Romantic Movies – Day 21

Day 21:

Crazy, Stupid, Love

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This movie!! I love this one sooooooo much. First of all, just look at that cast:

  • Ryan Gosling (Jacob)
  • Stephen Carrell (Cal)
  • Emma Stone (Hannah)
  • Julianne Moore (Emily)

The chemistry between Jacob & Hannah left me wanting more. They are funny, sweet, romantic, silly, & sexy! What more could you want out of a relationship? Also, there’s a reference to Dirty Dancing, which is always a plus. Jacob is a bit of a player until he meets & falls in love with Hannah. She’s different from the rest, & that difference draws Jacob, quickly. Isn’t that how it usually goes?

This movie has multiple story lines. Cal does his best to impress Emily & win her back, & I don’t want to give away any spoilers, so I’ll just leave it at that. Cal is so romantic, he does so many things throughout the movie. Not all goes according to plan and hilarity ensues!

I highly recommend this film!! Its a great date night film, it’s great to watch with friends, & it’s even fun to watch alone. I am itching to watch it again, it has been a while.

Love & life lessons,

Kristian

 

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My Top Songs

One of the things I love most about Spotify is at the beginning of every year, they create a playlist of songs you listened to most the previous year. I was surprised to find for 2018 there aren’t any songs off the latest Metallica album , but I love this playlist just the same. It’s kind of cool, it’s a reflection, a little glimpse of me, so I thought I’d share it with you!

I hope you enjoy!

Love & life lessons,

Kristian

 

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See With Your Heart

I came across this meme while perusing Twitter earlier today, & I absolutely adore it!! It fills my heart with so much joy, makes me feel giddy, & I can’t help but smile every time I look at it! I thought I’d share it, & I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

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Love & life lessons,

Kristian

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Romantic Movies – Day 20

Day 20:

Grease

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This is probably my longest lasting, favorite film. I’ve loved this movie for as far back as I can remember. I can pretty much quote this movie in its entirety, & I know every word to every song!!

It’s one of those movies that needs to be watched with the volume turned all the way up!! As usual, I dance around to it,  & probably annoy every one else in the room! Haha.

Love & life lessons,

Kristian

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Romantic Movies – Day 19

Day 19:

Moonstruck

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I was in my twenties the first time I saw this movie! I just love this film. It gives me warm fuzzies just thinking about it. It’s a great romantic comedy & I love Cher! In my opinion,  this is a wonderful date night movie!!

Sorry to be so vague, but this is one of those movies where I don’t want to give anything away for those of you who haven’t seen it. Just trust me, it’s worth a watch.

Love & life lessons,

Kristian

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The Temptations

I recently learned that the Temptations released a new album called “All The Time,” which is covers of newer artists, but oh man, am I diggin’ it!! Every song I’ve listened to leaves me wanting more!

There are two that I just can’t get enough of, & I listened on repeat on my way home from work.

“Thinking Out Loud,”

This one gave me goosebumps.

“Earned It”

This one…. well, just listen to it. If you feel the music like I do,  you’ll understand the affect this version had on me….

I wanted to share in case you haven’t heard them, and you all know my deep love for music.

I hope you enjoy!

Love & life lessons,

Kristian

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Romantic Movies – Day 18

Day 18:

Clueless

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A lot of you may never have guessed this about me, but my friends Ashley & Amanda can tell you…. I was a valley girl.

That’s right, plaid skirts, jean skirts, mini skirts in general. Words such as “Whatever,” “As if,” & “Gag me with a spoon,” were heard falling from my lips. Ashley and I even used the phrases in conjunction with one another, & we would walk through a set of double doors as if we were half expecting a fan to blow our hair & everyone in the school to stop & stare at us like they do in the movies. Yup, we thought we were that cool. Lol! I literally had to make a concious effort to stop overusing the word “like.” It was so bad!! When I’m really excited I find myself slipping back into the habit.

I still love this movie, & it brings back all of those memories of my adolescence. This was also when I first discovered Paul Rudd, & I’ve loved him ever since.  He’s just so delightfully goofy!!!

If you want to remember what the 90’s were like, you’ll find it in this movie!!

Love & life lessons,

Kristian

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Romantic Movies – Day 17

Day 17:

Dirty Dancing

I remember watching this with my mom, who was a big Patrick Swayze fan, just like most of the women from her generation.

I have always wanted to take dance lessons to learn the dance that Swayze & Grey perform at the end of the movie.

