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We All Feel Sad At Times: Ask For Help

At my sons’ elementary school this past week they put in a “Buddy Bench.” This is a bench that someone can go to if they feel lonely, left out, sad or depressed.

Others know that when someone is sitting on the bench, that they want to be asked to play, and the children are encouraged to invite whomever is sitting there to join them.

Not only does this teach compassion and empathy at a young age, but it also lets our youth know that it is okay to feel these feelings and let others know about it.

Gifting this Buddy Bench to our elementary school brought tears to my eyes, for the message of inclusion and hope it will now bring to those who are in pain.

It made me wish more adults had a Buddy Bench. (more…)

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3 Steps To Recover From Social Media Stress

Has scrolling through social media been bringing you down lately? Does this sound familiar?

Check social media before getting out of bed.

Scroll through Instagram, click on Instagram Stories, check Facebook, look at Twitter (telling yourself you just want to be updated on the news).

Brush your teeth. Make your bed. (Do you make your bed? It’s a good habit.)

Sit on the edge of your bed. Check the phone again.

This was me last week, all before 7am: Click on Jennifer Lopez’s (JLo) Instagram Stories feed.

Watch JLo talk to you from inside a private jet, then see a gorgeous picture of her on the set of her latest video, swipe up to watch the Dinero video, go back to IG stories, and watch as she tells you how to get the JLo glow and introduces you to her entire new makeup line, then see her on the red carpet in a gorgeous gown, then looking flawless at a magazine photo shoot for Emmy Magazine.

Go to your profile. Notice that you don’t have 75.3 million followers….or a makeup line.

Get dressed, look in the mirror, notice a new wrinkle, compare your skin (and career) to JLo’s + feel like you’ve done absolutely nothing with your life.

Notice how heavy all this mind-chatter feels…almost like lead. Try to motivate yourself to do something productive, while telling yourself you suck.

Yep, this was me last week. Fun! Can you relate?
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Don’t get me wrong. I actually love JLo. She is one ambitious hot mama and her work ethic is nothing short of (more…)

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Gratitude For Our Freedom

Happy Memorial Day!  In the United States, we celebrate this holiday to remember the sacrifices that brave men + woman made to bring freedom to this country.

Growing up as the daughter of a Navy veteran, I was taught to have immense gratitude for the freedoms that we so easily take for granted.

My late father was a World War II Air-Sea Rescue pilot who helped to save those who were shot down in the Pacific Ocean. He was a hero to many, and especially to me. I lost him when I was 27.

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When I volunteer in my son’s first grade class, I can barely get through The Pledge Of Allegiance without tearing up.

Seeing a group of 6-year-olds embody joy, love and freedom, so purely, gives me hope for our future.

And my hope always seems to comes back to (more…)

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Why You Need To Take A (Guilt-Free) Break

Last week, I had an actress in my private Spotlight Club community admit that she was struggling with stress and feeling a little burnt out.

She was ready for a break and wanted to take a day to herself, but was feeling really guilty about it. Ever been there?

Do you ever tell yourself these things:

If I’m not working 24/7 on my career, then success won’t come to me.
If I’m not putting in a lot of extra effort, then I don’t deserve success.
If I take a break, it feels like I’m just being lazy.

Do you realize, that these are all just false beliefs that you’ve been telling yourself?

When your mind, body + soul are asking for a break, that is because (more…)

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The #1 Thing That Keeps You From What You Want

The thing that keeps you from what you want (is not your agent, the casting director, or other actors in the waiting room at your audition, etc.) but it is actually something that you can control: Your thoughts.

Sometimes we know that we should be talking to ourselves more lovingly, but we just can’t find the words.

Other times we’re so ingrained in old habits of negative self-talk, that we literally don’t know what self-compassion even sounds like or where to begin?

Today I’m offering up 9 mindful mantras for returning to love.

Adopt any (and all) that feel good to you this week as a way of practicing loving self-acceptance by choosing better thoughts.

You may just find that beginning here, with the thoughts you think and the things you tell yourself, make it easier to start seeing your life (and your career) through the lens of love.

Or as the late great Wayne Dyer stated, “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”

So become aware of what you say to yourself today, and in each present moment, practice returning to love.

