Apart from a couple of trips to the movies and a pop around to the local plant nursery, I have pretty much avoided all contact with the outside world so far this year. I have gone 100% introvert these holidays and have spent more time watching the ducks swim on the dam than I have spent with anyone apart from my immediate family. I have been indulging in my own passions completely, and I don't feel even slightly guilty about that, but I do feel gracious that I have been given the chance to do so.
I am loving the opportunity to not have to be anywhere or do anything unless I want to, and guess what? I haven't wanted to! I have relished in the chance to just be restful and relaxed, because I know that these moments are fleeting and should be embraced when they arise. I have spent so many of my past holiday breaks racing around doing things and trying to catch up with people and I always just feel exhausted by the end of it; but as I am getting older (and wiser?) I am getting a lot better at prioritising my time and learning to put my own rest and wellbeing at the forefront of my break periods.
If I have learnt anything worth knowing in this life it's that you have to take care of your own needs and embrace your own passions. You have to steer your own journey and to do that well, you need to be able to put yourself first sometimes.
I have always wanted to have a life that I never felt like I needed to take a holiday from, and I think that I have found that. I have absolutely everything that I could ever need to feel fulfilled right here in Enfield, and I am taking full advantage of it. There is a lot of peace to be had in the stillness and sanctuary of home and there is a certain type of grace in not needing to be on the move all of the time; and I am truly grateful for the time that I am getting to spend unhindered doing those things precisely. What a marvellous beginning to a brand new year.
Release Date: 2015
Running Time: 112 mins
A fantasy romance, directed by Lee Toland Krieger and written by J. Mills Goodloe and Salvador Paskowitz, that was given a bit of an unfair slamming by critics. Sure it's an unlikely story, but it is a fantasy love story, so this is strictly a 'cast aside your realities' type of a romance movie that you can just sit back and enjoy.
After an unprecedented accident in 1937, 28 year old Adaline Bowman finds herself unable to age from that moment forward. Worried that her unusual condition will arouse suspicion, Adaline continues to move around and alter her identity, often sacrificing her own happiness as a result.
I am not generally a Blake Lively fan, but she is undeniably lovely as Adaline, embodying all of the demure quirks and classic good looks that her role demanded. The casting in general is very good here; fabulous support is offered from the always reliably good Ellen Burstyn, and Harrison Ford is probably bringing his best performance in years. Michiel Huisman clearly took a Game of Thrones reprieve to play the handsome and charming modern love interest 'Ellis', which he does convincingly well.
I had a good time with this movie, it is sweet and easy with an interesting premise, it's definitely a worthy romance viewing.
FINAL SAY: Tell me something I can hold on to forever and never let go.
3 Chilli Peppers