Every so often, I have to stop and remember that it's okay to slow down, it's okay to step back. There's always something to be grateful for.
I'm grateful for the girl who walked beside me when a disturbed homeless man started following me down the street and shouting at me on my way to an audition this afternoon, and that she stayed next to me until I ducked into a shop. Immensely grateful.
I'm grateful for any time I go to an equity call as a non-union actor and am invited into to the room.
I'm grateful for the audition tracking sheets I started using this year, and the daily 3 lists that make sure I'm always doing something creative - a submission, reading an article or a breakdown, learning a song.
I'm grateful for becoming better at self-taping. For the invitations to keep submitting them.
I'm grateful that I'm able to use the time off from certain things to learn, and study, and practice for others.
I'm grateful for the realization that even in the early stages of a career, it's always okay to say no. And I have the strength of some incredible women behind me, to always remind me to breathe, remember our power, and be okay with letting go.
Step forward. Take your light. Hold your ground. Breathe.