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9 Mindful Mantras For Returning To Love. (more…)

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How To Stop Shoulding On Yourself

Have you spent most of 2018 condemning where you are?

It’s okay. I’ve been there. In fact, I spent most of my 20’s + early 30’s in “never enough mode.”

Yep. No matter what I was doing, (even when I shooting 26 commercials a year as a campaign spokesperson, or shooting great guest-star roles on TV), it was still never enough.

And when I wasn’t working, that “never enough” noise got even louder. Like screaming in my ear, loud.

Maybe you can relate? Maybe you’re “shoulding” on yourself right now?

It sounds kind of like this:

I should be further along by now.
I should have booked a pilot by now.
I should have been a series regular by now.
I should have been in major feature films by now.
I should have a boyfriend/girlfriend by now.
I should be married by now.
I should have had kids by now.
And on, and on.

As I look back, I realize how much time I actually wasted “shoulding” all over myself.

Those “should” statements always come from a place of fear, and are always driven by the ego-mind.

The ego loves making you feel like what you are doing is never enough. And these days, add a few scrolls through social media to the mix, and you might just be in full meltdown mode.

And guess what? It never ends, unless you take control of your inner life + create a new daily practice that empowers you.
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What happens when you are in “never enough mode,” is you are training your brain to look for (more…)

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The Hardest Part Of Manifesting What You Want

I have found that the hardest part of manifesting is learning to let go of my attachment to the result.

As a recovering type-A doer, my biggest frustration has been after I’ve done all the visualizing, taken all the inspired actions, committed to the daily work, and things aren’t manifesting on the exact timeline I want.

I’ve come to realize that underneath all the frustration, is usually a massive attachment to how I think it all should go. (And how I need these desired results, now!) Can you relate?

So often, when I really surrender, the Universe surprises me with something even better than I could have ever planned.

So if you’re thinking about what else you can do to create what you want, it just might be time to let go of when, how and where you think it will show up.

When I find myself over-checking for a result, I always come back to this daily mantra: I trust that the Universe has heard my every wish and knows the time, the place and how it will all unfold.

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For so long, I used to think “What else can I do?” And now I realize, the better question is  (more…)

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To Manifest Anything: Do This First

To manifest anything in your life, whether it is a relationship, a thing, an experience, or even a next level role, you must do this one thing first:

You must be able to imagine it.

Look around you right now.

Everything you see (even the phone or the computer that you are reading this on) first began as an idea in someone’s imagination.

They didn’t just think about it once and forget it. They gave their devoted attention to bringing their vision to life.

And it all began with the imagination – (hint: this is the actors’ greatest tool!)

Yet sometimes we can create a character more easily than we can create our own success.

But here’s the good news:

Your imagination is able to do all that you ask in proportion to the degree of your attention.” – Dr. Wayne Dyer.
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Here are 7 questions to discover what degree of attention you are giving to your desires… (more…)

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Why You Must Visualize What You Want

Do you take time daily to visualize what you want, so you can design your life from the inside out?

Or do you spend your days simply reacting to what happens?

Remember, that you are the creator of your life and the source of your happiness.

To manifest anything in the physical world, it is first created, in the mind.

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Albert Einstein said: “Your imagination is the preview of life’s coming attractions.”

And so to become a master manifestor,  (more…)

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18 Reasons Why You Are A Warrior

My father would have been 98 this year. He was born in 1920, and passed away in 1997. I can’t believe he’s been gone over 20 years of my life.

We didn’t have iPhones back then, but we did have the old-school answering machine.

And one of his last messages to me was. “Keep going, sunshine.”

It’s my birthday this week, and although, I can’t call my dad or mom and share my latest victory or have them talk to my kids, I feel them with me, deep in my heart.

I heard my father’s voice (as I often do), as I wrote this for you, the warrior. (while also doing the ugly cry)

You are among the bravest people I know, and on this birthday week, I wanted to give you a gift…

A gentle, loving, and hopefully powerful reminder to keep going.

Just as my dad told me, over 20 years ago.

Here are 18 reasons why you, my friend, are a warrior.
Download this as my gift to you here.
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