A little poetry for the night ..

Poetry & literature were my first real loves in life. I remember once reading somewhere that only poets truly see the stars. It’s as if they drink in the delights of the world and sing them to us in verse. I haven’t posted much on the blog while I’ve been in Canada working on the new show. And I’m thinking maybe a tumblr would be better – it’s all so confusing, which outlet to use, how to communicate in this era where people can communicate in so many ways without ever having to met or really truly knowing them. I posted these on my facebook page a few years ago, and I thought I would share again.

“Here are two from my all time favorite American poet ee cummings
His words always sensual, the voice is clear and he references silence so much, which is something I find to be of tremendous value for those on this journey … I tend to steal from him quite often … so I will share two of my favorites … You see as he matured in age, his poetry became much more sexual, the touch, the taste of each one is very raw. (The 30’s seemed to have a wonderful sexual revolution in literature .. an era I wish I could have lived)”

Enjoy ..

IT MAY NOT ALWAYS BE SO
(ee cummings 1923)

it may not always be so;and i say
that if your lips,which i have loved,should touch
another’s,and your dear strong fingers clutch
his heart,as mine in time not far away;
if on another’s face your sweet hair lay
in such a silence as i know,or such
great writhing words as,uttering overmuch,
stand helplessly before the spirit at bay;

if this should be,i say if this should be-
you of my heart,send me a little word;
that i may go unto him,and take his hands,
saying,Accept all happiness from me.
Then shall i turn my face,and hear one bird
sing terribly afar in the lost lands.

MAY I FEEL SAID HE
(ee cummings 1935)

may i feel said he
(i’ll squeal said she
just once said he)
it’s fun said she

(may i touch said he
how much said she
a lot said he)
why not said she

(let’s go said he
not too far said she
what’s too far said he
where you are said she)

may i stay said he
(which way said she
like this said he
if you kiss said she

may i move said he
is it love said she)
if you’re willing said he
(but you’re killing said she

but it’s life said he
but your wife said she
now said he)
ow said she

(tiptop said he
don’t stop said she
oh no said he)
go slow said she

(cccome?said he
ummm said she)
you’re divine!said he
(you are Mine said she)

A year passes in a flash …

I am almost shocked that an entire year has passed and I haven’t posted on the blog ~ what happened??? Well luckily I was working and exploring myself as an actor. I had the enormous privilege of being cast in a new SYFY series titled Alphas, from a tremendously talented team of writers lead by Zak Penn (Incredible Hulk, X Men) & got to act along side some pretty classy actors. Woohoo.  Rachel is the character I will be discovering this year and she is kind of special – a girl with extraordinary abilities, to say the least. But more on that to come Summer 2011 🙂

One of the best things about the show is that I get to live in a new city while shooting.  The show will be shot in Toronto, ON and I got to spin in the energy of living in a new city, having to make new friends, find new markets, new pilates, discover the cities immense resources and potential. I’m thrilled to bits to know that I will have the chance to discover places like Kensington Market, go shopping in Yaletown or catch a BlueJays game downtown …

So what to do with my blog … well, I’ve decided to dust it off and take it for a spin again. All things, life, style, health, travel, & work. And this year will introduce philanthropic endeavors into the blog. 2011 is a special year for me as I am joining the March on the Bridge for the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Day, March 8th to join thousands of women in celebrating the courage, strength and beauty of women globally.  And will join forces with other Afghans to create more awareness for the good work of the UNHCR. They are so committed to changing the lives of so many Afghan refugees (& refugees all over the world)

In my business we can all become singularly focused, seeking the approval of others, looking for ways to be shiny and pretty … but at the end of the day, global perspective is key. We are so lucky we have access to information, beauty products, organic foods, sheesh basic human rights even.  Access to these things should brighten each day up for us, but we are always in constant need for more, more, more. And the truth is, we have too much. So what do we do … we find small ways to give. To impact, to affect, to inspire – even if it’s one persons life somewhere far away that you have never met, or a neighbor who is suffering.  Something as little as 20$ to a charity like the ones listed above, can provide food, a warm blanket to sleep in, or maybe even just a soccer ball for a small group of kids to play with. That small act of kindness equals impact … imagine if all of your friends, your union, your book club did this … how many children could eat or play, how many people you could keep warm, how you could make a stranger smile by a simple click on a computer. So this year, as we blog about health and staying sharp in mind, & body – we are also going to incorporate “acts of kindness” into this virtual community of ours, to also keeps us sharp in our hearts.

I had an unfortunate incident with a casting director in my business this week, someone who chose to berate me when I was in a vulnerable position and I felt so helpless.  So what did I do, I made a donation to help someone who is way more helpless then me.   And you know what, it made me feel good to help. To send positive energy into the Universe and change a negative feeling I had today into positive change for someone else.

Can’t wait to see what the year ahead has in store for us all.  Love & Light & Happiness to all …

Azi xx

The Daily Plate

I’ve been completely MIA. Focusing on work, studying, traveling and then with my family for the holidays!

But I’ve stumbled upon a great site http://www.thedailyplate.com …. which can act as a food and fitness journal to help you achieve some personal goals and get a better understanding of your intake of sugar, et on a daily basis. Great way to refocus on your healthy goals for the New Year.

Cheers to a wonderful 2010!

