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Highlights From The Week (Week In Review)

Highlights From The Week (Week In Review)


It’s 8:30 here on a Sunday night. I just tucked myself into bed with a hot turmeric latte (crushing a day long craving), fleecy house coat and 80% dark chocolate. Just shortly ago I returned home from a film screening to see one of the films I shot earlier this winter, alongside a whole auditorium of other people watching for the first time.

I’m feeling super tired at the end of this here week. It’s a rare occurrence for me to have an early night like this at home – my usual routine is to get home at 11 pm from work or class, and then am up by 6:30/ 7 AM getting my day started again. 6-7 hours of sleep works well for me, though after a week of this schedule, I do feel myself needing a couple good sleep ins and early bed times. 

So this…. this feels like bliss. 

I thought I was much too tired to put together a whole Week In Review as is my usual custom, but as I sit here with my latte and chocolate, I’m realizing there were some moments in this week that I’d like to highlight. Moments that made me feel good… focused…re-motivated… grounded. 

(not one of which being the stupid messy annoying weather we continue to be having….)

I spoke to my agent on the phone, got a technical confusion sorted out, sent him a self tape and scheduled a meeting for tomorrow to catch up on things and chat

I FINALLY typed a scene that I’ve been wanting for some extra demo reel footage. My wonderful friend with a really good camera and sound system helped me tape it. I had only been wanting to get this done for a year now…. and it took all of one hour. One year…. one hour. Why do these things happen!?

I emailed back and forth with a casting director and got signed up for a workshop 

I made a really difficult decision, which took all the energy out of me, to say no to being in a show that I decided was not in line with what I want to do

I went to a Shakespeare show, done by the company I helped stage manage for last week, and hung around afterwards with some of the artists. I was inspired and motivated by the actors’ work and felt at home. 

I booked an hour in a studio to have some private rehearsal time. Unfortunately the creative juices were not with me that afternoon. Sigh. Too tired. Very disappointing… but I was still happy to have found this new studio and get in there to at least do something.

Finally took the time to check off all the blog ad and SEO crud that’s been sitting on my to do list for several months.

Got a neat email about some other blog stuff which left me feeling excited about some future possibilities

I spent a good couple of hours in the early evening in a cafe writing. It was quiet, the windows outside were darkening, and I was cozied up in a little lit up corner. I’ve been having new thoughts about some self entrepreneurial work, freelancing etc., and with this has come some new inspiration for where I want my writing to go. It’s all in the beginning stages but taking this time to just write – not for the blog – felt really really good. 

I responded to all you beautiful people

I had a couple of days off. The first day I felt productive, alive, motivated. Pretty much a badass at life. The second, I was very, very tired. I took myself to a cafe and just sat with an americano, read on and off, but ultimately gave myself a couple hours of getting nothing done. 

In general, I felt like my motivation and focus was re-invigorated last week. It only takes the smallest thing… a brief conversation with my agent, a new connection, an exciting prospect… to make me feel re-connected and to have a return of confidence about my abilities and my future. Of course it can go away just as easily, but ’tis the life of a sensitive little wanderer. 

And so, this picture ends off this sleepy, tired, yet lovingly contented evening of mine. 

Linking up with Meg 

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Tell me,

What re-invigorated you last week?

What’s your weather like? I hope for your sake it is better than ours…







  1. Sarah @ Bucket List Tummy | 12th Feb 18

    You had a big week last night – no wonder your motivation was reinvigorated. It feels so good to cross things off that have been on the blog/other to do list forever and it turns out they weren’t that time sucking after all. I have lots of those on my list now! Cafe writing is my favorite kind of writing.

    • Cora | 13th Feb 18

      It’s funny how it can take us so long to get to those things!! I guess it’s all a matter of time, and when we’re busy, that can be a very hard thing to negotiate!

  2. Lisa @ Lisa 3D | 12th Feb 18

    I know how you feel about the messy, winter weather. I can’t wait for spring!
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    • Cora | 13th Feb 18

      Ugh you are telling me!!

  3. Hannah | 12th Feb 18

    My weekends work a lot like your days off – one day I am a whirlwind of productivity, the other day I do little more than lay on the couch. I’ve come to accept that I just need days like that regularly.

    • Cora | 13th Feb 18

      I guess it makes sense… we can’t just be go go go everyday. As much as I’d wish so.

  4. Emily Swanson | 12th Feb 18

    LOVE those moments of feeling grounded and focused and re-centered. Maybe some day I can get your autograph from you; I just love hearing you talk about your agent; your go-getter personality is always an inspiration to me. I’m excited about your future blog possibilities too!!!
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    • Cora | 13th Feb 18

      Haha – I don’t suppose I’d have a very nice autograph. But thank you Em. I think it’s important to just keep ourselves excited about something, and not think about the realities of whether it will actually come to fruition or not.

  5. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets | 12th Feb 18

    I like when you focus on all the good things going on, and you had quite a few. I’m proud of you for saying No, especially since I understand full well how hard it is for you. Kudos my friend.

    One year and one hour…it’s funny how that stuff works out. I bet if you tried to tackle it sooner and before you were really ready, it would have taken forever. At least let’s tell ourselves that. 🙂

    I need a few early nights myself. I’m working through Ave’s cold and I could use some extra zzz’s. Then again, I could always use some more sleep. I got to write too last week (my Surrender post) and it felt good to just let my fingers do the walking and talking.

