my sweet friend, nostalgia

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Nostalgia. Nostalgia. Oh, nostalgia, my sweet friend.

Every year, through the holidays and well into the new year, my friend nostalgia hits me like a brick to the face.

Apparently nostalgia  has hit a lot of people this holiday season, and the entire year of 2014. According to Kory Stamper, an Associate Editor at Merriam-Webster, the word nostalgia had more than a 100 percent increase in searches in 2014, and was the second most looked up word in 2014.

Well, it’s good to know that I’m not alone.

Nostalgia has been a feeling that I have always felt the particular presence of, even as a child. When I was young, I was even nostalgic for pasts that were not my own. In a recent, well written and inspiring  Paris Review blog post,  Sadie Stein says that growing up, she saw the past as a place where she “belonged.” I felt that way too, growing up. I would imagine myself living in the past. I longed to be an actress in historical dramas, not for fame, but for a chance to pretend that I was living in another era. My favorite elementary school project was when I got to dress up as a pilgrim in a “living wax museum.” Parents and students would stand in front of me, and I would give a speech about my life and hardships as a pilgrim. I was also obsessed with family history and exploring my home and the home of my grandparents(and any distant relative), looking for relics of my ancestry. My deepest longing at the age of 8 was for a hoop skirt, and I regularly could be seen wearing bonnets (I had one in a pilgrim style, and one that was more of a Laura Ingalls-esque pioneer style).

Growing up, my family moved around a lot. I was born in Louisville, Kentucky. When I was almost a year old, we moved to Knoxville, Tennessee and stayed until I was 5. Halfway through kindergarten, we moved to a small town in Tennessee called Savannah. Then halfway through 5th grade, when I was 10, we moved to Lufkin, Texas, and when I was about to start 8th grade, we moved to the Dallas/Forth Worth area.

Over the years, I have attributed my strong nostalgic feelings partially to the fact that I have moved around a lot, and from a young age, nearly my entire life, there have always been places and people from my past that I have longed for and missed. These feelings cause a lot of nostalgia, but I wouldn’t wish it any other way. These nostalgic feelings provide an interesting way for me to recount memories and fondly remember my past.

One reason my nostalgia intensified this holiday season was because my family and I went back to Tennessee for Christmas and New Years. Over the course of my life, I have spent many, many days  in Memphis, Tennessee with my grandparents. Every time I go there, the nostalgia hits. I love exploring my grandmother’s attic and her upstairs room that was basically the playroom for all of the grandkids. I love finding relics of my childhood, and exploring all of the vintage books and family heirlooms. I love that kind of nostalgia. We also got to visit Savannah, Tennessee, where I lived from the ages of 5 to 10. I love going back there, and, of course, I always feel nostalgic, as some of my critical growing up years took place in this small town. We drove past our old house, my favorite house I’ve ever lived in. It was nostalgic, and I missed it, but it was good.

These feelings of longing for the past, in my opinion, are good. They remind me of how far I’ve come and how much growing I’ve done. They remind me of the fact that I will be graduating college in less than a year(ahhh!), and that it is time to go out in the real world. Nostalgia makes me thankful for the experiences of my past, allowing me to see how different parts of my past have shaped my life.

A recent article, published by Relevant Magazine, discussed nostalgia and how it can meaningfully connect us to the past, and help us to appreciate past experiences. The article also asserted that nostalgia can be dangerous, allowing us to get hung up on the past, clouding and distancing the present.

The assertion of nostalgia as dangerous initially took me aback. The nostalgia that I have experienced and felt in my life has always been something that I am thankful for–something that I feel is a privilege. Not all people feel, recognize, or know how to cope with nostalgia. I understand where obsessing over the past and feeling regretful may not be healthy.  But, for the most part, I believe that nostalgia in itself is not something that is dangerous, or that needs to be controlled and resisted.

I am grateful for all of the nostalgic feelings I have had throughout my life because they have shaped who I am today. As a teenager and adult, I have developed a love for vintage things. I love trinkets and clothes and random items from the past. I love sewing, crocheting, embroidery, and other more established hobbies. I think my nostalgia and longings for the past have made me who I am today, and will continue to shape me in the future. Nostalgia has taught me to thank God for all He has done in my life–for the people and places He has put on my path. Nostalgia is strange friend, and oh, she is powerful. She is one to ponder over, to embrace, to laugh with, and to cry for.