I don’t know many women who don’t like this movie, the music is good and the dancing is excellent.

It’s definitely a chick flick,  but I have met a few men who enjoy it too. If you haven’t seen it, grab some friends, put on your dancing shoes & be prepared to dance along, because if you’re like me, it’s hard to sit still through.

Love & life lessons,

Kristian

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Music Is Life

There are situations happening right now that leave me feeling beaten and broken, so I turn to the one thing that has always gotten me through, music.

For as far back as I can remember music has played a big role in my life, sometimes even changing my views on the world. Currently, I’m frustrated over some political issues that are going on in my country that I won’t delve into on here, I’m heartbroken for my bestie in Arizona who lost her cat of 20+ years, and is feeling like she has lost a best friend, and a part of herself. I’m worried over a family member who I am afraid is going to work himself into an early grave, I hate admitting this, but I’m scared and worried that I’m not going to have my husband with me into middle age and our golden years, it seems with each passing year something new gets added to his already long list of health ailments, and his poor body can only take so much. Work has me stressed to the max, I’m worried about my dad who is now having some complications with his heart, (they are very minor, and I’m sure he’ll be fine, but I’m not ready to be an orphan yet, and I know that sounds silly coming from a 34-year-old woman, but that’s how it feels.) I miss my mom terribly, and my Amanda, who I swear is secretly superwoman, also has a lot on her plate, and it’s hard because I want to help her, but some situations just have to play out for themselves, but it makes me feel helpless, and I hate that feeling. I just feel so defeated, and I feel like I have all of these odds stacked against me and it’s sometimes hard to breathe.

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Discovering Old Music

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I read a quote once that read “Discovering old music is like reconnecting with an old friend.” I apologize, I’m not sure who said it, but it’s true. Music has this way of not only evoking feelings within us, but allowing us to remember those feelings that were evoked the first time we heard a certain lyric, guitar riff, or song in general. I don’t know about you, but I think that’s pretty powerful!

I get in these nostalgic moods one in a while and I go back and listen to the songs of my youth, and one of the bands that made an impact on my life was Weezer. They spoke of real life issues, as a teenager with angst and confusion, I could identify. They also speak of love and they’re a bit quirky at times, and I’ve just always had a spot in my heart for them. I came across one of their songs a few weeks ago that I almost forgot about and now I find myself unable to get enough of.

If You’re Wondering If I Want You To, I Want You To

Another one I forgot how much I loved is by Dave Matthews Band. I love this song for both the rhythm and the lyrics.

That Girl Is You

Discovering New Music

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One of my favorite things in the entire world is discovering music I’ve never heard before. I especially love it when someone shares their favorite pieces with me. I close my eyes, listen to the music, and it gives me a glimpse into their soul. I feel like I know them better after hearing the music they shared with me. I know that sounds deep, but I am a very deep person. My Amanda and I do this a lot, and it’s one of my favorite things about our friendship. Christen and I have been discovering we have pretty much exactly the same taste in music, and we’re both all over the place. These girls mean the world to me, and they make me feel like I’m somewhat sane, maybe we’re the crazy ones, lol. Either way, they own pieces of my soul, and they could probably tell you more about me than I could. I sometimes think they know me better than I know myself.

As a musician, I appreciate the talent of other musicians,(not that I’m comparing myself by any means, I don’t even come close to the greats,) even if it’s a piece of music I wouldn’t listen to on a regular basis. Here are the songs that have been added to my playlists on Spotify, all 783 of them. Haha! Seriously, if you follow me on Spotify it would take you weeks, maybe even months to go through all of the songs I have saved.

Cry To Me – Marc Broussard

This next song I have heard before, I’m a big Otis Redding fan, but it was the first time I had heard this amazing cover, and I instantly fell in love with it.

These Arms of Mine – Marc Broussard

This next song moves me in ways I can’t explain, but I’ll do my best. The sound of that beautiful guitar flows through my veins. I love the sound of Kail’s voice. It has that raspy Ray Lamontagne vibe to it. The lyrics are breathtakingly beautiful. Some people sing with so much soul, it’s raw visceral, and unadulterated. Those are always among my favorites, because those are the type of people that I hold closest to me.

Tell The Falling Sun – Kail Baxley

This is another song off of “The New Retro” playlist I discovered on Spotify. I can’t get enough of this one either.

Morning Coffee – Jesper Munk

I have so many, but I’ll have to share them in another post. This is the last one for this category.

