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My Best Advice For Actors: Take The Trip. Face Your Fears. Live Your Life.

I just got back from an amazing family vacation to Riviera Maya.

I did all kinds of things on my bucket list, from swimming with dolphins, to zip lining into the Caribbean and snorkeling in Cozumel.

I also faced some fears head on.

It took me a few days to go down the steep blue water slide that was on the resort property where we were staying.

I’m normally scared of heights, but as I was trying to encourage my oldest son to face his fears, I had to walk my own talk.

Or in this case…go down the steep blue slide first.

And what we both learned is that, well, most fears are all in our minds and if we just do the thing that scares us, we’ll find out we can do way more than we think.

In fact, once we both took action and just went for it, we couldn’t stop, it was so much fun. (Same went for the zipline).

Check it my latest pics + videos here on Instagram.

In the midst of enjoying precious moments like this..

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I heard my late father’s wise words: Take the trip. Do it now. Don’t wait.

Or as Mark Twain wisely once said:

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

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5 Morning Success Habits (You Can Do In Under An Hour)

I’ve been committing to a set of daily morning success habits lately that have really helped me to feel good, stay inspired and get more done in less time.

We all have the same 24 hours in a day, but since your morning habits effect your whole day, see if you can implement a new one this week.

Try it for 21 days + see how you feel.

These are my top 5, and are all designed to help you begin your day in a proactive, positive + productive way.

1. Make Your Bed. (5 minutes)

Making your bed sets the tone for your entire day. When you take a few minutes + make your bed, you are beginning the day already accomplishing something and you are also taking a mindful moment to train your brain that the little things matter + your living space is important.

Sure, it’s easy to say, “It’s just going to get unmade later,” but that’s kind of like saying , “Why wash the dishes, if they’re just going to get dirty again?”

I’ve taught me children (my youngest one still has his moments of “it’s just going to get unmade later). to take pride in their rooms and that making their bed is part of taking care of their things, starting the day off right + feeling good about what they did themselves.

When we start the day with our bed made, we can use this mindset towards completing other tasks where the same dilemma arises, and we tell ourselves, this would be “easy to do or easy to blow off.”

As Nike says, just do it.

2. Drink Something Healthy (10 minutes)

We’ve had a juicer for years that has been gathering dust, but once I started reading all about @CeleryJuiceBenefits from the Medical Medium, and saw all the ways people healed all kinds of things on his Instagram Stories, I was in.

So I dusted off the juicer + now I make 16oz of celery juice a daily habit. (it’s been 45 days so far!).

Whether you do celery juice or some lemon with water, make your morning beverage (before your coffee) something that will flush toxins from your system + hydrate you.

You’ll be amazed at how easily this will become a habit that effects the rest of your day (and the well-being of your body + mind).

3. Write In A Journal (10 minutes)

Instead of checking social media, email + looking at the twitter news feed, check in with yourself first.

This has become a habit that has helped me so much lately.

Instead of checking “out” by diving deep into my phone, I like to begin each by checking “inward” first.

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How To Get More Done (Begin With This One Question)

My heart is heavy today, from all the fear and divisiveness that has been ignited in our country + the senseless acts of violence that follow.

​​I know that hate is taught, since we are all born with only love in our hearts, and my wish is that as each of us acts from a place of love, in all our interactions throughout the day and that the consciousness of love is expanded as a response.

​I wrote this post on Friday, and want to share it today since I know we all have to get up again on Monday and make the most of our lives.

​​I hope it helps you.
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So now that the year is half over, would you like to make the second half of 2019 even better than the first half?

If you set a goal in January + haven’t come close to achieving it, here’s why + how to change it.

So often we have the best intentions + just before we go to take action, we allow fear to stop us.

We rethink, review, + even remind ourselves of all of the reasons, it might not work.

Or we procrastinate + we put off what we know would be good for us, until another day.

From eating right, to exercising, to reaching out to someone, to diving into a creative project, often we associate more pain with actually doing a task, then the pleasure we will feel once it’s finished.

This is all rooted in small thinking from the lower mind, which is always ego-based + born out of fear or judgment.

Your ego doesn’t want you to change your lifestyle, test the waters, move outside of your comfort zone + alter anything on any level.

But the higher mind is rooted in love.

The higher mind is rooted in expansion.

The higher mind is limitless + sees the big picture long before you do.

So, maybe it’s time to ask yourself?  Am I operating from a place of love or fear?

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Most people don’t know how to operate from the higher mind, which is always accessible to you + done easily through guided meditation.

The expanded mind, your highest self, not only knows what is possible for you, but planted the idea in the first place to call you forward, to expand you and to invite you to where you want to go.

You can get to where you want to go, but it requires (more…)

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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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How To Give Yourself Permission To Pause

With modern technology at your fingertips all day long + requests coming at you from all angles, giving yourself permission to pause, to take a break, as well as not check social media (or email) one more time can be challenging.

Our brains inherently want to remain active, in charge, and not relinquish control.

But when we choose to pause, we not only give our brains a rest, but we are also tuning into the higher mind.

Pausing can feel like we’re not accomplishing anything,

But actually, in our pause, our reset, we return to aligning with our highest self.

It is there that we gain clarity + inspiration + end up taking much less action to accomplish our desired outcome.

