shadow. It’s what sunflowers do.” ~ Helen Keller

Me, at 19 and a Half (almost...)

Well hello there! My name is Claira Jean Eastwood, I am nineteen years old, and I have been for almost six months. Here is a picture of my face… with coffee, of course.

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I am in my Freshman year of college at a school in Washington, and I live in a dorm room filled with brick and Christmas lights. I sleep in a typical twin sized college bed, but I brought a mattress topper with me from home so I’ve never had problems sleeping. I have a blue and white comforter, and the weird bed chair thing also followed me from home. I still sleep by the window, which I love because when it’s open a little bit I can fall asleep while breathing in fresh air.

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I can often be found in one of three places: my dorm room, the building across from the dorm that houses the drama department, or the black box where I have my acting class and rehearsals for A Wrinkle in Time. Speaking of rehearsals, they happen two hours a day five days a week. Much of my time is spent memorizing lines for AWIT and for my acting class. When I’m not memorizing or doing homework for one of my other three classes (Research Writing, Communication & Languages in a Global Society, and Privilege & Oppression), I can be found having game nights with my friends, having random Monday night conferences when something odd occurs in one of our lives, or (sometimes!) reading a book I’ve been wanting to read for a long time.

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I wake up between 8:00 and 8:30 in the morning- depending on if I have my 9:00 a.m. class or not-, make coffee to go, and get dressed (yeah, in that order). I’ve been really liking wearing colorful jewelry lately, so my bright blue earrings or hoop earrings with bright flowers have been making regular appearances. My mom gave me a necklace with an arrow on it for my graduation, and I haven’t really taken it off ever since, along with the arrow ring she gave me for Christmas. The arrow has a story behind it that I will inevitably tell eventually. Over spring break we were in Vancouver for a couple hours, and I got a necklace with a tiny giraffe on it, and that has also stayed around ever since.

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My clothes depend on what my day is going to look like. I tend to dress up more on Tuesdays and Thursdays just because I don’t have many classes and I’m not super tired yet. I have my acting class on Mondays and Wednesdays, and it has affectionally been dubbed “P.E. for actors” since it involves so much physical activity. Those days are a constant stream of “go, go, go” until 4:00, and then I have rehearsal at 8:00, so I tend to wear leggings instead of jeans. Everyday I use my perfume that smells like peaches, and for shoes I still go back and forth between my knock-off Toms and my knock-off Birkenstocks (I’m still cheap and I still like my feet to be fashionable… sort of). After having to wear more makeup than usual during the Festival of Shorts, I kind of avoid it when I don’t have to wear it, just to keep my skin sane before tech week and performances of A Wrinkle in Time.

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I call my mom on a daily basis, and text my brother often. I Skype my England grandparents some Thursday mornings and text my California grandparents every night. I don’t doubt that I made the right decision in moving to Washington for college, but I do miss my family and it is definitely strange to not see them every day or be there for birthdays, Sabbath afternoons, and Wednesday dinners. I love and miss my family very much, and there is always a part of me that can’t wait to go back home.

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My days are simple, but exiting. I go to my classes, have lunch (and sometimes dinner) with my friends, do homework, go to rehearsal, and sleep. On weekends I spend lots of time with little kids, have game nights with friends, sometimes go swing dancing, and clean my room as much as possible so I don’t go insane during the week. I spend my time with artsy people and sciencey people (that is the correct terminology), and because of that I am never able to see things just one way. I listen to music and read articles and write blog posts. I laugh and talk and dance and love every day. 19 has been really good to me so far, and the next six months (and two days!) have so much in store. I’m so excited to see what happens next.

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365 Things I Was Happy About

In August of last year, I bought a book called 14,000 Things to Be Happy AboutI started reading this book every so often, and I still go to it on bad days. This book mixed with my own personal philosophy of finding things to be thankful for every day has led to this post. In January of 2018, I started thinking of one thing I was thankful for and then writing it in here. Obviously, there were some days where I found more things to be happy about, but I had to stick to my system, and here is the product of this project:

