Things/Places That mean Something to Me

Today is the 4th of July, Independence Day in America. I decided for this post to mention places and things that hold some meaning to me. I will try to explain what makes some meaningful.

1. God- He is one of the things that motivated me. My spiritual journey has been incredible, which started at Kanuga, an Episcopalian Conference Center. From Parish Weekends to Thanksgiving to Winterlight. The Gathering at Gardner Webb added to the spiritual journey. The Bristol Pilgrimage was a huge part of the spiritual journey- which was five years ago. The motto that was very helpful at GWU was “Trust the Lord with All your Heart”

2. Gardner Webb University- I knew that I was meant to be at GWU. Filled with a lot of incredible memories. Candy and Critters, Pinterest Night, The Gathering, Hikes, Seeing the tours of Les Mis and Wicked, Skate Night, Campus Civitan (a service club), Glow Zumba, Formal, Disney, etc….. I ended up being a Sociology Major with minors in Theatre and Spanish Cultural Studies.

3. Fletcher- While Fletcher does not mean as much as GWU does, it still is meaningful. I went to Fletcher from 6th-12th grade. Prom, Overnight Trips, Christmas Parties, Middle School Dances, Being part of the yearbook team, book projects, Fall Festival among other memories. One of the biggest things I took away from Fletcher was a piece of advice I was given by one of my English teachers: “Just write, don’t think about it”. That was helpful in papers and eventually the books I am writing. Can’t believe I graduated there eight years ago. My theme song in high school was “Don’t Stop Believing”, which really helped during finals.

3. Musicals- that is pretty obvious. While God and my family may be some of my heroes and role models, musical characters are as well. Musicals have been part of my life since childhood. In three words, I can describe my journey with musicals: family, Wicked, and Les Mis. It was my family that introduced me to both movie and live musicals. Wicked did spark the love while Les Mis changed that love into a passion.

4. My WIPS- as many know by know, I am working on writing three books. The most committed I am working on now is “Tale of the Cattail Forest”. I am still developing Lizzy the Lizard and Greatest Discovery. The picture below does show where my inspiration from “Tale of the Cattail Forest” comes from. It is the same boardwalk next to Fairy Creek. I just was walking on that Greenway with my mom, and right when I saw that location, I thought “Cattail Forest”. “Greatest Discovery”, I think, subconsciously was inspired by NYC, and it also was inspired kinda by the 8th grade girls.

5. This blog

6. My family- they mean a lot to me. We have had a lot of amazing times together.

7. Kanuga- This Episcopalian Conference Center is located in Hendersonville. Ever since I think either 1996 or 1997, I have been going almost year after year. The churches my family went to in Atlanta, Winston Salem, and Charlotte all had Parish Weekends there. It truly was Holy Comforter where I found a special meaning in the place. It was where my spiritual journey really began- that was how I found God. By hiking and singing from 2003-2008 made me realize that God was real. Eventually, my dad I became hiking leaders for the Parish Weekends. Outside of the Parish Weekends, I went there for Thanksgiving and Winterlight (a high school youth conference from Dec. 27th -Jan. 1st). Kanuga is where my love for contemporary christian music came from.

That picture where I look the youngest is actually from my first Kanuga hike. My favorite hiking trail is to Eagle Walk, the hardest and steepest trail. Even hiking to Long Rocks is fun. But now, going to Long Rocks is the only hike to go on. There even is one around the lake- the easiest. During Thanksgiving, I made baskets and my own hiking stick. During Winterlight, everyone sang three times a day, service project, a banquet, and New Year’s Dance.

8. My Family Church- Holy Comforter does mean a lot to me. I love going to church every Sunday. Parish Weekends to Kanuga, The Bristol Pilgrimage, Loaves and Fishes, etc….all connect to the fellowship found there.

8. Charlotte- of course, my hometown is meaningful. My memories at Smithfield and Fletcher are memorable. So are the visits uptown (yes Charlotte calls downtown uptown)- from Belk Theater to Museums, to having lunch with dad, to events like Charlotte Shout, to Central Piedmont Community College (they make musical feel professional). There also are the independent bookstores, mall, places like Amelie’s, The Greenways all make Charlotte a wonderful place. Even places outside of Charlotte like Great Wolf Lodge. Great Wolf Lodge has an incredible Waterpalk and has MagiQuest. This hotel allows parents to relax while kids are playing MagiQuest. In MagiQuest, you have to run up and down stairs to figure out where clues are headed: basically a scavenger hunt where you eventually become a Magi (kinda of like a Witch or Wizard). You have to initially buy a wand and get a small booklet to start.

9. The United States- I was born and raised in America, and still live there today. Love the higher education, how states vary, the fact that there are beaches, lakes, mountains, and forest.

Florida- Florida is a 2nd home to me. Ever since I was born, I have been going to Florida almost every year.

St. Louis- St. Louis also holds a lot of importance. I have going there a number of times. The Fox Theater, Powell Hall, City Museum, City Garden, Busch Stadium and the Arch are incredible places in St. Louis.

NYC- It was only 14 years ago when my mom and I went there alone. We went to places like American Girl, Hersheys, Toys R US, Central Park- zoo, Balto Statue, Natural History Museum. Last but not least, Wicked on Broadway. Little did I know when I stepped foot in Gershwin that Wicked would change me for good. Wicked truly was the beginning of my musical theatre journey. Through Wicked, I discovered emotional connection and the emotional and complex side to musicals. Elphaba, Fiyero, and Glinda are highly important to me especially Elphaba. To this day, Elphaba is my favorite musical character. Crazy enough, those same places are where the six orphans in Greatest Discovery are going to.

6 thoughts on “Things/Places That mean Something to Me

  1. This was such a nice post to read! It was nice to read about the things that are inspiring to you and that make you who you are! I hope that you had a nice fourth of July!

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    • My family had burgers and later we played with some sparklers. Hope you had a nice 4th of July too. I just really missed the Celebrate American Symphony.

      Hard to believe that the things that mean something to me started in elementary school.

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      • That sounds like it was fun! My family also did burgers for dinner last night–it’s our usual for the Fourth of July! 😂 It’s too bad that the symphony got cancelled; hopefully everything will be back in full swing next year! 😄

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      • That is what I want to happen.

        Want Blumenthal to open up again and want those symphonies to show up again. The only things that are still normal in my life now are Greenway Walks, Loaves and Fishes (despite being a different system), and of course the usual blog, WIPS, reading, and coloring.

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  2. Happy belated 4th of July, Meg. Hope you had fun that day. I really didn’t celebrate much. But I did see 1 or 2 fireworks next door and that’s about it. But I think I did have soft tacos that day, though.

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