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Well, it’s been another busy, productive, and HOT week around here. So-Cal has been in the mid to high 90’s and we’re all dying. Call us spoiled but we’re not used to extreme weather conditions- and yes, anything below 45 degrees or above 85 degrees is considered “extreme”.

As for that career update that I promised you, it’s coming. I had an audition on Tuesday and actually have a job next Tuesday that I’m pretty excited about. It’s nothing major but it’ll be a fun project to get back into the swing of things. I don’t like to talk too much about jobs until I’ve done them because things can fall-through so quickly in this industry, but I’ll update you after the fact. I’m also scheduled to take new headshots next Thursday since my hair is waaay shorter than it used to be. I can’t wait!

Over the past few weeks I’ve been nominated by a few bloggers for the Leibster Award- thank you! I’m not going to lie, that thing is extensive so I decided to put my own spin on it. Instead of answering questions/creating new questions/etc. I’m just going to share 20 random facts about myself.

Ready, set, go.

20 Random Facts About Me:

1.) I wash my hands constantly. 

2.) I don’t know how to use chopsticks.

3.) If I could wear a basic tank top and jeans every day, I would.

4.) I drink diet soda. #sorrynotsorry

IMG_49995.) I’m 99% sure that I’m the only person in LA who hasn’t tried Boba Tea.

6.) Jumping back into the world of acting/modeling scares me to death but I’m excited all the same.

IMG_26187.) I write things that are already done on my To-Do List just so that I can cross them off.

8.) I have a newfound obsession with scones. Seriously. My favorite treat.

9.) I work out when and how I want. Some weeks I make it to the gym every day, some weeks I don’t go at all. My days of obsessing over exercise and healthy eating are gone and I’m never looking back.

IMG_976610.) I’d rather stand than sit. I get uncomfortable really quickly.

11.) I rarely watch TV anymore but, when I do, my favorite shows are “Parenthood”, “The Middle”, “Modern Family”, “Project Runway”, “Gossip Girl” (RIP), and “The Newsroom”.

12.) I’ve been journaling regularly since high school.

IMG_173313.) I will always have a soft spot for alternative and 90’s rock. Green Day, I love you.

14.) I’ve had the same eyelash curler since 7th grade because I can’t find another one that compares.

15.) I love carbs. Like, I would choose bread over candy and ice-cream any day.

16.) I take a 15-20 minute power nap almost every afternoon.

17.) I couldn’t care less about breakfast. I usually just have fruit and a protein bar.

18.) I’m fascinated by dreams and astrology.

capricorn19.) Nothing compares to new socks or clean sheets, in my opinion.

20.) I’m proud of who I’ve become over the past year. Things haven’t been easy but I’ve truly begun to discover myself. I’m stronger than I’ve ever been and more independent than I ever could have imagined. I have a lifetime of experiences ahead of me but I know I can handle it by just being me.

b31a5ca1c7041298cb3a84f6f58988e4I would love for all of you to share 20 (or however many you’d like!) random facts about yourselves on your blogs. I think they’re so entertaining to read and I can’t wait to learn more about everyone.

Here’s to the little things that make us unique…

-Emily

On Thursday I was trapped in the LA Courthouse all day for jury duty. This is what I thought about. 

IMG_4981-1Timing is everything, right?

I feel like I’ve heard that over and over and over and, yet, I’m not sure that I agree with it. Timing is important, don’t get me wrong, and sometimes luck finds us and things just fall into place naturally. But how often do we miss out on opportunities because we’re “waiting for the time to be right”? How many times have you procrastinated because “life will be less hectic next week”? Or you’ll “have more money next month”? Or you’ll “be skinnier/fitter/healthier/more confident after your next diet”?

I’m pretty sure we’ve all been there. We’ve all put things off because the circumstances weren’t ideal.

I have news for you: they never will be. 

The minutes pass, the hours fade, and the days fly by no matter what. There’s no pausing or rewinding the clock, so why wait? Why put off until tomorrow what could easily be done today?

Next time you hear yourself saying “I’ll do it tomorrow”, stop. Unless there’s a legitimate reason that it can’t be done today, do it. Feel the empowerment that comes with being proactive. Doors will be opened and new opportunities will suddenly present themselves. I mean, who doesn’t want that?

BSeOVLqCIAAAFFxStay tuned for an upcoming post about how I’ve been productive lately.

