All posts tagged: Future

Workout Playlist

For the past few months I’ve been exercising somewhat consistently, which has reminded me of the importance of having a quality workout playlist. If the wrong song comes on while I’m at the gym – something slow or sad – it immediately squashes my motivation. I then have to stop what I’m doing to find the right song, and my whole routine is thrown out of whack! I’m being a little dramatic, but a good workout playlist truly is essential. So here are a few songs that I listen to when I’m working out What are you listening to when you exercise? ❤

Watch Abha Dawesar’s TED Talk: “Life in the ‘Digital Now'”

I don’t often watch or listen to TED Talks, but when I happen across one while endlessly scrolling online or listening to NPR – like Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s “We Should All Be Feminists” – they always seem to emerge at the perfect time in my life. And I love novelist Abha Dawesar’s “Life in the ‘Digital Now,’” not only because she’s brilliant and speaks to so much about our digital lives that I’ve been trying to grasp, but her talk came into my life at the exact moment I needed it. I’m currently taking an entertainment business class at USC about digital technology and the entertainment industry. For the most part I thoroughly enjoy the course, but I wasn’t prepared for all of the focus on futurism and our likely destinies as tech-obsessed individuals and societies. Taking this class has made me realize that talk of a hyper-technological reality is personally anxiety inducing. And visions of a world filled with AR, VR, and AI are absolutely terrifying. I may be typing this blog post using WordPress on my laptop, and I …

Getting Lucky

I used to work for a person who was a total jerk but gave me some sound career and life advice: You create your own luck. While there are numerous factors which may impede both our daily and long-term pursuits (race, gender, class, disability, etc.), we can always be our best selves. As someone who is motivated, though often scared of truly putting myself out there, sometimes I seem to get in the way of my own potential. I second guess my ability and worry about what people may think of me or my work, and as a result, I usually play it safe. But if you pay attention to many of those with successful careers who weren’t born with immense privilege (Queen Oprah comes to mind), at one point – or more like many – they put it all on the line. They certainly got lucky when making their way to the top, but they had to work hard to get lucky. What is required of someone who creates their own luck? They’re assertive, confident, and driven. They are unflappable and unafraid …

Bob Marley: Words of an Icon

“Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you’re riding through the ruts, don’t complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy. Don’t bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality. Wake Up and Live!” “None but ourselves can free our minds.” “One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” “Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet.” “The greatness of man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.” “If you’re white and you’re wrong, then you’re wrong; if you’re black and you’re wrong, then you’re wrong. People are people. Black, blue, pink, green – God make no rules about color: only society make rules where people suffer, and that why we must have redemption and redemption now.” “Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds!” “In this bright future you can’t forget your past.” “Me only have one ambition, y’know. I only have one thing I …

Change – A Bittersweet Feeling

I love change. I thrive off of it. But for the first time in my life I’m making a major change, and it’s surprisingly bittersweet. I didn’t expect I would feel this way. I thought I’d leave my job and move and everything would feel like a simple progression that just made sense. I was sure it would be easy to leave home and forge a new one. But it’s not. It’s terrifying. It wasn’t until recently that I realized that being from Tucson is a substantial part of my identity. All of my closest friends were born and raised here, and there’s a certain understanding about this city that we all share. When it’s a Saturday night and you don’t want to go to the same bar you’ve been to 400 times, it’s annoying. When you damage your tires because there are massive potholes everywhere, it’s terrible. And when it’s summertime and too hot to even step outside for a moment, it’s unbearable. But this strange little city is ours and we’re proud of it. So although I feel ready to move on, …

