Why am I so excited?

Why am I so excited?

Lemme splain'... About a year ago I found out some news that changed my life. Part of me was relieved and the other part of me was completely floored.

As I lay in my hospital bed the doctors walked in with furrowed brows, concern dripping from their gazes. I knew they had come to a conclusion as to what caused me to fall over from a dizzy spell and lose function of everything below my neck a week earlier. It was a few days into my hospital stay and I had just returned from another round of MRI's and was being pumped full of steroids and was eager to find out what information they were readying themselves to tell me.

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Why we go through hard stuff

Why we go through hard stuff

This weekend is the anniversary of an event that changed my life and my family's life forever. It's not something I want to harp on for negative reasons. It's quite the opposite. I want to never forget what God has done for myself and my family.

If you are going through hard things and you're not sure why it's happening please trust that there is a reason for it and sometimes that reason takes a while to reveal it self. In this video I shared that hard thing that my family went through three years ago as well as three things that I learned from going through it.

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Three things you can do to get started on your dream

Three things you can do to get started on your dream

So you've committed to your big fat crazy, fuzzy, lovable, gigantic dream. 

Wow. If you're dream was alive make sure you invite me over to meet it!

But I digress.

You've committed to your dream and now it's time to start taking steps to seeing that dream become a reality.

I've been thinking a lot about next steps and how do you figure out what those next steps should be when you're going after that oh so lovable dream of yours.

So here I share three things that you can do if you're in that position.

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Run Towards the Roar Series - Part three

Run Towards the Roar Series - Part three

Today is part three in the Run Towards the Roar series. I've been really excited about the feed back that I've been getting. It seems like a lot of people are resonating with this topic on how to face your fears and move past them.

Today I started out with a recap of part one and part two and then dove right into another awesome tactic for running towards the roar getting rid of fear and making moves towards your purpose.

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Run towards the Roar Series - Defining the Roar in Your Life

Run towards the Roar Series - Defining the Roar in Your Life

Run towards the roar is an African proverb that describes how when lions hunt they will place the oldest and weakest lion across from the hunters in the grasses. When a potential meal comes galloping by the lion will roar loudly scaring the poor creature into running the opposite direction...where the strongest lions are waiting to pounce.

In life we can come up against the same circumstances when something like insecurity, anxiety, or doubt "roars" at us causing us to become afraid and run in the opposite direction.

I believe that our best lives are waiting on the other side of fear. This isn't a new concept at all. I'm probably the billionth person in the world to make that statement. But it's so very true. As humanity discovers more and more about living fuller lives - we are stumbling upon the simple message that we must be able to push past fear and keep moving forward.

In this video I take time to dive deeper and share some personal roars in my life and two practical ways you can run towards the roar.

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4 Amazing Lessons I Learned This Past Year That Will Empower You!

4 Amazing Lessons I Learned This Past Year That Will Empower You!

For the last few years I've kept a tradition of sharing things I've learned on my birthday. The number of items on my list always correlates with the number of my age. I'm beginning to think that might not be the best idea as I get older.  Not only do a lot of things get repeated but I realized that it's going to take longer and longer to create the lists - and your girl is getting busy with life! So I'm just going to keep the list to 4 of the most important lessons of the past year.

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5 Unexpected Ways to Reach Your Goals From TED

5 Unexpected Ways to Reach Your Goals From TED

At the end of every year I reflect on the past year and spend time dreaming about the future. Dreaming about the future has to be one of my most favorite things. In fact, it's one of my top 5 strengths from the Strengths finders test. My husband and I both love it so much that when we were first married we would have these things called "dream dates" when we would go on a date and just dream and make plans for the future. 14 years later we still do it - but we tend to grab a few minutes at the dining room table in the midst of the hustle and bustle of life...but dreaming we shall do!

