My name is Bailey (or B, or Bales – whatever you’re feeling)!
I’m a North Carolina native and a sophomore at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro studying Recreation and Parks Management with a concentration in Community Recreation and Event Planning with a minor in Arts Administration (a mouthful, I know.) This is my first year at camp and I am SO excited!
So without further ado, I’m going to show you a couple significant things I keep in my super-duper-awesome-gravity-defying-bottomless-pit-magical-bag! 🙂
These are my character shoes. These are worn for theatre, specifically of the musical variety. In my past, I have been incredibly involved in music, especially singing. My mom likes to say that I was singing before I could form coherent sentences, but we’ll just leave the logistics of that one alone… Anyways, I did choir all the way from elementary to high school, and cared for it so much, I spent about 6 years wanting to be a music education major. I would eat, sleep, and breathe music, and I did anything I could to be the best. I started competitive swimming for breath support, and musical theatre to broaden my range to things that weren’t classical. The second I stepped foot on stage, my world changed forever. A lot of my passion for classical voice subsided, but out stepped this wild theatrical personality, and I love her. My favorite role so far has been Gertrude McFuzz in Seussical The Musical (a character I’m sure I’ll bring with me to camp, so keep an eye out 🙂 ) and most notably, my dream role, Belle, this past summer in Beauty and The Beast!
**Ask me how to say “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” backwards when you get to camp and I’ll teach you! 🙂
Lotus flowers are my absolute favorite. Not only are they incredibly beautiful, but their symbolism means so much to me. In order for a lotus flower to grow, it pulls its nutrients from the dirty, muddy water, and in doing so, helps clean the water while growing itself. I try to be a lotus flower in every situation. About four years ago, my best friend gave me this lotus necklace for my birthday, and I haven’t taken it off since.
Since this is my magic bag, I have room for my easel! Yay! I do a lot of art, with all kinds of mediums. Anything from ceramics to bracelets to home renovations, I put my art in everything (although I think good ole’ acrylic paint and canvas is my favorite.) When I was little, if I was ever bored, my mom handed me a paintbrush. She always helped further my art, and bought me my easel when I was 8. It’s currently sitting in my college dorm room and gets used daily.
This is my catch-all journal and it has absolutely everything in it. Concert tickets, diary entries, pictures, sketches, class notes, calendars, Halloween costume ideas…you name it! I almost always have it with me and I am so excited to add things from camp to it.
One really cool thing in my journal is a real clip they use for brain aneurysms I got from a friend who is studying to be a neurosurgeon!
I’ve always loved the outdoors. Growing up, when most kids were begging to go to Disney World, I pleaded with my mom to take me to the Everglades to swim with the manatees and see the only place on earth where crocodiles and alligators cohabitate. Anyways, when you’re in a National Park, you have the opportunity to be a part of that park’s Junior Ranger Program (which is actually for everyone – not just kids, if you’re interested 🙂 ). You learn about that park, then you give an oath to protect the parks in front of a ranger, and in turn you receive a badge. This is the Junior Ranger badge I received when I was 10 from Olympic National Park in Washington State. It’s been my prized possession since I got it, and I’ve kept it on every backpack I’ve had since. Traveling and visiting the national parks are what inspired me to go into Recreation and Parks Management here at UNC Greensboro. In my future, I hope to bring the same childlike wonder and magic of the outdoors I experienced walking through the National parks into a child’s everyday life through programming and community recreation.
I would like to introduce you to Humphrey, my humpback whale! Whales are my favorite animals. I’m not sure why, but I’ve always been drawn to marine animals. When I was younger, I still loved whales, but manatees were my favorite. When I was 10 or 11, my mom took me to swim with the manatees for Christmas, and it was the most incredible experience. As crazy as it is, my dream is to one day be able to do that with whales in the wild!
Family is extremely important to me. Growing up, my mom always had this Beauty and The Beast Mug with Belle and the Beast on one side and Belle and the Prince on the other. It is my mom’s favorite mug, and all of us knew to never touch, just in the off chance we accidentally dropped it or chipped it, my mom would disown us. It is the subject of most of her pictures, and is honestly the most notable object in our family. It was the night before I moved into college; the car was packed, and I was just about to go to bed for a likely restless night of sleep, when my mom came in and sat on the end of my bed. She handed me a box, and told me how proud of me she was for taking on this next challenge and chapter of my life. When I opened up the box, there sat my own Beauty and The Beast mug; a perfect replica of her own. I think I cried tears of joy for about 2 days. I had no idea she was going to do that, but I am so glad she did. She created a family heirloom I hadn’t even thought of, and I hope to have a family to pass it on to someday.
Well that’s all I’ve got in my bag so far! I can’t wait to see what kind of things you’ve got in your bag! See you soon with some of these things! 😉
Lots of love,