My Skin Gets Thirsty

Well — Luckily I’ve been busy working — but as anyone who has read any of the blog knows, I suffer from sleep issues. The worst is when I have a very early call time and I’ve only gotten 3-4 hours of restless sleep.  It doesn’t work for me in this business AT ALL – babies gotta wake up looking refreshed and ready to take on the world.  I’ve discovered a couple tricks that help my skin retain tons of moisture. This seems to be key in making my stressed out skin look healthy and glowy.   If I’m traveling I am that crazy person that puts Vaseline all around her eyes and cheeks – after 5-6 hours the vaseline sinks into my skin and voila, I don’t look like I just got my face kicked in. I know some people swear by Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream for nighttime & travel, but that never really worked for me. And since Vaseline is a little intense to use daily, and doesn’t really work if I have to go to a set where someone is going to start applying loads of makeup on me, I kicked into Dora the Explorer mode and investigated some different solutions. I stumbled upon what I like to call Heaven in a green jar – a product by June Jacobs called Intensive Age Defying Hydrating Mask. JU083-Age-defying-maskI recently started to apply it in the am before I went to set and would rinse it off with tepid water or tissue it off and the makeup artists would immediately comment on how healthy my skin looked.  A fabulous compliment after only a few hours of sleep and a few days in really heavy makeup for several hours. June Jacobs is Paraben free which is essential for me, since my skin seems to react to those nasty little parabens. The intense hydration sinks into my skin making it look glowy and healthy and super fresh – which is something that’s important to me since I don’t like putting on tons of makeup daily.  I use it in my daily life when my skin seems to be dehydrated from a lack of sleep and I want to look well rested before a meeting.  Click here to go to the June Jacobs website. The brand veers towards the luxury end – so if it’s a little steep – take a look at some other terrific hydrating moisture masks online. Places like http://www.skinstore.com carry an array of products that are top of the line and reasonably priced. And of course one my favorite places to get lost in, Target carries several types of hydrating masks that can fit in anyone’s budget. And if you are a do-it-at home kind of gal, you can always slather on a coat of Vaseline before bed time to wake up dewy eyed and refreshed. I’ve done it for years … and always will.

Oh & click on this to learn more about why Paraben Free is important.

Secrets from a Superstar Trainer …

Any one who knows me well, knows I love to exercise. “Keep it light, keep it tight.” Right. I run, dance, and practice yoga on a regular basis, but I also love to try new exercises & classes to give my body a little challenge and keep me inspired.  I’ve been taking a class at my local Equinox taught by Grace Lazenby called All The Right Moves. The goal of Grace’s class is to keep you long and lean by combining yoga, pilates and dance moves to challenge those tiny little muscles in our special female bodies.   A few people have been asking me about where to go, how to take these classes? There are tons of options in cities throughout America – most are called Cardio Barre, Mat Pilates, there’s Physique 57 in NYC et … But for those of you who can’t get to this class and workout at home, I wanted to attach a terrific quick exercise video created by Tracy Anderson, the tiny powerhouse who keeps Gwyneth Paltrow looking like a million bucks.  She emailed this video to Ms. Paltrow post Holiday 2008 while she was away and Ms. Paltrow then put it on her website. Goop.com

I thought I would repost it for those who don’t subscribe to the GOOP newsletter and haven’t gotten to see it.  Give it a whirl – you can do these exercises at home, in the office or in your trailer. All you need is a chair and the motivation to do a tons of reps.

ACTORSDIET.COM – GUEST BLOG

So I was lucky enough to be asked by the talented and health savvy duo that created actorsdiet.com to write a guest blog for them – you can check it out below.  And go check out  the **site, for the whole post as well as fun recipes, ways to manage health and diet,etc: 

           

Eating Out? Two Out Of Four, and There’s Nothing More To It!


Hey there Actor’s Diet …… Lynn Chen & I were lucky enough to work on a film a few years ago, so I was thrilled when I found out she was one of the creators of this neat site, and even more thrilled when she asked to me to write a guest blog.


I love to eat out … in LA, there are great restaurants, and I consider myself a tiny but mighty LA Zagat/Google machine when it comes to restaurants. Name a street and I’ll tell you where to eat, from fine dining to casual healthy spots, a single LA gal spends a lot of time in restaurants. But as an actress, a lot of my job depends on staying in shape, physically and emotionally. So how does one eat out and stay in shape without losing her mind?


Well we all know a night at Mastro’s or heck Cheesecake Factory, is going to be pretty decadent in the calorie department. The portion sizes, the steak, the bread, the butter, the dessert the vino – it’s all so glorious and tempting. I once read a nutritionist talking about her eating out trick, one that could save you 2000 plus calories at dinner and it’s the first thing I share with people when they say the need to shape up but don’t cook at home often.


Two out of Four is all you need to know!


When at dinner, pick your 2 out of 4 for the evening, the four being:

1. Bread

2. Appetizers

3. Alcohol

4. Dessert


So, if you are starving and need the (1) bread and dying for an after work (3) cocktail then SKIP the (2) apps and the (4) dessert. If you know you have to have the (4) special “dessert” at this restaurant and must have that amazing (2) appetizer – then stick to iced tea or sparkling water and no (1) Bread.


A pretty straightforward formula that saves me lots of extra time in the gym after a few nights of eating out . I vote two thumbs up on this quick and easy formula. And just think, if you eat out often it could save you from gaining those “where hell did those 3 pounds come from?” Until next time ……..