Monday Inspiration | Jul 31, 2017

Last week passed by like a blur. I can recap it with only these words: sleep deprivation. I had a lot of freelance deadlines I had to meet which meant a lot of late nights for me. I feel motivated in times like that and productive, too. But looking at my average sleep on my fitbit results, I can’t help but cringe. Not good. Then came the crazy rains this area had over the weekend and I was able to for real sleep in a bit. I did more than half of my sister’s Disney puzzle she was putting together, watched old episodes of Project Runway, and it was bliss. I ended the weekend with breakfast with one of my girlfriends and listened to Audy record his latest episode for Cinema Samurai’s Film Don’t Lie Podcast. Continue reading

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Monday Inspiration | Jun 27, 2016

Laundry laundry laundry all weekend looooong. But I am almost done and it’s thrilling to see the bottom of my laundry hamper. I also made a dent in Season 4 of OITNB this weekend. I thought the season started off kind of boring, same ol’ same ol’. But it’s got my full on attention now. Are any of you watching? I also went to see The Neon Demon. Holy shit, man. Visually, it’s just dropping with such luscious color and texture. I wanna sop it up with some bread and devour it. The movie itself, however… I’ll let my husband put it into words when he writes his review on it for cinemasamurai.net. I still can’t process what my eyeballs endured. Continue reading

Tuesday Inspiration | Jun 7, 2016

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I’ve had an overload of inspiration and nostalgia over the last few days. From Jessica Hische to Bob Ross (yes, that Bob Ross) I’m still basking in the high of the weekend and am desperately holding onto it. One of the most exciting things I listened to was Jessica Hische’s talk with GitHub (thanks for sharing the podcast, John!). She talks about the importance of Passion Projects and “procrastiworking.” I share her thoughts on both of these topics and can relate to having so many personal projects and hating that I have a 9-5 a lot of the time. So her analogy explaining the usefulness of your 9-5 was my favorite and something I totally needed to hear. She compares her day job and her personal projects to Bruce Wayne and Batman (18:48). Basically, Batman cannot exist with the help (and funding) from Bruce Wayne. Similarly, there’s no way I could do my own personal “vigilante” work without the help of my day job. I have responsibilities in life that I cannot shed and need money to ensure they are taken care of. And whatever that way that happens, be cool with it because I gotta be Batman after that and my vigilante work is too good to mess that up. But please, listen to Hische explain it because her way sounds much more revolutionary for your mind. Continue reading

Tuesday Inspiration | May 24, 2016

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Sometimes there’s no other word to describe the PC police crazies except for bitchassness. That’s all. Nothing revolutionary to say except that I wish people would have more of a sense of humor. And I guess if we’re wishing for things, I’d love for all this rain to stop because I’m ready for some sort of a spring, kthanksbye. Continue reading

Wednesday Inspiration | Dec 23, 2015

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Happy Festivus! Love love love this quote from Paula Scher. Kinda makes me feel more convicted in the ease of being able to do things that once took me forever – it just means I’m getting better. 🙂

I started last weekend with a day off from work and spent it with my BFF. We ate some waffles for breakfast while catching up with each other’s lives and went to see Sisters. I laughed a lot more than I thought I was going to. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are golden, man. I could watch them do anything. I ended the day at the theaters again to watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens with my husband and dad. The movie was a lot of fun and nice to see it return to its roots, in a way, after the disappointing prequels. Daisy Ridley (Rey) was absolutely incredible and such a badass. Continue reading

Monday Inspiration | Nov 16, 2015

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What’s up, friends? These last two weeks have been a whirlwind of emotions. Rather than go thru everything, here is a recap of the ranting side and grateful side of the last 14 days. On top of that, all the insanity happening in the world has me reeling back in all kinds of emotions. All I can think to do is send good vibes into the world and continue to hope for a better world for the next generation. Hoping all of you out there are safe and your loved ones are, too. Continue reading

Tuesday Inspiration | Oct 20, 2015

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So, how many times have you watched the Star Wars trailer? 🙂

Lately, all I want to do is make things. I have too many ideas in my head and I can’t get them out fast enough. I’m trying to keep track of all my ideas so I can somehow morph them into Christmas gifts, presents just because or birthday goodies. Attaching a reason to the things I want to create makes them more meaningful and also gives me more incentive to start and finish. I’ve been referencing a lot of my design and DIY books for inspiration and it’s totally working. It’s also resulted in me selling some goods on Society6! Not too much to see yet but more to come, for sure. Check out The Gang’s All Here in the meantime. ❤

I started using Teux Deux again to help me keep my life and all my ideas organized. Already my days feel much more manageable. As silly as this sounds, I even write down some of the self-care type stuff I’m always trying to do, for example, reading! Although I have a ton of unread books stacked next to my bed, I’m feeling in the mood to revisit one of my childhood favorites, The Phantom Tollbooth. I first discovered this book in the attic of the house I grew up in. I guess the previous owners decided they didn’t want to haul their library of books away and that’s where I found The Phantom Tollbooth and The Giving Tree. I haven’t read The Phantom Tollbooth since I was probably a preteen so I’m excited to thumb thru the pages again and hopefully feel the same enjoyment I did when I read it initially.

