Run or Dye!!!

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This past weekend I had the great pleasure of running in the Run or Dye fun run!

The run was near USC, so we decided the metro would be cheaper and quicker.
When we got on the metro, we saw a group of people wearing an awful lot of white (only people desiring to dye their white T’s would adorn). I decided to merge our two groups, and we navigated through the metro together as friends.
When we reached the event, the line to register was wrapped around the Coliseum…no bueno.
Good thing our new friends were meeting up with the rest of their group. It was a wonderful bunch of people that were totally stoked to get dyed together!
They were also celebrating a birthday, which made it that much more fun; very sociable.

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When we FINALLY got our free packs of powder, we went crazy….before the run, of course.
It was a colorful/friendly fire attack on the group. Colors everywhere! Plumes of pink, purple, green, orange and blue filled the air and stuck to every possible exposed part of our bodies. So epic.

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The line to start the race was as long as the registration line; they were releasing people in heats. Instead of going to the back of the line, our group decided to wait for a heat to pass, run under the tape and start before the next heat came. It was hilarious, and oddly enough, no one cared. It wasn’t timed and no one should run a fun run for time anyway.
We ran together the whole time (the ones that ran) and made jokes with everyone we passed and with one another. We would pass color stations and get showered with new colors. It felt therapeutic and euphoric to find new colors adorned on our shirts..and skin, glasses and nostrils.
We finished the race pretty fast. with every inch covered in color, we decided to spread the love and celebrate at Big Wangs downtown. It was a glorious way to end a great fun run.

I would recommend everyone try a fun run of some kind this year. It’s a great way to meet new people, enjoy the outdoors and get some exercise. Now, go, be free and full of color!!!

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Camp Gladiator

For a few months now I have been attending an outdoor bootcamp called, Camp Gladiator.
This intense workout changes everyday to keep your muscles from getting bored, and gets you to work out as hard as you can.
Ally Davidson ( winner of NBC’s American Gladiator) began Camp Gladiator in Austin,Texas.
It has spread to LA and is a fast spreading contagion that should inspire us all to live adventurously.

Their mission statement:

To positively impact the physical fitness and ultimately the lives of as many people as possible.

It definitely is working for me. And hundreds of others in LA
I love going to camp. There are dozens in the LA area to choose from; each trainer has a unique way of teaching, but all are passionate about meeting your best potential in fitness ( without hurting or stretching you past your limits).
I love it so much, I made a quick video with the help of my cg friends, Brad Thompson, and Chuck Kovalik. Maybe this will give you a boost to come out and play!
Why I Love CG
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Live adventurously!

Who knew about the Venice Canals in CA?

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Was it just me or did it take a few years before stumbling upon the Venice Canals in Venice, CA?
When I heard people talking about it I thought it was a joke, because I am quite gullible, however they do exist!

My dear friend and I went exploring there yesterday ( she has never been and has lived here quite a while), and I thought I would post this question:

Who has been to the Venice Canals, and how long did you live in LA before you saw it?
Also, I want to know more secret wonders hidden in the vast city we call Los Angeles!
Please comment below, and let me know your favorite places to escape to or explore!

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This last picture is driving away from the Canals ..I know it’s not really apart of the canal experience, but goodness what a view!

Echo!! (Mountain)

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This past weekend my friend and I went hiking to the hotel ruins in Echo Mountain! This hike is easy with many switchbacks, but if you make a slight left instead of following the signs ( like I did last time I went to Echo) you will be going straight uphill in the blistering sun until you reach the top only to realize the hotel ruins are on the other side. Watch out for that.

THIS time I actually made it to the ruins. I recommend starting your hike early, or nearing sunset. It gets hot out there, folks!

Here are some quick pics of what’s left of the once glorious hotel in the late 1800s.

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The view, as usual, is beautiful in Pasadena, CA-so bring lots of water( maybe a picnic) and enjoy the sights and History at Echo Mountain!

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Wise words from an old book

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I am reading a wonderful book by Dale Carnegie that I suggest everyone should read. If you have not read this delightful and helpful 283 page book, please do!

