Iron Man 3: A Movie to Watch For

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What a man! The iconic Iron Man returns the theaters yet again! One of my favorite superheroes is back for more, but things aren’t what they seem anymore. Coming out MAY 3, 2013 (a day after my birthday. nice present huh?!) is a movie you DON’T want to miss!

Check out this official trailer!

Things to Stop Doing to Yourself: Part 4

I hope that the previous Things to Stop Doing to Yourself Part 1, 2, and 3 were enjoyable! But I want to add ANOTHER installment. Yeah, yeah, you might be thinking, “holy cow another one,” but they are too good not to share! Here it goes!

  1. Stop focusing on what you don’t want to happen. Focus on what you do want to happen. Positive thinking is at the core of all great success stories. If you wake up anticipating something good to happen, more than likely, even if small, something good will come to light.
  2. Stop worrying so much. Worry does nothing but add more stress to the current stress load. Thinking about all the worry will strip you from the good right in front of you. Honestly, will it really matter a year from now? If no, stop sweating it and take your mind on positive.
  3. Stop blaming others for your troubles. The extent to which you achieve is proportionate to the extent you take responsibility for yourself. When you blame others, you deny responsibility. Doing that gives others power over that area in your life. 
  4. Stop trying to make things perfect. The only true perfection is God and we are most definitely not Him. If you critique every work, you’ll waste your life away. And furthermore, the real world does not reward perfectionists, but instead those who get things done. 
  5. Stop running from your problems. Face them! Of course they won’t be easy. Great victories don’t come from every battle being easy. And we’re not supposed to be able to solve every problem instantly; that’s not how we’re designed. Besides, struggles allow us to learn, grow, adapt, mature, and become more fully who we are meant to be. Though a hard task, facing your problems, your rewards will be better than all those problems. 

 

Bathing Suits to Suit You the Best!

Can you feel it in the air? The sunshine and warmth floating through the breeze and kissing your skin? SPRING IS HERE! And I don’t know about you, but I am darn glad that the sun and great weather is out from behind the clouds. But as this time of  year comes, not everyone is ready to face the beach and feel completely confident. Trust me, I have been victim to this too. But there is hope! Sometimes, just a little adjustment in what type of bathing suit you wear can actually make a difference, even making you feel so much more ready! So, with that being said, take a look at these tips to find the best suit for you.

Bust Increase: embellishments will pump up the volume- or at least create that optical illusion

Look for

  • gathering detail
  • RUFFLES, RUFFLES, and more RUFFLES
  • “Enhancing tops”

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Bust Support: coverage is the best and sometimes you need that help keeping everything in place!

Look for

  • underwires
  • boning at sides (strong elastic band)
  • banded halter

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Emphasize Curves: for those who can and feel comfortable, go on with your bad self! Hugging your curves and drawing attention to them is an easy thing to do.

Look for

  • princess seaming
  • same color print top and bottom
  • cut out one piece

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Minimize Curves: thicker straps minimize hugging too tight to your body and tankinis can elongate your torso, slimming the appearance of your body.

Look for

  • thicker straps
  • full coverage
  • v- neck tops
  • sporty suits

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Lengthen Body: perhaps if you are petite or simply want to make your body look longer, having a higher waistline provides the optical illusion that your legs are longer. Try it on for size!

Look for

  • bottoms sitting slightly higher on hips
  • thinner sides
  • higher waistline

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What are you waiting for?! Hit the beach, lake, river, or whatever with confidence! Honestly, YOU GOT THIS! Strut your stuff and feel great doing it. Even if your body is something of an issue, slowly but surely you can build confidence. Take the spring and summer by storm. You are beautiful and wonderfully made; you have something great to offer to the world! Have fun and enjoy life!

So I know I didn’t cover everything, but I covered some body styles! If you have a body type that I didn’t cover, comment and let me know and I will add those too! I want to know what you think and what you are looking for. Please, if you have any more tips, share!

Put on your shades, lather up, and live abundantly.

Classic Must See Movies!

It seems like lately the majority of movies have lost old film making charm. With all the special effects and streamlining celebrity actors, we now lean on more of the skills we can build with computers and actors that bring in crowds just because of their name, not always because of their raw acting ability. 

That’s why I’m writing today, to remind you of the BEST films. In the warm summer nights, watch some of these timeless movies to bring all those warm feelings back 😉

  • Pretty in Pink. 1986. This is a story of a poor girl that must choose between the affections of her doting childhood sweetheart and a rich but sensitive playboy. Overcoming personal obstacles and finding true love are the themes throughout this movie. Molly Ringwald, the main actress, starred in several of these blockbuster, feel-good 80s movies. Look it up, great acting. 

