“Looks aren’t everything. Believe me, I’m a model.”

Inspired to post after coming across this post shared on LinkedIn.   A really great perspective and inspiration.


“The Power of Image in our Perceived Successes & Failures”  Cameron Russell, model, talks to TED audiences…it’s just 9 minutes, and  a worthwhile watch.


Unexpected Inspiration: The Audition

This was an unexpected post, as it stems from an impulsive Facebook ‘status update’ today as I sat at the Actors’ Equity Association for…well, let’s just say, a long time.  After seeing how it seemed to reach far more people than I realized it would, it seemed appropriate to share further.  So, here you go…Thanks in advance for reading, and I hope you find some inspiration in this, no matter what your ‘profession’.


Facebook is not usually an outlet for me for a deep rambling post. But it’s my birthday week, and I’m sitting here at the Equity building with time for once, so indulge me…

7am was in times square to train a client…. then headed across the street to get in line to sign in for audition A. After the 8:30 sign-in, walked down to 36th for the extremely long line for a Broadway production, we’ll call audition B. Then walked to 43rd to sign in for audition C. Back to audition A, change, makeup, and wait. And wait. At noon, they are a few people away from me on the EMC list, when I need to leave to teach. Thankfully, it’s two blocks away. Apparently I’m also close at audition C. Audition B is not looking hopeful due to the extreme amount of Equity present. Class is done at 1:15, and I find out that I’ve missed not one, but two, auditions. Being on an EMC or nonunion list, one never knows when the call might come…and if they’ll get to you at all… The slimmest chance they’d get to me during that hour, and not one, but two, did. And yet another day it could have been that I’d have waited all day, just a few names away, and not gotten seen.

Well, a stop back at the apartment, as it appears I’ll have to now be out all afternoon and therefore need to be set for teaching downtown tonight from 6-8. Hot chocolate to warm up, then back…

Back to audition A. Do I go to audition C to resign in, now at the bottom of the nonunion list(since you can’t sign in on EMC after lunch) or do I stay here? Audition D is also now here, so I’m on two lists here…Let’s stay here…Though I decided this 45 minutes ago and haven’t missed anything here… But it was nice to save one more trek in the frigid day…

The gamble. The unknown. The hurry-up-and-wait.
The world our passion has chosen for us.

All the more reason to love every moment, to constantly remind ourselves of our goals and why we are doing what we are doing…Rejection after rejection…Or rather, achievement after achievement. Show after show, step after step, person after person we affect when we perform.

Do what you love. It pays off.

Taking It Back to the Basics: ROW

Sometimes classes get ‘too complicated’….Sometimes the compound exercise is just too much…Sometimes we need to take it back to the basics.


In 30 seconds, see various examples of just a simple row:



Snapshot 2 (2-22-2015 2-32 PM)

What to do while performing these movements?

Abs engaged, Back straight, Knees bent, Breathe.






Lent 2015: Make your hearts firm (James 5:8)


A very worthy and inspiring read if you are so inspired :-)



1. “If one member suffers, all suffer together” (1 Cor 12:26)

2. “Where is your brother?” (Gen 4:9)

3. “Make your hearts firm!” (James 5:8)





God first


“Make your hearts firm” (Jas 5:8)


Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Lent is a time of renewal for the whole Church, for each communities and every believer. Above all it is a “time of grace” (2 Cor 6:2). God does not ask of us anything that he himself has not first given us. “We love because he first has loved us” (1 Jn 4:19). He is not aloof from us. Each one of us has a place in his heart. He knows us by name, he cares for us and he seeks us out whenever we turn away from him. He is interested in each of us; his love does not allow him to be indifferent to what happens to us. Usually, when we are healthy and comfortable, we forget about others (something God the Father never does): we are unconcerned with their problems, their sufferings and the injustices they endure… Our heart grows cold. As long as I am relatively healthy and comfortable, I don’t think about those less well off. Today, this selfish attitude of indifference has taken on global proportions, to the extent that we can speak of a globalization of indifference. It is a problem which we, as Christians, need to confront.

When the people of God are converted to his love, they find answers to the questions that history continually raises. One of the most urgent challenges which I would like to address in this Message is precisely the globalization of indifference.

Indifference to our neighbour and to God also represents a real temptation for us Christians. Each year during Lent we need to hear once more the voice of the prophets who cry out and trouble our conscience.

God is not indifferent to our world; he so loves it that he gave his Son for our salvation. In the Incarnation, in the earthly life, death, and resurrection of the Son of God, the gate between God and man, between heaven and earth, opens once for all. The Church is like the hand holding open this gate, thanks to her proclamation of God’s word, her celebration of the sacraments and her witness of the faith which works through love (cf. Gal 5:6). But the world tends to withdraw into itself and shut that door through which God comes into the world and the world comes to him. Hence the hand, which is the Church, must never be surprised if it is rejected, crushed and wounded.

