Someday Summary – Sunday, June 4

Every time I turn on the news, I can’t help but feel afraid. Every time I open twitter on my phone, or go to check something on Facebook, I’m scared of what I might see. I’m scared of stumbling across another story about another attack, another injustice, another loss. I’m afraid to look at the world. I’m afraid of what I might see.

As much as I hate to say it, we live in a very scary world. We live in a very broken, very uncertain, very scary world. More often than not, I struggle to see the light in the midst of so much darkness. I struggle to see the good things happening as I feel so overwhelmed by all of the pain, and fear, and uncertainty. More often than not, I feel hopeless. And I hate it.

I’ve developed this bad habit of responding to bad news with indifference. I read the news, and as my heart breaks over what has happened, I simply say “people suck” and I swallow the pain I’m experiencing. I feel myself losing hope in humanity, settling into acceptance that this world is a bad place, full of bad people, without hope of change. I feel myself struggling to maintain faith in a better world.

I’m terrified of this – this state of constant fear, pain, uncertainty, of feeling hopeless and lost – becoming the new “normal”. I’m scared of the familiarity of these feelings. I’m scared of how often these feelings creep into my life, and the lives of people around the world. I’m scared of how these feelings never stray too far, and how quickly they return.

I want to believe in the world. I need to believe that this world is good – that there are good people and good things happening, and that hope isn’t lost entirely. I need to believe in love and in compassion and in resilience. I need to believe in people. I need to believe in humanity.

There are moment of good, even amidst all the darkness of the world. There are moments of love and of hope. There are moments where the people of the world come together and spread positivity and optimism. There are moments when good triumphs, even when evil seems to be taking over. These are the moments upon which I want to dwell. These are the moment upon which I want to want to focus on. These are the moments I think we need more of.

I don’t want to live in fear. I don’t want senseless tragedy and pain to become familiar. I don’t want to lose faith in humanity. I want to remember this world is full of goodness and good people. I think we all need to remember that this world is a place full of good – it is a place full of hope, and of people working to make a difference and to make it better.

This world isn’t an entirely scary place. This world isn’t an entirely dark place. There is light out there, and I hope it will never go out. I pray it will continue to burn, and chase the darkness away for good.

Inspiring Women Part VI

I love movies, especially classic films. I have a weird love affair/obsession with Turner Classic Movies to the point where I basically plan my schedule around their viewing schedule. To me, there is just something so beautiful and so intimate about old movies that just isn’t present in the movies of today. Old movies are so much simpler and so much lighter, and in my opinion, so much more original than the films we see today. We currently live in a world of remakes and reboots, and more often than not, those remakes and reboots are a bit of a let down because they don’t do anything to add to the original or to make it its own kind of thing. Movies, to me, have begun to lose their magic, and that’s why I like to return to the classics.

If I could live at any point in human history, I think I’d most like to live amidst Hollywood’s Golden Age, since that’s the point when I think filmmaking was at its best. While there weren’t incredible special effects, and crazy intense actions scenes and what not, I think that’s the point in which storytelling was at its peak, and when we saw those legendary performances by those legendary people.

Today, I want to sit and talk about some of those legendary people that lit up the screens of Hollywood’s golden years. The two actresses I’ve decided to write about today are legends of the film industry. Their names are practically synonymous with greatness. They’re both incredibly talented, incredibly brilliant women who have given the world some of the most iconic characters and lines in film history, and they’re two women who continue to inspire the characters we see on screen, and the players we see in real life. In this edition of the Inspiring Women series, I’m writing about Katharine Hepburn and Lauren Bacall – two of my absolute favourite people and some of my greatest inspirations. Please enjoy…

Katharine Hepburn

When I think of Katharine Hepburn, the first word that always come to mind is fearless. The legend of who Katharine Hepburn was, and all that she accomplished, embodies fearlessness to me. Katharine disregarded basically every “rule” regarding what was expected of a woman in her time and did so without a second thought. In the early 1930s, when it was still very much taboo for a woman to be wearing pants (in fact, women at that time could have been arrested for wearing pants in public, charged with “masquerading as men), Katharine stepped on scene in trousers, and she refused to back down. She openly challenged the gender norms of her time, even on screen; in a time when Hollywood still had rather strict regulations regarding what could be shown and what could not, Hepburn pushed the envelope. In the 1938 film, Bringing Up Baby, her character steals the clothes of her co-star Cary Grant’s character, leaving him with only a woman’s silk robe to wear.

