Thanksgiving Reflections

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Hello Beautiful people!

This past Thanksgiving I had the pleasure of going to my acting coach’s house for a formal dinner with part of our studio family. We were welcomed into Sara and Derek’s warm beautiful home. Everyone was excited to catch up about life and hilariously trying to understand what is Tik Tok? Is it the new Vine? If you know please leave a comment below. 

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We sipped on cucumber water in between glasses of wine and hugged each person that walked in the door. We all reflected on what we were thankful for and took turns going around the table. The one thing we all had in common was being thankful for feeling confident in our talents. The peace of mind that even though we don’t get what we want, we are all so thankful for the even better opportunities God has brought to us. We all laughed and teared up about the fact that when we make plans God laughs. Every time things are slow and you finally book a vacation, you get the call for an avail check to fly to Los Angeles and commercial auditions. Which while phenomenal! Sucks when you are meeting up in a new city with one friend and can’t really cancel on them. We each discussed how beautiful it is to be a part of this supportive community. How rare it is to be around other actors that want the best for you and aren’t competing with you. Actors that see one another as people, not an opportunity to social climb. I finally got to meet the husband of a classmate whose project we shot a couple months ago. She started her own production company and he designed the gorgeous logo. We talked about his new job in a Persian rug store. I told him it’s amazing how the arts are everywhere. Each Persian rug is hand-woven, with specific colors and patterns to tell a story. Therefore, they are one of a kind and usually passed down from generation to generation. Similar to how we share stories through art, dance, song and film. We discussed how thankful we are to start writing and producing some of our own work. After all the market is changing HBO, Netflix, AMT, Showtime and Hulu are constantly looking for new material so what do we have to lose? Becoming the next Righteous Gemstones, Schitt’s Creek, Atlanta or Insecure would be an honor. I left this Thanksgiving completely thankful for the beautiful fulfilling people in my life and so empowered to see what we accomplish in the next year. What are you thankful for this lovely holiday season?

The Little Things

Today I went to Trader Joe’s after work to pick up some last minute groceries. When I went to check out, I chatted with the cashier about his favorite items in the store. Just as I went to pay for my groceries he said, “You forgot one thing!” I looked around and asked, “I did, what?” Then he handed me a bag, and said, “You forgot to grab some beautiful flowers to go with that lovely smile.”

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It reminded me that the little things like asking someone how their day is going and having a positive attitude can benefit you and them. In a world where we deal with senseless killing, denial about global warming, and disappointment it can be hard to see the bright side. However, that is exactly what we should do. We should take the time to stop and smell the roses. I make it a point to call a friend every day during my lunch break just to catch up and see what is going on in their corner of the world. Hearing someones voice or making eye contact with the cashier is so much more personal in our tech-savvy world.

So, my challenge to you is to ask someone how their day is and genuinely listen. Don’t interrupt with your own stories or woes, just be present. I hope you all have an amazing weekend!