Being A Beacon Of Light + Love ❤️

    This past week has brought me to my knees so many times.

    In light of the current events around racism and social injustice, I want to lovingly remind you that everything I create (whether it’s a program or a post) will always come from a space that stands for love, inclusion, diversity, unity, peace, compassion and acceptance.

    And yet, I too, have so much more to learn on the topic of racism.

    If you want to educate yourself and take action, but aren’t sure where to begin, a friend shared this helpful guide: Anti-Racism Resource List Click Here To View.

    I know that racism is taught.  I know that it begins in the home.

    This past week, I watched my 8-year-old son prepare his speech for his online 3rd grade class.

    In a sea of famous people – former Presidents, artists and musicians, scientists, and more – he chose Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    I cried at his timely choice and that he made it all on his own.
    I cried helping him find quotes and talking about what they meant.
    I cried explaining to him why I was crying, and though progress was made back then, there’s still so much more work to do.
    I cried at the unity of 50 states and 18 countries coming together for one important cause.
    I cried at the thought that his generation might actually experience (and become) the change that the world is asking for right now.

    Change is upon us, and we are all feeling it.

    Change is also messy, emotional, uncertain, painful + requires deep discomfort to really grow, learn and evolve.

    So many feelings are coming up.  We are seeing this on a global level and we are feeling it on an individual level.

    As artists, I know we are feeling it, because that’s what we do. We feel. We empathize.  We emote.  We seek to understand the human condition.

    But I also want to also remind you, that although we live in the digital age, you are not required to process your emotions in public.

    Of course, I do hope you are taking time to process your emotions, release them in a way that is healthy and then do what feels best for you.

    We all process things differently and we are all called to different actions that will drive us to different lanes.

    Your lane might be writing.
    Your lane might be donating.
    Your lane might be protesting.
    Your lane might be organizing.
    Your lane might be volunteering.
    Your lane might be painting a mural.
    Your lane might be a dance or a song.
    Your lane might be forwarding petitions.
    Your lane might be talking to your children.
    Your lane might be making a compelling video.
    Your lane might be educating yourself in a new way.
    Your lane might be tending to your own mental health.
    Your lane might be doing what you can to stay sober today.

    Some things to keep in mind:
    1) Everyone’s lane is different.
    2) Your lane might change from day to day.
    3) Don’t feel guilty that you “should be” in all of the other lanes.  It’s impossible.
    4) Don’t worry about directing the traffic in the other lanes.

    If we want to bring compassion, acceptance + love into the world, we must begin with ourselves.  

    So don’t judge yourself for whatever lane you are riding in on any given day.

    As you soften your own self-judgment, and then let go of judging others for what they are doing or not doing, you are actually helping create the change that we are all seeking.

    Be a beacon of love + light in whatever lane is calling you right now, and know that it does have a ripple effect.

    And as the late, great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that.  Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”

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    This goes for how you treat yourself and others.

    Be kind to yourself this week.

    Be kind to others who don’t agree with you this week.
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    What To Do When You’re Not Feeling Good

    With all that’s going on in the world right now (and especially in the U.S.), I hope you know that it’s okay…to not feel okay.

    For me, when I’m not feeling good, I make it my mission to tune inward before taking action. 

    I’ve realized that taking emotional inventory before jumping into circumstances that don’t feel aligned to me is the key, but it takes conscious awareness.

    Our emotions serve as an important internal guidance system, and when we take the time to process what we’re feeling and why, we are able to make better decisions.

    So, if you’re feeling unsteady, uneasy or unhappy today, listen to that, honor it and allow yourself the space today to then do what feels best to you.

    You may discover that doing the things you “said you were going to do today,” just don’t feel good.  Maybe it all feels heavy right now.  And that’s ok.

    You might need a break.
    You might need a good cry.
    You might need some time to simply process your emotions.

    And all of it is okay.

    Today, I’m sharing a personal story of something that happened recently, and how “not okay” I felt in the moment and what I did about it.

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    ⭐Wellness Gifts For You (+ Featured in Variety)⭐

    I hope you are finding ways to ease any anxiety + improve your well-being during this time (and that you remember, there’s no “one way” to do this).

