Happy Monday! It was an amazing weekend here in LA, especially with the second annual LA Indie Improv Festival happening! Last week I wrote about listening to the thoughts you have when you’re at peace, which then led to a piece on confidence followed by the weekly recap!
This past weekend was just fantastic. I had two improv shows on Saturday as part of the LA Indie Improv Festival (LAIIF), and they both were just incredible experiences. Both shows were entirely different and fed both aspects of my personality. The Garage Band set felt like a lot of great, grounded scene work for me, while the Camp Hickory Players set felt like crazy town freedom.
That’s what life is all about, though, right? You have to make sure you’re investing your time in things that make you happy and that satisfy your needs in different ways. Time is the most important thing you can give to anyone; it’s the ultimate currency we have in life. There’s nothing more whole than being able to be emotionally grounded and open, while also having the opportunities to share your silly, goofy side.
Both shows on Saturday had a healthy mix of grounded emotions, as well as goofiness. I love Garage Band because the freedom comes from being able to express yourself in song, whereas with Camp Hickory, our one act children’s shows tend to have a valuable lesson that allows us the freedom to go to crazy-town within the parameters of the world we build.
Our major lesson in the Camp Hickory show was to just face your fears and let things come to you. Not everything in life has to be hard. I hiked a couple weeks ago and recorded a video snippet that I didn’t post, but the gist of that video was this: sometimes it feels like the best things in life are coming too easily to you, but that’s simply not the case. We are sometimes hesitant to trust the thing that feels easy because we might feel like we don’t deserve it. But as Wonder Woman said — it’s not about what you deserve, it’s about what you believe. The protagonist in the Camp Hickory show was putting up so many road blocks for herself and overthinking everything from trying pie to crossing a bridge. Her sidekick showed her how easy it was to try pie and cross a bridge once she gave herself permission to do it and just took those first steps.
Fears are really just these mental roadblocks we put up in our own heads that are meant to be conquered. I’ve written before about following the fear in life because, at the end of the day, you have everything you need to succeed already inside you from all the things you’ve overcome in the past. Every fear you conquer brings you a little bit closer to the thing you really want. Just make sure that thing is something that allows you to be your most authentic self. And with that, I hope you had as fantastic a weekend as I had. I’ll be back on Wednesday with another post on trusting yourself - probably using a sports metaphor because ya girl loves sports. Have a great Monday and Tuesday!!
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