open yourself up to joy

Meta Monday Showmance 1x02

Okay, so I was wrong last week.  The first time we see Kurt he is lamenting his new jacket before being thrown into the dumpsters.  This time around he is still being thrown into the dumpster but no long begging for mercy.  He’s done with that shit and instead proclaims: “One day you will all work for me.”

This episode is what I consider the birth of Kurtcedes.  As they banter over their (unfortunately matched technicolor) outfits.  I just want to squish them… I LOVE THEM!  Be besties forever and get that show on Bravo!

An then there is “Push It” which I unabashedly love ever time I watch it.  Kurt thinking McKlnley just wants blood.  But, no, what they want is apparently bouncing fanny pack and duck face.  Kurt brings it.  They all do.  Glee is about opening yourself up to inappropriate joy.

Today is your day.
& so is tomorrow.
& the next day.
& the next.
Basically every day
is your day to live
life to the fullest,
to appreciate all
that life has to offer,
to fill yourself up
with joy & peace,
to love with an
open heart,
to thrive,
to be fully alive.
Today is your day,
if you make it so.
—  S.L. , 8/23/14
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Glee has been so special to me, and I’m so thankful to be a part of this fandom. Like Rachel once said, “being a part of something special makes you special, right?” I fully believe that I have been blessed to be a part of this fandom. It’s so much more than just enjoying a television show. It’s taught me so much.

Rachel Berry taught me to dream big. No matter how many times people tell you that you’ll never make it, use that to light a fire and try that much harder. You can accomplish whatever you set your heart on.

Finn Hudson taught me that you don’t always have to know where you’re going. You can plan but things are never going to go the way you plan. Take life one day at a time. Embrace what you are given. Don’t take for granted what you have right now.

Kurt Hummel taught me to embrace what makes you different. You are who you are and you can’t let others drag you down. Hold your head high and be proud of who you are. No one can change you.

Blaine Anderson taught me to love passionately and to live with courage. When you really care about someone, it’s important to let them know and to fight for the ones you love. Don’t throw it away.

Quinn Fabray taught me that you are never going to live up to anyone’s idea of perfect and that’s okay. You have to do your best to be the best version of yourself, not someone else.

Noah Puckerman taught me to value your line. The line between your birth date and your death date. It’s important to value your life and the people in it, Leave the past in the past, because now is all you’re ever going to get.

Santana Lopez taught me to be honest. If people don’t like what you have to say, screw them. The people that care about you will accept you for who you are. The best way to be who you are is to be honest.

Brittany S. Pierce taught me that you don’t have to be smart to make it, you just have to set your mind to the things you love and that’s how you make it.

Tina Cohen-Chang taught me that you’re never really alone. Even when you feel left out or alone, someone out there cares for you.

Mike Chang taught me that no one can stop you from pursuing your dreams. You have to do what’s best for you. It’s your dream, not theirs.

Sam Evans taught me that everyone is insecure. It doesn’t matter how you look or how you act. Everyone has their insecurities and that’s not always a bad thing.

Artie Abrams taught me that it doesn’t matter who you or what’s standing in your way, you can dream. Use your disadvantages to the best of your ability. It can’t stop you.

Marley Rose taught me to write it down. Write it all down, because your words are important and they can have an impact on someone else’s life.

Jake Puckerman taught me that stereotypes don’t matter. People will judge you for who they think you are, but you can’t let that stop you from being who really are.

Kitty Wilde taught me that you aren’t always going to find yourself in the place you picture yourself. You don’t have to be on top to know where you stand. You can stand tall with a smaller crowd.

Ryder Lynn taught me that actions speak louder than words. Don’t just tell someone how you really feel. It’s important to show people how you feel.

Adam “Unique” Wade taught me that you have to embrace the best parts of you, even when no one else does. At the end of the day, what matters most is that you are comfortable bring you.

Roderick Meeks taught me not to hide behind music. It’s there and it’s a wonderful outlet, but don’t let that stop you from getting to know people.

Mason McCarthy taught me that you can’t let people control you. Do what’s best for you, not what someone thinks is best for you. Letting others control you won’t do you any good.

Madison McCarthy taught me that you can’t make people decisions for them. It’s in your nature to protect those you care about, but sometimes you have to set them free.

