#ShoutOutTuesday: Kyle Gregory

It’s #ShoutOutTuesday!

I’m on a mission to be my most positive, healthy, and creative self.

I’ve decided to expand on this mission by shouting out cool people I connect with. These are people who are doing something with their lives who not only inspire me to be my best, but are doing work that I think others should know about.

Today’s shout out: Kyle Gregory

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I mean, look at that face? What’s not to like. This picture from his facebook page currently has over 400 likes! 

If you’ve been following my blog, have known me for a while, or have seen one of my hundreds of “I love New England” facebook statuses, you know that there will always be a special place in my heart for my home. In particular, there’s a special place for my alma mater: Salem State University.

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The wonderful thing I’ve found since moving is that I don’t just have old friends to visit. I have new friends that I’ve made in the area since relocating. One of those friends is Kyle.

We met almost five years ago. Over the past year, we found ourselves crossing paths more frequently. Since then, he’s done a lot: He’s written a play (or five, for all I know). He’s gotten accepted into grad school. And most recently, he’s written a children’s story.

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Photo stolen lovingly from Kyle’s friend Kerri Turmenne

From Kyle’s facebook page:

Last year my mom approached me and asked “Why don’t you ever do any plays that Alexa can watch?” After thinking about this for a few weeks the idea of writing a children’s book had entered my mind. It might not be a play but I can finally announce that a children’s book for my niece is finally done. Although she will be getting the very first copy I decided that I might as well just make it available for everyone. Here it is…”Nimbly Wimbly and the Great Dry Drought.” A book written by me and Illustrated by my good friend Dan Carroll!” 

The beautiful thing about setting goals that benefit others is it gives us a push that we otherwise lack. When goals only benefit ourselves, we’re more prone to procrastination or waiting for the “perfect time to start.”

Let this serve as an example to include others in your goals. Even things such as career or health and well-being can help in different ways. Being the happiest, healthiest version of yourself makes you a better friend, family member, and person for your significant other.

Thanks for this reminder Kyle 🙂

For inquiries on how to get your hands on a copy, shoot me an email and I’ll notify you as it becomes available online. Additionally, you may visit the Salem Arts Festival in downtown Salem, MA on Saturday June 5th to buy one in person and meet the author himself!

UPDATE: You can also attend the “Nimbly Wimbly” LAUNCH PARTY!

Saturday July 9th at 1pm

King Phillip Yacht Club 

1 Club Street, Fall River, MA 02721

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How I Won My Tuesday

Wanna hear about a time I kept failing, but still “won” for the day?

“Not really. You kind of talk about that a lot.”

Excellent. Allow me to share.

“Wait. Please don’t…”

It all began on a Tuesday evening…….

(beautiful music can be heard, as readers step into the world of Tony Rossi)

I was enjoying a planned cheat night, like I do. I came up with a couple of ideas of how I could spend my evening. My goals included the following:

-Get out of the apartment

-Spend as little money as possible

-Enjoy some drinks

-Make sure to leave the apartment

-Maybe get some work done

-Try and actually be around other human beings (preferably friends)

-Eat unhealthy food

-Did I say the thing about the apartment?

I had my intentions. I knew what I wanted. I even researched (via facbeook events) some fun things to do. I packed my bag and headed out. Here’s how the evening went down:

-I texted a friend who wasn’t available (Evening: 1; Tony: 0)

-I went to destination number one. It was more pricey than I thought. I left without purchasing (Evening: 2; Tony: 0)

-The second place had dollar beers AND dollar tacos. Unfortunately seemed to know this. It was crowded. I left without purchasing (Evening: 3; Tony; 0)

At this point, I was ready to throw in the towel. It was supposed to be a cheat night and I wasn’t happy. Furthermore, that negative voice decided to check in and say hi. He’d say things like how stupid I was for being a loner, not having enough money, not checking out places beforehand, etc. But I trudged on….I’m a little stubborn

I was biking towards home and approached a bar that I hadn’t been to in ages. I always wondering how it was since they underwent new management. From the outside, I couldn’t really tell. But I sure liked their sign saying, “$2 Sam Adams.”

Evening: 3; Tony: WINNER

We can be failing on our path to winning. Often those failures are telling us what not to do, so that we can get quickly find what we’re actually supposed to do. If you’re anything like me, you might find yourself getting discouraged by failure. The more we learn about them the quicker we can get to the success we’re seeking.

My story is obviously a small example of how you can fail your way to success for other areas of your life: relationships, jobs, etc. So my question to you is this: What are you going to do so that you can embrace failure, find success, and live a happier life?

“That’s an excellent question, Tony. I’m glad you asked.”