Katharine Hepburn’s spirit goes far beyond her desire to wear pants, though. Hepburn was a fiercely independent, intelligent woman with a no-nonsense attitude. On screen, she played characters that were “sharp-witted, sophisticated women with an ease that suggested that there was a thin line between the movie role and the off-screen personality”. She played characters that, in my opinion, really represented who women really are. She played women that went beyond being the love interest – they were complex and interesting women. Katharine, in both her personal life and her on-screen personas, embodies everything that I wish we could see more in Hollywood today.

Lauren Bacall

I always say that, if I could be anyone else in the world, I would want to be Lauren Bacall. She is, without question, one of my absolute favourite people. She was a brilliant woman, so talented and so smart and so honest. Much like Katherine Hepburn, Lauren Bacall, to me, was fearless. She was so unapologetically herself. She was impatient, and she was well aware that she wasn’t necessarily the most likeable person, and she accepted it. In an interview she did with Vanity Fair back in 2011, she said, “People who don’t know me—even some people who do know me—know that I say what I think. […] I believe in the truth, and I believe in saying what you think. Why not? Do you have to go around whispering all the time or playing a game with people? I just don’t believe in that. So I’m not the most adored person on the face of the earth. You have to know this. There are a lot of people who don’t like me at all, I’m very sure of that. But I wasn’t put on earth to be liked. I have my own reasons for being and my own sense of what is important and what isn’t, and I’m not going to change that”.  To me, that passage represents everything I admire about Lauren Bacall. She was who she was, and that was that.

Katharine Hepburn and Lauren Bacall. Two Hollywood screen legends. Both women lived incredible lives. While they were both linked to some of the most infamous love stories in Hollywood history, these two women are legends in their own right. They were fierce and unapologetic and fearless. They were women that went after what they wanted, that worked hard and did everything they had to do to get where they wanted to be. Hepburn and Bacall are, in my opinion, names that synonymous with fearlessness, determination, integrity and spunk.


There you have it – another edition of the Inspiring Women series. I hope you all enjoyed this week’s post. It’s a piece that I’ve been trying to put together for a few weeks (hence my little absence, for which I am very sorry) and that I’m ultimately very happy with. Katharine Hepburn and Lauren Bacall genuinely are two of my absolute favourite film stars, and are just two incredible ladies.

As always, I would love to hear from any and all of you reading, so please feel free to reach out to me. Who are some women that inspire you? Who are women you’d like to see me include in this series in the future? Let me know in the comments on this post, or by reaching out to me via twitter, Facebook, instagram, or even pinterest (all links can be found in the sidebar).

I hope you all have a fantastic week coming your way. I know this week, for me and my friends, is going to be crazy and hectic, and I can’t wait for it all to begin. Until next week, I wish you all the best 🙂

Brittany xo

Growth

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With every passing day, I find myself getting closer and closer to graduation. Knowing my high school days are quickly coming to an end is both exciting and absolutely terrifying. It seems like just yesterday, I was setting out to start grade nine. It’s crazy to think about how much my life has changed since then. It’s crazy to think about how much I’ve changed since then.

On the surface, four years seems like a really long time: we’re talking about 1,460 days, 208 weeks, 48 months. That’s 35,040 hours, 2,102,400 minutes, and 126,144,000 seconds. Four years appear never-ending when you look at the surface (and that’s without considering if there was a leap year thrown in there). But four years pass by quickly. In the blink of an eye, all those seconds and minutes and hours are gone, and those months and weeks and days have flown by. On the surface, four years seems like a really long time. In reality, it’s nothing at all.

Looking back at who I was four years ago is like looking at a whole other person. Rather than looking in a mirror, it’s like looking at a photograph of a long lost relative that you can’t remember the name of. I don’t really recognize that girl. Not anymore.