    It’s been amazing to hear from so many people who are listening to my 15 minute free guided meditation. “Easing Anxiety + Improving Well-Being” + telling me “I felt better after 15 minutes of listening to your audio, than I had in weeks.”  

    This is music to my ears, especially in the midst of all that is going on in the world. 

    Download + listen to it here. 

    And if you’ve been feeling overwhelmed, before you attempt another week of getting “busy doing more,” download my “Well-Being To-Do List”

    This will serve as a quick reminder (and perhaps the permission slip you need) to reevaluate, recalibrate + redesign your life to make what matters most to you the main priority. 

    It has always been my mission to help actors thrive through uncertainty, and now, more than ever, I’m aware that taking care of our own mental health + wellness, must be at the top of our list.

    Once you begin your day in ways that empower you (and have tools to realign your mind), you’ll actually feel better and even be more productive.

    I’m thrilled to see that this mental health + wellness message is expanding throughout our community + the world. 

    I’m honored to be featured (alongside Arianna Huffington) in Variety + wanted to share the news with you here too.

    It’s part of an ongoing series from entertainment industry insiders, and if you scroll down on this volume of the Corona Chronicles, you’ll find my featured piece.

    Corona Chronicles: Arianna Huffington Raises Money for First Responders, Stars Use TV and Movies as Escapism and Other Personal Stories

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    This has been an eye-opening and emotional time for all of us, I know.

    Being able to connect with you, uplift you + shine some light in all of the darkness has helped me more than you know.
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    Thriving Through Uncertainty

    I know how easy it is to want the external conditions to change, so we can feel better.

    And I know how much uncertainty is prevalent on the planet right now + we all feel it.

    Uncertainty in the world (or in our acting careers) can make us feel unstable or unsure of the path ahead and even confused about what direction to take on any given day.

    And all of this unsteadiness may bring up fears within us. I get it.

    But what if we looked at our fears differently right now?

    In this video, I’m sharing my best tips for thriving through uncertainty.

    What if fear was simply an alert that you’re just out of alignment with your highest self and you’re allowing your mind to run looping thoughts?

    What if fear is arising because you are starting to believe those looping stories as true?

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    3 Steps For Feeling Good + Getting Stuff Done (Even Homeschooling)

    A quick shout out to all the beautiful mothers out there – Happy (Belated) Mother’s Day!  

    I am giving you a virtual hug to you today for all you are, all you give and all you do.  (And you’ll love today’s video, because I’m sharing my 3 step system I use at home to help homeschool my kids without all the meltdowns (for myself and them).

    And if you’re not a mom, you’ll find that today’s video will help you to set your day up in a way that makes you feel good and gives you the motivation to get stuff done.

    If you have lost your mom, I know that Mother’s Day (and any day) can be tough.  I lost my mom 10 years ago, so I get it.  I know that your mother’s light shines through you and I do believe that when you think of her, it’s because she thought of you first.

    If you’re an actor who is thinking “can I really have a career and a family?” I’m here to tell you 100%…YES.  It requires an awesome partner, a calendar, flexibility and a sense of humor (for starters), but it is possible.

    I do remember being pregnant with my first son, though not showing yet, and after a day of multiple auditions, I came home, cried on the floor + said to my husband, “How on earth am I going to do this when I have a baby?”

    Like everything uncertain (pandemics, acting careers, motherhood) you will figure it out as you go.

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    Finding Solutions In Challenging Times

    I’m keeping it short + sweet today, since I know your inbox (and your brain) might be overwhelmed with incoming messages, offerings and more “should do’s.”

    Today’s tip will help you tune into the solutions you are seeking.

    I know this has been a stressful time for everyone, and that you may be facing a lot of challenges right now.

    But I also want to remind you that within every challenge, arises an even bigger solution.
    (And your solution is not to get “busy doing more,” which just creates more angst + exhaustion)

    The solutions you are looking for are not in your angst, they’re in your alignment.


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    So, throughout your day today, instead of worrying about what other actors are doing right now, and adding more to your plate, give yourself permission to pause. (more…)

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    Productivity Tip That Will Change Your Results Fast…

    Have you been feeling really distracted lately?  Yep, me too.

    With so many messages, opportunities and offerings coming our way these days, it’s easy to get overwhelmed (and get nothing done), while simultaneously feeling like you “should” be doing more.