Thanksgiving calls for a festive Anthropologie DIY/Hack!

Thanksgiving is over. I can’t believe it. 2014 is just going by so fast…and I have been so bad about blogging. But, here’s to trying again.

I went Black Friday shopping this year, as always. Honestly, Black Friday is probably my favorite time to shop. I LOVE getting great deals. I am a self-proclaimed bargain hunter, and I am proud of my skills! This year, my mom, my sister, my grandmother, and I went to Gap on Thursday night. I know there is controversy about Thanksgiving night Black Friday shopping, but I think shopping can be a good way to spend time with family. Anyway, everything in Gap was 50% off. We got there around 7pm and we were literally the only people there. It was like private shopping, and we had a great time! We also went to Target, where we go every year on Thursday night. Surprisingly, Target was not as crowded as it was last year or the year before.

To get to the point of this post…on Friday afternoon, we went to Anthropologie, because everything was 25% off and I needed a new Capri Blue Volcano candle! While we were there, I spotted some beautiful Christmas garland, made of yarn. The $38 (less 25%) price tag seemed pretty steep to me, so today I decided to recreate the garland myself! Follow this super easy tutorial and you can have this garland for yourself!

Supplies needed:

-A chunky white or off-white yarn, less than 1 skein

-A crochet hook (I used a size N for a chunkier look)

-Scissors

Part 1: Making the “snowballs” (pom poms)

The main process of creating this garland involves making pom poms, which are so, so simple to make.

I made my pom poms pretty big, like the size of a pom pom on a hat. I don’t have a pom pom maker, and I didn’t want my pom poms to look too uniform or perfect, so I made them by hand.

First, wrap your yarn around 2 or 3 fingers 40-50 times (excuse my chipped nail polish).

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Next, cut the wrapped yarn off of the skein. Then cut a new piece of yarn about 6-8 inches long and lay it flat on a table or flat surface. You want to make sure the piece of yarn is long enough that it will leave 2 little tails(this will be important later). Gently place your wrapped yarn, centered, on top of the new piece you cut.

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Tie the piece of yarn tightly and securely around your wrapped yarn.

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After you have tied your yarn, you will see that there are now loops on each side of the center. Now, you get to do the fun part! Cut all the loops on each side of the center. Be careful not to cut into the yarn that you tied around the loops!

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After you cut all of the loops, you will have one crazy looking pom pom! So you get to give it a trim to even it out a little bit.

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I ended up making 12 pom poms! It didn’t take very long either. After making the pom poms, it’s time to move onto the garland.

Part 2: The garland

Using the same skein of yarn, crochet 15 slip stitches.

Tie your first pom pom onto the 15th stitch, using the tails that you left on your pom pom.

Continue to slip stitch about 15 between each pom pom. you can modify the stitch amounts (and the pom pom amounts) based on how long you want your garland to be. Slip stitch 15 more stitches, tie off, and your done! With 12 pom poms, 15 stitches on each end, and 15 stitches between each pom, my garland ended up being over 6 feet long.

Here are some pictures that I took of the finished product. I’m quite happy with the way it turned out!

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This is such a quick and easy project. It only took about an hour from start to finish! This could also be fun in different colors or multi-colored, or with an even chunkier yarn(or even a fabric yarn on the garland). Also, I noticed the garland at Anthro has gold tinsel, which is really cute and festive!

-Bethany

A sort of movie and book review of ‘The Fault in Our Stars’

****SPOILER WARNING: MANY SPOILS AHEAD.DO NOT READ UNLESS YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS IN  THE FAULT IN OUR STARS****

So I am sitting at my desk and I’m tired. I’m wearing my new pajamas that I got from Marshall’s today (on clearance if I might add!). The reason I am sitting at my desk at approximately 12:47 am on this Sunday morning is because I have had the urge to write. Why, might you ask? The reason is pretty simple. I just got back from watching the new movie, The Fault in Our Stars, and I need to pour out my emotions onto this clean, white page.