Right?

Go get ‘em, my friends.

#ShoutOutTuesday: Layne Marie Williams

It’s #ShoutOutTuesday!

I’m on a mission to be my most positive, healthy, and creative self.

I’ve decided to expand on this mission by shouting out cool people I connect with. These are people who are doing something with their lives who not only inspire me to be my best, but are doing work that I think others should know about.

Today’s shout out: Layne Marie Williams

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About a year ago, I attended the Chicago Acting and Film Meetup’s “Summer Social” – a night to network, drink and raise some funds for a great group. I was about to order a drink when a girl approached me and introduced herself. If your name is Tony Rossi, you often have moments of, “Wait, a girl is introducing herself to me? Clearly she’s digging my (insert something that I thought was cool about me that day)…”

While there’s no doubt that I had a sweet haircut or new shirt that day, I’m willing to bet she introduced herself to a lot of people that night. I’m willing to bet any of you reading this also had an encounter with Layne Marie Williams at a different networking event. She might be new(ish) to the city (at that point she had just arrived). But she doesn’t sit around and wait for opportunity. She’s too busy making her own opportunities. As if that’s not enough, this girl radiates positivity on social media. She writes about Chicago, art, and the beauty of being alive.

Sound corny? Now you know why I like her.

You should too. Check these out.

-Check out her website

-Check out her WOMEN’S FILM FESTIVAL THAT SHE STARTED ON HER OWN 

-Are you following her on facebook? 

If none of that is appealing, why not go to her Dollface World Premiere premier? (Oh yeah. She’s already made her own film in Chicago.)

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This was about six months later at the “Holiday Hurrah” for the Chicago Acting in Film Meetup! That Steve Bayorgeon (right) is a pretty cool guy too.

That’s for being an inspiration to the rest of us, my friend. This world could use some more positive creatives like yourself. Keep it up. 

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Treat Others Well. Or Else…

Like most entrepreneurs, I’ve worked my share of “survival jobs” – work that pays the bills, while you pursue the work that you love. As I look back at some older jobs, I recall several unpleasant experiences.

As you know, this is a blog that promotes positivity, healthy living, and creativity…..so allow me to share.

 

What happened: I once found part time job with a flexible schedule. Despite lots of time invested in training and studying, it didn’t pan out. I made the decision to leave before receiving my first paycheck. I never got it. I later learned from several others that the same happened to them.

Where they are today: I just learned last month that the company went under well over a year ago.

 

What happened: I worked for a company with a verbally abusive boss. Don’t get me wrong – I was not exact stellar in this position. Yet I’ve had important mail placed in the wrong mailbox, and I know not to tell the mailman that he’s an F-ing idiot…see where I’m going with this?

Where they are today: They fired the boss. Shortly after, he sued them for a reason I was unfamiliar with. A bit after that, the building got torn down.

 

What happened: I had a great job that fed me creatively. Great boss, great coworkers, great location. There was an employee appreciation dinner every year. Excellent food. Open bar. They even let me come back for a shift on Halloween after I moved.

Where they are today: Last I heard they’re still doing well 🙂

 

It’s possible outside circumstances affected the first two companies that had nothing to with their work either. Looking at it from the outside, it seems that karma got the best of them. At the third employer? They’re pretty great. And I hope you give them lots of money.

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I mean, what’s NOT to like about working at the New England Pirate Museum??

I’d be sad if anyone read this thinking it was about revenge and satisfaction. If anything, I think once we leave a job we don’t like, we should put all our focus into the ones we do like. Holding grudges is a great way to drain your mental and emotional energy. (Example: Anyone who has ever held a grudge over an ex.)

Treat others well. Be happier yourself.

Go get ‘em.

 

#ShoutOutTuesday: DaJuan Johnson

It’s #ShoutOutTuesday!

I’m on a mission to be my most positive, healthy, and creative self.

I’ve decided to expand on this mission by shouting out cool people I connect with. These are people who are doing something with their lives who not only inspire me to be my best, but are doing work that I think others should know about.

This week’s Shout Out: DaJuan Johnson.

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Being someone who constantly promotes positive thinking, I can get pretty down on myself when those negative thoughts come in:

What’s wrong with me? Why am I thinking this way? Shouldn’t I know better by now?

Fortunately, I’m a member of the Thriving Artist Circle run by Dallas Travers. In addition to getting insight from Dallas, we get insights from mentors such as DaJuan Johnson. He’s a life coach for actors – and an actor himself. Having limited exposure to him until recently, I decided to check out the recording of his “Ask Me Anything” call that I had previously missed

To say I was impressed was an understatement. I had to keep pausing the recording so I could take notes! Here are three of my favorite takeaways from the call. (These are extremely paraphrased):

-Your thinking, feeling, and doing all have to be in alignment. If you’re not happy, it’s going to affect your actions.

