I should warn you … today’s blog is going to be all over the place … just like I’ve been for the past week, lol.
Between memorizing lines, working and helping my husband with a renovation project at his office, I’ve been stressed out and just plain bogged down. At times like this, my gut instinct is to say “let’s find something easy to do for the blog.” But then I realize that my life is probably like many of yours in that way, and this is one of the many reasons I started PLANK – to share and discuss this juggling act called life. And maybe, in doing so, we can help each other out.
I’ll start by backing up to last week. I was scheduled to work at Days of Our Lives the first part of the week, and was then planning to head off on a long weekend vacation with our East Coast family. On Monday, I got my final schedule, which included an added day of shooting on Friday. There went my vacation.
I was disappointed I couldn’t join my husband and children; but in the end, I was so happy to be present on set for what turned out to be one of the most exciting weeks yet.
First, there was the YahooTV Instagram takeover. Now you all know I’m still pretty new to this whole social media thing – and while I love Instagram, committing to a whole day of entertaining posts was a little intimidating. But OMG, we had the best time!! If you missed it, check out a recap of our takeover here. It was a whirlwind of a day (because we were working during all of that too), but it truly was an opportunity to share the love and excitement we feel on set with all of you. And thank you all for your response – it was amazing!!
During all of this work excitement, my husband’s office was undergoing a renovation, and since he was out of town, I agreed to look in on things. He has a wonderful staff, so I didn’t have to do much; but I like renovation projects and decorating, so they let me come along for the ride.
He is opening an extension of his medspa, Skin Deep Laser Medspa, in his cosmetic surgery office. The new extension, Skin Deep Body, will focus on integrated wellness to achieve full body rejuvenation, including everything from SmartLipo, SculpSure and “Mommy Makeover Surgery,” to the newest treatment for cellulite, and intravenous vitamins and antioxidants.
They did the whole project, start to finish, in just 10 days! While the construction crew was moving walls, putting in new flooring, painting, etc., I got to help with furniture shopping and cleaning up the aftermath so it was ready to reopen this week. It was an ambitious, fast-moving project, but the result is beautiful and I couldn’t wait for him to see what they’d accomplished!
I worked most of the week, so squeezing in my new “recommitment to me” exercise proved to be difficult, but I’m happy to say I did it. Sure, some days I really wanted to let “I’m too busy” be my excuse, but I pushed myself and found time in the mornings before work (lucky for me, I can show up to work with wet hair and let the hair and make-up crew perform their miracles) or in the afternoon after we wrapped. I feel so much better because of it, and I honestly think the exercise gave me some of the energy I needed to carry me through the week!
Then came the end of the week – and what an amazing end it was!! As many of you know, Friday was Stephen Nichols’ first airdate and the real kickoff to all the new stuff on the show. I’ve been saying how much fun we’re having, but Friday took it all to a new level … the air at the studio was so full of excitement! To show our appreciation to everyone, Stephen and I brought in cupcakes. Then, before we left, Stephen brought me onstage and gave me flowers. I was taken aback as he shared with me (and everyone) how glad he was to be back and working together, and how he couldn’t do it without me. He was so serious and even kind of choked up … it was so darn sweet!!
When I got home that night, I sat down and watched the whole show (my family did the same from their vacation) … and seriously, I couldn’t believe how different and amazing it looks! I’m so proud, and I’m so excited for all of you to see what’s coming down the line!
Coming down from the adrenaline high of the week, I could have easily just hung out all weekend, but I forced myself to go to Core Power Yoga on Saturday. I love yoga, but when you couple it with weights and a 98 degree room, it’s just crazy insane. I sweat out of every pore during this class, which I dread and love at the same time. Again, when I’m done I’m always so happy I went!
And life keeps moving this week, so looking back now it all seems like a blur. But in doing so, I can’t help but feel an overwhelming since of gratitude for it all. Gratitude for my health, which allows me to maintain such a hectic schedule. Gratitude for the chance to be a part of the Days 50th celebration – working with such an inspiring cast & crew and revisiting the love story of Steve & Kayla. Gratitude for my family and the support they give me (even when it means I’m missing out on vacation time with them). And gratitude for you – for sticking around for all this time!
Here’s to the exciting, whirlwind of life!
P.S. – My good friend and talented stylist Cynthia Carr Gardner was just featured in a New Boston Post article. It’s about how she helps her clients find the perfect style, and includes some great tips on “closet editing,” — a concept I love! Specifically, she makes some great recommendations on how to create a basic canvas to dress your best for every occasion. In this busy time, tips like these help! Take a look, and if you’re in the Boston area, go see her at Saks, in the Fifth Avenue Club.