I guess this is a movie review…or maybe a book review. But mostly a movie review, because the book is so good it doesn’t even need a review. Read the book now. It won’t disappoint.

Let’s just call this a sort of review.

Truthfully, I don’t even know what I want to say or where to start, but here goes.

I have read John Green’s wonderful book precisely 2 times. The first time I read TFIOS was last summer, almost exactly a year ago. The second time was yesterday (or the day before, technically, because it is 50 minutes after midnight).

For some reason, I felt like I was reading a whole new book when I reread it yesterday. All the beautiful, simple, yet intricate details astounded me as I read. I was left melted, yet whole, broken, but pieced back together. The inspiring, sad book left me crying tears of sorrow, but at the same time laughing. And honestly, I don’t think I really have a word for that phenomenon. But, I can say that moments like that are why I love books and why I am utterly jealous of the authors who can magically place the most perfect words on a page and make me fall in love in little bits then all at once, to use a reference to TFIOS.

The movie did the same thing, but differently. I know that doesn’t really make sense, but truthfully that’s what happened. I went into the movie with soaring expectations, like any other book lover seeing an adapted version of one of their favorite books. As the movie began, I found myself falling in love with Augustus and the acting of Ansel Elgort. He was the perfect Augustus (though I had had some doubts before seeing the film). Augustus’ character is positive through trials and constantly joking about serious matters that should be the opposite of funny. He makes fun of his blind best friend—I felt bad for laughing! Elgort pulled this quirky personality off with flying colors—he seemed like a natural. I feel that if I went up to Elgort and started talking to him, his personality would be the same in real life as it was in his portrayal of Augustus! Shailene Woodley played Hazel Grace Lancaster. Woodley did an amazing job as Hazel. Her personality was spot on Hazel, and the chemistry between her and Elgort was remarkable. Having read the book, I knew that there were moments that could have been pretty awkward on the screen, but Elgort and Woodley pulled it off. To me, the only awkward scenes were sometimes between Hazel and her mother, who was played by actress Laura Dern. Truly, it was not really awkward, so much as it felt there was some need for more dialogue—too many pauses and not enough words.

Another thing—when I read the book, I cried a lot. I mean a lot. Like tears on the pages a lot. Like “let me pause and get up and go find a box of tissues” a lot. As I watched the movie, I was on a pretty good streak of no tears, until the eulogy scene. Just like in the book, Gus asked Hazel and his best friend Isaac to meet him at “the literal heart of Jesus”, the center of an episcopal church, with prepared eulogies, so that Gus could attend his own funeral. The crazy thing is that this movie did an amazing job of portraying such a paradox: Gus’ positive attitude and the happiness of a life well lived, coupled with the sadness of the fact that he is dying. Isaac, played by Nat Wolff, became one of my favorite characters as I watched the movie. He actually stuck out to me more in the movie than he did in the book. Anyway, when Isaac got up to say his eulogy I started crying, but at the same time I found myself laughing at the constant joking between Gus and Isaac. Then, Hazel got up to say her eulogy, and of course, it was all tears for me, but I noticed I was smiling. The camera cut between close-ups of Hazel speaking and Gus listening to her. Through tears, and amid the deepest sadness, both Gus and Hazel smiled, and it was beautiful. I think that scene is why I loved this movie so much and why it met my expectations. I (kind of) decided that scene is what the movie and book are all about: the struggle of a life with such difficult, painful circumstances brought on by a disease with no cure, and how to see joy and happiness in that sadness. As you can see, it’s hard—maybe not fully possible. But, at least there are those moments where you can be sad and happy at the same time—where you can smile and cry and laugh and feel like you are going to die all at once, but at least you smiled.