The title says it all. It’s a book on how to understand and grow in relationships with other people besides yourself. While reading, I came across a very helpful section regarding arguments. People today don’t listen. I think now, more than ever, we need to listen to what the other person is trying to say. In acting, listening is imperative, but it is not used as often once the Director yells, “cut.”
Here is a lovely tid bit.

In an article in Bits and Pieces, some suggestions are made on how to keep a disagreement from becoming an argument.
Welcome the disagreement. Remember the slogan, “When two partners always agreed one of them is not necessary.” If there is some point you haven’t thought about, be thankful if it is brought to your attention, perhaps this disagreement is your opportunity to be corrected before you make a serious mistake.
Distrust your first instinctive impression. Our first natural reaction in a disagreeable situation is to be defensive. Be careful. Keep Calm and watch out for your first reaction. It may be you at your worst not your best.
Control your temper Remember, you can measure the size of a person by what makes him or her angry.
Listen first. Give your opponents a chance to talk. Let them finish. Do not resist, defend or debate. This only raises barriers. Try to build bridges or understanding. Don’t build higher barriers of misunderstanding.
Look for areas of agreement. When you have head your opponents out, dwell first on the points and areas on which you agree.
Be honest. Look for areas where you can admit error and say so. Apologize for your mistakes. It will help disarm your opponents and reduce defensiveness.
Promise to think over your opponents’ ideas and study them carefully. And mean it. Your opponents may be right. It is a lot easier at this stage to agree to think about their points than move rapidly ahead and find yourself in a position where your opponents say: “We tried to tell you, but you wouldn’t listen.”
Thank your opponents sincerely for their interest.Anyone who takes the time to disagree with you is interested in the same things you are. Think of them as people who really want to help you, and you may turn your opponents into friends.
Postpone action to give both sides time to think through the problem.Suggest that a new meeting be held later that day or the next day, when all the facts may be brought to bear. In preparation for this meeting, ask yourself some hard questions: Could my opponents be right? Partly right? Is there truth or merit in their argument? Is my reaction one that will relieve the problem or will it just relieve any frustration? Will my reaction drive my opponents further away or draw them closer? What price will I have to pay if I win?

There are many wonderful tips and life lessons to living in harmony with others. When you understand that our inherit desire to be important is universal, we can make life a lot easier for others as well as ourselves. This book was written in 1937 but still holds true today. Read it and see.

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About a boy…

This is a story about a boy…many boys in fact. Most wear grown up clothes too!

Disclaimer:This is not a bash of men nor is it victimizing women. We all need discernment, understanding, integrity and most of all, honest COMMUNICATION when dealing with people. This is about how miscommunication and not growing from past mistakes lead to a vicious and detrimental cycle.

It has come to my attention that some women in my life have been consistently flabbergasted by some of the actions fellow men have deemed permissible which is in fact false. I will tell a story that is not uncommon.

For my man friends reading this that are gentlemen, you should know this is not about you. For those men whom are reading this because a girl sent it to you….this is for you. Sorry.

