As I was meditating today, I came to a certain kind of epiphany about life. This thought came at me hard and fast, I had to do a word dump here. Continuing on with learning, pushing, and growing.Read More
As a woman in the entertainment industry I've thought about equality and what that means more than I have ever before. I'm learning how to keep my dignity and integrity intact. To be true to myself even in times when I'm vulnerable, when there's a lot more at stake than I might care to admit, or when a situation smacks me right in the face and I don't know how to respond.Read More
After watching a scene from The Danish Girl, it's solidified. Eddie Redmayne is one of my favorite actors of all time. My breath is taken away, and I am at a loss for words. Only thing that remains is emotion. The emotions evoked by watching his performance.Read More
Lately, I'm learning the boundaries of what I'm okay with and what I'm not. I'm relearning what it means to have healthy relations with people. What it means to relinquish that steel grip of control and let people be who they really are. The things I discovered surprised me.Read More
I've come across something that I hadn't had to deal with in a really long time. The tale-tell signs are there. The lack of genuine support. The insincere compliments. The acting overly happy to compensate for something. Acting overly gracious to again compensate for something. The seemingly out-of-the-blue and weird undertones of competition. A subtle underplaying of someone else's achievements, the back-handed compliments, the back-handed insults, the nit-picky criticism disguised as "being real." It's all there. It's even harder to see it for what it is when the person knows people skills and doesn't like to look bad. And yet, the pattern is always the same. And most of all, my gut tells me something is really off. When you step back to really observe from a detached perspective, it's hard to miss.Read More
After binge-watching Parks and Recreation on Netflix (one of my favorite pastimes) it quickly became one of my favorite shows thus far. It talks about issues in a funny, real way, Amy Poehler is just delightful, and most importantly it shows the ups and downs of a strong, independent, driven woman navigating through life, inspiring empowerment for women everywhere.
But, this one thing was such a gaping hole in an otherwise solid show, that it was left kind of wanting.Read More
In the beginning when I first started this blog, I believed it was appropriate that I commit to having only original ideas from myself. I now realize that's a little self-centered. People inspire me all the time as it should be. Creativity is not from a lone island of a person. It happens when ideas and experiences come together to open one's mind.Read More
But what I do know is that "divide and conquer" is a real thing.
"Even in darkness, I still have hope that one day humans will wake from their violent amnesia and choose to fight for one another, and not against."Read More
"When you create, you don’t owe anything to anyone."
—Yoann Lemoine, aka Woodkid
The moment I saw this quote it struck a deep chord within me. It made me realize something: my whole life I was giving my power away.Read More
Trust issues. Deep, serious trust issues. Who knew they were there? I certainly didn't. Will I ever get over them? That's a hard question. I want to say: probably. This is my attempt at doing so.
Fair warning, things get pretty real.Read More
When a guy looks at you and goes, "You're like a princess. You're gorgeous, intelligent, and fragile, but you're also very strong, even though you don't fully know it. You're going to make someone incredibly happy one day."
What do you even say to that? It doesn't matter. Because you know what? You shouldn't settle for anything less in love. But how does one even begin to start looking for something like that? You start here.Read More
So, I guess I should start with an introduction. I'm Ariel. And I act. I guess it stems from the fact that I'm an empath, and I'm naturally highly sensitive to the emotional lives and energies around me. And I'm incredibly curious about the human mind. I have this need to get to know people intimately. I want to know what shakes their soul and keeps them going. As Meryl Streep once said, I like to "plumb that mystery until everything is known" to me. Or at least something close to everything. I'm currently working towards making it a full time career.
In the meantime, I've found I have a lot of things I want to say. About life, about the human condition, in all its eccentricities. The ups, the downs, and everything in between. The betweens are the hardest for me. Fittingly as an empath, I tend to experience any given emotion to its fullest extent, so sometimes walking the line of the in-between can be tricky. I'm working on it. I'm still learning.
But, I digress. I've been tweaking and meditating over this project for a while now. Concerned about this or that and whatever else, and I realize something.
None of that matters.
I just need to start writing. Because like I said. I have a lot to say.
No set rules. No real boundaries. Just unbridled musings. So here goes.
A special thanks to Alex and Vanessa. For sitting with me and helping me create the name nakedgrowth. I can't express enough how much I appreciate you two. Thank you for being the awesome women that you are. I couldn't have gotten here without you.