-With survival jobs: Avoid putting a deadline on when you’re going to quit by. Instead, focus in visualizing what it’s going to feel like when you’re done. How will you feel? What will the money you’re making now help you to achieve

And here’s my favorite:

-You’re not responsible for that first (negative) thought that pops into your head. You are responsible for that second and third thought that follows.

BOOM!

Suddenly, I didn’t have to kick myself anymore for that initial negative thought (or five) that flooded into my brain each time I was in a bad mood. Instead, I just had to think about how to go from there. If you caught my weekly Sunday night periscope last weekend, you know it was all on this topic.

…you are following me on periscope, yes? 

How can you get to know DaJuan yourself?

-Check out his life coaching at “Think Bigger Coaching” and see what he has to offer

-Become a Thriving Artist Circle member run by Dallas Travers and have access to mentors like DaJuan.

-Or just follow him on twitter and get to know him.

Many thanks for the work you’re doing, DaJuan. We’re getting a lot of value from you. And for that, I’m very grateful.

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I’m #notperfect. Wanna join?

I was up late last night.

I enjoyed some beer, listened to some baseball, and ate lots of food. It was wonderful. And yet, here I am talking about how I’m on this mission to be happier and healthier. Yes, I am on this mission, but here’s the truth: I’m still #notperfect
. And I enjoy #notperfect things.

I love cheese. I eat an embarrassing amounts if it’s available on my cheat nights. If it’s not available, I’ve been known to make a trip (or several) to the 24 hour Jewel that’s a short bike ride away – regardless of how cold it is.

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This gets challenging when your favorite pizza shop is closing early and gives you extra slices.

I love chocolate. I stopped keeping it in my apartment because if I have one piece or one bite, the rest quickly will be gone. But when there are desserts on the table after Christmas dinner? I am SO having chocolate….all the chocolate.

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A lovely view of the spread we had last Christmas at my Aunt’s place!

I love baseball games….okay so this one isn’t so bad. At least until you see how much money I spend. Or you see how much of that cheese and beer I’ll purchase. Or how my “be happy” attitude goes south because I’m upset that Ortiz got called out on a terrible pitch.

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This wasn’t an issue during my trip home last month. 

I love doing a lot of things that don’t make me my most positive, healthy and creative self. And that’s what makes me normal.

Do you ever get upset at yourself for doing human things? They might keep you from your goals in the long run – but in the moment they’re pretty fantastic.

I like instant gratification. I’m sure you do too.

In all that I do – running private health and fitness groups, hosting weekly periscopes, or just posting on facebook – I’m encouraging you all to live your own positive, healthy and creative lives. Know that if you join me, we all get to be #notperfect. It’s about progress. And in the Tony Rossi Rule Book, we get to enjoy being human along the way.

Have an amazing rest of your week, my friends. Go get ‘em.

#ShoutOutTuesday: Kaitlin Eggers

It’s #ShoutOut Tuesday!

I’m on a mission to be my most positive, healthy, and creative self.

I’ve decided to expand on this mission by shouting out cool people I connect with. These are people who are doing something with their lives who not only inspire me to be my best, but are doing work that I think others should know about.

Today’s Shout Out: Kaitlin Eggers

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I have full permission to use this photo…..I just didn’t ask or see if Kaitlin would approve. But can we just address how wonderful the picture is?? 

My old friend from college is about to make the move to Chicago, IL. From New England. So we have a few things in common.

I did a “Surprise Scope” today where I shared exactly why she’s getting a shout out. But let’s pretend you don’t want to watch the scope and want a reason right here: Kaitlin is taking a risk. She’s making a big leap, moving out of her comfort zone, doing something she’s never done. Most of us don’t do this. I share more in the periscope the importance of why we need to take more risks like this – whether it’s moving, or something different related to your goals.

Regardless, the point is to live our happiest lives. That’s what these blogs, videos, and periscopes are all about. When we take risks, we’re taking action towards being happier. Even if the answer is an “Oh well. It didn’t work…” it’s never as bad than the “What if? What if I had done that? Would I be happier?”

I can’t wait to see what this move brings for you, Kaitlin. Way to inspire the rest of us.

You can watch the periscope HERE! 

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Tony’s Ten Favorite Quotes to Make You Happier

I don’t know who that negative voice is in my head.

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…though it might be him. He was used at one of my last shows I did in college. Saw him when I was home last week….just look at that stare….

