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50 Facts | Get to Know Me Better

I’ve reached a point where I have no idea what this blog’s identity is, really, other than that I like to write about certain things (in particular, film, television, pop-culture, and women’s issues) but sometimes I prefer to write about what’s going on in my life. And when I write about myself, it’s usually because whatever I’m saying I believe is relatable to someone, somewhere out there (like moving away from home or breaking out of a creative rut). But how interesting can it be to read about someone who you don’t really know? By simply reading what I write, you get a small portion of me, but the interaction isn’t necessarily as engaging as it could be. So I guess what I’m saying is, why would you want to read about what I have to say on a number of topics if you know very little about me? And that’s where this post comes in. Here are 50 facts about me. Let me know if anything resonates with your likes, dislikes, and experiences. 1. I’m 24 years old. 2. My birthday is on Cinco …

Words of Wisdom from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” “Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” “The time is always right to do what is right.” “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.” “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” “We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.” “I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality…I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.” “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” “The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over …

A Weekend in San Francisco

I spent last weekend in San Francisco with my boyfriend and wow, did we have a blast! It was my first time in the city and I already knew I’d love it before arriving, but San Francisco somehow exceeded my expectations. During our brief visit we checked out a few excellent vegan restaurants including Shizen and Golden Era, both of which would be enjoyed by vegans and meat-eaters alike. We hit up most of San Francisco’s iconic areas including Union Square, Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown, the Mission District, Haight-Ashbury, and of course the Golden Gate Bridge. Unfortunately we missed out on the Castro District, but that just means we have something already planned for next time. We also explored Golden Gate Park, took a few snap shots of the “Painted ladies” (or “Full House houses,” as I like to call them), and drove to the top of Twin Peaks road for a spectacular view of the city. On our last day we crossed the Golden Gate Bridge and spent a little time in the beautiful town of Sausalito, and then we headed back home to Los Angeles. Now that I don’t live too far …

Ways to Break Out of a Creative Rut

This was originally posted last February, but I’m back in a creative rut and I thought it was the perfect time to revisit it and try to take my own advice! Please share your tips and tricks for getting out of a funk in the comment section below.  * * * I’m in a creative rut. So what do I want to talk about? Tips for getting out of a rut, because I know what I have to do. Take a few days to focus on yourself… I’m a huge fan of “mental health days” – but if you don’t have paid sick days or are simply too busy at work to have the opportunity to take time off, be sure to do little things for yourself throughout the day. Buy a cappuccino from your favorite coffee shop, go for a walk during your lunch break, cook your favorite healthy dinner, and make sure to start that TV show you’ve been meaning to watch for months. Relax and take a few naps… When you’re not at work, take it easy. Sometimes the weekends are …

DIVERSITY in the Words of Ava DuVernay

In this short video produced by TIFF, Ava DuVernay discusses the importance of featuring diverse voices in front of and behind the camera. Not only is film forever, but film also informs so much of what we understand about the world. By restricting who gets to make movies, and who and what those films are about, we drastically limit the possibilities of the medium. When we see films about women, people of color, young people, old people, gay people, transgender people, disabled people, Muslims, Jews, indigenous people, immigrants – it’s essentially a reminder that those stories matter. You matter. Demand that Hollywood represent our richly diverse nation. Watch movies made by women and people of color. Seek out films from other countries. Share your love of these films. Do your part.

20 Facts on the 20th Anniversary of ‘Toy Story’

Toy Story was released on November 22, 1995, when I was only four years old. As much as my childhood memories are already beginning to fade, I’ll never forget what it felt like to see Toy Story as a child. The fun, the adventure, and the joy of witnessing toys come to life and conquer their own fears – it was magical, and in many ways, still is. As the company’s first feature-length film, Toy Story signaled the beginning of a generation of Pixar classics. In honor of Toy Story‘s 20th anniversary, here are 20 fun facts! 1. Toy Story was directed by John Lasseter. 2. It was the highest grossing film of 1995. 3. Woody and Buzz Lightyear were inspired by toys that Lasseter had as a child. 4. Billy Crystal was offered the role of Buzz Lightyear, but turned it down. After seeing the completed film, he claimed that it was the biggest mistake of his entire career. 5. The character of Sid is supposedly inspired by a former Pixar employee who would take apart toys and then reassemble them into strange creations. 6. The carpet in …

Get Off Your Phone

I’m certainly guilty of spending too much time looking at my phone in public, but I’ve decided to make a change. I’m no longer going to use my phone as a social crutch, scrolling through Twitter on the bus to avoid unwanted conversations or obsessively check my emails throughout the day to make sure I haven’t missed a new event to RSVP to. I’m going to engage with my surroundings and soak in everything I can. I’m going back to basics. Although this video wasn’t the inspiration for my change, and it’s definitely super cheesy, I think it puts into perspective just how often we are sharing space with others who are also staring at their phones. I’ve spent the past two weeks or so avoiding my phone in public, and it has honestly made me a happier person. I’ve been talking to strangers on the metro, people watching, and noticing more about my surroundings. When I see something interesting, I don’t necessarily pull out my phone to document it, though I do still share some stuff with friends and family on Snapchat. …

Need a Pep-Talk? Here are 15 Quotes to Brighten Your Day

With my first semester of graduate school coming to an end, I’ve been seriously stressed out and my self-esteem has suffered as a result. Whether there’s something going on at work or at home, or you’re just in a rut that you can’t explain, we all need a pep-talk sometimes. Here are 15 quotes that help me get through those rough days, weeks, or months.   “Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.” – Og Mandino “With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.” – Eleanor Roosevelt “The more we do, the more we can do.” – William Hazlitt “We may encounter many defeats, but we must never be defeated.” – Maya Angelou “When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.” – Elon Musk “In my experience, there is only one motivation, and that is desire. No reasons or principle contain it or stand against it.” – Jane Smiley “There is no passion to be found in playing small – in settling for …

If You Care About Our Environment, Then You Must Watch ‘Cowspiracy’

As a vegetarian for the past decade or so, I’ve been well aware of the ethical implications of eating meat, but I was never fully educated on the extreme impact animal agriculture has on our environment. About a month ago I decided to become vegan for three reasons: animal welfare (because eating dairy and eggs causes just as much harm to animals as eating meat does), the positive impact a vegan lifestyle has on the environment, and for health reasons. I was inspired by a number of vegans on YouTube (who I will post about in a few weeks), and documentaries available on Netflix, but watching Cowspiracy has cemented my decision more than anything else. The truth of the matter is, if you want to leave a planet for our children and our children’s children to thrive on, then we need to start making changes. I strongly believe that education can change the world, but I’ve also come to the conclusion that businesses want us to be uneducated about certain topics, because if we knew what was really happening, we’d ask difficult questions and …

Brief Thoughts on Netflix & Other Streaming Services

In a recent interview with Vulture, Quentin Tarantino voiced his opposition to streaming on a small screen: “It’s just a generational thing, but that doesn’t mean I’m not depressed by it. The idea that somebody’s watching my movie on a phone, that’s very depressing to me.” Though I believe that nothing trumps absorbing a film in a dark theater with your loved ones sharing the experience with you, or even just alone, it seems that having the chance to watch at home has fortified our ever-evolving relationship with media. We can now watch movies or shows in bed, on a plane, or in a car. One could argue that this new way of watching has destroyed the experience a little (and the intentions of the medium itself), and maybe that’s true, but one could also assert that it has strengthened the relationship between the viewer and what they’re viewing. Accessibility and intimacy has revolutionized media. Our role as audience members is less formal, and in many ways more powerful. We consume in a manner that has muscled its way into our day-to-day life. Watching something …