My favorite line from the book goes like this: “My thoughts are stars I can’t fathom into constellations.” It reminds me that maybe there is no way to fully understand the difficult trials of life. Sometimes it does seem like some people may have it worse than others, and that some people only get to live 18 years or even less. That is what happens, and it is sickening and sad, but it is life. We have to find those little bits of happiness through the tears,through the faults in our stars that can’t yet form constellations, because there is a bigger plan in our lives. That “capital S something” that Augustus believes in is God and He does have a plan, even in the awful circumstances, even when we may not realize that the “Something” is God. He is the one that allows us to smile during the faults in our stars. So, all in all, I will give this movie a rating of an entire constellation, a constellation composed of 5 STARS (or 10 depending on your rating scale).  🙂

Shout out to John Green for writing his amazingly “okay” book.

I’m at it again…I have a new Etsy shop!

Last summer, I opened a shop on Etsy. I was trying to sell pocket t-shirts that I sew, as well as hand-painted galaxy shoes. 

It didn’t go so well…actually, I didn’t even make a single sale! 

I’m trying again, though! This time with vintage items, as well as a the pocket t-shirts and galaxy shoes!

I have a new shop on Etsy called Honeybee Marketplace. I’m currently selling some vintage clothing items that I have collected over the years, as well as a few handmade items!

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You can follow my shop on twitter!

Check it out if you get a chance:)

-Bethany

Quite a day in the Big Apple

So I’ve been in New York City with my family for a few days. This is actually my third trip here, but every time I love it more! There are always new things to do. I just love it. Having been to the city a few times before, I had pretty much covered all of the tourist spots. So on this trip, I really wanted to do some new things. I really wanted to hit Brooklyn! So today, that’s where I went. I actually started the day in Times Square with my mom and sister for breakfast. Around noon, my dad and I took the subway from uptown, 14 stops down to Brooklyn. Specifically, the Fort Greene neighborhood. We trekked up the steps to the street, where we stepped out onto a scene much different than Manhattan. This was quaint and cute…like a classic American neighborhood. It was adorable! I wanted to go to the locally famous Brooklyn Flea to check out the vintage scene. So, we walked a few blocks to Lafayette avenue, where the Brooklyn Flea was being held. We both had a blast browsing the nearly one hundred (or maybe more) booths. I scored a $10 vintage skirt and a $10 ring made out of an old typewriter key. My dad got an art print for $15. We got good deals, but many of the vintage items seemed overpriced to me. We loved it so much though, that we stayed for over 2 hours. Part of the Brooklyn Flea is the artisan/craft food, which was amazing! We had gourmet grilled cheeses and craft soda! Unfortunately, we got caught in a 30 minute rainstorm while browsing. We took shelter under the tent of a family selling furniture. They were so nice and we ended up talking to them for quite a while. They told us we might like to check out the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn, so we decided to head there next. Off to the subway we went. Three stops later, we were in DUMBO, which stands for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass. The neighborhood is actually between the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan Bridge. We walked around for a little bit, then decided to walk the Brooklyn Bridge! It was so much fun and made for some beautiful views! After a little over 1 mile, we had crossed back over to Manhattan, right next to the new World Trade Center museum. From there, we decide to head back to the hotel, in time for our broadway shows. My mom and I went to Les Misérables, while my dad and sister went to Phantom of the Opera. Les Mis was amazing, though sad and depressing…but the music was beautiful. By the time we were done, it was nearly midnight. We decided to eat at the classic Carnegie Deli. I had my first ever bowl of Matzah soup and it was delightful!
Needless to say, I had a wonderful day in the Big Apple!

On a side note, my dad bought me a fitbit activity tracker yesterday. Today I tracked my activity. In total, I walked 20,704 steps, which comes out to about 9 1/2 miles! I will sleep well tonight!

Here are some pictures from today’s events:

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Until next time,
Bethany

Inspired: Summer Style

It’s finals week and I am bored with studying…so I decided to write a fashion post!

Here is a first fashion post my summer style inspirations. I hope to have another one sometime soon.

1. The Midi Skirt

One of my favorite new trends this summer is the midi skirt. It’s not too short or too long–it’s just right! Here are some of my favorites!Image

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2. The Jogger

The jogger is the most comfortable pair of pants you will ever put on your body (besides leggings of course). I like to think of the jogger as the modern improvement on the classic harem pant. It has all the comfort of the harem pant, but looks much more flattering. Basically, you won’t look like you have a weirdly long crotch wearing a jogger, as opposed to wearing a harem pant. Anyway, here are some of my favorite joggers. I own the Old Navy pair, and I basically never take them off!

