Friday, January 31, 2014

Happy Birthday! The Blog Turns 20

I love birthdays. I think I may have told you that before. It's good to celebrate, at least that's how I feel. While today is my Flashback Friday, I want to take a moment to say happy birthday to the blog. It turned 20 yesterday! I remember when I turned 20, I  was looking forward to 21. 

Facebook recently celebrated its 10th birthday and for now they are still going strong. In the world of innovation, technology and social, turning 20 is a major milestone. Congratulations are in order for the blog.

A blog is an online journal and while it may be personal for the writer, like most writing, it has the power to connect with a wider audience and influence individuals. Blogs have helped to transform how we share and get information online. In the early days of the blog I think their were some naysayers who looked down at it, it wasn't journalistic enough for some writers and lacked prestige. It was just a few years ago when advertisers realized the power of mommy bloggers and their ability to tap into a niche audience.

Twenty years later the blog is still going strong. I'm a testament to it as are  millions of other writers.

Now, getting back to Friday's Flashback, Pulp Fiction, one of my favorite films is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2014. I can watch this film over and over again. 

Looking back 20 years isn't always easy, but sometimes it's necessary and can even bring back fond memories. 

Happy birthday to the blog and below is one of many funny scenes from Pulp Fiction (Warning: it does have inappropriate language, so you may want to click on the video and watch at home, not your office). Enjoy!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Friday's Flashback: Aaliyah's "One in a Million"

TGIF! I hope you all had a good week.I'm back in the groove and back with Friday's Flashback.

Yesterday, would have been the singer Aaliyah's (Aaliyah Dana Haughton) 35th birthday. The Brooklyn born artist came on the music scene at 15 and captivated audiences with her debut album, Age Ain't Nothing but a Number. The album sold three million copies in the United States and catapulted her to stardom. She wasn't a one-hit wonder and proved to have A-list star power and at the time was one of R&Bs top-tier artists. 

I often wonder if Beyonce would have had the success she does if Aaliyah was still around. I'm not hatin' jut wondering how the industry would be different for other female artists like Beyonce and Rihanna. Aaliyah paved the way.

Growing up I liked having a unique name, but most people didn't know how to pronounce it when they saw the two a's. That changed after Aaliyah hit the scene. People looked at my name and would say, "Like the singer," the funny thing is they still do. I've also noticed that Aaliyah is a lot more common among girls name these days than when I was growing up. It has many different spellings, but you know I think the way we spell it is the best, lol.

Aaliyah's life wasn't without controversy. Who can forget her infamous marriage to R. Kelly (pervert)? The marriage was annulled by her parents in 1995 and she weathered that storm. She went on to be a world-wide public figure staring in films and television. Although her life was cut short at the age of 22 when her plane crashed, she is still fondly remembered. There are many fans who miss this cherished entertainer.  In memory of Aaliyah, her video One in a Million is this week's flashback. Enjoy the video and remember to live your own life to the fullest!

Friday, January 10, 2014

New Year, New Me, Well Sort of

Happy New Year! We're 10 days into 2014 and I'm feeling good, minus the frigid cold temperatures. Although I've lived in the northeast all my life I still can't get used to temperature that are in the teens with a wind chill factor that brings it down to zero or below. Thank goodness for my wool socks and my Koolaburra boots. I can at least keep my feet snug and warm. Luckily, the temperature seems to be warming up.

TGIF! I know I usually use my Friday post for a flashback video, but considering we are just 10 days into 2014, I thought I spend some time talking about my goals for this year and what I plan to strive for. I think most people tend to look forward to the new year. It's a chance to start fresh and work on  resolutions or goals I set for myself. I prefer goals over resolutions because goals feel more action-oriented to me. Over the years I've noticed a trend that people tend to forget their resolutions by the end of the first quarter. Whereas, if I set a goal and don't achieve it by a certain date, I still keep it on the list to g back to and evaluate why I'm making or not making progress.

On January 1, I opened a letter that I wrote to myself  in 2012 about goals that I hoped to achieve in 2013. I have Chloe White, our fab real estate agent to thank for the idea. She sent it to me in one of her lovely newsletters. It was pretty interesting to see what I hoped to achieve by year's end and what I actually did. I actually achieved quite a few things off of my list, but not everything.

My biggest deficit was on the screenwriting front and that is a  still a goal for me in 2014. I'm happy to report that my screenwriting goal is a page a day minimum and I'm already 12 pages into my next screenplay. With this goal I will have four completed scripts by the end of the year. I fully accept that I may get off track but I pick up where I left off. Everyday is a new day with new opportunities. I've already written more new material in the first 10 day of this year than all of 2013. With a page a day goal it's about keeping focus and my momentum.

Another big focus for 2014 is giving back to my community. While I donate to many causes, I want go deeper and connect with people and issues on a more personable level. There is a lot of need in my own backyard and I want to be a part of positive change.

I also hope to graduate with a second master's degree from Gonzaga University's Communication and Leadership Studies program this May. Next week I'll begin my final course for my thesis project and it's been a long time coming.

It's a new year, but not really a new me. You will get the same old me looking for ways to grow and enhance myself.  Let me know what you're looking forward to in 2014!