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The Importance of Breaks for Creativity

Being creative is exhausting! Don’t get me wrong, it’s an amazing gift but we take it for granted, or should I say “her”. I’ve found it essential to integrate more me time into my days in order to have my creative being consistently producing. That can look like a lot of different things: meditation, relaxing in the sun, taking a walk with my chihuahua, or having a cappuccino & people watching, but these activities and non-actions have become essential for rejuvenation. Some may call this downtime, but for the ultra motivated, that terminology feels lazy. For a change in perspective, think of it as feeding your inner artist and she needs to eat daily.

Frequently, I feel like I’m on a rollercoaster. I can pour emotion into creation for days, weeks, months even, but eventually become exhausted and uninspired because I feel drained as opposed to fulfilled. Burnout is common, so I’m very excited to share I’ve discovered a fantastic way to create lasting genius that feels much more effortless.

Treat your inner artist like a baby- a living, breathing being that needs nourishment to survive. She needs to be cared for, respected, and loved in order to grow, thrive, produce, inspire others, be playful, and serve you. When she’s neglected, she becomes sad, lonely, depressed, unfulfilled, angry, hungry, then tired. She needs to be fed to stay alive inside of you. If she dies, a part of you dies.

Give your inner artist a daily break, a weekly date, a monthly rejuvenation, and an annual reward. These can look like watching an inspiring movie at home, getting a relaxing mani/pedi, going to a fun musical, checking out the latest exhibit at the MET, or taking a long needed vacation. Your artist needs to be cared for even more than you care for yourself, and in turn, you’ll be accomplishing both. It’s all in your perspective.

I’d love to hear your favorite method of rejuvenation below.

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Are you confident or are you just in a relationship?

Confidence needs to come from you, not from the assurance of being in a relationship. I had a recent experience where an insecure girl managed to make me feel uncomfortable by simply projecting her insecurities onto to me and unfortunately, I let that energy in. When a friend said, “you’re married, why do you care what that girl thinks of you?” it became clear to me that people have misconceptions about where confidence and relationship expectations interconnect.

Often relationships can make you feel “whole”, filling a void that formerly existed, but eventually you can feel empty again if you are relying upon someone else to constantly fill your void. Being in a successful relationship requires each party to do the work necessary to make he/she individually “sound” before he/she can fully give of himself to the other. This requires loving yourself and in turn, it attracts others to you. Now don’t get me wrong, no one is 100% confident, no matter how strongly they portray themselves. Clearly, I felt small and insecure around someone whom I didn’t even know, yet most of the time, I’m a confident and happy individual. No one is perfect, and in fact, that word implies a false reality that, for people who try to achieve it, brings forth a constant feeling of failure and inadequacy. Self awareness, openness for change, and objectivity go a long way toward becoming more confident. Doing what you love, recognizing your strengths and weaknesses, and tapping into your “why” creates a level of security most people admire but will never understand. This is work that goes beyond a to do list and requires introspection, meditation for some, and a willingness to be alone with oneself for extended periods of time without distraction for most. It’s only when you do this can you be in touch with your inner self, the self most people don’t share with others. At least, that’s been my experience and I’d love to hear yours below.
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Mixology for lactards

I’m in Thailand and lactose intolerant. This works very well for me- they sell cold coffee soy lattes at 711! FYI many Asians are lactards, too. So if you’re a New Yorker, you miss egg creams, and you are lactose intolerant, follow this recipe.

Mix a cold soy latte with Coca Light, stir and enjoy! It’s like a milkshake and an egg cream all-in-one! And it’ll keep you up until sunrise 🙂 add vodka for an extra kick!

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12 Steps to Declutter your life, Inside & Out

I haven’t posted in awhile, so I thought this article was a great start to the New Year getting back into the blogging of things. What I discovered reading it was profound- I slowed down and supremely enjoyed it. I hope you will as well. 


“Make a deliberate, conscious effort to slow yourself down by relaxing your mind. Take a little more time to enjoy your life here on this planet: Be more contemplative by noticing the stars, the clouds, the rivers, the animals, the rainstorms, and all of the natural world. And then extend the same slowed-down loving energy to all people.”   
—Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

Clean out your clutter; in your mind, your garage, your email…and let your true spirit come out and play.

