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Mindset Mantras To End The Year Feeling Great

A short and sweet revisit to a favorite holiday post to simply (and lovingly) remind you that you are so much more than your career and your latest credits.

In fact, I wanted to give you a printable mindset mantra graphic with the reminder that YOU are a gift.  (Or simply screenshot it + make it your new screensaver!)

You play many roles in your life + they are all meaningful and valuable.  “Actor” is only one of those roles, just as “what you’ve done” in your career this year is only one facet of the multi-faceted diamond that is you.

So whether you print this out + tape it to your bathroom mirror or keep the graphic on your phone, allow it to serve as a loving guide to end the year knowing that not only are you enough exactly as you are right now, but that you are a precious gift.

Treat yourself this way as the year comes to a close + you will start the New Year off in the right direction.

Pause and read this anytime you feel your inner critic try to define you, judge you or criticize you…

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5 Tips For Peaceful Holiday Gatherings + How To Answer Questions About #ActorLife

It might feel easy (or even comforting) to visit with other actor friends and “talk shop” about all areas of the entertainment business.  We speak each others language, right?

But now it’s time to head home for the holidays where emotions get triggered, questions get asked + expectations for perfection are high.

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You may find yourself sitting at the dinner table feeling the need to explain yourself and your acting career more than ever.

This is easy to do when you’re working.  It’s fun to share what you’ve “been in lately” or where everyone can tune in to “catch you next.”

But what about those times where you don’t feel you have “anything to show for your efforts?” (more…)

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9 Ways To De-Stress Your Holidays….

Happy December!

I know this time of year can get busy + stressful. So I’m keeping it short + sweet today.

If you find yourself cranky, irritable, sad, or overwhelmed by all you have to do (or all you feel you haven’t done yet), here is my Holiday De-Stress List.

You’ll be amazed at what picking one thing on this list will do for your mental + emotional state.

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Keep in mind, this isn’t about covering up your feelings with a happy face sticker, or stuffing down your emotions with extra slices of pie.

It’s about taking the time to slow down + actually feel your feelings: acknowledge them, release them + let them be heard. (more…)

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How To Expand Into Your Best Self: 20 Things To Say Yes To Today

When we are looking to expand into all that we want to become in our lives + our careers, sometimes the path ahead can feel daunting + uncertain.

Our inner critic will convince us it’s safer to stay where we are, or even turn around, then to forge ahead on the unknown path.

But what if all it took to move forward was a simple inner mental shift.

Where instead of listening to the inner critic’s voice that says….

…I can’t, it won’t happen, it’s not possible, it isn’t hear yet, so it must not be coming, etc.

What if, instead, we simply said YES to ourselves more often.

Here are 20 Things To Say YES To Today to get you going again on your path…
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Why Working Harder Is Not The Answer

When you’re feeling overwhelmed or over-worked, what do you do? Work harder? Do more? Try and figure out how it’s going to all turn out and then talk about how it’s not?

All that busyness just creates more resistance.

So, how do you release resistance when you’re not feeling your best?

Take more naps.

Seriously. When you sleep, you cease all thought.

Which means, all negative thought.
All doubt.
All fear.
All resistance.

So, when you’re feeling over-worked, stressed out and frustrated, instead of doing more from this negative space (which will never lead to positive results), take a nap.

If you need a permission slip (and a cute example), here it is….

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Dogs have it right, don’t they? What if we took our cues from them?

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This Is Getting In The Way Of Your Success

You may have heard (or seen) that Will Smith bungee jumped out of a helicopter over the Grand Canyon on his 50th birthday. Just before jumping he said, “Anytime I’m scared of something, I feel compelled to attack it.”

His words and actions have always inspire me.

Doing the things that have scared me over the years have definitely expanded my life in wonderful ways.

One of my favorite truth bombs he shared was this:
You can’t experience the joy that is intended for you in life if you don’t go. Don’t hesitate. Commit.
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So what gets in most people’s way of going for the life (and career) that they want?
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10 Lies You Tell Yourself About Your Acting Career (+ How To Flip The Script)

You most likely got into this business because you love storytelling.

Inspiring and entertaining people through storytelling is an ancient ritual that has been passed down through the ages and to be part of bringing a story to life is a magical art form.

But today, I want to talk about the story you tell yourself.

In fact, the reason most actors don’t succeed has nothing to do with external factors.

It’s in the internal story you tell yourself about what is possible.

You know, those stories you have on repeat in your mind after being in this business awhile (months, years, or maybe even decades).
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Too Hard On Yourself? 3 Steps To Feeling Better

It’s Labor Day here in the US, so I’m making this short + sweet today. (Hope you’re taking a break from work today too.)

As you begin September, start noticing the story you are telling yourself – about your looks, your career, your relationships, your life.

Is it kind? If not, it’s time to change the story.

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It’s so easy to judge and label ourselves (and others) and attach all kinds of meaning to what is or isn’t going on at any given moment.

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10 Mantras That Increased My Happiness (And Bookings!)

Have you been trying really hard to make your acting dreams happen this year? Are you feeling overworked and overwhelmed? I get it.

I used to think that working harder would produce better results, but ultimately that thinking often led to me feeling resentful and exhausted.

(While I watched those who didn’t work nearly as hard as I reap all kinds of rewards.) Can you relate?

So, now, whenever I find myself pushing to make things happen, I remind myself that there is power in ease, flow + letting go.

In fact, just last month, when I had a quiet few weeks with no auditions, I reminded myself to let go of how I think it all should go + what I think should be showing up right now.

Instead I used the time to clear the clutter, update my online presence, play with my kids, swim in the ocean and trust in the future I could not see. (This guided meditation helped me)

And what happened? Auditions came in.

And in those auditions, I brought that sense of ease, flow + letting go with me, and it resulted in my latest feature film booking (as one of the lead roles).

It also brought back a voice-over campaign (where I was the initial voice, but then had to re-audition to get the job back.)

I auditioned again + I got the job back for multiple TV spots over several recording sessions. (But, wow, talk about letting go in the process!)

So, I hope these examples help you to relax about whatever is or isn’t showing up for you right now + help you realize how much power lies in letting go.

Here are 5 graphics I created for you of mantras I have been telling myself lately that have helped me to increase my happiness (+ my bookings.)

Feel free to screenshot your favorite + make it your new screensaver, or share them on your own social media.
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Why Alignment (Then Action) Is The Key To Your Success

Happy July! Can you believe the year is half over?

No matter what you have or haven’t “done” so far this year, I want you to know one thing…

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There is nothing outside of your ability to accomplish it, but when you force yourself to take action from a place of lack-minded thinking, your efforts will often provide lackluster results.

There is so much more power available to you, when you choose to align your mind first, and then take action from this newly inspired place (and all that procrastinating ends!)

But how do you do this? (more…)

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