Idina Menzel–The Queen

Last night, I saw my favorite singer of all time, Idina Menzel, in concert.

It was so incredibly amazing, and I’ve decided I’ve got PID–“Post Idina Depression.”

Last night’s happiness just carried over to today.

I’m so happy I got to see her in concert, but I am so sorry it’s over. I remember sitting at my computer in November anxiously waiting to purchase pre-order tickets, poised and ready to win a chance to see the original Elphaba (Wicked) in the flesh. My heart was pounding, my feet were bouncing, and my ears were frozen–I had just walked back from class in the freezing November weather. I had my “Let it go” beanie from Hot Topic a top my head for the occasion. I was ready.

When I hit the “Buy” button, I went crazy, bouncing up and down in my apartment and screaming because I knew I would get to see her and  hear her soaring voice fill an entire concert hall. I called my grandma–she paid for the tickets (Thank you Lille!)–and said my thanks in the most excited, shrill way imaginable. I immediately started a countdown on my phone and took pleasure in watching the days tick by.

Now that I’ve attended her concert, I can sincerely say the wait was so, so worth it.

Our tickets were in the first balcony with a clear shot of the stage. The minute Idina appeared singing “Defying Gravity,” I had little tears in my eyes. Idina Menzel was in the same room as me! I was there! She hit every note perfectly and she immediately had such a unique stage presence. Every one of the audience members sat at the edge of their seat, hanging on her every word and occasionally “whooping” and clapping when prominent notes or lyrics came along. This moment was so cool–I was in a room with a bunch of people a lot like me. Musical theatre dorks, Disney freaks, and self-proclaimed misfits who all had a soft spot for Idina Menzel. I felt at ease and so excited. By the end of the night, my cheeks ached from smiling so much.

I knew Idina was funny, but experiencing her sass while in the same room as her takes my love for her personality over the roof. She politely told an obnoxious fan to “Shut the (expletive) up” and then told the parents of “little girls in blue sequined dresses” to cover their ears from time to time. I laughed so hard, as did the rest of the audience. My sister–who was a tad wary of attending an Idina concert, she’s not a die-hard fan like I am–was even red in the face at Idina’s remarks. There was a moment when Idina talked to a fan in the front row who was taking her picture. She insisted on him getting her good side, and laid down on the stage and posed. The audience rip and roared and clapped. She’s just such an entertainer.

There were some sweet moments as well. When a little girl yelled out, “I love you!” She smiled and graciously said, “I love you, too.” You can really tell she’s so grateful to get to do what she’s doing, and I couldn’t be more grateful to be a fan of such an incredible person and performer.

My favorite moment of the entire show had to be when she sang “Let it Go,” but for a completely different reason than what you might think. Before she finished the song, she invited all the little girls in the audience to go up and sing with her. There was this little girl just one row down from me who was dressed as a little Elsa, and she wanted to go, but her mom was unsure because we were in the balcony. They finally decided to sprint downstairs, and the whole balcony was craning our necks in hopes of getting a glimpse of Little Elsa (the only little girl dressed as Elsa in the entire room) making it to join the crowd of little girls lucky enough to be on the orchestra floor. When we saw that she made it, the entire balcony erupted in cheers. The icing on the cake was when Idina noticed the little girl, and she got to stand right next to her. I completely lost it because Little Elsa was just so excited. Talk about a magical moment in the making–when the little girl came back to her seat, we all clapped for her and gave her high fives. What an incredible memory for that little girl and for all of us first balcony goers.

Idina Menzel, if there is any chance you might read this, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for putting on such a wonderful performance. Your songs are apart of my daily life–I listen to “Defying Gravity” when gearing up for volleyball games, “For Good” because it reminds me of seeing Wicked for the first time and crying my eyes out, and Let it Go because I am such a Disney freak and was so happy you were a part of the Disney movie canon. I counted down the days when I could purchase the If/Then soundtrack last year, and I cheered you on when you sang the National Anthem perfectly at the Super Bowl. Thanks for giving us songs to help us feel empowered, motivated, and sassy (Take Me or Leave Me, anyone?). Last night was a dream come true, and I’m so glad I was a part of it.

When Idina sang “For Good” (acapella, no mic) last night, I tried to etch the moment into my memory because it was so perfect. Here was my favorite singer telling us that she had “been changed for good,” and I want to reciprocate the notion. Because of her music and her magical performance last night, I’ve definitely been “changed for good.”

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All Hail The Queen

Queen Elsa, that is.

It’s been a week or two since I’ve posted a “mug shot.” Due to the hiatus, I’ve decided to show you guys my favorite–a mug adorned with my favorite Disney character of all time, little miss Elsa.

Why do I love her so much? It’s not her ice powers or her gorgeous blue dress or her chic side-braid. It’s not the fact that she was voiced by my all-time favorite voice, Idina Menzel. It’s not her ability to create ice castles and build snowmen.

Elsa is my favorite simply because she’s so unsure of herself–afraid to step outside the safety of the castle gates, afraid to hurt her loved ones…she’s just afraid of messing up. I can relate to her so very much. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve had a tendency to strive for perfection. Anything less of perfection was just not good enough. I remember crying in Kindergarten because I put eggs in the wrong tier on a food pyramid work sheet. I’ve always set impossibly high standards for myself.

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve gotten better at accepting my imperfections. They make me uniquely and wonderfully me. Just as Elsa learns to “let go” (yes, I went there) and explore all that her powers have to offer, I’m slowly but surely learning that my very deepest self can be set free as well. I thought I’d never have the guts to start a blog, to let my voice be heard. By “letting go” of my doubts, I’ve learned a lot about myself through this process–blogging has become one of the most fun things I’ve ever tried.

This is why I love Elsa, people. I can see so much of myself in her–she’s more than just a song and a braid and a dress. I believe Elsa reflects the timid girl in all of us that finally had the guts to break free of her doubts. She’s relatable. She’s powerful. And she can sing.

Don’t deny your love for this Disney Queen. You just got to “let it go.”

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All Hallows’ Eve

Happy Halloween, everyone!

It’s one of the best days of the year: the weather’s usually great, spirits are high, and creative and nerdy and scary and wondrous costumes abound. It’s the one day of the year I can portray a Disney character, no questions asked.

This year, my team is on the bus traveling to an overnight away game on All Hallows’ Eve. That didn’t stop us from getting into the spirit, however: our whole team got dressed up for the 8 hour bus ride, cupcakes were passed around, and Halloween Town is playing on the tiny tv.

Definitely a great way to spend the holiday.

This year, my sister and I decided to coordinate as Elsa (me) and Olaf (my sister). We brought out the leggings and the tiaras and the orange face paint and the appropriate colors in order to bring those beloved characters to life.

You could say we are “Contemporary Frozen characters: Elsa and Olaf.” Halloween is the perfect day to show off your Disney side.

I hope everyone has a spooky, trick-or-treat filled, Haunted Mansion-esque Halloween! Here’s to hoping we encounter an abundance of “grim grinning ghosts” and a plethora of “happy haunts.” After all, “This is Halloween” {The Nightmare Before Christmas} and anything can happen.