“There’s a difference between giving up and starting over.”
Hi all. I’m not too big to admit that I’ve failed and I’m so thankful for my failure. It demonstrated that no matter how much you love something, if you allow yourself to become too formulaic or too restrained, you can lose interest or have difficulty finding time to fit it into a busy schedule. However, it also illustrates that if you love something–really love something, you’ll always return.
My first year of college was simulatnaeoulsy the best and worst experience of my life. I laughed, I cried, I succeeded, I abjectively failed. I took time and I healed. Through it all, I watched movies, attended shows, listened to music, discovered new favorites. I kept on and on and on because for me, there is no problem entertainment cannot quell or fix.
I also must admit that I felt discouraged because, and though I vowed not to, I did check the stats on my posts and would find myself becoming a bit too concerned with the number of views, comments, etc. that my posts were getting (or the lackthereof views). I now realize how selfish I was being. Of course I want people to see and respond to my posts, but that is not why I made this site. I made this site in order that it may serve as an outlet that allows me to practice my passion. I am reminded of Matthew McConaughey’s Oscar® acceptance speech where he admits that the hero he always admired was actually himself in ten years. I’m writing now so that I can get good, heck no, damn good at doing what I love and hopefullly, 29-year-old EK will look back with pride at current me’s discipline. So I’m here for me, but I soooo hope you’ll come along for the ride. I’m messy, I’m driven, I’m imperfect, I’m driven, I’m occasionally funny, I’m very emotional–it all goes down here.
With that being said, I have made some changes that will allow me to relax a bit and truly write about the things I wish to write about WHEN I wish to write about them.
- If you remember, I used to have themed-days set-up (Ex- Muse Monday, Wicked Wednesday, etc.) — No more. I would find myself really wanting to write about something on a day with a contrasting theme, or having a difficult time coming up with exciting ideas on particular occasions. After all, writer’s block is a very real thing, and I was only further inhibiting my progress.
- On a related note, while I initially planned to post each day, I now realize that was an extremely optimistic ambition. I don’t need to tell you all that sometimes life happens and uncontrollable, unavoidable circumstances arise. I would end up feeling guilty on days I did not post or I’d end up having to bust my tail to play catch up and consequently, my writing suffered.
For those who were with me in the beginning, here are some changes to help you (and me) adjust to the new and improved Entertained with Emily Kate!
- Instead of doing themed days, I will simply be writing about whatever is inspiring at the moment. Posts could come every other day, once a week, twice a day– who knows?!? Isn’t that wonderful? ❤
- For navigation purposes, I HAVE set up categories under which my posts can be filed: Inspirational Entertainers, Film, Music, Theatre, Miscellaneous, and You Decide Sundays. I know YDS were an old theme day, but I really liked the idea of you all giving me input about the content YOU wish to see. After all, we’re in this together. I’ve made some of my best friends in the world through a mutual love of entertainers, bands, films, etc. and I’d do it over and over again.
For those of you whom I’ve met in the meantime, I welcome you and hope you love this world as much as I do.
I promise to do better this time around, as I have had time off to gain knowledge about and discipline in my field. In the time since I last posted, I’ve watched three new series, I’ve seen several films, I’ve attended four Broadway shows, I went to a live Broadway concert in the park, I stage-doored and met some amazing actors and actresses, Jane Krakowski sent mail to my HOME, and I attended a Barbra Streisand concert (guys–Barbra FREAKING Streisand!) We have a lot to cover and I cannot wait to begin again– Here’s to it!