God’s people, then, need this interior renewal, lest we become indifferent and withdraw into ourselves. To further this renewal, I would like to propose for our reflection three biblical texts.

1. “If one member suffers, all suffer together” (1 Cor 12:26) – The Church

The love of God breaks through that fatal withdrawal into ourselves which is indifference. The Church offers us this love of God by her teaching and especially by her witness. But we can only bear witness to what we ourselves have experienced. Christians are those who let God clothe them with goodness and mercy, with Christ, so as to become, like Christ, servants of God and others. This is clearly seen in the liturgy of Holy Thursday, with its rite of the washing of feet. Peter did not want Jesus to wash his feet, but he came to realize that Jesus does not wish to be just an example of how we should wash one another’s feet. Only those who have first allowed Jesus to wash their own feet can then offer this service to others. Only they have “a part” with him (Jn 13:8) and thus can serve others.

Lent is a favourable time for letting Christ serve us so that we in turn may become more like him. This happens whenever we hear the word of God and receive the sacraments, especially the Eucharist. There we become what we receive: the Body of Christ. In this body there is no room for the indifference which so often seems to possess our hearts. For whoever is of Christ, belongs to one body, and in him we cannot be indifferent to one another. “If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it; if one part is honoured, all the parts share its joy” (1 Cor 12:26).

The Church is the communio sanctorum not only because of her saints, but also because she is a communion in holy things: the love of God revealed to us in Christ and all his gifts. Among these gifts there is also the response of those who let themselves be touched by this love. In this communion of saints, in this sharing in holy things, no one possesses anything alone, but shares everything with others. And since we are united in God, we can do something for those who are far distant, those whom we could never reach on our own, because with them and for them, we ask God that all of us may be open to his plan of salvation.

2. “Where is your brother?” (Gen 4:9) – Parishes and Communities

All that we have been saying about the universal Church must now be applied to the life of our parishes and communities. Do these ecclesial structures enable us to experience being part of one body? A body which receives and shares what God wishes to give? A body which acknowledges and cares for its weakest, poorest and most insignificant members? Or do we take refuge in a universal love that would embrace the whole world, while failing to see the Lazarus sitting before our closed doors (Lk 16:19-31)?

In order to receive what God gives us and to make it bear abundant fruit, we need to press beyond the boundaries of the visible Church in two ways.

In the first place, by uniting ourselves in prayer with the Church in heaven. The prayers of the Church on earth establish a communion of mutual service and goodness which reaches up into the sight of God. Together with the saints who have found their fulfilment in God, we form part of that communion in which indifference is conquered by love. The Church in heaven is not triumphant because she has turned her back on the sufferings of the world and rejoices in splendid isolation. Rather, the saints already joyfully contemplate the fact that, through Jesus’ death and resurrection, they have triumphed once and for all over indifference, hardness of heart and hatred. Until this victory of love penetrates the whole world, the saints continue to accompany us on our pilgrim way. Saint Therese of Lisieux, a Doctor of the Church, expressed her conviction that the joy in heaven for the victory of crucified love remains incomplete as long as there is still a single man or woman on earth who suffers and cries out in pain: “I trust fully that I shall not remain idle in heaven; my desire is to continue to work for the Church and for souls” (Letter 254, July 14, 1897).

We share in the merits and joy of the saints, even as they share in our struggles and our longing for peace and reconciliation. Their joy in the victory of the Risen Christ gives us strength as we strive to overcome our indifference and hardness of heart.

In the second place, every Christian community is called to go out of itself and to be engaged in the life of the greater society of which it is a part, especially with the poor and those who are far away. The Church is missionary by her very nature; she is not self-enclosed but sent out to every nation and people.

Her mission is to bear patient witness to the One who desires to draw all creation and every man and woman to the Father. Her mission is to bring to all a love which cannot remain silent. The Church follows Jesus Christ along the paths that lead to every man and woman, to the very ends of the earth (cf. Acts 1:8). In each of our neighbours, then, we must see a brother or sister for whom Christ died and rose again. What we ourselves have received, we have received for them as well. Similarly, all that our brothers and sisters possess is a gift for the Church and for all humanity.

Dear brothers and sisters, how greatly I desire that all those places where the Church is present, especially our parishes and our communities, may become islands of mercy in the midst of the sea of indifference!

3. “Make your hearts firm!” (James 5:8) – Individual Christians

As individuals too, we have are tempted by indifference. Flooded with news reports and troubling images of human suffering, we often feel our complete inability to help. What can we do to avoid being caught up in this spiral of distress and powerlessness?

First, we can pray in communion with the Church on earth and in heaven. Let us not underestimate the power of so many voices united in prayer! The 24 Hours for the Lord initiative, which I hope will be observed on 13-14 March throughout the Church, also at the diocesan level, is meant to be a sign of this need for prayer.

Second, we can help by acts of charity, reaching out to both those near and far through the Church’s many charitable organizations. Lent is a favourable time for showing this concern for others by small yet concrete signs of our belonging to the one human family.

