Good morning, friends!! It’s a beautiful fall morning and I’m back at the library!! You know what that means, don’t you? I’m ready to write, write, write — and share some Monday Motivational Quotes! Remember how I mentioned my need for calm last week? Well, I was thinking about that again yesterday morning. I was all comfy cozy in bed, the house was all quiet and I thought, “Ahhh, yes, the solitude is so nice! That’s just what I need!” And it’s so true!! I’ve been craving some downtime peace and quiet. Maybe it’s my body powering down for the long winter coming up. Or maybe it’s because I’ve been reflecting on some things. Whatever the reason, here are some quotes about the joys of quiet and solitude…
Happy Friday, friends!! What are you doing this weekend? I’m so ready for a calm weekend — well, aside from trying to convince my mom to skip Zumba so we can have a leisurely morning of game playing! Maybe she’ll see this post and decide to stay home? I can always dream, can’t I…? I hope you all have a relaxing couple days, and here are my favorite finds from the wonderful Web…
55 fictional witches, ranked.
Everyone needs to read this powerful obituary.
Stylist Stephanie Thomas is helping those with disabilities make a fashion statement with adaptive clothing.
Goodbye, Redbook magazine… *insert crying emoji*
Is Michael Bublé really retiring?
Plus, check out these wise words from women writers this week…
[Photo via We Heart It]
Happy Monday, friends!! Well, as you can see, our motivational quotes are coming a bit late today. I took a shopping trip yesterday, which I normally don’t do on the weekends, and apparently, I got myself all tired out!! Who knew? Anyway, you all know that I have such a love/hate relationship with autumn. It’s such an emotionally charged time of year because it’s when my father got sick in 2002, so the sense memories are quite strong. But I’m trying to truly appreciate the autumn splendor this year, so perhaps these quotes will help me get in the spirit. Here’s to falling leaves, pumpkins and apple cider and, my personal favorite, CANDY CORN…
Happy Friday, friends!! Are you ready for a great weekend?? I’m excited because my bus service recently started offering rides on the weekend so I’m taking my mom out for lunch on Sunday!! She wants to go to Steak ‘n Shake, but I’m pushing for Chili’s. Help us decide?? Thanks, too, for the kind words on my Open Letter to USA Today — it meant a lot and it felt good to get my thoughts out like that!! I hope you all have a great weekend, and here are my favorite finds from the wonderful Web…
My eBay search lately.
Yes, I need this: Best mobile apps for writers!
More distressing stories of men behaving badly.
Have you heard of moonmoons?
The teaser trailer for the live-action Aladdin is here!!
Are you registered to vote?
35 best love songs OF ALL TIME. Swoon…
…and the 20 best kids’ movies…
And, don’t forget to check out these incredible works by women writers…
[Photo via We Heart It]
Move over, Christmas!!! This may be an unpopular opinion, but I’m of the firm belief that September and October is the most wonderful time of the year!! Truly, you can go ahead and keep your sparkly tree and your perfectly wrapped presents with bows on top. For me, it’s ALL about the new TV season!
Right now, we’re deeply committed to watching every episode of NCIS. Seriously, I can’t get my mom to watch ANYTHING else — it’s all Gibbs, all the time around here!
I’m not complaining, of course, but I always think about the state of TV shows around this time every year. Partly because I’m still thinking about the on-the-edge-of-your-seat cliffhangers from the previous season. And partly because I like to daydream about what TV shows *could* be. TV is about escapism, sure, and Lord knows that we need some distractions in this current political climate, but TV is all about storytelling. At its core, it’s a medium that has incredible power to make powerful statements in a powerful way — the new TV season should be just as powerful too!
So, what would I love to see this year? Here are five plots and situations that would be aces in my book…
A time when there ISN’T a happy ending: Because, well, life isn’t always rainbows, sunshine and unicorns. Sometimes the storm clouds descend and it would be refreshing to see how characters would handle that. And I’m not talking about the kind of plot where the characters get into a jam and then — magic! — everything is resolved by the end of the episode. Nope. I’m talking about total unhappiness and things don’t get better.
Mental health is front and center: Today is World Mental Health Day, so this one is particularly timely. It’s time to shatter stigmas on the small screen, to pull back the curtain on something that so many people struggle with. No shame, remember?
More women with disabilities in leading roles: I wrote about this for Glamour a couple years ago and I’m still holding out hope for that role! I mean, not for myself — although, Hollywood, if you’d like to cast me, my schedule could be open in a hot second! Seriously, though, similar to mental illness, it’s time to shatter stigmas! Women with disabilities are ready for their close-up!
Musicals! Musicals! Musicals!: Maybe I’m just biased because I’m still obsessed with Glee and have watched the series TWICE so far, but there’s nothing quite like a toe-tapping good time in the form of music. And let’s not forget, you can express a lot with just the right song. Journey power ballads, anyone??
The fall of the patriarchy: This, honestly, is what I’m most excited about, particularly as House of Cards kicks off its last season on November 2nd (Claire Underwood FTW…) and the reality of our cultural landscape just seems to get worse every single day. Women will take over the world. Mark my words on that!
[Top photo via The Telegraph]