Thursday, February 26, 2009

My Relationship With Myself is Important

Five Things

Our primary relationship in life is with our selves. No one else goes through every experience in life with us. We are our one permanent companion, yet we are often our worst critic. To remind ourselves of our magnificence, we can do this exercise: “Five Things I Like About Myself.”

Begin by writing down at least five things that you like about yourself. This is not the time to be modest. If you are having trouble coming up with a total of five items, you know that this exercise can really benefit you. Be sure to include more than your physical attributes on your list, since our bodies are only part of who we are. If you are still struggling with what to include on your list, think of what you like about your favorite people, because these traits are probably qualities that you possess too. Another way to complete your list is to think of five things you don’t like about yourself and find something about these traits that you can like.

Continue this process for a week, thinking of five new things you like about yourself everyday. At the end of the week, read the list aloud to yourself while standing in front of a mirror. Instead of looking for flaws to fix, allow the mirror to reflect your magnificence. You may feel silly about standing in front of a mirror and reading aloud a list of your admirable attributes, but it might just bring a smile to your face and change the way you see yourself. Remember, it is when you feel the most resistant that this exercise can benefit you the most. Because we are constantly looking at the world, instead of looking at ourselves, we don’t often see what’s magnificent about ourselves that others do. When we take the time to experience ourselves the way we would experience someone we love and admire, we become our best companion and supporter on life’s journey.


Monday, February 23, 2009

Learning the Big Picture

Learning From The Big Picture
Cycle Of Life

As we walk through the world, the people we encounter appear so different from one another. We see babies, old men, pregnant women, and teenaged boys. We know couples on the verge of marriage and lonely widows. We interact with toddlers and the terminally ill. As different as each person seems, they are all living the human experience. They are just at different places in the cycle that begins with birth and ends with death. Every phase of the cycle of life has its gifts and its challenges. Each stage is temporary and ultimately gives way to a new phase. This ephemeral quality makes each phase precious, because it will never last.

One of the wonderful qualities possessed by babies and young children is that they are unaware that a cycle of life even exists. They simply are present to wherever they happen to be right now, and they don’t give much thought to the past or future. Being around them reminds us of the joy that comes from living fully in the moment. On the opposite end of life’s cycle are our elderly role models. They are a reminder that each phase of life should be treasured. Time does pass, and we all change and grow older.

Being aware of the cycle of life and our place in it makes us wiser. As we develop a true appreciation for the phase we are in, we can savor it more. Difficult and challenging periods are inevitable, but – like everything that is a part of the cycle of life – they are temporary. When we are fully engaged with life, we get to savor and grow from each phase, and we are ready for the next one when it arrives. Fully embracing wherever you are in the cycle of life is the very essence to happiness.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Should I show you this??? Ah, what the heck!

I hardly ever go to myspace anymore. But I logged in today and looked around, wondering if I should nix my page. I forgot that I had uploaded videos over the past couple of years and saw that people were actually watching them! HA -- so, I have decided to post them on my blog.
Here's some clips of me practicing a dance routine about 4 years ago. It's a bit sloppy, but I edited it myself, okay..AND it's a hard dance to do!

Here's a video of the tallest guy that has ever stood in front of me and acted a fool at a concert. I was there to see Walter Meego.
crazy guy at concert

Friday, February 20, 2009


I just updated some photos in the gallery.
I'll be adding video soon!

Valley Peaks interview: Cathy Baron and Kellan Lutz

Here's part of an interview that was filmed at our first wrap party for Valley Peaks. I just got my hands on it from my beautiful friend, Elvina Beck. (love her) Sorry about the bad quality. It was dark outside and then the footage was lightened. But, you can still see it so no complaining!!! I will post all of the interviews later if I'm allowed. ;)

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Photography makes the world pretty.

Yes, I admit...I love photoshoots. I do. (But I love photoshop even more)
Just thought I'd inform the world of some of my favorite photographers.
Kayvon Esmaili Kayvon is one of the most talented people I know. And, I have to say, pretty handsome ;)

ClickWest Photo
-John at ClickWest has taken my headshots as well as most of my friends. He has a great eye for backgrounds and lighting! Plus, he makes you feel super comfortable while posing for the camera!

Henry Jacobson
Brea and I have both had photoshoots with Henry and love his work. He's also a pretty cool guy with a hot wife. HEHE. (love you natalie

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

My Art Universe

Ah, I love art. I tend to paint and draw buildings, dancers (mainly ballerinas), silhouettes, and occasionally just something completely abstract. Lately I've been doodling bicycles, trees, and faces. I'm completely driven by color. A vision I've been having for a painting I want to start on is a bunch of colorful buildings.... blue, orange, red, gold, green, turquoise..the works! - but with mixed media such as newspaper or string incorporated throughout, and abstract buildings ya know? :) - I have this pretty cool newspaper cutout that says "The World Needs More Love Letters" that I want to use- but I adhered it to a painting about 5 years ago so I'd have to rip it up to use it on my new one. I like to use rice paper for texture in paintings but I haven't done that in years so we'll see if I pick it back up again. I do know that I definitely want to start making videos of my paintings :) AND I definitely want to have a gallery showing of my pieces as soon as they are ready, too. Pictures soon!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Global TV and Valley Peaks

Global TV is doing an hour long special on Valley Peaks! They flew to Los Angeles from Canada last week to follow the VP boys around and get some great footage of how Valley Peaks is made. I can't even begin to tell you how exciting this is for the show! I had the priviledge to be in some of the footage, but I am most looking forward to the guys individual interviews. Tanner Beard, Kayvon Esmaili, Phil Donohue, and Phil Jessen are the geniuses behind the show and will give all of you a sneak peek into the world of Valley Peaks. As part of the documentary, we had a Valley Peaks wrap party on Friday to, well, celebrate the end of season one! Although, I was out of town (maid of honor in a wedding) when the photoshoot took place for the poster and I'm not shown in the picture...I did atleast get to sign it as part of the cast.

I am SO very proud to be part of this show and there has been nothing but GREAT feedback from fans and friends.
Here are some photos of the wrap party: