Monday, February 22, 2016

Favorites {2}

It has been over a week and no writing inspiration has come zapping into this brain of mine. get another filler. Hurrah. (There has been plenty of book writing...just no random inspirational thoughts to share with the internet at large)

Today, I'm going to share just a few (a very few) of my favorite movies. The fact is, I watch a ton of movies and love almost all of them, so this list is going to be very limited and in no way reflect the entire realm of movies (and miniseries) that I love.

  • BBC 1995 Pride and Prejudice (I've watched all the versions I can find and do find different things to enjoy in each. But this one is the best!)
  • The Letter Writer
  • How To Train Your Dragon 1 & 2 (and the cartoons too....I am slightly addicted to Dragons)
  • Star Wars saga (Any and all...yes, even the prequels. You may begin your freak out session now: but I won't be dissuaded from finding the positives.)
  • The Young Victoria
  • BBC North and South (AMAZING!!)
  • Miss Potter (Fantastic film! I related to that woman in so many ways! At least the film portrayal of her. She understands writing and interactions with character that the author writes (and may or may not have conversations with) in a way I have never seen. But it describes my own self perfectly)
  • Inside Out (I love this movie so much!)
  • Wall-E
  • Mansfield Park (2007)

I'm going to add, that I like to cry. Not that I enjoy the physical act of crying, mind you. But when it comes to movies to watch I prefer the heart-wrenching ones. Make me cry. Move me in some fashion. I want to feel great highs and great lows when I watch a movie. Granted, it does not actually take very much to make me cry. I am a very sensitive human being. I could probably count on one hand the number of movies I've watched that I haven't cried watching them.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Favorites {1}

I am sick, so lying in bed is basically all I feel up to today....but I am also bored. And there's not much I can do to relieve said boredom while lying in bed doing nothing.

So why not blog?

Today I am going to share just a few of my favorite books.

  • I am a lover of all things Jane Austen, but if I had to choose a favorite book I would have to say Persuasion.
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte is high on my list of favorites as well.
  • The Chronicles of Narnia are among my obviously-loved-due-to-how-worn-out-the-books-are collection. If I had to choose a specific favorite I'd say either The Magician's Nephew or The Last Battle
  • Janette Oke has always been a preferred author. I love her When Calls the Heart series best. That, or her collaboration with T. Davis Bunn, The Song of Acadia series.
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • The Princess by Lori Wick
  • The Elsie Dinsmore series by Martha Finley
  • North and South by Elizabeth Gaskill
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Just to name a few. :P

These are all great reads and everyone should definitely put all of these titles on their bucket list. :D

Monday, February 8, 2016

Drawing: Portraits

So school has been all about new challenges lately, which is good. While it is fun to have easy classes that you already know everything, it's better to be learning and growing and expanding your knowledge.

Last week it was Chopin that had me feeling stretched. This week it is drawing. We did a self portrait in art class (which I will not show you under any circumstances). It was a painful experience. After our self portrait we were given the task of doing someone else's portrait....that did not go any better than the first one. :P

So here's the lovely portrait I did of a very dear person I love. It looks absolutely nothing like the person.

But it looks more human than the self portrait I did!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

A Joyful Heart

You know those people that brighten up the world around them? You encounter them, and no matter how slight your interaction with them is, you leave them with a smile on your face and a bounce in your step?

I had one such encounter tonight. I was shopping and saw an acquaintance and we chatted for a short period of time. We didn't say anything important. But when I left that brief encounter, I was smiling and skipping to my car.

That is who I aspire to be.

I want to be the kind of person that is a blessing to everyone I encounter, on a daily basis. The person who leaves the people behind them smiling. I want to be the girl that after seeing me, for however brief a space, the world appears just a little bit brighter for you. I want to have a joy that is infectious.

How do I accomplish this?

I don't know, but here's my game plan:

Everything is going to start and end with a smile. No matter how bad a day I may be having. I will try to be encouraging, uplifting, cheerful and full of joy.

"A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones." Proverbs 17:22. A joyful heart is good medicine....and not just for yourself. Your joyful heart can be good medicine for the people who come in contact with you. That's the verse that I am going to keep close beside me as I try to be a blessing to everyone around me. The second half of the verse is something to avoid. I don't want to be drying up my bones or anyone else's. :/

"A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up bones."

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Challenge Accepted

I have discovered a new challenge....and his name is Chopin!

I enjoy playing piano, and have done so for nearly ten years. In the last two years, however, I have had a truly amazing teacher who has stretched me farther than I thought I could go and taught me valuable lessons--such as, how to make MUSIC. That is a constant refrain during my lessons since I began taking piano at the college. Learning to create MUSIC. I have to play MUSIC. I am often told that I can "do notes well," I have the technical side of things covered. Now I need to learn to create MUSIC. It has been challenging but fun to learn to play more than just correct notes.

Now, the challenge continues. For three full semesters I was playing simple yet beautiful pieces by Schumann. The pieces themselves were not a challenge, making MUSIC of them was. Now, I have been "promoted" to Chopin....and boy is it challenging! There are so many notes! It's a mess; a beautiful, confusing, mess. I think I am going to enjoy Chopin, when I get over the frustration of mastering the colorful array of notes contained on a single page.

Challenges are good. I am learning and growing in my skills and becoming ever more confident in my piano playing.

Challenges outside of piano playing are good too. They help me grow as a person to become the woman of God that I am called to be. It's not always easy and I don't always enjoy it. At times it can be truly frustrating. But it is more than worth it!