    So, today, I want to share a simple productivity tip that’s been helping me this past week and will change your results fast (especially if you’re having trouble focusing).

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    Your Well-Being To-Do List (Printable Gift For You)

    I’m so glad last week’s post helped so many of you turn the “should do’s” into “could do’s” and serve to let go of the guilt or shame of “not being more productive.”

    Read it here:
    How To Let Go Of The Guilt Of Not Being More Productive (During A Global Pandemic) 

    This theme (and your response to it) got me thinking about how so much of our worth + value has been tied up for so long in what we produce, what we do, and what we accomplish.

    Many of us have spent years hustling, and being “busy doing more” to show ourselves (and anyone we think might be watching) that we are of value.

    Even in our world of “show-business,” it really is all about show.  When you book a job, it seems the minute you wrap, everyone wants to know, what’s next?  What do you have to “show” for yourself?

    But now that the world has essentially “stopped all the doing,” and our industry is on a global pause, it’s given each of us a time to re-evaluate how we perceive ourselves + even redefine what success truly means.

    Does success mean being productive to the point of burnout + overwhelm?
    Does success mean splitting your energy in a million different ways?
    Does success mean hustling + being everything to everyone?

    What if you used this time to think about where you were putting your energy, how it was (or wasn’t) serving you + how you can reshape your life moving forward.

    And for those of you who love a good to-do list, I thought I’d put one together for your well-being.

    When you align with the inner knowing that you don’t have to be productive to be of value, you can then choose activities, people + projects that light you up, instead of using any of it to prove your worthiness.

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    How To Let Go Of The Guilt Of Not “Being More Productive” (During A Global Pandemic)

    Have you been bombarded with “how to be more productive” suggestions lately, while feeling guilty that you’re still in your pajamas at noon?
    Have you been noticing all of the free opportunities lately, while simultaneously feeling overwhelmed on where to begin?

    You’re not alone, and today I want to address it all from a different perspective.

    Not the one that shames you into being busy doing more, but the one that invites you to step back + reframe it all from a place of freedom, choice, and love.

    I know a lot of actors who are feeling very frustrated by all they feel they should be doing right now.

    Does this look like your list of “should do’s” from the last few weeks?

    I should submit to every online open casting call.
    I should attend every free Zoom call for actors.
    I should create more content for social media.
    I should comment more on social media.
    I should practice a new monologue.
    I should hone my self-tape skills.
    I should work on 5 new accents.
    I should update my marketing.
    I should be more productive.
    I should start a podcast.
    I should workout daily.
    I should take a nap.

    Who wouldn’t feel overwhelmed?

    When you are telling yourself what you “should-do,” and it feels heavy, that’s a great indication that the action is coming from a place of fear and lack.

    Ultimately, you are telling yourself that if you don’t do the things on your “should-do” list, you’re not making the most of your “quarantine time.”

    This is a lie the ego wants you to believe.

    When your action comes from an energy of fear, lack and self-doubt it will never result in success (during a global pandemic or anytime!)

    Instead, this week, I invite you to replace any should with could, and see what happens?

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    When you reframe it in this way, then every idea becomes an invitation that you can choose to decline or accept, based on what feels good to you in the moment.

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    My Milestone Birthday (Gifts For You…..)

    I celebrated a milestone birthday yesterday. (Yes, turning 30 is amazing! I mean 40. I mean 50!) What?

    I feel 28 on the inside (and I rollerblade like I was 18), but as my late mother used to wisely tell me, at whatever age I was turning…”one day, you’ll wish you were this age.” So true.

    So, today, I’m enjoying celebrating 5 decades on the planet + all I have learned, how I have grown, and who I have become along the way.

    I’m also celebrating all of the love in my life, from my amazing readers like you, to my courageous students, to my closest friends and cherished family.

    My husband put together a virtual party on Zoom for me this weekend + I was overcome with emotion seeing my beautiful friends, hearing their stories, well-wishes and toasts and simply feeling all of the love + connection.

    It made me realize what really matters at the end of the day. It’s not the credits, the bookings or the awards.

    It’s the love that flows from your heart to another person + back to you and how you make a difference in each other’s lives.

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