Jane Hayward taught me that it’s important to stand your ground, because that’s the only way you’re really going to get what you want. And sometimes, you can make a difference.

Spencer Porter taught me to be bold and willing to take on a challenge, even if you don’t think it’s the right thing for you. It may end up being the best thing for you.

Coach Beiste taught me that you have to love yourself before others can love you. Nothing is more important than taking care of you. If you don’t take care of you, you can’t take care of others.

Emma Pillsbury taught me that you have to embrace your fears to overcome. You can’t run from everything or you’re always going to be afraid.

Sue Sylvester taught me that everyone has weaknesses. No matter how tough you try to be, everybody hurts and everyone has a past. Don’t judge someone until you know their story.

And Will Schuester taught me to fight for what you believe in, because that is true accomplishment. Do what you love and never, ever give up.

The characters in this show have given me strength and encouragement. This show helped guide me out of a dark place.The actors in this show have given me so much and I’m grateful that they’ve put their hearts into these beautiful characters. I’m thankful for Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Chris Colfer, Darren Criss, Dianna Agron, Mark Salling, Heather Morris, Naya Rivera, Jenna Ushkowitz, Harry Shum Jr, Chord Overstreet, Kevin Mchale, Melissa Benoist, Jacob Artist, Becca Tobin, Blake Jenner, Alex Newell, Noah Guthrie, Billy Lewis Jr, Laura Dreyfuss, Samantha Ware, Marshall Williams, Dot Marie Jones, Jane Lynch, Matthew Morrison, and everyone in between. Vanessa Lengies, Damian McGuinty, Samuel Larsen, Grant Gustin, Lauren Potter, and all the Warblers. Guest stars like, Idina Menzel, John Stamos, Adam Lambert, Demi Lovato, Carole Burnett, Sarah Jessica Parker,  Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Hudson, Whoopi Goldberg and everyone I didn’t list. To Jayma Mays, Mike O’Malley, Romy Rosemont, Iqbal Theba, Jonathan Groff .and the crew members. I’m grateful to Ryan Murphy, Ian Brennan, and Brad Falchuk. Some times the stories frustrated us, sometimes they made us laugh, and sometimes they made us cry. At the end of the day, this show has captivated my heart.

Glee is a show about acceptance. It taught the audience that you can come from any background and someone out there will accept you for who you are. Social standings don’t matter, because in the end, we’re all losers. It’s the people that embrace you for all your faults that matter. It’s better to build a family with the people that really care about you and accept you. Family’s not about blood, it’s about love.

Glee inspires people to be everything they wanted to be. It’s a generational turning point. Couples like Kurt and Blaine or Santana and Brittany have given people the chance to come out with more confidence. It’s given people a chance to learn how to accept their children through relationships like Burt and Kurt. It gives people hope for a better future and that’s really beautiful.

It also shows people with disabilities that they don’t have to just be that disabled kid. You can follow your dreams. You can be accepted by other people, and you can step forward with more confidence and that’s a wonderful concept for a show to deal with. The characters aren’t your standard pretty, skinny faces. It’s about the misfits. The overweight, the disabled, gay kids, black or Jewish, the girl who was told to get a nose job… None of these characters were normal, no matter how hard they tried to be. Glee dealt with real topics. The pregnant teenager that got kicked out, the girl who’s grandmother didn’t accept her for being a lesbian, the boy who didn’t get into college and had no idea what to do, the kids who got bullied, teen marriages, gay bashing, racism, the juvenile delinquent that just needed someone to show that they care, heart break and falling in and out of love, the ones who were dared to fail at their dreams. It handled even heavier topics like suicide and school shootings. Becky was terrified of the real world and that’s exactly how she should have felt, because it is scary, especially for people in her situation. These topics are real. The characters didn’t succeed in everything, and that’s what makes this show so amazing. It’s life. You don’t get everything you want, but Glee shows us that we can pick ourselves back up again.

But Glee was also about opening yourself to joy. The silly episodes. Dancing around with puppets, dressing up like the spice girls, jumping on mattresses for a commercial… So many jokes and funny moments like Finn singing at dinner to tell Quinn’s parents about the baby or Burt dancing to Single Ladies as a graduation present to Kurt. It’s about falling in love for the first time. Blaine proposing to Kurt, Finn and Rachel kissing during Nationals, Brittana and Klaine getting married, Tina standing up for Mike against his father, or Will and Emma finally getting married and having a baby. But it’s also about the victories. The real victories and the personal ones. A National trophy or celebrating simply because “we’ve got another year.” It’s finding love and friendship within the choir room and out. This show was a beautiful blend of the ups and downs of life.

