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A New Year

Wow! It has been a really long time since I posted here.

Since my last post I’ve:

  • Won Nano!
  • Performed twice for the Second Sunday Series Concerts!
  • Had a fun Thanksgiving with my work family!
  • Attended the first conference of the year!
  • Hosted my parents for a few days’ visit!
  • Visited them in Florida for 2 glorious weeks!
  • Celebrated Christmas with 60 degree weather (and enjoyed temperatures up to 72 degrees!)
  • Visited with my sister, her husband, and their kidlets
  • Started a brand new year at work!

So much busyness! But so wonderful too!

Amidst all of the celebrations and such, I got ready for a new year. One of the gifts I received was the devotional book, Jesus Calling.  I read the first entry on January 1st and one of the verses jumped out at me….

Romans 12:2 “And fashion not yourselves like unto this world but be ye changed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what that good, and acceptable and perfect will of God is.”

I don’t usually choose a verse of the year or anything, but for over a year now God has been laying this one on my mind:

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you.”

Then after losing my niece about a year ago, I was sharing this verse with a good friend of mine and they pointed out the part of the verse that says “not to harm you” and, I tell you, I clung to that part of the verse during all the sleepless nights, all the tears, and all the incredible frustrations. I didn’t understand how all of that wasn’t harming me, but if God had said it, I had to believe it was true.

Again it became dear to me when I learned of the passing of a precious little girl I worked with in New Zealand. I grabbed that verse so hard, you could practically hear it choking.

That verse and that particular phrase sustained me through one of the hardest emotional years I’ve ever been through.

And to tell the truth it is still sustaining me today. I still have bad days, but the Lord continually brings this verse to mind.

But when I read Romans 12:2, I knew that this was the verse God was going to use for me this year. My desire is to focus on “renewing my mind” to be more intentional in becoming like Christ in my thoughts and actions.

I have a long way to go to be emotionally healed after this last year, but I feel like I’m at the point where I’ve been so broken down I can only be built back up…..And this is the way I want to build my self back up, from my heart and mind out.

A New Year!

A new year is here! It seems to have come so suddenly. It sort of passed by without my noticing. In fact, I was sitting on my sister’s couch watching Indiana Jones and the Something of Something (I’m horrible at remembering which title goes with which movie) with her and then suddenly it was midnight! And a new year.

Wow, a new year.

When I got back to Indiana, this is what my new year looked like:

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I am really excited to see what God has in store for this year. He’s given me a glimpse of all the possibilities, and He is leading in some great ways! I’m hoping to have an announcement up on my Facebook page by this weekend.

As I wait for His leading, I have come up with some “goals” for this year:

  • To draw closer and closer to Him with every fiber of my being
  • To learn to listen to His prompts and act on them
  • To continue in my pursuit of excellence in my acting
  • To continue working on my children stories and illustrations
  • To continue working on my full-length novels
  • To let the whole world know about the MasterWorks Festival! (lucky for me, this one gets to be my job as well as my goal!)

Now that I look at that list, please excuse me……I think I have something to do!

Completive

I’m not sure that is a word, but it describes how I’m feeling.

A year ago this week, I was walking around my room trying to decide what I should pack and what I should leave behind. I was actively trying not to think about having to say goodbye to people, trying to figure out how to fit my life into a 50lb suitcase.

I find myself very nostalgic and reminiscing as I look through pictures of New Zealand. So I thought I’d share some pictures with you.

I’m not sure where all of these are, but I enjoyed the photogenic-ness (I am making up all kinds of words today) of that beautiful country.

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This one *might* be the view as you come over the hill that leads to Hobbiton.

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I’m pretty sure this is looking at Akaroa

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This I know is Fox Glacier

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Even though I miss the beauty of New Zealand, I miss the wonderful people God brought into my life while I was there. Friends that I know I will have forever.

Unfortunately, I am horrible at remembering to take pictures of people, but their faces are all imprinted on my heart.

Confession Time!

I feel the need to come clean about something.

I do not usually ride the waves of popularity that catches most of the world in its wake. I haven’t read Twilight. I don’t know what the fox says. And I have definitely NEVER twerked. Most fads, I just wave to as they pass me by.

But there is one that I have gotten caught up in.

The Hunger Games

I didn’t actually read The Hunger Games until the movie came out (I did, however, read the book before I saw the movie). But since then (October, 2012) I have read the series 15 times. Well, I’m still reading Mockingjay. When I’m done with that, I will have read the whole series 15 times in just over a year.

You might ask why I torture myself this way. Let me explain. If you’ve read the books, you know that by the time you are done, you are an emotional puddle on the floor. I don’t like being a puddle on the floor. In fact, it can be a very uncomfortable place to be. But the lessons in The Hunger Games are so important I don’t want to lose them.

