A Day In the Life

This blog has had a few incarnations. I'm not totally sure of it's current purpose, but check it every once in a while for funsies. Love, Mikaela

Monday, April 06, 2009

I GOT A JOB!!!

It's true!!! Holy Balls! And it's a really fantastic job at that! The benefits are rad, and more importantly, the people are all very nice. I'm an Office Administrator. I administrate office all day! It's totally want I need in my life right now.

Here's my new plant I got for my new desk at my new job!:



I am really into plants right now. I currently have 7. I can't help myself! It's my current hobby. Watering plants once a week, however, does not really a hobby make. Which brings me to my true reason for this post: I have spent the better part of 8 months trying to get a job. It has been my goal, my second job, my hobby, if you will. I stopped doing anything creative, because I felt stifled and stressed. I focused all of my energy there and now, well, now I am free! Creatively speaking. I auditioned for a staged reading yesterday. It was my first audition in a VERY long time. I went home and fell apart. I felt so uncomfortable with putting myself out there. I used to not be this way. I have built a comfortable bubble around myself. Yesterday made me realize that I am only hurting my self esteem by keeping myself from life.

With all that lovely, deep epiphany stuff in mind, here's what I need. I need your help. YES, YOU! I want this blog to go back to it's original idea: to spend a day in the life of someone else.  Now, here is where you come in. Make suggestions! Post a comment about who you want to see me be! Some ideas I've been knocking back and forth are a day in the life of a police officer, a barista, a baseball player. Those are just some ideas, but I know you have something even better than those! I only ask that it is something that will not harm me physically, and something that is financially feasible ( I can't really travel to Italy to see what it's like to be an Italian chef, but I can go to Little Italy... see what I mean?). It may also need to be something that is done at night or on the weekends, but I can be more flexible there.

So please post a comment with your ideas. I will only publish posts that have a name attached to them. So all of you Anonymouses out there, sorry, you gotta own up to your ideas if you want to see them played out by yours truely.

Now I will leave you with something that has haunted me for years. Whenever I pull money out of an ATM at Washington Mutual, I am always greeted with a picture of Jay Leno on the dollar bill... did I miss a big news story?



Thanks for reading, and I look forward to your help!

Friday, March 13, 2009

What's next?

I don't mean after life... well I kinda do. But in the more immediate sense, what should I do now? I have been looking for a job for a while now. I long while now. Since July. I left my most recent job in December ( I know... in this economy?! But I had to if I wanted to hold on to my sanity). I quit my improv team in September, because I was bored with improv. So, for a long time now I have been wandering. If you are an avid reader of this blog, you know it goes back even longer than the last 6 months. April 1st will be our 1 year anniversary back in Chicago. I could not be happier with that move back!!! Actually, in my day to day life, I am very happy! I am madly in love, I really love and adore my family and am SO happy they are mine, I am way into Dr. Who and have a major lady boner for David Tennant, I like the way my hair is growing out, I am really enjoying the new floral prints that are in this spring, OH and I have a lovely new fish named Pickles Hamilton.

But still, it keeps echoing in my ear, "what now?" What am I supposed to do with my life? I have all these ideas, but none of them jump out at me. I want to write a solo show, I want to start a photography business, I want to do a play, I want to go to school to become a Zoologist/Astronomer/Astronaut/Teacher/Yoga Instructor/Good person who raises money for lotsa bad diseases and makes people better (do you need a Masters for that?!). I have all these ideas and nothing grabs my attention long enough. And I feel like time slips by and I am not doing anything. And if I got hit by a bus tomorrow, what would I have to show for this life, besides good hair? I am overthinking it, I guess. Everyone feels this way. But it doesn't make it any easier.

I am also really into plants right now. I haven't killed my plants yet. They are actually growing! And that's nice.

This is the picture that shows up at the end of the Sudoku game on the boyfriend's phone. It's a Strawberry wearing a newsman's visor. He is staring contemplatively at the moon. I have no freaking idea what it means... but I get it.

Friday, December 19, 2008

New Year's Resolution

Oy Vey! It's that time again! Merry Holidays everyone!!! In honor of the holidays, as well as our impending doom (aka the recession), I quit my job!!! Incidentally, why is that the words recess and recession are so similar, yet have very different connotations... am I right? Ahhh political stand up. Yes, I quit my job. Sigh. I will not go into details, but suffice it to say, I am happier and much better off emotionally. I got some temp work this week, which gave me some hope!



As I was playing a receptionist, I started thinking, " I am back where I started."

This last year and half has been full of change for us. Since we landed in LA to now, I have felt stuck, in a rut, confused, lost. Like my life flooded with muddy water, and I have been taking a crappy bath in it ever since. Since deciding to walk away from what I thought my dream was, it seems like nothing will replace this dream I had for so long. What now? What do I want to accomplish to leave my mark on this world. I am truly in a quarter-life crisis. I know that a lot of 25 year olds go through this, but it doesn't make it any easier.

