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Monday, 30 January 2017

Ten Things

         
Hooray for the first ten things of the year! Not going to lie, this is one of my favourite parts of blogging. I love lists and recaping/keeping track of my life so I think this little category is the perfect combination of those things #productivity.

1. Last Friday I watched my good friend Scarlet marry the love of her life at 5:16 pm at the picturesque Ataahua Garden Venue in Tauranga. Under clear blue skies, she walked down the aisle to Kings of Leon's "Back Down South". I got so emotional hearing the opening notes of the song. For years I've known that this was the song she's always wanted to walk down the aisle to. And then Colin came along. I stood beside Scarlet at her graduation and proudly watched her marry this amazing man who brings out the best in her. Congratulations to the happy couple! Thank you for letting me be part of your special day.

2. Award season is upon us and Rachel and I have been going through the nominated films one by one. One of my goals for the year is to watch more films and so far I've been to the cinemas in a month more than I ever have in my entire 25 years of living.

3. Speaking of award season, this acceptance speech at today's SAG awards led by Taraji P Henson and the cast of Hidden Figures is so relevant. We went to an advanced screening of it the weekend of Tr*mp's inauguration. It seemed appropriate to remind ourselves of history.

4. "A friend had a baby. Two of my friends announced their pregnancy today. One is getting married this week. One of my group chats has been all about politics since the weekend, with terms like 'totalitarian dictator territory' being dropped in conversation so casually. The state of the world a normal weekend brunch topic we discussed for hours. My social media feed is full of photos from women's marches around the world, my friends making their voices heard on the streets and online. And I'm over here dreaming insanely, ridiculously big dreams. The one I know I am capable of achieving, prepared to give it all I've got.

I am often overwhelmed by the gravity of this dream of mine. That, partnered with everything that's going on around the world, the uncertainty, the darkness, the post-truth state we are living in, sometimes makes me feel a hopeless kind of hopeful. I don't know how to explain it but it's enough to stop me off my tracks.Today I am reminded of that hope. Of new life. Of good people that I am surrounded with, and the inherent power we have to impact change. You guys give me so much hope and it is a privilege to tackle the world with you" - This was my status on Facebook last Monday and I needed to remind myself of this especially at times like this.


5.  These pictures from Women's Marches makes me so emotional.

6. For my American friends and readers, I urge you to call your member of Congress and demand that they overturn the muslim ban. Another way to help with the situation right now for people who are not in America and in the position to help financially is to donate to the ACLU. Here's how.

7. Friends who spam you with photos of their babies on Snapchat are the best kind of friends. 

8. Don't you just love it when the things you plan come together nicely? And I'm not even talking about anything major. Take today for example, on Sunday night I knew I wanted to wear my blue shirt with some shorts and chucks and have my hair up. I knew I wanted to make a big breakfast and try to create the mushrooms on toast I had at a cafe last weekend. I also wanted to have a bath. All of these happened today. Feeling v satisfied about that.

9. We went on a midnight Mcdonald's run on a Sunday after a late night screening of Manchester by the Sea (a film I didn't really like TBH. I found it dragging and long and no character development). Could already taste the regret long before the quarter pounder arrived.

10. It's 11:11. 

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