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2016

Oscars Ballot

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Did you know that the Academy Awards and the Oscars are the same thing? I know, it’s kind of confusing.  The awards show is called the Academy Awards, but I think that more people started referring to it as the Oscars, which is what the actual statue is nicknamed, that both names stuck.  Funny to note that all the branding and website all use the name, “Oscars", now.  This year is the 88th Academy Awards.  I don’t know about you, but I always feel like I’m behind on my movies when the Oscars roll around.  I always want to see all of the films nominated, but never end up doing so, which makes it a complete guessing game on who will win the awards.  I mean I still haven't seen The Revenant or Bridge of Spies.  And then there’s always those few movies that no one’s heard of.  What is Trumbo or 45 Years?  There are best actor and best actress nominees, respectively, from both of those movies!

Each year growing up, my mom would have a little Academy Awards party and have printed ballots for us each to fill out our predictions for the winners.  I'm pretty sure she used to photocopy the one that the LA Times had in their paper.  It's just a fun little game to play while you're watching, especially for those of you who get competitive.  So for all of your guessing game fun or for those who have actually seen all of the movies, I designed a handy dandy downloadable ballot just like the ones my mom used to photocopy.  Grab a pen, make your picks and good luck!  I'll be rooting for Leo!

Click here to download!

Yours Truly // Shannon

New Year, New Dreams

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I had dinner with a couple of friends the other week and the conversation led to how quickly this year has gone by. I know I probably say it every year, but really, this year has flown by. When I can vividly remember something that happened back in February, it really has gone by fast.  The topic turned to not even addressing New Years resolutions yet. My friend listed out a few she had for herself; eat healthier, be on time etc... However, has since not been able to see these through. I started questioning myself. What was my resolution? Have I taken any steps to accomplish it? I then remembered my resolution was simply one word, free.  Be free. Free from worries. Free from unnecessary stress. Free to live life. Free to be the person I imagine myself to be.

Before this resolution, I had gotten stuck in a life that did not feel like me. At times, I was controlling, quick to judge and more or less complacent. I had become someone who did not live life to the fullest and just simply enjoy life. As I began to let go, as a result of my resolution, I started to feel more like my true self. It's pretty hard to admit this, but I think sharing my story might be able to strike a chord in someone else. Thinking back to January, I realized that a year ago did seem a little longer ago than at first thought.  This simply because I am and have been living out my resolution.  I think this blog is pure evidence of that.

Choosing another a resolution is a really hard thing to do.  I feel like I’m putting a little too much stress on it because I had a really great one this past year.  I don’t want to choose something cliché because it really feels like more pressure to see it through. I think that it’ll just come as the year starts to unfold.  I’m going to look at it as more of making new dreams instead of a resolution.  I feel like chasing your dreams is the most fun adventure of all and much more rewarding.

Hope you all have a safe and happy new year.  Cheers to 2016!

Yours Truly // Shannon