Here’s to whatever it is you could be doing RIGHT NOW…

-Emily  

My productivity level has been off the charts lately. It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you’re not waking up at 3:30am and averaging 40+ hours of work per week. It’s like rediscovering life.

This weekend ‘life’ included sleeping in, crossing a handful of things off of my career to-do list, game/taco night with friends, training for my new position at work, and even going to the gym (once).

LionelsleepingGameNightI mentioned in my last update post that I’m working on getting back into the entertainment industry. I’m still planning to do an entire post dedicated to the topic but I’m going to give it another week or two- there’s still a lot of preparatory work to be done. I will say this though; I’m doing it for me this time around. I’m not doing it for money, success, my parents, my peers, or my image- I’m doing it because acting and modeling brings me a sense of joy and excitement that nothing else compares to.

When I decided to take a break back in January, I told myself that I never had to go back. I left the doors of opportunity wide open and just let the universe do it’s thing…and this is where I ended up.

Pretty ironic, eh?

So, now I’m working my butt off to get the ball rolling again. There are people to meet, pictures to take, books to read, classes to attend, and unfortunately none of that is cheap…but I’m ready for it.

f828627df25d8710a50b8142c6ab8e43Things are so much clearer when our thoughts, feelings, and actions are all working together as one. So, trust in the journey and listen to your heart. Don’t let people or circumstances dictate your happiness. Your bliss is all your own and you deserve a life that’s filled with it.

Here’s to round 2…

-Emily

I can’t even remember the last time I did a beauty-related post on the blog. It has been far too long.

We’ve heard it a million times- it’s what’s on the inside that counts. I completely agree. But, as vain as it sounds, the outside matters too. Not only do appearance and health go hand-in-hand, our confidence and self-esteem are affected by the outside as well. This is especially true when it comes to the entertainment industry- the world I’m about to jump back in to. It’s an industry that revolves around looks and, no matter how hard we try to fight it, that’s the truth. So, while we’re building our bliss on the inside, it’s important that we’re taking care of what’s on the outside as well.

Today I want to talk about skin.

I’ve always been pretty lucky when it comes to my skin. Sure, I’ve battled occasional breakouts, but I’ve never dealt with chronic acne or any serious issues. However, figuring out the skin-care regime that works best for me has taken quite some time. We all know the importance of washing our face, moisturizing, etc. but I’ve learned a few other tips and tricks over the years that I want to share.

Build Your Beauty: Skin-Care Tips & Tricks

1.) Figure out your skin-type

Is your skin oily? Dry? A combination of both? Understanding the type of skin you have is crucial. This will explain any issues you may be facing and help find the best products to deal with them.

My skin is normal to dry and can be slightly sensitive depending on the weather. 

2.) Find the right products

Unfortunately, this takes time. I’ve gone through tons of different products and brands over the years and the only conclusion I’ve come to is that price doesn’t matter. Some of the most expensive face-washes and moisturizers have left my skin feeling the worst. Research brands based on reviews from people with your skin type, get sample sizes before investing, and stick with what works.

IMG_4960I’ve always had the best luck with Olay products. They have a ‘Sensitive Skin’ line that I love. 

3.) Wash your face

But don’t OVER-wash it. I used to use harsh cleansers/toners/moisturizers/etc. every single morning and night but finally figured out that I was doing more harm than good. Find a balance. Your skin will naturally take care of itself most of the time. Keep it clean but be extremely gentle.

4.) Invest in a good eye-cream

The area around your eyes is one of the most sensitive areas on your body. It dries out quickly and gets puffy from stress, salt-intake, and lack of sleep. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.

IMG_4964After finishing a bottle of Philosophy’s Eye Hope, I decided to test out Benefit’s It’s Potent! Loving it!

5.) Don’t fear cold water

I end every shower and face-wash with a splash of cold water. It sounds miserable but I promise you’ll get used to it. Warm water opens up your pores so, unless you snap them back closed with cold water, you’ll be leaving them exposed to all the dirt around you. Don’t undo all of your hard work!

6.) Deep clean your pores

I don’t know why, but the pores on our noses tend to clog up more quickly than anywhere else. If you’ve never tried pore-cleansing strips, do it. They’re a little strange, slightly painful (in a satisfying way), and very unattractive, but getting all of the dirt out of there is an amazing feeling.

IMG_4962I found these strips at Urban Outfitters and, of the ones that I’ve tried, they’re definitely my favorite.

