#WeVerb12: Associate

What blog/book/article spoke to you the most in 2012?

I read a lot of books and could have chosen two or three that matched this prompt, but what I read daily are blogs. Besides Weddingbee and all of the blogs that I have followed from there, I have really enjoyed reading my daily dose of Hello Giggles. The website was created by actress Zooey Deschanel and her two best friends. It’s a space for young women, mostly, to write about everything from analyses of America’s favorite romantic comedies to serious issues such as the shooting of a young girl in Pakistan who blogged about equality for women. The stuff in between included the election, frustrations with policies on rape, constant praise for Downton Abbey, book reviews and a daily picture of someone’s amazing manicure. Sometimes, it’s hilarious, and sometimes, it’s pretty serious. But for the most part, it is a great space to find people and get a fresh take on the news out there. I wouldn’t be surprised if, tomorrow, alongside the “Illustrated Tweet of the Day” and “Everything I Needed to Know I Learned From Elf,” there is an article about censorship in America. It’s a forum that doesn’t take itself too seriously and brings me smiles everyday.

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#WeVerb12: Experiment

What did you do in 2012 that you had never done before? Will you do it again?

Oh, man. 2012 was all about new things for me. We got married. I was promoted. We went ziplining and spelunking in Costa Rica. I started blogging on a more public forum. I finished a half-marathon. I traveled a lot more.

I guess I’m going to approach this in list form, because, yet again, I can’t choose just one.

  1. Get married: We sort of did this twice, and I would do it again. I loved planning a wedding, and I know that we’ll never have a wedding again, but I hope that I can help coordinate some weddings in the future. I think that’s something that I could do well and that I would enjoy.
  2. Promoted: Gosh, I hope I do well enough to be promoted again. I really like my job even more now, so I’m hoping that it continues to be a positive thing for me.
  3. Ziplining: I would totally do this again. Vacation makes me a little more adventurous than normal. So, if given the opportunity again, I would totally do it. But there are so many more adventurous things that I would like to try before I repeat this one.
  4. Spelunking: Maybe not a repeat activity. This involved a lot more bravery and physicality on my part, but I’m glad I did it once. I just don’t fancy myself getting down into any more wet caves with bat poop and mysterious creepy crawlies. Plus, I’m still not sure I came away unscathed.
  5. Blogging: I still really like blogging. Whether it’s popular or not is not really up to me. Weddingbee has given me a lot more confidence in blogging, but I hope to move away from reliving my wedding and focus on my current life a little more. But if I can keep going with planning weddings, maybe I can keep the wedding blog going as a planning portfolio and an inspiration blog.
  6. Half-Marathon: I haven’t run since that half. But if I trained better, I might try it again. I really liked the Disney half, and hope I can do it again next year.
  7. Traveling: I think I could get used to traveling alone. What’s nice about my job is that you never really travel alone. All my colleagues have a network of friends that they travel with and plan activities with. This year, I just started making those friendships, so I hope that we can cultivate them and build a lot more around our work trips next year. But I hope I can convince my husband to come with me on one of these trips next year. That would be the one thing I change. And also I hope that Virgin America adds more cities to their routes because I really liked flying with them.

This year has been so full of new experiences, and I am so excited to keep most of them going in the next year!

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#WeVerb12: Stay

How did you stay in the moment this year?

I am a planner. I am not good at sitting and enjoying the now. I am always looking ahead, hoping for stability, for control, and for the next best thing. But this year, with so many twists and turns, I learned that there was no point in missing today because tomorrow isn’t set in stone. Very little in life is set in stone exactly how you plan it. Or at least in my life, it isn’t.

This year, to stay in the moment, I really focused on the idea that today is today and tomorrow is tomorrow. I stopped worrying so much. I still worry a lot, but I realized all I can do is take life one day at a time. This idea didn’t settle in until the later part of the year. Before we got married, I worried about all the things that might happen after we got married. And none of those things happened. In fact, sort of the opposite happened. Right now, we’re still in Southern California. We’re still close to our families and still in a place of transition. Transition time may last a long while, but I’ve realized that transition isn’t so bad. Transition allows us to be a little more spontaneous.

