Thursday, February 26, 2015

Links

Russel Brands talks about porn in a non-icky, intelligent way that warns viewers about the dangers of viewing it:




"Icebergs of filth, floating through every house on wifi ..."
"I know pornography is wrong... this isn't the best use of my time. I don't put that laptop lid down and say, There, what a productive piece of time spent..."
"I feel like if I had total dominion over myself, I would never look at pornography again..."



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A fantastic article on what not to say. And who not to say it to.

All you need to remember is this: Comfort IN. Dump OUT.

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A fine TEDTalk about the value of investing in your family.
Give it a listen.
Her's is not from a religious point of view...




In the workplace, real equality means valuing family just as much as work, and understanding that the two reinforce each other. 







Breadwinning and caregiving are equally necessary for human survival.

...we should be socializing our sons and our husbands to be whatever they want to be, either caregivers or breadwinners. We should be socializing them to make caregiving cool for guys

... making a place for those we love is actually a global imperative.

 If breadwinning and caregiving are really equal, then why shouldn't a government invest as much in an infrastructure of care as the foundation of a healthy society as it invests in physical infrastructure as the backbone of a successful economy?

...juggling work and family are not women's problems, they're family problems.

...we have to value family every bit as much as we value work, and that we should entertain the idea that doing right by those we love will make all of us better at everything we do.

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While her and I have never had a conversation, Renae has lingered around the outer edges of my life...
She's started a business and a blog. Check it out here.




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A ten minute talk that took place here in Vancouver.
I admire this young woman. So proud of what she's trying to accomplish.

"the number one wish of girls 11 - 17 is to be thinner."
"81% of ten year old girls are afraid of being fat. This fear transcends a fear of nuclear war, cancer or even losing their parents."

Listen to her talk, check out her website and sign her petition. She's asking fashion magazines to stop using photoshop to enhance the images they use.











Her talk?

Was part of bi-monthly forum that takes place in Vancouver... which I think sounds fascinating.

I had no idea we had things like this taking place so close to home. Feels like a mini, homegrown version of Ted Talks, no?




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Kissing.

How to be a better kisser:
































Read this article. Science Explains How To Be A Better Kisser.

"A German survey in the 1980's determined that men who regularly kissed their wives lived an average of 5 years longer than those who didn't, were 50 percent less likely to be involved in a car accident than their non-kissing counterparts, and made about 30 percent more money. "

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Loved this 4 minute video on what a dad did for his adult autistic son:




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Randomness.

Seeing Chris Pine tear up at the Oscars got me in the feels.
I am completely unaccustomed to seeing raw emotion like that on a guy.
































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The Thrive Project.

A photographer took some pics of her friends over 40 and asked then what it meant to thrive.

Here is her blog, complete with photos and commentary. I LOVE THIS.

And one of the subjects wrote a little bit more about being over 40. And thriving.

To my friends over 40. This is your warning. I may hunt you down. Take your pic. And ask you about thriving.

:)

Seriously. HOW FUN WOULD THAT BE?




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I am going to this concert next month. I am so excited. David Crowder. Matt Maher. Mercy Me. Gahhhhhh.




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Three Things I'm Thankful For;

1. Unexpected, mostly paid-for, long weekend in Seattle. With a friend.
2. So glad my new passport was delivered ahead of schedule.
3. My bangs be shorter. Thankful for a sister who squeezes in a trim, hours before she leaves on a Mexican vacation.

Shalom,
xo

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

THIS ISN'T JANE'S HOUSE ...

D'ya remember my Murrayville House?
The new owners did some renovating...

And they put it up for sale.
AND A FRIEND BOUGHT IT.

So awesome knowing that someone I know will be living in that house....


Just for fun, here are some before and after shots:
(Oh come on, I know you were wondering how that house of mine was renovated.)


































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Pretty amazing eh?




SO proud of her. Like, crazy proud ...










































Her book!
It's published!

YAY!


Check this out:

I work with some mighty talented youngin's.
I mean it.

I'm not just saying it because I know that they're probably going to read this.

One of our writers, Amy, and one of our designers, Vania, have combined forces and this is the result:

Poppy Pie 

It's a blog, About a Private Eye. With photos of amazing products. They would LOVE it if you'd check them out and subscribe. It'll be updated weekly...

