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A few weeks ago my little sister Lili and I were in the kitchen, preparing dinner. Whilst she put the cutlery on the table and I filled the water jug, we talked about where our lives were heading. I was just finishing the last pages of my master’s thesis and she had some important exams coming up. The question that lay upon us was “What next?”.

Whilst Lili struggled with deciding which courses to focus on in order to get into a good university after school, I had to decide what to do after finishing my Master’s studies in Digital Communication. I’ve been self-employed for a year already, and one good option would be to stay at home and focus on my business. Yet, I didn’t feel like I was quite done with learning yet. Lili, on the other hand, didn’t even know what she wanted to study and was therefore trapped as well. What would she become when growing up? What would I become?

shelivesherdreamLILI:

I asked her that very question: what do you want to be when you grow up? She hesitated, before quietly confessing it: “I have always had a secret dream. I see myself on a West End stage, performing in Les Miserables. That’s what I’ve wanted ever since we went to see it together.” (At this stage I have point something out: if there is one thing my sister can do well, and one thing my sister loves, it is singing and performing. She is constantly singing, dancing, learning scenes from musicals.) And you won’t guess how our mum reacted to her speaking her dream out: “Well, if that’s what you want, you have to start working on it NOW!”

After that it all went quite fast. We had heard about a musical theatre school (a high school with musical theatre as part of the curriculum), which was located about an hour from where we live. One week later we went there to take a look at the programme. Only 1,5 weeks later Lili moved. The school happened to have a free student flat and it was the start of a new semester, so she could easily join in. It’s crazy how fast it all happened! And this school (which is Rantasalmen musiikkiteatterilukio btw!) is incredible! Lili now has three hours of singing, dancing and acting rehearsals on each Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and vocal lessons, piano or music theory on Tuesdays. Lots of weekends are dedicated to musical rehearsals too. She’s been there for less than a week now, and this has been her amount of musical rehearsals so far: Fr: 3hrs, Sat: 6hrs, Sun: 6hrs, Mon: 5hrs, Tue: free, Wed: 5hrs + press conference, Thur: 5hrs. It’s not long until the premiere, so they’re rehearsing like crazy. And it’s so professional too! They have got two acting teachers, two choreographers, one orchestra director, one vocal teacher, professional lighting technologists, costume designers and makeup artists and the most gorgeous costumes you’ve ever seen. Oh, and they’re doing a production of Oliver!, the musical based on Charles Dicken’s Oliver Twist this year. I am in awe. (ps. you can see sneak peeks of the rehearsals on my Snapchat ‘veryberrylottie’!)

In order to catch up on the music theory lessons (which she’s never before had) and in order to have more time to concentrate on her musical theatre studies, Lili will repeat tenth grade and attend the musical theatre school for three years, until she hopefully carries on to London’s West End stages.

And I have never seen Lili this way. Whilst she maybe wasn’t the most hard-working student, she now won’t stop learning lines, practising choreographies or singing “Who will buy”. And I can’t express how happy I am for her. She isn’t repeating my mistake (although it wasn’t fully my fault). I love love love singing, dancing and acting so much too. I used to have vocal and acting lessons and competed in dancing for over ten years. But then we moved to China – Poland – Finland – Germany… and it was so hard to stick with these hobbies. I gave them up. Which means that I gave up on one of my dreams, which was performing in a musical. But Lili isn’t. She’s working on it, and she’s working on it hard! And I am so proud.

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What about me, then? I have now spent a week at Lili’s new place with her and it makes my heart sing of happiness. I could stay here forever and watch her strive. But then, I remind myself of my bucket list. Is it my dream to watch someone else live her dream? What have I always wanted to do that I didn’t have the time for? Here it is: study Graphic Design. And: live in London. My first plan when I finished high school was to get into graphic design. I know I never want to be a full-time graphic designer, but it is a skill I already use a lot for all kind of little projects, and I definitely want to get more professional. So I found this amazing course in London, that will train you into a professional graphic designer in only three months, which I will start in September. It will be crazy hard: classes are from 8am-5pm every day, plus homework. But graphic is something that I have dreamed about, researched and even applied for for five years now, and now that I’m done with my MA, it’s time to bring this dream to live.

Oh and I’m also planning to do a little musical theatre course by the side. Lili really inspired me, and once again I reminded myself that it’s never too late to work on your dreams. I will never be Cosette in Les Mis, but maybe I can still one day be one of the “people” in the ensemble, whilst my little sister shines as the lead? Who knows?

musical theatre schoolWhat makes me happiest about this news, is that we’re both doing it. We’re both living according to my motto: she lives her dream.

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21 Comments

  1. Marlena
    22/04/2017 / 20:26

    Omg i can’t believe it 😍😳 I didn’t get to read the article but now i had some time and those news sound so amazing 😍
    As I read the article I noticed how amazed you are by how things changed and are still changing!! I’m proud of you both and also happy for you guys that you LIVE YOUR DREAMS❤

  2. Joe
    17/04/2017 / 00:31

    Great news – inspirational!

