Ever since the news of the Weinstein scandal and all the subsequent airing of Hollywood’s dirty laundry, I’ve known I’d have to contribute my piece as well about my own experience with dealing with and overcoming sexism in Hollywood. Everything about the news the past few weeks is integral to my own experience, and is a large part of my book. It’s stuff I’ve been thinking about and writing about for over two years now, so you’d think I’d know…

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Widely considered to be one of the most scenic areas of Japan, beautiful Miyajima Island didn’t disappoint. Also known as the Island of the Gods, Miyajima is located only a thirty minute train plus twenty minute ferry outside of Hiroshima. The iconic floating torii gate of Itsukumisha Shrine (pictured above) for which Miyajima is most famous is a world heritage sight, but only the beginning of the beautiful sights you can expect to see. Keep reading for our favorite experiences…

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You guys, today has been a really big day for me– I reached 60,000 words on the first draft of my memoir, Love Dogs, which is officially 3/4’s of the way to my 80,000 first draft word count target! 60,000 words– that’s currently the equivalent to a 150 page book! I wrote a few weeks ago about celebrating your victories, and this is definitely one of mine. THE EASIER WAY TO ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS There’s still quite a long way…

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Only a few days into our time in Japan and Anthony and I threw ourselves in the deep end of cultural immersion with a two night stay at Ryokan Sanga in Kurokawa Onsen. A ryokan is a traditional Japanese inn, and they can be found all over Japan. An onsen is a Japanese hot spring resort. Put the two together and you’ve got a wonderful and unique experience you won’t soon forget. Your trip to Japan truly won’t be complete…

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I could happily get lost forever in this enchanted forest in Japan. We stumbled upon it during an afternoon hike around Kurokawa Onsen (an onsen is a hot spring resort) where were staying at a traditional Japanese inn called a ryokan (more on that Thursday!). I loved the way the long grasses grew, and the sun shining through the trees gave everything a dreamy, whimsical quality. A day dream come to life. ON CHASING DREAMS I’ve been thinking a lot…

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