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Netflix Phenomena!

Netflix Phenomena!

In honor of season 2 of STRANGER THINGS premiering at the end of the month, I wanted to talk a little bit about --

Netflix.

We have all heard of and most likely have all used Netflix, at one point or another -- or even on a daily basis (especially on the weekends, am I right?!). So, how and when did Netflix become such a huge part of our content consumption? How in the heck did Netflix turn into what it is today?!

A Dream Deferred

A Dream Deferred

Most days, when I get up to start my day, I remember my purpose -- remember my dreams and get to it, trying to bring them to fruition. But some days, I feel burdened down with adulting -- (you know the phrase) -- taking care of my responsibilities for the most part, which is important, but forgetting to tap in and see how I'm doing -- to see if I'm still on track with my dreams and purpose.

It's easy to push our dreams to the side, 'cause let's be honest, it's sometimes easier to do just that. This happens most often as we get older...

Movies in August!

Movies in August!

Can you believe it's already August?! This summer (and year) is moving way too fast -- but let's get to it! 

August tends to be a transition period for films. It's the "in-between" as far as big summer blockbuster movies and the smaller, award season contenders aka some movies you might not have really heard of yet. :) The month of August might jumpstart award season by having a few contenders. Award season is my absolute favorite time for movies. (I'll get to that deep love later on... in September/October when things really start poppin' off!!) :) 

My list for this month is a little tricky. I have just as many "maybes" as I do "for sure seeing" but, nevertheless --

Here's what I'm catching in the theater this month:

Reset & Reconnect

Reset & Reconnect

I had a (somewhat) "big birthday" a couple of weeks ago...and I always get in a state of reflection when my birthday arrives. But regardless of birthdays, I find that I tend to think about these things often, especially living here in Los Angeles.

We're constantly reminded that we should be hustling more and more. It surrounds us everywhere -- in every coffee shop, store, and with pretty much every person we meet. 

L.A. is a place where people come to chase their dreams -- or to help bring their dreams to fruition and make them a reality. So it's natural, in a way, that we -- Angelenos -- would have that mindset. But I'm beginning to fully realize that that particular mindset isn't necessarily healthy to have on a constant basis.

Movies in July!

Movies in July!

MOVIES: JULY EDITION!

It's the July edition already y'all! Time is moving by so quickly it seems. July is also my birthday month!! (And Game of Thrones premieres on my birthday actually! :) See my post on this great series here!) 

But back to why I'm here -- it's time for my movie picks for July!! I always look forward to movies around this time, especially when I know Christopher Nolan has one premiering. He always seems to release his films in July (around my birthday usually). He knows what he's doing! ;)

Also, I can always count on at least one epic film that is both vast, entertaining, and hits a lot of emotional notes. So, here are a few films I'm looking forward to seeing in the theater this month:

  • Dunkirk
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming
  • War for the Planet of the Apes

Summer Lovin' (& Intentional Living)

Summer Lovin' (& Intentional Living)

S U M M E R ! 

It's here (tomorrow to be exact), but it's already, definitely, been "feeling" like it around L.A.

This heat y'all.

This heat is no joke, and I'm from the South! :) I, of course, am grateful for this air conditioned room I'm in while writing this (and for the ocean breeze when I'm on the westside). But this heat, Lord have mercy! Lol! But back to why I'm here (and looking on the B R I G H T side)! ;)

Los Angeles is a great place to be during the summer! Aside from being so ridiculously beautiful, there are so many endless activities, possibilities and staycation ideas...that you literally can't be bored around these parts (unless you "choose" to be)!

I'm starting to fill up my summer to-do list (which includes a lot of creative projects thank goodness!) But one major "thing" aka mantra that's at the top is:

L I V I N G  with  I N T E N T I O N.

I'm sure you've heard this phrase at one point or another. It tends to get thrown around a lot. But it's a mantra I try to hold at the forefront of my mind -- intentional living, to be an active participant in my own life.

I've been living in L.A. a while and I'm about to...

Coffee & Routines (& Gaga)

Coffee & Routines (& Gaga)


Coffee has been a great addition to each one of my days. Okay, let me break it down for you. 

My work schedule can be a little all over the place. A lot of people living in Los Angeles or NYC -- or someone working in an industry like mine, can relate to this. Work days can be really sporadic sometimes.

A few months ago, I started a little routine. I started going to the coffee shop in the mornings -- even if I have a busy day ahead, I try to slip in going in the morning or early afternoon if I can. This is what I like to call my "me time" or "my thing"....

Adaptations

Adaptations

Film and TV Adaptations

There seems to be more and more... and more books being adapted into films or tv shows -- more than usual I should say, over the past few years. It's definitely a "popular" thing to do right now if you're a producer...and books definitely seem like go-to materials for studios lately.

Acquire the rights to a successful book that already has a built-in audience (or sometimes books that haven't even come out yet called galleys that you think will become successful) and adapt them into features or a series -- and BOOM! You might have an instant hit (or so you hope -- The Circle, starring Emma Watson and Tom Hanks was just released and didn't perform that well at the box office, among others).  

This year, there are (around) 20 film adaptations being released. I've already seen two of them...

Movies in May!

Movies in May!

Movies: May Edition!

My absolute favorite time of the year for movies is award season, which comes later in the year. But my second favorite time of the year for movies is definitely the spring/summer season.

A bulk of big studio movies start to make their way into the theater around this time. A few movies that I'm mostly looking forward to in MAY are:

  • Guardians of the Galaxy - Vol. 2
  • Alien: Covenant
  • Everything, Everything

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Goals (& Alfred)

Goals (& Alfred)

It's Monday! Let's set those goals, but first......☕️☕️ Am I right?! 🙆🏾:)

One of my favorite little coffee shops around L.A has to be -- Alfred Coffee!

Each Alfred Coffee shop is unique in its own way and specifically designed for that neighborhood. This one is in my 'hood and its interior design is right up my alley. I love the color scheme and decor throughout! ✨