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An Actor’s Guide To Surviving (And Thriving) During The Holidays

Here is an actor’s guide to surviving (and thriving) during the holidays.

These are 4 of my favorite posts (past + present) to help you as December comes to a close. Whether you are….

Missing a loved one who has passed away?
Read: Losing A Loved One, Feeling The Loss + Finding The Wisdom….A Personal Story
(P.S. Thank you for all the touching comments + emails on this one – my heart is full.)

Dreading being asked “How’s your career going?
Read: 5 Tips For Peaceful Holiday Gatherings + How To Answer Questions About #Actorlife

Beating yourself up for what you haven’t done?
Read: The Fastest Way To Quiet Your Critical Mind

Wanting to end the year feeling great?
Read: Mindset Mantras To End The Year Feeling Great

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Losing A Loved One, Feeling The Loss + Finding The Wisdom…A Personal Story.

On this very day, December 12th, 19 years ago in 1997, my father passed away laying in hospice in the family room of my childhood home, the only home I ever lived in before moving to Los Angeles.

He died 3 years after I moved away.  He was 77 years old, had me when he was 50, and was my biggest supporter, my biggest fan and my biggest cheerleader.

My father never met the man whom I would one day marry.  I never got to do the father-daughter dance with him at my wedding.  And he never got to meet or hold either of his grandsons, who he would have adored.

It also hits me in smaller moments.  Like ones I’ve had this month, when I didn’t get to call him and tell him that I’m guest-starring, playing a pilot, on Grey’s Anatomy (he was a pilot in WWII)  or that I booked a recurring role on a new Netflix comedy series and will be shooting 3 episodes before mid-January.

I know he would have been proud.   He always encouraged me to “keep going.”

But his spirit has lived on within me every single day of my life. Guiding me, nudging me, quietly whispering to me to “keep going” despite setbacks, to get up when I have fallen and to keep shining my light, even on the cloudiest of days.

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Shining In The Spotlight: From Self-Doubt To SAG Card, Bookings + Multiple Offers

New York actress Catherine Rogala, began the year doubting herself when something wasn’t showing up in her career or her life exactly as she wanted.

But when I heard she was ending the year with her SAG card, bookings and multiple offers lined up for 2017, I had to find out what had shifted for her.

“I can fall into this negative spiral and feel unworthy of the things I’m working for. It didn’t stop me from working for my goals, but it was like I was trying to prove to myself I was worthy by achieving. The Spotlight monthly guided meditations help me believe that I’m worthy even before achieving anything.”
-Catherine Rogala

I was thrilled to hear that the tools I provide each month to help actors create inner peace and outer success, were helping Catherine do just that. (Grab your free Spotlight trial here).

Read her inspiring story, how she shifted things internally first, and how new opportunities started showing up.

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The Most Powerful Agent of Human Change

This quote stopped me in my tracks last week + I knew I had to share it with you.

Unexpected kindness is the MOST POWERFUL, LEAST COSTLY AND MOST UNDERRATED agent of human change.”

As we head into the holidays, what if each and everyone of us began practicing unexpected kindness everywhere we went?

In the check out line at the grocery store, at the post office, in traffic, with our children, our spouses, our mates, our families, our relatives (even the ones you’re not so fond of) and ourselves.

Why?  Because…

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Why Being Cranky Works Against You (And How To Turn It Around.)

None of us are immune to feeling cranky. It happens.

We all have bad days, maybe even a few frustrating months, or for some Americans, an election that didn’t turn out the way they wanted.

I’m all for feeling your feelings, acknowledging your pain and your hurt. That is part of being human,

But at some point, whether it’s in regard to your acting career, your personal life or another’s political view, you have to find a way to shift from focusing from being critical to being compassionate (towards yourself + others). That’s when things begin to shift.

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I’m going to leave the political debate for those on Facebook (P.S. it’s OK to take a break from that too)

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Why Giving Thanks In Advance Is So Powerful

The most powerful of all human emotions?  Gratitude.

We see it expressed on every single awards show pouring out of the winning actors.

Maybe you saw it just last week in the eyes of every single baseball player on the Chicago Cubs – and in the eyes of every single fan after the rain delay and the amazing 10th inning win.

It’s a pure combination of happiness, joy and love. (As a Chicago native, I’m still feeling this powerful emotional combination after the first World Series win in 108 years!)

But what if you didn’t wait until after something amazing happened to express gratitude? What if you didn’t wait until Thanksgiving?  What if you started giving thanks in advance, now?

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Shining In The Spotlight: From Stressed At Auditions To Working With Helen Mirren

When I heard that Karen Valero went from feeling stressed at auditions to working with Helen Mirren (and more!), I had to find out exactly what changed within her to create such a big shift in her career, since the inner change always comes first.

Well, a few months prior, Karen joined my Spotlight Club and started using the tools I create each month to help actors cultivate a success mindset.  (Grab your free trial here).

She declared a few months prior to the big booking, “I’ve been listening to the Spotlight guided meditations + writing in the Spotlight journal everyday + this is actually working!  Everything seems so positive and I feel great about my goals.  I’m so excited.”  

That’s always the first breakthrough – feeling better.  When you start feeling great about your goals, the Universe rises to meet you.  When you feel good, you’re in receiving mode, you take inspired action and things just start happening.

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Why You Must Find Time To Take A Break

I just got back from a great vacation in Puerto Vallarta with my family.  Yes, in the middle of October! Between the water slides, the surf break right out front and the chocolate fondue fountain at dinner, everyone in the family had a blast. (Oh yeah, and catamaran rides were included!)

I remember years ago, in my single days, I was so focused on pursuing my career, that not only did I rarely take a vacation, I barely took a day off!

What I know now is that we all need a break. Not only is it good for your body, it refreshes your mind, your soul and your perspective.

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How To Get Out Of Your Own Way (And Into Receiving Mode)

Wanna know how you get in your own way and what’s really keeping you from what you want?

Believe it or not, it’s your own dissatisfaction that it’s not here yet.

Yep, your dissatisfaction, “in the meantime,” is your most common hindrance to getting closer to your goals.

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I almost got mad when I first read this, but then felt better knowing that it’s the simplest one to release.

Feeling like our dreams are somehow eluding us or are delayed can feel deeply frustrating.

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How To Overcome Overwhelm

How is it October already?

As my kids were noticing Halloween costumes in the stores this weekend, I turned a corner and saw the Christmas ornaments being displayed.  What?

With only three months left until the end of the year, the feeling of overwhelm can arise from added commitments, responsibilities and heightened expectations.

Maybe you have a long “to-do” list as we head into the holiday season or you’re wanting to tackle that one creative project that you never seem to find time to finish.  Perhaps the thought of taking action sends you into overwhelm and you end up cleaning your desk or binge watching Game of Thrones instead?

If we want to overcome overwhelm, we must first understand what it is exactly.

I love this advice, from best-selling author Esther Hicks, and I wanted to offer my own perspective as well.

So here we are together….

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So how do you overcome overwhelm?

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