Sunday, January 17, 2010

Allow me to introduce my biggest enemy.....

Ladies and gentlemen! Boys and girls of all ages!  I would like to introduce you to the biggest enemy of my success.


Yup.  That's right.  Tomorrow.  I have such a problem with Tomorrow that it just occurred to me that I should just write this tomorrow.  My eyes are heavy.  My brain is tired.  I'm cold and want to bundle up.  See what Tomorrow just did there?  Tomorrow gave me a way out.  Tomorrow gave me a way to do what's comfortable now.  Tomorrow just tried to cut away a sliver of my success!!

Tomorrow constantly feeds me the lie that it will always be there for me.  I've believed that lied for far too long.  Turns out, Tomorrow doesn't even exist

(Moment of silence inserted here for reflection or eye-brow lifts.)

Shocking, I know.  It's true though.  All we really ever have is Today.  Every time I wait until Tomorrow to do what I can do today, I lose Today.  I have lost Today countless times.

It's time for me rise up and begin to say NO to Tomorrow!  The time to fight is NOW.  Like those old nasty mops in those annoying Swiffer commercials - I'm tossing you aside, Tomorrow!  I've got something better, and it's called: Today!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Speaking of dancing.

I came across this excellent animation.  May you be encouraged to break free from the mundane!  AND DANCE MORE!

The product of roughly 7 months of work from 13 students in the 3rd year of the BAA Animation program at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario, Canada.

Friday, January 15, 2010


Alright.  I think I'm far enough into the new year to write about what it is I'd like to accomplish this year without making too many crazy whimsical goals.

I'm not sure I remember a whole lot of 'moments' from 2009, but it was, for me, a year of pressing on. It was a time of seeing my way through various bumps in the road.  Most predominately, the 'bump' of having my school program canceled just as I was getting started.  After many years of talking about studying video, I finally got my papers together and started classes.  When I was first given the disappointing news that I actually wasn't going to be getting a video production certification, I laughed. The rug had been pulled out from under me.

I've taken what video classes I can, but now I've just been pushing on toward finishing the general media degree.  However, if I hadn't started at CPTC, I would have never gotten back into ASL.  If I hadn't gone back into ASL, I'd still be looking for what I should be doing with myself. 

This comic made me laugh, but then it made me think.  There are times in our lives when we seem completely trapped by our circumstances.  Life seems hopeless and we can't see anyway out.  But that doesn't mean those things are true, and it certainly doesn't mean that NOTHING is in our control.  We still have choices to make.  We can still choose to be positive no matter what our situation.  We can work on the little things.  After all, isn't everything just "little things" when we ponder the greatness of our God?

For Twenty10, here are some ideas that have come to mind as 'resolutions,' if you will.

1] Read the entire Bible.  I am making this possible by using this service.
2] Keep the conversation going.  This refers to keeping active communication with the people around me, including my Savior.
3] Learn to play 2-4 songs a month on guitar.  I may possible record these in-house performances so I can see my progression in this area.  I love to play, but without practice, I'm just a wanna be.
4a] Keep current with my digital scrapbooking.  This means scraping any events within a weeks time so that when 2011 comes around, I'll still remember 2010.
4b] Take more "life" pictures.  As a photographer, I actually am terrible at this.
5] Dance more.
6] Once a month Signed Songs - posted online.
7] Be more INVOLVED in Youth Church.
8] STOP complaining.  I will most definitely need help with this one.

So what do you think?  Can I handle all that?  Number 9 is left open because "there's always room for improvement."

Sunday, January 10, 2010

This is NOT a movie review of Leap Year.

This weekend I went and saw Leap Year with my mom. Very cute flick. Chick flick, of course. It was 'clean' except for a scene when Matthew Goode walks in on Amy Adams in her underwear- she half-heartedly grabs something to cover herself. But I digress!

What has the media done to our view of relationships? These two characters get to know each other through the classic "Pride & Prejudice" method. Man & woman meet. They despise each other. Through a series of events they are forced to spend time getting to know each other. From there it's just a hop, skip, and a kiss to falling in love. And all the ladies squeal, "Awwwwwww."

Can someone please tell me, has this ever happened in real life? Have you ever found yourself completely enamored by someone that completely rubbed you the wrong way when you first met? I have never met a couple with this story. This irritates me. Why do we find this situation so appealing as movie-goers? How do the storytellers make us cheer for these people to figure out that they don't hate each other, really they love each other? Is THIS how we want to fall in love?

I know my readership has dwindled, but I'd like to hear your thoughts. I really think Hollywood portrays an incorrect version of true love. I can't quite put my finger on it though. Mainly, because I'm not even sure myself what True Love (in a man loves a woman kinda way) looks like. Seriously, if you're supposed to fall for the person you most love to hate, then we'd all be married to dentists or telemarketers right? Can I get a what, what?