Fun. And pretty. And 100% Awesome.


Thursday, February 19, 2015

Smilin'

Saw Kingsman Secret Service tonight with a friend and her daughter and smiled the entire time.
Some parts were silly. Some scenes were crazy. Some parts were disturbing but comedic.

And some parts were just fun.




If the 'f' word offends you, don't go see it.
I was immune, but when I saw it on Friday (with a different friend) she was visibly affronted each time it was uttered. And apparently it was often.

Well, it is British.
And you know how they are.
(Cue fluttering heart.)
:)

(I should mention: if you are my demographic - old, church-going female -  then you probs won't like this. Just saying.)


Keep an eye on this guy:






He's got one of my favorite types of British accents. 
Plus he can act. 
Totes adorbs, no?

Haha. 
He's just a kid - he's Max's age...
Taron Egerton.


Also?
From this movie?
I discovered another song to add to my playlist:


Get Ready for It, by Take That:






And...

I went to see my dentist today. For a cleaning. And to ask him did I really need to replace that molar?

Good news. NO cavities. And while it would be better if I had an implant put in, he said, "I'd be OK if you chose not to fill in that space."
Sadly, though, I have another issue that is going to require a specialist's special touch. Gum grafts.

On the upside, I had more kissing action in that hour than I've had in the previous 17 years. The new hygienist poked that wee suction thingy in my mouth every 20 seconds and then pursed her lips to show me, how to kiss the end so that my spit would be sucked. (As if I was a rookie at this whole spit sucking thing. Hahaha. She was too sweet...)

SIGH.

The thing I'm going to love most about heaven? My beautiful mouth. I bet it's gonna be awesome.

Oh, and speaking of good news. Have you checked Brenda's Caring Bridge site recently?
Clap and cheer along with us with THIS GOOD NEWS:

"This PET scan is good news. There is cancer activity but it is not alarming. Most of the activity is around the main tumour and I suggest we use directed radiation to kill that tumour. Then after we get the results of your brain MRI next week, I propose scheduling you for brain surgery to remove that tumour, if results show that is necessary."

He told me to continue with my current naturopathic regimen since, "you seem to be responding to it favourably," There was more discussion but the upshot of this is that I am treatable!!!   


Pretty incredible, eh?


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It's Lent.

I kick-started mine by fasting today. 
It was not fun or easy. 

And for the next 40 days? 
No chocolate.

Which doesn't sound like a big sacrifice, right?
Well, for me. It's huge. I eat lots of it, every single day. 
By lots, I mean, 2 - 3 chocolate bars a day. 

So while today was hard, it's nothing compared to 40 days without chocolate.
It's the only thing I could think of to sacrifice during this lenten season that I will miss many times during the day. 

And every time I get a craving, I will remember the cross. And I will pray for someone. 

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That's it fer now.

Three things I'm thankful for:

1. Easter
2. Shampoo
3. Oranges

Shalom,
xo

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Some Days. ARE JUST THAT GOOD.

Today was SUCH a fabulous day. Oh man.

I love it when the sun is shining.

PLUS, I learned something new at work today.

I can snag things. And add arrows, text or squiggly lines. Then I can crop and insert into a document. WHOA. The power.




Made good headway on my Production Manual this afternoon.
It will be a colourful thing of astonishing beauty by the time I'm done.


And at lunchtime, I watched another Family Project lesson/DVD. Walked out of there feeling like I hadn't wasted 20 minutes of my life. I always learn/am inspired by something.


ALSO -

I checked three items off my 101 Things To Do in 1,001 Days List:

Passport renewed. CHECK
(Got the 10 year version.)
($120 for 5 years. $160 for 10 years. No brainer.)
Wonder why it costs more to get a 10 year version?


Shudder.




Add all Book Club selections to Pages board on Pinterest. CHECK
(If you're wondering what my book club has been reading, check this out


Write a random note of encouragement. Put it in a book at a bookstore.
I DID THIS TONIGHT!


Sure did.

After work, a friend and I drove (OK, we both didn't drive. She drove. I navigated, poorly) into Vancouver. First stop?
GASTOWN. 

To wander around. 
I think I could live there. 
At 55 Water Street. Above the Spaghetti Factory. 






















































































































































































And then we went to Chapters. Because it will be closing soon. And we needed to say our farewells...




























