Inspiration: What is yours?


OK. Admit it. You have had one of those days where you just can’t find a reason to get out of bed let alone find inspiration. I have been there so many times it would be impossible to count. Yet, most days, we do get up out of that bed and get on with our day. What inspires you? What makes you say, “OK. I can do this.”?

I have many things to motivate me. Most days, it is my family. I know I have to be there for my daughter, to be an example. She needs me to be her rock in these arduous teen years. It’s hard enough for her to get out of bed some days too.

If that doesn’t work, I turn to music. As I have mentioned, music is emotion to me. I have certain songs I know I can go to for comfort and encouragement. It’s kind of cliche, but I still love Josh Groban’s “You Raise Me Up” for those days I need an extra boost.

But, my biggest inspiration for quite some time came last week. I met a friend from high school for lunch. Other then seeing each other in town every once in awhile or talking for a minute or two on Facebook, we really hadn’t had much contact for about 18 years. It was a bit awkward at first, but then we just started to talk about life and our struggles. He had been diagnosed with Leukemia and was now almost 2 years into remission. He went through so much in that time and came out on the other side with a great attitude. He said to me with a smile, “Every day I wake up is a good day.” That hit me hard. With all of my struggles with my own health I had really gone into a depression and most days couldn’t see the good in life. What he said made me think, “Wow. If he can be that positive after all he has been through and will continue to deal with over the coming years, why can’t I?” I decided that day to start seeing things differently. To start noticing the things and people around me again. To truly open up my heart to the world again. I am scared that I will get hurt again. I am scared that my own health issues will continue to make life hard. But, I feel I should really try. I don’t know how long I will stay this way…when the depression might seep back in or the pain in my body will cause me to doubt again. I just know that I owe it to myself, my family, and my great friend to be a bit more positive about life. I lost so many years and relationships because of my depression. I want to heal that pain and start a new journey in life.

Today is a new day and I will embrace it. What will you do? I hope you find your inspiration and have a great day.



The Music In My Heart


Those that know me in real life know I love music. I’m fairly certain I have been singing as long as I have been been talking. I’m no Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, or the amazing Ella Fitzgerald, but I can carry a tune. I have been in multiple choirs/groups throughout my life. Everything from church to show choir to acapella. My taste in music varies widely…from Bach to Beck.

I have been known to just bust out singing for the hell of it. It doesn’t seem to matter what mood I am in, I can find a song to match it. If I am in a bad mood, I can break out the angsty tunes by Avril Lavigne or Alanis Morissette. Lighthearted mood, gotta go Colbie Caillat or Jason Mraz. Straight No Chaser is always a good pick-me-up. You get the picture…

Music, to me, transcends boundaries. There is no color, no nationality, no prejudice. It is notes on a page magically brought to life by talented artists. That’s how I choose to see the world. We are all artists bringing our unique talents to the world. Each of us have a different melody in our hearts, but together we make beautiful music.

Take a moment today to find the music in your heart.


Les Miserables- My review

First, I must apologize for not blogging for a bit. Life took over. But I will try my hardest to keep up with this from now on.  thumbsup


So my husband asked me what I would like to do for my birthday this year. (I will be hitting the big 40 on Saturday.) I was able to convince him to take me to see Les Miserables. I have been wanting to see this film for awhile now and it seemed like a good time to get payback for all the action/Superhero movies I have sat through in the past year. (Avengers, anyone? Eeek.) He got a bit squirmy a few times, but he made it through like a champ! I had a hard time not bursting out singing in the middle of the theater. I held back the tears though, although an older couple in front of us were holding each other by the end and bawling.

Here is my two cents about the film:

Overall, it held up quite well to the Broadway musical. I enjoyed the fact that the actors actually did “live” takes of their songs and it wasn’t pre-taped and lip synched. You could truly read the emotions and passion on their faces as they sang. That process made all the difference in the world.

From the beginning shot of Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean, I knew he would steal the show. His transformation into a slave was incredible. He was barely recognizable due to his weight loss and his hair cut short. His voice was wonderful throughout and he deserves all the accolades he has been receiving. (My husband kept waiting for Wolverines claws to come out and kill everyone. Would have made it a completely different, yet entertaining movie!) Hugh Jackman

LOVED Anne Hathaway as Fantine. The fact that she allowed her hair to be chopped off to keep the authenticity of the role made Fantine seem so much more real. Her version of “I Dreamed a Dream” blew me away. I was hoping her character would live longer so I could hear more of her beautiful voice. Anne has come a LONG way from the Princess Diaries!


As for Russell Crowe…His acting as Javert was great. He definitely embraced the character. But, as for his singing…maybe he could have used a few more vocal lessons. It was good for what it was, but it couldn’t hold up to the other voice talents in the film. I honestly have to say it took me out of the movie a bit.   crowe-1-0102

Amanda Seyfried was wonderful as Cosette. Her vocals, as always, were impeccable. Some of her high notes blew me away. She played quite well off of Hugh Jackman and Eddie Redmayne. The only time I almost shed tears was at the end when Jean Valjean is dying (Sorry. Spoiler alert!) and Cosette is weeping. Such beautiful acting by all.  les-miserables-still08 A Seyfried

Eddie Redmayne was perfect as Marius. I had never heard Eddie sing before, but was pleasantly surprised! He has such a beautiful tone. (Decent eye candy as well!) His scenes with both Amanda and Samantha Barks were wonderful. les-miserables-eddie-redmayne

Samantha Barks as Eponine was ingenious. It is hard to believe that this is her first feature film role! I had seen her play the role in the 25th Anniversary version of the musical. She was just as breathtaking on the big screen. Samantha’s version of “On My Own” was mesmerizing. That is my favorite song from the musical and she is now my favorite artist to sing it.  Samantha Barks

Isabelle Allen as young Cosette and Daniel Huttlestone as Gavroche were adorable. Isabelle was spot on singing “Castle on a Cloud”. She was amusing while trying to get away from the innkeeper and his wife! Daniel was hilarious with “Little People”. Such a little bad ass! I knew his death scene (Again, sorry. Spoiler alert!) was imminent, but it still shocked me. I hated to see him go.  les

The parts that concerned me the most were of the innkeeper and his wife. When I heard that the wife would be Helena Bonham Carter, that seemed fitting. She always does wacky roles. When I heard Sacha Baron Cohen was cast as the innkeeper I wasn’t as thrilled. Never been a huge fan of his. He just seems like a total jerk to me. But, singing aside, they both did the roles justice. They were quite entertaining and I guess that is the bottom line. les-miserables-helena-bonham-carter-sacha-baron-cohen-thenardier-via-suicideblonde

Overall, I would say that I quite enjoyed the film. The music and vocal talents were outstanding and the acting was wonderful. I would easily recommend it to those that enjoy musicals and to those that need to get payback for all the action movies you have endured! (Love you hubby!) I would give it an 81/2 out of 10.