Lisa Donmall-Reeve
Actress

Monday, June 15, 2015

Too busy being busy?

It’s been a while since my last blog….life got busy…Whats new?

“Never get so busy making a living you forget to LIVE a life”

I find this quote tricky….I love all the jobs I do and regard myself incredibly lucky for that too.

I LOVE being busy. I thrive on it. Always have done. Growing up I watched my Dad work his arse off building up 2 companies from the ground up. He worked hard and enjoyed his rewards on the way but he showed me that anything is possible with hard work and focus.

So,from the age of 14 I have had a part time job, in the school holidays and every weekend. I loved earning my own money and feeling like I was accomplishing something, however small.

Cut to now, living in NYC, a city with so much drive and energy, a place I was destined to live with the DNA I have been given. The many jobs of a surviving jobbing actor gets you real versatile! But I have to say I don’t even think of them as ’survival’ jobs any more. They are part of my life and living. Teaching dance and fitness,personal training,and of course auditioning,taking class and coaching for me! There has been one ’survival’ job I have done since arriving here, a skill I had no intention of using once we moved here. Massage therapy. But in our first year here it kinda fell into my lap through a friend and it seriously helped with the cash flow in our first year. I made wonderful friends with my colleagues and clients and ended up staying …. I have just handed in my notice.

You are probably thinking “yeah,so what?” But this actually took me months to do and made me cry! I am finally giving myself the gift of time…an afternoon! I had cut back my hours over the last year due to my other work building, but I couldn’t get myself to walk away…for many reasons….but the main one was LOYALTY.

Yep, you treat me right and I am ridiculously loyal. If I am asked to do something and I can make it work then I will make it happen. I commit. But the need for balance recently has been overwhelming and I knew the time was upon me. I cried…I was leaving a job and getting more time for me and I cried. They have become one of my NY families and have been an amazing support and part of my NY adventure. I had no idea I was going to react so emotionally…but there you have it …a wonderful unexpected surprise.It made me think alot ,which is why you are now hearing my thoughts!

But, I know that creating space is right for my life right now…. Life is too short. My darling, hard working dad retired early to enjoy growing old with his wife by the sea. Finally having time. He was the diagnosed with Alzheimers by the age of 60. He passed away last year aged 67. Life is SHORT. I thank him for giving me my hard working, striving, ambitious, loyal DNA….But I am determined to make space in my life on the way.

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