1. Friends who make you feel good about yourself
2. Lattes
3. Eating Olive Garden pasta while watching Gilmore Girls on the couch
4. Staying up until 2:30 in the morning with your favorite people. 
5. Tulips
6. German lasagna
7. Happy people at Starbucks
8. The feeling once a meeting you were dreading comes to an end
9. Green shirts
10. Avocados
11. Voltaire
12. Friends who make sure you're okay when you're stressed out
13. Sleeping in on Saturday mornings
14. River otters
15. Bagels and coffee with good friends. 
16. Origami dragons
17. The line "What is life without a touch of poetry in it?" from Pirates of Penzance
18. Friends who give you grace
19. Classes being canceled
20. Homemade lunches after a long week. 
21. Black sweaters with floral designs. 
22. Listening to The Greatest Showman during Journalism
23. Remembering you packed a good lunch. 
24. The people who make your bad day better. 
25. The TV show White Collar
26. Staying up until 1:00 in the morning writing after a bad case of writer's block. 
27. Randomly buying donuts on your way home. 
28. Sunset walks before musical rehearsal. 
29. Getting lots of work done before noon. 
30. Being complimented on a shirt you weren't sure about. 
31. Knowing you're in a better place than you used to be. 
32. Quitting the job that you knew was bad for you.  
33. Feeling capable. 
34. Nature documentaries. 
35. Daffodils
36. Sweet smelling sunshine air. 
37. Seeing the people you love be happy. 
38. Laughing during interviews for Journalism. 
39. Helpful therapy sessions. 
40. Talking to one of your best friends (who lives five and a half hours away) on the phone.
41.   Sleeping in after a long week. 
42. Getting coffee and flowers with your best friend. 
43. Writing essays while listening to The 1975
44. Editing articles in Journalism with everyone sitting around one table. 
45. Basketball games.
46. Good teachers who listen to you and can offer advice about stuff unrelated to homework.
47. Writing website posts while sitting in the sun. 
48. Getting all the cleaning done early in the day. 
49. Brunch with your best friend's family. 
50. Watching Last Week Tonight 
51. Teaching twelve year olds who love to talk. 
52. Jean jackets. 
53. Walks in crisp, February air. 
54. Subtle closure. 
55. Edamame. 
56. Being really productive all day. 
57. Writing a lot of posts in advance. 
58. Feeling confident in a meeting.
59. Giving your twelve year old self closure.
60. Going into the day with a positive attitude and having it be better than you'd expected. 
61. Days off
62. Playing air hockey and losing, but losing happily
63. Learning dances during musical rehearsal
64. Hangman
65.  Seeing what your life could have been like if it had worked how you'd wanted it, but knowing that you're happier now. 
67. Haystacks (the food)
68. Flights that have You've Got Mail
69. Seeing people you love for the first time in years
70.  Drinking coffee while reading stories to your baby cousins
71. Being referred to as "poet" 
72. Doing something that scares you
73. Seeing your mom after being away for a while
74. Being welcomed back
75. Being brave enough to share your story. 
76. Singing softly in the car with two of your friends as they drop you off at home. 
77. The first morning of Spring Break. 
78. Pajama pants with lemons on them. 
79. Getting lots of writing done in the morning as soon as you get up. 
80. Having your hair in a french braid.
81. Getting up and going for a walk in the brisk morning air. 
82. Dennys. (it's an inside joke) 
83. Downtown Disney at night
84. Griffith Observatory
85.  The feel of your own mattress
86. Getting back into a routine
87. Musical dress rehearsals
88. Dead Poets Society
89. Teachers who are there for you even when they have no reason to be. 
90. Opening night of musicals. 
91. Floral printed quilts. 
92. Watching random netflix movies on a Monday afternoon. 
93. Having random days off from school. 
94. Talking about your favorite books with your favorite teachers. 
95. Having friends who love and support you. 
96. Balloons in small spaces
97. The feeling after the curtain closes after an amazing performance
98. Getting your room clean for the first time in a while
99. Finding a new TV show that you like
100. Being appreciated for your poetry by complete strangers
101. Peaches and cream yogurt from Trader Joe's. 
102. Substitute teachers
103. When teachers give you extra copies of books they love. 
104. Baby geese.
105. Talking to family you don't see very often over Skype. 
106. Garlic hummus
107. Being told that your ideas have value. 
108. Being given the gift of time. 
109. Falling down on your bed after a long day. 
110. Knowing that therapy is helping when you notice yourself becoming a stronger person. 
111. Spinning in a green, medieval-looking dress.
112. Getting home at 1'AM
113. Finishing all the work you need to do before going to sleep. 
114. Smelling the sweet, flower filled air while running through your neighborhood. 
115. Listening to music while on a long bus ride. 
116. The San Francisco Symphony
117. Kayaking. 
118. Pizza on the beach
119. Spending time alone after being with a lot of people for a long amount of time. 
120. Getting surprise letters and gifts from your faraway friends in the mail. 
