Hello, blog! Hello, 2018!
It seems like coming back after the holidays always takes a couple weeks, but I’m feeling pretty full-force at the moment. It just took a bit.
One of my resolutions (remember those? You didn’t quit yours already, did you?) is to set up systems for myself. I know, way exciting, Rebecca. But I had some come-to-Jesus moments at the end of 2017 where I was like, man, if I don’t get myself in order, I will not able to handle everything coming up.
So. Because 2018’s going to be another big year with big, big goals, I gotta take care of this foundation I’m operating from.
So I’ve already written about really focusing on working out and nutrition, as well as picking up coaching as a pretty amazing/rewarding side gig this fall (ps – OF COURSE I gotta invite you to our group if your fitness/nutrition goals aren’t quite happening yet and you want to actually make it happen THIS year. :-) Our next group starts Feb. 5 – I’ll tell you all about it, we’ll see if it’s a fit – firstname.lastname@example.org).
(oh and you better believe getting my hair done – after wayyyyy too long – is 100% part of feeling better in the new year/investing in acting, weird but true)
But for me right now, I’m getting my time and actual physical space organized. Because they impact everything.
Lately it’s about scheduling my writing time and making sure nothing encroaches upon it. It’s so easy to let it fall by the wayside. Because, as always with art, literally NO ONE is asking me to do it.
And yet, it’s the only thing that will keep my career in this business really moving in the exact direction I want it to go in. I have a specific vision for my next few films and absolutely no one cares if those happen. I mean, I know everyone cares, but no one’s calling me up going, “Where’s the script?” So I gotta be my own boss.
And last week several times in the evenings I found myself getting annoyed and resentful. Because by the time I’d finished making a healthy dinner I didn’t want to write.
Are. you. kidding me. NO. No way do my day jobs, no way does coaching, no way does my acting admin work, no way does eating healthy/taking care of myself get in the way of making this next movie. (although the last bit makes it possible) So that means a re-prioritization.
So. Pretty basic: I meal prepped yesterday (Sunday) for about 3 hours. You can read the Facebook post I made about it if you want to know more. But I just made a decision that until this spring, I’m going to back off of my love of cooking at night (and I love it!), and meal prep like a mofo – because otherwise this script’s not getting done.
It’s funny, this coaching stuff is so random for me, I know it feels random to some of you reading (hi! are there at least 3?). But this fall I felt like I was drowning with my dreams and life management and I didn’t see a way out of feeling like such a mess of a starving artist. So I made a decision to feel better. And I’m working on it every day and, oh man, is it applicable to keeping my artistic career going.
So. Anyway! What’s next? Because of course there’s something next! Other than having solid writing hours at night and regular acting admin time every day, I’m clearing out the apartment. You know, with all my spare time…
But you can actually join me in doing that (and please do!) I’m going to start another FREE group (sense a pattern? I do free groups between the fitness/nutrition groups – ya, those cost some money, but obviously not too much for a starving artist like moi. I mean, guys, the train just roared past my window. And I still invested in my health. But I digress. A lot.).
Okay, where was I? Free group – “Get Your Sh*t Together.” YUP. We’re gonna go through the Marie Kondo book and get it cleaned up together. Starting next weekend (Jan 26) and going for I believe 5 consecutive weekends as we clean out our lives together. I don’t have the Facebook link yet, but I will soon – just comment here or email me and let me know if you want in on this.
Accountability at its finest. Because, yes, I started doing this several years ago, and, no, I didn’t finish, I only got halfway through. Because no one was making me do it! So running a group forces me into it. And if you need that kind of accountability too, man, I’m here for you because I understand.
So let me know if you’re interested in ANY of what I’m up to, and I’ll tell ya about it.
And in the meantime, MAKE TIME FOR YOUR ART! Set up your life for what you care about! I’m doing it too! If this is the year for you, then don’t wait for it. Do something. Ciao.