Chelsea In The City

Adventures in Living Dynamically

Notes From The Road…

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If there is one thing I have learned in the last year, it’s the value of being curiously engaged in life unfolding around you. But what does that mean? What does it look like to be “curiously engaged”? It’s the way we viewed the world as children and for me what that looks like is not making anything wrong and not taking anything for granted.

Since I was little, I loved to look at the old run-down farms and buildings scattered along the highways of Eastern Montana. Some will see these building and think “somebody should take those eyesores down”, “don’t those buildings look depressing” or perhaps “well, that’s the state of small farms in America for you, what a shame” and still many others, accustomed to this sight, take no notice at all. Yet those thoughts are built on a premise that something is wrong or shouldn’t be the way it is, and not to notice at all is akin to saying “nothing interesting there” or “well, that’s just the way the world is.” For me, looking at these buildings is like turning on my own silent film projector: I imagine who lived there and when and what they looked like and why they left and where they went – and let me tell you, when you’re driving 200+ miles, being curious and having an active imagination makes a big difference in the enjoyability of the drive.

I mention all this because I believe life is the same way. Being curious about the world around us, without passing judgement, may not alter the length of our lives and it may do little to change our immediate circumstances but I find it keeps life interesting and it has the potential for opening our eyes to new territory. Food for thought. Observe something, or someone, you’ve previously taken for granted: a homeless person on the street, your neighborhood, even your own loved ones – notice something new. Also take note of your thoughts (especially thoughts that carry a judgement). What new things can you discover about this person or thing that you are sure you already know very well? 

 

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An Experiment in Showing Up…

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Starting Out

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To be honest, as of today I like the idea of living dynamically more than I actually make a practice of it (I’d put myself somewhere around 65% of my capacity right now). That said, I’m creating this blog as my own personal manifesto – a written declaration of my commitment to live dynamically and hopefully, in the process, to inspire others to do the same.

By vocation I’m an actress and I love it! As far as I’m concerned, what’s more fun than living in someone else’s skin for a while and seeing life from a new perspective? Plus, each project is like being adopted into a whole new family – and usually one with lots of colorful characters! This blog however, is NOT ABOUT ACTING (though if you’re interested in exploring that aspect of my life you can check out my website at http://www.Chelsea-Watts.com). This blog is about EVERYTHING I LOVE IN LIFE AND EVERYTHING I’M LEARNING…which includes acting as well as being a parent to my beautiful little boy, exploring the awesomeness that is Brooklyn, traveling the world as a global citizen and crafting an adventurous lifestyle built on health and wellness – ’cause let’s face it, if you don’t have those two things you’re limited in what you can do and a dynamic life calls on you to push past limits.

One limit I’m currently working to push past is in the area of finances. As an actor, and generally as someone who has never held a “real job”, I usually feel pretty limited when it comes to making money. It’s great when a paycheck comes in for a commercial I’ve done – those are the weeks you’ll find me going out to nice lunches with friends, doing a little shopping, booking a plane ticket – but inevitably that well runs dry and I’m back to waiting on someone to book me for something. I’m sure I’m not alone in this, but I really don’t like not being in control of how much I’m making and how often I get paid so I do what I imagine all respectable New York actors who are not currently working do…I get a job at a restaurant! Woowho! In all seriousness though, if you’ve never worked at a restaurant I recommend it and if you have then you there’s a lot that’s great about it and a lot that’s not – as for me, I’ve been there and done that and now I’d like to push past that into new territory.

So this month, in addition to filming a webseries – which I’m super excited about…and which does not pay – I’m also taking steps towards a career in my other passion…you may have guessed it, health and wellness. I’ll be the first to say that I don’t know exactly where this is going to lead but I’m pretty sure I’m on the right path. 

Wish me luck and stay tuned!