From: Future Amy

To: LA Newbie Amy

Subject: Welcome to LA!

Date Written: September 6, 2020

Date Received: September 6, 2006

Dear Amy,

Welcome to LA! How was your flight? I’m just kidding, I know it was fine, although I don’t remember the details because it was 14 years ago! Hi, it’s your future self, just popping in with a quick greeting and some words of advice to get you started in LA.

“Success is a journey, not a destination”

I know, I know, you’ve seen this on magnets and sometimes you even think you understand and believe it. But there’s still something nagging at the back of your mind saying, “yeah, but once I achieve THAT, then I’ll really be successful.” Sorry, no.

If you believe success is a destination you’ll just end up hustling, striving, and holding yourself apart from happiness and a sense of accomplishment. You have success now. High School Amy Schloerb believed that success was graduating and getting into a good college. College Amy Schloerb believed success was, again, graduating and starting a good career. Now that you’ve arrived in LA, you’re thinking a “good career” means booking bigger and better jobs consistently and continuously until you’re the next Reese Witherspoon.

Okay, not gonna lie, I still sometimes think that, but then I remember the truth: Setting goals is great, but continuously moving the goal post on what it means to BE SUCCESSFUL is soul crushing. If you keep thinking, “yeah I did that, good for me, but now REAL success is up there” guess what? “Real success” will always be “up there.” Wherever the F either of those things are….

Instead, put the goal post of success inside you. What?! What the heck does that mean?! It means enjoy the process and