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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?

10 Life Lessons I Learned When I Was Single


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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 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.  
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45 Tips To Inspire, Uplift + Empower Actors

My 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,

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An Actor’s Guide To Surviving (And Thriving) During The Holidays

Here is an actor’s guide to surviving (and thriving) during the holidays.

These are 4 of my favorite posts (past + present) to help you as December comes to a close. Whether you are….

Missing a loved one who has passed away?
Read: Losing A Loved One, Feeling The Loss + Finding The Wisdom….A Personal Story
(P.S. Thank you for all the touching comments + emails on this one – my heart is full.)

Dreading being asked “How’s your career going?
Read: 5 Tips For Peaceful Holiday Gatherings + How To Answer Questions About #Actorlife

Beating yourself up for what you haven’t done?
Read: The Fastest Way To Quiet Your Critical Mind

Wanting to end the year feeling great?
Read: Mindset Mantras To End The Year Feeling Great

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Losing A Loved One, Feeling The Loss + Finding The Wisdom…A Personal Story.

On this very day, December 12th, 19 years ago in 1997, my father passed away laying in hospice in the family room of my childhood home, the only home I ever lived in before moving to Los Angeles.

He died 3 years after I moved away.  He was 77 years old, had me when he was 50, and was my biggest supporter, my biggest fan and my biggest cheerleader.

My father never met the man whom I would one day marry.  I never got to do the father-daughter dance with him at my wedding.  And he never got to meet or hold either of his grandsons, who he would have adored.

It also hits me in smaller moments.  Like ones I’ve had this month, when I didn’t get to call him and tell him that I’m guest-starring, playing a pilot, on Grey’s Anatomy (he was a pilot in WWII)  or that I booked a recurring role on a new Netflix comedy series and will be shooting 3 episodes before mid-January.

I know he would have been proud.   He always encouraged me to “keep going.”

But his spirit has lived on within me every single day of my life. Guiding me, nudging me, quietly whispering to me to “keep going” despite setbacks, to get up when I have fallen and to keep shining my light, even on the cloudiest of days.



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Upgrading Your Environment (And Deservability)

I love my page-a-day flip calendar by Louise Hay.

I keep it on my desk + am often inspired daily by her wise words.

Here is her beautiful affirmation for today, as you begin your week:

Can you say that to yourself + mean it?  “I now deserve love, romance + joy – and all the good that Life has to offer me.”

Do you feel that way, deep down in your soul? I hope so.

Lately, I’ve been buying myself fresh flowers for my office every week.

It was something I said I would do “one day,” when I was successful. (more…)

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4 Abilities (You Already Have) That Give You Ultimate Freedom

I’m making it quick today, as it’s 4th of July here in the U.S (one of my favorite holidays) and we are having friends over for our 1st annual 4th of July pool party.  (I’ll fill you in on how I created my dream backyard in another post.)

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…

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

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Getting Back Up With Grace + Gratitude: What I Learned From My Day With Oprah + Kerry Washington

I just got back from an amazing day with Oprah + Kerry Washington.

No, we weren’t all sipping Chai Tea lattes at Oprah’s home. (Though you never know when that could happen!)

I went to a live taping of Super Soul Sunday at UCLA’s Royce Hall.

But first, let me back track a bit, in hopes of inspiring you.

About two weeks ago, I had a week without one single audition.  Nothing, nada, zilch.

Ironically enough, I was using the time to write + record my next free guided visualization of the month for April, Inviting In More Abundance.

Not having what you want in any given moment is such an excellent teacher, isn’t it?

I started listening to my own audio (yes, I do listen to my own creations!), and instead of falling into fear + worry, I relaxed about it all + practiced gratitude for what was already in my life.

Guess what happened?  I got three awesome auditions the very next week – great roles in a pilot, a feature film and a TV drama.


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How To Handle Times Of Uncertainty

When you’re auditioning + booking, you feel on top of the world, and when you’re not, it can sometimes be hard to get up in the morning or even know what to do with your day.  I get it.  I’ve been there.  It’s frustrating, to say the least.

But guess what? As actors, more often than not, there’s going to be times when it feels like “nothing is going on” + things feel uncertain.

The good news?  Those times can also change on a dime.

So, instead of filling the void with doubts, what if you began to actually love the void?

The late, great Wayne Dyer really explains it best…

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I’ve taken so many quantum leaps during times of uncertainty, that I know personally it is not only possible, (more…)

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The Importance of Not Checking Facebook + Other Morning Rituals

Did you know that first few minutes of your morning can effect the tone of your entire of your day?

Does your day start with checking your phone before even getting out of bed?  Do you start reacting + responding to email requests + social media posts even before getting dressed?  (Yes, I’ve done it too!)

Unfortunately, we are all trading this very valuable time of day for other people’s agendas.

If checking Facebook sends you into a jealousy tailspin + makes you feel defeated before you even try, then why begin your day that way?

“Every morning we are born again.  What we do today is what matters most.”  – Buddha

What if, instead, (more…)

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