hello hello!! i hope you all had a great weekend!! i did! we threw a surprise 30th birthday party for my sister andrea (white shirt)! it was so much fun being sneaky and i was SO EXCITED to see her face when she walked in! her jaw just DROPPED and she just didn't know what to do with herself!! my sister jessica (striped shirt) is so creative and any party she touches it looks like pinterest threw up all over it. she is so talented. i am in constant awe of her skills. look at that backdrop she made!
and my parents had spent countless hours pouring over old pictures of andi to put on poster boards of her growing up and wrote little facts about her on them. everything looked so great and so many people had made such yummy food too! it was a great success!!
today's prompt for blog-tember challenge is 5 books that have impacted me the most. this was a hard thing to come up with! but here we go anyway..
lorelai from gilmore girls wrote this book, which makes it even more awesome. it is about a struggling actress in NYC. the reason this book is on this list is that the majority of us are usually terrified to go after our dreams. to face them, to try to succeed, to put our energy and time into them and be brave and dare to fail. this book is so well written and is really focuses on the struggles being an actress in NYC. i love that it was written by an actress, and the narration is not lost in that. you can really tell it was written from experience. this book is inspiring and when i was finished i wanted to stand up and break into inspirational song.
from my "some of my favorite reads" post, you know that sarah addison allen is one of my favorite authors. this book impacted me because it is about two sisters who are night and day different, haven't spoken in years, are estranged and in the midst of struggle, come together when they need each other the most. i think often times we feel like an outsider in our families. i love how this book explores that and ends with family finding common ground.
the harry potter series. i'm sorry guys, but i had to. i don't think i really need to explain why this impacted me. or do i? what kid wasn't impacted by an average boy who could fight evil and was so special? Harry made me feel like i was special. like i was capable of greatness. from ages 11-20+. he still makes me feel that way. that is what j.k rowling did for all of us. she made kids all over the world feel special, like they could accomplish anything and that being different was okay. aside from the brilliance of the stories and the layers and layers of character and story, that is also the brilliance of this series. i think that is why they should have made the movies and made a theme park out of it. because how it made kids feel about themselves, not because it was about magic and evil wizards and other awesomeness.
you know who elizabeth smart is, right? she was abducted from her home in salt lake city, (where i live) when she was 14 by an insane man who believed he was a prophet and that he was to create a new world by bringing everyone down to filth in order to build the world up again. he also believed that he was to take 100 or so 14 year old wives. elizabeth was in capture for 9 months before she was found, largely attributed to her smarts. her book is incredibly inspiring. i don't know how she survived such evil, such hard tragedy. the things he did to her, the things he made her do, the things she had to endure. i don't know if i would have survived. this girl is incredible. the most amazing thing was her attitude about it all. she never once lost her faith in God, in her hope, and most amazing, once home, she refused to let her captor brian david mitchell take one more second of her life. she moved on with her life, became an activist, and was determined to be happy and not let her life be wasted by any more thoughts of her 9 month capture or to dwell on any of the bad and only think of the positive. she is truly an incredibly person. her story knocked me off my feet.
i read this 5 years ago, and it really helped me to understand people. it puts people in four categories, or four personalities and explains how each personality ticks and how these personalities react and interact with each other. after i read this book, my relationships improved greatly and i understood finally why i didn't get along with certain people, why i got along with others better and with some best. if you want a crash course on understanding people, read this book!