Friday, March 20, 2009

Happy Spring

I love Google for many reasons. One of my favorites is to see the different logos that Google marks for certain events. I just loved this one this morning to announce Spring. Spring represents renewal and transformation for me.

As creatives, a key requirement for us to get to the next level is going through the fire (Ever hear the phrase, trial by fire?)- fire usually represents itself in the form of challenges, failures, mistakes, etc. - the good news is that we are so refreshed and stronger when we come out the other side.

I used to have fears about doing things for my acting career. My fear in acting has been - I have to audition perfectly or the casting director, producer, director, etc. won't like me and if they don't like me, they won't hire me. Then, I read a very important quote one day: "To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong". We all have fears as creatives, but we need to let go of our fears and concentrate on our art.

As creatives, we are on a journey, we will have good days and not so good days. We can't worry about past mistakes or be anxious about the future - we have to just BE. Surrendering and releasing our fears will transform and renew us. It is a cycle: we are on our path, we stumble, we get back up, we are stronger, we move on. It's a beautiful path we are on. And each one of is beautiful.

What is your favorite thing about Spring? What was your trial by fire this week and how did you transform yourself?

Thursday, March 19, 2009

RIP Natasha Richardson

Natasha Richardson, Tony-winning actress, died yesterday (March 18, 2009). She was involved in a skiing accident. Details of her death are unknown. The details really don't matter. The important thing is that she was only 45 years old. So young. So talented. (If you get a chance to see her portrayal of Patty Hearst, it is a must see. Her filmography is listed here). So beautiful. As much as we like to think we do, we do not have ultimate control over our lives so we have to make each day count and follow Tim McGraw's advice "live life - like you were dying".

Friday, March 13, 2009

Friday The 13th - Part Deux

I can't believe it has been a whole month since writing. The end of February and March thus far have been good. In addition to successes in my acting career, we finally realized a big goal of ours - we sold our home in Beavercreek, OH. We put our home on the market last May and we thought 9 months on the market was long, even for Ohio standards. But recently, a friend of mine who lives in Cleveland, said that 9 months is relatively short, considering our economy.

I have a lot of gratitude these days not only for selling the house, but for my life in general. It is truly amazing how surrendering and just letting go can attract so many wonderful things into your life.

Do you twitter? I hope you do. Twitter is a wonderful tool. Twitter is a social networking and micro-blogging service that enables folks to send and read other users' updates known as tweets. It's a great publicity tool. It's a great way to stay in touch. It has so many wonderful benefits. It's an experience in and of itself. And, it's free. If you scroll down to the bottom of my blog, you will find a "follow me" link. I would love to connect with you on Twitter. You can see what I'm up to when I am not communicating via my blog. Happy tweeting.

I love I order from them regularly - at least 3-4 times a year. And recently, I bought Dr. Wayne Dyer's audio tape of his book, "You'll See It When You Believe It". I wouldn't consider myself a fan, but he does have good things to say - I have two of his audio tapes and one of his card decks. He says the mind is a powerful tool (another great book on the subject is "As A Man Thinketh"). What we think about, we manifest. So true. Think about it. It makes sense.

Spring is approaching. Actually, our first taste was this past weekend with changing our clocks for Daylight Savings Time. I now always remember we lose an hour in the Spring ("spring forward" - lose an hour) and gain an hour in the Fall ("fall back" - gain an hour). Spring is for renewal. Spring is exciting for me not only because of the men's and women's NCAA and NIT College Basketball Tournaments, NHL Playoffs, NFL Draft, Easter, St. Patrick's Day, but also because it's a time to renew ourselves in Nature and in our own lives. Sometimes that means we have to walk through the fire to be renewed. I used to be afraid of losses or failures - but now I welcome them because I know that when I come out of the experience, I will feel cleansed and renewed, and have this amazing strength because I will know that I have grown.

I wish you all well on your journey to renew yourselves.