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3. The “Ugly” Sandal

The formerly “ugly” sandal styles are coming back, and I LOVE it! Why do I love the so-called “ugly” sandals? Because they are also the most comfortable sandals you will ever wear. My personal favorites are the Birkenstocks. I wore Birkenstocks almost every day with my school uniform in elementary school! Another new trend (or old I guess) is the adidas sport sandal, specifically the Adilette, which is now sold at Urban Outfitters. I remember my mom wearing these around the house when I was a child.Image

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What do you think about these summer trends? I know I love the fashionable, yet comfortable ease that these styles offer!

That’s all for now. I hope you enjoyed my thoughts on summer trends!

 

Also, you can now follow my blog on bloglovin!

Until next time,

Bethany

 

 

 

A Procrastination Post

I am currently procrastinating when I should be studying for my test. Such is life.
So this is me…finally getting around to another blog post. I totally let myself take a break this past spring break. It was full of bliss. I slept in, read a book that wasn’t a textbook, watched some Netflix, and ate some food. I also went to Tennessee and got to see some family in Memphis and some friends at Union. It was a very great spring break in my opinion 🙂
I’ve been thinking of some other ideas for my posts, I won’t give anything away yet, but I have some fun ideas! I definitely want to do some more posts similar to the one post I did with the movie characters…maybe book characters next time? We’ll see!
Like I said in my very first blog post, I have been trying to write more this year, and that has in fact led to some dabbles in the art of creative writing! I have always loved the idea of creative writing, yet the only true attempt was when I entered in a creative writing competition…in 6th grade. I barely placed. My whole life, I have been a lover of fiction, and even, more recently, creative non-fiction. If you have never read any creative non-fiction, I whole-heartedly recommend reading Annie Dillard’s The Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, or any of her short stories, specifically An Expedition to the Pole. Dillard’s works are difficult to describe, but I would say that reading them is an experience. She takes many elements of her writing from nature, but one of the most memorable aspects of her works that I read was her use of allusions. Through her allusions you can just feel her knowledge, it basically pours into her writing. It is truly inspiring, and I believe that reading her works may have somehow subconsciously inspired me to try to write, now that I think about it!
Anyway, sorry for the English major-esque rant! This was my way of saying that I might post some of my creative writing attempts when I finish them…maybe.

This is completely random, but I finally got around to watching the movie FROZEN! I know everyone raved about it for months, but in all of the hustle and bustle of moving back to Texas from Tennessee and transferring, I just didn’t get a chance to see it, and by the time I actually had a chance, all my friends had seen it like 3 times and it was only playing in like 1 theatre per 50 mile radius. After seeing the movie, I decided that there is no excuse for not seeing it!
To get to the point, I loved it! It was so cute and sad and heartwarming. Also the music was incredible. My favorite songs were “Love is an Open Door”, “In Summer”, and “Do you want to build a snowman?”. I just love Pixar and everything they do. Their detail is just amazing!

Well, that is all for now. I need to get back to studying for the test I have in the morning.Oh, the life of a college student.
Out of procrastination, a blog post is born. haha

Until next time,
Bethany

A busy, yet refreshing weekend

Why do I keep getting behind on my posts? Life is hard, I guess…and words are hard.

Anyway, this post will just be a simple life update. 🙂

This has been a pretty busy weekend and week.

Last weekend was truly one of the best of my life, though!

My sister and I got to go to Passion 2014 Houston! It was literally amazing. It was such a refreshing, yet challenging time, that came at a good time for me amid my transition.

Here’s a picture of us in our 3rd row seats:

Jordan and I were so excited to be at Passion 2014!

Jordan and I were so excited to be at Passion 2014!

For those that don’t know, Passion is basically a Christian conference for college-aged students, ages 18 to 25. The head of Passion is Louie Giglio. I am pretty sure his church in Atlanta started Passion. Musicians and bands like Hillsong, David Crowder, Matt Redman, and Chris Tomlin performed. Speakers included Louie Giglio, Francis Chan, Beth Moore, and Judah Smith. Special guests included the creator of the popular Bible app, You Version, Roma Downey from Touched by an Angel and her husband Mark Burnett, who direct the Bible series together, and the lady who is the curator of the rare Bible collection at the American Bible Society.

