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

    Now that the year is half over, would you like to make the second half of 2021 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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    10 Life Lessons I Learned When I Was Single

    To inspire you, 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. (yes, even in your acting career!)

    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?

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    10 Life Lessons I Learned When I Was Single

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    The Real Key To True Happiness

    I’ve been pausing more lately, without distraction from devices.

    I’ve been listening to birds sing in my backyard, marveling at the freckles on my children’s faces and enjoying mindful moments where I deeply and sincerely appreciate my life.

    And it seems the more I do this, the happier I become and the more unexpected wonderful surprises start to show up. (In the form of auditions, helpful people + exciting offers).

    So, just for today, give yourself the gift of a mindful moment. How?

    Put the phone down.
    Go outside.
    Take in the scenery.
    Love yourself, right where you are.
    Just for today, let go of needing anything to be different.

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    Let go of striving and pushing to change where you are. (more…)

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    The Two Ways To Approach Your Life + Career: Which will you choose?

    How have you been feeling lately?  Have you been feeling inspired + motivated or lethargic + unproductive?  I know the last 12 months have been a roller-coaster ride.

    As we begin the 3rd month of 2021, I hope you are making your mental health + self-care your #1 priority.  (And yes, it effects everything you do for your acting career).

    How do you know if you have an effective daily well-being routine?  Here’s a great way to check in: 

    Have you been allowing outer circumstances + events to dictate how you feel each day or have you been aligning your mind + getting out ahead of it all, as you begin your day?

    To be on a creative path, is to be on a spiritual path.  The good news, is you have more creative control of your life than you might think, even when external circumstances seem limiting.

    So often we think that life is just happening to us, and we forget that our energy and perspective plays a vital role in the unfolding of it all.

    Best-selling author, Dr. Joe Dispenza says,

    “When it comes down to it, there are 2 ways to approach our lives: either as the victims to our lives or the creators of our lives. To live as the victim is to live within the limited belief system that everything in our outer world is happening to us.

    Simply put, when things are good, you feel good. When things are bad, you feel bad. That’s the polarized world of victim consciousness in a nutshell.

    Creative consciousness, on the other hand, is the awareness that when you feel joy, love, or gratitude before your creation is made manifest—& you combine that energy of joy, love, or gratitude with the intent of new information—it is that elevated frequency that can carry that thought.”

    Quotes like this always inspire me so much.

    When you learn how to choose your thoughts + emotions (no matter what is going on in the outside world), you become a master of your life.

    And what happens, is you begin to see yourself as infinite intelligence sees you.

    In fact, here is what infinite intelligence would tell you today, my fellow creative warrior…

    You matter.
    You belong.
    You are important.
    You are powerful.
    You are ready.
    Your time is now.
    You playing small does not serve the world.
    There will never be another you.
    You have many gifts to share.
    You have many amazing experiences ahead.
    You are worthy of all of life’s beautiful blessings.
    You are ready to receive.

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    I hope this touches you today.

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    I Grew Up Deeply Ashamed (And Other Reasons Why I Do This)

    Whether you’ve been part of this amazing  community for years, or are just joining me, I wanted to share a deeply personal story with you today.

    Everything we go through in our childhood affects who we become, and as I was thinking about “why I do this,” why do I help to uplift + empower actors to create major breakthroughs in their careers and their personal lives, well, it all begins with my story of how I grew up…

    When I was growing up, I was deeply ashamed of my childhood home.

    My mother, though she was amazing in so many ways + supportive of my creative endeavors, was also a compulsive hoarder.

    Click the video below, as I reveal what I learned from growing up with shame, anxiety + around mental illness.

    And if you prefer to read the story as I tell it, here is the rest of the transcript that begins above… (more…)

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    How to create BIG results…

    What a weekend!  I did two live events connecting with actors from Vancouver to Capetown, Finland to New York and London to LA. 

    To connect with this amazing community LIVE, and dive deep into how you can create real momentum and thrive through uncertainty left us all feeling empowered and uplifted.

    Here are some of the awesome comments that were lighting up the chat….

    It truly makes my day to give back to actors in this way + share all I’ve learned on this journey.

    If you missed it, no worries, we’ve made the replay available here.  (It won’t be up for long so catch it now). 

    This training has made such a big impact on actors, because it’s all based on what is working right now, amidst the current climate and conditions in our world + the industry.  

    It’s fresh perspectives, real life stories, and tangible tools you can implement today.

    Then, I’ll show you exactly how to apply what you learn to your daily life right now – so you can feel empowered + become unstoppable (instead of simply adding more “should do’s” to your plate).

    What I’ve learned about getting big results in my life, whether it’s becoming fit (in my body or mind) or up-leveling my life and career, is that it’s never about one, big giant moment, (that’s just what most people see on Instagram).

    Big results come from small, committed daily actions.

    And look, I know right now, many of us feel “off our game” and “off our routine.”

    So. if there is one action today that will help you create real momentum this week, this month and this year, it’s (more…)

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    For Your Emmy® Consideration (How I Booked The Role)

    This week, Emmy-nomination round voting begins.

    I’m so excited to share the news that I am up For Your Emmy® Consideration as “Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series” for my work on Atypical this season.

    Today, I want to share the story of how I booked the role (that has led to three seasons of playing this hilarious character).

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    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 cast me because I’m too ________ (young, old, tall, quirky, etc).” Or fill in the blank with whatever you tell yourself in these situations.

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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.

    When you think of each “could-do” as an invitation, you regain control, because you get to  (more…)

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