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At the start of every month, I receive a prompt from Netflix suggesting a theme for my next post. These prompts are fun and full of suggestions, like “Celebrating Milestones” or “Creating your Own Destiny.”
The theme for March was “Reinventing Yourself,” and immediately I thought Lent.
First, some suggestions and then my thoughts. I haven’t watched all the movies that they recommended but I can give a big thumb’s up to some of them.
For your little kids, how about:
For your bigger kids, how about:
And for you:
I have watched (and love) all of the movies pictured in my graphic. Catching Fire, for example? I’ve watched it twice and (I’ll admit it) would watch it again. Personally, I’m crazy about all the Hunger Games movies; they are well done, thought-provoking, and feature the brilliant talent of Jennifer Lawrence. I could, quite frankly and possibly pathetically, be entertained watching Lawrence paint her nails. She is an amazing actress, and I could watch her and Bradley Cooper (another favorite) (#swoon) in Silver Linings Playbook again & again.
Note: Silver Linings Playbook has lots of language and can be crass. It also has real Catholic families struggling with mental illness and dysfunction, and for that reason (among others) I could totally relate.
On no less of a lighter note, October Baby is another family favorite. (Not for the littles, mind you, but for ages 12 and up.) Felicity and I watched it again last night and–as always–I cried throughout. It’s a feel-good movie that also takes on abortion. It has some heavy themes but then again, so does life.
Why the title of my post?
I have cried more this Lent than I would have thought normal, even for me. These are not tears of depression or despair, however; rather, they come from my wanting more.
I want my life to be better than it is. I want my home and my family to be…better, yet I know (as always) this “being-better” stuff must start with me.
To that end, I’m thinking about taking more pictures.
(What do you think of my studio name? Be honest.)
Being (semi) professional means stepping outside my comfort zone, which is what I have to do when I take Senior portraits.
And yet, I’m always glad when all is said and
In truth, there are a dozen ways I’d like to reinvent myself. How about that “health and wellness” category, Margaret? Well, Felicity and I are running a 5K in April: the Hot Chocolate Run in Minneapolis. This is a reinvention of the scariest kind because I am completely out of shape.
I’m just saying.
Freddy Mercury’s Fat-Bottomed Girls have nothing on me.
Um…that wasn’t very nice to say, was it?
Well, cue the tears that I mentioned above.
I’ve been crying this Lent because I’m starting to get it. I am nowhere near who I want to be and yet, in His eyes? I am perfect. Being thin…accomplished…acclaimed…winning the race of the day (and it changes daily)…
Let’s just say that sometimes I feel like a harried mama rat, scrabbling through a maze trying to get to the goal.
And the reason I call it a “semi-eternal” reinvention is that I know I won’t stop the self-improvement stuff come Easter. I will continue to hope and try to be better until I drop off the face of this earth and pierce the veil to…what? To the the only goal that really matters.
To forever love.