Speaks To Me Sunday #6

19 Apr


All I have on my mind is adventure! Dan and I have been dreaming about traveling (our passports arrived for our Europe trip… And other travel eventually ;)), future plans, and goals. There are so many exciting adventures to be had, and I’m so glad to have such a sweet partner to share them with.

 I am letting my imagination run wild. The sky is the limit. I am dreaming God-sized dreams. I am an adventurer. 

How about you? What will your next adventure be? 

Join in! Twitter and Insta #SpeaksToMeSunday. See you there! 

Favorite Five Friday (108th Edition)

17 Apr

Hey beautiful people! Happy Friday to you. I hope you’ve had a great week. Here’s what I liked most about mine…


1.  I have been craving brunch for a while now, and I was determined to satisfy that craving this week. I’m not talking about just any brunch. I’m talking about Saddle Ranch Chop House brunch with their bottomless mimosas and chicken and biscuits. It’s stupid delicious. So, this week we rounded up our pals (we all miraculously had the same morning off) and had a yummy brunch. And then, because we just can’t get enough of each other, we also went to see Furious 7 afterwards. It was epic. Now, people are using “epic” a little too loosely these days, but Furious 7 kinda deserves it. It’s amazing that Universal has created seven of these films with a cast that genuinely seems to have become family, AND they still aren’t done. I loved the guy who sat behind us at the theater who kept saying, “What?! No!,” about the crazy hi-jinks… Like he expected it to be totally realistic. Too funny. It was the perfect morning/afternoon with my best buds.


2.  Lately, I’ve found myself pretty bored with my usual work outs, but I found a neat app that’s been helping with that. It’s called “Sworkit.” Basically you can select what kind of program you’d like to do (cardio, strength, etc) and for how long. Then it walks you through a variety of exercises for 30 seconds each. So simple! It’s nice to be able to tailor it to what I have time to do. And it stays fresh because you never know what move is coming up next. Perfect for anyone who gets bored easily or has limited time to sweat it out. Oh, and it’s free! I swear I’m not sponsoring this app, but I totally would. Check it out.

3.  Pitch Perfect is one of my favorite movies. I have a list of five that I could literally turn on anytime, anywhere and be totally content. Pitch Perfect is certainly on that list. And my name tag at work (favorite Universal film). Well, there’s only one more month until Pitch Perfect 2, and I can’t wait!! So, this week I had to rewatch the first one for the hundredth time. Then I found a bunch of Pitch Perfect gifs that made me laugh hysterically. Enjoy!



4.  Have you seen Lip Sync Battle on Spike? If not, you need to. It started out of one of the games Jimmy Fallon plays with his guests on The Tonight Show. People loved it so much that they decided to make it a stand alone show. Basically it’s celebrities trying out lip sync one another, and it’s hysterical. We just watched Anna Kendrick vs. John Krasinski, and I couldn’t decide which one of them I loved more. This is totally the show I needed to add to my list.


5.  This week I found out that I will be putting on my trainer hat once again as Universal welcomes a Summer Guide Class! I am so pumped up about spending time with these new folks and doing all I can to prepare them for Tram life. And guess what? You could be one of them! If you are in the Los Angeles area and want to become a Studio Tour Guide, head to the open call from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM on May 4th! Here’s a look at the details: Upcoming Auditions. I will see you there. :)

Apparently this post is all about Anna Kendrick. Not ashamed.

Have a fantastic weekend, you crazy kids!

Speaks To Me Sunday #5

12 Apr


Over the past several weeks I have been hearing this message loud and clear. I have been called “a ray of sunshine,” “a burst of sunshine,” and even had someone pick “Pocketful of Sunshine” as my theme song. Best compliment ever. I was (and am still) so flattered, but then I also got concerned. That is a high standard to live up to! Sunshine is pretty darn important. What if I don’t always feel like being sunny? Does that mean those sweet compliments aren’t true? This got me thinking… Not every day is great (or sunny). We are all going to have bad days, but those are the times we rely on those closest to us to be there. People who will listen, pick us up, care for us, be our sunshine. 

So, share your good energy! Let your light shine. You never know how many people will have brighter days because of you. And I bet those people will be there for you on your cloudy days, too. 

I’m going to try to live every day like “Pocketful of Sunshine” is playing in the background, and make it my goal to put a smile on someone’s face every single day. 

So, let’s speak about it! Who is your sunshine? How do you share good energy? What’s your theme song?! I’m dying to know. Comment! Join in on Insta and Twitter #SpeaksToMeSunday. I’m listening. 

