Giving Thanks

Today I see lots of posts on social media about Thanksgiving and thought I’d add my own two cents, for what it’s worth.

Gratitude – I believe it’s not something to celebrate just that ONE day. I meditate every day and add gratitude to my daily thinking. It has helped me in so many ways, it’s hard to explain. I believe it has eased my anxiety and insecurities and helps me maintain perspective and even a dose of happiness. Yes, there are days that I wish, I could..wish, I had, wish there was more of this, less of that. THAT’s when I remind myself of what I have, what I am and what I’ve accomplished as well. Of course there’s always room for improvement, but you have to balance that inner dialogue with those reminders.

A year ago, during Thanksgiving dinner with friends, I was an anxiety-ridden wreck. I had been plagued with daily heart palpitations and SVT attacks that resulted in ER visits. I had made my decision by then to go ahead with the cardiac ablation procedure and was nervous about THAT on top of it.

Today I look back in literal ‘heartfelt‘ gratitude. I’m grateful for the docs, nurses, surgeons that helped ‘fix’ me, the medical science and technology that made it possible for me to heal, and friends and family who were there for me throughout that difficult time. I’m grateful for finally having had the confidence to get back on a transatlantic flight and see my overseas family again. I’m grateful to have the confidence to get back to the things I love without the constant worry and fear of my heart acting up. I’m grateful to have been given the opportunity to continue my main passions: acting, film and visual art.

This is just a glimpse of my gratitude. There are too many things to list and I won’t bore you with the details, but my point is: There is something to be grateful every day, even if it’s “just” waking up to a new day!

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Anyhoo, lots of cool stuff has happened since my last blog and I promise to update on here soon. But for now, I got a big old food shindig to get ready for!

Have a great Thanksgiving and make it a great day!

Summer sizzle

Hi everybody! How are you? I hope you’re all enjoying the summer!

I know, I know…I just realized it’s been 6 months since my last post. Well..LOTS has happened in that time. Some great, some not so much. The year started with a death in the family and taking care of family business, but we also had a new family addition and I became an auntie again, yay! And then in March I had a little heart surgery.

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The surgery was planned and I kept it on the down low because I didn’t want you to worry! I had to fix an ‘electric wiring’ issue that would make my heart suddenly speed up to 230 beats per minute (give or take) without warning! After two super scary ER trips I kinda had enough and decided to go with what is called a ‘cardiac ablation’.

 

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I can happily report that it went well and I’m past three months recovery without any issues. Knock, knock, knock!

 

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What it’s supposed to look like…much better.

Yay, dark little heart! Now with extra scar tissue!

 

So if you’ve been wondering about the state of my film project, why the delay in film production/updates, now you know! YesThings We Dig is still in the works! Never give up, never surrender!!! I don’t have any specific shoot dates or more exact info yet, but I wanted to let you know the wheels have started grinding again, slowly but surely!

So, I have been keeping busy with a few things while healing…

PiaVikSideSMWMIn barbarian warrior mode while recovering from surgery…of course I had to find ways to stay creative…somehow, be it photography or painting!

Speaking of warriors….

San Diego Comic-Con is next week and as usual, I have my annual “Her Dark Half” offerings for the Art Show. You can find out the when/where and other details on the FB event invite. I will have six original art pieces up for grabs! Sorry, not prints…yet.

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A partial sneak peek of two of my little warriors (watercolor and ink)

For the 3rd and last time, I am dedicating this year’s series, titled ‘Warriors‘, to Anxiety and Depression Awareness.  Read the story behind the original inspiration here.

Like the last 2 years, I will donate 10% of each original painting’s final bid/sale at the SDCC Art Show’s silent auction to TWLOHA :)

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Going all out with tiny 3D capes for my little warrior heroes!

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Can’t leave out the kitties and tentacles, of course!

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That’s it for now!

 

Have a great weekend, hug somebody, and hope

to see you at San Diego Comic-Con!

kisses, besos, küsse,

Pia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2018… and the gloves are off!

Hi everybody, it’s been a while! Whoa, time sure flies! I was gonna post something before the end of 2017 but…alas..didn’t get around to it.

So, Goodbye 2017, it’s been a very up and down year…

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….but it ended on a great note for me, doing some ADR for a feature film ‘The Samuel Project‘ (dir. Marc Fusco).  I got to see it at a private screening and promise you’re gonna love it!

 

Helloooo 2018!

I hope you started the new year with bells on and are ready to kick ass in 2018! I sure am and the gloves are off!

I saw this art by Sarah Andersen the other day and it really speaks from my heart:

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Thank you Sarah, you nailed it!

 

So, I’ve been practicing a little:

(BTS clip from director Dante Moran for his feature film ‘Penance’)

 

I got a feeling this year’s gonna be a bumpy ride on this planet (on so many levels) and I’m already aware of some personal challenges ahead this year, but I have a plan. It’s good to have a plan…

Ok, off to hit the ground running. Toodles!

xoxo,

Pia