I don’t know why he says the things he does or what benefit he gets from bringing me down. All I know is he can make me very unhappy in a short amount of time.

Often he’s pretty convincing. So I’ve made it a priority to flood my brain with as many positive thoughts as possible. Morning, afternoon and evening.  I have times where I purposefully am listening to or reading information that will make happier, more positive, thinking bigger.

Many people share with me how difficult it is to think positive and chase big goals. And I agree. It’s why I believe books and audios are a non negotiable (LINK: Blog). When you have ideas like these jumping out at you, it makes your day a little bit better.

Below are ten quotes from four speakers. These quotes specifically have been resonating with me over the past month.

 

Les Brown

“I’m not having a bad day. I’m having a character building day.”

“Someone’s opinion of you does not have to be your reality.”

“No matter how bad it is, or how bad it gets….I’m going to make it.”

 

Darren Hardy

“The activities you’re most afraid of are the activities that can cause a breakthrough in your success. Step into them.”

“People love your flaws! They make you “flawsome” and adorable.”

“One of the best days of your life can be when you finally say, ‘I’ve had it!’ then stand up and fight.”

 

Dr. David Schwartz

“How you feel when you lose determines how long it will be until you win again.” Schwartz

 “You are what you think you are. Think more of yourself, and there is more of you.”

 

 

Eric Thomas

“Just because you failed, it [doesn’t] make you a failure.”

 “So many people live life and die, without really living life. I wanna know what it’s like to live life. I wanna know what amazing feels like.”

 

Sometimes I’ll come across these quotes when I’m having a bad day. They help. If you’re having a bad day of your own, I encourage you to come back to this page and read these for yourself. Or look up these speakers yourself!

And of course, you have yours truly to help you out. I update my blog twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I also update weekly videos to facebook on Sunday, plus host a live periscope at 8pm central time. All of these are uploaded to my youtube channel.

Did you have a quote that resonated with you? Or a speaker you like to follow that I missed? Leave a comment below! Would love to get more insights.

Have a great week, my friends. Go get ‘em.

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#ShoutOutTuesday: SSU’s BFA Theatre Performance Class of 2016

It’s #ShoutOut Tuesday!

I’m on a mission to be my most positive, healthy, and creative self.

I’ve decided to expand on this mission by shouting out cool people I connect with. These are people who are doing something with their lives who not only inspire me to be my best, but are doing work that I think others should know about.

This week’s Shoutout: The BFA Theatre Performance class of 2016 at Salem State University

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Snapped this rehearsal photo last week….totally didn’t tell them either

Yup. We got more than one person this week. The graduating class includes Tina Barry, Alex Deroo, Jimmy Flaherty, Morgan Flynn, Amanda Gaspari, Caitlyn Jones, Sam Lewis, David Meredith, and Danielle Woods.

I often share how that negative critic chimes in from time to time. He’s fantastic at pointing out everything that could go wrong with my life.

I learned last week he does this when I’m visiting my alma mater. He’ll make comments about me being the “old guy” visiting campus, trying to fit in with the cool kids. Or sometimes he’ll say it’s weird that I spend so much time visiting professors at a school that I’ve been away from for a while.

He can talk all he wants. The truth is, I’m inspired every time I’m back. It’s less about reliving memories (which are awesome) and more about being inspired at the work happening in the theatre department at Salem State.

Last week I paid a visit to campus. After having lunch with my former college adviser, David Allen George, I asked how open he’d be to letting me sit and be a fly on the wall for his class. The BFA seniors would be working on their final performance piece for their upcoming recital. Not only did he accept, but he also allowed me to speak to the students for a bit.

….and you guys know how much I love talking (I swear I didn’t know the picture was there until today).

The real fun came from watching them work. They performed a scene from Tracy Lett’s “August Osage County.” They tweaked the scene under direction from student Sam Lewis. Once again, I left feeling inspired. Good people doing work that fulfills them. That’s what we all should strive for.

Clearly by now you want to check this out for yourself. Here are the deets: (Lovingly stolen from their facebook event page)

Where: Callan Studio Theatre at Salem State University

When: Saturday, May 14th 7:00pm; Sunday, May 15th 2:00pm

What to expect: Recital will feature scenes from August Osage County, The Field, God of Carnage, Richard III, A Long Day’s Journey into Night, Nocturama, Pillowman, No Exit, Doubt, Random Black Girl, and MORE!

Please contact apreston@salemstate.edu to reserve tickets. Admission is FREE!

Thanks for the inspiration, guys 🙂 Hope you’re remembering to find the joy in all the madness that comes with graduation.

Go get ‘em.

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Be happy. That thing you’re worried about? Future-you isn’t even thinking about it right now 🙂