Monday, August 13, 2018

Guest Post :: 5 Best Ways To Express Your Feelings

I don’t know about you all, but by the end of the day I am always wound super tight. I blame it on all the technology floating around out there; whenever I spend too much time on the computer I always start to feel frustrated . But more than not I am easy going and happy. That said it is always a good idea to have a way to express your feelings at the end of the day. Peter Minkoff has written another fantastic post on different ways to express your feelings.Obviously writing is my favorite way to express my feelings, but I also love drawing and just dancing it out! Would love to hear what your favorite ways to express your feelings are!
Whether they are positive or negative, everyone has the need to express their built up feelings in order to feel more fulfilled. Creativity is one of the best ways we can convey our emotions and free ourselves from the pressure of keeping them all in. However, the mistake most of us tend to make is when we think we need some sort of talent in order to express creatively. The most important thing is to find a form of expression which suits you the best and lets you speak freely through it. It doesn’t have to be perfect, it just has to work. If you are not sure which activity is the best one for you, take a look at the following ideas:

1. Music
Whether you enjoy singing, composing, or just listening to lyrics that speak to you, there is nothing as good as music to help you deal with your emotions in a positive way. Music reflects something profound about who we are and how we see the world. That is why music is such an effective way of expressing yourself and coping with difficult circumstances in your life. Whether you resonate with rap, heavy metal or classical music, the truth is that music is an extremely powerful vehicle for helping you become more aware and honest with yourself.
2. Dancing

There is no denying that dancing is a great form of exercise, but it can also be quite an effective form of expressing creativity. Dancing freely to beats and rhythms provides a medium for the release of pent up emotions. All you have to do is go to a place where you feel comfortable, turn on the music and let it move you. Don’t overthink it, just give yourself over to the music and feel it.
If, on the other hand, choreographed dancing is your forte, you can try singing up for dancing lessons. There are many great guided dance classes all over the world, and Sydney is no different. You can easily find dance classes in Sydney and start your dancing therapy today.

3. Writing
You don’t need to be a professional writer to be able to enjoy your own writing ritual. Writing all of your emotions down can have a positive effect on your wellbeing. There is no need to spend a whole day thinking about a poetic way of conveying your feelings on a piece of paper, just a few lines a day in your journal can help you get rid of that negative energy you’ve built up over time. This can turn out to be quite a beneficial ritual of discovering your honest thoughts and feelings.
4. Drawing or Painting

When it comes to freedom of creative expression, there is nothing like drawing and painting. There is a great amount of styles you can try out in order to find the one which suits you the best. Don’t expect to be perfect as soon as you start. Allow yourself some time to practice and find a medium which will enable you to express yourself in the best possible way. You’d be surprised where your creativity can take you, as long as you stay persistent and don’t give up.

5. Interpersonally
If the emotions you are struggling with are tied to a specific person, the best way to tackle them is to have a healthy face-to-face conversation. Just remember that a good, productive conversation about feelings should never include the word ‘you’. The person might feel attacked or like they are the one to blame for the way you feel, which can often result in the opposite of the desired effect. Expressing your emotions in a passive way, by allowing the other person to speak and by listening to them is the key to a good and healthy conversation.

Once you’ve allowed your feelings to move through you in a safe and healthy way, you will feel better both physically and emotionally, and you will easily understand how to move forward.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

My Favorite 90's Rom-Coms

Is there any thing better than a 90’s rom-com movie? They are seriously the ultimate feel good movie; by the time the credits are rolling I am always filled with such a sense of hopefulness and happiness. 90s movie day is pretty much what rainy days are meant for.

I am more than guilty of getting under a blanket with a big bowl of popcorn on rainy days and just watching 90’s movies. Off topic, but how nice looking was men’s hair in the 90’s?! Anyhow, I always have the hardest time picking out my five favorite books, movies in general, and dress, but when it comes to 90’s rom-coms, easy as can be.
You’ve Got Mail// I include this movie in pretty much every favorite movie roundup I have every done. In a top Christmas movies draft I actually included it just because there is a very Holiday-ish scene, but decided to take it out before I published.

This was the first movie I saw where I actually appreciated the love story element. Of course, leave to the dynamic duo of Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan to awaken the hopeless romantic side of a twelve year old.

Sleepless in Seattle// While we’re on the topic of Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks… is there any 90’s movie more classic than Sleepless in Seattle. Confession: I cry at the end of this movie every single time when Sam and Annie finally meet at the top of the Empire State Building

Pretty Woman// Only in the 90’s was there enough rom-com magic and romance to make this story line seem romantic. But honestly how perfect were Vivian and Edward together? They really did rescue each other.

While You Were Sleeping// Okay if I could be best friends with anyone in Hollywood it would be Sandra Bullock and Jennifer Garner. I feel like Sandra Bullock and I would joke around all the time. Then, honestly, if I got to spend the day with Jennifer Garner and we just happened to run into Ina Garten, and we all cooked desert together, my life would pretty much be complete. Jennifer Garner didn’t really come on to the movie scene till about the early 2000’s, but it 13 Going on 30 was made in the 90’s it would totally be on this list.

Anyhow, oh my gosh While You Were Sleeping is basically the perfect rom-com. There are all the crazy family members that you can relate to and you are cheering for Lucy the whole time to have her happy ending.

Father of the Bride I & II// No joke, my dad looks like Chevy Chase {circa the Christmas Vacation era; my dad aged a lot better than Chevy Chase did, no offense Chevy} and acts like Steve Martin. Whenever I watch this movie, I feel like I am watching my own family, my mom is a total Nina Banks and my dad the George. I think that is part of the reason I love the movie so much, and the other reason is because it just always fills me with a sense of nostalgia and happiness.

Honorable Mentions:
Runaway Bride
My Best Friend’s Wedding
10 Things I Hate About You
She’s All That
Nothing Hill
Blast From The Past
It Could Happen To You
The American President
Drive Me Crazy