I was on my knees...

Spring has sprung!!!! OK, so before you think I've lost it, let me say that I know winter has still got her grasp on us. And I am definitely sending some love up to my friends in the Northeast on the heels of the massive blizzard yesterday. It definitely reminded me of growing up in Wisconsin, and not in good way! What I meant is that I witnessed a mini-spring in my home this week... IMG_2338 This a Stella, my beloved orchid. Stella was a gift from my dear friends, Ted and Kimberly Ross, last May in celebration of my television debut. You see, besides being the leading lady here at Shift Bars, I am also an actor. And last spring I was all set to appear in my first TV show. I was so excited I spread the word like a fiend on social media and invited people over to watch the show. It was my big break, my time had finally come... ...except they cut my scene. I was devastated. I mean, on-my-knees, balling-my-eyes-out devastated. I felt like all my hard work was wasted and I would never succeed as an actor. I was honestly scared at how much grief came out of me in those few hours after the show ended. It felt life someone had died. Maybe you can relate? Have you ever been shocked at how hard something has hit you? You knew in your head that it would pass and it wasn't as big as you were making it out to be, but you just weren't able to get that message to your heart? Of course, I was fine the next day after a good night's sleep and some love from my honey:) When Stella lost her last flower last fall, something kept me from throwing her away. She was the symbol for my dream of appearing on TV and on film. So I continued to water her and love her. And just this week, she started blooming again. She, forgive the pun, got her groove back! Think of all the times you were down for the count- you've always gotten back up, haven't you? Because that's how life works. We go through our winters (complete with blizzards) but spring always arrives and with her, new ideas, new life and new opportunity. I have had wonderful acting opportunities since that night. I was in my first play this summer, am getting ready for a live fashion event next month and filmed a bunch of auditions last week. I know it is only a matter of time before I am on the big (or small) screen and I am enjoying every moment of my journey there. And even more exciting is the birth of Shift Bars- so close I can taste it! So when life blindsides you, remember Stella and know your spring renewal is on its way. And please share a time when you got back up better than ever on our Facebook page. I always love hearing stories of perseverance and growth! Your friend on the path, Emily