Monday, November 23, 2009

Dedication is the greatest form of passion.

Someone said this to me once and I really enjoyed these words, even if I don't practice them.

To be honest it has often bothered me that I am not better at sticking with things.  I have very little patience for being a beginner and I usually shy away from learning new skills because I do not want to go through the phase of sucking before the phase of being good.  It's not an element of my personality I am particularly proud of. 

Practice makes perfect right?  Well I have decided to practice dedication. Starting today.

A few months ago I challenged myself to do some form of ab exercise everyday until my show closed (it ran for nine weeks).  I lasted for four and then fell off the wagon.  Shameful.

I would like to reinstate this challenge, along with a few others.  I am writing this for all of the world to see (or all eleven of you!) because I need a few accountability buddies to help me break the viscious cycle of lazy-lady-dome.  Here they are, in no particular order:

1) To do some form of Ab Exercise every day from now until the end of the year.  I am giving myself an endpoint because I respond well to limits.  My thinking is by the end of the year I will so enjoy the results of my ab fab routine that I wouldn't want to give it up.  We'll see if my hypothesis is correct. 

2) To do at least one thing every day for my career.  Activites may include: doing a vocal warm up, attending an audition, even seeing a play. Just as long as I have an intentional moment each day where I put my energy into being an actor.  I am not giving myself and endpoint on this one. I live life on the edge, what can I say?

3) To drink more water.  Yes. I said it.  It's silly and I can't believe I am even writing this down, but it's something I am terrible at.  I think I spend 85% of my day dehydrated and it simply no bueno.  Water will not only keep me healthy but it's better for my skin, my voice and just my spirit in general.  I think we are supposed to be getting 64oz a day. Sounds like a lot, but I will conquer! I shall! I must!

Ok for now this is where I shall start.  I have learned, the hard way, if I try to pile too many goals on my plate at once I end up feeling overwhelmed and eventually quit.  So I will try to start small and build from there.  When you think about it,  these aren't major changes I will have to make, just a few small adjustments to my day. 

I'll keep ya posted as I go, and I'll tell you the truth, I promise!


  1. I think you need to have one really fun goal, too, just to balance it out. Why do goals always have to be total PITAs (figure out the acronym)? You should go see one new place in NYC on your days off each week, or make a pledge to have a standing date with your bff after work on Mondays...wait... :-)

  2. I'm with Brittany on this one - set a fun goal too! Also consider giving yourself a reward when you reach your goal (yes yes, the achievement should be enough, but sometimes knowing that you'll have fab abs *and* a new pair of shoes is motivating) Good luck... and I'll be watching! :evil laughter:

  3. You've always been goal oriented- one of your strengths, so I am glad to see you undertake these. A fun one is a wonderful suggestion as is rewarding yourself in some way when you succeed ( we all need positive reinforcement!) Might I suggest one more- always have a book that you are reading. Your dad and I have always had a book at hand. I know you younger generation have many other sources of reading material, but in my mind nothing will ever replace a book- and if you ever need any suggestions on what to read, I most definitely have a long list for you!! Love you! Momma

  4. I love it! I am going to do #1 and #2 with you -I am already pretty OK at #3. I just bought one of those ball-thingys and I am excited to use it! An easy ab-exercise is just a basic plank - good for arms, too, and really you can just do it for 60 seconds a day! How easy is that?! I am motivating myself as well as I write this comment. I looove #2! Let me know how this goes for you, I am going to do the same.

  5. I'm with Brittany, Ashley and your Mom- all contributed good additions to your goals! Be careful not to drink TOO much water- it can backfire (just ask Sara sometime!). I've switched to tea from soda and it was a big plus to both my health and my wallet!
    Now, if I can just figure out what PITA stands for.....!!

  6. I'm so with you. So much improving to do, so many failures, so fed up. Go Blair go, you can do it!