• Get Wendy's weekly inspirations + your free MP3.

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?

unnamed
10 Life Lessons I Learned When I Was Single

(more…)

Read more +

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:

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

Read more +

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…

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

Read more +

How To Make Today A Fresh Start

How often do you wake up + start thinking the same thoughts you did yesterday?

Why isn’t my agent getting me more auditions?
Why didn’t I get a callback?
Why does that actress in my class book everything?.
Why can’t I_____________? (fill in the blank)

But what you miss when you start your day asking the same questions you asked yourself yesterday, is that, it is not the agent, the casting director or ‘this business’ that is keeping you stuck.

It is you.

Your habit of daily negative focus is what keeps you glued to where you are.

Begin today by simply noticing where you focus your thoughts in all kinds of situations.

When you’re stuck in traffic, do you tend to focus on the stopped traffic or do you notice the palm trees?

unnamed
Shift your focus. Shift everything. (more…)

Read more +

How Successful People Start Their Day

After researching the morning rituals of some of the most successful creative people in the world, I discovered that there was a common thread.

Although each person’s process was a bit different, it’s was interesting to learn that people like Oprah and Tony Robbins, didn’t begin their day reacting to the requests of others.

(And we can only imagine how long that request list might be on a daily basis.)

Instead, they tuned inward, first.  They filled their own cup before filling anyone else’s.  
NoteToSelf
Oprah Winfrey begins each day (more…)

Read more +

Why Wishing Things Were Different Works Against You

When you try to fix something, you fixate on it. You spend your time + energy focusing on the problem.

Albert Einstein once said, “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”

So whatever feels like a problem this week, what if you simply reframed your thinking?

Better yet, instead of wishing things were different, what if you didn’t even see them as problems, but rather as the perfect next steps along your path?

I had an epiphany this week, in the midst of watching the Hollywood Reporter Roundtable discussion of dramatic actresses, (where Oprah and Nicole Kidman talk about being nervous and being scared of making fools of themselves), and I realized that thinking you will feel differently when you get to somewhere other than where you are right now, is an illusion.

And I just started asking this question….
unnamed
What if everything was perfect exactly as it is right now? What if you didn’t need one thing to change for you to feel good?

What if the timing of all that is and isn’t happening for you was perfect? (more…)

Read more +

3 Ways To Create Morning Motivation (Before Getting Out Of Bed)

How you start your day is how you live your life.

Do you scroll through email and social media before you even get out of bed?  It’s not uncommon, but it’s also not helping you to be productive.

When your morning habit is to tune into what everyone else is doing, needing and wanting, you lose the valuable connection with your own inner knowing.

This connection is very powerful + will guide you throughout your day, but it’s not found by scrolling through Instagram.

Social media will most likely lead you to comparing and despairing. (Not ideal for motivating yourself to take action, first thing in the morning.)

unnamedSince your life is created by your habits, to wire yourself for success, you must (more…)

Read more +

Give Thanks For Your Freedom

Memorial Day in the United States, is a day 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.

unnamedWhen I volunteer in my son’s kindergarten class, I can barely get through The Pledge Of Allegiance without tearing up. Seeing a group of 5-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…)

Read more +

The Real Key To Success

Last month I was asked to be the guest of honor and guest speaker at a charity event, back in my hometown of Northbrook, Illinois, a northern suburb of Chicago. (Basically where all the John Hughes movies were filmed.)

They wanted me to talk about how I went from performing in the musicals, plays, variety shows + choirs at Glenbrook South High School to becoming an established actress in Hollywood.

The more I thought about my journey from performing back high school to now having over 75 tv + film credits, I realized that the running theme along the way, was that I simply…kept going.

I kept going in the face of obstacles.
I kept going in the face of uncertainty.
I kept doing the things that scared me the most.

Ultimately, my success has come from mastering the fine art of dealing with failure, rejection + disappointment.

That is the real key to success.

unnamed
There isn’t one successful person on the planet who hasn’t failed, been rejected or felt disappointment.  It’s whether you allow it to (more…)

Read more +

How To Handle Disappointment (For Real)

Ever find yourself feeling elated, excited + enthusiastic about life and then the next week find yourself feeling disappointed, sad or just crying in a heap?

This was me for the first 2 weeks of May…riding high and then feeling really low.

The highs are easy, right?

But, when the low point came, I found myself saying things like “You know that feeling bad isn’t helping. You have a great life. Snap out of it. What’s your problem?” 

Then, I finally allowed myself to just not feel good, to lay on the couch with my dog and simply sob for all kinds of reasons and for no reason at all (while telling him he has it all figured out – after all, “dog” is “god” backwards + that’s gotta mean something!)

I allowed myself to embrace the situation as it was, to feel whatever it was I was feeling without telling myself I should feel better or that I should be doing something else (something other than sobbing with my dog while my sweet husband offered his support.)

And ya know what? I highly recommend it.

What I came to discover is that the way “out” of those disappointing, frustrating + sad moments is to go fully through them.

The best way to handle it all is to allow yourself to come unhinged + give yourself permission to not have to “get it together” on demand.

So here’s what I now know.

unnamed
They key for me was to stop (more…)

Read more +

1234520
  • Monday Morning Mindset (and a free MP3 gift!)
    Wendy's Weekly Wisdom inspires thousands of actors around the world.
    Sign up now to receive weekly inspiration + your free mp3 to help you rock EVERY audition.