Electric Fever – Them Vibes

Music That I’ve Always Loved

There are pieces of music that will always stay with me. This is a pretty extensive list, but don’t worry, I’ll only share a few pieces…. for now.

If you know me at all, then you know I have been and have always been a HUGE Beatles fan! I love a lot of their songs, so there’s many I could have picked, but this one always gets my head bopping, shoulders swaying, and feet tapping.

I’ve Just Seen A Face – The Beatles

 

I couldn’t very well mention Otis Redding and not share one of his songs. He’s another artist with so much soul you can feel it in your core. I just love music that moves me.

Try A Little Tenderness – Otis Redding

I can’t very well speak of soulful music and not mention the Queen. That’s right, none other than the phenomenal Aretha Franklin! This woman has always got my hips moving. And this song, whether I’m cooking, cleaning, taking a shower, it doesn’t matter, when this song comes on, you can guarantee I’m dancing around like a fool to it.

Baby, I Love You – Aretha Franklin

I hope you enjoy these songs as much as I do, and if you feel compelled to share some of your favorite songs with me, I encourage you to do so. I will lay back, close my eyes, and listen closely, and afterward, I’ll know you a little better.

Love & life lessons,

Kristian

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Straighten Their Crowns

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I hope you guys don’t mind me being so talkative today. I have all of this stuff floating through my head and if I don’t write it down on paper it just eats away at me until I finally let my soul bleed on paper.

I had a deep conversation with my boss during the conference we attended. She thought that I was upset with the bully in finance because she picks on me…… a lot. She will tell people I’m lazy when I have an idea of how a report can be pulled differently to make it easier and save time for the Contract Data Managers, such as yours truly. She says I’m too tenderhearted when I speak of ideas of a tiny house community specifically built for homeless veterans and the reasons why I believe they need a community of their own.

It gets old, I won’t lie, but I don’t care what she thinks of me and if teasing me makes her feel better, then so be it, but that’s not what bothers me. What bothers me about the finance monster is when she’s busy nitpicking about little things that don’t matter, when she’s bashing other people’s ideas without even listening, and when she’s making it hard for the directors and managers to do their jobs, we lack on serving our clients, and that’s a problem. She might think she’s better than they are and she might not care about their needs, and maybe I am tenderhearted, soft, weak, whatever you want to call it, but I’m passionate about the work we do. We help couples and low-income persons  buy their first home, we help families build lifetimes of memories by aiding them to become more self-sufficient, and maybe I am crazy for believing that we can change the world, but all it takes is one person striving to make a difference in the lives of others.

My boss commended me but told me she was worried that I am a bit of a pushover, to which I replied “Sometimes.” I just don’t want to see her do it to someone else. If you mess with me, I’ll let Karma deal with you, but when you mess with my staff, friends, family, and our clients, that’s when it gets harder for me to bite my tongue.

I explained to my boss that when I was around 10 or 11 years old I distinctly remember my mom helping out this family she knew at Christmas time. She found out this particular family couldn’t afford a Christmas tree for their family, so the mom hung a picture of a Christmas tree on the wall and she had 3 gifts for her daughter to open on Christmas, a pencil, an orange, and a pair of socks, all of which were placed under the picture.

This broke my mother’s heart so she and my dad cooked a ham and bought all the fixin’s for a fabulous Christmas meal, they bought gift cards for the parents and I wanted to help, so I picked out toys and movies for the daughter and wrote her a special note in a Christmas card. My parents addressed all of the presents from Santa. My mom bought them a Christmas tree along with all of the decorations needed for it. My mom and I even made some homemade ornaments for them.

Sometime later someone approached my mom asking about this particular family, not because they wanted to help but rather to poke fun, (some people are so cruel,) and my mom didn’t give this person the satisfaction of knowing just how poor this family was. I asked my mom later why she wasn’t completely honest. She looked me dead in the eye and said “We should straighten others crowns without letting the whole world know that it was crooked.”

Here I am, 23 or 24 years later, and I have never forgotten that. While I was away on our conference the lady from finance was in a bind and needed some help. I didn’t have to, but I took the time to dig through some of my old emails and find some information that she needed to help her out. My boss knew about it because she was copied on all of the emails, and she asked me why I would do such a thing.

I simply replied, “I was straightening her crown.”

Thanks for the advice mom, miss you so much!

Love & life lessons,

Kristian

 

 

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