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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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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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  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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  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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Happy Friday Dance!

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Mammoth was a blast.  The last three weeks of traveling have been a blast.  And now, I’m home.  Feels good.  LET’S DANCE! http://thinkoutsidetheboxinsidethebox.com/tobib/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Happy-Friday-Dance-March-18-2016.mp4   Until tomorrow, create from what you have…legs to dance with!   Kelli Joan Bennett is a filmmaker, actress, writer, entrepreneur, advocate for creative thinking and Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Think Outside The Box Inside The Box Media. Follow...

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Daily Dose—PURSUE YOUR DREAMS

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    How are you pursuing your dreams?   Pursue them like your life depends on it!     Whatever you’re dreaming to create, how are you pursuing it?  Like a hobby?  Like a job?  Like a fire is lit under your feet? However you pursue your dreams will determine whether you reach them or not.  Do you actually believe manifesting your dream is possible or do you just like fantasizing about the idea of it?  Are you seriously pursuing your dream or simply playing at it?  Are you pursuing your dream with love, joy, excitement, and commitment?  Are you continually researching, learning, and educating yourself on the craft, skill, technique, and business...

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March Travels: The Road To Making My Next Movie

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March Travels:  The Road To Making My Next Movie

I’ve been going nonstop since the two year mark of Daddy’s passing.  I was on a plane at 6am on February 29th.  Interestingly enough, I was on a plane the day after he died.  Only it was March 1st since 2014 wasn’t a leap year.  It set off a two month traveling spree that took me from Missouri to California to New Orleans to New Hampshire to Las Vegas to New Jersey to New York to Missouri and back home again. Perhaps a way to run from the pain and permanence of loss?  I don’t know but it feels good to be in motion.  Death is so still. This travel spree started with a last minute trip to New York City for Uh-Mazing Romantic Partner Tim’s...

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Two Years…

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I can’t believe it has been two years since I said goodbye to you, Daddy.  Feels like yesterday.  Feels like a lifetime ago.  I miss you.  You were a voracious reader so you would be excited to know I joined a book club!  A new experience for me.  I read my first book this month.  You would have loved it.  It was beautifully written with lots of midwestern, small town references.  The woman in the book left her family for college and then the bright lights of the big city.  It might have reminded you of me a little.  Leaving home to go pursue my dreams…minus the horrible, abusive mother and father in the story.  🙂 Those last few months of your life, I...

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Daily Dose—WHAT ARE YOU DREAMING TO CREATE?

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2 steps to creating a dream   Whatever you’re dreaming of creating—a new kitchen, an education, a novel, a business, a better job, a school, a happy family, a healthy body, more energy, a dance, an invention, a connection, love, peace, a community—believe in your dream.  It’s the first step.  The second step is taking action.  From wherever you are with whatever you have, begin.  Don’t wait.  Create.  Right now.  From what you have.  You have so much more than you realize!  See it.  Appreciate it.  Create from it. Step 1:  BELIEVE IN YOUR DREAM Step 2:  TAKE ACTION TOWARDS CREATING IT We can transform—one dream, one belief, one action, one creation at a time. What...

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Daily Dose—FIND YOUR FOCUS

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  Out of flow? Make some space!   As life expands and grows it can become overgrown with chaos and clutter and dysfunction until you can no longer see straight!  Not only is your garage full of crap but also your relationships, your emotions, your body.  It’s time to take inventory of everything in your life, your business, your relationships, your goals, your mental attitudes.  Where are you out of flow?  What’s cluttering up your life?  It’s time to make some space!  Clear the brush.  Trim the broken branches.  Mend the wounded roots.  Cut out the diseased portions. Clean up your life. Find your focus. Create a healthy...

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