She’ll be in a better place soon.

I noticed it recently. Her reflexes were delayed. She didn’t connect with the world as fast as she used to. I tried watching her for a while, cleaning her up to see if she had too much baggage built up over time. Nothing has helped. Can the dell update I’ve avoided this week bring her back to life? It is scheduled for this afternoon.

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I have been doing tons of research over the last few months because I know the day will come. Though my laptop (Sheila) hasn’t died, I know she’ll be in a better place soon. I’ll need a replacement.

Top must haves:

  • Light
  • Messenger bag friendly
  • Lots of memory
  • Quick

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Let’s hope for the best and wish her a speedy recovery. I’ll need her for a few more weeks until I reach a decision. There are a couple of submission deadlines I need to meet by the end of the month!

I love you.

If you are reading this, I love you. We are all different. If we try to find some common ground, we can start to heal. Please be kind.

Healing thoughts

Mend the division

Love and let love

Drive your decisions

Look at the person beside you

Look into their eyes

Try to think about a day in their lives

Smile at someone

Show them peace

Prove that togetherness overcomes defeat

Lead by example

Show your colors

Love yourself

Love others

Ban these ways from being learned

So that our children may have a turn

To truly exemplify what it is to be one

We all reside under the same sun

Fail together, we must. *Yoda Voice

Have you ever tried to do something and failed? Good, me too. What is failure? Don’t worry, I will spare you from a lengthy speech of utter wisdom & brilliance  opinion on the matter. Leap. It is the only way you will find out what you’re really made of.

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There is much to be done in the world. Try something new. Don’t be afraid of failure.

I have been trying to figure out -how in the goodness world of mint juleps- to edit a video using some snazzy editing software. Let’s just say I have failed a couple of times.

I am still trying because giving up is the only fail I don’t want on my list. I will post a video as soon as I figure it out. Though, I wouldn’t hold your breath or anything because seriously it will be far from #CaseyNeistat status!

The point is – TRY.

You will find a way.

If not, try something else.

Never. Stop. Trying. Only then will you have failed.

 

The Power Behind Experience

I have been quite busy the last few weeks! I am in the midst of a few transitions (exciting ones) and look forward to regaining some normalcy. What is normalcy again? On Saturday, I woke up and watched one of my favorite movies (if not THE favorite). “Your move, chief.”

Good Will Hunting is one of those movies that I can rewatch over and over. Aside from Ben Affleck’s….Okay, I’ll leave that rant for another day. It’s a great movie. Matt Damon plays an arrogant character with lots of issues who is gifted with a brilliant mind. He is mentored by a widely recognized math professor who previously won an award comparable to the Nobel Peace Prize. He is forced to attend therapy sessions due to legal woes and begins to open up (slowly) to a character played by the late Robin Williams (Sean). While I have many favorite parts, both funny and sad, one sticks out right now.

Matt Damon (Will) and Robin Williams (Sean) are sitting on a bench after a tense moment a week or so before. Will critiques a painting near and dear to Sean’s heart. Sean is deeply affected by his words and appears pensive having a drink alone in his apartment. However, he realizes that Will is just a kid who knows of things but not from firsthand experience.

You’re just a kid. You don’t have the faintest idea what you’re talking about. (Why, thank you.) It’s all right. You’ve never been out of Boston. (Nope.) So if I asked you about art, you’d probably give me the skinny on every art book ever written. Michelangelo, you know a lot about him. Life’s work, political aspirations, him and the Pope, sexual orientation, the whole works, right? But I’ll bet you can’t tell me what it smells like in the Sistine Chapel. You’ve never actually stood there and looked up at that beautiful ceiling. Seen that. If I ask you about women, you’d probably give me a syllabus about your personal favorites. You may have even been laid a few times. But you can’t tell me what it feels like to wake up next to a woman and feel truly happy. You’re a tough kid. And I’d ask you about war, you’d probably throw Shakespeare at me, right: ‘Once more into the breach, dear friends.’ But you’ve never been near one. You’ve never held your best friend’s head in your lap, and watch him gasp his last breath looking to you for help. I’d ask you about love, you’d probably quote me a sonnet.