Let’s start with the story which I have paired with a soundtrack:
It’s about a boy named, well let’s say Patrick Bateman. He’s new in town. He decides to go on a dating website to meet women. He meets a woman, (not on a dating website) let’s say her name is, Buttercup. She is looking for her husband while just recently discovering religion/ spiritualism ( what have you). They meet, they try to be friends but it’s all swept out the window the moment they introduce themselves.
Call Me Maybe
They hang out for a while. Mr. Bateman is respectable and a gentleman. Buttercup swoons and falls for him in less than a week. IT MUST BE LOVE-cuz love hits you before you know each others birthdays and is real even when there have been no disputes. Perfect right?
Super Bass-Nicki Minaj
Then the trouble starts. Buttercup tosses some warning signs aside and chalks it up to his recent stress or her “menstrual cramps”. After a few weeks of these warning signs she tries to bring up the issues she has. One issue is that she is not ready to give her virginity away. Kissing is ok, but THAT gift must be given to a worthy man. Well Mr. Bateman (unbeknownst to Buttercup) is a passive aggressor who walks away from issues. He does just that. That breaks Buttercups heart. She takes it personally and cries to her girl friends,Flora, Fauna and Merryweather. They know Buttercup well. They tell her to relax and if Patrick continues to be that way during arguments that they are not good for one another. Buttercup cries and hopes he is able to open his heart.
Chasing Pavements
Weeks of on and off again moods from him get Buttercup tense and more reluctant to give him affections in turn making the relationship more difficult. She asks questions to understand him and help him. He sulks, whines and pushes away.
Between the Lines
Patrick persists about his sexual desires while Buttercup becomes more morally aware of her obligations and worth as a young woman. Then the kicker; Buttercups friend, Merryweather finds her precious Mr. Bateman is STILL on the dating website! What a travesty. Buttercup tries to talk to her once charming Prince and is met with his front door slammed in her face. She thought he loved her! This is a surprise to her. She must do what any woman does. She must break up with him.
The Swell Season When your Mind’s Made Up
Weeks go by where they don’t speak. Buttercup grows in her individuality and self confidence. Surprisingly, she desires joy in her old friend, Batey. He, however, wants to brood until he seeks another woman. He will continue this cycle of sudden happiness for a while before falling back into depression. Buttercup foresees this (as do her friends,Flora, Fauna and Merryweather). Like a silly schoolgirl she tries to befriend him. He assumes ( which makes us what, children…an a$$) that she still wants romance from him.
Hang with Me-Robyn
This is devastating for Buttercup. She wants to understand why he isn’t learning from mistakes and growing into a wonderful Prince that he can be. Then buttercup realizes, it’s not her problem. She can’t be worried for others who won’t help themselves. No matter how much she wanted to help as a friend, it would always be shadowed by their past. This was a bittersweet revelation.
Wide Awake
Poor Buttercup jumped too deep into a relationship that she was not ready nor right for. If they hadn’t jumped into a relationship, Mr. Bateman may have been a good friend. Like all stories, except the Titanic, there is always hope.
Second Chance
Let me reiterate. This was not a man-bash nor relationship bash. It was a warning to all who are desiring a relationship. Please, women, unless the man has a reference sheet pages long of his qualities (good and bad). DON’T Jump into “love” so quickly. As Snow Patrol said, “Those three words are said too much, then not enough”. People throw the word around when they don’t know the weight of that commitment while those in love are continually waiting to hear the other person say it first. How about this; tell your family and friends you love them. Show them your appreciation. I bet Flora, Fauna and Merryweather didn’t hear it enough from Buttercup because of her blind admiration for a man not right for her. Bateman/ all men need to do the same. Tell your bros you love them! Don’t be afraid!
Men, communicate your intentions from the beginning. Don’t let the woman wear the pants. Be the gentleman and respectable leader you were qualified to be. Talk about your emotions; it’s so much hotter than you think.

As some viewers know, I am a Christian. If any other Christians are reading then pray before accepting dates. It’s a relief to know that If you allow God to lead the first date, He will open your eyes to what kind of Godly man your heart has been patiently waiting for. If you have been hurt by a guy, pray for them. Don’t worry after that. Prayer is sometimes the best you can do without hurting your heart even more.
Strip Me
I wish everyone the best. If anyone has a similar story please comment, email or retweet. If you want any book recommendations for relationships, let me know! I’d be happy to help.
Washed by the Water
God Bless!
Something Beautiful

Disneyland!!!!!

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I have only been to Disneyland one other time. It was a short and uneventful trip. This time, I was determined to make it EPIC!

Ever since I was a wee child I hade dreamt of being a Disney Princess. My sisters had that same dream. Now that all us girls were in town there was nothing stopping us from having that dream come true!

With us was my eldest sisters husband ( who secretly couldn’t wait to have pixie dust sprinkled on him) and our dearest friend, Jeane. She is obsessed with all things Disney and was a wonderful navigator through these parks.

We awoke at 5 AM, dressed and drove to Anaheim (no traffic-phew!). We parked by 7 AM and were welcomed with the opening marching band!

My good friend, Amy met us at the gate to give us a tour! She knew loads of insider stories that we were eager to hear!

