So I finally did it. I got an Instagram. I tried to resist but it was so hard since I absolutely love taking pictures everywhere I go! Therefore, my Day by Days will now feature Instagram pictures on the go. Follow me at msutrathada!
1. I’ve had an amazing time at my first Tribeca Film Festival! I saw a bunch of different films and was so inspired by all of the fantastic acting, projects and community. I’ve decided I’m making it my goal to be in a Tribeca film next year!
2. My best friend, Lauren, was in town and she took me to see “Once”. It was seriously phenomenal and easily the best Broadway show I’ve seen so far!
3. I saw a wedding taking place on 8th Avenue! Funny enough, I saw the bride in the passenger’s seat of a car earlier, and mused outloud to Joe on where she was going.
4. Filmed “Tempest” on Monday. Even though the day was long because I had work before the shoot, I had an amazing time on set. I’m so excited to see the footage!
5. Had a sushi date with Joe at Shenju 3 in Park Slope. Tip: Bento boxes are $7.95 if you get there for their lunch special. Also, their regular sushi rolls are $2.75.
6. Only in New York do you see things like this happening. No words.
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Friendship is a beautiful thing.
I’m not talking about that, “Oh, we’ll have to hang out sometime!” and then nothing ever happens kind of friendship, or the kind that you generate through social media (i.e. people on your FB who are a friend of a friend that you’ve never actually spoken to online or offline).
I’m talking about the friends that are there unconditionally. One of my amazing sorority sisters, Ali, has created #MelanieMondays on Twitter, so that we always talk at the beginning of the week. Another sister, Sara, and I write letters back and forth (yes, real letters – the kind that cramp your hand to write and that include a stamp). These kinds of friends are the kind that I want to hold on to forever.
This Saturday, I was reminded of how important friendship is because of my dear friend, Elly, who I met through the acting studio. She and I can talk about everything under the sun for hours and still have things to say, but we can also enjoy each other’s company without words. We spent half the day walking along the Hudson, shopping, staring at food from the UK and having brunch at Tea & Sympathy.
Even though I would have loved to have been at Coachella, I’ve gotta say that nothing beat British accents (Elly is from the UK), tea cups and easy conversation with a good friend.
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What was the one experience that completely changed your life? What happened? How did it change your life?
I get these questions from people pretty often, and I never really know how to answer. I guess you can say that I never knew how to answer because I never really took the time to think about it.
Long story short, I missed the end-of-the-year band celebration. I’d been in marching band all four years of high school. Yes, “This one time at band camp...”.
I could be seen dancing up a storm and spinning flags in colorguard/winterguard from freshmen year to junior year, and my senior year, I was in a formal floor-length red dress and long white gloves keeping time as drum major.
Marching band was a big part of my high school experience, but I missed the celebration because of work. It wasn’t the first time I had put work first, but it has always stood out as the event I should not have missed. I didn’t get to say goodbye to many people who were very important to me. I didn’t get to say thank you. I didn’t do a lot of things.
Work and money are important, but you can’t buy back time. Once it’s gone, you never get it back, and you will always wonder what could have happened.
Each moment is here, and then it’s gone.
I think we spend so much time focused on what will happen (more money, a better job, etc) that we forget to think about what is happening now.
There are more important things than the bottom line. You’ve got to figure out for yourself what those things are.
[The inside of my sorority sister's fortune cookie. Sushi dates rule!]
[ The first page of "The Five People You Meet in Heaven". ]
[ The prettiest rose in Foster City, CA. ]
[ A truck in Half Moon Bay. ]
[ A beautiful spider web I saw while on set for "On Command 2." ]
[ The main course for my going-away party. Absolutely delicious! ]
[ A delicious homemade cucumber salad made by my second dad. So good. ]
[ The Ray Bans I'm considering getting. Yes, I actually need them. So sad. ]
[ My beautiful little sister, Rinda, and my amazing baby cousin, Shannon. Absolute perfection in every way. ]
XOX Mel Belle