I hate you. Some of the time. Most of the time. Or never. I’m not sure which.
Such a difficult and beautiful concept.
Capable of being hurt. Open to attack. Able to be wounded.
Cheery bunch, aren’t they? But what about these –
Authentic. Honest. A safe space. Truthful. Hopeful.
I like those so much more. I know I write about these concepts a lot, but they’re so much a part of my life right now. When I’m vulnerable with the people I love most, with the people who have so graciously invited me into their lives and given me a safe space to just be, to just share and process and enjoy time with everyone, I am so grateful.
It’s never easy. But it is so worth it. And so lovely…
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A little something for those of you who always answered What do you want to be when you grow up? with “An ASTRONAUT!”
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I’m loving these two right now – 2Cellos.
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It’s a Thursday morning. A writing day. A beautiful writing day, actually. My inbox is full of questions and recipes and catch-up emails from friends. And with each one, I respond the same way. I’m doing great! Thanks so much for asking! How are you these days? And the conversations continue.
And the truth is – I am doing great. This point I’m at in my life right now is the happiest I’ve ever been. Personally. Creatively. Everything-ly. I have amazing projects coming up. New stories and songs and a really amazing pumpkin pudding with sweet sour cream topping recipe that is calling my name. I’m drinking an eggnog misto. EGGNOG! Bing Crosby is singing Christmas carols. (Grrr…. Pre-Thanksgiving Christmas carols are a whole other post… but for right now I’m just going to enjoy it.) I’m going to see Melancholia in the morning. I am happy!
But I realized that my standard response – I’m doing sooo great! – has always been my standard. Positivity is my middle name. (And one of my top 5 on StrengthsFinder, oddly enough.) But it’s also kept me from completely engaging a lot of the time… Difficult times pop up along the way, and instead of saying, “Hey, this actually really sucks,” I don’t verbalize it very often at all. I keep it inside or pour it into my writing. Anything so I can look at everyone around me and say, “Oh yeah – things are awesome.” Even when they’re not.
Honesty and authenticity are also my middle names. (I have a lot of them, apparently.) While I don’t want to ever just emotionally vomit on anybody, I also want to be more intentional about sharing the hard moments in life. I’m frustrated by this. I was disappointed when that happened. There’s still a way to have hope and find joy, even in the worst moments. And I think I need to trust that hope and joy will actually be there after I admit that there are difficulties.
I’m reading C.S. Lewis’ short novel The Great Divorce, and I can’t get over the image of these ghost people finally being in this place called heaven, this place that is so powerfully real and alive that the only way you can interact with it is to be real yourself. At the beginning, the ghost people are too insubstantial to even bend a blade of grass. They just end up in a world that is too much for them to handle, with cuts across the bottom of their feet. Sometimes I feel like I edit myself into a ghost-like state, and the real world is calling me. I need the other half of life in order to become real.
And so, today – onward and upward with hope and joy and dreams that even in the worst of times, that tomorrow will be better than today. It will be real.
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I can’t fully express how stunningly beautiful this film is.
The Artist premiered at Cannes in May (with Jean Dujardin taking home Best Actor there). I had the joy of seeing it last night, followed up by a Q&A with writer/director Michel Hazanavicius. Easily one of the best films of the year, this has bounded into my top 10 films ever.
A beautiful love letter to the end of Hollywood’s silent era and the beginning of talkies between 1927 and 1932, the film manages to pay homage to the sensibilities and emotions of movies that have become well-loved classics throughout the years. And yet, it feels completely and utterly original all at the same time. I think there’s going to be a lot of Oscar love come time for nominations to be announced.
If it sounds like I’m gushing, that’s because I am. Seriously.
It hits theaters November 23rd. Go.
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Welcome to my new and freshly updated blog! It’s finally here! Introductions all ‘round..
A Colorado girl by birth, and now an LA girl for life, I spend my life telling stories, living life with friends, and cooking for pretty much everyone. And this is going to be my forum for new thoughts, new ideas, and new stories… Come hang out for a while – and enjoy! it may be a little on the raw side, a little more on the unfinished end of the spectrum. But it’s me.
The more important question is – who are you? Let me know you were here!
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This has been my perfect soundtrack for a late-night round of writing… LOVE IT!
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