Four years ago, I was a lot of things. I was shy. I was insecure. I was awkward. I was scared of practically everything. I was incredibly lonely. All in all, I was a shell of the person I wanted so badly to be – of the person that I knew I had the potential to be. I was unhappy for a lot of reasons, some of which I was aware, and some I wouldn’t realize until long after their influence had begun to fade away.

Four years ago, I was rather closed off. Fear of rejection and ridicule stopped me from opening up. I became dependent on the presence of certain people in order to feel safe and comfortable. I refused to branch away from those people because I was scared of what may happen. I shut myself off from taking part in my own life because the people I depended on for safety weren’t interested in participating.

I don’t remember really how or when I started. I don’t remember waking up one morning and thinking to myself, “I’m gonna grow today“. It wasn’t an immediate thing. It was slow and it was almost undetectable for the most part. The changes were small and subtle. Until they weren’t.

 

For me, there were no immediate signs of growth. I didn’t face a challenge and come out the other side and just know that something had changed. It would take a long time for the changes to become apparent to me. I never noticed them in the “big” moments. They always become noticeable to me in the smaller moments; in the quiet moments, or in the moments spent laughing with my best friends, that’s when I noticed the shift. That’s when I’ve noticed my growth.

I look at the person I am today and I’m amazed at far I’ve come. I look in the mirror and I see more than a shell: I see the girl I had wanted to be four years ago, but that I was too scared to try and become. I’m not afraid anymore. I’m not lonely. I’m not shy. I’m a whole new girl.

The girl I am today is happy. She is more comfortable with herself. She is more open. She is more adventurous. She is finding her place in the world, and she’s loving every minute of it.

Four years, on the surface, seems like a really long time. In reality, those four years pass by in the blink of an eye. The person I was when those four years started is a stranger to the person I am today. I know that the girl I am today would not have been possible without the girl I was back then. I know that these past four years, regardless of how much they tended to suck, were necessary in the process of me becoming who I am.

Four years, on the surface, seems like a really long time. While in reality, it seems to be nothing at all, a lot of things can change in that amount of time.


 

There it is. I’ve spent months trying to get my thoughts on growth and life out for you all to read, and today it finally kind of happened. The idea of growth is one that I’m likely going to explore a few more times in the coming months, so I hope that you enjoyed this post and that you’re interested in seeing more like it.

I hope you’ve all had a wonderful weekend, and I hope you all have a lovely week coming your ways.

Until next time,

Brittany xo

My 10 Favourite Feel-Good Flicks

Whenever I’m feeling a little down-in-the-dumps, I always like to turn to the silver screen for comfort. I seek out the companionship of some of my favourite characters like Bridget Jones, Elle Woods, Mia Thermopiles, etc. to chase away my worries and bring a smile to my face. I look to the movies to make my day a little brighter, even if it’s only for a little while.

Today, I’ve decided to share with you my top 10 favourite feel-good films – the ones I turn to whenever I need a good old fashioned pick-me-up. These are the films that never cease to bring a smile to my face, and that make even the dreariest of days better.

Legally Blonde

I’ve discussed my love for this movie previously on the blog, but I couldn’t resist including it in my list of feel-good films. Legally Blonde (2001) is without a doubt one of my all time favourite films, and is one that is very close to my heart. It is nearly impossible for me to watch this film and not feel better when it’s over. I literally can’t feel anything but happy while/after watching this movie. The spirit of Elle Woods transcends the screen and fills you with joy and determination – this movie inspire you to be the best version of yourself. Any time I need a reminder of my potential or my worth, I look to this movie. This is my go-to pick-me-up flick whenever my spirits are low, and I can always rely on little miss Woods comma Elle to cheer me up.

Bring It On

Fun fact: when I first watched this film, all I wanted to do was join a cheerleading squad. Bring It On (2000) is one of the quintessential teen movies of our generation. Any time I see this movie is playing on TV, I can’t help but tune in. Regardless of how cheesy and predictable the plot is, this movie just makes me happy. It’s one of those films that I can’t grow tired of, regardless of how many times I’ve seen it. It’s one of those that are perfect for a Friday night couch date with your pjs and your ice cream. It’s a classic teenage feel-good film.

