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Family Movie Night….Holiday Time!

Grinch QuoteThanksgiving is always the official holiday kick-off here. As I shared before, it’s when we put up our tree and start decorating the house. It is also when we all start wanting to watch holiday movies.

The first holiday movie we watch every year, is The Nightmare Before Christmas. This is my all time favorite, so I love that we can start watching it before Halloween arrives!

This year, my daughter requested a family movie night. She thought it would be fun if every night, until Christmas, we all sat together and watched a holiday favorite. I really liked this idea, especially because people are usually so busy and hectic during the weeks leading up to Christmas and New Year.

So…..Family Movie Time was born! We don’t watch a full length movie every night, but rather a Christmas special. We have tons of them on DVD and this time of year, they are always on TV which makes it easy.

We started off with our favorites, like A Charlie Brown Christmas, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty and one of my favorites, How the Grinch Stole Christmas (the original Grinch, not the abomination with Jim Carrey….shudder).

Last night, ABC Family kicked off their holiday movie countdown with another favorite of mine…. ELF! If you have never seen it, please stop depriving yourself of humor and laughter….go watch it now! No really…go, this blog will still be here when you’re done.


Another family favorite of ours is the Polar Express. While I sometimes find the computer animation of the characters a little creepy, I love the story and the soundtrack of this movie. I think it covers a great topic, especially for the age of my children. Do you believe or are you a doubter? Hot chocolate is must have while watching this holiday favorite.

As the holiday quickly creeps up on our family, I look forward to a little unplugged time with the kids and Christmas classics like, Miracle on 34th Street, A Christmas Story, Christmas Vacation, Home Alone, Muppets Christmas Carol, Mickey’s Christmas Carol and many, many more.

Next up on our traditions list? Holiday baking!

Do you have a favorite holiday movie or family tradition?

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Just Being Me!

If there is one thing I have learned over the past year it is that I am who I am.

A favorite quote of mine is: “The hardest challenge is to be yourself in a world where everyone is trying to make you be somebody else.”

For many years of my life I did what others expected me to do, wanted me to do or what I thought I should be doing. I would put aside who I really was, what I was really thinking or what I wanted to do so I wouldn’t “rock the boat” and so I could “fit in”.

Part of me was scared that people wouldn’t like me if they knew what I was really thinking or if I went against the grain. Now I realize that those people never really liked ME….how could they? They didn’t know ME. They just liked the illusion because it was what was expected….the quote on quote “norm”.

I now try my hardest to stay true to myself. I say what I feel. I call a spade a spade and I don’t sugar coat anything. I refuse to do something just because everyone else is or because that’s what’s expected of me.

Now the tricky part of this is that I refuse to quit being myself for my business. As a Beachbody Coach the “norm” is to always be upbeat, positive and basically a cheerleader. I have no problem doing that as the average person yearns to be happy and I want to see people have success. This is why I became a coach (well the discount is nice too – just being honest).¬† However I will not mask that fact that I am human. I have good days and I have bad days. I have things that bother me, I speak my mind and yes, I use foul language. (GASP!!)

This is who I am and I refuse to change myself at all, for any reason. I know that this might hold me back as a coach to an extent but I’m ok with that. I would rather have it take me longer to be successful and have a team of people who like me for me, instead of who they think I am.

I tend to talk to people who are real with their feelings and who are truthful in what’s going on over those who portray a constant upbeat persona. I have more respect for people who can open up and be honest that life is not always a bed of roses and there are obstacles in life.

Ultimately it comes down to my favorite Dr. Seuss quote: “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”
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