Third, the suffering of others is a call to conversion, since their need reminds me of the uncertainty of my own life and my dependence on God and my brothers and sisters. If we humbly implore God’s grace and accept our own limitations, we will trust in the infinite possibilities which God’s love holds out to us. We will also be able to resist the diabolical temptation of thinking that by our own efforts we can save the world and ourselves.

As a way of overcoming indifference and our pretensions to self-sufficiency, I would invite everyone to live this Lent as an opportunity for engaging in what Benedict XVI called a formation of the heart (cf. Deus Caritas Est, 31). A merciful heart does not mean a weak heart. Anyone who wishes to be merciful must have a strong and steadfast heart, closed to the tempter but open to God. A heart which lets itself be pierced by the Spirit so as to bring love along the roads that lead to our brothers and sisters. And, ultimately, a poor heart, one which realizes its own poverty and gives itself freely for others.

During this Lent, then, brothers and sisters, let us all ask the Lord: “Fac cor nostrum secundum cor tuum”: Make our hearts like yours (Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus). In this way we will receive a heart which is firm and merciful, attentive and generous, a heart which is not closed, indifferent or prey to the globalization of indifference.

It is my prayerful hope that this Lent will prove spiritually fruitful for each believer and every ecclesial community. I ask all of you to pray for me. May the Lord bless you and Our Lady keep you.

From the Vatican, 4 October 2014

Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi

Weekend Warrior

If you have multiple people, it becomes a fun challenge in teams of two….just a thought 😉


6 stations, 1min each, 2x through

1. Long jump forward, high knees back to return

2. Kettlebell goblet squat (hold at chest, deep squat)

3. Switch kicks with hands on step, adding tricep dips as you can

4. Plank on hands to plank on forearms, back and forth

5. Wall sit with forward raise

6. Overhead press jumping jacks (careful of that back…light weights overhead, abs in)



1. Tuck jumps (have fun 😉 )

2. Kettlebell swings  (squat, swing KB forward to shoulder height as you straighten up, catch in squat at bottom of swing)

3. Push-ups, one arm on step, up and over to switch arms

4. Forearm plank with hip dropsKate Plank

5. One-arm push-ups (they did these against a wall)

6. High knees holding weights at chest


Take things your speed, your level, modify anything as needed.  Any clarifications, write, and I’ll have a response ASAP!


Happy weekend,


brain benefits of exercise

Need a Protein Boost? Drink Your Coffee…

An easy way to get more protein in your diet, especially at the start of your day…

I don’t know about you, but I was excited when I discovered this little tasty trick!

Do you have any protein powder?  Throw some in your coffee.  Just trust me.  Unless you have a ‘cakey’ type of powder, this addition will not only add a boost of protein to your morning, but it will also add creaminess and a bit of froth to your coffee!


I personally like  this one:


This is because it is:

1. Very inexpensive- I get a delivery of one canister each month for less than $10 for 25 servings!

2. It is ONLY the pea protein-some of you will love this fact, some of you will despise the taste (or lack thereof)

3. It is wheat, dairy, and soy free



There are other good options out there, and I encourage you to try some!  Just be careful of the many additives in so many powders.


Go ahead, try it, and let me know how it goes!


Have a great day,



“Taking the Lid Off the Jar”

Thank you, Steve Harvey!

If you know me at all, you know I love ‘motivational things’: quotes, videos, mugs with messages written upon them, books, etc.  Well this is just fantastic and in need of a share.

Hoping it helps that fire inside your gut grow….especially if it is in danger of dwindling….



Happy wonderful Sunday,


Beet Hummus…yes, really

The 6th Avenue Trader Joe’s is essentially the only ‘sometimes sane’ Trader Joe’s in the City. This company does a ‘roaring trade’ (to quote J.K.Rowling) in this town.

Anyway, I decided to venture there the other day to pick up some staples—some of those process just cannot be beat!  Tucked in among the horseradish and Kalamata olive hummus-es was …




<–THIS gem.


I paused, considered the options, and read the label.  Beet hummus?  That will either be awful or awesome.  When I saw the nutrition breakdown, though, I had to try it:

45 cal per serving (2 Tbsp), low sodium, good ingredients, beets are great for you….winner.


Now I am a self-professed hummus fiend.  Even Mom has come to the realization that when I come home she needs to buy an extra hummus just for me.   At least I am admitting it. 😉



Bought the intriguing beet hummus.


24 hours later it was gone.


Nice job, Trader Joe’s!  This is definitely deserving of a shout-out.


Go find it! Don’t have a Trader Joe’s?  Make it on your own…let me know how it turns out.  (I want to try this!)  Here is a simple, very similar, recipe I found at SkinnyKitchen.com by Nancy Fox:



Thanks, Whole Foods , for a nice write-up on BEETS:  http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/blog/whole-story/beets-are-unbeatable



Happy adventuring,