#1 The Pope
I am not Catholic, nor a big fan of organized religion, but I am enamored with Pope Francis.
I love hearing what he has to say… like this week as he challenged Congress and the United Nations to treat humans and our environment better though our immigration and climate change policies.
But I love watching what he does even more.
After speaking to our country’s most powerful men and women, he ate lunch with the country’s least powerful… in a homeless shelter.
As he was being driven away from his plane in Philadelphia, he spotted 10-year old Michael Keating in the crowd, ordered his car to stop, got out of the car, walked over to the severely disabled child, put his hand on his head and kissed him. I cried right along with his sobbing mother.
He is a man who walks the talk, which inspires me to do the same.
© Joseph Gidjunis/World Meeting of Families via AP
#2 The Movie
It was #flashbackfilm night this week at my house, and because it was before payday and I was budgeting, I dug up this 1993 gem on Amazon for $2.99.
It is the story of Ada, a mute woman in mid-nineteenth century Scotland who is forced into an arranged marriage and sent to the rugged forests of New Zealand. She is accompanied by her young daughter, Flora, and her beloved piano. It is at once a tragic love triangle and epic love story.
Holly Hunter and Anna Paquin received Oscars for their performances. Sam Neill set the tone for the rest of his amazing career as her husband. And Harvey Keitel is both romantic and sexy, which is a sentence I’d never thought I’d write.
The film is visually stunning and emotionally intoxicating. It’s worth a repeat watch if you have seen it before.
#3 The Tube
I no longer have cable or satellite service, so I find free show previews on Hulu, Amazon or iTunes and if I like them, I pay for them. I end up saving money AND I actually find better entertainment. Impastor is on TVLand of all places. It follows Buddy Dobbs, a gambling addict on the run from a loan shark who ends up stealing a man’s identity (my first hard laugh) and poses as a small town’s new gay pastor. Spoiler alert: He doesn’t play gay well and it is absolutely hysterical. I literally fell off my couch and rolled on the floor during one episode.
#4 The Book
The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod
I am currently reading and working my way through the process of this book. First off, Hal is extremely inspiring. At age 20, he was hit head on by a drunk driver at 70 mph, he was dead for 6 minutes, and doctors told his parents that if Hal ever came out of his coma, he would have permanent brain damage and may never walk again. The fact that he not only walked, but became an ultra-marathon runner, hall of fame business achiever, international Keynote Speaker, Success Coach, husband, father, hip-hop recording artist, and #1 bestselling author is impressive, but the fact that he overcame his depression with The Miracle Morning is where the real gift of this book lies.
Stay tuned to the blog, because you will be hearing more about my #miraclemornings and we may do a challenge together real soon. It is very simple, extremely powerful stuff!
#5 Ear Candy
“Levels” Nick Jonas
I teach Zumba in my free time, and this new single is on constant replay in my car as I am working out choreography for class. The up-tempo beats make me butt-dance (that’s my signature commute move) and his falsetto has me singing along.
I was never a Jonas Brothers fan (just a tad bit out of my age range). But Nick Jonas is turning himself into a Justin Timberlake. He sings! He dances! And he acts! (really well, in fact Kingdom – Audience Network…really good).
#6 Eye Candy
Going back to #2 The Piano for this. You can actually stop this film at any point of the entire movie and feast upon the sumptuous, haunting visuals.
#7 The App
Some people have a thing for shoes. I have a thing for apps — particularly, photo beautifying apps. I have many great editing ones, but have had a hard time finding a graphic designing one. Until this week!
Over combines good photography with great typography. The choice of fonts and art you can embellish your photos with is fantastic. Plus, the user interface is extremely user-friendly.
Have some fun with your photos!
#8 The Podcast
Magic Lessons with Elizabeth Gilbert
What is not to love about Podcasts? Quality content, free of charge, and perfect inspiration for my 2 hour commute to the J.O.B!
Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love and the upcoming Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, has launched Magic Lessons, which are like little road maps for the path to creativity, or the extra nudge you need when you’re feeling stuck. If you are struggling to unlock your creative potential and find an agreeable work-life balance, Gilbert talks with people who are facing creative challenges and to guest experts that offer perspective, advice, and inspiration.
#9 The Blog
I first started blogging in 2008, and boy, have they improved! Gorgeous layouts and photographs, informative posts, with the bonus of interaction with other subscribers and the blogger themselves.
This week I have been frequenting a family friend’s lifestyle blog. She started it about a year ago, and not only has it has gained popularity; it has evolved into one of the best I have seen. It was her blog that inspired me to resurrect my own!
Happy WifeStyle™ is about food, health, fitness and fashion. You can find paleo recipes, Whole30 support, style and fashion inspiration, and an adorable French Bulldog named Stella. I have absolutely ZERO fashion sense, so I drool over Shannon’s style: so classy and sophisticated. I totally want to be her when I grow up!
Check her out!
#10 The Next
I am prickly with anticipation!!!!
American Horror Story Hotel starts October 7th!!!! Some seasons the AHS storyline loses me about halfway through, but the art direction and cinematography is always delicious. And c’mon!!! We got Gaga this season!
What’s inspiring you this week? Drop me a line and let me know! I am always on the prowl for interesting, intriguing, inspiring nuggets to juice up my life.