Weekly Wrap-Up: May 21, 2016

Holy Moly! One month left of Spring, and then Summer begins full-force! Watch out, world, it’s going to be a warm one!

BEATS THAT HAVE ME MOVIN’ THIS WEEK

I’ve been on a real Annie Lennox kick this week! A.L., the Eurythmics, stations centered around one of both of them. That’s my jam this week!

A MOVIE REVISITED

This week, my teenagers were introduced to Will & Jaden Smith’s The Pursuit of Happyness. I enjoy this movie for so many reasons. 1) It’s uplifting. 2) I have yet to watch a Will Smith movie that he didn’t act well in, and I therefore think he’s a great actor. 3) From a business standpoint, this true story shows real hustle. 4) Just when I think life is rough, I can always be reminded by this movie that having a roof over my head and clean clothes to wear is a blessing I should never take for granted.

QUOTE LOVE

“Nurture your mind with great thoughts; to believe in the heroic makes heroes.” (Benjamin Disraeli)

IF YOU WATCH JUST ONE OF MY VIDEOS FROM THE PAST WEEK…

I am most proud of this one: https://youtu.be/bZonuFKUJ9o

As always, I appreciate you enjoying and sharing the content I put together here. Until next time…

Make it a great day,

Mari!yn

Weekly Wrap-Up: May 7, 2016

Whew-this has been a week.

ON CONSTANT LOOP

Several years ago, my father surprised me with one of the most exciting gifts I have ever received in my adult life. It was the complete set of Zig Ziglar’s How to Stay Motivated set of CD’s (plus the Performance Planner…which I LOVED)! This may sound pretty lame to some, but I am a HUGE Zig fan (may he rest in peace), and these CD’s have been such a priceless addition to my library. I still listen to them quite often, so much so that my kids can even regurgitate some of the stories Zig tells. We giggle together when Zig gets tickled with himself (Zig had a great laugh!), and we talk about different points he makes. This week, Zig has reemerged on my car CD player and kept me motivated to keep moving forward even during weeks like this when it feels like the whole world is pushing against!

WHAT I’M ENJOYING READING

Young adult¬†fiction, The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. Sooo good! I couldn’t be more surprised that I’m enjoying this book.

ON THE BIG SCREEN

Went to the movies this weekend, which almost never happens. We saw the re-adaptation of The Jungle Book, and OH WOW! So well done!!! As a kiddo who was raised with the cartoon version, I didn’t have a lot of faith going in that this version was going to be any good at all. I was super wrong!!! Even with real, live-looking CGI characters running throughout, this talking animal tale had every opportunity to be terribly cheesy, but instead was just an overall great movie! My 8-year old was still a bit scared during some of the scenes, so take caution, but overall a really wonderful movie.

As a side note, as the classic Jungle Book songs played, it was so fun to hear the PARENTS in the audience singing along, while the kids looked on in bewilderment, “How do you know this song, Mom?” ūüôā

SPEAKING TO ME THROUGH THE WORDS OF OTHERS

“Know who you are and know it’s enough” @good_food_karma Lea Isnor

WHERE I WASTED TIME THIS WEEK

Like I said, this has been a week. As my escape from the week, I stayed up much too late every single night of the week mindlessly watching YouTube videos. It was never even my favorite YouTubers or anything, it was a strange array of constantly streaming stuff. For instance, last night I began with a few odd vids from Onision, which morphed into watching clips of The Ellen Show, which turned me onto watching way too many interviews across years and genres of both Sarah Jessica Parker, and then Jennifer Aniston. After all of that drama, it seemed only natural to watch this crazy Extreme Up-Close Video of a Tornado Near Wray, CO! So, even as much as I dislike this exact bad habit of spending countless hours draining away and gaining nothing, I am, at times, guilty…

Until next time, my friends…

Make it a great day,

Mari!yn

You Are Beautiful

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THIS is Lizzie Velasquez! Holy moly is this woman ever an inspiration. She is the epitome of internal beauty that *shines* out of her every pore!

Ladies and Gentlemen, this is beauty. Each person reading this is beautiful in so many ways. You have beauty inside of you, and you share beauty with those you love. The world has people in it who may try to tear you down and convince you that you ARE AMAZING! Now in her 20’s, Lizzie¬†gives those who encounter her inspiration¬†to stand up against bullying of all sorts, as she knows first hand how painful and wide-spread bullying can be.

My hope is that you find Lizzie as inspirational and uplifting as I do. Go follow her, go watch her film, and get inspired to live your most beautiful life!!! I stand with Lizzie!

Find Lizzie all over the interweb:
Her Website: http://imwithlizzie.com/
Her Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LizzieVelasquez
Her Twitter: https://twitter.com/littlelizziev
Her Instagram: https://instagram.com/littlelizziev

AND–If you go see her movie, or watch it online (I saw that you can watch it on-demand from her website…which I will be doing VERY shortly), please let me know and share your thoughts here!

Until next time, my friends…

Make it a great day,

Mari!yn

Isn’t It Strange?

MarilynThe following greeted me this morning from my email inbox, and I thought it worth sharing. Author unknown.

Isn’t¬†it strange
how a 20 dollar bill seems like such a large amount
when you donate it to church,
but such a small amount when you go shopping?

Isn’t¬†it strange
how¬†2 hours seem so long when you’re at church,
and how short they seem when you’re watching¬†a good movie?

Isn’t¬†it strange
that¬†you can’t find a word to say when you’re praying¬†but..
you have no trouble thinking what to talk about with a friend?

Isn’t¬†it strange
how difficult and boring it is to read one chapter of the Bible but
how easy it is to read 100 pages of a popular novel or book?

Isn’t¬†it strange
how everyone wants front-row-tickets to concerts or games but
they do whatever is possible to sit at the last row in Church?

Isn’t¬†it strange
how we need to know about an event for Church 2-3 weeks
before the day so we can include it in our agenda,
but we can adjust it for other events in the last minute?

Isn’t¬†it strange
how difficult it is to learn a fact about God to share it with others;
but how easy it is to learn, understand, extend and repeat gossip?

Isn’t¬†it strange
how¬†we believe everything that magazines and¬†newspapers say but…..
we question the words in the Bible?

Isn’t¬†it strange
how¬†everyone wants a place in heaven but…
they¬†don’t want to believe, do, or say anything to¬†get there?

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Make it a great day,

Marilyn

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