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Dear Friends,

For a moment, let’s imagine what it would be like to be fully alive without a physical shell or any of the stuff we need and desire for maintaining life on Earth. We’d have a mental energy that allowed us to move forward or backward, up or down, instantly creating whatever we desired. We’d be free to wallow in an exquisite existence without time or space as we know it. We’d be in a state of pure bliss, in love with everything and everyone. We’d have no duties or bills to tend to, no fear of losing anything, no one judging us, no possessions to insure, no demands on our time, and no goals to achieve.

What we’re envisioning is actually the world of Spirit, which we experienced before we came here and will return to when we shed our body (or as William Butler Yeats poetically called it, our “tattered coat upon a stick”).

Inspiration is a state of being here now in this material world, while at the same time reconnecting to our spiritual origins. In order to be receptive to inspiration, we need to eliminate the ego clutter that accumulates all too easily for most of us—after all, if we’re preoccupied with events and activities that have nothing to do with inspiration, we’re unlikely to notice its summons. So in order to achieve a reunion with our ultimate calling, we need to emulate the clear, uncomplicated world of Spirit.

This doesn’t mean that we should sit around doing nothing, awaiting Spirit’s arrival; instead, it means having faith that our spiritual connection flourishes in a life dedicated to joy, love, and peace. If our daily activities are so overwhelming that we don’t make these things our priority, then we’re disregarding the value of living a simple life.

My 12-Step Program for Simplifying Your Life
Here are 12 very specific tools for simplifying your life. Begin using them today if you’re serious about hearing that ultimate call to inspiration.

  1. Unclutter Your Life. You’ll feel a real rush of inspiration when you clear out stuff that’s no longer useful in your life: 

    If you haven’t worn it in the past year or two, recycle it for others to use. Get rid of old files that take up space and are seldom, if ever, needed. Donate unused toys, tools, books, bicycles, and dishes to a charitable organization. 

    Get rid of anything that keeps you mired in acquisitions that contribute to a cluttered life. In the words of Socrates, “He is nearest to God who needs the fewest things.” So the less you need to insure, protect, dust, reorganize, and move, the closer you’ll be to hearing inspiration’s call.

  2. Clear your Calendar of Unwanted and Unnecessary Activities and Obligations. If you’re unavailable for Spirit, you’re unlikely to know the glow of inspiration. God will indeed work with you and send you the guidance—and the people—you need, but if you’re grossly overscheduled, you’re going to miss these life-altering gifts. So practice saying no to excessive demands and don’t feel guilty about injecting a dose of leisure time into your daily routine.
  3. Be Sure to Keep Your Free Time Free. Be on the lookout for invitations to functions that may keep you on top of society’s pyramid, but which inhibit your access to joyful inspiration. If cocktail parties, social get-togethers, fund-raising events, or even drinking-and-gossiping gatherings with friends aren’t really how you want to spend your free time, then don’t. Begin declining invitations that don’t activate feelings of inspiration. I find that an evening spent reading or writing letters, watching a movie with a loved one, having dinner with my children, or even exercising alone is far more inspiring than getting dressed to attend a function often filled with small talk. I’ve learned to be unavailable for such events without apologizing, and consequently have more inspired moments freed up.
  4. Take Time for Meditation and Yoga. Give yourself at least 20 minutes a day to sit quietly and make conscious contact with God. I’ve written an entire book on this subject called Getting in the Gap, so I won’t belabor it here. I will say that I’ve received thousands of messages from people all over the world, who have expressed their appreciation for learning how to simplify their life by taking the time to meditate. I also encourage you to find a yoga center near you and begin a regular practice. The rewards are so powerful: You’ll feel healthier, less stressed, and inspired by what you’ll be able to do with and for your body in a very short time. 
  5. Return to the Simplicity of Nature. There’s nothing more awe-inspiring than nature itself. The fantasy to return to a less tumultuous life almost always involves living in the splendor of the mountains, the forests, or the tundra; on an island; near the ocean; or beside a lake. These are universal urges, since nature is created by the same Source as we are, and we’re made up of the same chemicals as all of nature (we’re stardust, remember?).