It all comes down to this: pay attention to what your skin is telling you and take care of it. Breakouts are unavoidable sometimes (thanks to hormones, stress, and genetics) but, if you’re giving your skin what it needs, those rough patches will become less frequent and more manageable. Promise.

Here’s to sexy skin…

-Emily

Let’s see…where do I even begin?

I could go back a week or so and fill you in on every detail that you missed while I disappeared [again], but that would bored you to tears. So, I’ll sum it all up with this: I’m doing what makes me happy.

The bullet points: Starbucks is done and I’m back to working one job (hello, sanity). I got a promotion at said job and am currently in training. I was finally able to go home and visit for a few days. I got my hair done. I paid all of my bills. I reconnected with old friends. I had an amazing vegetarian meal at a 4-star restaurant that was specially prepared by the chef himself (my dad is his personal trainer). And now I’m back in LA preparing to jump back into the entertainment industry. There are a million things to be done and I’m not even sure where to begin but I’m itching with excitement. More on that later.

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IMG_4934IMG_4945So, as you’ve seen, this year has taken me full-circle. My life has changed over and over again and, as difficult as it has been, it all happened for a reason. Right now I’m happy and that’s all that matters. The moment I stopped trying to micro-manage everything, it all made sense. Whether you believe in God, the Universe, or some other higher power, there is a plan for you. Trust it. Embrace it. Own it.

Here’s to a new chapter…

-Emily

If I asked you to describe your life in colors, what would they be?

What about if I asked you describe your childhood in colors? When you were 5 or 6 years old you probably emitted the most beautiful, vibrant colors without even knowing it. I can guarantee that you were carefree, filled with smiles, and refused to dull your shine for any reason.

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What happened? How come those colors fade as we get older? The brightness we feel as children slowly turns into a mess of pastels and neutrals. From the number of times we smile every day to the color of the clothes we wear, everything seems to fade. We fall into routines and forget about the excitement we once knew. We begin to micro-manage and fear the imperfection that may come with bright colors. We dull our shine because we’re afraid of being noticed. We’re afraid of being great. 

Yesterday I reconnected with an old friend who I hadn’t talked to in months. We were planning to just grab coffee but, at the last minute, I asked if he wanted to tie-dye shirts instead. He was all for it.

TieDyeAs we were tie-dying and catching up on everything we had missed in each other lives, we started talking about how we’re both on a spiritual journey right now. We’re both trying to open ourselves up to whatever the Universe has planned and we’re both trying to rediscover the freedom and joy we knew when we were children. And somehow the Universe brought us together right in the middle of it.

TieDye2The most ironic part? We came together over tie-dying. We came together over adding color to these old, white shirts that we didn’t want any more. It was completely unintentional and completely perfect.

It’s so common for adults to get stuck in “neutral”. We forget to embrace change, bliss, happiness, and freedom because it’s not part of our daily routine. I’m sorry, but I don’t want to live that way and you shouldn’t either. You shouldn’t have to settle for “blah” and you shouldn’t dull yourself down to fit in.

Stand out. Be free. Live a life filled with COLOR.

Here’s to the vibrancy of life…

-Emily

I took my own advice this weekend.

Other than work, I had no set plans. I wound up spending time with friends, shopping, going out for almost every meal, relaxing, exercising (finally), and smiling until my heart was content. Perfect.

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Let’s all take a moment and laugh at my face in the last photobooth picture- I die.

Now onto some serious stuff…

When was the last time you felt afraid? When was the last time you did or didn’t do something because you were scared of the potential consequences? Seriously. Think about it.

As humans, 99% of our decisions are made from a state of fear.

We’re afraid of getting hurt, getting sick, losing something, losing someone, losing a competition, being the worst, being the best, disappointing someone, disappointing ourselves, being late, being too early, getting in trouble, being ‘unhealthy’, not making the right decision…need I continue?

Imagine if we were able to flip our mindsets upside-down and make decisions from a place of confidence and positivity. Imagine how different things would be. Imagine the possibilities.

We can let our fear control us or we can control our fear <— and that’s exactly what I’m challenging you to do. Show your fear who’s boss. Feel it, accept it, then turn around and mold it into something positive. Don’t run away from opportunities and don’t sell yourself short. You have more power and intelligence than you’ve ever give yourself credit for…I guarantee it. So go out and own it.

Here’s to living life unafraid

-Emily