Hey Artist, Your Day Job is Fantastic – Here’s Why You Need It

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Hey Artist, Your Day Job is Fantastic – Here's Why

 

Most people don’t know this about me, but a very, very long time ago, I was an actress aspiring actress. I performed in plays during high school and while in college. Then I graduated and decided to just keep auditioning and acting until I “made it.” Whatever that means.

I didn’t have a job lined up for me as I traipsed across the stage with a diploma in my hand. But that was okay because I had a plan: get a job waitressing in a really cool place about 3-4 nights a week where people throw money at you, spend days auditioning, land agent, nab break-through role, make lots of money, live happily ever after leaping from compelling role to compelling role.

Good plan. Here’s what actually happened: (more…)

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You Only Have One Life Path – Surprise! You’re Already On it

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You Only Have One Life Path – Surprise! You're Already On it

There was this thing I wanted. And I wanted it bad.

Have you ever wanted something really bad? Like, you just keep thinking about how great life will be when you achieve it. And you imagine what you will wear, how you will act, and basically plan your entire future around this thing you really, really want? Anyway, that’s how bad I wanted it. So bad, I quit working towards it about seven years ago. (more…)

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Stop Trying to Live a Balanced Life – Why Balance is Bullshit

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Balance is Bullshit

 

I’m not the first one to declare such a thing. Others have said it before me. But if you’re like me, you probably ignore them thinking, Well, that’s fine for everyone else. But I can totally live a balanced life. Watch me!

And then you go about running yourself down to threads saying yes to every exciting new project, scrubbing your home lemon fresh, preparing wholesome meals (from organic local farms only, of course), keeping your resolution to treadmill your way to glory, while celebrating each and every birthday, job promotion, engagement, and new baby.

We all think we can do it. I want you to know that you can’t. (more…)

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Thirties are the New Thirties

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Happy Birthday to Me!

 

Happy birthday to me!

Today, I’m 29 years old. Wow, where has the time gone?

Oh wait. That’s not right. Let me try this again.

Today, I’m 39 years old. Yes, that’s better. Thirty-nine.

You can understand why I’d be confused though. Because, 30s are the new 20s. And 40s are the new 30s. And 50s are the new… Yeah, you’ve heard this before. I recently caught myself telling my 81-year-old grandmother that 80s are the new 70s. (more…)

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A Lesson on What’s Important

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People Not Things

 

If someone offered you a thousand dollars, what would you do with it?

Yeah, yeah. Charity, student debt, buy Mom a Fendi purse.

Now tell me what you’d really do with it. I guess a better question would be, what would you want to do with it?

I’ll tell you what I’d do. If someone gave me a thousand dollars, (more…)

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