I have so many more than ten movies on my list. Honestly, I've lost count of the number of movies I could watch over and over. I call myself a frequent viewer when I fall in love with a movie or television series. I can watch them many times and never tire of them. It doesn't matter if I already know what's going to happen. I watch for the performances, the emotions, and the action. A great movie deserves to be seen more than once.
Below are my top ten in no particular order:
A Walk to Remember
The American President
Blast from the Past
Sound of Music
The Twilight Saga (technically this is cheating because it's five movies)
I’ve written about this before, but the one thing that makes me the saddest in life is hate. Hearing or seeing people say they hate someone is like a dagger to my heart. Hate has caused so much trouble in our world, and I wonder where we would be if, instead of hating one another, we tried to understand one another, or, at the very least, were willing to meet in the middle.
I’m certainly not saying we have to agree with one another, but to hate someone because they disagree with you doesn’t make sense. People are entitled to their views, and as much as you may despise those views, hating the person isn’t the answer.
I can honestly say there’s no one in this world that I hate. There are plenty of people I disagree with, but that’s part of life. I have friends who have different political and religious views than I do. They remain my friends. They aren’t bad people because they disagree with me anymore than I’m a bad person for disagreeing with them. If only the world could see this…
This year has brought some health challenges that have compelled me to make some changes in my life. One of which is the vast reduction of carbs. I try to eat less than 75 grams of carbs a day by focusing on proteins, fruits, and vegetables.
I drink plenty of water. Making sure I stay hydrated is a must so I always have a bottle of sparkling water beside me throughout the day.
And finally, I laugh every day. You might not think this is a healthy habit, but it’s been scientifically proven that laughter really can make you feel better. I know it does me!
What are your healthy habits?
I listen to music all the time, and so my favorites tend to rotate as I’m always finding new music. The favorites I list today may not be my favorites a week from now. And I have very eclectic tastes. But here you go!
Let Me Hold you by Josh Krajcik. This song just captivates me. I can listen to it on repeat.
Army by Lady Antebellum. Such a powerful romantic song, and I’m not normally into country music. This one, though, doesn’t have the twangy sounds, though.
Hurt by Lady Antebellum. A soulful song that is perfect to listen to when writing certain scenes.
I Get To Love You by Ruelle. This one, I think, will always be one of my favorites. It feels like a wedding song.
Natural by Imagine Dragons. It’s by Imagine Dragons, and I like almost every one of their songs so it’s no surprise that one of theirs made it onto the list!
In South Carolina, we skipped right over spring this year, which isn't unusual, and have zipped into summer where it's hot and muggy. The mosquitoes are having a field day, and the air feels like a warm, wet blanket.
I've never been much of an outdoor person in the summer. One reason is because I burn so easily. I've never been able to tan, which my dermatologist says is a good thing. Another reason is because I cannot stand the heat. I prefer winter to summer, and I have no problem being outside in the winter, fall, or spring if we have one.
So, the obvious answer to this question would be, less than fifteen minutes. I was outside long enough to walk from my car to the grocery store and back and then I had to take the groceries inside, of course. So, all in all, definitely less than fifteen minutes.
I can stay out longer if I'm at the beach where it's cooler, or it's in the evening. In the heat of the day, though, I'm usually inside.
This one's an easy one for me. I love period dramas. Anything set in the past decades, and I'm in! Some of my favorites are Downton Abbey, When Calls the Heart, The Waltons, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, North and South, Pride and Prejudice, and the list goes on.
I don't have a particular favorite time period, but I do really love British period dramas. I have seen every movie based upon books written by Jane Austen more than once. Right now, I'm looking forward to the release of the Downton Abbey movie in September, and I just finished the 6th season of When Calls the Heart.
I'm always on the lookout for new period dramas. They don't necessarily have to be new, though, as I know there are many that I have missed. So if you know of any good ones that I absolutely must see, please let me know!
Establishing laws has to be a challenging tasks. Whatever you decide is going to affect everyone within that county, state, or country. So doing so should include vast amounts of wisdom and thought.
I don't think I'd be any good at making laws because I'd want to eliminate things that woul affect my irrational desire for a Utopian society. I'd want unkindness to be illegal, but how do you enforce that? And who decides if a person is being unkind or brutally honest?
Or I might choose to enact a law that only adheres to my beliefs. How equitable would that be? So I'm actually going to skip answering this question today on the grounds that I know I'm not the right person to be responsible for making the law of the land.
I've been extremely blessed this week and the previous week to be around my friends every single day. Two of my favorite people came from Raleigh to put up the backsplash in my kitchen and finish some other tasks. They did so much work and wouldn't allow me to pay them because that's the kind of people they are. I'm so very blessed to have them in my life. So who did I hug today? A friend I've known for thirty-four years and hope to know for thirty-four more.
This day's blog post is fun! For a long, long, long time I've wanted to go to New Zealand. It's on my bucket list, and I still hope to get there one day. Just take a look at the picture below. It's a beautiful country, and I've read and heard a lot about the people and the culture there. It's definitely a place I want to go in my lifetime!
At the start of every year, I create a list of goals I want to reach by the end of the year. I did that at the start of 2019 then a couple of weeks ago, I set a new goal—to become a certified financial coach by the end of the year.
I have been helping people with their financial situations for several years now, and I decided I wanted to know more about the subject so I could help them better. I already write a lot about finances and debt on my blog for single women, A Journey of Fives. So as of today, I'm almost halfway through the course, and I'm enjoying it so much I will, most likely, enroll in other financial courses once I'm done.
I've always loved learning, and I usually enroll in one or two classes a year, more if my schedule will allow it. I don't think we should ever stop learning. At present, I'm enrolled in four courses, all of which will help my career as a writer and enable me to help more people.
What goals do you set for yourself? Do you try to continue learning every year?
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