A Bit About Me

Photo credit: Marybeth Miller

Photo credit: Marybeth Miller

Welcome!  My name is Ginny Bartolone and I am an actor and writer living in Montclair, New Jersey with my husband and two fabulous kitties, Viola and Tiber.

In 2010, a friend of mine was challenged to start a blog for a writing class.  I believe the assignment was, “Do something that scares you.”  I surprised myself one afternoon by taking the same advice.  I didn’t think I would ever make this blog public, the idea of sharing my writing sounded worse than visiting the dentist.  And yet, after a few positive nudges and a deep breath, I published this little blog and posted it to Facebook.  I was blown away.  This blog not only helped me develop who I am as a writer, but also opened up a new door to my creative confidence.

Below is my original “About Me” page, kept the same to commemorate the days when we think that what we’re doing is only a small, insignificant step.  Sometimes it’s amazing to look back and see how wrong we were:)

 

Well, here I am, starting my first blog.  Private at first, but perhaps someday I will let anyone interested look it over.  (Update from 5.15.12: I love how I wrote this back when I never thought I’d have the guts to share it!  So glad I did!)  Mainly, this is to stretch my writing muscles with the possibility of someone else giving feedback if I suddenly get that confident.

A bit about the title of this blog:  Sometime during college, my friends and I began using the expression “maybe there will be cupcakes!” every time we had to go somewhere unpleasant.  It’s pretty powerful.  Next time you have to go to well, say…a frustrating job, the DMV, or even the dentist, give it a try!  The potentiality of cupcakes being involved tends to make the whole  idea much more bearable.

Yet as life would have it, I began working at a popular cupcake chain in New York City when I first moved here.  The job came VERY close to killing the magic of this expression for me, and my love of baked goods altogether.  But I ran for the hills, or to teaching kindergartners really, and now I have happily returned to seeking out fantastic bakeries to lighten up my day.

About me:
I’m an actress, and I am in New York City finally embracing it.  Theatre was woven throughout my childhood, and I decided at a young age that this was going to be my career.  Period.  No excuses.  No pressure or anything, thanks childhood self.  Still, this idea keeps me going when each person (and the left side of my brain) tells me that this lifestyle is unsustainable.  Also, I’m 24, recently moved from the middle-of-the-woods New Jersey, and obsessed with cooking.  I don’t know how to do it yet, but I’m hoping the obsession will lead to that.
Since talking about who I am makes me feel odd, here are some random points:
-I would like to own a parrot one day
-I hiked 500 miles across Spain
-I would like to base my life around education, travel, and art.
-I’m terrified of drowning, but I love boats.

-I love swings,  and created an Olympic category for swings my backyard with my sister when I was a kid.

-I’m about 2 years behind each fashion trend, and I love pajama pants.

-And I have no clue how to make this single spaced again.

-I eat about 3 spoonfuls of peanut butter a day.  Plain on a spoon.  Speaking of which…

21 thoughts on “A Bit About Me

    • Thanks so much for reading! Beach Body is this new exercise and diet trend that I believe is based around these pre-made shakes by a company called Shakeology. They do seem to be pretty well made, but they go for about $5 a pop. Also, their angle is to pay their members to invite their friends to the program. I’m assuming there is an incentive to signing up a certain amount of people. I am all for any program that makes people feel good about themselves, but the idea that my friends are now approaching me about attaining a “beach body” is not my idea of developing a good body image.

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  1. Thank you so much for your blog and all your work! You have an amazing site. Also thank you for liking my blog on being intentional! I appreciate it and am so humbled you enjoyed it! Looking forward to reading more of your work.

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  2. I like your passion for peanut butter. So do I. Interesting Vita you have. I work together with my husband and photographer Enric. You liked his picture in beingaphotographer. I am a journalist. Looking forward seeing more of your blog.
    Greetings from Germany.
    Sabine

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  3. Ginny, thanks for liking my blog post. Like you, I was nervous about putting myself out there, but what the heck. Also, being in another decade from you, the technical side was a bit intimidating, but my 20-something daughter is helping me. Best to you and I look forward to your next blog post.

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    • Thanks so much! I really enjoyed your recent post. In early 2010, I spent a good deal of time living at home unexpectedly with essentially no schedule, and it took a long time to figure out structure to my day. But it did come eventually, and more through the little things like reading or going for walks. Thanks for your comment!

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  4. Hi Ginny, I continue to enjoy your thought provoking posts. I can really relate to a lot of what you describe in your own life with things that have happened in mind.
    I want to invite you to do a three day quote challenge. See my post today http://explorationsinplace.com/2016/02/27/day-one-three-days-of-quotes-from-first-ladies/ for more details. I decided to choose a theme, but you don’t have to. The rules of the challenge are: 1) Thank the person who nominated you; 2) Post a quote each day for three days; and 3) Each day nominate three new bloggers to take part. No pressure, but if you like, give it a go!

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  5. So glad to find this blog! I love this “about me”, it makes me want to make mine better.. all I did was tell a couple of quick things about myself, no real writing at all.. thanks for the inspiration!

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    • Thank you so much, I’m so glad it was helpful! My original About Me was much much simpler, it took a lot of time to figure out how to put this into words, and I’m sure it will keep changing. So definitely no rush! Thanks for visiting!

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