Archive for January, 2011

Shine

Thursday, January 27th, 2011


shine, originally uploaded by whats_ur_flava2000.

I really loved this photograph and I thought it had the perfect title, ‘shine’. What a simple but profound word. We all shine in our own way. And we can be even shinier. Smile a bit more, laugh a little bit more freely. Love harder.

Write.
Call.
Say what you mean.
Save your energy for good.

Free Valentine Cards!!!

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

I am learning to use Photoshop properly and have discovered the greatness of textures, actions etc. And I came across these sweet free Valentine cards from one of the best photoshop action makers I have come across… Florabella.

All digital designs by Shana Rae / Florabella Collection or Mika Beth Edwards are copyright protected. (c) 2009 Shana Rae / Florabella Collection, LLC

Super cute, eh? You can send your own valentines! And I think we all know which ones I will use! =) YAY! She even included bookmarks… how lovely! You can read more about them at http://florabellacollection.com/blog/2011/01/13/free-florabella-valentine-cards-bookmarks-giveaway/

Mr. Blue

Friday, January 14th, 2011

I found the most amazing and relevant song by Catherine Feeney and thought you should hear it.

Mr. Blue by Catherine Feeney

Truth and emotions

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Parasite, originally uploaded by bijoyKetan.

“Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for truth.”
– Benjamin Disraeli

I read that quote and its meaning has been resonating within since. I am always apologizing for ‘getting upset’, for crying, for being mad, for being afraid, for everything really. I can think of a dozen or so times in the past month I apologized for showing emotion. Tsk. Tsk. Tsk.

We have alienated ourselves in the age of social networking. Instead of closer, we are farther apart. It is sad but true. Part of this culture is to anesthetize ourselves, our emotions. Mute them down, paint over them, pretend as if we are aloof. Grow so busy we can’t help but be apathetic to that which matters: people, love, connections, family, relationships.

I am going to try not to apologize for my emotions, my feelings, for 30 days. If you catch me do it, remind me! =)

Music from The Other Woman

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

I watched an incredibly touching movie, The Other Woman, with Natalie Portman, Lisa Kudrow, Scott Cohen and Charlie Tahan. It is based on a book I read some years ago, “Love and other impossible pursuits“. It had an amazing soundtrack. I went to purchase it after I finished watching the movie but I couldn’t find it anywhere. I couldn’t even find half the songs. So, I watched the ending credits over and over and over until I got all the information I could for myself and for you. Here are the songs found in the 2009 movie The Other Woman (some are missing…feel free to give me an update if you find more!).

You Are Goodbye - Bird - EP You are goodbye by Holly Conlan

Hometown Glory - 19 Hometown Glory by Adele

Do You Realize?? - Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Do you realize? by Flaming Lips

Jay Weigel No one to love, After you’re gone, Sturm Von Kuststoffe performed by Jay Weigel

Waiting for the Moon to Rise - Fold Your Hands Child You Walk Like a Peasant Waiting for the moon to rise by Belle and Sebastian

Legs Away - Touch Up Legs Away by Mother Mother

Swan Lake, Op.20: No.13d Danse Des Petits Cygnes (Allegro Moderato) - Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake Op. 20 Tchaikovsky NO 13D Danse Des Petits Cygnes (Allegro Moderato) Swan Lake OP 20/Act 2

Hey Justin by The You Know Who

Undertow performed by Love ?43? (not certain) written by Amy Poux

Baila performed by Auntie Climatic or Auntie Cumactic (I couldn’t find this one, sorry)

No More Regrets, Just Dreams

Friday, January 7th, 2011

I have spent far too much time in the past few years going over and over and over all the things I’ve done wrong. Combing through the skeletons in my closet and beating myself with them. I have scoured my innermost thoughts so harshly I am raw within. It is time to move forward. I see I am not perfect. I know I have hurt people unintentionally. I know I have made poor choices I am not proud of but now it is time to take a mental photograph and leave this guilt behind. I will add these memories, these experiences to a much larger, much greater sum total of memories and experiences and see myself just a little bit more colorful because of them. We are a collection of thoughts, moments, people, experiences. And I am learning to be ok with who I am.

So the theme for 2011… no more regrets, just dreams. This goes right along with my pledge to be a little bit nicer this year, to myself and others. My motto will be a quote from Sara Teasdale,

I make the most of all that comes and the least of all that goes.

This 2011, I pledge to be a little bit nicer…

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

I will hold the door for people behind me. I will say “please” and “thank you.” I will smile at strangers. I will compliment people. If I’m not sure whether I should greet someone with a handshake or hug, I will opt for the hug. If I see someone having trouble, I will offer help. I will try to perform at least one Random Act of Kindness a week. I will be grateful. I will not hold grudges. I will always do my best to be humble, empathetic, and honest. I will be mindful and considerate of the people around me. I will be kind to people, animals, and nature. All in all, I promise to be nicer!

And I will also try to be a little nicer to myself. =) This is the perfect new year’s resolution. Thank you Melissa for nudging us towards being even nicer. =)

What I love about January…

Sunday, January 2nd, 2011

I love the frosted mornings and the every day excuses to wear scarves, particularly ones that my dear friend knitted for me. I love hats pulled over my ears, gloves and boots to stomp around. I love the thick socks and the second layer of blankets, hands cupped around warm tea or chocolate. I love the possibility of snow days with those I love. I love the natural inclination to read more during the winter and while everyone else is complaining about how cold this winter has been… I giggle to know it has only just begun. =) I love the early evenings and the late mornings where January covers you thick with resistance to leave your warm, comfortable bed. I love the cold floor that nips at your toes encouraging you to call in just one time… to stay home and read or relax with no concern to the duties of making a living. I love the almost permanent twilight all month long. The deep of January where you learn to feel comfortable in your own skin, wearing yourself like a worn in favorite sweater, completely erasing the pretensions and insecurities of summer’s overexposure. I love inhaling the crisp air and seeing my every exhale reminding us how magical and real life is…

I love the calm after the rush, rush, rush of the holidays. I love receiving misplaced Christmas cards sent in haste a day too late… but just in time to be set apart from all the others. I love the unique sound snow makes when you first walk on it and the palpable excitement when children realize it snowed the night before—eagerly dressing 4 times over to play all day! I love red noses and hands rubbing together. I love the wool and thick cottons, extra layers and blasts of heat when you first come in. I love the warm soups and the grilled cheese sandwiches. I love returning TV shows and reminiscing about yesteryear. I love the hope unique in January, the motivation that pushes so many to try and try again to be just a little bit better.