This life thing ain’t a dress rehearsal?
Sometimes I’m happy about that, and other times not so much. I really wish I could earn some “do over” credits from time to time, for good behavior, and then just whip them out as I needed them. You know what I mean?  This thought usually comes to mind when I have failed to be the awesome person that I expect you to be, or I just straight up didn’t reach for the pause button when I should have.
It would be ideal for me to remember that there will be no second takes once the Director calls “Action”, and the golden rule will apply.
You only get one chance to make a good first impression. That’s why it’s important to smile, make eye contact, shake hands firmly, and dress appropriately.

1. “It’s nice to meet you. And, you are who again?”

2. “Um” or “Uh”

3. “How much money do you make?”

4. “Hope you don’t mind that I was late.”

5. “I couldn’t stand my last boss. They were such a jerk.”

6. “Let me be honest.”

7. “I can’t stand this weather.”

8. “No. That can’t be possible.”

9. “Sorry. I got a case of the Mondays.”

10. “Do you believe in God?”

11. “Who are you voting for this November?”

12. “Hun” or “Sweetheart”

13. “Congratulations! When are you due?”

14. “I…I…I…”

15. “Let me tell you about last night…”

16. ‘”I think …/This may be a silly idea …/I’m going to ask a stupid question”

17. “A guy walks into a bar…”

18. “You don’t look like what I expected.”


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Because of his own desire to grow, Nino has been a creative educator for over twenty years. His past experiences have allowed him to work with people of all ages, ethnicities, and socioeconomic backgrounds in different capacities. Teaching creative writing and acting to incarcerated youth and adults, was by far his favorite. With a strong background in the visual arts, his creative spirit continues to assist in the endeavors of Privilege Creative, Sober Directory, and New Now Village (A Sober Tiny House Community). He and his beautiful wife Victoria, share a common purpose of walking with others on their Recovery Journeys. Being blessed with an attitude of gratitude for what was so freely given to him, he feels truly called to give back, by loving and serving others. From helping others to meet their basic needs, to discovering and pursuing their passions, Nino and Victoria’s mission is to Love others through.

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