Singin’ in the Rain

I don’t think it is possible to watch this movie and not be filled with happiness. I genuinely don’t. Just thinking about this movie makes me feel joyful. Singin’ in the Rain (1952) has this spirit that is so infectious – you can’t watch this movie and not smile. You can’t watch Gene Kelly singing and dancing in the pouring rain with a smile on his face and not feel yourself wanting to join in. You can’t watch the ‘Good Morning’ scene and not be totally mesmerized by the whole dance number. This movie just puts a smile on your face and a spring in your step. I can’t even sit here and write about it without smiling. It’s just a really good example of what a feel-good film is meant to do: make you happy.

Bridget Jones’ Diary

I can’t count the number of times I’ve watched this film (a phrase you’ve seen/you’ll see repeated many times throughout this post) yet I continue to return to it whenever I need something to cheer me up. There is just something so comforting about returning time and time again to a character like Bridget. She’s a character we can all relate to every once in a while; she’s an imperfect heroine, which we don’t often get to see in our typical romantic comedies, and it makes the ending all the more satisfying. Bridget Jones’ Diary (2001) is my favourite “comfort film” because it’s ridiculous and fun and never ceases to brighten my mood.

The Princess Diaries

I’m pretty sure there was a long period of my life where I didn’t go a day without watching this movie at least once. The Princess Diaries (2001) is a movie that is very close to my heart, as I have many fond memories of watching it with my niece growing up, and because it’s the movie that showed me a person is never fully defined by one aspect of themselves – that people have so many different sides to them, and when they look inside and discover those different sides, they are capable of being anyone and anything they want to be. I absolutely love this movie, and I love throwing it on whenever I need something to just give me a little mood-boost.

Roman Holiday

As I’ve said many, many time here on The Littlest Scribbler, I’m a bit of an (amateur) classic film nerd, and so it should come as no surprise that there are a few classics thrown in to this list. Roman Holiday (1953), which stars Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck, happens to be one of those classics that I just couldn’t resist including. I love everything about this film: the setting, the story, the stars. It all comes together to create this charming, though rather simplistic, black and white film. While the story borders on predictable – princess runs away from her royal responsibilities and finds herself in the company of a newspaper reporter who initially plans to use his time spent with her to get a good story, but eventually falls in love with her though they can’t ever really be together – I can’t help but smile when I watch it.

Mamma Mia

What could possibly be better than a movie jam-packed with Abba anthems, starring Meryl Streep and Amanda Seyfried, that takes place in Greece? I don’t think there’s anything that beats that. The 2008 film adaptation of Mamma Mia is one of my go-to pick-me-ups after a bad day. As soon as ‘Honey Honey’ starts playing, I am up off the couch, dancing and singing along, and all of my worries and problems are cast aside. This movie is so much fun, and it is easily one of my favourite films. This is the movie that can make even the worst day a little bit better.

John Tucker Must Die

I’m not gonna lie, this film is one of my silly little guilty pleasures. While I now tend to prefer films with substance and complex storylines and what not, my heart can’t resist the charm this movie has. John Tucker must Die (2006) is one of those movies that I like to watch late on a Friday night, once I’m all curled in bed, maybe while eating a pint of Ben & Jerry’s chocolate fudge brownie ice cream; it’s a ridiculously silly, gloriously predictable chick-flick that acts as the perfect pick-me-up/kick-back-and-relax movie.

Four Weddings and a Funeral

It is a well-documented fact that I am kind of obsessed with Hugh Grant films – especially the cheesy 90’s romantic comedies. Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) happens to be my favourite of those cheesy 90’s rom-coms. This movie is a comfort-film for me; it’s one of my go-to films when I just need a simple pick-me-up after a long, hard day. There is something comforting and refreshing that comes from watching a young Hugh Grant try to awkwardly woo his American love interest. I can’t help but feel good while watching this film.

It’s a Wonderful Life

Finally, to close off this list, I couldn’t resist including at least one Christmas film. This movie holds a very, very special place in my heart; it’s the movie my family and I watch every year on Christmas eve, and it was one of my dad’s favourite movies of all time. It’s also one of the first classic films I ever remember watching, and it’s the first one that I ever really fell in love with. It’s a Wonderful Life (1947) is my favourite Christmas film, and I look forward to watching it every year. It is not Christmas for me until 8pm on Christmas eve when my whole family gathers in our living room, decked out in our pjs, to watch it together. Every time I think about this film, my heart swells with contentment and my mind floods with happy memories. I couldn’t write a list of my feel-good movies without this one being on it.

