Good Morning and Happy Monday to Everyone!
So last week I was the most ill I have been in years. I am still in recovery, but am feeling much better. Thank you for all the prayers, face-time, and e-mail messages. I have been in and out of doctor’s offices, hospitals and the whole lot! Anyone who has been on the sick bed knows, Netflix is the perfect cure to alleviate any aches and pains. I have been watching A LOT of documentary’s some you should definitely take a look at. All of these descriptions are from IMDB.COM
1. Elaine Stritch: SHOOT ME (2013) The uncompromising Tony and Emmy Award-winner is showcased both on and off stage via rare archival footage and intimate cinema vérité.
2. Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (2010) A documentary on the life and career of Joan Rivers, made as the comedienne turns 75 years old.
3. The Queen of Versailles (2012) A documentary that follows a billionaire couple as they begin construction on a mansion inspired by Versailles. During the next two years, their empire, fuelled by the real estate bubble and cheap money, falters due to the economic crisis.
All of these documentary’s deal with the subjects of celebrity and money in some way. Between Joan River’s plastic surgery and Jacqueline Siegel’s- Queen of Versailles- botox/tan treatments I came to the conclusion that money does affect body image. Joan River’s talks about the fear of looking at herself in the mirror when she first wakes up. I never want to have that fear. When you have more than you want, and are unhappy about the way you look, you can change your physical being in an instant. These women have altered and re-molded their bodies into their version of IDEAL. I would love to interview one of these woman to get the skinny on plastic surgery.
If any of you readers know anyone who has gone through major plastic surgery e-mail me at email@example.com. I really want to share the “plastic surgery” story on the stage.
The most striking documentary of all of them had to have been Queen of Versailles. The wealth that the Siegel family has due to cheap money is ASTONISHING. I will let you watch the documentary for yourself, but when the economic crisis hit, they began to struggle. Addicted to constant spending and living lavishly the Siegel family had to downsize. Faced with the decision of giving up their 90,000 square foot castle-home. The thing that made me laugh the most about this documentary, even though this was a billionaire’s family, they still ate McDonald’s and Cheetos constantly.
So with a week filled with money documentary’s and celebrity tv- I began to look at my life and wonder when am I going to make something of my career? When am I going to get to a place in my acting career where I will be able to pay off all of student loans, and finally live in financial freedom? What the documentary’s taught me is to constantly be appreciative of what you already have. It may not be much, but appreciate what you have now, because if you do get your big break you will never forget where you came from. I do not want to be a slave to money. I want to live in financial freedom, but I do not want to put my body through the stress and torment to become a slave to attaining that dream. Many of us, have become work slaves in order to pay these bills; support our kids; have a roof over our heads; and so much more. Not a day goes by that the student loan companies don’t call me and ask for their money. Credit cards own more hearts than Hallmark.
Yesterday at Soul City church there was an amazing pastor named Jeff Henderson who preached about work and on how to live fully in your career. He talked about how to work with more purpose in your day to day job. He said: “The purpose of your life at work is to show God is at work in your life. God’s thumbprints on you are clues about his plans for you.” Wow! Then he asked us to define our 5 greatest gifts/strengths. If we couldn’t figure out what our gifts were, he recommended the books: Stand Out and Now, Discover Your Strengths.I just ordered the books this morning for my husband and I to read.
Whatever you do at work, it may feel like a hot mess/boring, try today to do it with all your heart. Even if you hate your job, do it with all your heart today. If this job is not your dream-job, know that you are in transition and you need to prepare the way for your dream to happen. I find in this transition, I am still at work. A lot of people ask me if I am doing The Body Image Project full time and I get embarrassed, because I used to only see it as a theatre project to help people. This morning I cleaned my apartment, bought some organizing things and have decided that I am fully 100 percent focusing on how to make this project my full time work.
This move takes courage and is absolutely terrifying. But, I come from a family that makes terrifying dreams into powerful realities. My mom is an immigration lawyer with three practices in the East Coast area. When she started practicing law in the 90s she only had a closet size office with one file cabinet and a small computer. As a single mom, she put me through private school my entire life and made sure I was never hungry. I always had a roof over my head. God will provide for your dreams. If you don’t believe in God- know that your dreams will be met.
It takes a lot of courage to leave your comfort zone. Just like it takes a lot of courage for the people I interview to talk about their body image joys/struggles. So in the event of this entire week of illness and inspiration. I am re-naming the show, blog and my soon to be published book: BODY/COURAGE.
If Puff Daddy can change his name to P. Diddy I can change the name of the show, which will now be my livelihood. Ha! I feel like it takes courage to tell your story and I honor those that have been interviewed for this project with this title
I encourage you today, while at work or in transition to finding a job, to put your dreams on paper. Get to work and make them happen. Pray and meditate over those dreams. I have NO money! I repeat ZERO dollars in my checking account. But I believe there is more possibility in the number zero than there is the number 1. Let’s get together and catch these dreams. If you don’t know how to make those dreams a reality, surround yourself with people that will! Live and love your body today and know that it will give you the strength to do anything you want.
Love you all with my heart!
…this post is dedicated to my dear friend actress Candice Jeanine who had a beautiful baby boy last night. This woman constant inspires me. Live your dreams girl and many blessings!