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“Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.” – Greg Anderson

“Find ecstasy in life: the mere sense of living is joy enough.” Emily Dickinson

“Go find your joy. Whatever that is, go find your joy. Are you going to have a good day or are you going to have a great day? Because it’s completely up to you.” – Sandra Bullock

It’s so easy to get swept up in the negative aspects of creative life.  Your to-do list is so long.  Everything is out of your control. Your laundry is piling up.  You can’t remember the last time you saw your friends. Or went on a date. Oh and you just got a text saying you have a self-tape audition due. In two hours. And you are currently at the gym, a hot sweaty mess. When you find yourself in a negative spiral, it’s time to remember the joy.  My favorite life hacks include the beliefs that: my middle name is joy and my blood type is “b” positive.  They have always served me well.

Remember why you started this journey as a creative person to begin with.  Somewhere in your past, you saw a movie or a play and thought: “That’s magic. I want to do that.”  It sparked joy.  I was recently coaching a client for a big audition.  They were so single mindedly focused on booking that the joy of the process and their unique spark was missing.  We instead changed her focus to simply spreading her joy to other people. That one mental shift made all the difference.  That audition you are stressing about? It’s an opportunity to play.  Your to do list?  All small steps to bring you closer to your goals.  Find ways to make it fun. A dance break, a silly hat to wear when writing scary pitch emails, or a chocolate chip cookie are all ways to incorporate joy into your routine.  The more you look for joy the more it will sneak its way into your life and multiply.   We are grateful to witness your joy at Shari Shaw Studios.

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