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Where's Witless?: Goodbye, Witless

As Cher once tweeted, “Hi again.” I’m coming to realize that keeping a consistent blog may not be my forte. Nevertheless, I thought you all deserved an update on my life (because I know you care so much).


Since we last spoke/you last read me speaking at you, a lot of major changes have taken place in my life. As the title of this post suggests, I finished my last week of tour with Missoula Children’s Theatre in early December. I chose to leave the company at the end of my fall tour in an effort to better care for myself. During the second half of my time with MCT, I suffered a couple of major health issues. As you already know, I had my tonsils removed in September, which caused me to be out of action for several weeks. In addition to this, I had an unexplained and scary leg injury that caused me to miss another week of work (pictured below).



No one knows exactly why or how my leg stopped working that week, which I like to make jokes about; but it was actually pretty frightening. On top of those ailments, my overall physical and mental health was not in a place with which I was comfortable. Because of this, I felt it was best if I stopped touring and moved back home where I could find some stability and focus on getting myself healthy. This decision was one that was extremely difficult for me to make. When you take a job like the one I had at MCT, you never imagine yourself not being able to see it through. I certainly didn’t. But ultimately, I had to put my personal health first because, well, without it, I wouldn’t be able to work any job.



Missoula Children’s Theatre is an incredible company that does so much for arts education in this country and around the world. I enjoyed every second I got to spend teaching children about acting, improv, imagination, and, most of all, the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The experience of performing after a long week alongside the students I taught is indescribable. I learned so much from this job and will carry the memories I made with me for the rest of my life. I am truly grateful for and humbled by the time I spent touring in the #LittleRedTruck.


Though I was sad to leave MCT, I am extremely excited for the future. 2019 has already been off to a wonderful start. I kicked off the new year by moving out of my parents’ house and into an apartment with my best friend in my hometown: Lexington, Kentucky!



It has been over four years since I have been able to call Lexington my home. Needless to say, I am thrilled to be back in the Horse Capital of the World (though nothing I do ever involves horses)! Now that I’ve got a stable home base, I am looking forward to working again. I am currently starting a job with Fayette County Public Schools as their newest (and most amazing) substitute teacher. While this will be my main source of income for the time being, I also have some other really exciting theatre-related projects lined up for this year. If I can figure out how to write a blog more often than every three months, I’ll let you know more about what I’m doing as these projects continue to grow! On top of all that, I just finished designing a website for my lovely friends at Children and Family Counseling Associates, Inc. As you can imagine, these last few weeks have been pretty busy for me.


2019 has already proven to be so good for me. I’m beyond excited to see what the rest of the year has in store. I’m not usually a “new year, new me” or new year’s resolution type of person, but I do feel like this new year has already given me a lot of things for which I am incredibly thankful. So, who knows? Maybe more positive changes are on the horizon. I will do my best to keep you updated! Until next time!


Love,

Jos

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