The New Hollywood is dedicated to supporting socially conscious change-makers. And it starts with our members. We are who we are because of our members. This year we have expanded to include a TNH Men’s branch, so we are now 3 branches strong and 66 members total! We are a group of passionate women and men dedicated to supporting each other and uplifting one another to reach their fullest potential. We are mothers, daughters, filmmakers, entrepreneurs, fitness experts, activists, husbands, actors, real estate agents, writers and all lovers of humanity. So, we want you to get to know each of us a little bit better. Each month we will feature 3 of our fabulous members answering the same questions. But before we get started, we also want to get to know YOU, our online community of change-makers. So send us a video or leave a comment with your answers to our “Meet the Members Questionnaire” or share how you are creating social impact in your community. Part of building our mission to inspire each other is to reach out and share, so we want to hear from you. As always, thank you for reading and supporting. We know there are so many incredible causes to support and focus on, and during times where politics and beliefs can divide one thing we can all get behind is supporting another person’s dream. WE SUPPORT YOU!
We are back with TNH “Who We Are.” And this week we feature Board Member, Cheryl Rodes, and members Lisa Haisha, and Andrea Bogart. These 3 ladies are master at balancing multiple passions, careers, and having families. Goals are always evolving and these women exemplify how important it is to check in with priorities, and maintain discipline, time management, and self care.
We know there are so many incredible causes to support and focus on, and during times where politics and beliefs can divide one thing we can all get behind is supporting another person’s dream. WE SUPPORT YOU! Feel free to leave a comment and share some of what you admire in these women, and even just 1 answer to these questions. It may surprise you and inspire you!
What is your favorite quote?
Lisa: My favorite quote is “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” ― Anaïs Nin I love this quote because as a life coach, I have talked with many people all over the globe and the
one thing most had in common when they sat on my couch was that they were settling in one or more areas of their lives because it felt safe.
Andrea: Among many amazing quotes one I feel so connected to is by Van Gough, "I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.” I think I’ve learned and graciously grown into a place where I will see the good an anyone and with a non-judging heart do my best to always let a sense loving energy be the thing people see in me.
Cheryl: “To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
What is currently on your bedside table?
Lisa: On my bedside table is a red lotus candle and The selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke (one of my all-time favorite poets). The book on my night stand changes about every ten days but it’s always something inspirational and poetic.
Andrea: After a recent move and getting settled, my side of our cozy little bedside nook has a marble lamp, baby books we read to our unborn little girl, a journal & pen, the little book of yoga, Babyproofing Your Marriage and Start Where You Are by Pema Chodron…. I can’t have to many books at the moment as I wake up frequently being super pregnant and can’t fall back asleep!
Cheryl: Two journals, a couple of scripts, and the book The Hidden Messages in Water (thank you Jade).
What is your favorite make-up or beauty product?
Lisa: My favorite make-up/ beauty product at the moment is Madison Reed hair color (make-up for the hair). It looks so natural and gives me an extra week of not having to do my roots.
Andrea: My favorite beauty product: My revlon eyelash curler with Lilash eyelash growth serum. It keeps my lashes long and full and is low maintenance. I think your eyes say a million things. I can wear very little make up but curling my lashes and keeping them long a beautiful makes my face feel awake and vibrant! I’ve ditched all the fragrancy lotions I used to use and love just using pure organic coconut oil for my all over body moisturizer. Beyond that I’m always interested in exploring chemical free, plant based organic products for my skin.
Cheryl: Colorescience - Even Up, Luvalla - Milk Cleanser, Dr. Thayer - Rose Witch Hazel, Beauty Counter - Cleansing Balm, Jane Iredale - Lip Plumper; My favorite fitness regime? I love
Hot8yoga, TRX and High Intensity Training.
What charity do you regularly support and why?
Lisa: My charity Whispers from Children’s Hearts. I created it because I saw a lack in helping each other’s dreams. The foundation helps highlight and give financial support to other worthy people who have visualized their dream of helping children but need more seed money and exposure to make it a reality. We give a lot to Kidsinthespotlight.org that Tige Charity founded. We’ve given to KumbaKids, Ricki Beckwith’s foundation and many more.
Andrea: I’ve been supporting Young Storytellers for several years now. Fifth graders are mentored and write mini screenplays and actors are invited to donate their time and talents to perform in their big shows at the end of their mentorship. As an actress, it’s pure entertainment & incredibly fun to be invited to perform their work for them in front of their school peers and families. They are selected and given an opportunity to use their imaginations and create a project all on their own with a mentor merely there to support their ideas. I’ve always loved working with kids. This is supporting the arts in schools which I’m a huge fan of and gives me a feeling of joy to share my love of being an actress and my own imagination to become a frog, princess, baby, tree, hotdog, scuba diver, ballerina, yoga girl or whatever their creative mines have drawn upon to develop characters. It’s a workout and the best uplifting experience. If you too become interested, you can be a mentor, actor in a show or simply donate to the program. Goto www.youngstorytellers.org
Cheryl: Children's Hospital and Ronald McDonald House and Alzheimer's Association. My younger sister was in a horrible accident at the age of 12, to witness first-hand how her injury impacted our family and the way that there's no way to prepare for the illness or hospitalization of a child, has always stayed with me. I've made it my personal mission to make a difference with families that are experiencing such atrocities. With Alzheimer's, my grandmother spent the last several years of her life struggling with Dementia. It's a horrible disease. When tragedy strikes a family, I feel like the community should step up. Once upon a time, society was built on villages, people supported one another, helped each other in times of need, I believe that is how character is built, how people learn to love one another and truly live in harmony amidst our differences. I will be the change.