So, I hope to continue staying in the moment. I have all of December to look forward to. I don’t have to pick furniture or worry about a long commute. And these things currently make me happy. There are so many things I could or could not be doing right now. I like what I am doing today. Tomorrow could be totally different.

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#WeVerb12: Watch

Today’s verb is watch. “What movie did you see this year that you would recommend to a friend?”

Oh, wow. I actually think this year was good for movies. Of course, I’ve been pretty honest in the past about how I don’t discriminate much when it comes to movies. I really like a lot of movies, except for horror and excessively bawdy comedy. So to limit to one movie will be hard. And since movies come out all year long, there are some from early in the year that I want to talk about. Maybe, I’ll break it down a little.

For my friend who is an adult, but is still sort of a teenager (or me): The Hunger Games

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For a movie based on a book, this was a very good adaptation. The filmmakers stayed true to almost everything in the book and really made the tension between the Tributes palpable. And don’t even get me started on Rue. I was A. Mess. I was sobbing in the fetal position, next to my cousin, who was doing the same. So heartbreaking.

For a friend who like books and movies, but is more into the quiet indie: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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I loved the book. I thought the movie played on the humor a little more and really brought Charlie, Sam, and Patrick to life. Logan Lerman is adorable. This was one of those films that made an impact, just as the book did. And I know more of my friends would love it.

For my couple friends: The Avengers

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This movie was just so fun! I was skeptical at first, because there are so many super hero films coming out each year. But this really started the summer blockbuster season off well. It was fun to see all the characters interacting with each other. I also liked that the story wasn’t complicated so I wouldn’t have to bother E by asking him what was going on. This is a great date night movie because the guy gets action and comic book heroes, and the girl gets laughs and a closeup shot of Chis Evan’s behind! I don’t know what could be better.

For my friends who know that Disney isn’t just for kids: Wreck-it Ralph

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Leave it to Disney to make you feel that creativity is not dead. Wreck-it Ralph was not only a great story about friendship and trying to do the right thing, it was a fun step back into the old days in the arcade. E was so impressed with all the little cameos from famous video games, and the attention to detail in every aspect of the film. Just like in Toy Story, when we found out what the toys did and cared about when Andy was away, we find out how the video games interact with each other when the arcade is closed. This is just a fun movie. I don’t know how anyone would not enjoy it.

Honorable mentions: The Dark Knight Rises and Skyfall. What’s the point in recommending movies that I’m sure most people saw?

And if this prompt was asked on December 26th, the movie I would hands-down, no questions asked recommend would be: Les Miserables

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This is going to be amazing. Everyone who has seen it has loved it and I am trying to plot Christmas between two families to land at the movie theater on Christmas Day. I’m sure everyone else is too. It’s going to be amazing. And I’ll be sure to blog about it. If you need convincing, check out the trailer, this video about production, and the international trailer. Now tell me you don’t want to see it. Ohmahgah! Christmas is going to be awesome this year.

What movie would you recommend? Are you able to choose just one?

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#WeVerb12: Compose

Apparently, I can’t get enough of these daily inspiration/challenge/post things, because I am participating in #WeVerb2012! A lot of my bee friends partnered up to promote this social media/blogging event. The goal of WeVerb is to reflect on the past year and start looking forward to year ahead. I’m all about reflection. It might be all I do. I am hoping that as I did a little better in November with the blogging than I did with the photos in October, that I’ll do a little better this time as well. If you’d like to participate in #WeVerb12, you can find all the prompts and inspiration on www.weverb12.com. They’ll even email you the prompts, if you want! You can link to your blog, Instagram or Twitter on that website for all of us to follow you. AND make sure you use the tag #Weverb12 so that we can find your posts!

 Today’s verb is “compose.” The prompt: Write a haiku for 2012 (bonus: write one for 2013).

 2012:

 Started married life

Met some goals. Made even more.