This past weekend I was challenged in my faith; I was given the opportunity to evaluate myself and my relationship with God. One of the most important messages I took away from Passion was in the talk that Judah Smith gave. He said that as Christians, we shouldn’t say “Christ is in me,” but rather, we should say “I am in Christ.” Smith stressed that if Christianity says that the power is in us, it will become a form of humanism. All the power is in Christ. As Christians, forgiven by grace, we are now hidden in Christ. This doesn’t mean that Christ is not in us, because the Bible makes it clear that the Holy Spirit is in the hearts of those who are in Christ. Smith also made a point that in our society, we are taught that practice dictates position. We work for the jobs we get. We earn our place in this world. Through Christ, position dictates practice. The moment we accept Jesus, we become hidden in Christ. That becomes our position. We should be obsessed with Christ and because of that, we should practice what we believe.

An interesting fact about Passion Houston is that there were over 17,000 people there. The top colleges represented in order were Texas A&M, Baylor, then University of Texas. There were so many A&M students there, that during the breaks, students started doing yell calls, which are basically the chants at football games. It was so cool!

I went home after Passion and, then rode back to College Station with Allison. We stopped at the A&M barn that is about an hour outside of College Station, and Allison took my picture. She did a great job! I love it.

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Me at the Aggie Barn! Photo Credit: Allison Reimschussel

This week, I haven’t had any tests, luckily, but I have two next week, so I have been preparing a little. This week is my only week until the week of April 7 that I don’t have a test. I’m sure it will be okay, though!

Here’s an outtake. I said “Let me try running at the camera.” This is what happened, and I think it’s pretty funny! 😛

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Well, I guess that’s all for now!

Much love,

Bethany

A new kind of post ft. relatable movie characters

I wanted to post something a little different this time, and not entirely about me! I was thinking maybe every few posts, I’ll do one more like this. Or maybe I’ll make it a series or something…we’ll see. 🙂
Anyway, I decided to post about movie characters that I admire, who are also relatable!
Here are a few admirable movie characters whom I (and others!) can relate to, listed in no particular order.

Walter Mitty in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)

Actress Ben Stiller as Walter Mitty in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013).

Actor Ben Stiller as Walter Mitty in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013).

I recently saw The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, and I fell in love! I went into the movie skeptical, thinking it might be pretty boring, but I was so surprised. This film was so wonderful. I love refreshing movies with a good message, and this was one of them!
But, back to the point, the main character, Walter, struggles with his personality and his tendency to day dream. People make fun of Walter and are condescending towards him. Walter decides to prove himself, and not let his fear of living hold him back. He decides to live his life, no matter what! Walter is reltable. We all get held back in life by our fears of what others think about us. We all have moments when we feel worthless because others are holding us back. I admire Walter, because he finally decided to break out of his comfort zone, and live out his dreams, literally.

Toula Portokalos, in My Big Fat Greek Wedding(2002)

Nia Vardalos plays Toula in My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002).

Actress Nia Vardalos plays Toula in My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002).

My Big Fat Greek Wedding is one of my all time favorite movies! I think I love it so much because the main character, Toula Portokalos is relatable. Toula is not the stereotypical pretty girl that you usually see in movies. She isn’t stick skinny, she dresses a little frumpy, she works at her dad’s restaurant, and she is 30 years old and living at home with her parents. Toula is self-conscious and constantly compares herself to her sucessful, married family members. Toula struggles for approval from her father, as she is not married and “making Greek babies” like her sister. Toula is just unique, and she wants to live her own life and do her own thing. Then, she meets and falls in love with Ian Miller, the man of her dreams, who is basically the opposite of the ideal Greek man that her father would approve of. On a sidenote Ian , played by John Corbett, is beautiful and basically my dream guy (in his role as Ian). Anyway, Toula and Ian end up getting married and moving next door to Toula’s parents. In essence, Toula is able to please her family and gain her independance at the same time! Toula is a great depiction of the not-so-typical recepient of a happily-ever-after that you usually see in the movies. Toula is more human, real, and relatable, despite the fact that she gets to marry a man who looks like a Greek statue (maybe that’s why her dad consented, after all).
Andie Walsh in Pretty in Pink (1986)