I had about a dozen post-it notes prepared with encouraging words on them. And as we wandered through the store, I stuck notes in between the pages of some of my favorite books.

Next time we go into Vancouver, we'll pop by the library, and do it in those books too.


Three things I'm thankful for:


1. I have clean sheets on my bed and it feels glorious.
2. Sockeye salmon
3. Easter


Shalom.
xo

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Praying for Ryan

Haha.

I follow the ministry "Light in Film" and every week they post a Canadian actor for us to pray for.
The most recent actor is Ryan Reynolds.

So, naturally, and with no difficulty, I've said a prayer or two for the boy.
And I started following him on Twitter.

(He's charming. And chuckle-y.)
And well, yes. Cute.




ANYWAY, he posted an old interview he did with the team at "Vancouver Is Awesome", and if you'd like a reason to smile in the next 5 minutes, read this.
Then go ahead and say a wee prayer for the lad.
:)


Monday, February 16, 2015

Asleep by Midnight

... been doing it for about a week.
You can tell, can't you?

Haven't blogged a single thought since I started sleeping 8 hours.

Haha.

I knew something would have to give.

And now that my foot is healing, I have to try and add walking/exercise back into my waking hours.
I probs won't have time to tweet or insta or Facebook...

Who am I even?


Three things I'm thankful for:

1. AMAZING spring like sunshiney weather for the past few days. SO grateful for that. I went to the beach on Sunday afternoon by myself and walked, bought an ice cream cone, and people-watched. It was a glorious thing.

How lucky am I? That I, a single female, can go to a beach by myself and feel totally and completely safe? I can get there in a truck I bought myself, with money I earned at a job I love.

I am thankful that I live in this century, in this country.

May I be mindful of women who do not have this freedom ...
















































































































2. I am thankful for answered prayer.

3. Thankful that I've had two different friends in my girl cave this week, watching movies and hanging out AND NO ONE MENTIONED THE CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS STILL UP.

Shalom,
xo


If you're the praying sort, and you've got a sec, could you say a wee prayer for a court case that's taking place on Feb 18? Maybe simply pray that God's will be done.... Thanks.


Saturday, February 14, 2015

In Honor of Valentine's Day - Love Letters


Love letters.
We should write some.

They're powerful.

Got 5 minutes? Listen:


Listen to this.

Hilarious. Insightful. Inspiring.
It's 20 minutes, but listen anyway.
Trust me.






Write down three new things that you're grateful forfor 21 days in a row, three new things each day. And at the end of that, their brain starts to retain a pattern of scanning the world not for the negative, but for the positive first.
11:31Journaling about one positive experience you've had over the past 24 hours allows your brain to relive it.Exercise teaches your brain that your behavior matters. We find that meditation allows your brain to get over the cultural ADHD that we've been creating by trying to do multiple tasks at once and allows our brains to focus on the task at hand. And finally, random acts of kindness are conscious acts of kindness.We get people, when they open up their inbox, to write one positive email praising or thanking somebody in their support network.
11:58And by doing these activities and by training your brain just like we train our bodies, what we've found is we can reverse the formula for happiness and success, and in doing so, not only create ripples of positivity, but a real revolution.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Only Broken People Need a Saviour

"And then I was weeping... I always cry when I'm angry..."

Haha. Do you hear those words everytime you open my blog? Sorry...
Hoping if I post a bunch of small posts this evening, that video will get buried on the next page.


So.
Drop Box.
The movie.

It's about a Korean father who takes in babies that no one wants. He has a depository installed in the wall of his home so that moms can leave their unwanted little ones in a safe warm place instead of discarding them on the streets.

Its a movie that punches most people in the feelers.
Tragically, I was not affected like most of colleagues were. I was dry-eyed after my pre-screening opportunity.

HOWEVER, today? When I listened to Brian Ivie share his story? While sitting at my desk at work? I got all teary.

Brian was a 21 year old film student when he first went to Korea to do a documentary on Pastor Lee's ministry to unwanted babies. Listen here to find out how that experience affected him.

If you're not particularly interested in Korea's unwanted babies, listen anyways. Because it's not about The Drop Box, it's about the way God uses situations, regardless of the motivation, for His purposes. Brian's story is inspiring. And heart-warming. And full of hope.

I love stories like his. Love. Love. Love.