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Michelle Ann Owens

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How to get more ZZZZ’s

 

If I could, I’d sleep all day.  I absolutely loooove to sleep.  But I also have a lot of friends who struggle with falling asleep, not getting enough shut-eye, or waking up and not being able to fall back into dreamland.

Here are a few tips to bring the snooze back:

Keep a regular sleep/wake schedule

Don’t drink or eat caffeine four to six hours before bed and minimize daytime use

Don’t smoke, especially near bedtime or if you awake in the night

Avoid alcohol and heavy meals before sleep

Get regular exercise

Minimize noise, light and excessive hot and cold temperatures where you sleep

Develop a regular bed time and go to bed at the same time each night

Try and wake up without an alarm clock

Attempt to go to bed earlier every night for certain period.

Sweet dreams to all!  xoxo

Be What You Expect In Others

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Do your friends complain about the guys or girls they’re dating or about their other friends who are letting them down in some way? I have definitely heard it too, with comments like:

“He’s nice to me, but he’s a sloppy dresser and he doesn’t keep his house clean…”, or

“She’s hot as hell, but she really gets on my nerves because she’s immature and doesn’t know what she wants.”

So I have to ask, “Are the things that you want him/her to be or to have, the things that you are or possess as well?” If you’re not a put-together, successful, happy person who knows what you want, then don’t complain when you can’t be with a put-together, successful happy person who knows what they want, ya’ know?

I’m a mouthy broad from the Northeast, so complaining is in my DNA…I’m working on this too. 🙂

xo

8 Reasons Why I Love Voiceover

Do you ever ask yourself why you do certain things?  I do.

When I woke up and did a meditation focusing on gratefulness this morning, I immediately thought of voiceover and how grateful I am for the role it plays in my life.

Here are the reasons why I love voiceover:
1. It’s the kind of thing that makes me want to get out of bed in the morning.

2. The people are really great in this part of the industry.  More genuine and real.

3. It requires real acting talent, not just a naturally great voice. There are, of course, exceptions to this, but in general, it requires actual talent, which most laypeople don’t know.  So, it keeps me working to be my best, and it reminds me that I’m living the work I love.

4. It allows me to utilize my music/singing background.  I can quickly understand the flow or “melody” of copy.  Thanks to the Universe for all my years performing music!  This is not to say that any musician or singer can easily do VO, but it certainly adds some “punch” in my case.

5. I have a tendency to get bored in jobs, and with VO, that’s not the case.  I am constantly challenged.  Every audition, every session, every workshop keeps me engaged and passionate about the craft.  As a fellow VO actor said at this morning’s audition, “I LOVE MY JOB!”.  Agreed, new friend.  Agreed.

6. I’ve always dug advertising and brand strategy and have had the fortune of working with some great copywriters, creative directors and producers.  This is a big cog in that wheel, at least for commercial VO, which is really my thing.

7. A 10-minute audition could possibly lead to the most financially-rewarding project of my life. There’s nothing wrong with getting amply rewarded for your talent if you put in your best effort at every audition and keep learning every day, MFA or not!

8. And as an offshoot of that, this amazing craft will put me in a position to help my family, in big ways.  My roots play a big role in what I draw upon, so they should get a piece of the pie.  And you know what? The joy it’ll bring me to see my sister smile, my niece be done with her student loans, etc…that will be the greatest gift I will ever receive.

Yeah, voiceover.  I’m grateful for you.

I hope this inspires you to focus on what you are grateful for and to make a list of reasons why.

🙂

 

How to Change Your Experience of Time

Oh, Happy Monday!  Today I finally carved out the time for a morning meditation, and it’s started me off on a really relaxed journey for the day.  I’m glad I did it, and it wasn’t that difficult to find an extra 15 minutes.  Why was it so hard previously?  Maybe because I thought I was completely controlled by time, fighting it every minute, and never having enough of it to do all the things I wanted to do in a day.

Over the past few months, I’ve pulled back this struggle with time.  I realized I was missing out on special moments, so I knew there had to be a shift at some level.  Don’t get me wrong–I know that I still have to maintain a fairly tight work schedule and stay on top of my responsibilities, but learning to say ‘no’ to things I can’t take on, carving out more time for sleep and for spending time with people I care about, and letting go of the need to accomplish 50 things simultaneously (at least for a few hours) has made a big difference in my daily routine.

Do you find that you struggle with time too?

Check out this article for tips on how to change your experience:

http://goodlifezen.com/how-to-slow-down-time-or-why-never-kiss-a-frog-2/

Have a great week!

MAO

 

10 Ways Men Push Women Away…

I host dating podcasts (soon to be on iTunes and can’t wait!), so I think about relationships a lot.  And this article on YourTango totally caught my attention and is timely in terms of what my gal friends and I have been recently chatting about, so I wanted to share it with all of you as well, and hopefully spark some thinking on the topic.

I think there are many reasons why a woman may lose interest in a man or be very hesitant to get involved with him.  Sometimes it’s a lack of physical chemistry and she can’t help but to see you as a friend.  Sometimes it’s because you thought it would be attractive to send her penis pics after 2 dates.  But the big one for me is if she’s not feeling safe with you.  As James Michael Sama writes,  “She needs to know she can count on you, that you will be there, and that you are the real deal.” Hooray, James!  Yes, indeed!  ‘Tis true that a good woman is not going to automatically let a guy move in to have a relationship with her television and couch instead of her, or allow him to show up only when he is in a mood for sex or some chill company.