    Your urge to simplify and feel inspired is fueled by the desire to be your natural self—that is, yournature self. So give yourself permission to get away to trek or camp in the woods; swim in a river, lake, or ocean; sit by an open fire; ride horseback through trails; or ski down a mountain slope. This doesn’t have to mean long, planned vacations that are months away—no matter where you live, you’re only a few hours or even moments away from a park, campground, or trail that will allow you to enjoy a feeling of being connected to the entire Universe.

  6. Put Distance between You and Your Critics. Choose to align yourself with people who are like-minded in their search for simplified inspiration. Give those who find fault or who are confrontational a silent blessing and remove yourself from their energy as quickly as possible. Your life is simplified enormously when you don’t have to defend yourself to anyone, and when you receive support rather than criticism. You don’t have to endure the criticism with anything other than a polite thank-you and a promise to consider what’s been said—anything else is a state of conflict that erases the possibility of your feeling inspired. You never need to defend yourself or your desires to anyone, as those inner feelings are Spirit speaking to you. Those thoughts are sacred, so don’t ever let anyone trample on them.
  7. Take Some Time for Your Health. Consider that the number one health problem in America seems to be obesity. How can you feel inspired and live in simplicity if you’re gorging on excessive amounts of food and eliminating the exercise that the body craves? Recall that your body is a sacred temple where you reside for this lifetime, so make some time every single day for exercising it. Even if you can only manage a walk around the block, just do it. Similarly, keep the words portion control uppermost in your consciousness—your stomach is the size of your fist, not a wheelbarrow! Respect your sacred templeand simplify your life by being an exerciser and a sensible eater. I promise that you’ll feel inspired if you act on this today!
  8. Play, Play, Play! You’ll simplify your life and feel inspired if you learn to play rather than work your way through life. I love to be around kids because they inspire me with their laughter and frivolity. In fact, if I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a thousand times: “Wayne, you’ve never grown up—you’re always playing.” I take great pride in this! I play onstage when I speak, and I’m playing now as I write. 

    Many years ago I was given a tremendous opportunity to appear on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. The man who took a chance on me, booking me even though I was an unknown at the time, was a talent coordinator named Howard Papush. It was my first big break, and I went on to appear onThe Tonight Show 36 additional times. Now it’s my turn to say thank you to Howard. He’s written a wonderful book titled When’s Recess? Playing Your Way Through the Stresses of Life, which I encourage you to read. (Howard also conducts workshops that teach people how to play and have fun in life.) In the book, Howard shares this great quote from Richard Bach: “You are led through your lifetime by the inner learning creature, the playful spiritual being that is your real self.” I couldn’t agree more—by all means, get back in touch with your real, playful self, and take every opportunity to play! Notice how it makes everything so sweet, and so simple.

  9. Slow Down. One of Gandhi’s most illuminating observations reminds us that “there is more to life than increasing its speed.” This is great advice for simplifying your life—in fact, slow everything way down for a few moments right here and now. Slowly read these words. Slow your breathing down so that you’re aware of each inhalation and exhalation…

    When you’re in your car, downshift and relax. Slow down your speech, your inner thoughts, and the frantic pace of everything you do. Take more time to hear others. Notice your inclination to interrupt and get the conversation over with, and then choose to listen instead. Stop to enjoy the stars on a clear night and the cloud formations on a crisp day. Sit down in a mall and just observe how everyone seems in a hurry to get nowhere.

    By slowing down, you’ll simplify and rejoin the perfect pace at which creation works. Imagine trying to hurry nature up by tugging at an emerging tomato plant—you’re as natural as that plant, so let yourself be at peace with the perfection of nature’s plan.