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What I Use to Create My Film and Video Projects

What I Use to Create My Film and Video Projects

I have been creating online content since 2009. It started as a creative outlet to help me deal with the craziness of raising three little ones and continued to become a way of self expression and artistic growth. I had to teach myself how to use a DSLR camera, how to edit and how to deal with lighting. I remember sitting in front of my computer for hours trying to figure out how to use the latest version of Imovie or Final Cut Pro to create my videos. I understand that it can be intimidating when it comes to choosing the right equipment for your video projects, especially if you will be using it yourself. Thankfully technology has become more affordable and accessible and a person who is willing to put in the work and hone their craft can take advantage of what is available to us. 

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The Biggest Mistake I Made When Self Producing Projects

The Biggest Mistake I Made When Self Producing Projects

I have been self producing my own projects for the past decade. From plays, short films, online content and a web series. Each project had its own set of challenges, set backs and life lessons. I'll be honest, I've cried over some of the hard lessons I've learned. Sometimes I was left feeling depressed and other times I've had the chance to experience life long dreams of walking red carpets and getting festival nominations. However, over all these years there is one lesson that stands out above the rest when it comes to producing projects.

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3 SIMPLE TIPS FOR YOUR NEXT VISION BOARD THAT YOU HAVEN'T THOUGHT OF.

3 SIMPLE TIPS FOR YOUR NEXT VISION BOARD THAT YOU HAVEN'T THOUGHT OF.

I'm pretty sure that everyone and their mom are talking about the importance of vision boards this time of year. The fact is they are talking about them because they work. Anyone who has created a vision board and used it has had crazy awesome things happen in their lives. I'm one of those people! This year I simple wrote down and taped my goals to the side of my book shelf next to my desk. I was truly surprised at how many things came to pass for me this year. I hope that these few tips help you along your vision board journey.

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Artist Interview with Actor and Youtuber Ransom Pugh

Artist Interview with Actor and Youtuber Ransom Pugh

This week I had the pleasure of interviewing my friend actor, producer and Youtuber Ransom Pugh! As usual we got into a really great conversation that spanned all across the globe of topics.

Ransom shared his current journey with acting and even moving into producing his own work. He also shares his newest endeavor of following his love for health and fitness as well as gaming and starting a Youtube channel. His channel is called Muscle and Magicka and has grown very quickly over the past year to thousands of subscribers!

In a place where you can't watch but want to listen? No worries! I got you covered!

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Artist Interview with Videographer Kristen Achziger of Kindred Cinema

I'm really excited to share with you today's interview with Kristen Achzigar of Kindred Cinema. I found Kristen on Instagram a few months ago and I was literally drawn in by the name "Kindred Cinema". I'll give you a little back story about why I love the word "kindred". When I was younger I always felt a little bit...different than everyone else. I was a dreamer since I was a little one. My mom introduced me to Anne of Green Gables and I will be ever grateful to her for that. Anne was a witty, incredibly smart, fire-y girl who was an orphan and later adopted. She was very different from everyone around her. In one of the books Anne meets another girl and they become great friends - best friends actually. Anne refers to her as her "kindred spirit". Ever since I found out about kindred spirits, I've always been on the look out for them.

I can tell you something for sure - I've found a kindred spirit in Kristen.

I'm so glad we had an opportunity to talk. We had a ton of technical issues but we didn't let that stop us! I think you will find great encouragement in this interview. Kristen literally shares step by step how God called her into this beautiful world of brandstory videos. I love that Kristen shared with us the DETAILS of her journey. I've always hated when people just share their triumphs in life - Kristen shares the ups AND the downs of being a young woman trying to follow the passion that God has called her too. Sometimes it's so hard to figure out what we are supposed to do after we get "the call" or "the idea" planted inside of us.

What I learned about dreams.

What I learned from this conversation with Kristen is that it's important not to talk ourselves out of what we know we are supposed to do by trying to figure out the how all the time. Yes the how is important when breaking down goals or making a cake but when it comes to life the how isn't always so clear. Sometimes it's about diving in and figuring out the how along the way.

Just like automatic doors don't open until you step right up to them, our dreams don't make sense until we start taking steps towards them.