And then there’s the music. Glee is as much about the storylines as it is about the music. From the covers of songs we have always loved, the songs we learned to love, the covers we may not have liked, and the covers that were better than the original songs. The classic Warblers cover of Teenage Dream, the song that started it all, Don’t Stop Believin’. The heart wrenching covers like Make You Feel My Love. From Broadway to Pop, Rap, and every genre out there. The old songs, the new songs. It’s all there. From the original songs Glee wrote, the strange ones like Troutty Mouth or My Cup to the beautiful ones like Rise and Loser Like Me. Most of all, as we celebrate Glee’s farewell, the song This Time. Written by Darren and sung by Lea. The perfect blend of words and music that sums up how we all feel about Glee. It’s truly incredible. Glee has shown us a world of music we didn’t know existed.

The music, the characters, and the stories have given this generation so much light and hope. It’s given the fandom a chance to make friends, to look up to the wonderful actors, and to fall in love with these characters. With the music, the memories, and the episodes, we’ll be able to fall in love with the characters over and over again.

With Glee ending, we’ll still be able to support the actors that have given us so much. This whole Glee experience has been about the actors as it has been about the characters. It’s about going to the Glee live tour in 2011 and seeing the cast live. It’s been about supporting Lea when Louder and Brunette Ambitions came out. It’s about reading Choosing Glee and learning Jenna’s story a little better. It’s about following the story of Alex and Conner and meeting Chris Colfer at the The Land Of Stories book signings. Experiencing Carson’s story in Struck By Lightning for the book and movie. It’s about watching and voting for Amber and Derek every week on Dancing With The Stars. It’s seeing Heather and Naya become moms for the first time. It’s about flying to New York to see Darren in How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. Going out to Darren’s Listen Up! tour and meeting him there. It’s watching him wrap up the Harry Potter musicals with Starkid. It’s about the fans across the globe that wished they could participate in these events. It’s been every interview, screening, red carpet event, and fan meetings in between. And now that Glee is over, we can really watch the actors spread their wings and support them every step of the way. Going to New York to see Darren in Hedwig or Matt in Finding Neverland, and when Darren’s album eventually comes out, we’re all go to buy it. We can buy any music Lea or Amber or anyone else releases. Watching Scream Queens to support Ryan and Lea. Supporting Chris in the rest of The Land Of Stories and the millions of other books we know he’ll write. We will continue to love them all unconditionally and support them completely. This cast has truly been incredible and we will forever be grateful for them.

I’m also grateful for this fandom, and I truly hope everyone will continue to keep the friendships they’ve made through Glee. We’ve been through so much as a fandom. The Klaine riots, the spoilers, freaking out about meeting cast members and keeping each other company over a long hiatus. The incredible authors and artists of fanart and fanfiction that have let us fall in love with our favorite couples over and over. We’ve been through so much, and we’ve really come together as a family. Losing Cory Monteith proved that. It was very difficult for the fandom, as well as the cast and crew. We all came together in a special way, and it was so powerful. It really made me appreciate how beautiful this family of cast, crew, and fans really is. I will carry that part of me forever, and Cory will always be in my heart. All of you will be in my heart. The fans, the cast, and the crew. I owe Glee so much. It’s been my voice. It’s been a reason to laugh, a reason to cry, it’s been a beacon of hope for our generation, and a reason to believe in myself. I don’t know where I’d be without this show. I love everything about it. It’s going to b so hard t ay goodbye to Glee tonight, but the memories we’ve made will last a lifetime.

And that’s what Glee means to me. From the bottom of my heart, thank you, Glee, for everything.

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Tonight, an era ends. Glee is finally having their series finale. I personally owe so much to the show and the people on it. Their representation of a confident young gay man made me realize that I too could be happy being who I am. Because of that show, a little boy finally stopped hating himself, and instead, started celebrating what made him different. Ultimately turning him into the man you see today. I’m so sad that it’s over tonight, and that we have to see Glee go. But I’ll never stop believin. “By its very definition, Glee is about opening yourself up to joy.”