  10. Do Everything You Can to Eschew Debt. Remember that you’re attempting to simplify your life here, so you don’t need to purchase more of what will complicate and clutter your life. If you can’t afford it, let it go until you can. By going into debt, you’ll just add layers of anxiety onto your life. That anxiety will then take you away from your peace, which is where you are when you’re in-Spirit. When you have to work extra hard to pay off debts, the present moments of your life are less enjoyable; consequently, you’re further away from the joy and peace that are the trademarks of inspiration. You’re far better off to have less and enjoy the days of your life than to take on debt and invite stress and anxiety where peace and tranquility could have reigned. And remember that the money you have in your possession is nothing but energy—so refuse to plug in to an energy system that’s not even there.
  11. Forget about the Cash Value. I try not to think about money too frequently because it’s been my observation that people who do so tend to think about almost nothing else. So do what your heart tells you will bring you joy, rather than determining whether it will be cost-effective. If you’d really enjoy that whale-watching trip, for instance, make the decision to do so—don’t deny yourself the pleasures of life because of some monetary detail. Don’t base your purchases on getting a discount, and don’t rob yourself of a simple joy because you didn’t get a break on the price. You can afford a happy, fulfilling life, and if you’re busy right now thinking that I have some nerve telling you this because of your bleak financial picture, then you have your own barrier of resistance.

    Make an attempt to free yourself from placing a price tag on everything you have and do—after all, in the world of Spirit, there are no price tags. Don’t make money the guiding principle for what you have or do; rather, simplify your life and return to Spirit by finding the inherent value in everything. A dollar does not determine worth, even though you live in a world that attempts to convince you otherwise. 

  12. Remember Your Spirit. When life tends to get overly complex, too fast, too cluttered, too deadline oriented, or too type A for you, stop and remember your own spirit. You’re headed for inspiration, a simple, peaceful place where you’re in harmony with the perfect timing of all creation. Go there in your mind, and stop frequently to remember what you really want.

A man who personified success at the highest intellectual and social levels would hardly seem one to quote on simplifying our life, yet here’s what Albert Einstein offers us on this subject: “Possessions, outward success, publicity, luxury—to me these have always been contemptible. I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best both for the body and the mind.”

Wow! I’d say this is pretty good advice, wouldn’t you?

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What must the world be like as a Chihuahua?

As I look over at little Charles, and think about how adorable he is, I wonder, what must the world be like as a Chihuahua? And not a yelpy, high maintenance, nasty-barker. A lovable, cultured (literally, he travels everywhere with us), enthusiastic (he takes after his mama), ADD filled (he paces like his papa) Mexican Jumping Bean (his nickname and favorite pastime)- this is Charles Aloysious Cohen-Shields the First!

It’s a sleepy morning as he awakens and enters the day with a slow yawn, a long bodied stretch, and a large LEAP into my bed. After a nice cuddling under my chin and frisky squirming around on the bed on his back, he jumps up and is ready to conquer the day. A pee and poop later (around 6-8 minutes of door to door action) he’s exited the elevator onto the 18th floor and races around like a circus clown, playfully growling at me and leaping again into the air with anticipation of breakfast. Gosh he’s excited! A 1/4 of a cup of kibble and some chicken broth later, he cleans his bowl as only a good Mexican dishwasher could and sticks his ass in the air, ready to play!

When I have time, I engage him, take a few fun videos, vacuum and let him try bite at it like a distressed shark, practice a few fun tricks (seizure, bang! you’re dead, and high-five) and he turns in for his mid-morning nap. In the summers, he perches patiently on the stoop of our balcony, waiting to be let out so he may bask in the sun’s glory.


I really need to get him a reflector. When he’s tired of it, he pops onto my lap while I type away and settles inside shortly thereafter for what? A mid-afternoon nap. At around 4pm he’ll awaken, his head once hung upside down out of his firehouse now bobbing about as he bounds onto the couch to paw at my hand (still typing) in an effort for some attention. We take a quick walk around the block and it’s back to the drawing board, err firehouse, for this pup (after a treat of course). Once again, he naps. It’s incredible how much this dog sleeps! Oh, what a day! And it’s barely 5pm!

Once papa gets home, it’s play time again. The master is here! Finally- hurray! I no longer exist for the rest of the evening unless Charley needs to hide behind me because he’s pissed in the house and made papa angry. Ha! Otherwise, he nuzzles in the crook of papa T’s neck for the rest of evening, except for dinner time of course, and takes in a flick (Game of Thrones, VEEP, or the occasional Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2). He somehow manages to wiggle his way in between us in bed no matter how many times he’s ousted, not because he loves us but because he loves our bamboo sheets! We are onto you, sir, and that snuggie is in your house for a reason. Regardless, he usually pleads and looks like this.

