I Am…What?

I Am...What?

I recently saw this quote on the blog Radiant Organizing that got me thinking:

I AM

What words do I usually put after the words “I am?”

If I’m being honest and I think about what I say to myself, I use words like, “fat, lazy, boring, and unsuccessful.”  I tell myself I am, “not the person I thought I would be by now.”  I say I am, “not as good as everyone else.”

And it’s true that it’s shaped my reality.  The more I tell myself that I’m fat…well…then to me, I am.  If I believe I’m not as good as everyone else at one thing or another, then that’s what I experience.  I live in a word where I’m not as pretty, not as successful, not as worthy.

What if I put other words after “I am?” What if I made a list of the things I would tell myself if I were my friend and not my enemy? What then?  Would they become my reality?

I’d said to myself, “you are brave, passionate, loving, creative, funny and talented.” Just writing out the list makes me feel conceited.  But what if instead, I just felt…confident?  I felt proud of the person that I am and the strengths that I possess.

Maybe then, I would finally be the person I thought I would be by now. Someone that loves herself for the gifts she has been given instead of beating herself up for the flaws that she perceives.

101 Goals in 1001 Days

101 Goals in 1001 Days

I’ve been seeing so many bloggers post their lists of 100 Goals in 1001 Days and I’ve been hesitant to make my own.  I was nervous that I wouldn’t be able to think of 101 I wanted to do, and that I’d experience extreme anxiety if I didn’t cross everything off the list.  I also worried that by putting some of these goals on the list, I’d be jinxing them from happening.  When I saw Amanda from Notes From A Newlywed’s latest update on her 101 Goals in 1001 days, I decided to join in.

Here is my list:

START DATE: 1/28/15
END DATE: 10/25/17

The Big Stuff
– Come up with 101 goals for this list
– Buy A House
– Write A Book

Health And Beauty
– Reach my goal weight
– Grow my hair back out
– Exercise at least 3 days a week for a whole month
– Be able to do a 90 second plank
– Be able to do 40 push ups at one time
– Have my teeth whitened
– Get a massage
– Get a facial
– Go to a spa

Photography
– Finish my photography class
– Take a photo a day for a month
– Start a photography business
– Complete a photography challenge

Blog
– Reach 20,000 page views a month on my blog
– Earn a significant amount of money from blogging
– Contact a company I love and have them agree to work together
– Meet 3 blog friends in real life

Travel
– Visit Italy
– Go to Harry Potter World
– Go to Disneyland
– Go on a road trip
– Visit a famous landmark I’ve never seen before
– Visit 5 cities I’ve never been to
– Go on a trip spontaneously
– Fly first class
– Visit a waterfall
– Climb a lighthouse

Marriage
– Go on a romantic getaway
– Spend a weekend unplugged from electronics
– Eat somewhere other than in front of the TV for a week straight
– Visit 10 new restaurants together
– Kiss in the rain
– Write Zack a letter every week for a month
– Relive our first date
– Go on a picnic together
– Relive the night we got engaged
– Build a fort together

Pets
– Send Penguin to obedience training
– Take the dogs on a vacation
– Volunteer at an animal shelter
– Take the dogs hiking

Cooking
– Open a cookbook to a random page and make whatever is on it
– Make a cookbook of all my favorite recipes
– Take a cooking class
– Cook 20 new recipes
– Try a food I’ve never eaten before

Learning
– Research my family tree
– Read a book in a day
– Read 50 books
– Take a dance class
– Take a painting class
– Get CPR certified

For Others
– Volunteer at a hospital
– Inspire someone to create a 101 in 1001 list
– Send flowers to someone “just because”
– Babysit so a friend can have a date night
– Bake a cake for someone’s birthday
– Buy someone a gift for no special reason
– Pay a stranger’s bill at a restaurant

Just For Fun
– Build a snowman
– See a drive-in movie
– See a movie by myself
– Say yes to something I wouldn’t normally do
– Watch 50 Movies
– Go to a trivia night
– Write a letter to myself to be opened when the 1001 days is over
– See a sunrise and sunset in the same day
– Have a birthday party
– Catch a fish
– Fly a kite
– Take a carriage ride
– Conquer a fear
– Own a record player
– Get another tattoo

I haven’t quite made it to 101 goals, so suggestions are welcome!  What would you/have you put on your list?