Lessons like:

What entertains you?

In The Hunger Games, children from the outlying districts are sent into an arena to fight to the death as ENTERTAINMENT for the Capitol people. These people enjoy, bet on, and eagerly watch The Hunger Games to see which child, out of 24, will be left standing at the end.

I never want to end up like that. After reading the book, I seriously sat down and thought of what I did for entertainment. I asked myself to really look at the implications of what I was entertaining myself with. Now, I’m not really into reality television (especially after reading these books where the show Survivor closely resembles the premise of the Arena except people aren’t actually killed), but I thought about the shows I do watch and the books I read. In re-reading The Hunger Games, it gives me a renewed desire to make sure I’m entertaining myself with things that would show honor and glory to God and lift up those around me.

What would you do to save your family and friends?

The whole books begins with Katniss (the main character) volunteering to go into the arena for her younger sister, Prim. The idea of her sacrificing herself for her little sister prompts thoughts of unselfishness in me.

When I read about Katniss and everything she does for other people (she doesn’t want to go into the arena, she just wants her sister to go even less; she doesn’t want to kill people in the arena, but she does want to protect those around her who are depending on her; she doesn’t want  to defy the Capitol, but she can’t stand the thought of more people dying and the Capitol succeeding again; she doesn’t want to become the face and voice of the revolution, but she can’t stand the thought of how many people will die if she doesn’t), it makes me examine my life and see where I have become so self-focused, that I have missed the pain, hurt, and discouragement that is going on around me.

What can one person do that would really make a difference?

As I mentioned before, Katniss becomes the rallying point for the Districts in their fight against barbarism and unjustness. I know there have been times when I haven’t done something because I thought that one person couldn’t make a difference.

That’s not true. Especially now, with social media, it is very easy for one voice to become thousands……And think of all the good that could be done if one person began connecting people all over the world with the same vision and passion.

There are many other things I think of as I read the books, but these are the ones I come back to time and time again.

Of course, all of this is brought to the fore-front right now with the release of Catching Fire, the second movie in The Hunger Games trilogy. In fact, tonight I’m going to see the movie for the second time.

Honestly, I don’t know when I’ve seen a movie adaptation that is this close to the book (with the exception of Pride and Prejudice which you can almost read word for word while watching the 1995 version). With that understanding, it is very intense, but brings up all these questions in my mind again.

So, I confess, I read The Hunger Games; I watch the movies; and, being an actor, I watch (read: obsessively find and view all) interviews with the actors. But, just as we are encouraged to do, I don’t read them mindlessly or only for entertainment. Through my Christian worldview, they become a jumping point for me to become closer to the world, friends, family, and, most importantly, my God.

 

Disney Dance Party

I carved my first pumpkin this year! And learned that it is quite the laborious process.

First, Elianna drew our chosen design on the pumpkin.DSC_0398

Chelsea made the first cut to take the top off.

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And then I started scooping out the insides:DSC_0401

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But in the end, I’m really proud of what we did! Elianna said, “If you have to use the term ‘negative space’, the design is complicated.” And I totally agree with her! (The arrow at the bottom shows up much better in person…….something to work on with next year’s pumpkin!)DSC_0414

We were actually getting ready for a Disney Dance Party. I decided to teach the dance we learned at the Disney audition. And, of course, we had to dress up for it.

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And Cinderella took time out of her busy schedule to join us (with her pre-coach pumpkin!):DSC_0417

Also, this random fairy princess made an appearance. Her skirt consisted of 12 yards of tulle and kept tripping her up, but she still managed to dance:DSC_0427

It was was SUCH a fun night! And I’m so excited with all that we accomplished!

Also, now I am REALLY excited for Catching Fire to come out!

Sochi, Russia

Sometimes the Lord doesn’t leave any room for you to guess what He has in store. Sometimes He leads your heart in no uncertain terms in a specific direction.

That happened to me this summer. I was attending the theatre program at the MasterWorks Festival and I overheard Rich Swingle, our program director, telling someone that he was leading a group of actors and musicians to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Immediately, I felt the call to go. I have only experienced this level of certainty of what God wanted me to do a few times in my life.

Once the website I was up I pored over the page and prayed. I was so encouraged by what I saw the team was going to do:

  • Further the long-range mission goals of the International Missions Board (IMB) Engage Sochi team using dramatic arts and music
  • Participate alongside IMB personnel during the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia with their evangelism and church planting project called Engage Sochi by:
  • Being the fragrance of Christ wherever you go and being Jesus to those you encounter
  • Sharing Christ through the ministry of dramatic arts and music through one-on-one encounters with people from all over the world using Olympic pin trading as your platform
  • Collecting contact information so that local church-planters can follow up with additional evangelism, discipleship, and church planting

After praying and allowing the Lord to lead me where He wanted me to go, I registered for the trip.