Netflix Recommendations: Recent Releases

Happy Christmas → In wonderful Joe Swanberg fashion, Happy Christmas feels so real because it is. The dialogue was completely improvised and the production was filmed in Swanberg’s home and stars both him and is actual baby son. How cool is that?! Baby Swanberg is so entertaining that he’s enough of a reason to see Happy Christmas, but everything else about the film is quite wonderful too. Jenny (Anna Kendrick) is a somewhat careless twenty-something-year-old who comes to Chicago to live with her brother Jeff (Joe Swanberg) and his wife Kelly (Melanie Lynskey). Her arrival totally shakes things up and makes for a great story about the responsibilities that come with growing up and the importance of making personal happiness a priority, even in the face of adversity. I also enjoyed Lena Dunham’s playful role in the film as Kelly’s slightly more stable friend, Carson. Happy Christmas will definitely be on my Favorite Films of 2014 list!   The One I Love → Ethan (Mark Duplass) and Sophie (Elizabeth Moss) have a marriage that was once fun and loving, but is now falling apart. In an attempt …

Keep Your Eyes on Your Own Paper

In a roundtable interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Laura Dern said that when her third grade teacher told her to keep her eyes on her own paper, it was the greatest piece of advice she was ever given. I’m at a point in my life where I feel as though I’ve fallen a little behind. I would have loved to move to Los Angeles right after graduating from college over a year ago, but as life goes, things didn’t work out as I had planned. I’ve learned a lot about myself during this downtime, but I think one of my most important lessons is accepting that things oftentimes don’t work out as you thought they would, and that’s okay. In a way it’s actually kind of exciting. Although most of my fellow graduates are already starting their careers in Los Angeles, I’m on a different path right now. I need to keep my eyes on my own paper. Whatever I’m doing – whether it’s working an odd job or taking classes – I’m learning. It helps me to know that Larry David was …

Giving Thanks

Last Thanksgiving I posted about what I was thankful for, and thankfully I still feel the same way. Here’s that list, and more: I’m thankful for my family – my friends – my soulmate. I’m thankful to have two wonderful dogs – to be from Tucson – to have the opportunity to travel. I’m thankful for the roof over my head – for my education – for Mexican food. I’m thankful to have a diverse group of friends – to have access to healthy foods – to have health insurance. I’m thankful for my youth – my health – my unique perspective. I’m thankful to be employed – to be in love – to have a best friend for a sister. I’m thankful to be a woman – to have supportive parents – to have creative outlets. I’m thankful for the hurdles I’ve overcome. I’m thankful for a bright future. I’m thankful to have so much to be thankful for. I’m thankful to have people I can confide in. I’m thankful to have the option to do anything I want with my life. I’m thankful for my smart and unbelievably talented friends …

Martin Scorsese’s Open Letter To His Daughter

In an open letter to his daughter, and in many ways all aspiring filmmakers, Martin Scorsese expressed why he believes that the future of filmmaking is bright. The letter was originally published by Italian magazine L’Espresso. “Dearest Francesca, I’m writing this letter to you about the future. I’m looking at it through the lens of my world. Through the lens of cinema, which has been at the center of that world. For the last few years, I’ve realized that the idea of cinema that I grew up with, that’s there in the movies I’ve been showing you since you were a child, and that was thriving when I started making pictures, is coming to a close. I’m not referring to the films that have already been made. I’m referring to the ones that are to come. I don’t mean to be despairing. I’m not writing these words in a spirit of defeat. On the contrary, I think the future is bright. We always knew that the movies were a business, and that the art of cinema …

Cultural Observation: The Kardashians and Wealth

In an interview with Amazon this past week President Barack Obama discussed the American dream and how our entertainment culture has changed what success means to many. “I don’t think people went around saying to themselves: ‘I need to have a 10,000 square foot house’. We weren’t exposed to things we didn’t have in the same way kids these days are. There was not that window into the lifestyles of the rich and famous. Kids weren’t monitoring every day what Kim Kardashian was wearing, or where Kanye West was going on vacation, and thinking that somehow that was the mark of success.” The President’s comments have since become the subject of scrutiny, supplying Kris Jenner with new material to fill her daytime talk show (which isn’t doing too well). Although I’m generally entertained by the Kardashians (though find them extremely problematic), I think Kris completely missed the mark in her response to the President’s statements. President Obama’s comments weren’t meant to question the success of Kim & Kanye – whether they work hard or not is irrelevant. It’s that the …