I created Glitter & Grandeur in March 2016 as a way to spread a little sparkle in the world. Initially, I envisioned myself writing about my experiences as a performer. I have two degrees in music, a Bachelor of Arts in Music with a Vocal Performance Certificate and a Masters of Musical Theater. I wanted to utilize these degrees and my experiences in the audition room to help other performers keep a positive outlook in a career field that so often makes you feel like you aren’t enough. It’s tough being a performer. I wanted to help others maintain their drive and passion for the performing arts.
Then, I got sick.
I have a really fun autoimmune disease called HSP-Vasculitis. It’s a long story that you can read about here. Essentially, I have to be careful with how much physical energy I exert on a daily basis. If I didn’t tell you, you wouldn’t know I had an autoimmune disease. That’s why it’s called an invisible illness. I can’t spend hours in the dance studio or weight train like I used to and, of course, my life has changed since I got sick – but, I’m not going to die from HSP. This being said, I was on bedrest for about 7 months – preventing me from dancing (and, therefore, performing). This was a major turning point in my life. In that time, I realized that my passion was no longer being a Broadway star. It would still be pretty awesome – and being on Broadway is on my bucket list – but I am no longer putting all of my time and energy into that pursuit. Instead, I fell in love with writing.
I took my pain and fear from HSP and channeled it into helping others find positivity in their lives.
When I first got sick, it felt like HSP was taking everything away from me. I couldn’t dance, sing, work-out – do most daily activities. I was determined to prevent it from taking away my happiness. And that never-failing positive outlook is what I want to help others find.
That’s what I aspire to do with Glitter & Grandeur. I want to spread positivity – or Spread Sparkle, as I call it – throughout the world.
If I can help one person see the light in a difficult time, then I’ve done my job.
Now, I do still love music, and I use it in my blog posts as often as I can. Never let your dreams die. Keep following your passions – embracing new ones as they come along. Do what you love. Be who you are.
And Spread Sparkle.
Fun Facts About Me:
I’m From: South Carolina but currently live out in good ‘ole Oklahoma.
I Feel Most Like Myself When I’m: Singing – or writing. I sing to release emotion. I write to process it.
My Career Is: Content marketer with a focus in: social media and blogging for a company. I’m also a music assistant, freelance social media manager, and a pro-bono social media manager. What can I say, I love helping people grow and creating new content for a variety of topics/platforms. And I like to stay busy. 😛
Where Do I See Myself In 3 Years?: Of course, being happy is #1 but what else do I want in my future? I would love to continue working as a content marketer or writer – I’d be thrilled with either profession. I foresee Glitter & Grandeur going strong – hopefully with all of my valued readers still tuning in. I’d also love to have a house and some furry friends running around – not ready for kids yet. I’m not ready to be a Mom blogger just yet. 😉
When I’m Not Writing Or Singing I Enjoy: Reading (romance, historical fiction, motivational books, memoirs, etc.), hanging out with friends, traveling to new places, binging shows on Netflix (who doesn’t?), and having photoshoots with friends.
My Favorite Disney Princess Is: Snow White – but I was once really close to Ariel 😉
My Ideal Pet Would Be: A wallaby. I would say kangaroo but I’m told it would kill me…so a wallaby will suffice. In actuality, I’d love to have dogs and horses.
My Favorite Quote Is: “Nothing is impossible. The word itself says ‘I’m possible’.” – Audrey Hepburn