121. Using your own bad experiences to help someone else.  
122. Starting to move past awkwardness. 
123. Silence. 
124. Chess.
125. Good lasts. 
126. The Imitation Game. 
127. Eliminating anxieties over the next school year. 
128. John Mulaney's comedy specials on Netflix.  
129. Staying up late and talking to your mom. 
130. Knowing that you can trust someone's opinion. 
131. Working hard to make an event as beautiful as possible, and seeing it come together. 
132. Having a break after three weeks of constantly going. 
133. Mother's Day. 
134. Trying on a dress and loving it right away. 
135. Breadsticks. 
136. Finishing all the work for a class. 
137. Being done with math for the school year two weeks early. 
138. Letting yourself do nothing for an afternoon. 
139. Getting the chance to express how thankful you are for something. 
140. Taking funny selfies with your favorite people. 
141. Really good pickles. 
142. Being told you were your favorite teacher's favorite student. 
143. Good conversations in the sunshine. 
144. Getting the chance to have a real break.
145. Face timing with your best friend. 
146. Being invited to things, even when you can't go. 
147. Meeting someone who recognizes your name from something you've written. 
148. Going for a run and smelling the sweet, summer morning air. 
149.  Funny typos. 
150. The wash of relief when everything you were stressing about is finally done and over. 
151. Seeing family you haven't seen for over five years. 
152. When an entire room of people is connected through one thing. 
153. Seeing your friends commit to something they believe in. 
154. Your own high school graduation. 
155. Breakfast quesadillas. 
156. Buying plants and candles and putting them in a freshly cleaned room. 
157. Having super short hair for the first time in years. 
158. Driving home in comfortable conversation. 
159. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
160. Watching a director direct. 
161. New music. 
162. Pineapples.
163. Summer morning runs.  
164. Lentil tahini wraps from Trader Joe's. 
165. T-shirts with your University's name on it. 
166. Evening conversations with your family. 
167. Old treasures.
168. Lavender Lattes
169. Organizing props and costumes.
170.  Writing out a memory in the form of a story. 
171. Bossypants by Tina Fey.
172. Making new friends. 
173. Baby mourning doves. 
174. Riding a stationary bike while watching The West Wing. 
175. Stickers
176. Swimming with goggles in a pool with lanes. 
177. Tech people.
178. Drawing on sharpie tattoos. 
179. Confidence. 
180. Making plans that make you excited for something you were initially nervous about. 
181. Creating your resume. 
182. Doing something scary that you know will pay off in the long run. 
183. Sunsets. 
184. Arrow stickers. 
185. Pickles. 
186. The song Ooh Child 
187. Curling your short hair. 
188. Cantaloupe
189. The Newsroom
190. Saving money. 
191. Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.
192. Salt water pools.
193. Colorful waffles.
194. Sports Night
195. Jean skirts.
196. Candles that smell like moss and thyme. 
197. Knowing where a costume piece is and being able to help. 
198. Last days. 
199. Paninis.
200. Pedicures. 
201. The Music Man  
202. Breathing in evening Summer air
203. Leaving for a brand new country. 
204. Showering after being on a plane for a long time. 
205. Climbing the Eiffel tower. 
206. Calming walks through art galleries. 
207. Train rides.
208. Marseille, France.
209. Markets in the south of France.
210. Finally feeling prepared for a new life chapter. 
211. Fruit gummies in airports
212. Arriving back home after over 24 hours of traveling. 
213. Helping a friend pack for college while catching up on everything you've missed. 
214. Tofu wraps. 
215. Getting up early and drinking coffee outside
216. Blueberry dessert. 
217. Mary Oliver's poetry
218. Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again
219. Having a super productive day
220. Face masks in the morning
221. National Book Lover's Day
222. Reading before bed. 
223. Writing fiction
224. The Weepies
225. End of Summer BBQs with people that you love. 
226. Buying new fiction books. 
227. Spontaneously meeting a friend for coffee. 
228. Writing in a new journal. 
229. Passing tests that you've studied hundreds of hours for. 
230. Colored pencils. 
231. Non-denominational churches.
232. California Pizza Kitchen.
233. Being welcomed back to your high school campus. 
234. Writing while watching murder mysteries. 
235. Really good instant coffee. 
236. Talking to people after spending a few days alone. 
237. Ordering stuff for college that makes you feel like an adult. 
238. Doing laundry
239. Reading for hours just to finish the story. 
240. Getting some of the stuff for college
241. Almonds.
242. Waking up earlier than usual and getting more done in the day. 
243. Reading outside while your dog runs around.
244. Hiking near waterfalls.
245. Asiago bagels with jalapeño salsa. 
246. FaceTiming friends about your qualms. 
247. Using a new body wash. 
248. Sweaters with lace. 
249. Solving qualms. 
250. Kittens.
251. Chocolate milkshakes
252. Starting the process of packing for college.
253. Soul Pancake retweeting something of yours.
254. Miracles.
