California Wildfires have burned across the state non-stop for over a year. According to the California Department of Forestry, the Mendocino Complex Fire (currently active) has burned nearly 400,000 acres (an area larger then Los Angeles) becoming the largest complex fire in the state’s history. On August 4, a national disaster was declared in Northern California. I live in Southern California, however my awesome cousins in Northern Cal were forced to evacuate their home and family earlier this year. Thank God they were spared disaster.

I’ve never personally lost everything in a fire and I can’t imagine what it’s like. But I know this for sure: As creative artists and risk taking entrepreneurs we never lose “everything.” After the smoke clears in any sort of disaster; whether it’s a physical catastrophe, a career calamity or a personal letdown this is what we’re left with:

• We still have our unique abilities and our exceptional talent.

• We still have “access” to all of the tech tools, software and digital trappings to help rebuild, reinvent and reconnect with our fans, clients and customers.

• We still have that special quality which is reserved especially for A&E’s; the ability to “create” our way out of challenging circumstances.

• We still have our crazy, genius ideas, big goals and strong desires, which continue to tug at us and pull us forward.

• We still have a circle of influence—those few people in our life who we can count on and consult with.

Important because we still have that fire in our bellies which provokes us to keep moving forward and make something happen.

How to help: North Coast Opportunities Inc, is accepting donations to support all those impacted by the California wildfires. Check out their website:

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