25 April 2013

2013 Challenges and Goals

Last year I challenged myself to read the entire collection of Sherlock Holmes stories. Well I completed my mission in under 10 months and enjoyed most if not all of them. This year I'm on another reading mission. I want 2013 to be the year I become more creative, structured and mindful.

I took part in a mindfulness class back in September last year and loved it. I came away feeling more relaxed than I had felt in a long time and since then have thought about going to other classes. Unfortunately they always seem to clash with work, so I've opted for the teach myself method using online forums and books - Mindfulness: Plain and Simple is the book I've opted for a long with various pocket/short Mindfulness books and eBooks I've found around the net. Loving the ones from Tinybuddha.com especially, they're short and sweet and full of lots inspiring words.

Another goal is to get better/more efficient at being creative. By more efficient I think I mean to let it flow more instead of worrying so much about whether my work will be any good or not. I've read loads of reviews of Brenda Ueland's If You Want to Write and have discovered that its more a book about creativity on the whole rather than just writing. I have to say, I've only read 5 chapters and already I'm beginning to feel more open and creative - which feels fantastic!

So that brings me to my other reads for 2013. Most are to do with writing/blogging which I do think I need a bit of help with, so I've opted for Blog Wonderful by Dana Fox, who writes fantastically over at The Wonder Forest and as I love little nuggets of info, 101 Blogging Tips by Tristan Higbee. I'm sure I'll add others to the list as I go one, but I think both of these are good places to start.

I'm looking forward to getting stuck in to these books and start learning and growing with each one. Hopefully I'll start some review posts on here too to really push my blogging and writing skills. This is turn, I hope, will be the building blocks to a routine throughout the day to really get things on track. 

I've also added Game of Thrones in there as my big reward for finishing them! Think I might throw The Outsiders in to the mix as well, it's been far too long since I read that one :)

Wish me luck

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23 April 2013

Man of Steel

When I was wee my Dad used to play various pieces of movie music and make me guess what it was - still does every now and then.

My musical taste stems directly from my parents. I took everything in as a kid, sitting in the back of the car or hearing what was on when Mum was working around the house. Film music was always there too. I remember loving tracks from The Untouchables, Out of Africa and Last of the Mohicans before ever seeing the movies and I felt oh so cool when I could spot a tune from a movie used on a trailer or advert - a bit sad, but it's the little things in life!

Anyway - to my point. Today I heard the first track form the new Superman movie, Man of Steel.
Although I've never really been a huge John Williams fan, I'm pretty attached to his Superman theme. So much so that I wasn't sure if it could ever be topped. In a way I guess it can't. It's so iconic and synonymous with Superman now that it's ingrained in everyones minds as The Superman tune.
Hans Zimmer's theme (if this is the theme) sounds really great! It's powerful, beautiful and, for lack of a better word epic.
The build up throughout is brilliant, I've listened to it at least 5 times already and I love it!!

This has really got me excited for the film. So far loving everything about it - the suit, Amy Adams as Lois, the effects look fantastic and (for a little nostalgia) Henry Cavill looks a tad like Christopher Reeve. Looking forward to see what he does with Supes!

Here's the newest trailer too if you haven't seen it.

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11 April 2013

You Can't Take The Sky

I have a tee up for voting on Qwertee and couldn't be more excited! who knows, one day I might be among the lucky folk who get theirs printed.

If you feel like adding your vote, it would be VERY much appreciated :D - Vote here

After some feedback on the design, I think I will take out the stars at the top so it can be placed better on the T shirt. 

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