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What are you going to create in 2017?!

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Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year!

I love me the first day of a new year!  I couldn’t sleep last night I was so excited about launching into 2017.  I have not decided on any specific goal or daily task or activity or personal improvement plan yet.  Oh, but you know I will have one!  I’m mulling over my options right now.  Should I go vegan for 365 days?  Vegetarian is probably more realistic.  Pescetarian would be even better.  I could still eat shrimp!  Should I be booze free?  God knows I need to lower my A1c.  Maybe I should cut out dairy, sugar, Facebook?  Definitely.  Apparently, all three are basically heroin.   Chant a magical mantra in the mirror?  I just have to write the perfect...

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Daily Dose—BEGIN!

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Daily Dose—BEGIN!

    What is in you? Bring it forth!       Everyone has something inside them they’re dreaming to create—a song, a dance, a cake, an idea, a company, a school, a book, a building, a dream, a film, a story, a savings, a family, an education, an adventure, a home.  What creation is inside of you?  And what would happen if you simply started working on it?  Quietly, consistently, gently giving it attention, energy and action?  It doesn’t have to be some big drama or proclamation.  It can simply be an internal shift, a clear decision, a meaningful step in the direction of your dream. Write the first sentence. Make the appointment. Buy the...

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My Documentary is Premiering at a Film Festival!

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Once you have gotten up off the floor after falling off your chair in shock that I seem to be saying my documentary film—yes, the one I’ve been talking (crying, blogging, bitching, raving) about working on for the last nine years—High School 9-1-1 is not only finished but actually premiering at a film festival…JOIN ME!!!! I am thrilled to announce that we’ll be premiering the film at the 25th annual Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis, Indiana on October 21st.  It’s truly a beautiful festival spreading inspiration and showing films that do more than entertain. So, please join me as I begin to share the film, and spread it’s vitally important and inspirational...

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A Battered Dream

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A Battered Dream

My head has been in dreams since yesterday afternoon when I went to the post office and there was a lone dream in the box.  Lined, frayed and battered, it looked like it had made a long, hard journey.  Which, considering its softness, I suspect involved going through the wash! It’s appearance, more than the actual scrawled dream on the front, deeply impacted me.  It’s our dreams, those precious, secret wishes, longings, hopes, aspirations, that take the brunt of our abuse from insecurity, loss, rejection, fear, disappointment, doubt, hurt.  You name it, they take it.  How battered are our dreams?! Last night, I posted the featured dream of the week…not...

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Daily Dose—START CREATING

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Daily Dose—START CREATING

Stressed out? Start creating! Instead of focusing on how stressed out you are, start creating from it instead!  Shift your stress.  Channel your stress.  Use your stress.  Stop your stress.  Do whatever you have to do with your stress in order to create something from it today! Create peace.  Create relaxation.  Create a book.  Create an application.  Create a meditation.  Create a workout. Create fun. Create a delicious meal. Create a great conversation.  Create health. Create a beautiful and memorable...

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Finally…A Bloody Completion!

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What began as a question to Screenwriter Monica in the coffee shop next to the Beverly Hills Library on November 11, 2011…yes, that’s right, the magical 11/11/11…has ended in the completion of our collaboration: Collusions is finally finished.  4 years, 6 months and 5 days later. Halle-f*#kin-lujah!!! To make it super official, I sent the announcement to the entire cast and crew this morning.  Most importantly, I let them know we’re planning a viewing party to celebrate next month!  Hearing back from three of my stars how excited they are to finally see the film made my day. Granted, the film may be finished but we’re not done yet. Now we...

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Daily Dose—TRY SOMETHING NEW

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Daily Dose—TRY SOMETHING NEW

Stuck? Shake things up!   Routines can be wonderful in life. Brushing your teeth.  Working out. Meditation.   Schedules.  But what happens when you are stuck in your creative work?  Feeling uninspired?  Bored?  Blank?  Shake it up!  Change how you approach it, how you do it, what you do during the time you have scheduled for it!  Instead of writing in the exact same spot, go to the library or a coffee shop or the beach.  Change the view!  Instead of creating in the exact same way, do something different. Instead of typing on your computer, hand-write a scene.  Instead of directing a film, direct a play.  Instead of acting, write some original material for yourself....

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Daily Dose—HERE AND NOW

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Daily Dose—HERE AND NOW

  Procrastinating?   STOP! …just go and do it already.     Instead of fretting over how long you’ve been procrastinating on something and thus procrastinating even longer, just stop and go do it already!  Whatever the hell it is—the dishes, your homework, the laundry, the phone call, the email, signing up for the class, breaking up with him, the first work out, buying the domain name—just start doing it!  It’ll be done before you know it.  And who knows what doing it will do to your mood, your energy, your outlook?  It may revitalize you.  It may motivate you.  It may relax you.  It may inspire you.   You won’t know until you… STOP...

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Daily Dose—DO SOMETHING!

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Daily Dose—DO SOMETHING!

  WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO REACH YOUR GOALS?   Do something!   Everyone has a goal in their mind, probably right this second—big, small, meaningful, shallow.  It could be as simple as, “don’t forget to floss.”  It could be as colossal as, “change the world.”  It could be as existential as, “beat cancer.”  It could be as superficial as, “try Botox.”  (Don’t judge it.  If it matters to you, that’s all that matters!)  Whatever your goal is, what are you actually doing—physically, mentally, emotionally, tangibly—to reach it?  If your goal is to lose weight, have you asked for help, started a work out routine, implemented a nutrition plan?  If...

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