I stumbled upon Khethiwe And The Leopard on Refinery 29 and was so so so glad I hit the play button. I wish I could show my students this short film, if only there were Korean subtitles. *sigh* Set in South Africa, a young girl named Khethiwe teaches us to be ambitious, fearless, and to never, ever be silenced. Strong girls like Khethiwe will rule the world one day, and what a wonderful place it will be. WATCH THE SHORT FILM HERE: Khethiwe And The Leopard “You’re gonna remember this day, what it was like to feel small. I hope it inspires you to be better and if you ever forget, I’ll be here to remind you.” “My sister told me the most interesting places aren’t even on a map yet. When I grow up, I want to be an explorer because I want to see something nobody else has seen before. You have to keep searching until you’ve seen all the edges of the world.”
My hair is officially purple. It was a spontaneous decision that happened last week when my cousin Melissa asked, “can I dye your hair a funky colour?” No convincing was needed. #yolo See my hair and all its glory in my latest video on Get Up & Go Girl where I round up my beauty (skincare, skincare, skincare), fashion, travel, music, and movie favs from the month of January.
I’m not totally clear on how or why I haven’t seen The Holiday before last night. I bawled for the last 25 minutes of the movie but not a “I’m sad” sort of cry, more like, “I can relate to this situation, Kate Winslet you’re my spirit animal and Jude Law is so handsome I can’t even handle it” type. Ya know? What I loved most about the flick was its reliability. From my interpretation, The Holiday circled around the importance of letting people into your life who make you feel significant. All four main characters – Iris, Amanda, Miles and Graham craved a certain kind of attention, the type that makes you feel loved and attained by someone else. For example Iris, Kate Winslet’s character, was in an unfortunate situation where she was with a guy for three years who wanted her, but didn’t want to love her. It’s a mind-game people play and fall victim to. We let people into our lives who don’t see us as significant enough to respect our feelings or have the nerve to communicate theirs. …
Anna: I don’t want to think! I want to live! If ever I go to Eastern Europe, I am convinced I will have the same experiences as Anna Foster in Chasing Liberty. Swimming naked in the Danube and everything.
Louis: It’s just so weird seeing my old office you know? It’s like when you drive by the house you grew up in, there’s another family in there and all you want to do is break in and make yourself soup. You know that feeling? Donna: Well, depends on the soup. Louis: Psh, mushroom barely. Donna: Then no.
Mike: Ow, wait a minute. I think this belongs to you? Rachel: It wouldn’t hurt so much if you had thicker skin.
Here is another great movie I recommend, especially if you have an arts degree. Yes YOU, the one who studied history, English or theatre (a.k.a, setting yourself up to be fully unemployable), you’ll definitely appreciate this film. Starring Ted Mosby, an Olsen sister that isn’t Mary-Kate or Ashley and my boyfriend Zac Efron, Liberal Arts is a witty, well-written flick that focuses on a relationship between two characters who challenge each other intellectually. The premise of the movie is more or less about books and how fiction is medicine for the lonely. Yet, if you escape reality too much, you forget to live your own life. The film also teaches you about improv. If there’s one rule in improv, you can never say “no” – you always have to go with whatever is thrown at you. However, the film doesn’t focus on the theatre aspect of improv, but reminds you that we as humans have improvised our entire lives. Nothing in life is scripted, it just happens and you always have to roll with the punches. …
TODAY IS THE LAST DAY OF 2013! If a new year is good for anything, it’s for clearing your mind from the past and start working toward the future. Anything that has happened this past year is irreverent. It’s old news. Time to start living in the moment. One movie you should watch that teaches you this important life lesson it’s “The Spectacular Now.” As much as I would like for life to figure itself out and fall into my lap, I know it’s by living you live more, by waiting, you wait more. At least that’s what I’ve been telling myself. Sutter: It’s fine to live in the now. But the best thing about now is that there’s another one tomorrow. I’m going to start making them count. That’s my last tad of wisdom for the year. I love you all and thank every last one of you from the bottom of my heart for all the messages and comments you leave me that keep me smiling and optimistic. Cheers to the new year …
Ann: You know, Olive is a cute name if it’s a girl. Chris: I prefer chickpea. Ann: Because it’s lower in sodium? Chis: Yes, exactly.
Billy: Your sister’s a great writer and it’s because she’s courageous in her life. Rusty: She’s promiscuous dad, it’s not the same thing. Billy: Rusty, a writer is the sum of their experiences. Go get some.
Tom: I’m hungry and my legs are tired, ugh, it feels like I just exercised. Jerry: Just sit on the ground. Tom: No Jerry, it’s dirty and I’m wearing my summer linens.
I like how in the comments someone put, “reverse this and a week after valentines day, teenagers tell their parents they are pregnant.”
“I’m grieving and I grieve by insulting those who mean the most to me. It’s just a coincidence it’s also what I do when I’m not grieving.” – Sue Sylvester