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Post-Emmy Funk? 11 Mindset Mantras To Improve Your Mood

If you watched the Emmys on Sunday night, and it left you feeling inspired + hopeful for the possibilities ahead for you, that’s awesome.

But if you turned off the TV and went to bed wondering…

  • Will it ever happen for me?
  • What do I do to get to where I want to go?
  • How will I ever achieve my biggest acting dreams?

Here’s what you need to know today:

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The only way to get to where you want to go, is to first make peace with where you are. 

So, if you woke up today feeling blue about your career, guess what? You simply added meaning to an event.

You watched an awards show (an event) and made the fact that you aren’t there indicate that you have somehow failed as an actor (meaning you added).  And now you feel horrible.  (current outcome)

Here’s what that math would look like on a chalk board: (more…)

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5 Ways To Bring Your Life Back Into Balance This Week

It’s so easy to look around the chaos in our world and our weather, and respond with fear, worry or anger.

It’s also easy to take these stressful feelings and redirect them (often unconsciously) towards your loved ones or even towards yourself.

But, the more chaos that surfaces in the world (or in your own life), the more important it becomes to find a still point in your heart.

When you clear space in your mind + your heart, and become a witness to your pain or problems, without engaging in your own suffering, you create new neural pathways to the solution.

It’s the stillness that ultimately sets you free + brings your life back into balance.

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When you get still in your heart + mind, every disruption can lead you to an even bigger awakening.

So, what if instead of believing all the negative noise in your head, you (more…)

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Do What You Can To Spread Good

If your heart aches for those affected by many of the natural disasters going on all around the world, (I know mine does), then take inspired action this week + help in whatever way you can.

Even when you think there’s not much you can do, remember to simply:
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SPREAD GOOD. Every little bit helps.

Best selling author, Brene Brown, made a heartfelt video a few days ago from the center of a facility in Houston (#HurricaneHarvey) letting people know that although they are receiving tons of donations of used clothes and shoes, what they really need for evacuees is  (more…)

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Why You Must Unplug To Find Your Joy

You may not even realize you do this, but, have you noticed that when you’re feeling frustrated, overwhelmed, or just plain bummed-out…

you head straight to the social media apps on your phone, and begin scrolling + searching for something to cheer you up. (I do it too!)

Maybe you scroll through Facebook, then Twitter, checking the trending news feed, which gets you more bummed out, or mad, or sad.

So you head over to Instagram and maybe you like a few things, but it’s not enough. You scroll more. You watch a few Instagram stories.

You click back to Facebook. Maybe someone commented on your previous post.

But nothing. Except you see an actor post about a job they booked.

You don’t even have auditions.

You begin to feel worse.

Then someone in your home asks you a question. You get irritated.

You say, “Hold on, I’m just looking at something.”

You keep scrolling. Searching. For something. You have no idea what.

It’s addicting. It’s avoidance. It’s actually keeping you from moving forward.

You may think you’re trying to cheer yourself up, but here’s the truth:
unnamedYes. Your JOY is not hiding on any social media feed. UNPLUG + notice how you feel.

And by unplug, I mean (more…)

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How To Have Everything Fall Into Place

Have you noticed, sometimes, that the harder you work, the tougher life often feels? (While others seem to float magically through life?)

Have you noticed that the more you push, make giant to-do lists + tell yourself you need to do everything at once, the more exhausted you feel?

Have you gotten so used to doing things this way, that you’ve even forgotten what brings you joy?

I know, because I operated like this for YEARS.

Yep. I used to be that actress who would never leave town (FOMO), was constantly working on improving my skills + definitely put “fun” last on my long list of “things to achieve this week.”

And it’s not to say, I’m against, working hard + mastering your craft. I still put my time in, but I just do it from a different place these days. A more aligned place. A place where I’ve first made joy + fun a priority. (Isn’t that why we’re all doing this?)

What I’ve noticed is that when you get back to what brings you joy, things start showing up more easily. People offer more assistance. And opportunities come when you least expect them.

When you’re finding joy in your life, Universal forces begin to work in your favor.

So how do you get into a state of ease and flow in your life, and have everything fall into place?

Take time for what brings you joy. (Hint: It’s kinda why we’re all here.)
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Why Needing The Job To Bring You Joy Never Works

Do you do this to yourself?

I know most actors go through some version of this conversation:

I’ll feel happy when…

I get a new agent.
I get auditions from the new agent.
I get more auditions from the new agent.
I get callbacks from the auditions.
I book the job.
I book a bigger job.
I book 3 big jobs in a row that don’t conflict with each other.
I book a VO campaign.
I book a 6 figure VO campaign.
And on and on and on.

It’s almost like scrolling on social media. No matter what you find, you are training your brain to search for more, because what you find is never quite enough.

And sometimes we get so busy searching and seeking and looking for something (or even someone) to complete us or make us feel whole or make us feel like we’ve accomplished something, that we fail to realize our happiness is right here in this moment…whether we get the agent, the job, the bigger job, the campaign or not.

Yep. Right here in this moment, is not only where your joy lies, it is also where your true power lies.

unnamedMost rarely align with their true power because it seems illogical to them that there is power in relaxing, in letting go, or in love or joy or bliss. – Abraham-Hicks

Most believe in efforting their way through. But when things aren’t showing up, and you’re feeling bad about it in any way, it’s always a reminder to (more…)

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How To Retrain Your Brain For Audition Success

How do you start your day when you have an audition?
Do you speak lovingly to yourself, or are you filled with worry, doubt or fear?

How you begin your day, is usually how you live your life. Since every thought you think is creating your experience, it helps to be mindful of what you are telling yourself. We are all using affirmations all day long, the question is, are you affirming the positive or the negative?

You’ll know by the way you feel.

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If you don’t like how you feel, change your thoughts.

When you start to change your way of thinking, your inner voice will always react immediately with either fear or love.

But what if you used a different criteria for responding to your habitual internal dialogue?

Try this: “If it feels good, it’s true for me. If it feels bad, it’s a lie.”
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What are you affirming on your audition days? (more…)

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10 Life Lessons I Learned When I Was Single

My husband and I are in the midst of enjoying a 10th anniversary getaway trip.

To inspire you all, I wanted to share the timeline of how we met (10 years before our first date!) and the 10 valuable life lessons I learned when I was single (amidst lots of tears + frustrations).

I hope this helps you to know that even when things look like they might not be going your way, greater forces are at work in your life.

I also hope my story will help you ask yourself these 3 questions today:

What if my timing is divine?
What if everything is unfolding exactly as it’s meant to?
What if I started keeping the faith?

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10 Life Lessons I Learned When I Was Single

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2 Things Every Actor Should Do This Summer (And Why It Will Help Your Career)

Remember when you were a kid + you got so excited about the smallest of things?

Riding your bike around the neighborhood.
Eating popsicles on the front porch.
Going to the beach.

Remember how you were so engaged with what you were doing that the time just seemed to fly by while you were laughing + playing?

Watching my kids run + skip down the path to the beach this week reminded me that there are…

2 things every actor should do this summer:

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Relax more. Play more. Start keeping the faith that you are on the right path. (more…)

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4 Abilities (You Already Have) That Give You Ultimate Freedom

I’m making it quick today, as it’s the day before 4th of July here in the U.S (one of my favorite holidays) and we are decorating bikes and scooters for a parade.

This was a popular post from this time last year, so I’m sharing it again today…..

As I was thinking of all the freedoms I am so blessed to enjoy in this country (including connecting with actors all over the world!), I ran across this quote from Steven Covey…

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What an amazing reminder that we all possess the natural abilities of (more…)

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