The Performance of Your Life

“You’re an actor Stephanie,” my stand-up comedy class partner asserted. I looked at him with confusion because he barely knows me to assert such a claim.  He continued, “My acting instructor said that everyone is an actor, because we are always playing a role.” I have heard this statement on a few occasions, but I…

Thankful Thursday

Introducing Thankful Thursday.  As November approaches, I have begun my personal practice of thinking about the blessings of my year.  For many years, I didn’t express gratitude beyond a general thank you that was only expressed if someone did a good deed.  It wasn’t until I was betrayed in college that I gained a deeper…

Mindful Monday #38 – Above the Waves

My goals for the year (to Face Fears, Be Vulnerable Always and Let Go) have been the most effective and challenging goals I have ever set, in all my years of goal setting. Life became more challenging when I decided to take “the leap of faith” and I have not been able to catch my…

Wisdom Wednesday #17 – Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are

I studied Human Communication in school which studies how we as beings communicate beyond words.  Since then, I have always been fascinated with Human Communication, specifically non-verbal communication because it is how we communicate the majority of the time. Non-verbal communication covers tone of voice, rate of speech, touch, body language, appearance and environment.  When…

Mindful Monday #37 – Clouded Vision

Fall prompts the start of my year-end reflection which runs from September through December.  While I wanted to write my month of writing reflections sooner, writing them now has offered greater reflection and perspective.  While writing the last reflection piece, (which posts Friday,) I realized that this year has had very specific themes.  The theme…

Wisdom Wednesday #16 – Everyone is Free to Wear Sunscreen

I heard “Everyone is Free To Wear Sunscreen,” by Baz Luhrmann, for the first time when I was in high school and I loved its message.  I have thought about the points the song makes several times over the years.  My understanding of the wisdom in the song have deepened as I’ve gotten older.  Some…

Mindful Monday #36 – Perspective

This past Friday I posted the first post, in a series of posts, about my “Lessons from my month of writing.”  As I wrote the second post of this series, the topic of perspective came on several times as I wrote.  This weeks Mindful Monday quote regards two points of perspective the universe has illuminated…

Mindful Monday #35 – Courage

I started taking stand-up comedy classes a few weeks ago.  My goal to be a motivational speaker led me to study stand-up comedy.  It has always been a challenge for me to be me on stage, and I know it’s because of fear of judgement.  In any new setting, I always lead with a professional…

Choose Again

This weeks Wisdom Wednesday made me think deeper about the topic of choice.  Choices are a part of our daily lives.  We have simple choices like our flavor of coffee and what we will wear to the complex choices around our career and family.  We have so many choices in a day that we don’t…

Wisdom Wednesday #15 – Unwritten

Growing up I loved motivational songs.  I love music in general, but my favorite songs are the songs that offer great wisdom or great life mantras. Natasha Bedingfield’s song, Unwritten, served as a perfect soundtrack for me when I decided to embrace my dream to be a filmmaker.  As I get older, I go back…