IMG_1701Then he and Papa T have a talk that looks like this.

IMG_1746 Charley usually wins and it looks like this.IMG_1670 But not before a fight ensued, looking like this.IMG_1429 Then Charley’s punished like this.IMG_1431

He’ll retaliate and pee on his house. But I make him clean it in the tub like this.IMG_1963

But I feel badly, so ultimately he wins and it ends like this.IMG_1973

And we do it again tomorrow. Oh, Chawee!

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Is the entertainment industry imploding?

I love the casting notices I’ve seen as of late. If you aren’t an actor, you are going to get a big kick out of the crazy shit that ends up in my email box on a daily basis. Example number 1.

Reality Show Casting- searching for….

THE LIFE – “the life” is an unscripted pilot that focuses on the lives of 20

something young people who are living life to the fullest. the cast love

to have fun, travel and are in various stages of launching their careers

and businesses. family wealth and entrepreneurial fortunes have given

these young people a unique lifestyle. a lifestyle few knew actually

existed. the series will follow the cast around the country and around

the globe as they set out on their individual career paths. they’ll be

connected by their love for new york city and their passion for

philanthropy. if your life fits the above profile, we would like to meet

with you.

*in a nutshell, it’s like throwing charity events meets parties in

cannes meets vacations in st. barth’s meets a quiet dinner for 20 of

your closest friends in ibiza…

OK, SERIOUSLY? I want that life, but without ending up as a complete asshole. I hate reality tv for many reasons, but I MIGHT want to watch that, which makes me very, very sad. I feel like I’m imploding (which also happened the one time I watched Honey Boo Boo).

Example #2- this is for an “independent” film

Co-Star Female / 25 to 30 / All Ethnicities Dark haired and pouty. Private school teacher with a naughty side. She is always the voice of reason and responsibility but she is tired of fulfilling that role. Role requires partial (but more implied) nudity. Dominatrix outfits. Kissing scenes. A dance background required, will work with choreographer on set. Must be comfortable with improvisation and comedy. Some stunt work (will work with stunt coordinator on set).

Ok, what part of this character breakdown doesn’t scream SOFT CORE PORN? Favorite key word: pouty. That’s like a realtor describing a NYC apartment as “cozy”. Yeah, we get it- f*ing small.

The worst of all coincides with a recent article from the Hollywood Reporter, via an interview with Spielberg and Lucas, refering to the implosion of film. Given the above, I’d say the DeathStar is hovering.

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Need a Fantastic Band to make your wedding a BLAST?

I had the opportunity to work with Center Stage Orchestras at the Westchester Country Club last month and we brought down the house! In fact, the band was so popular they were double booked for the evening at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in NYC. Amazing sounds, a variety of genres, and the newest hits rounded out a fun-filled evening. They even have their own coordinator to keep the evening on track and moving smoothly, which was pretty impressive, and I have to say, I loved doing it! Contact me for more info via my contact page and check out the website here. 

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My Favorite Pre-Workout Energy Boost!

Coffee Banana Frappe

MIX in a Blender:

  • 6-8 oz Soy milk or skim
  • 2/3 Frozen banana (or regular but frozen is more fun)
  • 1 instant Starbucks VIA
  • Ice
  • Agave to taste
It’s a great pick me up and also a super fast breakfast on the go! Let me know what you think!
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Come see a show this weekend! And Laugh!

Come see me this Saturday, June 1 at 8:00 PM at the St. George Theater in Staten Island in Ken Dashow‘s Wingding Doodle Club, an adult comedy about longest running fictional children’s show in TV history and its pathetic and hysterical final days.   All proceeds benefit the Siller Tunnel To Towers Foundation – which is a wonderful cause. And really, what cause isn’t?

Tickets are available at Ticketmaster:

Click Here for Tickets!

I’m really proud of this play, this cast and this cause.  Come join us for some laughs and get a first look at the next “Avenue Q”… Broadway won’t know what hit em!

Thanks for your support!

PS: There’s a ton of great restaurants right by the theater.  Make a night of it! 

A Special Message from Charlie the Bear!



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