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We could not be more thrilled to share that Jennette McCurdy is this week’s guest curator! We’ve admired Jennette for years, and couldn’t wait to learn about the tools and resources that have shaped her.
Jennette McCurdy grew up acting as a child and had successful leading roles on shows like Netflix’s Between and Nickelodeon’s iCarly. In 2017, Jennette began writing and directing her own projects after not feeling totally fulfilled with the work she did as an actress and wanting to take charge of her own creative narrative.
Her first short film, Kenny, was featured on Short of the Week and in The Hollywood Reporter, and is an official selection for the 2019 Florida Film Festival, where it’s nominated for the Grand Jury Prize for Best Short Film.
Strong Independent Women is her newest short film, which is a dark comedy surrounding a mother who puts all her energy into helping her daughter overcome an eating disorder.
“I made this short film about a frazzled mother who puts all her energy into helping her daughter overcome an eating disorder,” Jennette said. “Eating disorders are a serious mental illness that I care deeply about helping to represent honestly and helping to bring awareness to.” You can watch the film here!
In addition to sharing the articles, videos, and quotes that have inspired and helped her, Jennette shared some additional favorites with us. See her picks below!
Favorite Movie (Part 1): Skeleton Twins
JM: This movie is funny but heartfelt and handles depression and suicide with delicateness and humor. Luke Wilson is by far the best part of the film.
Favorite Movie (Part 2): What About Bob?
JM: A classic comedy starring Bill Murray. I haven't seen it in a while so I'm not sure if it still holds up, but I do recall loving that it showcases an obsessive-compulsive neurotic with humor. What can I say? I relate.
Favorite Book (Part 1): Things Fall Apart by Pema Chödrön
JM: I've listened to this as an audiobook at least three times. It's calming and thought-provoking and, best of all, highlights the importance of humor in the pursuit of self-growth.
Favorite Book (Part 2): Mindset by Carol S. Dweck
I got this book a few years back and it was so useful in helping me to reframe my mindset and learn healthier patterns of thinking.
Favorite Book (Part 3): Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach
There's never a bad time to practice radical acceptance - especially for someone as strong-willed as I can be. This book has a gentle, detailed narrative that delves into why radical acceptance is such a good concept to incorporate into your life.
Favorite Skincare Product (Part 1): MyChelle Refining Sugar Cleanser, Exfoliating Face Wash
I know everybody's on the Indian healing clay train but I swear this sugar scrub was the life changer for me. It has a really subtle but nice, sweet scent and it's gentle enough (it lathers into a foam) that I can use it every day.
Favorite Skincare Product (Part 2):Resta Melting Moisturizer
I can't do moisturizers with fragrance because I have such sensitive skin, which is why I love this one. It's fragrance free and goes on like coconut oil.
Favorite App: MyFLO Period Tracker
I love this app! It helps me track my periods and gives me helpful tips to navigate the natural mood shifts during each phase of my menstrual cycle. For that reason, I think my boyfriend finds this app even more helpful than I do.
Favorite Planner: Mood Tracker Planner
This is the planner I use to plan out my tasks and appointments. There's an area where you can fill out your moods each night (and what influenced them), which I love.
Favorite Website: PsychologyToday.com
I'm a psychology nerd and this is one of my favorite websites to frequent. It's got great, reputable articles and is also a nice source for finding a local, licensed therapist.
We hope you enjoy Jennette’s channel & top tools!