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So those were my top 10 favourite feel-good films. I’d love to hear from any and all of you about what your go-to feel-good flicks are. Let me know in the comments, or over on twitter (link in the sidebar), what films you like to watch when you are in need of a little pick-me-up, or on a Friday night when you just want to relax. I’m always looking for some new movie suggestions, so I’d love to hear what you’re all loving!

I hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend, and to those that celebrate it, I hope you’ve had a lovely Easter. I wish you all luck as we enter this new week. Until next time, much love 🙂

Brittany xo

Someday Summary Special Edition | My Week at Forum

 

The week before last, I had the pleasure of being in Ottawa and participating in a program known as Forum for Young Canadians. Myself as well as approximately 119 other high school students from across the country travelled to our country’s capital to learn all about, in the most basic sense, how our government works. It was an absolutely incredible experience, and was in many ways life changing.

There was a time, not very long ago, that participating in something like Forum wouldn’t have even crossed my mind. I would have come up with a million and one excuses as to why I shouldn’t apply – many of which would be self deprecating and the result of intense insecurity and anxiety. I wouldn’t have even given the experience a chance.

 

It’s odd that two weeks after the fact, I still struggle to find the words that accurately describe how I feel about my experience. I don’t think there are enough words in the English language to describe how much fun I had and how much I learned. Participating in Forum was, in many ways, the chance of a lifetime, and I am so very thankful for having had that opportunity.

Below are some photos from my trip. As words continue to fail me, I hope these following photographs will shed some light on how incredible this week really was. They aren’t much (I’m really not that great a photographer, to be honest) but they’re something. They’re visual representations of one of the greatest weeks of my life. I hope you enjoy them.

 

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Myself and two of my amazing new friends, Nicole and Celina

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Myself, Celina, and our friend Shannon

I hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend, and I hope this coming week treats you well. I look forward to seeing you right back here this time next week. Until then, much love

Brittany xo

Review: Beauty and the Beast (2017)

 

Growing up, my favourite Disney film was easily Beauty and the Beast (1991). I didn’t really have many friends when I was younger, and so I often sought out characters – whether they be in books I read, or movies I watched – with whom I could relate. I tried to find characters who, like me, were outcasts; characters who were different from the people around them, and who were searching for their proper place in the world. More often than not, I found those characters in Disney films. I found comfort in characters like Hercules (Hercules, 1997), Quasimodo (The Hunchback of Notre Dame, 1996) and, most importantly, Belle (Beauty and the Beast, 1991).

Belle has always had a very special place in my heart. She has been my favourite Disney character for as long as I can remember. More than any other character in any other film or book, she was the one with which I’ve always felt the most connected. When I first watched Beauty and the Beast – when I was initially introduced to her – I felt like I was watching a version of myself dancing across my screen. For the first time in my life, I found a character who was exactly like me. For the first time, I didn’t feel like an outcast. I didn’t feel alone. I had a Disney Princess that was exactly like me.

When I heard that there was going to be a live action remake of my favourite film, it took everything in me not to start crying. I was so excited to have my favourite story come to life. I couldn’t hardly wait. When I found out that Emma Watson was going to be playing my beloved princess, my heart practically did cartwheels in my chest. The woman that brought one of my favourite book characters to life was going to be bringing my favourite princess to life on screen. What more could I want?

I have anxiously anticipated the release of this film. I’ve practically been counting down the days, waiting for it to come out. On Friday, the movie I’ve been waiting for was released, and my mom very kindly took me to see it that afternoon. I can say that I pretty much haven’t stopped smiling since we walked out of the theatre.

What I loved more than anything about this version of the film is that it remained rather true to the original that I fell in love with. They kept all of the music from the original film, and they created real life versions of many of the outfits Belle wore in the cartoon. Down to the most minuscule detail this film remained true to the original, and for that I am so very grateful. This rather subtle and often understated reference to the original allows older audiences familiar with its predecessor to pay homage to the classic, while not distracting them and newer/younger audiences from the story and all that this new version has to offer.

