Living with Love

Living with Love

“The more you are motivated by love, the more fearless and free your action will be.” —His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama

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Between going to church, watching news of the Pope, and screaming like a giddy child as Game of Thrones won big at the Emmy’s, I almost forgot to write my weekly blog post. But I remembered, and hopefully you’re reading this right now because I remembered. And since love played a large part in the homily at Mass today, I figured it’d be a good thing to write about. Read more

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Something Good on the Horizon

Something Good on the Horizon

“I decided, very early on, just to accept life unconditionally; I never expected it to do anything special for me, yet I seemed to accomplish far more than I had ever hoped. Most of the time it just happened to me without my ever seeking it.”        —Audrey Hepburn

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First, an update after last week’s post on fear: After a bit of practice driving, I managed to drive myself to CBS Television City for orientation this past week, something that seemed virtually impossible just over a week ago. Yes, I was terrified as I got in my car, almost in tears, but once I started driving, I calmed down. Just like that. Granted, I started to panic once traffic got insanely bad and I thought I’d be late, but things worked out and I survived (obviously since I’m writing this) and I actually don’t dread driving to work this upcoming week. Now, for this week’s post… Read more

Facing Fear: Getting Behind the Wheel Again

Facing Fear: Getting Behind the Wheel Again

“I say I am stronger than fear.” —Malala Yousafzai

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This past week, I finally got a job. After my orientation at CBS, I’ll be a studio page. I hadn’t felt so happy in a very long time. I couldn’t help it—I cried, I laughed, I sobbed. I was an overjoyed mess for a good couple of hours (and I got a record number of “likes” on Facebook—over 130—when I made the announcement, so, there’s that. Anyway, it was one of the best days of my life. But once I settled down, and stopped crying, something else came over me: fear. Read more

A Positivity Challenge

A Positivity Challenge

“A strong, positive self-image is the best possible preparation for success.”

Positivity Challenge

Are you up for a positivity challenge? As part of my post-interview and waiting-to-hear-back routine, I make a point to think of positive things—specifically positive things about myself, an exercise in self-love and self-confidence. I want to extend this exercise to you. I hope it helps you overcome the negativity that snakes its way into our own minds, and serves as a reminder to be kind and loving toward yourself when you need kindness and love the most. Read more

Wishes Short and Sweet

Wishes Short and Sweet

“Give the ones you love wings to fly, roots to come back and reasons to stay.” —His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

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I’ve been pretty busy, working mostly but also taking a day to relax at the beach with friends. I also landed an interview, which is happening Monday (tomorrow) so since I should be preparing for that [instead of cuddling with one of my cats] this blog post will be short and sweet. Read more

The Laughter Panacea (or, Why do we laugh?)

The Laughter Panacea (or, Why do we laugh?)

“I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it’s the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It’s probably the most important thing in a person.” —Audrey Hepburn

“A good laugh heals a lot of hurts.” —Madeleine L’Engle

Laughing Flowers

I’m not entirely sure where laughter comes from, from a purely practical standpoint (leave it to me to wonder about the biological reasons we laugh—I’ll most likely look it up after posting this) but I do know that I absolutely love to laugh. Laughing till my stomach hurts, till I cry, till I can’t breathe, till I run out of sound and continue to laugh silently… Those are some of the moments in my life that I treasure the most. Moments when time seems to stand still, when I can forget about the things that trouble me, even if just for that one eternal moment. I suppose if dying from laughter were really a thing, it wouldn’t be a terrible way to go. Read more

Overthinking Will Ruin Your Day (or, I didn’t write this about you.)

Overthinking Will Ruin Your Day (or, I didn’t write this about you.)

“Perception is created and twisted so quickly.” —Louis C. K.

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One of the most mind-blowing things I’ve ever learned is about how we as humans perceive our surroundings. It’s been a while since I first learned about visual perception, but I remember distinctly how strange it seemed that the way we see the world is completely subjective. No two people will ever see the exact same thing: Some of us see with less clarity (like me and the jumbled messages my optic nerves send to my brain), others with less color, others quite well, and some not at all. But what we “see” is really just light reflecting off surfaces. Read more