Please pray for this team!

  • Pray that all the details will be ironed out.
  • Pray that all travel arrangements can be made smoothly.
  • Pray that all support is raised.
  • Pray that God will, even now, be working in the hearts of the people we will be reaching out to in Sochi.
  • Please pray for safety while we are in Russia.
  • Pray for the piece we will be performing in the streets of Sochi.

During the trip I will be attempting to keep up with my blog and when I get home, I will be putting together a DVD of what the Lord did during the trip. If you would like a copy of the DVD, please email me and let me know by leaving a comment.

I am so excited to see how the Lord will work through this opportunity!

Winona Lake Flowers

 

These are, by no means, all of the flowers in Winona Lake. In fact, during the summer you can hardly look anywhere without seeing a beautiful bloom.

 

But when my parents hauled my camera from New Zealand, I figured I should put it to some good use and I wandered around Winona Lake and took some pictures.

Like this beautiful sunflower, just a few doors down:

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Or this gorgeous bloom right along the lake.
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Or this delicious blossom right outside of the delicious Kelainey’s:

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Or this bright Hybiscus in the park:

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Now that the seasons are getting ready to change, I can’t wait for the new colors to appear!

Give-Away Reminder

There are still 19 days to enter the Give-Away!

Here’s a reminder of my previous post:

I’ve decided to host a summer long Give-Away. The give-away consists of two of my own blends from Adagio Teas,  a teacup, and tea strainer.

Chosen Teas

The Chosen blend is based on the main character in my WIP, Kate. She has a story she wants the whole world to hear!

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I have created two blends (so far) for my First Laugh: A Fairy Tale line. There is a First Laugh and a Hope blend.

Since the give-away will last until August 17th, there are many ways to enter.

1. The easiest one is to comment on this blog.  (1 entry)

2. “Like” my facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tiffany-Rott/265983246872807?fref=ts (1 entry) (If you already have, let me know by commenting on this blog: 2 for 1 🙂 )

3. If you have never tried Adagio Teas before, let me know and I’ll send you a $5 dollar off coupon! (1 entry)

3. If you have a copy of First Laugh: A Fairy Tale, take a picture with it and share it with me! (2 entries)

4. If you have tried one of my Adagio Tea blends already, leave a review (3 entries)

5. If you have First Laugh: A Fairy Tale, review it on Amazon.com (4 entries)

Each time you do one of the above (and let me know 🙂 ) I’ll put your name on my list for the appropriate number of entries. Then on Aug 17 I’ll combine all entries and pull out the winner!

While I’m not going to be able to blog regularly, I am hoping to be keeping up with a picture blog of my adventures over the summer. Obviously that didn’t happen. 🙂

So here’s to Summer, Adventures, Acting, and Friends!

Summer Give-Away

I don’t think I’ve ever wanted a week to go by as quickly as I do now. This Sunday starts The MasterWorks Festival! I am immersed in finishing up office work, character analysis, costume research, and line familiarizing…..and having the best time.

It also begins at least a month of disappearing from the blog.

So to make up for that, I’ve decided to host a summer long Give-Away. The give-away consists of two of my own blends from Adagio Teas,  a teacup, and tea strainer.

Chosen TeasThe Chosen blend is based on the main character in my WIP, Kate. She has a story she wants the whole world to hear!

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I have created two blends (so far) for my First Laugh: A Fairy Tale line. There is a First Laugh and a Hope blend.

 

Since the give-away will last until August 17th, there are many ways to enter.

1. The easiest one is to comment on this blog. What are you doing this summer? If you write, what is you current WIP? (1 entry)

2. “Like” my facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tiffany-Rott/265983246872807?fref=ts (1 entry)

3. If you have never tried Adagio Teas before, let me know and I’ll send you a $5 dollar off coupon! (1 entry)

3. If you have a copy of First Laugh: A Fairy Tale, take a picture with it and share it with me! (2 entries)

4. If you have tried one of my Adagio Tea blends already, leave a review (3 entries)

5. If you have First Laugh: A Fairy Tale, review it on Amazon.com (4 entries)

Each time you do one of the above (and let me know 🙂 ) I’ll put your name on my list for the appropriate number of entries. Then on Aug 17 I’ll combine all entries and pull out the winner!

While I’m not going to be able to blog regularly, I am hoping to be keeping up with a picture blog of my adventures over the summer.

So here’s to Summer, Adventures, Acting, and Friends!

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