Interview: Maranda Pleasant

Maranda Pleasant: What makes you come alive or inspires you?

Zoe McLellan: I come alive the most when I am talking with people about following their dreams. Inspirational speaking is something I am very passionate about and will be doing more of.

MP: What makes you feel vulnerable?

ZM: Talking about my dad. Although he’s not here in the flesh anymore, he’s so present in my life. There are times when I feel him right next to me and I feel very vulnerable, like I’m five years old again and Daddy is here to tell me that everything is going to be OK.

MP: If you could say something to everyone on the planet, what would it be?

ZM: This came to me in a meditation one day. I call it “the inspiration equation”: Who are you? Be it. What do you love to do? Do it. Who do you love? Love them. The result: a fulfilling life.

MP: How do you handle emotional pain?

ZM: I do my best to release through a good cry, a long walk, writing, or talking to a friend. Sometimes, all of the above are necessary.

MP: Tell me about your latest projects.

ZM: I’m having a blast on NCIS: New Orleans. The cast and crew are incredible. This project feels so meant to be.

I’m also a closet singer-songwriter. That keeps my creative juices flowing.

MP: How do you keep your center in the middle of chaos? Do you have a daily routine?

ZM: I breathe. I stop for five minutes and recenter when I start feeling stressed. I do not have a daily routine, because my schedule varies so much. I cherish park time with my son on the weekends!

MP: What’s been one of your biggest lessons so far in life?

ZM: To be myself.

MP: What truth do you know for sure?

ZM: We have souls. And guardian angels. We are never alone. I feel so comforted knowing this.

MP: What is love for you?

ZM: My son. He makes my heart grow bigger and bigger each day. There is nothing I love more than being his mommy.

MP: What is the most important thing for us to do as beings?

ZM: Follow our hearts. Live our dreams. Tell the truth.

MP: What causes or organizations are you passionate about?

ZM: The cause I am most passionate about is natural birthing. I had my son at home, and it was the most primal, intuitive, empowering, and loving experience I’ve ever had.

MP: Tell me about your yoga or mindfulness practice. What influence has it had on your life?

ZM: The first time I took a Kundalini yoga class, I cried my eyes out afterwards. I was so moved by the meditation and singing “Long Time Sun” at the end of class. I felt like I was home. With my schedule, I don’t have much time to get to yoga classes, but I do keep a mat in my trailer and practice for a few minutes most days. It keeps me centered. Yoga has helped me become more in tune and respectful of not just my body but my soul.


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