Now, I have had a fear of roller coasters for a long time. I have a weak stomach and the slightest drop in an elevator sends my head a twirl. This being said, its odd that I have this fear when I love rock climbing and throwing myself into dangerous situations. I realize that it is the lack of control in a roller coaster that truly scares me. Toss me on mountain peak, and I can find my way out of danger but a roller coaster is its own beast.

Despite my fear, I did not want to lose my opportunity to defeat this fear at the most wonderful place on earth. I strapped in and took the plunge on California Screaming. Here is what became of that:

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I am in the bottom left corner.

The ride was epic! We were in the last row which is the scariest. I screamed…a lot. Ask Jeane.

Other awesome rides in order of epicness: Space Mountain, Indiana jones, Soaring and the swings ride(my first trip I had the chance to do Matterhorn and the raft ride, but they were shut down this trip).

The many other rides were cute and Disney-esque. I thoroughly enjoyed the Aladdin show and the parades throughout the day. Everyone was full of such glee that it was contagious!!!

This day trip to Disney brought me closer to my family, and I loved every minute of it!

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WHAM BAM SCAMMING MAN!

SCAM ARTIST-a sleaze-ball of a man seeking women looking for acting work. They lure these women into their web of lies until the sneaky man has wasted the harmless victims time, money and hope only to reveal his only job he could offer her is of his sexual desires!
UGH!

I think there are more scam artists in the entertainment industry than any other career choice. The entertainment industry targets young, attractive women into a field where their talents are more about the emotional and physical. It’s also about networking with people in power, and when these collide, it can easily be exploited and taken advantage of. I have been called, emailed, face-booked and tracked down to do an, “audition” for a new feature, TV show, pilot, web series, etc I have enough intuition to dig a little deeper into what their true intentions are to discover it is yet ANOTHER puny child-boy living out his fantasy by staging auditions where the women come in with sides of a sex scene that must be done over and over again until the mysterious Director/Producer is satisfied. I usually read the sides, assess the human child that has sent me these “sides” and politely decline when the red flags are flying.

RED FLAGS ( “they” is referred to the ominous man/boy trying to scam you)

*They found you on Facebook; no mutual friends….

*They want to Skype the audition live, at night, and talk you through the scene for hours….

*They aren’t on IMdB They insist on meeting first to see if you both, “click”….say what???

*They will be holding auditions in an empty warehouse; and, “it’ll just be you and me” he says….

*They describe the outfit you should wear more than what you should come prepared with…

*They want you to be, “on call”, and to hang out for any future “meetings”.

*They ask you how comfortable you are with girl on girl kissing for the audition…

*They are the lead of the feature, and YOU will be their love interest; yes there will be kissing….

*They don’t send a contract to you or your agent even after continually reminding him you have representation.

*They ask you to use your time for their benefit ( more auditions, writing ANYTHING, helping them with ANYTHING)

And many more-if anything seems a bit off, it is-RUN! BEWARE-they come and go and before you know it you have been used or put in a situation YOU DO NOT WANT TO BE IN. Use discernment before giving your information to strangers proclaiming they can help you in your career.

Be careful before going to an audition without letting someone know, it could be your last. Stay safe, and PLEASE don’t be that actress who uses her body to get ahead. It only makes you look like trash.

Secret Spots

Here is a delicious Thai restaurant in Westchester; Ayara is not in the best place for passerby’s to discover their wonderful meals, but if you happen upon this Thai place, you will be very satisfied.
The meals are great in portion and flavor. I have never tasted a more palatable Pad Thai or Red Curry than at Ayara. I did not get a chance to try their special sauces, but I hear they are a wonderful kick to any meal. Check it out and savor the flavor!

Ayara Thai is located at 6245 West 87th st.

Secret Treats continued

Another awesome place that I had the pleasure of trying is a dessert shop called, Saffron and Rose.
This hole in the wall is known for their Persian treats. Some of their flavors are misleading, but very tasty! My friend who introduced me to this place highly recommends their fresh strawberry ice cream, Pistachio, Rose and Lavender flavors. I, personally, recommend the Cappuccino and Mint Chocolate Chip.
This lovely Persian delicacy is located in the heart of Westwood at 1387 Westwood Blvd.