  3. Marie
    15/04/2017 / 17:07

    Ich habe den Post mit Gränen in den Augen gelesen, da ich momentan genau so festhänge wie Lilli vorher. Ich habe keine Ahnung was ich mach meinem Abitur machen soll.. Ein Traum wäre Medizin um Menschen zu helfen aber dafür wird mein Abitur zu schlecht und Naturwissenschaften haben mir noch nie so gut gelegen.. Mich interessieren aber auch noch Journalismus, Lehramt oder Physiotherapie keine dieser Vorstellungen ist so dominant oder überzeugend, dass ich sagen würde DAS ist womit ich mein Leben verbringen möchte. Ich will auch meinen Traum leben aber ich weiß noch nicht einmal was mein Traum ist. Ich weiß nur, dass ich definitiv die Welt erkunden möchte und ganz viele Spracchen lernen will.
    Ich finde es echt bewundernswert wie schnell Lili den Entschluss gefasst und umgesetzt hat. Lebt euren Traum, ich glaube an euch!😊

  4. Essi
    15/04/2017 / 09:42

    Paljon onnea teille molemmille!!😊 On tosi inspiroivaa kun te lähdette seuraamaan unelmianne ja muutatte ihan mihin vain niiden perässä. Tulee itsellekin sellainen olo, että nyt pitää alkaa toteuttaa niitä omia unelmia, eikä jäädä vain paikoilleen! Innolla jään seuraamaan teidän matkaa😊

  5. Ryan M Greenleaf
    15/04/2017 / 00:52

    Congrats to both of you! I think it is awesome that you are both going to “lives her dream”! I know you’ll both be a success because you two young ladies are supremely talented! I wish you both the best of luck and cannot wait to follow you both on your journey to your dreams!

  6. Heidi
    15/04/2017 / 00:10

    Such amazing news! I’m so happy for you both, best of luck :)

  7. Veronica
    14/04/2017 / 21:35

    Very exciting news (yay about London!) Sending congratulations and luck to you and your sister from me in London! xx

  8. Maja
    14/04/2017 / 18:43

    I am so happy for you ❤️

  9. Milla
    14/04/2017 / 18:01

    Love love love to hear all this from you two!! So happy and excited for you both – sounds fantastic ❤️ Can’t believe you’re going back to London!!😍

  10. Antonia
    14/04/2017 / 17:50

    Thats a really, really beautiful blogpost. Somehow I had tears in my eyes reading it… It’s amazing that you both have the courage to pursue your dreams! And I also really love the way you talk about Lili and how happy you are for her!

  11. Eleonore Buffet
    14/04/2017 / 17:33

    Finalllly gehe news is out. I was all excited whem you announced the Blog on Snapchat. I am sooooo happy for you two and super thrilled to hopefully finally be able to meet my idol, hero and absolute Inspiration in London. Its so great to See someone enthousiastic and happy to work hard and i wish lili all the best for her career in the performing arts and she will always have many a Brit throwing her roses in all her musicals. Best of luck and thankyou that we can share and See you living your dreams

  12. Salla
    14/04/2017 / 16:37

    I really liked your post

  13. 14/04/2017 / 16:35

    Ahh I’m so happy for both of you – wishing you the best of luck for the future! Maybe, when you are both happily in Les Mis, I’ll be a few theatres down getting ready for the opening night of a show that I wrote – we can dream!

  14. Sara R
    14/04/2017 / 16:33

    Wow so happy and proud of you girls! 😘 🎉 Lili sings so well, cannot wait to hear more excitement news coming from her! 👏 And so happy for you too Lottie! No matter how old you are always follow your heart because it’ll always lead you to amazing things ❤️
    Big kiss for both of you,
    Sara

  15. Vens
    14/04/2017 / 16:28

    Mir kamen ba tatsächlich ein paar Tränchen bei dem Teil wo darauf eingehst, wie stolz du auf Lili bist. Ich liebe es sowas zu lesen. Und ich finde es soooo großartig wie ihr an euren Träumen feilt und auch ein Umzug euch nicht bremsen kennt (vllt auch gerade weil ihr es schon so oft gemacht habt). Ich freue mich schon suuuper darauf euch via Snappy etc. zu begleiten und zu sehen wie eure Träume konkretere Formen annehmen. Nur das beste für euch zwei <3

  16. 14/04/2017 / 16:23

    Oh my god I am seriously so so so so happy for you both! ❤
    You’re finally turning your dreams into reality and this blogpost made me super emotional, I’m so proud of you girls.
    I know Lili and she’s such an amazing and talented girl, I seriously can’t wait to see her some day in a big musical production.
    So exciting that you’re moving to London soon, Lottie! I wanna see lots of snapchat stories😋 #snapchatfam
    With hard work and following your dreams, you can achieve everything!
    Thank you for this inspirational blogpost.
    Lots of love to you girls!

    PS: Ihanat kuvat!❤

  17. Heike
    14/04/2017 / 16:14

    Great👍😊. Congrats to both of you💐😊.

  18. Chantalle97
    14/04/2017 / 15:56

    Liebe Lottie und Liebe Lili 💕
    Ich bin absolut mitgerissen von euch und euren taten. Ich war so gerührt davon das zwei junge wundervolle Frauen ihre Träume verfolgen und machen was sie sich wünschen das ich einige Tränchen in den Augen hatte. Ihr werdet euch selber in einigen Jahren so sehr für euren Mut, eure Leidenschaft und euren Ehrgeiz danken. Ich finde es wunderschön und mega inspirierend euch in den nächsten Jahren beim wachsen zuschauen zu dürfen. Bitte “bleibt am Ball” und vertraut weiterhin auf euch.
    Danke für die tollen Einblicke und danke für die Inspiration!
    Ihr werdet es alle beide schaffen!
    Liebe Grüße
    Chantalle

  19. Bernarda
    14/04/2017 / 15:09

    Wow wow wow wow💕 I am so happy that you both are following your dreams! So excited for your sister! Yes she sings beautiful and she will be big one day! Sorry I’m more excited for her news 😉 I always wanted to act and dance and sing as a job but my parents said it can only be a hobby 😐 So now I’m at the uni…and I know I won’t work with this degree 😂 Follow your heart!

    • 14/04/2017 / 15:32

      Hahaha don’t worry! So am I! I don’t even want to leave her, and also I’d love to join the musical as well!! ❤✨🎶

      • 24/04/2017 / 08:15

        Haa, maybe you include in your plans also the next musical in Rantasalmi as an actress, Hairspray :)