There's a million poetic ways to say this, but at the end of the day the truth is just messy and sometimes un-fun: You have to keep moving in life. There's no way around it.
Trust me, I have my petulant child seasons where I just want to throw myself on the ground like this:
But, I've found that you can lay on the ground and scream and moan as much as you want... but eventually you're going to need to get up. It doesn't matter if you don't know what to do or where to go- you have to get up.
Like a bicycle on a bike path, there are twists and turns and you can't always see all the way to the final destination, but you know its there and you know that the path will take you. You have to keep moving though. One pedal at a time, one step at a time.
What small step have you taken recently to get yourself off the ground, or if you're already up- to keep moving.
Love, love, love,
I've moved every year since summer 2004, freshman year of college. I am old. Anyway...I wonder why I move so much and why even when my roomate stays the same we still move.
We move because we believe there is something better. Most of the time we dont move into higher rent places that are "nicer," in fact, we move usually into a place that is "better." A better price, better layout, better bedrooms. The overall quality may be the sane but we found what we were looking for without sacrifice. This may sound silly talking about rent and apartments as if they are some major life changing thing. But, I like that the people I chosoe to make a home with are never complacent. If we don't feel satisfied with where we are at we make a change. And while it is hard it keeps you moving on. In life and apartments.
Life, however, isn't as easy as seeing a couple empty units on Craigslist and picking which one you want to inhabit. But it is still releving to realize that if you can take control of something you are displeased with, you wil have the drive to do so. Even if you are in try number 9 (like me) it is better than not trying at all.
You all bring me such joy. Thank you!
Congrats on the end of another great week! We hope you laughed, smiled, and had the courage to get up and glow* every day! Speaking of which...
The responses we have gotten for the possible "Get Up and glow*!" tour have completely blown us away. We received (and are still receiving!) SO MANY awesome emails from you about bookings and possible glow* events in your area. We have to admit, we didn't expect this huge of a response, so we need your help!
In order to make sure no requests go unread, we have created a (supa short) survey that will compile ALL of your info for us. This might be a bit redundant for those of you that have already emailed, but if you could re-iterate your info again in the form it would help us immensely! This way, we will be able to make sure we read over each and every request.
Fill out the form here!
Thank you SO MUCH, from the bottom of our hearts, for the response. We are so excited by the possibility of this tour becoming a reality!
Have a fabulous weekend,
Lo, Jaime, Julia, Denise
As I write this I am 32 thousand feet above the ground. Gliding among the clouds on my way back home to New York City. Recently, I've felt a little stuck, unsure of who I am and what I want to do with my life. One thing is for sure, I have this reoccurring desire to constantly keep moving forward and because of that, I often find myself evaluating every decision I make. If you've ever felt the same way, specifically the need to maintain momentum in your life I want to encourage you to take a step back and reset. Whenever I fell lost about what to do next I often find the best thing to do is stop, breathe, and take several steps back. Visit an old friend, pick up an old hobby, travel to a place from your past and welcome the opportunity to reset and reevaluate your current path.
The future will often look clearer when you take time to acknowledge the past.
What places, people, things do you visit when you need to reset?
One of the best pieces of advice I've ever gotten came from my mom. Whenever I was flipping out over making a decision (Queen of Decision-Making Anxiety, right here), or stressing out over something NOT being perfect (the horror!) she would always tell me, "just wait until tomorrow. Everything looks better in the morning."
As much as it pained my smartass 15 year old self, she was right! SO right, in fact, that it is something I tell myself and others to this day. It's funny how a night of sleep and a new morning can put everything into perspective. It's a reminder that time continues to move, days continue to go on, even when it seems like the world will end over a tough decision or a stressful patch.
The moments when you feel the most stressed are the moments when your brain most needs a break! The next time you're feeling the stress of daily life, rather than beating yourself up over it, try taking a breath, stepping back and looking at it again in the morning.
Do you find things easier to deal with in the morning?
I took a creative course when I lived in NYC that gave me some of the best advice I've ever heard, both for art and for life: "It comes in waves. And each stage of the wave is important."
Think about how a wave works- the tide pulls back, it's low, and it is building momentum, then rising, then surging forward with incredible speed and power... and then it is low, and retreating, in preparation to do it all over again. And with each wave the water goes a littler further up on to the shore, it's making progress! But it still needs to retreat each time to regain it's power.