A happy year done

2013:

Beyond what’s easy

Challenge my creative side

Settle down somehow

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Creativity

It is the end of November, and I realize I didn’t blog everyday. While I wouldn’t call it a success, I wouldn’t call it a major failure either. I did push myself to write more, and when you include recaps of our wedding for Adventures to the Altar, I did do a lot of blogging this month. I thought a lot about what to write, and even came up with some funny ideas that I was sort of afraid to share with the world. Sometimes it’s a challenge to overcome the fear of putting yourself out there. I also noticed a lot about my creative process this month.

I didn’t think I was a very creative person even last week. I can summarize a great story or tell you about my mundane life, but I don’t think I could offer you anything original. I don’t ever remember my imagination running wild as a kid. I didn’t feel the need to. I had my cousins and sister who would come up with the game or story, and I would play along. I read books, and they opened up the world I lived in, but I never came up with anything on my own. And the stories I wrote were so painfully boring that you would think I had never left my house.

Now, what I imagine the most are huge kitchens. Kitchens with marble countertops, nice appliances, bar stools, a huge bay window with a breakfast nook, and a pot rack where beautiful copper cookware hangs from. Nobody is ever in the kitchen. But the kitchens change daily. They are different colors, have different tile, overlook the beach one day and a lush forest the next. I think that my imagination may be telling me more about my desires rather than a need to express myself or produce original ideas.

As an adult, there is little that I find completely original. Pinterest basically feeds me every craft I want to make and every recipe I’ve considered cooking. Weddingbee gave me tons of wedding ideas that I ripped off for our wedding. Why am I telling you all this? I don’t think creativity is dead. In fact, I know it’s not. My husband has a great imagination. He sings random songs and tells great stories and knows exactly what every character he’s read sounds like. I find this so different from myself. And I love it, but I wonder if I am the one who is stifling my creativity.

My friend offered that perhaps I haven’t pushed myself far enough, or as I said before, maybe I am scared to release my creative thoughts. There is much I admire about people’s creativity, and I wonder if I myself have that capacity to, literally and liberally, create. The key might be practice, writing down things I find inspiring or ideas I have. This is a fairly personal discovery and development. And thanks for reading.

 

 

 

Compliments To…

I couldn’t really figure out what to write about today. So, I turned to the BlogHer NaBloPoMo prompts. Today’s prompt is “Talk about the last compliment you received.”

This is kind of weird because I don’t really bank all the compliments I’ve ever received in my head. I think the last compliment I remember was pretty superficial. A lady at the grocery store stopped me in line a couple of weeks ago, and asked me where I got my skirt. I told her it was from The Limited and she said that it was very flattering on me. I’ve been pretty self-conscious about my weight lately and I thought it was so nice of her to say something to me, a complete stranger, about my skirt. And that skirt has certainly made its way into regular wardrobe rotation. I wore it today in fact.

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Since this is my blog, I do truly appreciate when people like the way I write or what I write about. One of my friends, who I highly respect, recently told me that she wished my posts about books were longer because she really liked how I reviewed my books. I thought that was very nice, and it gave me the confidence boost I needed to keep writing whenever I do finish a book.

Now that I think about it, I actually find this prompt quite interesting. I think it’s been ingrained in me to not take compliments well. But whoever gives the compliment is being nice. They want to show appreciation for whatever it is they’re complimenting you on, even if it is your taste in clothing. I take care to look nice for work, so why not accept a compliment about it? Or, I take time to write out my blog posts, so I shouldn’t have any trouble when someone likes it. It probably doesn’t hurt to give a compliment once in a while either. I’m sure that person will act humbly, but will appreciate your taking notice.

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How do you take compliments? Do you think you could give a couple more away a day?

National Blog Posting Month

Or NaBloPoMo for short. You may have noticed that I have increased my posting frequency recently. This is National Blog Posting Month when bloggers blog everyday for the month of November. Now knowing how badly the photo challenge went, I didn’t really want to officially commit to doing NaBloPoMo. But, why not try? I miss blogging and want to keep it up for a long while. I think I can more passionately blog daily than take pictures. I mean, it’s practically like having a conversation. I can’t always promise long posts, but I will try to blog daily and even use some prompts if I need inspiration. This will also help me cross something off of my 25 Before 25 List!

Are you participating in NaBloPoMo? How’s it going for you?