Collateral Beauty

My husband and I went to see Collateral Beauty yesterday, and let me tell you, that movie will have you feeling all the feels.

I love anything that makes me think; books, movies, a tv show, it doesn't matter. And if it makes me think about life (in a good way) then extra bonus!

So this movie had me thinking about the three major concepts that it confronts, and that we all confront in life: Death, Time, and Love.

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Death. It will happen to all of us at some point. We will all die, which is hard to accept, but most people don't really know it's coming with enough advanced notice to be able to accept it anyway. What's more difficult to accept is when we lose someone close to us. Sometimes, it can feel like a betrayal. Other times, it can feel like we've been robbed. 

I am a believer. I believe in God, I believe in Jesus Christ, I believe in the Holy Spirit, and I believe in Heaven. That being said, I also believe that death is an end. It is an end to everything we know and understand about this life as it is. What comes after death is hard to fathom, hard to grasp, hard to explain. For that reason, for the apparent finality of it, death is scary.

Time. Though mankind has come up with many ways to measure it, with clocks, calendars, years, weeks, days, hours, seconds, it is still hard to quantify. Just the other day, my brother and I were discussing this very thing, and he said "Time is the only thing we have on this earth where we never really know how much of it we have." 

He's right. We never know how much time we have. We are not guaranteed tomorrow. Hell, we're not even guaranteed the rest of today. So we should live each day to the fullest, right? I know it's so cliche, "live each day as if it were your last," but we really should. Any given day could be our last. What do we have to lose by giving our loved ones an extra kiss before we leave, or snuggling our kids a little longer before bedtime? Time is such a precious commodity, and it is a nonrenewable resource. When we run out, we're out, and we cannot get it back. Remember that.

Love. So many songs, poems, books, movies, plays, and letters written, and all based on such an immeasurable concept. Love, real love, defies everything. It breaks every rule, every boundary, every wall. We can love someone who has passed away, we can love someone we've never met (pregnancy, anyone?) we can love pets, we can love hobbies, we can love music. We can love spouses, kids, parents, friends, siblings, and even strangers. 

Love is something that absolutely everyone, EVERYONE, needs. There isn't a person living who doesn't need to know and feel that they are loved. And I'm not sure that there is a person alive who have never loved someone or something. Love has the power to unify, to empower, to heal, to calm. Love never fails. Seriously. 

Love is with us in the pain, and it's with us in the joy. Love is there when we're surrounded by family and friends, and it's there when we are alone. Love is the ultimate gift that will cost you nothing and everything to give away. Love is the key to everything, the beginning and the end to the story... 

So I didn't write this as a movie review. To be succinct in my "review" of the movie, it was great and you should go see it! But I wrote this because I just wanted to share what the movie made me think and feel. I mean, that's the point of art, right? It's supposed to cause a reaction, a stirring of feelings, thoughts and emotions. 

Well, I left the theater feeling as though I want to use the time I have wisely, and I want to use it to love more fiercely, because, the truth is, I never know when death might come knocking...

I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas, and I hope you have a happy new year!

I’ll hit the lights and you lock the doors
Tell me all of the things that you couldn’t before
Don’t walk away, don’t roll your eyes
They say love is pain, well darling, let’s hurt tonight
— OneRepublic, Let's Hurt Tonight

Cheers,

LesLeigh J.

Saturday Links + Loves...

In an effort to share more of what I love and to have an excuse to blog more often, I've decided to start a new series where I will share what I've loved on the internet and in life every Saturday! 

1. Prints from Society6

2. Links: 

 -This download from Jenny Highsmith of Maiedae
 -This mixtape by Breanna Rose
 -This blog post by Maegan on different ways to style maxi skirts and dresses for fall
 -This article from The New Yorker on How Sex and the City Lost Its Good Name
 -This incredibly accurate personality test that I found via Joanna Goddard 

 

3. Fashion:  

 

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4. Music: 

The Civil Wars' new album just dropped, and it is AMAZING! Same beautiful sound, though I love that they have more of a rock vibe now. Great duo, great production, great album. 

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My favorite song on the album (so far) is a song called Eavesdrop, which you can listen to below. 

I hope everyone's having a great weekend! I know I am... ;-)

 -LesLeigh J.

My Favorite iPhone Apps

I've had my iPhone for a almost a year now, and I really do think it's one of the best things since sliced bread. 

In this day and age, it is definitely a convenience having so many useful (and fun) applications on my phone. I am a victim of first world mentality in that I have to have everything (literally) at my fingertips.  

But alas, this isn't an ad for the iPhone, as Apple is not paying me the big bucks to do such a thing. 

This is a post about my favorite freaking fantastic iPhone apps. So without further ado... 

1. My favorite photo editing apps: 

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Pretty much all of my iPhone photos get edited using one or both of these apps. I will usually open my pictures in Afterlight and edit them before uploading them to Instagram. And of course, I'm not the only one who LOVES the Beautiful Mess app from Elsie and Emma. It just got a few upgrades and I need to take some photos so I can try out the new features! 

