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  • Writer's pictureChelsea J

Life Update with a Life Lesson

Hello my beautiful friends, family, and readers!

I'm about to head into tech and open Murder for Two here at Merry-Go-Round Playhouse in Auburn, NY and I figured now was as good of time as any to give you a little life update before things got really hectic and crazy around here.

And no, I'm not heading to Yale (at least not yet 😉)

Now with the LOA officially in the mail and an apartment officially picked out (WHAT A PROCESS), I am so excited to announce I will be working as a production assistant at Long Wharf Theatre for their 2018-2019 season. This has been a long and stressful process and I cannot thank everyone for being so supportive and encouraging throughout this process. Special shout out to my Born Yesterday family (& Robin), John Burgess ( for being the best advisor/reference), David Willmore, Erin Tiffany, MY FAMILY, Erin Swank, -ok well now I am listing everyone and the list is really long and you know who you are....

I am so excited to not only work at such a reputable company with shows that have gone to Broadway, but to be a brief two hour train ride from my favorite place in the world (#NYC). I am thrilled to be back on the east coast (EAST COAST FALL Y'ALL) and to be reunited with two of my OG'S from JMU: the one and only David Willmore and Broadway legend to be Stephen Marks.

And now for the lesson part:

I almost didn't take this job. Not because I didn't want it, but because it wasn't where I expected my life to be going. I have been wanting to move to NYC for as long as I can remember and I felt that if I took this job I would be "behind". I knew people who were graduating who were going straight to New York and not looking back. And sure this was a job, but I still caught myself comparing myself to others.

Which is ridiculous.

Life has no timeline and you should not compare your life to others.

Other's success is not your failure.

Now along with this post comes my 1,000 Instagram post. And it got me thinking a lot about social media and the negative stigma that often surrounds social media and those who are frequent posters. The idea that everything is "fake" because all people posts about are the good things going on in their life. But to me Instagram is like a scrapbook, just a lot less work. I can go back and look at the photos and see the highlights from my senior year of college or my first summer stock gig (without taking up storage in my phone either) and be reminded of some of the best memories. And it makes me so happy thinking about all of the places I've been and people I've met and things I've experienced.

And I realized, if it makes me happy*, who cares what anyone else thinks?

(*and is not harming/endangering another human)

If people think you post/share to much, they'll unfollow you.

Chances are they haven't realized that other's success does not mean their failure.

Life is to short to not pursue and do what makes you happy.

So post on social media about your new job/apartment/pet rock. Crush on the boy who lives states away if he is who makes you happy in this moment. Join the circus, start a blog.

(Still waiting for the wanting the joining the circus part)

Live YOUR life and find YOUR happiness. Don't be afraid to share it either- your friends want to celebrate your ups (& tbh should be your biggest cheerleaders) and are there for your downs.

Be happy, be you.


A Girl who is finding her happy

PS. Hit me up with all the New Haven places I need to check out and NYC friends- let's hangout because you know I'm coming into the city as much as humanly possible.


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