07 September 2010

8 Questions From Melissa

My blogging idol had an 8 question post on her blog the other day and then she wrote some of her own and tagged all of us girls from Seven Dames. So here are my answers to her questions.

1. If you could have an unlimited shoe budget or purse budget which one would you pick?
Shoes. Definitely shoes. I'm sometimes act like I have an unlimited budget on shoes. But that's not okay.

2. If you could change lives with one person for a day who would it be?
Tina Fey. I have a feeling she has a pretty amazing and fun life.

3. What is the one place you haven't been that you want to visit before you die?
Ireland. Gotta check out the roots!

4. What is your most unrealistic fear?
Whenever I'm in a large building like a theatre or sports stadium, I always look above me to see what would fall on me if the roof collapsed. Obviously, I'm not an optimist.

5. If you could compete in one Olympic sport, which one would you pick?
Figure skating. Duh. And let's be honest, Michelle Kwan would be my coach.

6. What was the last book you read and did you like it?
Our book club just finished The Namesake. It was really good!

7. What song best describes how you are feeling this moment?
As embarrassed as I am to admit this, it honestly is how I'm feeling: The Climb by Miley Cyrus. Focus on the lyrics people, not the trainwreck that delivers them.

8. Who is your rolemodel?
My mother!

02 September 2010


i read the book by elizabeth gilbert probably 4 years ago. long before any of this hype about the movie and julia roberts. it was a book that the minute i closed the back cover, i knew that every woman needed to read it. and i was very vocal about that belief. and i still stand firm.

i saw the movie a couple of weeks ago. i was nervous because this book had a huge impact on me and i didn't want the movie adaptation to spoil that for me.

it didn't have the 'grit' that the book had. you didn't really see the low of the lows that elizabeth explains so beautifully, intimately and painfully in the book and i don't think you see the moment that she realizes the impact her journey has had on her.

as per usual, the movie is never as good as the book.

however, when i initially read the book i pulled a few quotes and wrote them in my quote book and was simply delighted that they used them, word for word, in the movie.

"to lose balance sometimes for love is part of living a balanced life"

"this is a good sign--having a broken heart. it means we tried for something"

but my favorite line from the entire book was not in the movie, but i love it so much i'm going to share it with you anyway. i think it is something that we tend to forget as we get wrapped up in life. so many people (myself included) have this false belief that happiness is something we are rewarded, but i think what elizabeth's priceless advice could change the way you live your life. it has mine.

happiness is the consequence of personal effort.
you fight for it
strive for it
and insist upon it.

are you fighting, striving and insisting upon your own happiness?