"None of us suddenly becomes something overnight. The preparations have been in the making for a lifetime.- Gail Goodwin
First of all, HALLELUJAH! I finally have home internet again! This means no more going to Starbucks or Bricks & Scones at night for a few hours at a time trying to play catch up with everyone who's emailed me. It also means I can start submitting myself again for roles on LA Casting, which I haven't been able to do for about a month now. Unfortunately my Actors Access account expired and I haven't been able to renew it just yet but after rent is paid I'll get that taken care of.

Post production of Diary of A Wedding Planner has been a rollercoaster! Everything started off nice and smooth. Our teaser looked great! Our schedule seemed to be moving right on time then bam! The day our pilot episode was due to be completed we get an email from our editor flaking out on us. Turns out she got another better paying gig and threw us to the side. To say I was mad is an understatement! But everything does happen for a reason and though it's taken me quite awhile to find a new editor, it's a task that I'm very happy to check off of my to-do list. Our new editors are the fabulous Greg & Lex {husband & wife duo} of Long Lost Pictures. I can now breathe a very heavy sigh of relief and with them taking care of the pilot I am now focused on getting all of the pieces together to shoot episode 2 sometime next month.

It's that time again- Jayden is headed back to school! Time for clothes shopping, up to date physicals, nice fresh haircuts and school supplies. My baby is going to 1st grade! Of course I'll be saying "my baby" when he goes to 12th grade too. :-) I'm already prepared to be in a hectic state of mind for the next 2-3 weeks getting used to his new school schedule. And my little Stevie is growing leaps & bounds, counting to 12 and saying his ABC's. He's not yet potty-trained but he's running his mouth and his little legs a mile a minute so it's time for him to start preschool. I plan to check out quite a few preschools that are near Jayden's elementary but in the meantime he'll be going to the homecare provider where Jayden has been all this summer. There aren't any other children his age there, most are a little older, but it'll still be nice for him to be around other kids until I find the right place for him.

Sad to report that thus far none of my commercial submissions have got any response other than "no thanks." One agency brought me in for a meeting which was actually a good experience and another agency called to tell me they can't offer me any representation at this time but to resubmit within 6 months if I'm not signed with someone else by then. *Sigh* Gotta send out some more till someone says yes!

Finally our family fast is almost over, just 2 more days to be exact! And guess what, though I didn't agree to do this for the purpose of losing weight, I have. I've lost 15 lbs and am down to 130! 5 more and I'll be at my ideal weight. I'm absolutely giddy and just want to make sure I continue eating more healthy once our fast is over in order to maintain this size.

Whew! Enough updates for now. Hope you all have been doing well and have some great updates of your own.
So far I'm enjoying my day job. I work quick 5 hour shifts and my tips have been alright. What I don't enjoy are the people who stiff you, especially when you least expect it! I try to shake those folks off though and focus instead on the ones who are a joy to serve. I'm currently working 16-24 hours per week and would love to work at least 30. My managers tell me I'll be given more hours soon but in the meantime I'm applying to other part-time jobs.

My husband Stephen works for a company where he has access to tons of job openings and he came home this week with a printout of an awesome part time job I'd love to have! It's an administrative position working in the theatre, film and tv department of a local university assisting current & prospective students. The hours are great: 10am - 3pm, and the pay is fantastic! So I immediately applied AND sent an email with my resume to the Dean of that department since that is who this position reports to. Besides the finance factor it sounds like an environment I'd enjoy working in, being surrounded by actors {both aspiring & working} all day long. Hope to get an interview!
This past weekend I coordinated a retirement party for a good friend's mother {pictures coming soon}. While I was excited to coordinate an event {that was a BEAUTIFUL success}, I realized that all the time and effort I put into planning it could have been time and effort put into furthering my REAL career. So no more wedding/event planning for me. What I will be doing however is assisting the wonderful Tami Brown with Fabulously Wed with her clients. Tami has two more weddings this season and I'll be working both of them, helping her tend to the many details that a wedding brings. This way, I don't have to plan anything. I just show up and do whatever's needed to help make their wedding beautiful and special. {I know ya'll didn't think I was going to completely give up the wedding industry- it's a part of me!!} Seems like the perfect side gig! Here's hoping she books lots of clients next year.
For the month of August my family and I have gone on a fruits & vegetables fast. While it has been a bit challenging, it's also great to try out some new recipes and try to make creative, tasty dishes that are super healthy. The funny thing is, it's not the meat that I'm missing, it's bread. Everytime I have to take someone's order of garlic breadsticks to their table I just want to sink my teeth into them...but I show restraint. The great thing about this fast, aside from all of the spiritual reasons that I'm doing it, is that it aligns perfectly with my goal of healthier eating. And thankfully my job offers some incredibly delicious salads so I can still have a shift meal. :-)