6 Keys to a Happier Life:


I’ve had to learn all these within the last year and I wanted to write them down in case they could benefit or encourage someone else…

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1. Surround yourself with things that make you happy; from friends to blogs to your bedroom walls.  This is more important than one would think. Big things are almost obvious, but little things are just as important. Put inspirational words or your favorite movie characters up on your bedroom walls or in your notebook covers. Watch your favorite movies. Figure out what around you is hurtful and dispose of it or get help to fix it. Unfollow those blogs that just annoy you and you only followed them for who knows why. Mend broken relationships or get away from the people who genuinely try to make you feel bad for liking certain things or who try to take advantage of you. Basically, what surrounds you is important, so know what to keep close and what to let go.

2. Laugh as much as possible. This one is short because it’s very simple. Be as positive as possible and laugh. Learn to laugh at yourself. Laugh at your mistakes and the irony of life. Tell jokes. Figure out your sense of humor and indulge it. Not only can a funny book, blog or tv show make a day brighter but the laughter is chemically amazing for your body. 50 percent of things I watch/rewatch are comedies that I enjoy, so I keep them on a consistent rotation. Just try to laugh as often as possible, it’s good for you.

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3. Remember that money mostly buys temporary thrills. This doesn’t mean “don’t ever spend your money” or “only save it for important, grown up things”. This just means think twice before you spend. It can be very thrilling to get new clothes, new games, new accessories and movies but bad aftermath can hurt if you don’t think things through. I know most of us young people have limited incomes, so it really stings to realize you’ve wasted your money once you get home (I know this from personal experience, it’s a real stab to the heart.) It is important to treat yourself, but at least save yourself later heartache by thinking through things before you hit the checkout.

4. Own who you are; your quirks, your skills, your hair and even your faults. Own it all; learn to look at what you consider odd quirks about yourself and embrace them. Own your choices in life, even ones that weren’t great. You couldn’t learn from your mistakes if you never made any. Try not to live in regret for very long; start fresh every morning. If you don’t like something about yourself, stop complaining about it and become more proactive instead. See what you can do make it better; soul search, stop being lazy, determine to be happy in the morning, or just chop your hair off like you always wanted to. JUST DO. SOMETHING. ABOUT IT. Then, once you’re able to own yourself, stop apologize for who you are, to anyone. Enjoy the things you like and learn to not victimize yourself for those things (I’ve had to learn this through my blog.) Basically, don’t be ashamed of you. You’re awesome. So own it.

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5. Listen to music. Music is an unstoppable force, breaking through language barriers and generations as one of the most wonderful things in existence. Take advantage of it and keep it close to your heart. Listen to different genres and find favorite songs in each one of them; expand your diet of music as much as possible. If you already know what genres you prefer, then look deeper into them. Find sub-genres that you might not even have realized existed. Listen to music as much as possible; find music that helps you write, helps you study, helps you complete chores or bring out an emotion within you that you didn’t know needed expressing or identifying. Dance to it, play it, breathe it in. It’s the audible life booster.

6. Acknowledge change. Uncertainty is a shadow that will follow us forever. I have never liked change and I will never be able to always be happy when things I like change, but I think the key to happiness in this area is to just except that nothing ever stays the same for long. The sooner we register in our heads that everything is temporary in one form or another, the happier we can become. Of course, this doesn’t mean we live in fear all the time. Just learn to take life one day at a time. When things change, you might not be cheering about it but at least it didn’t completely blindside you either. Acknowledge that it hurts, catch your breath, and then search for the roses within it.

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~Jamie

Top 100 Favorite Movies|60-51


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Anne-of-Green-Gables-The-Sequel60. Anne of Avonlea | 1987 | G

Growing up, I always found young Anne in her first movie to be a rather bizarre character. She seemed to get into trouble too much and her flighty spirit didn’t appeal to me. That was until my mom let me than see the sequel Anne of Avonlea, where she was more grown up and her spirited ways felt more exceptable. This amazingly long movie (224 minutes!) is still one my sister and I rewatch quite often. It reminds me of when I was younger while at the same time I find more and more to relate to as I get older. Anne’s engaging spirit is lifting, her determination to push through trials is encouraging and her adventures as a teacher, writer and good friend are both fun and heartwarming to watch.