    Happy Monday. Here’s to another great and hopefully invigorating week.
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    • Cora | 13th Feb 18

      Frig saying that no was so bloody hard. It took me a full week, a whole afternoon of stewing over it, and then sending the email 4 hours before the first meeting.

      I like your thinking on why things take a long time to happen. I am going to go by that. Things happen when they’re supposed to right?…. right….?

      Your surrender post was perfect. I was so glad to see that you also had a moment to just…. write. We need that.

  6. Ellie Pell | 12th Feb 18

    You are invigorating me right now!! I love reading this Cora 🙂
    Today I crossed off a few things I had been meaning to do (#adulting stuff) and it feels pretty good. Dentist, donating clothes left at work, laundry, getting more vitamins. Stuff that I needed to do but it’s not and emergency so…I may not have made money or spent the time working, but it was fun and felt great 🙂
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    • Cora | 13th Feb 18

      Getting those things off your list then opens up your time for those other things! Work, hobbies, productivity…. so really I’d say you were extremely efficient. Well done!

  7. Jamie@TheMomGene | 12th Feb 18

    Every time you talk about cafe writing my heart inches a little closer to you. I’m excited to hear where your writing takes you (up, up, and away ☺️).

    • Cora | 17th Feb 18

      And every time I write I think of you. Honestly.

  8. chasetheredgrape | 12th Feb 18

    What a week! I’m not surprised you feel invigorated after it!
    Our weather is being so odd right now. February here is normally ‘crazy hot oh my god things might start melting’ but this year… No sign of it. It’s hot but not half as bad as normal. Maybe it’s yet to come but one thing is for sure is that Australia isn’t immune to the peculiar weather everyone else seems to be having. Makes me sad when it seems like soon we may no longer be able to trust the seasons.

    • Cora | 17th Feb 18

      Oh man even you guys!?! That crazy weird weather is hitting everywhere apparently… that’s shocking. It does have me sad or worried about the future, if this continues on. Who knows, maybe the earth is just in a phase?… :s

  9. danielle | 13th Feb 18

    Your restful evening sounds perfect, that is exactly what I’m doing today. Resting. Finally! My first time to take a day off and just rest while my loved ones take care of life for me. OK I’m washing 3 loads of laundry but in my world that is basically resting.
    I’m super excited to read about your exciting news and seems like you have some fun things brewing, I can’t wait to read about it!
    Our weather is honestly a drag and it seems like everyone is sick with something which is making me a little paranoid… ok a LOT paranoid. i hate being handicapped which i already feel i am and now everyone is literally dropping like flies. so i’m a little like a cat on the fence trying to escape a very large predator. can you imagine? any faint pain or ‘feeling’ i have in my body is making me wonder OH NO what’s wrong? i’m trying to seriously jedi mind through this… pray for me. LOL by the way i watched an episode of Planet Earth and it was depressing AF. that’s all i can say. i cried and literally couldn’t watch parts of it. animals getting hurt even by other animals – even crabs – makes me so sad!!!!! i want to never eat another animal product, and then i come downstairs and someone lovely has made me chicken soup. WTF this is my life. i can’t turn down homemade things so i resign to feeling inner turmoil for the animals. i anquish. one day i will attempt to avoid them completely but for now i accept food prepared with love. even it’s filled with feathered friends.. sob sob sob

    • Cora | 17th Feb 18

      Okay first off…. we are going to take a vacation together one day where you (and I) will learn what REAL resting is. Not even a single load of laundry in sight!! That being said, Im happy to hear you at least had a day of “your” kind of resting. Letting others take care of life for you….I very much support this.

      Second, ummmm maybe no more Planet Earth? I can’t watch nature documentaries. Especially now with all this weather stuff happening as well. You have a massive heart, the biggest, and so you want to please everyone and not hurt a fly. So you then get torn between not wanting to hurt a live being, but also not wanting to inconvenience a loved one, and you want to share those moments – of chicken soup etc. – with your family. I think… if we are eating the animal with care and love and APPRECIATION, then it has done what it has hoped to do. So just by being you, you are showing it love. I hope you can find peace in that. I just love you.

  10. Joyce @ The Hungry Caterpillar | 13th Feb 18

    Guess what I’m about to do? I’m going to go work…in a cafe! Radical, I know. But really, there’s a cute little local place about half a mile from my apartment. I’ll be thinking of you!
    I’m super curious to know more about this film screening. It sounds super-amazing! Is this the first time you’ve had a chance to do something like this?!
    Having to say ‘no’ is hard. Really hard. I’ve definitely been there. Hope you feel you’ve made the right decision!
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    • Cora | 17th Feb 18

      Yaaaaassss!!! This has me all too excited! I wonder how it felt?? Could you see yourself working from a cafe again?

      This was my first film screening! It was kinda funky to think that I was watching myself for the first time along with like 200 other people. It could have been really bad!! In which case…. I should always know to bring a black mask and jet out of there before the lights come up… RUN!! aha.

  11. Kristy from Southern In Law | 14th Feb 18

    I wish I could send you some of our summer weather – though today it has been uncomfortably hot!

    You have been a busy busy bee – but your restful evening sounds so lush. That’s my kind of night.

    • Cora | 17th Feb 18

      I would SO take some of your hot weather off your hands. Seriously. I need to look up airplane sales to go somewhere south…

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