I hadn’t been to confession in two years … something was keeping me away. I tried to go a few times, but things just didn’t work out, or I couldn’t motivate myself to do it, the same old excuses.

I finally went today. Tears flowed freely while I confessed, and when I was absolved I was so overwhelmed I was shaking, still crying but smiling. This is indescribable, inimitable. I have been holding so much hatred for myself deep down, so much frustration at my falling over and over. I’m gonna go do my penance - drink a cup of coffee and let the Lord love me.
But before I do, I want to tell you - if it’s been a while, if your faith is feeling weak, if you’re tired of living and making mistakes, fed up with yourself or the world - let Him forgive you, forgive yourself, forgive everyone who’s ever wronged you. Open yourself up to the peace, the grace, the joy that comes from that forgiveness. I guarantee you won’t regret it.

The Rumblr’s in-house astrologer, Madame Clairevoyant, presents her VERY SPECIAL NEW YEAR’S dispatch from the stars.

Aries: This might be a year for focusing on the things that you don’t understand. It might be a year for focusing on the places where your vision gets blurry, the spaces where your thoughts get bendy and wild, the moments when your words falter. It’s a year for choosing the world that is unknown to you, a year for choosing the strange over the safe, as much and as often as you can. This is where you can surprise yourself. This is how you can feel your heart beating. This is how your world can grow.

Taurus: If it’s been hard to see where you’ve been going, if it’s been hard to see what it’s all for, that might start to change, this year. You might start to see your hard work begin to take shape, and you might start to see what all your sorrows and doubts have been for. If you’re willing to search and willing to dig, this year can bring treasure. If your eyes are open and your heart is true, everything you’ve done and everything you’ve been through can start to make sense, can start to mend, can start to bloom.

Gemini: This is going to be a year for honesty and a year for truth and a year for looking with clear eyes at the things that hurt you, the things that haunt you, the things that make your world strange. Try not to hide your brightest self. Try to see what is hidden. This is going to be a year for making choices and a year for speaking your own name out loud. This year will make you grow and this year might make you ache and this year will can leave you strong and happy and brave.

Cancer: This is a year for recognizing the truth of who you are, the truth of who you want to be, the truth of what you need to live. Everything you want, everything you love, is already good enough. There is knowledge that already lives in your skin, there’s knowledge that’s already buried deep in your guts, and you pay attention, you can feel it vibrating inside of you. It’s a year for learning new ways to listen and new ways to live in your body. It’s a year for telling the world who you are.

Leo: This is a year to keep working, a year to keep trying, a year to keep searching. This is a year to remind yourself how much it all matters, even when you’re tired, even when the nights are long. There is strength in your body, and there’s electricity in your words, and you have all the tools you need, even if they aren’t clear to you yet. You can make the world around you so much larger, so much warmer, so much wilder, and try to remember that it’s also enough just to keep moving.

Virgo: This year, your heart can be filled with brightness, and your eyes can be clear and shining, and as you move through this world, you’ll be even more powerful than you know, even more powerful than you can see. Try to trust your own body, and you can be so brave. Try to trust everything you’ve learned about yourself, and you won’t have to do anything out of fear. You won’t have to make your life smaller. You can make the choices that scare you. You can open yourself up to wild things and strange things and unexpected joy.

Libra: This can be a strange year, a serious year, a big year. Time can stretch out around you this year, and your days can feel long and full and sweet. There will be so much space to grow into. There will be so much space to work. You can relax into your movements; you can take your time. You don’t have to rush and you don’t have to worry. You’ll have plenty of time to do everything you need to. You’ll have plenty of time as long as you keep moving.

Scorpio: This year can be bright and this year can be loud and this year can shimmer and glow, but when you’re alone, when your days are quiet, practice letting your feelings thaw out a little. Practice letting your world be unclear, letting your dreams get blurry and soft, letting time move slowly. This doesn’t mean that you’ll be less brave, it doesn’t mean that you can’t find answers, just that this is a year for wondering, a year for seeing in new ways. Trust what you know and be gentle with the people around you.

Sagittarius: The world might feel so big this year, all bright and strange and golden. The world might start to open up, but you won’t notice unless you look. You can use your own time how you want, you can draw your own maps, you can make the rules of your own life. It’s a year for remembering all of the muscles in your body. It’s a year for remembering all the things that your heart can do. Practice asking for more from your life, this year. Practice asking for more from yourself.