2. My favorite use-every-day apps: 

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I love the YouVersion Bible app. I use it in church, I use it in school, I use it for homework or personal Bible study. It's much easier to have on hand than carrying a traditional Bible everywhere, PLUS it has many different translations so I can switch to whichever one I want.
Swackett is another favorite of mine because it tells me the weather. But not only does it tell me the weather, it gives me the forecast for the week and with the new upgrades, it even tells me when sunrise and sunset are! Plus, in the daily weather, it has little characters that are dressed for whatever type of weather is expected that day. Who doesn't love a weather app that tells you what to wear?

3. My favorite fitness app: 

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Nike Training Club is probably one of the best apps I've ever found out about. I'm not particularly motivated to work out, and usually it's because I don't know where to start. That's why I love NTC. It gives you workouts for each target area, tells you how to do them, and counts for you as you're completing your reps. It may sound like it doesn't help much, but it does. I did the ab workout once and the next day my abs were sore. Bonus: it's free! 

4. My favorite entertainment app: 

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I don't know about you guys, but I absolutely love Spotify! To me, it's great because I have pretty all of my favorite songs on my phone without having to purchase them all individually through iTunes. I also love Spotify because it's much easier to discover new music, and it's social. Now, sometimes the social part can be embarrassing. I mean, you could be jamming out to your favorite artist, and then you see your friend the next day and they confront you about how you listened to every track on the One Direction album. 
Embarrassment aside, Spotify is probably my favorite app that I have on my phone besides all the boring ones like Gmail and banking apps. 

What are your favorite iPhone apps? Or if you're an Android person, what are your favorite Android apps? I'd love to know! 

*All images were found via Google.* 

Happy Hump Day, Everybody! 

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Lately...

What up, wild flowers?! 

I feel like half of my blog posts this summer have been updates on my life, which isn't that bad considering this is a lifestyle blog. But I'm sure I'm not the only one who's craving more content in this space. Am I right, or am I right? 

Anywho. I thought I'd give you one last (probably not last) update how things have been going. 

In the last week and a half or so, I've... 

1. Seen the movie Now You See Me

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I'm not going to lie, this movie was legit. It totally wasn't what I thought it was going to be and it made me want to become a magician (just a little bit). Seriously, go see it.

2. Gone Roller Skating. 

I had no idea how much exercise roller skating was. It was so fun when I was kid, or at least that's what I was telling my aching glutes the next day. It was slightly embarrassing trying to re-learn how to skate gracefully on four wheels, not to mention the fact that I kept getting shown up by kids half my age. 

3. Completed my Internship. 

My time on the east coast is drawing to a close, friends. I will be heading back to my beautiful home state, Texas, on Friday. And although I've heard it's hot-as-balls there, I'm excited to go home. 

4. Won an AWESOME giveaway on I Wore Yoga Pants to Work

I just found out this awesome news today and I am so stoked! I never win anything, folks. A-N-Y-T-H-I-N-G. This is a first and it has made me feel like a rock star. Or Miss America. Or a rock star who won Miss America. Seriously, it made my day, so thanks again, Whitney and everyone else who participated!

I'm going to continue watching Netflix now.

Regular programming will resume tomorrow... 

Ciao, lovers! 

 

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Another Update...

Happy Friday, everyone! 

I totally had another post planned for today, but let's be real, I'm exhausted and if I'm being honest, I really don't want to do the thought that's required to put that post together. So instead, I'll update you on the haps in my life and then introduce you to another fabulous sponsor. 

1. The Internship: 
    I have two weeks left and then it's back to Texas for me. I've got to say, colleges know what they're doing when they require you to do an internship. I've done a lot of growing and maturing these last four weeks, and I've learned a lot of really great things. Plus, I have been immersed in a culture that is completely different my own. Even here in the U.S. of A there are so many cultural differences among states. It's really fascinating in a Nat-Geo-will-never-do-a-special-on-this kind of way.

2. Entertainment: 
    I saw the movie This Is The End the other day, and it was hilarious! Very sacrilegious, of course, but hilarious nonetheless. If you need a good laugh, and you won't get too offended by the content, go see it!

3. Life:
    I am currently thinking about what I'm going to do (career-wise) after I graduate. It's a little intimidating trying to figure things out and while I have a year to do the "figuring," I know that year will go by fast. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

And now, a word from our sponsors... 

 


Meet Christina of Sweet Lavender Bake Shoppe

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When I asked Christina what she was most looking forward to this summer, she had this to say:  

 "I am so very much looking forward to things slowing down a tad during these warmer, longer summer days. It's during the summer that my husband and I really try to get out of our little work dens we've burrowed ourselves in, and explore all our city (and sometimes state) has to offer! So bring on the late nights, bonfires, beach days, farmer's markets, and quality time with friends and family!"

Christina's blog is A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E and she has recipes that are to die for! I just haven't had the time (or the kitchen) to try any. But you best believe that when I get back to Texas in two weeks, I will be baking up a storm. If you read Christina's blog and you just can't get enough of her delicious pictures or her scrumptious content, feel free to look her up on Facebook! And for even more Sweet Lavender updates, follow her on Twitter

Thank you again, Christina for sponsoring The Wildflower Way! 


Lastly, it's time for #backthatazzup Friday!  We're kickin' it Gatsby-style today!

Just remember: You can dance if you want to, and you can leave your friends behind... 

Have a kick azzz weekend, friends! 

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