If you’re unsure about how to give yourself permission to pause, I’ve created an easy to remember acronym for the word P.A.U.S.E. to help you do just that.

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Life, Love + The Diving Timing Of It All

I’m on an out-of-town getaway with my husband for our 12 year anniversary.

We were married on 07.14.07, and as I reflect on the amazing years of marriage we’ve enjoyed so far, I thought it would be fitting to share some of my favorite post about love, life, letting go + the divine timing of it all.

I hope these articles help you to know that wherever you are in your life right now, you are exactly where you need to be and you can get to where you want to go (and beyond).
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The Best Weapon Against Your Challenges

I hope you’ve been enjoying July! (Whether it’s summer or winter where you live, I love connecting with actors all over the world each week).

That is the beauty of modern technology.

On a side note: I’m not sure how I missed feeling 2 earthquakes in one weekend, but I hope all of my Southern California readers are all okay.

Make sure you have shoes near your bed, flashlights and a battery powered transit radio as the very basics of your earthquake preparedness kit.  Here is a full list of items recommended by the Red Cross. 

I just learned how to turn the gas off and the water main off at our house, just in case.  Do you know how to do these things? Make sure you do.

I moved here 5 days before the Northridge Earthquake in 1994, and that one shocked me to my core. (So maybe that’s why the Universe made sure I was swinging on a swing with my kids this time around).

Whether it’s a dealing with a natural disaster or even dealing with the daily life of being an actor, I know this to be true….
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No matter where you live, I hope you’ve also been taking time to pause this month, to get outside + enjoy nature, without checking your phone.

With modern technology at our fingertips all day long + requests coming at us from all angles, giving ourselves permission to pause, to take a break, as well as not check social media or email one more time, can be challenging.

Our brains inherently want to remain active + in charge, and not relinquish control.

But when we choose to pause, we not only give our brains a rest, but we are also  (more…)

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My Best Audition Tips (How I Booked The Role That Is Now Up For Your Emmy® Consideration)

Three years ago, I went in for one audition for a “possible recurring role” on Atypical.

I remember vividly, sitting in the waiting room, filled with actors of all different types and ages. All reading for the same role.

I could have easily told myself that “they’d never book me because I’m too ________ (young, old, tall, quirky, etc).” Or fill in the blank with whatever you tell yourself in these situations.

But instead, I chose to focus on simply bringing my truth into the room.

The character, Kathy, was described as “the uptight, but well-intentioned leader of the autism parent support group + a friend of Jennifer Jason Leigh’s.”

I found the place in me that understood what this meant. No judgment. Just truth.

My agent at the time actually thought I should pass on the role because he thought it might not turn into anything + that it wasn’t big enough.

But I felt connected to this character on many levels, even though the scenes in Season 1 were short + sweet.

But the scenes were funny, Kathy had a strong point of view + I could see her becoming part of the fabric of this show.

I also had never been into this casting office, so I figured why not simply go in + do what I do + leave?

I’m glad I trusted my instincts.

Today, Emmy-nomination round voting closes (tonight at 10pm PST), and to be up For Your Emmy® Consideration as “Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series” for my work on Atypical, is a dream come true.

You can quick view the clips here
Television Academy Members can vote here. 

I hope my story inspires you go into this week believing in yourself + knowing that anything is possible,

My best audition tips:

1. Trust your instincts.
2. Share your truth.
3. Shine your light.
4. Leave.

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If I had told myself a different story in the waiting room, if I had listened to my agent who didn’t think the role was big enough and if I had tried to figure out what “they” were looking for….it definitely wouldn’t have helped me book the role.

It’s not always easy to quiet the inner critic or other people’s opinions, but you’ll find that when you do, what’s left is your intuition and it always knows the way.

And if you need some help trusting your instincts lately, download my free “Success In The Audition Room” guided meditation audio here. (more…)

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What’s Really Getting In Your Way….(And How Let Go + Fly)

To invite in the new, we must let go of the old. (Even when it feels scary + we are uncertain of the outcome).

I’ve had to do this in a big way this year.

I’ve done a lot of inner work on letting go of my own lingering limiting beliefs + the outer work of taking actions that were way outside my comfort zone, in order to fly.

If you haven’t heard, I’m now on the ballot and in the running for an Emmy nomination.

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Emmy nomination-round voting closes in one week.  (Thank you for the outpouring of well-wishes + support.  It is so deeply appreciated!)

If you are a Television Academy member, I hope you’ll consider me when voting for “Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series” for my work on Atypical.

Click here to watch the clips (or to share the love).

This entire experience got me thinking about how we transform our lives and careers.  When does that happen and how do we do it?

When a caterpillar becomes a beautiful butterfly, it goes through a radical transformation process, one that is inherently uncomfortable.

But the caterpillar does not fight the chrysalis, nor does it resist any discomfort that arises inside as it sheds its familiar home.

Instead, to invite in the radical transformation that happens within its own protective casing, it must surrender fully to the discomfort.

The only way the caterpillar can end up flying is to allow the discomfort, to move beyond its protective casing, to transform itself + then spread its glorious wings for the very first time.

Metaphorically, leaving the familiar + stepping into the unknown with its wings wide open is how the butterfly first takes flight.

Ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu declares: “When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.”

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