255. Receiving a job offer.
256. Eating at The Spaghetti Factory.
257. Road trips with your mom.
258. Watching Gilmore Girls with your mom.
259. The beginning of a new chapter.
260. Being able to call your mom after having a bad day.
261. Feeling ready for college after having a couple of bad days.
262. FaceTiming your faraway friends.
263. Reading poetry at the open mic in a small (but very full) coffee shop.
264. Seeing a kind, familiar face when you really need one.
265. Spending the first day of Fall in a coffee shop with a cup of chai.
266. Meeting people who are passionate about the things that you’re passionate about.
267. Starting an acting class.
268. Getting laundry done after it’s been too long (far too long)
269. Being given advice from a credible source.
270. Doing something that’s scary but that you know is good for yourself.
271. Being given what you need exactly when you needed it.
272. Going inside and putting on a warm sweatshirt when it’s cold outside.
273. Doing homework in a coffee shop.
274. The first morning of October.
275. Waking up to the rain.
276. The song So Will I.
277. Feeling like you have something to contribute to a conversation.
278. Taking the long way home because it’s peaceful to walk in cool air after it’s rained.
279. Swing dancing.
280. Studying for hours in a coffee shop.
281. Spending lots of time in the quiet corners of a library.
282. Expanding your family on your own terms.
283. Finding friends in acting class.
284. Granola bars and coffee for breakfast (not super filling, but very delicious).
285. Analyzing literature with a whiteboard in the library.
286. Halloween parties.
287. Spending an entire day preparing for the next week.
288. Laughing a lot during acting class.
289. Spicy chai.
290. Being told to set up a scene and then doing it correctly.
291. FaceTiming for math help.
292. Calling a faraway best friend to wish her a happy birthday.
293. Writing a letter to digest your thoughts on a situation.
294. Spending all day in the library getting work done.
295. Having an interview for something exciting
296. Going to an evening vespers and getting exactly what you needed.
297. Receiving good feedback after a scene performance.
298. Having a meeting go better than you thought it would.
299. Seeing your mom for the first time in over a month.
300. Target.
301. Not having to work on a Sunday for the first time in over a month.
302. My 19th Birthday.
303. Having people who don’t know you personally rush to your defense.
304. Breaking in the neighborhood with an early morning run.
305. Making a new friend and talking for hours on a random Thursday night.
306. Vegan pizza for dinner.
307. Talking to someone for four hours straight.
308. Getting to wear a headset while helping backstage with the play at the last minute.
309. Listening to Pride & Prejudice while at work.
310. Crème Brûlée after a scene rehearsal.
311. Walking around the library at night.
312. Having a feeling that it will be a really good month.
313. Being especially thankful for Friday.
314. Eating vegetables and watching Friends.
315. Working backstage and sitting with new friends during breaks.
316. Performing a scene that took lots of emotional energy.
317. Waking up early to get some extra work done.
318. Being assigned a new scene for acting class.
319. Staying up late studying for exams but feeling better once you’re done.
320. Flying home for Thanksgiving Break.
321. Seeing Grandparents for the first time in two months.
322. Sleeping in on a day you’d normally be working.
323. Finally figuring out what you want your major to be.
324. Becoming by Michelle Obama
325. Friendsgiving
326. Watching A Muppets Christmas Carol
327. Burning candles (when you’ve gone weeks of being unable to).
328. Sabbath naps.
329. Decorating your dorm room for Christmas (!!!)
330. Friends who sympathize with weird problems.
331. Drinking coffee out of a new mug.
332. Affirmation from people you admire.
333. Going to sleep with freshly cleaned sheets.
334. Seeing Arsenic and Old Lace as a play.
335. Getting into a writing flow.
336. Random days off from work.
337. Feeling like people understand what you want to do with your life and why.
338. Changing your major and finally feeling excited about what you’ll be studying.
339. Playing improv games to avoid saying goodbye.
340. Shakespeare being the last poet you read as an English major.
341. Christmas concerts.
342. Walking through falling snow.
243. Random answers to prayer.
244. Rehearsing for a random play.
345. Having an extra day to study for finals.
346. Talking to new people who you can tell will be important to you.
347. Hours of sarcastic, flirty banter.
348. Catching up with people you love.
349. Stroopwafel.
350. Seeing high school friends for the first time since graduation.
351. Long, in-person talks with your mom
352. Revisiting songs you wrote at 15.
353. Candles with wooden wicks.
354. Fredrik Backman novels.
356. Falling asleep with a dog at your feet.
357. Reading a murder mystery.
358. Christmas episodes of Friends.
359. Dinosaur pajamas.
360. Homemade enchiladas.
361. Continuing old traditions.
362. Getting headshots taken.
363. Gingerbread chapstick.
364. Creating new recipes.
365. Drive-in movies with good friends.