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  • The Breakfast Club. 1985. Five high school students, all different stereotypes, meet in detention, where they pour their hearts out to each other, and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought. There’s a rebel, a jock, a princess, a freak, and a nerd. They all come together and create a strong bond. And I would even venture to say that this movie has one of the best film soundtracks ever created. 

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  • Jaws. 1975. When a gigantic great white shark begins to menace the small island community of Amity, a police chief, a marine scientist and grizzled fisherman set out to stop it. With this breakthrough genre blockbuster, it set the scene for all future suspense movies, rocking box offices, and furthering the brand with 3 additional movies. WATCH THEM ALL. Won 3 Oscars. Another 9 wins & 13 nominations. They are easily my FAVORITE movies. That, along with my next classic must see choices!

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  • Indiana Jones: Raider of the Lost Ark. 1981. Archeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the US government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis. He also has a line of movies, all in which you should see. 

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  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. 1986. A high school wise guy is determined to have a day off from school, despite of what the principal thinks of that. He has great experiences, like signing and having a party during the parade, catching a baseball at a big baseball game, and more. The ultimate right of passage adventure movie. And who doesn’t love Matthew Broderick?? 

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So, go out, watch these AMAZING movies, and I promise you won’t regret it. 

As always, be blessed. 

Things to Stop Doing to Yourself: Part 3

That’s right! Another installment of Things to Stop Doing to Yourself. Hope you enjoy!

  1. Stop spending time with the wrong people. Life is too short to waste your time with people who suck all the happiness out of you. If someone wants you in their life, they will make room; you wouldn’t have to fight for a spot. Never insist on spending time with people who continuously look over your worth or don’t put value on you. 
  2. Stop lying to yourself. You can lie to anyone else in the world, but you can’t lie to yourself. Our lives improve only when we take chances, and the first and most difficult chance we take is to be honest with ourselves. Think of it as The Road Less Traveled. 
  3. Stop trying to be someone you’re not. You are extremely unique, so stop trying to copy and morph yourself into someone else or something you’re not. Don’t change so people will like you. Be yourself. 
  4. Stop berating yourself for old mistakes. We may end up falling for the wrong person or get emotional about the wrong things, but no matter how things go wrong, but in all that happens, mistakes make us better. We learn, we grow, and we more fully develop into the person we are meant to be. Your mistakes do not define you. 
  5. Stop exclusively looking to others for happiness. If you’re not happy with yourself, you won’t be happy otherwise. Don’t look to people for happiness; happiness comes from within, not man. You need stability inside before you can share it with someone else. 

Time Management and Sabbath

ImageCurrently, I am a junior in college, taking 17 credit hours, working 20 hours a week, working a scholarship job for school in addition to that, play intramural sports, and manage to stay in one piece. How in the world could I do such and still be standing? Time management. 

There are things in your life that are essential, like paying your bills, working, and taking care of you body, and some are definitely not, like watching 4 hours of kittens on youtube, taking up a new hobby like advanced origami, and teaching your canary to sing Madonna. 

I make those silly analogies to help you realize that in life your priorities need to be straight. But why is that so hard? Because we lack focus and discipline. Sorry I called you out, and trust me, it isn’t fun when I have to do it to myself. Well where do I start? I’m glad you asked. 

I have things that I plan my weeks by. Look ahead to see if something is coming up, and PLAN ACCORDINGLY. Don’t brush it off your shoulder as if it’s not important because doing that will bit you in the butt. 

Put your essentials first: work, homework, chores, and personal care like exercising and eating right. THEN may you move into “extracurricular activities.” Make sure you accomplish those things before moving on the next. When you take care of A, B, C, and D properly, you can then fully dive into E and F. 

Be efficient and productive. Don’t get distracted (easier said than done I’m aware). But being focused will save you more time, and then when you do relax it is more fulfilling because you are not worried about other things to do. Image

One HUGE THING TO STRESS is the idea of a Sabbath. Honestly, this is one of the most important concepts in life I have found and it does me wonders. Out of your week, take a Sabbath; that is, plan a day or a few hours time of rest and relaxation. Not taking time to sit down and rest and enjoy life will burn you out. Trust me, I’ve been victim to this before. 

If you do not refuel and relax your mind, it can lead to serious health problems wearing down your immune system, and even warping your mental health and stability. 

So in between all the important priorities, make resting a part of one. Seriously take a few hours and do what you enjoy. Not only will it be fun, but it will also refresh your mind to be sharper moving ahead. Not resting is simply counterproductive. 

I might not know the absolute key to time management, but with my crazy schedule, being efficient and taking a time of rest goes further than most think.  But the biggest thing is to in the midst of it all take care of yourself, plan accordingly, and make time to rest. 

As always, be blessed.