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59. Say Anything | 1989 | PG-13

I have only seen this movie once which is sad because I need to rewatch it. It’s very easy to understand why this film is so popular and why I fell in love with it before the first 30 minutes had gone by: it’s because Lloyd Dobler is, in essence, what every girl wants from a young man. Lloyd Dobler is easily the best part of the movie because his perfectness is absolutely realistic. He’s not a cutout ‘Prince Charming’ or the annoying goody two shoes. He’s unafraid of being different and of owning who he is and what he wants out of life. He has eyes for only one girl and his spirit of determination to love and be with only her is very endearing. By the end of the movie, Lloyd Dobler had made his way onto my list of best movie men, very near Rocky Balboa and Captain America. :) And the movie kicked “Goblet of Fire” to the curb. :)tumblr_mc7gv0g6l11rf97m1o1_500

58. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh | 1977 | G

I HAVE SO MUCH CHILDHOOD LOVE FOR THIS MOVIE. If you were to ask me what the definition of innocence was, I would say Winnie the Pooh and point to this film. This movie is so beautiful. At first glance it may feel simplistic but it’s actually a fun ride. The emotional spectrum is wide: it’s has some very laugh out loud moments from Pooh’s bottom being stuck in Rabbit’s residence to Piglet sliding about Owl’s house with a teacup on his head; and there are scary and sad parts, like when Tigger promises never to bounce again. The cast of characters are broad and dynamic; they drive the stories together. The songs are chirpy and cheerful and the animation is good old hand drawn magic. I like to watch this movie when I feel sad or want to feel safe or nostalgic as it’s the perfect spell to make one a child again.

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57. Toy Story | 1995 | G

How did Toy Story–a movie I didn’t even grow up–beat my childhood love Winnie the Pooh? Hmm, I don’t know, maybe because it’s just simply brilliant? What I hope you all understand is that I often predict how I’ll feel about a movie before I even watch it–if I’m skeptical, it’s all up to the movie to change my mind. After I was seventeen, I decided I wanted to see Toy Story because of how popular it was. I didn’t think I would like it all but the interesting plot, witty humor, clever characters and spirit was able to change my mind. Toy Story was brilliant and I’m very bitter for not getting to grow up with Woody and Buzz Lightyear. Thankfully I gave it a chance and it won my heart. (DARN YOU FROZEN FOR YOU COULD NOT DO THIS AND LEFT ME MISERABLY IN MY ORIGINAL PREDICTIONS OF DISAPPOINTMENT.) Toy Story truly rocks.

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56. The First Wives Club |1996 | PG

A girl flick with depth, The First Wives Club stuck out to me because of where my family is with my parents separated and a (much needed) divorce pending. The film is a comedy about three old college friends who, when reunited by another’s death, decided to band together to bring revenge down on their exes who they gave everything to and are now getting crap from through their divorce proceedings. The movie not only made me laugh quite hard but it was also a good feeling to see them turn their predicaments around to their benefit together. Besides that, the film delves deeper into how important support from friends is for women both in and out of relationships and how getting revenge just isn’t thinking big enough. I recommend this movie to all girls for both a laugh and a reminder to find friends who will be there for you through the most heartbreaking moments of life.

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55. Despicable Me 2 | 2013 | PG

This film is so adorable, nearly as adorable as the first one. Steve Carrel is still fantastic as Gru. The girls are as adorable as ever; Agnes is still the cutest animated girl since Boo in Monsters Inc. The minions are just as hilarious and become a bit more essential to the plot in this film, which was really neat. Although the movie is not quite as good as the first one, it’s still extremely lovable and hilarious (there’s a plus because there is no Vector, who I didn’t like from the first one. :P)

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54. Monsters University | 2013 | PG

I was so excited for this movie when I heard it was coming out and I was not disappointed. The movie is exciting and makes you want to pack a bag and head to college to learn all you can so you can do your very best. The plot was fun with the expansion of the monster universe and new types of monsters to see which was really cool! The back story of how Mike and Sully met is great and I love how their friendship formed. I really appreciated the character development that was given to Sully as well. Mike’s story progression was also very interesting as he wanted to prove himself scary. The film is funny and upbeat with some heartwarming moments that I completely enjoyed. A very good prequel to a fantastic Pixar movie.

Pacific-Rim-poster-1384x2048 53. Pacific Rim | 2013 | PG-13

I regret not seeing this at the theater because it was just so darn good! I originally figured this was going to be one of those dumb-fun-for–23-year-old-guy-in-crummy-shirt type of movie with not substance. I’m happy to say that the film was able to prove me wrong almost right away and provided not just great action and amazing CGI but also an interesting plot and characters with just enough depth for me to care about them. Oh, and the soundtrack is to this is awesome; very similar to the original Iron Man music! Overall, a fantastic summer flick that must have been amazing in 3D and I will be forever bitter that I didn’t get to see it that form!

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52. Rio Bravo | 1959 | NR (a light PG from me.)