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Actress Molly Ringwald as Andie Walsh in Pretty in Pink (1986)

Andie Walsh is one of my  favorite movie characters. I actually didn’t watch the movie Pretty in Pink until last summer, and I see why it is such a 80’s classic. Andie’s personality is spunky. She has her own unique style and vibe. Let’s face it, Andie is just so cool. She has a best friend named Duckie and works at a local music store. She loves fashion and sewing, which I can relate to. Maybe her happy ending with her high school crush, who happens to be the most popular guy in school isn’t particularly relatable, but her struggle as someone perceived as “different” or unique is. Andie sticks out and likes different things than the majority of her preppy peers, but she continues to do her own thing. She can’t afford all the new clothes, but she makes do with what she has and gives her style her own twist. I admire Andie’s ability to be expressive and comfortable with herself, while her struggles and challenges make her relatable.

Kiki in Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)

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Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)

Kiki has always been on of my favorite cartoon characters. I have been watching Kiki’s Delivery Service since before I can remember, and it never gets old! Kiki is a girl who wants to gain her independance, but life keeps getting in the way. When she turns 13, she gets to go on her own, to a city, to be the city’s local witch. She arrives at a seaside town that she loves, and soon finds out that he town already has a witch. A local bakery owner lets Kiki board from her in exchange for Kiki being the delivery girl for the bakery. Kiki encounters some hardships along the way, including losing her power to fly her broom and her ability to talk to her cat, Jiji. In the end, Kiki meets influential people who help her through her struggles, saves a friend’s life, and gets her powers back. Kiki shows that life isn’t easy and that there will always be struggle, but also there will always be people there for you, including your cat. Kiki gains her independence, and it is struggle, just as it is for  you and me. Kiki is faced with the relatable truth that life isn’t perfect, on the contrary it is quite a struggle. Kiki also demonstrates that it is perfectly acceptable to have a cat as a bestfriend!

 

I’m Already Getting Behind!

So this week I’ve gotten a little behind on my blog posts, so I will be posting two!

I had my first round of tests this week at A&M, and I ended up having 3 tests this week! It was tough, but I pulled through and did pretty well. I just constantly felt like I didn’t have enough time!

Time is something that has really been on my mind a lot lately.
To me, time is a concept that hard to wrap my head around. It’s never-ending but at the same time, ends things for us. It’s unlimited, but at the same time limited.
I don’t really know why exactly this has been on my mind! It’s just something that I think about a lot, I guess. Sometimes I wonder what life would be like if we didn’t have years and days and hour and minutes and seconds. I wonder what it would feel like to be without constraint and completely free of time. I guess it would feel like eternity. Maybe that’s why God gave us days and hours on Earth, so that when we get to heaven, eternity seems so amazing!

On another note, I’m really excited that the Olympics have finally begun!
The opening ceremonies were held on Friday. I watched some of the highlights and I decided that my favorite thing about the ceremonies were the sweaters that the USA Team sported. Despite the twitter backlash, I thought they were great. They were yet again designed by the esteemed Ralph Lauren, and are worth something around $1500 a piece! They best not be scratchy! The matching beanie was adorable too. I wasn’t completely fond of the chunky boots, but I guess they give the outfit a futuristic, arctic snow trek vibe, if that’s what they were going for.
Here’s a picture of the beanie and sweater:

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Here, you can see the Arctic looking boots:

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Here, notice the cute penguin in the pocket of the guy carrying the flag:

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Also, I joined another group at A&M called The Wells Project. It’s a Christian organization that is a branch of Living Water International. Throughout the semester, we will be raising money to build wells for people in other countries who don’t have access to clean water. I’m really excited to see what is in store with this organization!

Well, I don’t have much else to say, but I will have another post this week (maybe tomorrow)! It will be different than my other posts, and I think it will be fun!

Until then,

Bethany