Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Writer Wednesday: Happy 15th Birthday Geniveve!

For the past two days, I've been watching recorded tv. What I mean by that is I've been cleaning out my DVR because we were due for a new one. The guy just finished installing it as I type this, and I no longer have to be a daily couch potato.

Today, I write you regarding a very special occasion. My best friend and dog Geniveve turns 15 today! In case you've never met Geniveve, she's a black lab chow mix that I've had since before I turned ten. And we quickly became best friends. Around the time we got her, I was obsessed with the movie Madeline and decided Geniveve would be a perfect fit for my first pet.

Over these past fifteen years, Geni's done things all dogs do: go for walks, visit the beach, enjoy belly rubs and fangirl over food.

Yet, what makes Geniveve so extraordinary is the life she's lead:
She modeled for Ryan Sheckler's charity

Starred in a creative ad for Ryan's charity that won a contest: Just Call Me The Godmother

You can view other videos of Geniveve and fangirl over them all you want on my Youtube channel,
Make sure to watch the videos of her dancing since her hips really do not lie. :)

Shortly after the video was shot, I had spent two years telling her one day she would get the chance to meet Ryan Sheckler, the myth, the man, and the legend. 

And she did:

Then she smiled so big afterward because I mean, who wouldn't?!

I've always been happy to stand back while Geniveve took the spotlight because Geni was always there for me, especially when it counted most like when boys would break my heart, friends would leave me out, my family didn't understand me, or August 11, 2012, when I woke up and couldn't breathe.

Over the years, Geniveve has lost perfect sight in her eyes because she developed cataracts from her love of sunbathing, and I've had to help her get around more, and sometimes that requires patience but for me, I don't mind at all. After all she's helped me through and been by my side for, she definitely deserves the utmost respect and as much patience from me as she needs.

Today we celebrate you and your beautiful light, Geniveve. Here's to many more. Keep bringing sexy back girl. I love you so much!

Love Times Infinity,
God Bless!
~Just Keep Swimming~

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Writer Wednesday: My HSN Commercial Experience

     I found out about two weeks ago that the commercial I had shot in January was finally finalized and it would be debuted at the last acting workshop at the Safety Harbor studio that I had attended two workshops for my internship in December and January. Ever since there was a nervous excitement being built in my belly, almost like a fetus taking shape within my womb but a little less real.
     After months of waiting, I finally saw the commercial yesterday. All the hype I built for it was put out much like a match lit on a windy beach:

I watched it and as I did, my palms became sweaty and my knees felt weak. I was hoping to see myself through the entire 30 minute commercial, which was set up much like the infomercials you find if you are still watching television in the middle of the night. It was a good commercial but I wasn't in the entire thing: 

   Overall, I just appreciate the opportunity I was given and see it as God helping me overcome my public speaking fear by showing me that I am good enough just the way I am, every insecurity I've faced most of my life can run for the hills because there is no more vacancy within the confines of my mind. Although my acting career was short-lived, I realized I still would rather be behind the scenes in a way because that industry is still too shallow for my tastes. Hey, at least, I got a free ottoman and a paycheck out of it. 

God is good through the good and the not so good.

Until next time, remember: 

Love Times Infinity,
God Bless!

~Just Keep Swimming~

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Writer Wednesday: What I will Never Outgrow

I guess I should just come right out and say it. In my heart, I'm still a kid. I won't go into the personal reasons why but I have thoroughly fallen in love with the Peter Pan thought of never growing up. I mean, I believe myself as the firstborn to be very mature and responsible for my age (despite what my sisters believe about me) but in the ways that matter I have adopted a child-like view of the world. Without further ado, here is a list of the things I will never outgrow.

1. God's love for me
The most obvious way I stay child-like is in my faith in God. I have had my moments of doubt in recent years but I have yet to lose faith in God's love for me, and knowing that he has a good plan for my life. You have to approach God like a child in order to switch from a religious mindset where your works help you be good enough for God to a relationship with God through Jesus Christ, you have to believe without seeing. Just like a relationship between a parent and their child, the child never loses faith in what the parent says. They always see the best in the parent, want to obey the parent because they know the parent wants the best for them and wants to go to the ends of the earth to be good to them.

2. My love of Tinkerbell

In case you've never met me in real life, I am obsessed with Tinkerbell. My love of Tinkerbell started when I was twelve or thirteen years old after seeing the movie Peter Pan starring Jeremy Sumpter. I loved how much she loved Peter, how she was genuine, spunky, rebellious, and so much herself despite being a little adorable pixie. Even now, I fangirl over the Tinkerbell movies. I love that Disney made a special section for the Disney Fairies and in Disney World (and I think in Disneyland as well) they have Pixie Hollow. I have Tinkerbell clothes, a Tinkerbell blanket, a Tinkerbell pillow.
In February 2013, I met Tinkerbell at Disney and it was a dream come true:

3. Music from my childhood
 Call me crazy biased but nineties music was the best Pop music that will ever exist. I still listen to the greats: N'SYNC, Britney Spears, Christina Augilera. And you can't forget the one hit wonder group, Aqua, who were most famous for their song, "Barbie Girl." I feel like their album along with the Spice Girls was the soundtrack of my childhood and always remind me of a time when things were so fun and peaceful, and I never second guessed myself but instead, believed that I could do anything I put my mind to.

4. Disney Movies

I think I will always love Disney just because no matter what age you are, you can go there and just be a kid. My favorite Disney movies would probably be Cinderella, Snow White, Bambi, Fox and the Hound, Finding Nemo, and Hunchback of Notre Dame. I didn't just like Disney movies though. Two movies that were hits during my childhood would be Madeline and My Dog Skip. Both featured dogs and grew in me a love of dogs that I've yet to outgrow, as well. I was also obsessed with the movie A Little Princess which helped me learn about other cultures and how you can find a friend in anyone despite cultural differences. 

5. Board Games

My sisters make fun of me for a lot of things but one thing they always poke fun at is my enjoyment and child-like sense of adventure when playing board games. My favorites are Monopoly, Life, and Mystery Date yet I basically like all board games except Taboo but that's because the first time I played that game was a really bad and embarrassing experience with it so I refuse to play it again.

6. Being imaginative
As a kid, my sisters and I were crazy imaginative. For more about what I mean, please go ahead and watch my newest Youtube video called Nineties Tag. Nowadays, I am imaginative in all that I do: my blogs, my videos, my writing. No matter what, I've always been an out-of-the-box thinker.

7. Eating Like A Kid
 I remember the first time I had cotton candy. It was at Busch Gardens and I remember how I loved the thought that someone believed fluffy sugar would be a tasty snack. I wanted to kiss that person. My favorite ice cream growing up was the Good Humor Strawberry Shortcake ice cream bar or the Chocolate Eclair. They were so good. I was also obsessed with cream soda, grape soda, and orange soda. I don't really drink soda as much as I did as a kid but I still enjoy slurpees. One thing I will always carry with me from being a child is my sweet tooth.

I think being a child is ok because at least children have an adventurous fire in their hearts that no one can steal and unlike most of them, they are ok being themselves. 

Until next time remember: The most sophisticated people I know-they are all children.-Jim Henson

Love Times Infinity,
God Bless!
~Just Keep Swimming~