Oscar Nominated Movies I’ve Seen Part 1 – One Sentence Reviews

Oscar Nominated Movies I've Seen Part 1 - One Sentence Reviews

The Oscar Challenge is in full swing, and I am powering through as many movies as I can possibly see.  There is still time if you want to join me! If you’re trying to decide what movies to watch next, I’ve compiled a list of the Oscar nominated movies I’ve seen so far along with a one-sentence review of what I thought of each movie.

Oscar Nominated Movies - One Sentence Reveiws (American Sniper)

 American Sniper

Fandango SynopsisSniper and U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper) saves many lives on battlefields in Iraq while striving to be a good husband and father to his loved ones back in America.

Nominated For – Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing (6 points)

One Sentence Review – The movie is so incredible and moving that I didn’t see it twice just because Bradley Cooper is sexy.

 

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Boyhood

Fandango SynopsisA child (Ellar Coltrane) grows from boyhood to manhood over the course of 12 years.

Nominated For -Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Original Screenplay, Best Director, Best Film Editing (6 points)

One Sentence Review – While an interesting concept for a film, its length and lack of profound plot left me feeling 12 years older after seeing it.

 

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The Grand Budapest Hotel

Fandango SynopsisA famous hotel’s legendary concierge strikes up a friendship with a young employee who becomes his trusted protégé.

Nominated For – Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Original Score (9 points)

One Sentence Review – A delightfully fun masterpiece from Wes Anderson.

 

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Selma

Fandango SynopsisMartin Luther King, Lyndon Baines Johnson and the civil rights marches that changed America.

Nominated For – Best Picture, Best Original Song (2 points)

One Sentence Review – A very interesting at look at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s efforts towards the Voting Rights Act that left me wanting to see more about his life.

 

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Gone Girl

Fandango SynopsisA husband becomes the prime suspect in his wife’s disappearance after she vanishes on their fifth wedding anniversary.

Nominated For -Best Actress (1 point)

One Sentence Review – A well-done adaption of a book that surprised me so much I threw it across the room when I finished it.

 

 

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Wild

Fandango SynopsisA chronicle of one woman’s 1,100-mile solo hike undertaken as a way to recover from a recent catastrophe.

Nominated For -Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress (2 points)

One Sentence Review – Reese Witherspoon’s performance is so emotional that it left me sympathizing for her character like I hadn’t when I read the book.

 

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Interstellar

Fandango SynopsisWith our time on Earth coming to an end, a team of explorers undertakes the most important mission in human history; traveling beyond this galaxy to discover whether mankind has a future among the stars.

Nominated For – Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Original Score (4)

One Sentence Review – A mind-bending and visually stunning adventure.

 

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Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me

Fandango SynopsisMusician Glen Campbell starts a farewell tour after he is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

Nominated For -Best Original Song (1 point)

One Sentence Review – An absolute must-see for any music lover that will leave you laughing and crying.

 

 

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Finding Vivian Maier

Fandango SynopsisThe life and work of career nanny Vivian Maier and her amazing collection of 100,000 photographs.

Nominated For -Best Documentary (1 point)

One Sentence Review – A fascinating look at a previously unknown photographer that left me with an irrational fear of nannys.

 

 

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Virunga

Fandango SynopsisA team of brave individuals risk their lives to protect the last mountain gorillas.

Nominated For – Best Documentary (1 point)

One Sentence Review – The dead gorillas and subtitles made this documentary hard to get through.

 

 

 

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The Lego Movie

Fandango SynopsisAn ordinary LEGO figurine (Chris Pratt) mistakenly becomes part of a quest to stop a tyrant’s plan.

Nominated For – Best Original Song (1 point)

One Sentence Review – “Everything Is Awesome,” about this movie.

 

 

So far I’ve scored 34 points out of a total of 106 so I have quite a ways to go.  What Oscar Nominated movies have you seen so far? Don’t forget to join the challenge a pick up your list of where to watch the movies.

 

Date Night In + A Giveaway

 Date Night In + A Giveaway

Last week I shared some of my favorite date spots in Nashville and I love going out, but some of my favorite dates with my husband are what I like to call “date night in.” Usually every Friday night we have pizza night where we rent a movie (or binge-watch The Office on Netflix) and we order a pizza.  Most of the time we cuddle up on the couch in our pjs.  It may not sound all that exciting, but Friday nights have become my favorite night of the week because of this tradition.