I haven’t seen Rio Bravo in ages but it still stands out to this day as my favorite western of all time. A small group of flawed–and one perfect *cough*Colorado*cough*–and realistic characters who band together to uphold the law in a western town taken over by gangsters. The film isn’t about thrills or action (although there are great moments of such) but  is more about the characters and their progression from their flawed pasts to a united group who stand against your classic bad guys. If you can become invested in the characters, like I did, the long film will be well worth the watch (this rather pitiful review for this fantastic film is making me want to rewatch this!! Ahh! Who wants to watch westerns with me? :D)

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51.  Rocky III | 1982 | PG

The third Rocky movie somehow found its way to pretty much right in the center of my list after 51! The movie is so high because of how well it wraps up the journey of the first two movies. Even though there are six Rocky films, the series would have been just fine if it had ended here in a trilogy because of how good this one was. Rocky’s rise to fame, then need for a moment of soul searching honesty,is really neat to see in this film. The build up to the ‘final’ fight is fantastic and doesn’t loose it’s power with multiple rewatches and Rocky continues to be one of the best stand up guys of film history (only to be matched in my book by Chris Evan’s Steve Rogers/Captain America.) That’s pretty good to come from a boxing saga, of all places! :D

~Jamie

I DIDN’T MEAN TO GET SICK. *cries*


tumblr_mihio53mJR1r6uijdo1_500Well, I would post the next addition to my 100 Favorite Movies post but I’ve been sick with a cold nearly all week. After a couple of days of trying, I gave up writing altogether as my mental energy had slowed waaay down (this is also the reason why I haven’t been commenting this week; I’m so sorry everybody.) *Sigh* I’m a complete baby whenever I get sick, I’m afraid. 

Anyway, I’m feeling a little better today so I decided to write this up so I don’t break my blogging streak.

Pretty much all I’ve done this week besides cough and take medicine is watch stuff on my laptop. I decided to finish Season 9 of The Office just so I could say I’ve seen it all. Season 9 was not that great up until near the end. It wrapped up very well and I’m glad I finished it. I also went back to the original UK Office, which I hadn’t been able to finish the first time I tried watching it, and blew through the two seasons in under twenty four hours. So that was lots of fun. 

Movies I’ve watched this past week include Mamma Mia! (didn’t like,) The Good The Bad and The Ugly (too slow overall,) August: Osage County (dysfunction at it’s craziest = not really a happy movie,) rewatched a Basil Rathbone Sherlock Holmes (no shame that I’m still crushing on him,) and watched Shaun of the Dead WHICH WAS SO FUNNY AND HYSTERICAL I WANT TO ADD IT TO MY TOP 100 FAVORITE MOVIES BECAUSE I WATCHED IT TWICE IN TWO DAYS WHICH I NEVER DO; HONESTLY BRITISH COMEDY WITH ZOMBIES IS THE BEST. It’s rated R, but if you already watch R rated movies anyway, then you need to watch Shaun of the Dead because it’s my new favorite movie.

Besides watching my laptop, I’ve also played my Happy Farm app religiously, listened to audio book dramatizations and helped my mom by sorting through our children’s books so we can downsize. And I’ve been sleeping. So there’s not much else to talk about except that I’m looking forward to not being sick. :P Hopefully if I keep improving like today so I will be able to get back to writing my movie posts, commenting and functioning like a normal human being. Until then, I shall be watching more movies on my laptop in bed. (I’ve marked my Skype profile as “away” but if anyone wants to IM I would enjoy that a lot. I miss human interaction.) Hope you all are doing well.

~Jamie

Link to Latest 100 Post


WordPress is giving me trouble today, it’s hiding my latest Favorite Movies post below my Captain America one. Gr. I’m going to make this easier by just linking to it here. And now it’s not even letting me insert the link. THIS IS MY LUCKY DAY. 

 https://throughtwoblueeyes.wordpress.com/2014/04/06/100-favorite-movies70-61/

~Jamie

The Winter Soldier (short n’ spoiler free)


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(I’m keeping this short since the movie just came out.) I saw Captain America The Winter Soldier Friday evening with my sister and we both really loved it! During a scene, Kayla randomly leaned over to me and whispered, “This the best movie ever!” That pretty much summed up my feelings too.

It was awesome seeing Steve Rogers front and center again. It was his movie The First Avenger that brought The Avengers into my sights in the first place. I fell in love with his heart, character and nobility. I take a moment now to say thank you to Marvel for the amount of energy and thoughtfulness that has been put into translating this character onto the screen without making him seem preachy or over in-your-face-patriotic or trying to make him more liberal. They’ve done right by him and that makes me extremely happy.

What makes this movie so great is that Steve shares this movie with SHIELD. Natasha Romanoff was amazing in this movie; she and Steve make such a great team. I really liked seeing more of her and I’m glad she got to share the spotlight. We also got to see a lot more of Nick Fury during the first half; it was very exciting seeing him in action rather than just directing people around. :D As to the rest of the movie, there was tons of fantastic action, intimate emotional moments, excellent introduction to The Falcon and some good twists throughout the plot!

Other than a few technical things that bothered me (two action scenes were little hard to follow because of the cinematography) I have practically no complaints about the movie! I highly highly recommend getting to a theater as soon as earthly possible to see this if you haven’t yet!

~Jamie