Capricorn: The hard times and the strange times and the wild times you’ve been through can start to pay off, this year. Everything you’ve done and everything you’ve felt has been worth something, has added warmth to your heart or color to your dreams or bright power to your body. Something might shift in the earth and something might change in the water and you can find some kind of rare hope, some kind of bright energy, some kind of electric love for yourself and for your world, something that will be enough to help you keep living.

Aquarius: This year is about making decisions and moving forward and moving on, even if you aren’t ready, even if you’re afraid. The world is going to ask for bravery from you, and it’s going to ask for you to stretch and expand yourself, and it’s going to ask for you to try very hard. So many new things will enter your life, and all you have to do is keep moving. All you have to do is trust yourself to live your own life, trust your skin to know what you need, trust your feet to carry you forward.

Pisces: This year, the ground underneath you might shift and the sky overhead might brighten. The emotional structures you’ve built your whole life on might wobble and shake, just a little, just enough to make you free. This year you’ll be able to do things you never thought you would. You’ll be able to live in ways that never would’ve fit inside the boundaries of your life, before. You’ve always had the capacity for so much more than you knew. This year you can grow so much more fully into yourself.

Today’s image was made specially for Madame Clairevoyant by Jen May.

What will happen to Fashion of Glee?

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been inundated with messages asking if we plan to keep the site up and running after Glee ends. It’s been incredible to see just what dedicated followers we have, who love reading the site as much as we love running it.

I started this website when I was in high school, four and a half years ago, and it has been an absolute pleasure to keep it going as I’ve gone through university and into my adult life. Like so many Gleeks around the world, I’ve laughed, I’ve cried, and I’ve wanted to hurl things at my TV, all in the name of a damn TV show.

As the show wraps up, I keep coming back to a quote from the pilot episode; “By its very definition, Glee is about opening yourself up to joy.” And my joy was found in the costumes of Glee. I’ve opened myself up to a world of amazing fashion, an industry I want to work in forever, and so, so many remarkable people; my family of co-moderators first and foremost, but also you – our immaculately-dressed readers.

For a show about singing and dancing, we really only ever had eyes for those wacky outfits. Week-to-week, we’ve followed Glee’s costumes with an unwavering passion, appreciating them not only as covetable additions to our own closets, but as a vehicle for telling the characters’ stories. For that, we’d like to extend our sincerest gratitude to the masterminds past and present at the helm of the Glee costume department – Lou Eyrich, Elizabeth Martucci, Robert Blackman, and Brigitta Romanov.

So – where do we go now?

Understandably, now that the show is ending, our primary focus is going to turn to other projects (stay tuned). But, we very much intend to keep Fashion of Glee up and running! Although updates will probably not be as frequent, as always we will keep you outfitted in all the clothes worn by the core cast members, from their everyday wardrobes, to the red carpet. We also hope to revisit earlier seasons and continue to expand the catalogue of clothes worn on Glee itself.

Stay stylish,

- Alice and the Fashion of Glee team

To anyone who might still be following this:  @sarahexplosions suggested potentially bringing the gleeclub back around so that people can have something a little bit brighter on their dash to break up the endless parade of bad news.  My first thought was – man, I’m doing a lot of shit, I don’t know about that – and then my second thought was – Literally, this is just hitting the reblog button; it’s probably not gonna be that hard.

So fuck it.  @gleeclub-gleeclub is back open for business.  I’m gonna run through the old posts and set up a queue.  I’m also going to run through some Glee tags today and put some new stuff in.  If there’s anything you want me to see, we take submissions, and there’s also the ask box, and you can also just reblog it and tag @gleeclub-gleeclub and I’ll keep an eye on notifications.  Or I can add people as members if they want to be added AND if they tell me how to do it because I don’t currently know how.

Break out the confetti cannons and summon the freakishly talented McKinley Jazz Band.  The glee club is back.

1. Glee ends with a carnival. You know what else ended with a carnival? Grease.

(If there’s a point to that statement, I can’t find it, beyond they are both musicals centered primarily around a high school. But feel free to elaborate if you see something)

2. How great is it that people who are paid to dance and sing professionally celebrate their last day of work by singing and dancing on their own

3. Glee is about opening yourself up to joy.