That’s another thing I loved about this new version – all the new elements that were included. I must start with the new songs, because I’ve had them playing almost non-stop since I left the movie theatre. My favourites have to be Days in the Sun and Evermore, though I also adore How Does a Moment Last Forever. These new songs, for me, add dimension to the story and to its characters; Days in the Sun, for example, adds more dimension to characters like Mrs. Potts and Chip and Lumiere and Cogsworth, etc. while Evermore cements the Beast’s feelings for Belle after he lets her go back to help her father. I personally love and appreciate the depth these songs provide to the characters and therefore to the overall story.

Aside from the new songs that have been included, I just loved seeing this story that has meant so much to me over the years come to life. I think they did an absolutely brilliant job transitioning from animation into live action/computer generation. I think the brilliance was cemented particularly in the Be Our Guest sequence. That was the scene that sold me on the whole thing. The whole film was just so beautiful and so well done in every way. There aren’t nearly enough words to accurately describe how much I enjoyed this updated version of my favourite Disney classic.

All in all, I give this modern adaptation of my beloved Disney film two thumbs up and a five star rating. If you have the chance, I do urge you to go and see this movie. It is delightful and beautiful and more than I could have possibly dreamed it would be.

I hope everyone has a lovely week. For those coming off of March Break, I hope your week off was relaxing and rejuvenating, and I wish you luck upon your return to regular life. I can’t wait to write to you all again next week. Until then, much love.

Brittany xo

Musings #3

Recently, I’ve found myself overcome with this uncontrollable, unstoppable wave of nostalgia. For whatever reason, I’ve been thinking almost nonstop about my childhood and all the things about it that made it what it was – the things that made it so great. I’ve been thinking about all the movies and tv shows, people and places, and most importantly, the music. Today, I’ve decided to share with you a handful of the songs from my childhood that I love and cherish.

When I think about my childhood, the first thing that comes to mind is, more of ten than not, music. I always recall the music that I listened to. For the most part, I remember listening to The Beatles since they were my dad’s favourite band. We listened to them all the time. They were the first band I really appreciated. But there were plenty of other things we listened to – other bands and artists – and there are a number of songs and artists that I remember and think of fondly.

Today, I’ve decided to share a small selection of some of those other bands and artists and the songs that shaped my childhood. These following songs are ones through which I find myself reliving memories or moments from the past that I cherish. They’re songs through which I find I’m four years old again and hanging out with my dad. They’re songs through which I find myself sitting in my car seat and watching the world pass by as we make our way to the beach or to my grandmas. They’re songs that define the years that shaped me. Today, I’ve very happy to share with all of you reading a selection of the songs from my playlist, Songs I Grew Up To. Without further ado, here they are…

Songs I Grew Up To

Bus Stop, The Hollies

Calendar Girl, Neil Sedaka

Venus And Mars / Rock Show, Paul McCartney

Sad Songs (Say So Much), Elton John

Kokomo, The Beach Boys

Suspicious Minds, Elvis Presley

My Sweet Lord, George Harrison

As per usual, this is not the complete playlist. This is merely a small sample of the playlist I’ve curated to represent my younger years. If you’re interested in hearing the other songs that helped to define my childhood and shape who I am, you can check it out on Spotify anytime. If you want to, you’re also free to lend an ear to the various other playlists that I’ve carefully curated / am in the process of mastering.

I hope you’ve all had a fantastic week, and that this new one treats you all well. I look forward to writing to you all once again, this time next week. Until then, be safe and much love 🙂

Brittany xo

International Women’s Day 2017

International women’s Day is one of my favourite days of the year. It’s one day a year where I really make a point of pausing and reflecting on all of the amazing women in this world, and all of the amazing things they are doing or that they will do. It’s a day where i look at my friends and I really think about all the things that this brilliant, talented, fierce girls are going to do with their futures. It’s a day where I make a point of stopping to look at and reflect upon myself, the woman I am becoming, and all of the things I hope to accomplish in my life.