Inspiration time:

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The Nostalgia Machine. Get your jam on!

I wish I had this article available to me when I was typing up papers in college. May this help someone in need.

The title of this page is NSFW but it does not lie: the best stuff on Netflix right now.

Project Faces by Adobe is making me so excited at the possibilities!

Funniest Amazon product reviews.

Peeeeerfect to wear while I’m reading The Phantom Tollbooth!

How to get over comparing yourself to other creatives.

Did you meet Gil?

Check out the latest episode from Cinema Samurai’s Film Don’t Lie podcast! They talk about The Walk, The Martian and Beasts of No Nation.

This is me probably everyday at some point. Need this.

I cannot stop laughing at the Drake Hotbling dancing memes.

Tuesday Inspiration | Mar 10, 2015

The last two weeks included a visit to Hot Spot, a Bush concert with my sister (kickin’ it back to my ’90s music love), taking Vee to her first toy store, binge-watching House of Cards and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on Netflix, making mini-pizzas for nom nom time and much coffee to keep up since Daylight Saving Time is kicking my butt this time around. How are you guys holding up?

And what did you think of House of Cards? My husband and I finished it the weekend it came out. I know many people who are still plowing through the season so I won’t give anything away. I will only say that I preferred the first two seasons to this one. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is the new one from Tina Fey. It’s only 13 episodes, about a half hour each, so that one was easy for us to consume on a Saturday night. It was pretty funny and Ellie Kemper’s delivery is really good. The show is very much in the same vein of 30 Rock so if you were fans of that show, chances are you may like this one.

Vee’s birthday is six months away (HOLY SHIT, WHAT?!) and she will be turning 2-years-old. To say she’s obsessed with Mickey Mouse is an understatement. If she’s still into him and the rest of the Mickey gang by the time her birthday rolls around, my husband and I are playing around with the idea of a Mickey themed party. I made “Find Vee” favors last year that included facts about foods she liked, what words she was trying to say, her favorite stuffed animal, etc. But this time around, I’m thinking of doing something a little more in-depth, like a Mickey-themed annual report favor based on her exponential growth and progress this past year. It would be a fun design project for me, full of infographic-style illustrations that may or may not include facts about how many times a day she likes to jump on to and off of furniture (all day, erryday) and which of her books get the most love (Pantone Colors and Corduroy right now). Still just thoughts… let’s see what I can do with that evasive little thing called time. 🙂

Let’s get to it. Inspiration time:

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Each Disney movie has been illustrated by Rafael Mayani. I want to own each and every one in print form, even the ones I haven’t seen. Check out his site for more amazing goods here.

Wes Anderson’s use of red and yellow. Equally as impressive is Wes Anderson: Centered.

Check out my review of Still Alice starring Julianne Moore who won an Oscar for her performance in this film.

I’ve made a couple batches of these mini-pizzas and they are so damn good!

I just purchased this font. It’s so preeeeetty.

I started using Wunderlist. It’s taking some time for me to get used to it but so far, I’m diggin’ it.

My two loves combined.

Turning 30 described in charts and graphs. Extremely accurate and very funny.

Just in case you needed to be reminded how awesome Drive is, check out the opening credits. And if it’s your first time watching them, shame on you. Ugly baby judges you.

Oh, hello animated gifs straight from my phone’s keyboard!

This video with Jessica Hische and Laura Victore talk about being pregnant, their work, and future totally resonated with me now that I have a child.

I hope to have the strength this mother did for her daughter if I’m ever called upon like that with mine.

On repeat: Whiplash’s Caravan. I’LL CUE YOU IN!!! My fellow Whiplash fans will know what I’m talking about. \m/ \m/

Still Alice: A Cinema Samurai movie reivew

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A couple weeks ago, I took a much needed day off from work and went to see Still Alice. Julianne Moore was wonderful in the film and I am glad I was able to see it before she was awarded the Oscar for Best Actress. The film was emotional and deals with one of my fears of Alzheimer’s so it made it that much more personal.

Check out my review of Still Alice on cinemasamurai.net.

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