What challenges are you facing and working through; and what resources are you using?
Lisa: The challenges I’m facing right now is how much to work… I have a nine year old who wants and needs more attention as she grows up because she is involved in many more activities. I also love seeing every moment of her precious life. She's my inspiration. It’s a constant juggling act of my two loves - working for my non-profit
WhispersfromChildrensHearts.org and working for my for-profit coaching adult clients and being a stay-at-home mom to my daughter. I’m using time-management programs and have a support group with friends (including The New Hollywood) who are also juggling family and work challenges. It’s tough but rewarding when there is a perfect balance and flow (which rarely happens).
Andrea: I recently uprooted from a bustling career and busy city LA life after 17 years and landed with my fiancé in the beautiful, quiet town of Sonoma, California to start a family. After a challenging move and feeling overwhelmed over several things…today I feel serene and calm yet layered with anticipation, excitement and lingering transition. Being 37 weeks pregnant it’s hard not to focus on anything but this little life changing love that’s about to enter our lives so I am taking pre-natal class, hired a doula to help guide us into our birth and I’m keeping up with meditation, yoga, healthy eating, enjoyable literature, writing and things my fiancé & I enjoy to support my mind, body & spirit. My challenge with trusting my writing and pushing out quality content that l I love as quick as I’d like continues. Resources I use for that are; discipline time blocks to write, having a partner to help keep me accountable and listening to podcasts that are supportive creatively.
Cheryl: Sticking to a creative schedule amidst a full-time job, kids and a hectic social calendar. Reprogramming with The War of Art and quarterly self-audits, reassessing, realigning and daily meditation.
What is your main goal for this month?
Lisa: This month’s focus was on preparing for my first TEDx talk. Next month’s main goal will be focusing on getting the Evite and website pages for our annual Legacy Gala event out to the public.
Andrea: My focus this month as a priority is giving birth to a healthy baby girl and becoming a parent along side my wonderful man. We know our lives are about to change forever and we are so excited. I’m planning to continue to push out yoga content and blog posts to keep me creative and working toward growing my audience virally through my passions as we lead up to our due date.
Cheryl: Following through with my over commitments, I know I'm an impact player, so it's always hard for me to say no. Ultimately, my personal hopes and dreams suffer. I had some life setbacks this year, crazy, tragic ones, but I am a growth mindset kind of person. So now it's about how to I learn, reassess and plan differently to avoid backburning items that are important to me.
How has TNH affected your life?
Lisa: TNH has affected my life for the positive in so many ways…. having a support group of amazingly strong and talented women, helping me get more clear about my vision and goals and deepen friendships I already had and making my giving back more on the front burner. My main purpose for joining the group was to be part of a movement that is making the world a better place. We’re stronger in numbers. I feel the shift from sharing compared to doing it alone.
Andrea: TNH has opened my eyes to how support in a group of thriving humans absolutely helps you gain your own personal clarity, the ability to trust where your heart can graciously guide you and flourish beyond what you may have been limiting yourself in. My personal growth has expanded more in trusting myself, honoring myself and gaining an appreciation for volunteering time and giving back more frequently. As we use a resourceful guidebook lining out our goals road-mapping them, the process of achieving more and having accountability support with quarter partners keeps me on top of everything I’m putting focus into for the year. With confidence in manifesting the life I envision my fear has lessoned. Even though it can still be a player, it no longer dictates my choices. With TNH I understand I’m part of something special. It’s supportive in my personal growth and affects how I view others and the world expanding me compassionately in a multitude of ways. I’m honored & thankful to be a part of this beautiful group
Cheryl: I love being surrounded by like-minded women, I love making a difference and I love giving back, TNH has been incredibly rewarding in fulfilling all of these things.
What are you most passionate about and why do you love yourself?
Lisa: I’m most passionate about giving and receiving love… Without love in your life, life is meaningless. I love myself because I learned a long time ago, if you aren’t capable of loving yourself, you’re not fully capable of loving another or being truly happy. I wanted the ability to love and trust more deeply. I started that journey of knowing it’s ok to love yourself by looking in the mirror several times a day and saying, “I love you, Lisa.” It’s a courageous thing to do at first and it will change your life forever.
Andrea: I’m most passionate about living a mindful & joyful life filled with conscious intentions, awareness & faith with my soon to be husband, our families and circle of close friends. I know living a life where love and gratitude is my guide, I feel happy. As opportunities come and go, things shift, expand and change, when you have that as your foundation you will always be in the right place. I love myself because I’m inspired to be a better me always. I love that I’ve grown in ways I never thought I was capable of and appreciate the mindful resources and tools that have been the vehicles for transformation for me. I love that everyday I wake up in the morning and fall asleep at night with a grateful heart for all the blessings and abundance that fill my life. I’m proud of myself for regularly creating space to pray and wish the same love and grateful heart for all beings to experience.
Cheryl: I'm passionate about everything I give a damn about and I love that I work on myself, for myself.
Please note that not all experiences, beliefs and ideas are shared by each member of “The New Hollywood.” We are a group of shepherds, not sheep.