August Things

Monday, August 31, 2015

August was really good to me. (I wrote that sentence the other day and am now sick for the second time in three weeks, but I stand by my statement.)

Often times you don't realize that changes are taking place until they already have and you're looking back at how different things are. But now, in a weird way, I can actually feel things changing as it's happening. I can feel myself growing, becoming more independent. I also tend to have this gut feeling (maybe it developed as part of the whole growing up thing) that, even if things go wrong, everything is eventually going to work itself out. Everything is going to be okay.

Here are some things I've been enjoying lately:

— "The Gift," if only because Jason Bateman is one of the best. I saw it the night it came out and LOVED it. If you're into thriller/suspense movies, definitely check this one out. Two things I really liked about it were how natural and realistic the dialogue was and that you were still left guessing at the end.

— Cara Delevingne announced that she's leaving the fashion world, turning her focus more toward film. Her reasoning for this is what I find so great: working in fashion didn't allow her to grow. Since working more on film, she says she's been better at standing up for herself. You go, girl.

— This article about how a woman met with her financial advisor and had her whole perspective changed when she was told that her options were to work more, save more, or want less.

— Currently reading: "We Need to Talk About Kevin" by Lionel Shriver.

— "Mindy Kaling's Guide to Killer Confidence" because she's a girlboss. The concept of hating yourself, emphasizing all of your flaws and referring to yourself in negative ways has become so glorified. But what's attractive about a person who hates who are they are and does nothing to fix it?
"People's reaction to me is sometimes 'Uch, I just don't like her. I hate how she thinks she is so great.' But it's not that I think I'm so great. I just don't hate myself."
This post from Becoming Minimalist about how we are all influential people and have the power to change lives.

— "Candidly Nicole" has become one of my favorite shows to watch during the week. Nicole Richie's hair and clothes are everything.

— The fact that Taylor Swift sang "Smelly Cat" with Lisa Kudrow on stage in L.A. Could that BE any more awesome?

Happy Dunkin Donuts pumpkin spice day!

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