I was reading Oprah's magazine today and it was all about how to change yourself for the better in the new year. I think it's safe to assume that every issue of her magazine is about how to change yourself for the better, but I have never read one until today (and never will again, she's dumb). I have always considered myself to be a very self aware, reflective person. I often analyze my actions, how they effect others. I tend to over-think what I do, or how I act. And then it hit me. The last year and half, what I thought I was doing was analyzing my choices from the past year, and reflecting on my mistakes, when in fact I have been dwelling on them. Instead of being constructive and proactive about moving on and learning, I have been letting it hold me down. I am treading the muddy crappy bath water instead of grabbing a branch and pulling myself out (stupid metaphor, but you got it). So what if I don't have a damn thing figured out? I don't have to. I am not living my life to the fullest because I am letting my past decisions run my present, as opposed to letting them inform my present. So, I guess my New Year's resolution is going to be to let myself heal. I am too hard on myself. And to move on.

I obviously have some obstacles to overcome in my near future, like tonight I have to get some new winter boots,(because apparently snow makes holes in rain boots. No that isn't a pink polka dot, it's my sock!)



Oh and I also have to, ya know, get a new job!!! But the sheer fact that I had this realization today really made me feel better. I sort of felt like a mental weight has been lifted. I feel like that alone will make me have a better year in 2009.

I hope you all have a really fantastic holiday season!!! This is a picture of a dancing Santa ad on the internet that made me very happy. I don't think the picture can convey how 'gay dance club' this Santa was, but nevertheless, MERRY
CHRISTMAS/HAPPY HANUKKAH!!!



Love,
Mikaela

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Smoking Kills...

So I am not one to get all preachy about my beliefs. I think the only thing I get preachy about is wearing a helmet when biking or scootering ( I wonder why?).

But a few weeks ago, I was leaving a theatre I perform at regularly, and, well, I saw something that just reminded me how dangerous smoking can be:









Be careful out there...

Saturday, February 16, 2008

RIP Stinkberry...

Scooter, Stinkberry. Born July 15, 2007- Died February 15th, 2008. Hit by a car. Survived by her owner and the love of her life, Mikaela. Mikaela walked away very banged up,










and in a TON of pain today. But otherwise ok. Stinkberry was not so lucky. She was dead on the scene. Stinkberry brought so much joy to her owner. They were best buds, and went everywhere together. She was so full of life, so young. In her short life, she really lived and travelled everywhere from Hollywood, to Beverly Hills, to Malibu. No funeral will be held, but please take a moment to remember her.
















Goodbye Stinkberry. Thank you for the memories!!!


Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Hello Everyone!!!!

Well, long time, no blog. I know, I know, I suck at this. Well, I've been on a hiatus with the Holidays, and some other stuff going on.

I have a big ol' announcement to make: We are moving back to Chicago!!! Now, before you get all worried that it's a bad thing, please calm yourself. It's a really good thing. Over the holidays, we were talking with my parents and my brother about how we just didn't like it here. And I kept saying how I've totally lost my motivation and passion to be an actor. It hit me that I don't want to achieve what I have always thought I wanted to achieve. I am happy acting on a smaller scale, but really, I don't want to be a commercial actor anymore. So, we realized, what's the point in being here then? We are selling everything and shipping the scooters and starting fresh. I'm REALLY excited about it, and really looking forward to the options I have in front of me. I have never EVER thought of something else to do with my life. I'm still going to do improv, I'd really like to coach and teach! But for now, I am on hiatus. I am also thinking of opening a vintage shop!!! Cool!

Anyhoo, just thought I would share this with my loyal readers. All 2 of you. As for the fate of this blog, I'm not totally sure what I'll do with it. maybe it'll go back to it's original purpose, A Day In The Life Of someone else's passion... we'll just have to see I guess.

Love,
Mikaela

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

That Was Quick!

I guess not everyone takes 3 months to get something done:



Can't say I didn't try! I'll keep pluggin' away...

Good Morning from Los Angeles...

Oh the wonders of technology!!! Here I am, it's morning for me (got up an hour ago), and I have just emailed my head shots and resume to an agent. A few months ago a friend recommended that I send my info to an agent friend of hers. That was September. Things move slower when you don't feel confident. But lately I am starting to feel better about things. Lately I have been trying to take small steps towards my goals. Today was a big step. A really big step. Regardless of whether or not I hear from her, I made a big professional move...

all while sitting here in my pjs.




Keep your fingers crossed!

Thanks for reading. I know these are few and far between as of late. But keep checking back once in a while. I love you!

Mikaela