I am a part-time Actress, part-time Writer and full-time "Professional Lunatic" just trying to figure out life in this crazy world.
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The One Where Monique Takes Up “Running”
I have decided to take up running. Not for fitness, but instead for, get this... "relaxation." So yesterday I laced up my running shoes, threw on my headphones and set off down the road. One foot after the other, the picture of athleticism. I was speed, I was grace, I was hyperventilating? Less than 30 seconds in and I can't get enough air into my lungs. What is going on?! I am running downhill!! Can I really be this unfit?! I stop. "Relax..." Perhaps warming up will make a difference? "Breathe in..." I can't catch my breath! Maybe a different playlist? "Breathe out..." My heart is racing! This is supposed to be RELAXING!! "Inner peace..." New tactic: walk up the hills, "Find your flow..." jog down them. My lunges are on fire! I try breathing through my nose. "Pathetic..." I try breathing through my mouth. "Useless..." This is how I am going to die! "Weak..." In through my nose, out through my mouth. "GO BACK!!" I can see the yard. "Do not STOP until you get there!!" I made it, I didn't stop. "Failure..." I lift weights until my limbs are shaking as penance for my attempt. So much for relaxation.
The One Where Monique Stays Up Until Midnight
The curtain on 2021 is finally drawing to a close. I am literally sitting here at the 11th hour and 59th minute trying to get this down before the clock strikes twelve. I originally opened this document as a last ditch effort to militantly plan the crap out of 2022. This year is going to be my bitch!! But 5 minutes in and other than a sudden urge to take a nap, stuff my mouth with popcorn and aimlessly trawl Facebook Marketplace, I've got nothing! Zip. Zero. Zilch.
The One Where Monique Has "Fun"
Today my horse and I had a training session with one of our favourite humans: Katie, from Equestrian Movement. We have been trying to build Comanche’s confidence through sparking his curiosity. Part of this process is learning about what he enjoys doing and spending time “playing” together. Here’s the thing though: I am not good at having “fun.” Don’t get me wrong, I like fun. As an actor I get paid to play make-believe all day; but nobody would ever describe me as loose.
The One Where Monique Feels "The Fear"
It’s time for me to strike out on my own. This time will be different though because I won’t be able to come back. It’s so strange that this place that was only ever supposed to be a temporary pit stop has become the most constant thing in my life.