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We All Feel Sad At Times: Ask For Help

At my sons’ elementary school this past week they put in a “Buddy Bench.” This is a bench that someone can go to if they feel lonely, left out, sad or depressed.

Others know that when someone is sitting on the bench, that they want to be asked to play, and the children are encouraged to invite whomever is sitting there to join them.

Not only does this teach compassion and empathy at a young age, but it also lets our youth know that it is okay to feel these feelings and let others know about it.

Gifting this Buddy Bench to our elementary school brought tears to my eyes, for the message of inclusion and hope it will now bring to those who are in pain.

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How You Can Start Loving It All (Even If You Have The Post-Oscar Blues)

Did you watch the Oscars last night? No matter how it left you feeling, I’m hoping today’s post will uplift you.

Last night, my husband + I were invited to a black tie Oscar viewing party at The Hollywood Museum + I had the dream of wearing a gown from an amazing designer who creates handmade works of art.

Follow me here on instagram to see the pics.

And this morning, I’m back on the set, shooting another episode of a wonderful TV show I worked on last week + am feeling so grateful to do what I love, while also inspiring other actors along the way.

I want you to know that just 4 weeks ago, after having some great auditions and not really booking anything, I was feeling pretty down about how 2018 was going.

I wanted to feel better, but there were days, where I just couldn’t get out of my own funk + lift myself up. Can you relate?
Well, it got me thinking….

It seems we search for ways to feel good, and often run in fear of feeling anything less than what we deem as “positive emotions.”

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What if every emotion you feel throughout your day was here to awaken you?

And what if you could start loving it all?

We often spend our time judging, criticizing + labeling ourselves + our emotions + then adding to the story of what it all means.
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Where To Focus When Nothing Is Going On…..

When there are slow patches in your career, do you go down the dark rabbit hole of worry + self-doubt?

Do you start obsessing about how you did on your last audition or wondering if you’ll ever get another one?

I know. I’ve been there.

But, when you shift your focus from what is not working to what’s going right in your life, things will begin to shift in your favor.

This year started off kinda quiet for me (well, except all of my free trainings for actors!), and it would have been easy for me to start ranting + raving….

“What are my reps doing?”
“Where are my auditions?”
“What am I missing out on?”

But asking myself those questions only produces answers (and feelings) rooted in lack and fear.

So instead, I focused all of my energy on helping other actors (like you) succeed, while getting into a mental head-space of radical appreciation for what was working in my life.

Why would this matter?

Within the next week, I ended up getting 3 amazing auditions, including a request to read for a different role on a project I had already been in for late last year.

(Something I didn’t even know would come back around, and could have easily spent a lot of wasted time examining what I might have not done “right” at that initial audition.)

And then, a wonderful booking came in (which I can’t give details about yet) and an invitation to attend a red carpet Oscar party.

And all from shifting my focus + how it made me feel when nothing was going on. That’s it.

Sounds simple, right? It Is, but many actors choose to take the struggling route of complaining + blaming + then berating themselves. Then they spend their days busying themselves with “doing more” from this space of lack.

What they don’t realize, is that it’s hamster wheel that just produces more of the same.

So, what if, no matter how things look right now, you told yourself this:

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Instead of spending anytime criticizing or berating myself today,

I marvel at all I’ve done + who I’ve become along the way.

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3 Steps To Take When You Feel Lost

Thirteen years ago, I was on the edge of a devastating breakup and days like Valentine’s Day would spark a sadness within me that would turn the rest of February into my least favorite month.

Especially since I had a timeline of how my life was going to go + clearly I was “off schedule,” since I was going to be married with kids by age 33.

When we feel lost in the woods and we can’t seem to find our way, it’s easy to think thinks will never change.

Time definitely gives you perspective, and as I look back now, this is what I wish I knew….

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Love wherever you are in your journey and know that it is all leading you to the light.

Because ultimately, life had even better plans for me.

