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…)
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…)
Two weeks ago my family took a trip to Lake Tahoe. As we were heading out the door, I snatched up my list of intentions (New Year’s resolutions) from 2015 and stuffed it in my bag. I had hoped to spend a bit of time reflecting on the past year and planning for the year ahead, while sipping something warm by the fire.
While traveling, that bag was stolen. Along with many other important things, my list of intentions for 2015 was gone. Forever. (more…)
“I don’t really know what I want to do with my life yet…”
“I’m figuring it out…”
“I mean, I don’t want to be a (fill in the blank) forever. But this is fine for now…”
These are some of the things I’ve heard from young people. And it really gets me down. It’s a trend I wish I could break; they feel like they should wait until they know exactly what they want to do before they take a step in any direction. Years go by and they still haven’t figured out what they really want to do with their lives. Lost time. Lost potential. (more…)
I’ve always been full of ideas. I’ve dreamt up too many Etsy shops, coffee houses, magazines, crafts, and stories to count.
But if you know me, you know that I do not have an Etsy shop. Nor do I run a coffee house or a magazine. Despite being a multi-passionate idea machine, allowing those ideas to have wings of their own and live outside of my head has been my greatest creative challenge.
I’m a little embarrassed to admit why this happens. But, I have a feeling I’m not alone in this struggle, so here goes. (more…)
The season is here. I’m sure it feels like autumn in some parts of the country. But it really doesn’t feel like it here in Southern California. These are the days when the first hint of a chill will be enough (in my opinion) to warrant a scarf, leg warmers, and a winter hat.
Yeah, I said leg warmers. (more…)