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Getting Back Up With Grace + Gratitude: What I Learned From My Day With Oprah + Kerry Washington

I just got back from an amazing day with Oprah + Kerry Washington.

No, we weren’t all sipping Chai Tea lattes at Oprah’s home. (Though you never know when that could happen!)

I went to a live taping of Super Soul Sunday at UCLA’s Royce Hall.

But first, let me back track a bit, in hopes of inspiring you.

About two weeks ago, I had a week without one single audition.  Nothing, nada, zilch.

Ironically enough, I was using the time to write + record my next free guided visualization of the month for April, Inviting In More Abundance.

Not having what you want in any given moment is such an excellent teacher, isn’t it?

I started listening to my own audio (yes, I do listen to my own creations!), and instead of falling into fear + worry, I relaxed about it all + practiced gratitude for what was already in my life.

Guess what happened?  I got three awesome auditions the very next week – great roles in a pilot, a feature film and a TV drama.

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How To Handle Times Of Uncertainty

When you’re auditioning + booking, you feel on top of the world, and when you’re not, it can sometimes be hard to get up in the morning or even know what to do with your day.  I get it.  I’ve been there.  It’s frustrating, to say the least.

But guess what? As actors, more often than not, there’s going to be times when it feels like “nothing is going on” + things feel uncertain.

The good news?  Those times can also change on a dime.

So, instead of filling the void with doubts, what if you began to actually love the void?

The late, great Wayne Dyer really explains it best…

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The Importance of Not Checking Facebook + Other Morning Rituals

Did you know that first few minutes of your morning can effect the tone of your entire of your day?

Does your day start with checking your phone before even getting out of bed?  Do you start reacting + responding to email requests + social media posts even before getting dressed?  (Yes, I’ve done it too!)

Unfortunately, we are all trading this very valuable time of day for other people’s agendas.

If checking Facebook sends you into a jealousy tailspin + makes you feel defeated before you even try, then why begin your day that way?
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“Every morning we are born again.  What we do today is what matters most.”  – Buddha

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What To Do When Jealousy Strikes?

No matter where you get to in your career, there will always be someone else farther along.

The competitive mind loves to compare and despair.  Your ego will convince you that if you just had: a better agent, more credits, a bigger role, more lines, a nomination, or a trophy from the Academy that you would be happier.

When jealousy moves into your mind, it often brings with it a few close cousins, namely fear + doubt.  All of this mental gymnastics is really an illusion, albeit very convincing , to keep you believing that you are separate.  The more you allow jealousy to lead your thoughts, the deeper you are rooting yourself in a state of lack, and of course, none of it feels good.

It is the creative mind, not the competitive mind, that connects you to your true power, abundance + worthiness.

So, what to do when jealousy strikes?  Make this your priority:

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#1 Question To Ask To Transform Your Life + Acting Career

It’s not: Why didn’t I get a callback?  Why didn’t I book that other job? Why aren’t I further along? 

Quite the contrary.

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Unconditional self-love is accepting whatever is going on within you without trying to change it, alter it, make it go away or tell yourself “I shouldn’t be feeling this way.”

When you are about to beat yourself up for __________ (insert your favorite reason here: not being further along, not being more positive, not booking the job etc.) you are putting a condition on how much you choose to love yourself in this moment.

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7 Steps To Living Your Next Big Goal

Every step you take on the path to your next big goal will undoubtedly be a journey of self-discovery.

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I love this idea that those of us on this path will need to accept that we can go further than we think.

I believe there’s a seed of greatness in all of us and it has been my mission to help as many actors + artists find it, nurture it + watch it grow.

So often that seed gets covered in dirt from our past wounds, buried by disappointment or regret and untended to because life’s demands somehow get in the way.

When we don’t nurture our desire or know how to allow them to grow, it will eat away at us.

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How To Align With Your Acting Goals, Dreams + Desires

So many exciting possibilities lie ahead for you as the New Year begins. A clean slate, a blank page + a new chapter is ready to be filled in by you.

As you read this, I will be riding rides with my family at Disneyland AND it actually happens to be part of success plan for 2015.

Why?  Because this act of spending time with my sweet 3 + 6 year old boys, and wonderful husband are part of what brings me great joy.

Many people are focused on all they are going to DO this year.  List of goals, list of tasks, list of changes they want to make.

But in the midst of your goal-planning, what if you asked yourself how you most want to FEEL this year + allowed that to be your standard of success?

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3 Steps To Honoring Your Emotions During The Holidays

The holiday season can bring up a lot of emotions.

So often, we get preoccupied with our long to-do lists + family obligations, that before we know it, we feel overwhelmed, run-down or even get sick.

The radio may tell us “it’s the most wonderful time of the year,” but when we have sadness, anger, frustration or other emotions that we don’t take the time to express, experience and move through to completion, they tend to get stuck in the body.

Years ago, I faced debilitating back pain after a snowboarding incident.  When the pain kept recurring, a friend gave me a book that changed my life.

In his fascinating book, Healing Back Pain, Dr. Sarno talks about the mind’s effort to repress emotions. According to Dr. Sarno, the mind tricks you into not facing repressed emotions by making you focus on pain in the body.

In other words, most humans would rather tend to their physical pain than deal with their emotional pain. That made sense to me, as I was spending most of my time + energy tending to my physical condition.

Once I allowed myself to release the emotional pain that I had been suppressing at that time, there was no need for the physical pain, and it literally disappeared overnight.  I was amazed.

Now, whenever I begin to feel sick or feel stress mounting in my body, I always try to do some emotional release work.  (This doesn’t discount seeing a doctor when you have acute or chronic pain)

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