We’ve already started talking about what we want to do for Valentine’s day in a few weeks.  While we could get dressed up and fight the crowds for a table at a nice restaurant, we will probably end up having a date night at home because we both enjoy them so much. We get to really talk without all the noise and distractions and we don’t have to worry about getting dressed up to impress.  We can both just be ourselves.

Do you ever have date nights at home? I have teamed up with the lovely ladies below to give away a fun Date Night In Package that includes (1) $15 Redbox Gift Card, $40 in Paypal Cash (for your date night meal), and (1) Battle of the Sexes board game to one lucky winner!

 

Lauren – Lot 48 // Aubrey – Dreaming About Someday // Charlene – From Bisons to Buckeyes
Rebecca – Rebecca Chapman // Amy – The Charming // Lindsay – The Newlywed Notebook
Amberly – A Prioritized Marriage

This giveaway will run from 12:00 am EST on January 26, 2015 until 11:59 pm EST on January 31, 2015. All entries will be verified, so please be honest when entering. The winner will be notified by e-mail on February 2, 2015 and have 48 hours to claim their prize before a new winner is selected. Good luck!

 

Why Cats Are Awesome

Why Cats Are Awesome

Today I have a special treat for you.  One of my best blogging buddies, Amanda, has so graciously written a hysterical post for me to share with you.  Amanda blogs over at Notes From A Newlywed.  Her posts are funny, insightful, inspirational, and informative.  She shares about her marriage, her hometown, her choice to buy natural products, wedding planning, recipes,  and so much more.  Once you read her post on why cats are awesome, be sure to check out her blog.  It’s one of my favorite daily reads and I know it will be one of your favorites as well. Take it away Amanda!


I’ve been a cat person all my life. Really, just look at this:

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I was an only child, which meant that all the cats we had at home became my siblings, my playmates and my best friends (yes, I know how incredibly sad awesome that is). We also had dogs growing up, but I just always preferred the company of felines. I got them. They got me. Me and cats are like peas in a pod. The only time I ever lived without cats was the two years I lived in the dorms during college. So as soon as I got my first apartment the summer after sophomore year, I promptly adopted a cat. And then another. And my life was fulfilled once again. When my husband and I started living together, we adopted a dog too, and I love the guy, but he will never be what a cat is to me. I try to not hold it against him.

These are the reasons I think cats are the bees knees. Or should I say … the cat’s pajamas?

-Cats are smart creatures. (My cat learned how to open the cupboards and drawers in the kitchen, so we had to install child locks on everything.)

-They’re whimsical. Notice that Alice had Dina the cat, not a dog. Also notice the Cheshire Cat, not dog, in Wonderland. Important point.

-They’re sassy. Just like all the best women.

-There are more funny cat videos than dog videos. And memes. And gifs.

-All the best people like(d) cats. Abraham Lincoln. Winston Churchill. Albert Einstein. John Lennon. Martha Stewart. TSwift. Christopher Walken. Rebecca Chapman.

-They have permanent weapons built into their bodies. Just like Wolverine.

-They’re self-sufficient. If we leave town for a weekend, my cats will be just fine with a big bowl of grub, some water and a litter box. The dog, on the other hand, needs someone to take him out several times a day and play with him so he doesn’t destroy the house out of boredom.

-They don’t eat their own, or others’, poop. ‘Nuff said.

-They’re like little jungle creatures. My cats climb every surface they can find, and it is often hilarious watching them maneuver through tiny, awkward spaces.

-Cats sleep a lot. And sleep is awesome.

-Cats are better snugglers. Case in point:

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-Cats fit in doll clothes. Story of my entire childhood.

-Some say dogs are sympathetic when their humans are sick or sad, but my cat is a much better nurse when I’m riddled with illness than my dog.

-Cats, generally, are lazier, which means that we get along grand. I also prefer to move as little as possible throughout the day. Exercise? Totally overrated. Naps? Underrated.

-Cats want to rule the world and have grand plans for world domination … but then there’s that lazy thing, so let’s just nap instead.

-Their cute little faces can solve any problem.

Why do you love cats?