One of my favorite stories in the bible is in Joshua 3 where God tells the people to cross the Jordan with the Ark of the Covenant. Now this time of year the Jordan River was  flooded so it was extra deep. The people of Israel were in the millions with children, tents, and animals that had to cross the river. You can imagine that when God told them to cross the river they might have been a bit perplexed at how this thing was going to happen. But when the priests obeyed and listened this is what happened:

"Yet as soon as the priests who carried the ark reached the Jordan and their feet touched the water’s edge, 16 the water from upstream stopped flowing. It piled up in a heap a great distance away, at a town called Adam in the vicinity of Zarethan, while the water flowing down to the Sea of the Arabah (that is, the Dead Sea) was completely cut off. So the people crossed over opposite Jericho. 17 The priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord stopped in the middle of the Jordan and stood on dry ground, while all Israel passed by until the whole nation had completed the crossing on dry ground." 

The water didn't move until their feet touched the edge of the water.

Sometimes that's what it's like when we have something burning in our hearts to do.

Listen to Kristen's story. I think it will encourage your heart if you are struggling with something in your heart to do and you have no idea how it's going to happen.

If you want to learn more about Kristen and what she does check out her website or her Instagram.

Share your dream.

What are some of the dreams that are burning in your heart that you've been afraid to start on?

Want to listen instead of watch? I've got you covered there too! Just click on the link below!

Artist Interview with Mr. Tim Swain (Author, Speaker, Poet)

 

"Get ready and God will meet you where you are." -Tim Swain

I had the pleasure of interviewing a good friend and fellow creative Mr. Tim Swain

This interview was jammed packed with real life advice on how to live a creative life and make change with your art.

Tim Swain is an author, speaker and poet who is also a co-founder of Ghana 360 where he takes young black men on trips to Africa for leadership development.

I met Tim Swain and his lovely wife, Tia in 2011 while working with the Impact Movement where we were commissioned to work on preparing a summer theater mission project and later got to perform at the National Conference in New Orleans later that year.


Sometimes the enemy of greatness is doing that which is good." - Dr. Miles Monroe

If you want to listen instead of watch that's cool. I got you covered. Just click the play button below. Please go visit Mr. Tim Swain at mrtimswain.com and hit him up on twitter at @mrtimswain.

 

 

 

Lost Premiere

Lost Premiere

This past weekend was amazing! In addition to the leaves turning all kinds of gorgeous colors we had the premiere of Lost! We had a really good turn out and lots of support for the film. It's always nerve racking to see a film for the first time with an audience but this audience was so awesome! I know it must sound crazy if you're not an actor to hear that actors don't always know what the entire film looks like. As an actor you really come in just to do the scenes that you are needed for and otherwise, you are not on set. So it was really cool to see the entire film come together. 

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The Watered Seed Short Film

My amazing cousin convinced me to shoot a short film for the 2016 American Black Film Festival McDonald's Short film Competition. This year the theme had to do with community. The inspiration was the phrase "Roots run deep."

And so being the great cousin I am I said "Are you crazy? It's in like two weeks!"

No I'm joking. I just thought that in my head. But I'm glad I shut that voice up and went on the adventure with m cousin. She wrote the first draft and together we tweaked and massaged it into a story we both liked. However disaster struck the night before when our camera guy had to pull out because of work.

Stupid work.

So my cousin and I rolled up our sleeves and decided that we were going to shoot and edit this thing ourselves! And so we did! We dove into the filmmaking process together with my actor friend and a friend who agreed to do make up. We hauled the kids around in my truck getting props and setting up the location. 

We did get some help on the first edit and then I took over and finished it up. I was so scared! Together we talked over face time watching and re-watching the film, adding music, and eventually writing and editing the voice over that made the piece really cohesive.

I'm SO PROUD of us! Self Producing work really is such an amazing experience! Every time I think back on what we did I get this surge of the "WE CAN ROCK THIS!" spirit.

90 seconds and I smile every time.