Wisdom Wednesday #70 – Why Do We Do What We Do?

Happy Wednesday! This summer I started reading a book called Eastern Body, Western Mind. The book details psychological human development with the chakra system. It is one of my all time favorite books. I had to stop reading because of the depth of it’s truth. This weekend, I reopened the book and started to re-read the chapter on…

I’m Thankful for: Blowing Out the Walls of Fear

It’s almost a month since I have been back from my two month summer hiatus. I approached those months with intention. I wanted to write my first book, deepen my spirituality and focus on my health and energy. Every step of the way there was a road block or detour. I breathed through each irritation and while I…

Mindful Monday #112 – Energy

Improv is back in my life and I love it! I have been studying for over three years. I first studied the craft for a year and half and I noticed that I had a long way to go. Being completely raw and real on stage was frightening every time and it did not seem…

Double Down

It is hard to live in the unknown, but everything in life is unknown. Life is created moment by moment and some moments we can and cannot predict. I’m currently living in a moment that I predicted a few weeks ago, but never imagined a few months ago. My current situation in life will work…

Wisdom Wednesday #31 – Overlooked Beauty

Happy Wednesday.  This weeks Wisdom Wednesday I saw a few years ago on Facebook.  The message from the interview always struck a chord with me as a student of acting and improv. When you step into the shoes of a character and get to know that character you are never the same. To become a…

It’s All About the Breath

Stop.  Notice anything?  No.  Check again.  Still nothing?  I’ll give you a hint, check within yourself.  Are you breathing?  Don’t throw the argument on the table that of course you are breathing, because you are alive.  Are you really breathing, mindfully breathing? I started a new improv class this past weekend which focuses on character…

Mindful Monday #44 – Awareness

“How are you?”  A very simple question that is often followed with a basic answer.  Greetings between people are so common in daily life that they have become mechanical.  We give the same answer to everyone we come in contact with, regardless if we truly mean what we say.  These general questions that are asked…

Improv and The Art of Presence

I’ve studied improv for almost two years and I absolutely love it.  Improv allows you to be a kid again and invites your imagination to run wild.  It takes you to new places, characters and stories based on an audience suggestion.  From the audience perspective, improv appears to be as simple as the conversation between…

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…

Find Your Light

We live in darkness. We either choose to be blind or are unaware that we are blind.  We choose to stay naïve instead of seeking deeper knowledge on issues that affect the community. The most common darkness is hiding our true self or lying to our self about our happiness with our life or our…

Live Like an Improviser

Improv changed my life.  It was the precursor that lead me to my voice classes.  I have studied improv for a year and a half and I didn’t know I’d learn so much about myself and I didn’t anticipate that I’d love it like I do.  There are many principles to improv that parallel principles…

Goal Setting Can Change Your Life

Change is inevitable.  I don’t fear change, I welcome it with my goals. My life long goal is to be the best person I can be and live my best life. I think stagnation means you are dead or close to it. Life is about living. I choose life. I have never been so attached to…