Good gawd, I love discovering when a man is the real deal, a seeming rarity in the big city of L.A.  It goes without saying, once a woman knows she can count on a guy and feels safe with him, all kinds of good things will happen for that man.  He’ll finally get that chillaxing company and the laid back woman he can mess with, because he took time to prove to her that she can be safe and let herself go with him.  So guys, don’t be afraid to put some effort in, beyond bringing over a bottle of wine and some chocolates.  And it really is ok to get to know her beyond her looks!  Yes I know, it takes time and effort and doesn’t happen magically overnight (boo!!), but if you really care about the woman, it will be well worth it.  I promise. 🙂

With no further adieu, here is the article that prompted my sharing.  Feel free to send me your thoughts, comments, etc.  Oh, one more thing:  if you’ve got a great story that you’d like to share about your relationship, contact me to get on the podcast!!

James Michael Sama’s 10 Ways Men Push Women Away:

http://www.yourtango.com/2015276176/10-ways-men-push-women-away-without-even-realizing-it

My Dining Experiences Will Never Be the Same!

After reading this article about food superstitions, I am officially (slightly) screwed when dining…and so is anyone who is along with me for breakfast, lunch or dinner, because I’m tooootally into this kind of stuff.  Well, some of it at least.

Check out this interesting, and frankly, sometimes completely wacky list of food superstitions from Bon Appetit:

21 Food Superstitions You Should Really Know About

Hilarious, right?  By the way, I knew about the knife thing i.e. not to give a knife as a gift, ever, unless you make the person receiving it give you a penny as a symbol of “payment”, which apparently dispels the bad energy that the knife brings.  Phew, a solution!  I like that.  So just be careful when your friends put a knife block on their wedding registry, ok?

And as far as the crushing of eggshells in order to prevent witches from starting storms at sea…?  Uh, I think I’ll be ok on that one.  I live in the valley.

Don’t cut your bananas, people.

xo

I Want To Be a Wizard!

I’m a huge fan of T. Harv Eker.  To me, he’s one of the greats when it comes to motivational speakers and teachers.  Not only is he hilarious, but his style of teaching is extremely direct.  He is the type of guy who is not afraid to tell you that you’re making crap decisions point blank, but follows through by providing real, doable tips to help you course correct.  I gotta say, his passion for helping people take control of their lives is infectious, and I imagine he’d be the best dinner guest ever!

I wanted to share an article that came to my inbox from his organization that will get you thinking.  Harv writes, “You can resist what is and freak out about it. You can accept what is and be okay with it, or you go to the next stage and do something extraordinary with it.”  That’s what I want to do.

Check out the full article here:

T. Harv Eker – Why We’re Too Smart And Should Pretend We’re Dogs

And have yourself a fantastic day!  Drop me a line via my contact page, and let me know if you want to be a wizard too.

xoxo

 

The 5 Love Languages

Ok, if you’re wondering why you sometimes butt heads with your significant other… or you are interested in the ways you love vs. the way your partner shows love (in order to keep it smooth sailing at home), then check out this excellent book by Gary Chapman with a corresponding website chock full of resources:

The 5 Love Languages

http://www.5lovelanguages.com/

For my ADD friends, here’s a quickie overview of the 5:

1. Physical Affection,

2. Words of Affirmation,

3. Quality Time,

4. Gifts and

5. Acts of Service

I really encourage you to take the 10-minute test on the website to find out your top preferred ways of being shown love.  If you can get your partner to take it too, then you two will really start understanding the best ways to approach each other when showing your love.  Trust me, I’ve heard it over & over as being one of the best tools to boost partner relations, as the 5 Love Languages continuously pop up as a topic on the dating podcasts I’ve been doing.

Here’s an example:  Fred works long hours every week, and works hard because he wants nothing more than to provide for his wife/partner, Betsy.  He returns to the house very late one night, and he immediately makes Bets close her eyes.  He then surprises her by putting a little gift into her hand that he picked up that day.  Bets opens her eyes, has a supremely lukewarm response to the gift, goes to bed (with no nooky for Fred), and gives him the cold shoulder…until the weekend!  Fred is dumbfounded and thinks, “WTF??  I’m working my arse off AND buying this woman gifts to show her I love her, and then she’s reacting like a beeatch!”  He feels defeated and Bets shuts down.  Well Fredster, turns out the B’s main Love Language is probably “quality time”, so she simply wants you to come home sooner and be with her, whether it’s just sitting on the couch and watching tv, or cuddling in bed!  A gift isn’t the way she prefers to be shown love.  It just doesn’t resonate with her.

See how these different ways of wanting to be loved and showing love can cause misunderstandings in relationships?  Check it all out for yourself!  Then, if you like, send me your thoughts and experiences on this awesome resource and how it’s worked for you.  Maybe we can get you on a podcast with me to talk about it!  I’d definitely LOVE that!

Have a nice weekend, peeps.  xoxo