I always like to take some time and celebrate and honour the women that have had some influence or impact on my life. That’s the whole reason I write my Inspiring Women series. I love talking about all the amazing women that I feel so blessed to be able to call my role models. I love getting to share my love and admiration for women like Michelle Obama, Meryl Streep, sophia Bush, etc. At the same time, I really love celebrating the incredible women who have a direct impact on me and my life: my friends and my family. Today’s post is dedicated to them; the most important and incredible women I’ve ever known.

I am so unbelievably honoured to have the chance to surround myself with so many brilliant, talented, beautiful and kindhearted girls. I am so incredibly honoured that I get to call them all my friends. My “girl squad” is made up of so many amazing individuals whom inspire me more and more every single day to be the best possible version of myself. I can never thank them enough for all of the love and support and just genuine friendship they have shown me over the years. My life is genuinely better because of them, and I don’t know what I would do without them. To all of my gorgeous friends (the list is too long for me to possibly name you all), thank you is not nearly good enough. There are no words in the English language that adequately describe how grateful I am for you all. I hope someday I will be able to repay you for all of the love you have given me.

I’m so grateful for the woman that I call my mom. Without a doubt, she is the strongest, fiercest, most incredible woman I have ever met. My mom is fearless. She is Wonder Woman in every sense of the word. These past few years have been so challenging for her, and she has handled every challenge and every obstacle with ease and elegance. Every decision I have made these past few years, she has supported. She has continuously encouraged me to follow my heart and to do what is right for me. She has held me when I’ve cried. She has made me laugh harder than anyone. She is the Lorelei to my Rory and i have no idea what I’m going to do without her next year. To my amazing mother, once again, the English language fails me. There are no words that adequately express how grateful I am to have you in my life. I will never be able to repay you for all that you have taught me and all that you have given me.

I urge all of you reading this to take a moment – not just today but everyday – and reflect on the women in your life that have had an impact on the person you have become. I urge you to stop and reflect on all that they have given you, all you have learnt from them, all that you love about them. I then urge you to do everything in your power to thank them. I know that is what I will be doing everyday for the rest of my life.

Happy International Women’s Day, everyone. I hope it’s been a good one.

 

 

Oscar 2017 Hopes and Predictions

Tonight is the night! Tonight, Hollywood celebrates the best of the best in film, and I am very very excited to see who’s going to take home what awards tonight. As a lover of film, the Oscars are one of my favourite shows to watch because I love seeing good, deserving films receive the recognition the deserve. As a lover of fashion, I also really love seeing what all the stars will be wearing on the red carpet/on stage.

In honour of this evenings awards, I have decided to share my Oscar hopes (the films/people/songs I would like to see take home the awards) and my Oscar predictions (the ones I think will actually end up taking the awards home) with all of you. I spent a lot of time doing my research to make these hopes and predictions (because I unfortunately haven’t had enough time to go out and see all of the movies nominated) and I spent a lot of time picking out my absolute favourites (which was hard because some categories had me wanting to choose almost all the nominees). Unfortunately, there are some categories I just couldn’t include in my list, mainly because my understanding of and interest in those areas was a bit lacking, so for that I am sorry.

Without further ado, I would like to invite you to check out my Hopes and Predictions for the 2017 Academy Awards. Enjoy…

Best Picture

Hopes: I’d like to see Hidden Figures or Moonlight win

Predictions: La La Land will likely take this award home tonight

Directing

Hopes: I’d like to see Denis Villeneuve (Arrival) take this one home tonight

Predictions: I can see either Damien Chazelle (La La Land) or Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea) taking this one

Best Actor

Hopes: I’d like to see Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge) win

Predictions: I do see Ryan Gosling (La La Land) or Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea) snagging this one

Best Supporting Actor

Hopes: I really want to see Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) or Dev Patel (Lion) take this award home tonight

Predictions: I do see Mehershala Ali taking this one, to be honest

Best Actress

Hopes: I really want to see either Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins), Natalie Portman (Jackie) or Ruth Negga (Loving) take this one

Predictions: I think Emma Stone (La La Land) will likely take this one

Best Supporting Actress

Hopes: I would like to see either Viola Davis (Fences) or Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures) take this one home tonight

Predictions: I can see either Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea) or Naomie Harris (Moonlight) getting this award tonight

