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Motivation Mondays: Evita on Broadway

About two weeks, I went to see Evita on Broadway. Growing up, I was lucky enough to attend shows and have grown to love seeing them live. But, this performance was different. My fabulous cousin Christina was playing the lead Eva Peron aka Evita. I was so excited I could barely sit still during work that day, anticipating nothing short of an amazing performance.

playbillI’ve seen Christina perform before on Broadway in Sister Act. I saw her in the Marvelous Wonderettes, an off-Broadway show as well as several of her performances at the Walnut Street Theater in Philadelphia. My favorite was watching her play Belle in Beauty and the Beast, my favorite Disney movie. She was also beyond awesome as Glinda in the National Tour of Wicked. The list of fabulous accomplishments goes on and on but the best role Christina plays is cousin.

While we haven’t grown up together since day one, Christina has been a part of my life since I was about ten. She grew up in Long Island and attended Wagner College in Staten Island, where my other fabulous cousin also went to school. She was and always will be one of us, which is why are stardom is even better. She is a living, breathing example of hard work paying off. She took her dreams and made them a reality. She is humble, always thanking her family and friends for their support. She is everything all of us can hope to be one day: successful and living out our dream.

Watching Christina light up the stage as Eva Peron was nothing short of magical. She was absolutely amazing and left me speechless. This is my cousin, who I goof around with at family parties. There she is, singing her heart out on Broadway and signing autographs for a huge crowd outside the theater. What a completely surreal experience.

As you can tell, I am super proud of my cousin, of all her hard work and of her ability to staychristina real and humble. I didn’t write this post today to brag (well, ok maybe a little), but to remind everyone that dreams do come true when you believe in them. Christina embodies that statement and proves that with passion, dedication and hard work, anything is possible. I am so proud of you Christina and cannot wait to see what’s next!

Real Life Learning in NYC

I am fortunate enough to live a short train ride from New York City. Even though I’ve been to NYC millions of times, yesterday’s cultural journey proved to be more enlightening than I would have ever imagined.

The first stop on my whirlwind tour was the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. We spent most of our time in the American modern and contemporary wing with artists like Cassat and Monnet. While am I certainly not an art guru, I enjoyed seeing the paintings I studied come to life. It amazed me how some scenes looked and felt so real; that time evaded these pieces. My favorite part of course was the rooftop garden because of the amazing view of the city. It was breathtaking.

After a quick stop in the Theater District, we made our way to the San Gennaro Festival in Little Italy. Blocks and blocks of Italian food including mozzarella sandwiches, fried calamari (squid), cannolis and zeppoles stood in front of me. The food was amazing and the atmosphere was even better. I couldn’t help but notice that there wasn’t any real PR effort put in to the festival. Granted, it is an annual tradition that has been occurring for decades. But I couldn’t help but wonder if just a social media presence would have enhanced that festival experience for its patrons. Certainly, a hashtag could have generated a more organized discussion about which vendors were the best along with other conversations. A virtual map on the website would have helped attendees plan their route along the crowded streets beforehand. Regardless of all of this, the festival was still a great experience and I plan on going back.


The San Gennaro Festival in Little Italy.

It was nice to take a day to explore different parts of my city. I didn’t realize how enriching of an experience my Saturday had become. I saw pieces of history at the Met and celebrated my culture at the San Gennaro Festival. I find it very important to always keep learning and yesterday was the perfect way to learn more about the city I love.


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