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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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5 Steps To Creating Balance + Joy.

I had the most perfect day last Friday. 

I walked my kindergartener to school. 
Took my 3 year-old to my awesome workout: The Dailey Method. 
Showered + blew my hair dry (a rarity)
Played with my 3 year-old in our backyard + ate hunch together.
Took him to his little gym class where I now have to stay “outside the glass” to watch him.  (We used to do mommy + me, but those days pass fast!). 
Had the baby-sitter come (who would be picking up my kindergartner since my husband was on an overnite surf trip.)
Did a quick VO job from my home studio.
Drove to Raliegh Studios for a fitting for a great role I booked on Castle.
Had time to write in my trailer while waiting for a photoshoot for this character.
Got home by 9 p.m. to a quiet house, where my kids were happily sound asleep.

Although I usually love putting them to bed, since I had spent quality time this morning with them, I didn’t feel an ounce of mom guilt.

I’ve learned that I can have it all, but I just can’t do it all.  I have to have to allow + ask for help.

I also realized, that this was such a perfect day because:

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3 Words That Can Change Everything…

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No matter how high you climb in your acting career…there will always be someone further along.

So often actors tend to compare “up” to others who have more success which only makes them feel “less than.”

This is your ego’s way of keeping your competitive mind active.

But when you shift from the mind that compares to the mind that creates, you will shift how you feel about yourself, as well as the abundance that shows up for you.

You are a divine being having a human experience.  When you spend your time wishing you were further along, had more credits, were prettier, younger or whatever other thought your inner critic distracts you with, you actually cut off your own creativity in this moment. You deplete all of your power.

It would seem as if “the industry” is doing it, but it is actually coming from your own projection of thought from your competitive mind that believes the supply of roles + opportunities is somehow limited.

When you can literally state “I accept myself.  I accept my life + my career exactly as they are right now,” + mean it, you raise your self-worth and you begin to realize, there really is no competition.

Then you give yourself the gift of accepting this moment exactly as it is, or another way to explain (more…)

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The Power of Taking A Break

Labor Day in the United States is a holiday that marks the end of summer for many, but it was originally intended to celebrate the working class in the late 1800’s.

I’m sure anyone who was alive back then would be amazed to see how we can now connect with someone on the other side of the planet at the speed of light.

My 3 year-old squeals with delight at the sight of the Netflix logo on my iPad, knowing he can connect with Mickey Mouse in seconds.

Even I squealed with delight the first time I saw actors connecting with my work from India, South Africa, Australia and other countries around the world.

And yet, how connected are we with what is right in front of us?

All of this fast-paced technology in the palm of our hand can get addicting + distracting if we don’t know how to take a real break from “virtually connecting” to really connect.

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10 Lessons Robin Williams Taught Me About Life

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When I heard the news of Robin Williams death, I thought it might be a wonderful mistake.  An internet hoax. A joke. Obviously,  it wasn’t.

And yet, now that I’ve read so many amazing stories from those I know who were lucky enough to work with him + others I don’t know who loved him dearly, I can only look at his death + the above quote +  think …yes, there is still a lot to learn. (more…)

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The Answer To Your Question: Should I Leave Town?

Whenever I’m debating on doing something fun or taking a trip, I’m often reminded of my late father’s wise words: DO IT NOW.

For the actor, I’ll add…

DoItNow

Mark Twain summed it up pretty well too:
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.  So throw off the bowlines.  Sail away from the safe harbor.  Catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore. Dream. Discover”

So, is there something you long to do or somewhere you’d like to go that you are putting off because….

  • you could get cast in something
  • you don’t want to miss out on anything
  • you don’t have anyone to go wtih
  • you tell yourself you can’t afford it

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50 Life Lessons I Learned From Acting

Are you searching for answers to living a great life or having a great career outside yourself?
Are you looking for the perfect teacher, the perfect agent or the perfect role to make you happy? What if you stopped searching this month and looked to your own life for the lessons.

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Yes, the answers lie within. In fact,  a few years ago I realized that my acting career was giving me all the answers I needed to live a great life, I just needed to pay attention.   (more…)

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The Recipe For An Inspired Life:

Gratitude Reciprocates

I’m writing this at 1am after watching The Oscars.  I actually had another post all ready to send out when I sat down with my husband at 10pm (after getting our kids to sleep) to finally watch our TIVO’d version of the show.  I told myself I wasn’t going to turn my computer back on.

Then I heard Matthew McConaughey’s speech.

It resonated with me so deeply that I had to write about it + urge you to watch it.  He talked about 3 things he needs every day: something to look up to, something to look forward to and someone to chase.

What struck a chord in me most was when he said, (talking about God, which I refer to often as The Universe) that “It’s a scientific fact that gratitude reciprocates,” how he looks forward most to his family and that his hero is his future self, 10 years from now, someone he can look up to, but an ideal that he’s “never gonna beat.” (more…)

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