Best Adapted Screenplay

Hopes: I’m rooting for either Arrival or Hidden Figures for this one

Predictions: I can see either Hidden Figures or Lion taking it tonight

Best Original Screenplay

Hopes: I do want to see La La Land take this one tonight…

Predictions: …and I have a feeling we’ll either see La La Land or Manchester by the Sea take this one home

Best Cinematography

Hopes: Again, I would really like to see Linus Sandgren (La La Land) taking this one home tonight

Predictions: I have a feeling Linus Sandgren (La La Land) will end up taking this one

Best Original Score

Hopes: I would really like to see Justin Hurwitz (La La Land) take this one home tonight

Predictions: and I do see Justin Hurwitz taking it home with him

Best Original Song

Hopes: It should come as no surprise that I’d really like to see How Far I’ll Go (Lin-Manuel Miranda, Moana) take this one home tonight (I’m rooting for that EGOT)

Predictions: City of Stars (La La Land) or Audition (The Fools Who Dream) (La La Land) will probably be taking this one tonight

Best Animated Feature Film

Hopes: I’d really like to see Moana take this one

Predictions: I can see Kubo and the Two Strings getting this one

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Who are you lovely lot rooting for tonight? What films are you guys hoping to see win which awards? Let me know either in the comments below, or on twitter (you can find a link to my twitter in the sidebar – I’ll likely be tweeting along with the show tonight, so feel free to reach out and share your thoughts) what you guys are looking forward to seeing tonight. I’d love to hear any and all your thoughts.

I hope you’ve all had a fabulous weekend, and I hope this week is a good one for each and every one of you. Have a great night, enjoy the show if you’re watching, and I will see you right back here in one week. Until then, much love.

Brittany xo

Someday Summary – Sunday, February 19

I am acutely aware of how fleeting time is. I am uncomfortably aware of how uncertain life happens to be. I am incredibly aware of the fact that tomorrow is never really guaranteed, and just how passive I tend to be in the face of that fact. Despite this level of awareness, I continue to find myself unable to comprehend the ways in which my life keep rapidly transforming – the ways in which I am continuously evolving.

Life and time are incredibly complex, confusing, almost incomprehensible concepts. They pass us by so quickly, we barely see it happening until it’s too late. Even when we find ourselves so aware of the speed at which everything passes by, we’re hardly equipped to handle it. We’re unable to slow things down. We live in a world where everything is full speed ahead, which leaves little time for taking everything in and properly living in the moment.

I’d be lying if I said I’m not afraid of all the things coming up. If I were to sit here and tell you i’m not anxious about graduation and university, and that I’m not heartbroken just thinking about saying goodbye to my friends, and that I’m completely ready to embark on this brand new chapter, I would by lying. That’s not to say I’m not excited – I really truly am – I’m just also very scared.

Change has never been an interest of mine. Growing up, I thought of change as this unnerving, uncomfortable, unpleasant process that appeared just as I found myself growing comfortable with the environment I’d been forced into. Change and I have never really gotten along. Over the past couple of years, I’ve found myself getting kind of used to it. That doesn’t necessarily make it easier, though.

Change is still scary. It’s still unsettling and mostly unpleasant. The thought of my whole world changing so drastically makes me sick to my stomach. Regardless of how excited I may be, I’m terrified for what’s to come. I may be only two weeks away from eighteen, but I feel all of ten years old. I don’t feel like I’m ready for a massive life change just yet.

If I had the chance to go back and give my past self one piece of advice, I would tell myself to breathe, and to appreciated each and every moment I have. Time is fleeting. Life is short. Change is inevitable. I will never have the moments I long for. They’re gone. I’m now faced with the future, and that is what I must accept. I must go on to cherish the moments I have left.

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Happy Family Day to all those in Ontario. I hope you’ve all enjoyed your nice long weekend. I know I have.

I hope you enjoyed this week’s post. It’s a bit unorganized, and a bit reflective – which is sort of the point of the “Someday Summary” series, I suppose. I enjoyed writing it. It allowed me the chance to gain some clarity on some things, I think.

I hope you’ve all had a fabulous weekend, and I look forward to writing to you all again next week. Until then, be safe and much love.

Brittany xo