And interestingly enough, it was after spending a year where I focused on giving myself everything I thought I needed a relationship to give to me, that an old friend (who I did a film with 10 years prior) came along and changed my life. (more…)

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Start Your Day In This Way + Set Yourself Up For Success

If you feel like you’re going a mile a minute lately, it might be time to slow down.

What if what you really needed was not to ‘do more’ or ‘try harder’, but rather thank yourself for all you’ve done so far?

We swipe, scroll + search. But for what? What if all you needed in this moment is right here in front of you?

For me, this month is all about simplification + appreciation.

I’m even on a mission to simplify my weekly Morning Mindset emails for you!

Since everything you tell yourself is an affirmation (whether it’s good or bad), today, I’d like to help you slow down + affirm what is working.

Starting your day in a state of appreciation will help you set yourself up for success.

Why?

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Here are some Mindset Mantras to help you get there. Breathe deeply + declare the following to yourself silently or out loud…

Today, I practice radical appreciation.

As I think, I create. As I feel, I attract. As I imagine, I become.

Today, I use my power of focus to think, feel + imagine what I want,
and clear my mind of anything that no longer serves me.

Instead of spending anytime criticizing or berating myself today,
I marvel at all I’ve done + who I’ve become along the way.

I express unconditional love for my home, myself, my family,
my friends + my business relationships.

Today, I practice radical appreciation.

Want to dive even deeper + make it a daily practice?

Actors are enjoying profound shifts just from listening to my latest guided meditation, Radical Appreciation, which you can download for free here.

Here’s to a week of starting each day from a state of appreciation.

Leave a comment here on the blog + let me know what you are affirming this week.

Love + Gratitude,

– Wendy

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My brand-new audio “Radical Appreciation” is totally free this month, with a 30 day free trial to my Spotlight Club.

One actress said after listening just once, “ I felt myself bursting with love and had tears in my eyes by the end! 

And it’s totally free in February.  Kind of a win-win-win if you ask me.

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44 Tips To Inspire, Uplift + Empower Actors

My holiday wish for you is that, in this moment. you realize you have so much to celebrate.

Today, I am celebrating the sacred space we share together as actors on this journey.

Today, I am looking back + celebrating the past year of Actor Inspiration.

It has been so rewarding knowing that whether I am feeling up or down, whether I booked the latest job or haven’t had an audition in weeks, I can share my heart, mind + soul with you here and it helps you on your journey.

In fact, one of my favorite comments to read after a blog post from an actor is, “This is exactly what I needed to hear today. I felt like you were talking directly to me.”

And in many ways, I am.  Doing this work each week has helped me to feel a deep connection to those on a creative path – heart, mind + soul.

Below is a visual review of what we’ve uncovered together this past year.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart.  It’s fun to play for a living, that’s for sure…but I had no idea how much this work of helping + inspiring other actors along the way, would end up helping + inspiring me.

Here’s to a year worth celebrating.

Feel free to leave a comment below + let me know which graphic speaks to you the most today.

Love + Gratitude,
Wendy

Sending lots of love from my home to yours, today + always.

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How To Restore Your Sanity + Reignite Your Creativity

I’m keeping it short and sweet today, as I’m off on another trip with my family.

My mantra lately has been: I’ll never regret that I went on too many vacations (especially while my young boys still want to hang out with me).

But as we approach the last 3 months of the year (where did the time go?!), I hope you’ll schedule in some quiet time for yourself.

I used to feel guilty about doing “nothing,” much less taking more than one vacation a year! (I had tons of actor-FOMO)

I used to go-go-go 24/7, often feeling overwhelmed by all I was doing and even resentful of those who were taking a break. (I’m sure I was just jealous that they knew how to!)

But now I’ve learned that, when you can find stillness, you ignite the fuel to recharge your batteries, restore your sanity, and even reignite your creativity.

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So I’m here to encourage you to sleep in, go for a walk, grab some tea or a cozy blanket and write in a journal, read a good book or listen to a guided meditation.

Eckhart Tolle says, “You are never more essentially yourself than when you are still.”

Do whatever you need to do to t (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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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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