I’ve said it before and I don’t know why it is so acceptable for us- especially women- to be so down on ourselves. We beat ourselves up for things that we celebrate in others. Even if someone compliments us, we over-analyze or try to read way too much into someone’s kind words.
Why do we do that?
We each have insecurities. That is perfectly normal. We see some imperfections- real or imagined- and see those imperfections made perfect in someone else and ask, Why can’t I be like that?
Here’s an answer to that question: What if you weren’t meant to be made like that? Have you considered that? Okay, here is a better answer: If you were meant to be a different way, than you would be that way.
Each of us has been given special gifts and talents and unique qualities that make us, well, us. When you think about and accept the fact that there will never, ever be another person like you, it’s both humbling and remarkable.
The next time you start to say something bad about yourself, say something positive instead.
It’s hard to beat a good action movie. Or an action comedy. Especially if there are car chases involved. It looks like we’ll get all three in the upcoming film Drive Hard starring Thomas Jane and John Cusack which arrives in theaters October 3 but it is available On Demand now. In this film, Jane plays a former race car driver who is now a driving instructor and Cusack plays a bank robber who forces Jane to be his getaway driver.
Wait a second…Have you seen the movie Drive starring Ryan Gosling? In that film Gosling plays a former race car driver who is now a stunt car driver who also happens to moonlight as a getaway driver for thieves. If you haven’t seen that film, STOP WHAT YOU ARE DOING AND WATCH THAT FILM!! Here is the trailer for Drive:
And then we also had the movie Drive Angry starring Nicolas Cage about a man seeking vengeance against the men who killed his daughter and kidnapped his granddaughter.
So Drive, Drive Angry, and now Drive Hard. May I suggest Hollywood make a movie called Drive Slow? Feel free to write your own jokes for what the film can be about. Maybe a morning commute gone horribly wrong. Hmmmm… actually that could work.
That film can be followed by the sequel Drive Slow 2: No Turn Signal.
I’ll admit that there are times when I do the opposite: I worry more and pray less. I know I shouldn’t do this. So when things go wonky, I need to remember to pray more. God will take care of everything. He always does.
The announcement today of Joan Rivers’ passing away caught me by surprise. Robin Williams then Lauren Bacall and now Joan. I don’t normally go with that whole “death comes in threes” thing, but…yeah.
Okay, back to Joan. She was definitely a legend in the entertainment industry. But I have to confess:
I wasn’t a huge fan.
Nothing against Ms. Rivers. I was just normally turned off by her trademark snarky, crass humor. But in 2011 I watched a documentary Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, which covered her career and offered an intimate look of her life at the time (filmed a few years ago when she was 75).
After watching this documentary, I had much more respect for her. It didn’t change my mind about her humor, but I gained a greater appreciation for her work ethic and what she experienced throughout her career. That’s one thing I love about documentaries: you are introduced to a new world or a different perspective on an issue or person you thought you knew everything about.
Piece of Work is available on Netflix Streaming. It’s definitely worth a viewing.
I believe that all Christians deal with doubting God at some point in their lives. The reasons are as varied as we are and the “doubt levels” can range from doubting God exists to doubting God will answer our prayers. Especially if someone has been praying for something for a long time or they are dealing with an illness or death.
God is compassionate and I think He understands our humanity. He knows that sometimes our faith will waver. That sometimes we will lose our footing and stand on wobbly faith.
This has happened to me before. Many times. Like, many times. But when that happens, I think back to how good God has been to me in the past. When He helped me during that financial crisis. When He was with me during those job interviews. When He guided me in making some difficult decisions.
When I remember how good God has been to me before, I am reassured that He will be good to me again. He will help me whenever I need it. Even when I don’t know I need it. That’s how good God is.
The news of Robin Williams’ death today at the age of 63 was definitely a shocker. Williams was a great comedic talent, of course, but he also had some great dramatic roles in his repertoire.
My favorite Robin Williams film was One Hour Photo. In this film Williams played Seymour Parrish, an employee at a one hour photo lab. Seymour is a lonely man who lives through the pictures he develops. These pictures fill a void and he becomes obsessed with one particular young family. Through this family’s pictures he observes what he deems to be an injustice and takes it upon himself to right this wrong.
This is a dark film and I loved how it showed a different side of Williams’ acting talent. I don’t recall this film getting a lot of publicity when it first came out. This 2002 film came out one year before Lost In Translation, another film starring a traditionally comedic actor, Bill Murray, in a dramatic role. At times I’ve wondered if the timing was switched, if One Hour Photo had come out after Translation, if people would have been more open to seeing a comedic actor in a dramatic role. Nevertheless, Photo is a gem of a film and I highly recommend watching it.
I have always been a big advocate for having a positive body image whether you are a size 2 or 22, hourglass or pear shaped. So when I came across the video for Meghan Trainor’s song, All About That Bass, I immediately fell in love!
This video combines a catchy beat with a really positive message (“Yeah, it’s pretty clear I ain’t no size 2, but I can shake it, shake it like I’m supposed to do.”) And let’s face it- if you are going to have a song stuck in your head, why not let it be a song that reinforces how awesome you really are!
Meghan is totally adorable and I love her voice. This is her first video and I can’t wait to hear more of her music. I also love the behind the scenes footage of the music video, which you can see below:
Remember my lovelies:
Every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top.