Your life comes in waves. We've all felt it. and with every wave their is a period of lowness, or rest. You can battle against that all you want, but that resting time, the times when maybe things are moving a little slower than you'd like, is the time when you are gaining your strength and power for the season in which you will need it most.
Enjoy the wave! Go with the flow, rather than fight against it. You may not understand the purpose right now, but one day you will :)
What stage of the wave do you think you're life is in right now? How can you take full advantage of that?
I had one of those experiences where I didn't think a project was right for me but I did it anyway because "I am an actor. I shouldn't turn down anything."
I had red flags that this project was going to be rushed and I couldn't really perform my best "But you should do it! It's acting and it's hart to get roles!"
I cut my time in Michigan with family short to film Sunday morning. We were celebrating mine and my Dad's birthday and it would have been great to spend more time at home an go on the boat. Instead I got on a bus at 7am. " Because its for acting! You love this even if you don't love your role/the project."
Of course my instinct was right. While the people on the project were driven and pleasant company, the project was disorganized, frustrating, and rushed :(
I realized you should ALWAYS go with your instinct and just because you have passion for something you don't have to sacrifice your personal feelings or instinct for opportunity. More will come. Stop self-inflicting so much pressure to take everything because "you're supposed to."
Have you ever felt pressure from yourself to do something because it's an opportuity not because it actually "fits?" and if so could you move on? Or do you dwell and beat yourself up?
Oh Monday! How I love you :) Glow* on! Love you ladies!
This was my Dad's bday card to me. :) soooo random
The struggle to see inner beauty is something we all deal in our lifetime. Whether it's at work, at play, or even in front of the mirror at home we often judge ourselves and even others. That being said, I'd like to introduce you to Davide Roche....
David was born with a facial disfigurement and as a result, spent much of his life hiding from himself.
The following is an 8 min mini doc about challenging yourself to see beyond the first glance and instead learning to observe the world through its inner beauty.
"Perhaps true beauty is something that draws our attention at second glance, once the judgment of a first glance has realised it’s mistake."....?
"Perhaps our deepest fear is that we don’t belong. To the ‘tribe’. That we’re separate. And perhaps it’s this fear that drives us to ‘be a certain way’. In order to belong. And compels us to hide what we believe to be imperfect"...?
"Perhaps the assumption of imperfection offers us the opportunity to catch a glimpse of our own true beauty."...?
Is YOUR experience of the world aware of its first glance?
Take time to exercise your second glance on yourself and others.
Negative Self Talk: ughhhh it's a thing. It's such a THING. We are so incredibly hard on ourselves, especially when it comes to our physical appearance. It can get to the point where the negative self talk becomes so loud in your brain that you can't even focus on anything else!
When I find my NST getting too loud, I literally imagine myself walking into my brain (which in my mind is a big, sparkly room with many doors), doing a sassy arm movement and saying: "Do NOT talk about my friend like that!"
So, now I sound insane. Cool. WAIT! Don't leave just yet. Hear me out.
The next time you start to cut yourself down, imagine if someone were talking about your friend that way. Would you let that slide? HELL NO! So why should we treat ourselves differently? As we go through life we need to be a friend to ourselves. That includes giving ourselves the same respect that we give to our friends.
How do you deal with NST?
Would you consider yourself your own BFF, or your own bully?
I'm an Audrey girl. From the time I first started watching her films I just fell in love with her. I wanted to be her, I wanted to look like her, dress like her, talk like her and move like her.
One day I realized why she was so lovely to watch; she was happy. She was joyful. You could tell she felt beautiful in her own skin.
What was even more amazing was as i started reading more about her I learned that she struggled with a lot of body issues and self image problems! She grew up malnourished during WWII and so for the rest of her life she would struggle to put weight on, she worried that she was too thin, that her features were too severe, she had health problems, on and on.
It is said though that Audrey simply decided to be beautiful. She had one life and one body, and she wanted to walk around with pride and grace rather than constant anxiety over her looks. She also was regarded as one of history's true beauties because of her unbelievable compassion for humanity. People who knew her said she glow*ed with something else, special from within.
All of this to say: I'm never going to look like Audrey Hepburn... but I can certainly look like a positively glowing version of myself!
I challenge you today to own you and your physical appearance exactly where you are. Sure, we all have little things here or there that we'd like to improve, but I pray that you choose not to waste your life trying to change yourself.
Life is too short!
Where can you give your body a little love today?