Sleepwalk With Me

Have you seen Mike Birbiglia's movie Sleepwalk with Me? I loved it so much I watched it twice within a 12 hour period. It beautifully discusses relationships, marriage and most poignantly the struggle to realize your dreams and has the same candor as This American Life stories (which only makes sense, since it was co-written by Ira Glass). If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend it.

Here's a really great tidbit from the movie: "It wasn't going so well, but I kept telling myself that it was. I think to be a comedian you have to be a little bit delusional. particularly starting out, there's just so much failure. And amidst that failure you have to tell yourself that it's going quite nicely, because if you didn't, you would just never get on stage again."

And a hilarious but beautiful take on love: "Falling in love for the first time is such a transcendent feeling. It's like eating pizza flavored ice cream, your brain can't even process that level of joy... I really feel like our whole lives no matter how low our self esteem gets there's always a part of us that thinks 'I have a secret special skill, that no one knows about.' and eventually, we meet someone who's like 'You have a secret special skill!' and you're like 'I know, so do you! Let's eat pizza flavored ice cream together!' And that's love. It's a mountain of pizza flavored ice cream, and delusion."

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This is 40

Have you heard about Judd Apatow's new movie, This is 40? This New York Times article talked about the process and inspiration behind the movie, as well as the dynamic between Apatow and his wife, Leslie Mann, which was really intriguing. When I saw the trailer, I was excited to how many great actors will be in the movie. It's the "sort-of sequel to Knocked Up" and discusses marriage, family and work lives. What do you think? Will you go see it?

Happy

dancing martin munkacsi photograph Have you guys seen the documentary Happy? I found it on Netflix and decided to check it out - I highly recommend it! They present different life experiences and couple it with research by scientists in an engaging way. Certainly happiness is something that almost everyone thinks about on a regular basis - just look at all the books and movies and research centered around it!

The movie sparked some inspiration as I continue to grow and develop this blog with content that I feel proud of, that's relatable. As I begin a new chapter in my life with this yoga teacher certification program, I'm excited by all the possibilities of being able to help others in their personal journeys, whatever that may mean for an individual.

So why not bring this new aspect to the blog?

Let's talk about happiness! It would be great to hear everyone's perspective on the matter. Where I've found happiness is often in the little moments that catch you by surprise, the ones you never expect. It isn't always easy, but as I strive to be more present in the moment, reveling in the little things really helps you focus and perspective. And besides, the little everyday things happen a whole lot more than the big "milestone" moments.

So with all that, I'm trying a new column about appreciating the little things, and I hope you really enjoy it. I would love to hear what makes you happy in your everyday life, so please feel free to reach out. I want to hear your stories, what you appreciate in life, what makes you smile.

Image by Martin Munkacsi.

I Heart Eames

So, winter is one of those times when I catch up on all my documentaries and TV shows, mostly because it's the one time of year I don't feel guilty about staying inside. Well, I recently came across Eames: The Architect and the Painter, with which I am now completely enamored. I imagine I'll be watching this over and over... and over.

The movie talks about the career of Charles and Ray Eames and while I've known about them for a long time, there is so much I didn't know about their work! And their studio? It's a dream. They created such a whimsical, playful world through their films, paintings, photographs, and everything else they touched. It was truly magical to peek into their studio and see beautiful metal letters on the wall, and row upon row on books amongst a bunch of people, each working on something different.

It got me thinking a lot about working with a significant other. I've got friends who say never in a million years would they work with their partner, and others who seem to flourish in this kind of relationship. Mark and I have dabbled in small photo assignments here and there together, and next weekend we'll be shooting our first big gig: a wedding! It was inspiring to see in this documentary that Charles and Ray seemed to complement each other's vision, and in their case made the work they did that much stronger, and is certainly the exception to the rule that you shouldn't mix work and your personal life. Highly recommend you watch this instantly! Plus, if you enjoy James Franco's voice, he's the narrator :)