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BY THE END of this post, you are going to have three concrete action steps for turning any obstacle into an opportunity – and I’m not going to even mention (hardly) the word DETOUR!

This is an action plan based on photos, leftovers, and high heels.

Weird? So is creativity. But we all HAVE it. And we all NEED it.

“Placing myself in other people’s words, as in placing myself in other people’s shoes, has given me the opportunity to get below the surface — to get “real.” – Anna Deveare Smith

Photos:

One of my favorite parts of performing Gutless and Grateful at the esteemed Feinstein’s/54Below was getting to premiere one of my Original Songs, Picture Frame.

You can Listen here.

Or even better, watch the live premiere, Jun 30th, 2017 for the encore: Gutless & Grateful at Feinstein’s/54 Below!  

Check out an entire album of photos here…and a recap of the June 30th show here.

What do you think?  Is there a childhood picture you always think of as your “old home?”

My very first art show…straight outta Yale Hospital

This song is actually part of a new musical I’m working on, LEFTOVERS.

Which…there have been some very exciting developments with…(when I say “on the table...it ain’t exactly what you might think!”)

What are YOUR leftovers?

I mean – besides the one I’m still working on from LAST Thanksgiving?!

Leftovers, in my play, are what you’re left with AFTER disaster strikes:  the pain, the losses and ultimately the gifts of transformation that stem from trauma.  Rather than a chronological accurate sequence of events, the play illustrates how trauma is actually experienced: in intricate nonlinear tapestries of sounds, images and sensations.

(A series of art canvases I made to chronicle my own story – “mixed media” picture frames of my life!))

Sound delicious?

No?

(Well it can be…)

Through transforming the aftermath of trauma into art, we create our own unique masterpiece, cultivating a bold, new identity that is uniquely ours. Yet, this transformation draws us together.

SO what do picture frames have to do with all that?

Here’s a monologue from the protagonist of LEFTOVERS that might sum things up: 

” I’ve been reconnecting my leftovers, to let them go.

Why not let go (a little) of the girl in the picture frame? You aren’t her anymore. Let go, so you’re here now.

 It’s hard to digest, but it makes sense.

So I don’t think I am going to say “I can’t wait to get my life started.” Maybe I’ll say, I can’t wait to heal all of me. Because I’ll never stop healing. That’s what makes life beautiful. I want to heal every little part of me, and then I want to heal others, and then the world, and then heal, heal, heal, and wear high heels and heal.”

(by the way, my monologues are available for purchase, thanks to PERFORMERSTUFF!)

So find an old childhood photo, eat your leftovers, and happy, healthy HIGH-HEALING!

Thanks JOFA Conference at Columbia University for an epic kosher spread! Check out the “Hope Builds Resilience Keynote” I gave there.

Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world. – Marilyn Monroe

Trauma and its leftovers affect us all. So we all are entitled to our just desserts.

Come, take a seat.

Here are some small action steps you can take when any disaster – or detour – big or small – strikes:

  1. PICTURE FRAME STEP: Find a photo that makes you remember who YOU are
    1. ASK YOURSELF: WHAT IS MY FRAME?
  2. LEFTOVERS STEP: Use that photo to reconnect what’s leftover in YOUR life
    1. ASK YOURSELF: WHAT IS DO I NEED TO LET GO?
  3. HIGH HEALS STEP: Put on those dang high heals, and flaunt how obstacles have shaped YOU!
    1. ASK YOURSELF: HOW HAVE MY LEFTOVERS MADE ME WHO I WANNA BE?

How are you going to FRAME the leftovers in your life?

It’s all about the big PICTURE, folks…

(my mixed media art inspired by “Picture Frame”)

#FindYourFrame. #LoveMyDetour.

#HEAL!

TELL me about your leftovers!

 

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