Archive | March 2016

Brooklyn

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I saw this Oscar nominated movie last night. This movie appealed to me in many ways. My dad was also an Irish immigrant, coming to Canada by himself at 19 years old. And I LOVE stories about women seeking adventure and taking chances. And I love Brooklyn! I was lucky enough to go there last year – what memories! I’ve traveled and moved around a lot – mostly on my own – and I wouldn’t trade those experiences for anything!

This movie tells the story of an Irish immigrant who seeks to make a life for herself in Brooklyn. Due to unfortunate circumstances she must return to Ireland, and must ultimately choose between her new life and love in New York, and her familiar and predictable life in Ireland.

I knew what choice I was hoping she would make, but I was captivated until the end, unsure of what life she would choose. I believe she made the right choice, but some friends have thought otherwise. What do you think?

This movie had me excited for adventure, and travel and new experiences. Lots of trips on the horizon and I can’t wait!!

I fell in love with NYC all over again while watching this movie. Stay tuned for my next blog about the Big Apple…

If….

I discovered this poem 22 years ago and it’s one of my favorite. I still know every line of both the English and French versions by heart. 

If

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son

Rudyard Kipling

Quote for March 29

I like weird people. People who make me look at life through a different lens. One of my most unique friends told me “Normal is a setting on a washing machine.” Try to embrace everyone’s unique amazingness and appreciate what their weirdness can teach you. Normal is boring. Happy Tuesday!

The 3 Things….

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My son and I have a bedtime tradition that has been going on for years! We call it The 3 Things. Every night before bed we each name:

  • 3 things that we were thankful for that day and
  • 3 ways we were kind to others

We try not to repeat the same things as the day before. Some days it’s easy and some days it’s not so easy. But we always find the three things. Some days we are thankful for things like a win at hockey, or the sunny weather. And some days we are thankful that we have eyes that can see, or that his friend told him he was a good soccer player during 1st recess. Evan says his things first and then I say 3 totally different things after him.

It’s easier to find things that we are thankful for than it is to remember 3 ways we were kind to others. Did we hold the door for someone? Did he include a friend in his game at recess? Did he help someone with their work at school? Did I compliment my friend? Did I tell my coworker I appreciated them?

Not only does this end the day in a positive way, but it makes us more aware during the day of the blessings we have, AND how we can be blessings to others. .

BE THANKFUL AND CHOOSE KINDNESS.