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Gratitude (+ Thanksgiving!)

Gratitude (+ Thanksgiving!)

I always tend to take some time to reflect around the holidays, as I'm sure we all do. I reflect on how things are going and how things have went, and I always seem to become more aware of how I need to practice gratitude more often, more frequently.

Sometimes we get so caught up with the little problems that might be bothering us at the time. Sometimes we become consumed by them and we let these so called problems control how we feel and cope from day-to-day. Sometimes it's overwhelming.

But during these times, even though it can be difficult at first, we must stop and reflect on all the good that's occuring in our lives. We need to practice gratitude as often as we can, for the sake of our minds, for the sake of our heart, for the sake of our lives...

Joy, Happiness, & the In-Between

Joy, Happiness, & the In-Between

Joy and happiness.

What causes joy? Can you make yourself happy?

JOY is internal and I believe it manifests from knowing who you are, making peace with that, and your purpose here.

HAPPINESS comes in all forms -- and it's risen up by something good happening to us or around us which then triggers a happy feeling, if we let it.

Happiness is more temporary than joy.

I personally think both of these, intertwined, are essential for a healthy lifestyle -- a healthy journey.

I wanted to share with you a few blurbs, quotes, and thoughts I've recently read... and a couple I hold dear to my heart... that I hope will inspire you... to help you find and keep the joy burning! And I hope they will inspire you to take more chances with your happy!

Summer Reads!

Summer Reads!

Summer is a great time for big blockbuster films, but it's also a great time to catch up on some good, fun summer reads -- to slow things down and let your imagination take over by reading a great novel!

Whether you're at the beach or on vacation...or on a plane or lounging around the house...or just hanging out at the local park -- you can never go wrong with setting aside some time to immerse yourself in a good book. 

Below are a few of my favorites (and a couple I've just picked up) that I'm diving into this summer!

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...

Henrietta Lacks (& Oprah)

Henrietta Lacks (& Oprah)

 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks premiered tonight on HBO (it's also on HBO Go & HBO Now as well)!

I had been looking forward to this film ever since I first saw the trailer before an episode of Big Little Lies a few weeks ago! I remember watching it and being engrossed with this story -- and fixated on Oprah Winfrey. I remember thinking, "What a minute........