Favorite Five Friday (107th Edition) 

10 Apr

Hey! It’s Friday! That is so worth getting excited about. Here’s a look at my week…


1.  This weeks Speaks To Me Sunday was pretty special as it was Easter Sunday. He is Risen! I hope you celebrated.


2.  We had to work on Easter, but at least we got to spend the day together as buddies!


3.  As a part of my improv training, I have to go improv shows. Poor me, right? ;) It is such a good time! This week Dan and I doubled with our besties to go see a show. I picked a show hosted by my improv teacher and her husband. (Fun to see other couples who also work together.) It was a riot! I loved getting to watch the things I’m learning in action. I’m so glad I took this leap.

4.  I love the TimeHop app. I’m sure I’ve gushed about it before. It’s so fun to see old photos and posts pop up every day. Well, this week TimeHop showed me the post I wrote on Gratitude to celebrate 100 posts here on The Art of Acting Up. I’m still so grateful. Thank you for reading.

5.  The El Capitan does a “Throwback Thursday” where they show Classic Disney films. About a month ago we saw that they were going to be showing Robin Hood, and I knew we had to go! We got our tickets, and we’ve been anxiously waiting. Last night the wait was over! We got free popcorn and drinks, great seats, and laughed a ridiculous amount at one of our childhood favorites. It was a fantastic evening, and we can’t wait to go again!


Happy Friday, y’all! 

Speaks To Me Sunday #4

5 Apr


This is a very special Speaks To Me Sunday as it is Easter Sunday! He is Risen! Nothing could possibly speak to me more than that. This quote is lyrics from one of my favorite hymns.

 Thank you, God, for giving your son that I might live. Your love for us is unimaginable. Thank you, Jesus, for your sacrifice. You are victorious. 

There is so much to celebrate. 

Happy Easter! 


Favorite Five Friday (106th Edition)

3 Apr

Good morning and happy Friday, one and all! I hope you are enjoying beautiful spring weather. I was so shocked when I realized it was already April. But before I get ahead of myself, here’s what happened this week…


1.  I saw a supernova this week! Well, my supernova… my best friend, Star! She came to Cali for the weekend, and I got to spend a few precious hours with her. We played a little at Universal, had dinner, and generally just caught up on life. There is nothing like just being able to pick up where you left off with an old friend. I also love being old enough to have “old friends.” It’s kind of the best. :) Love you Supernova Girl!



2.  We welcomed the brand new guides like we always do… with a party! We got to mingle, talk strategy for their first day, and celebrate their success. Being part of such an enthusiastic and encouraging group of people is seriously awesome. I couldn’t ask for better co-workers.


3.  I’ve had the privilege of standing with a few friends as a bridesmaid in their weddings. It’s a pretty special thing. Well, this week I have been given that honor again, but this time it will be at my brother’s wedding! (AHHHHH!!!!) My almost sister-in-law sent me an adorable package asking me to stand by her on their big day. I couldn’t be more thrilled or proud to say yes. I am so looking forward to seeing those crazy kids get hitched!


4.  Long hair has been my thing for more than a decade, but I have been craving a change. For the last year, every time I got a trim, I let my stylist take a little more off. I’ve gradually been getting used to the idea of shorter hair. The one thing that has really been stopping my from going for it is having to get new headshots. (Actors, am I right?) But I think that may have to happen sometime soon. It just keeps getting shorter! ;) I am loving it. I think this could work for me.


5.  I mentioned last week that we have been making plans to travel. Well, those plans got more solidified this week when we bought out plane tickets! (Again… AHHHHH!!!) In September we will be heading off to London and Paris for two weeks. I am so excited to see Europe for the first time and get to explore places I’ve only seen in pictures. Dan and I haven’t taken a real vacation since our honeymoon (five years ago!), and I think it’s high time we did. We are looking at it as an anniversary trip, and we can’t to celebrate!


That’s all she wrote! For this week, at least. ;) Enjoy your weekend!

Happy Friday!

Speaks To Me Sunday #3

29 Mar

I have always been a talker. I love to share stories, to entertain people. Having a great conversation is one of my favorite things. Sometimes I can be too eager to share my thoughts that I forget to ask others about themselves. What do they think? How is their day? What is going on in their life? They matter. And I want to show them that by asking, by listening, by paying attention. 

I am learning to be a better listener. I am working on investing in other people. I am trying to speak less and really hear what others have to say. 

So, tell me about yourself. I’m listening. Reach out in the comments or on Twitter or Instagram using #SpeaksToMeSunday.


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