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Now is Always the Right Time to Say “I Love You”

Now is Always the Right Time to Say “I Love You”

Apr 23, 2014

Last night, I had the pleasure of seeing the opening of Ghost: the Musical, courtesy of the David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts.  I will forever be amazed by the theater’s power to enlighten, inspire, and educate. As my friend and I watched the musical, I felt overcome by the power of the present moment. Right. this. second. We’ve been talking a lot about mindfulness recently.  Mindfulness has the ability to keep us from anxiety and keep us moving forward when we feel like we are at the end of our rope.  This practice also keeps us connected to our tribe–our individual community of support. We have to pay attention to, recognize, and appreciate those whose support makes our lives easier. When was the last time you told someone how much you cared about them, thanked them for being in your life, or revealed what you find to be their best traits?  This goes beyond a quick, “Love ya’,” as your partner flies out the door.  When was the last time you gave your friend, lover, or child the gift of being seen?  Really and truly seen. In the musical, which follows the story from the 1990’s movie, Ghost, follows a long-term couple Sam and Molly.  “Unchained Melody” was a revived hit for years after, and we’ve all seen a parody or two of the famous “pottery scene.”  It had been a ling time since I’d seen the movie, and I had forgotten what it was really about. The musical reminds us, through beautiful songs and spectacular special effects, is how every person needs to be recognized for their true nature. Sam, who struggles with expressing himself through words, doesn’t get the opportunity to tell Molly what she needs to hear.  Molly, lost in her own need, is unable to see all the ways Sam expresses himself to her through loving actions. Take a second, right now, to send a text to your partner or a family member.  Let them know you are thinking of them.  Go a step further and mark a name on each day of your calendar.  In the morning, or when you have time on that day, send...

Ignored by Oscar® Part 2

Ignored by Oscar® Part 2

Apr 22, 2014

This week I complete my list of 10 ladies who gave us brilliant bad girl performances yet were ignored at Oscar time. I always find it sad that a great performance can be missed because they are looking at the film as a whole instead of watching just the life breathed into a character by an actress. Every year I look at some of the nominations and roll my eyes. I hope you look up some of the films listed because I think the performances I am listing are nothing short of stunning and beautiful. I’d love to hear about some of your favorite ladies ignored by Oscar. This is Movie Bad Girl of the Week. *I have listed what I believe is the proper audience for the films listed. Please review the films before sharing them with your kids to determine whether they should watch the movie or not. Thank you. Best Actress Ignored by Oscar: Faye Dunaway in “Mommie Dearest” (1981) I know when the movie came out it was a critical bomb. The performances were over the top and some of the dialogue is absolutely laughable. Ms. Dunaway created a whole new breed of monster in what seems to be a campy performance as Hollywood Legend Joan Crawford in a very campy film. In a nutshell this movie is about Joan Crawford’s volatile and sometimes violent love/hate relationship with her adopted daughter Christina Crawford. Is the story true? I don’t know. What I do know is it has been remembered as an outrageous comical disaster of a movie. It is no longer 1981. We now live in an age where many people have been deemed with bi-polar disorder. I am one of them. Medication keeps me balanced, however Ms. Crawford did not the luxury of Lithium or Seroquel as a medication, nor was she likely to see a psychiatrist that would deem she had a chemical imbalance in her brain. Couple that with the fact that she was a heavy drinker makes the movie less outrageous and Ms. Crawford’s erratic behavior much more believable. Go back and watch the movie with this in mind. You will find yourself giggling a lot less....

FREE Audio Book in Honor of Earth Day

FREE Audio Book in Honor of Earth Day

Apr 22, 2014

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The Salon: Moving Forward When You Don’t Know Where You’re Going

The Salon: Moving Forward When You Don’t Know Where You’re Going

Apr 17, 2014

This morning, as I was stewing over having not posted in a few days, I came across this photo, from PCOS Diva, on my Facebook feed: “Staying stuck does not serve you.” In fact, if you really look at it, being stuck IS a form of evolution and growth.  “Know this and allow it.” This morning, like many mornings, I felt guilty for having to start over: on my diet healthy eating plan, on my business plan, on my fitness routine.  Swirling the coffee in my mug, wallowing in my allergy symptoms and feelings of failure, I had a hard time figuring out how I could even get to the computer. I’ve written about effectively using your time while you are at your “rock bottom,” but what I did not cover is how to get out of there.  What if you’ve been down there, learning, rolling along, being open, for a really long time?  How do you climb your way back up if you haven’t figured where you are going? “You are evolving, a work in progress, changing and growing.”  This is movement, folks.  This IS climbing out, however incremental it may feel.  Just pay attention.  Be open to whatever you are feeling and allow it. All my life I have put myself on an imaginary timeline–graduate by X, get a career by X, get married by X, Get a house by X, have children by X, etc.  Who says?  Who says you even need any of these things in the first place?  Somewhere along the line, I picked up the notion that these milestones, and this timetable, was the RIGHT way to live a fulfilling and successful life. Enough, already.  Get off the timeline.  There is none. Not to indulge my penchant for morbidity, but we could get hit by a bus tomorrow!  The timeline does not serve us. Allow your growth to happen.  When you notice yourself thinking those judgmental thoughts, STOP.  Instead, turn your mind to the moment:  What are you doing? Holding hot coffee in my hand. What are you looking at? Pictures on the wall. Breathe in the moment.  Then ask: What did I accomplish recently?  Drove a friend...

Ignored by Oscar® Part 1

Ignored by Oscar® Part 1

Apr 15, 2014

Every year there are so many wonderful movies and performances that hit screens all across the country. Going to see them is so much fun as you are transported, for a short while, to a world that is not your own. We are taken in by the stories and the characters. Every year some of these films get recognition during the Awards Season. The biggest of course is the  Academy Awards ceremony. Every year they have their nominees and every year I get pissed that some wonderful film I have viewed through that year has been ignored. So here is what I am going to do. I am going to nominate some movie bad girls that I adore in those movies that got missed. Some of the films are obscure and some are more mainstream. This is Movie Bad Girl of the Week and these are 10 ladies that were more than award worthy. I hope you look up some of these movies they appear in. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.  I now introduce you to the first 5 of those ladies. *I have listed what I believe is the proper audience for the films listed. Please review the films before sharing them with your kids to determine whether they should watch the movie or not. Thank you. Best Actress Ignored by Oscar: Reese Witherspoon in “Freeway” (1996) Reese Witherspoon stars as Vanessa Lutz. She is illiterate and lives in poverty. Her mother is a prostitute and a meth addict. Her step father is also into drugs and takes sexual advantage of her. Her family ends up getting arrested. When social worker Mrs. Sheets comes to take her to a group home Vanessa tricks and handcuffs her to the bed. She then proceeds to steal her car intending to reach her grandmother’s home in Stockton, California. Along the way the car breaks down and she accepts a ride from a man named Bob Wolverton. He is a high school guidance counselor. Vanessa opens up to this man sharing very private details about her life. She will soon discover that Bob is the man known as the Freeway Killer and he has left a string of...

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