My stories are set in different places, many that I have yet to visit. I am recognizing the power behind experience and how it affects your thinking. In the next couple of months, I’ll be traveling to Iceland, London, and Dublin. I am confident this will open up the depths of my writing. New characters may come to mind, new perspectives may be incorporated, and new scenes will be captivated by the senses of my memory. I look forward to sharing some of my experiences as well as including them in future works. Someone once told me ‘visiting a different country amounts to the knowledge of reading 88 books’. This trip will be the first of many. Have you traveled recently? Have an upcoming trip? A traveler’s bucket list perhaps? I’d love to hear about it below!

 

Dear Linette…Why you should also write yourself from time to time.

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself? If you ran into your future self, what would you say?

This fun writing prompt is a great way to reflect on your achievements, future goals, and lessons that can only be learned from life’s interesting experiences. Feel free to share yours below!

Past self.

Dear Linette,

Keep focusing on your goals, even if they seem out of your reach. Never doubt your abilities. Don’t be afraid to take chances or break out of your comfort zone. It will only lead towards growth. Failure is okay, as long as you learn from it and pick yourself up. Do what makes you happy. Learn from as many people as you can and treasure the wisdom from their experiences. Never give up. Don’t stop writing. Ever.

Love,

Linette

Future self.

Dear Linette,

You’ve made it! Where? I’m not sure. I know that wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, it involves something you love. I am so happy you never gave up. Look at what you’ve become! Look at WHO you’ve become. Help others get there. Keep learning, there is always something to learn. Make new goals. Always welcome growth.

Love,

Linette

Patriots Day review (spoiler free)

As a Boston native, this one hits home. A phenomenal cast of actors rightfully paid homage by capturing the bravery and grit of some of the heroes who responded to this act of terror. Now, in this instance, I wouldn’t have even thought twice, but there was a surprising limit to the stereotypical accents that make me cringe whenever movies are filmed here. They do exist and I may even have one but when it sounds unnatural it’s devastating. Cahhh, Paaahk, Wicked Pisssahhhhhh, Don’t forget to use your blinkahhhhh (Guilty on the last one!)

Authenticity – Thankfully, they went for authenticity and I’m glad they did as it was a day that impacted many lives, including mine. From real footage of this year’s marathon to live scenes around the city, it was a great feeling to know they wanted to do it the Boston way. I will say this, be prepared to cry…for the entire movie. They did not hold back or sugar coat but it was important to have every raw emotion captured. You get the real feel of  #BostonStrong by the end of the film. Also, there are a few cameos from people who truly represent Boston which will make you want to clap and yell (I did).

Resilience – What a great representation of kicking ass after you’ve been knocked down! I remember this firsthand. Officers were out in the face of danger. The Governor and the Mayor held numerous conferences relaying as much information as possible to the public. Media coverage didn’t sleep and kept residents informed throughout a rattling and fearful time. I remember one specific reporter who looked exhausted beyond capacity and he was posted near the massive gun fight in Watertown, MA. The hospital staff with their tremendous care worked tirelessly to mend the wounds and reunite families. I worked at MGH at the time and remember President Obama visiting victims. It was truly inspiring to see people respond with unity & love.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for casting someone from Boston!

It was heavy, gut-wrenching, with an underlying message to always keep fighting!

 

 

 

I like bookstores and I cannot lie.

We took a quick trip to Newbury Street to check out Trident Booksellers & Cafe. There is something about holding a physical book that makes me feel complete. This is a common sentiment and with good reason. Reading is an experience. For the longest time, my husband, Chris, would try to convert me to Kindlism. He even went out of his way to buy me one. I am not against Kindle books. In fact, I’ve read quite a few books while commuting. When it comes down to it: All of I need in this life of sin, is me and my book friend.

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Both floors featured a wide selection of contemporary and timeless classics. You can also enjoy reasonably priced food and drinks (coffee, wine, beer) before or after you browse.

I walked out empty handed, haunted by the thought of all of the unread books at home. I want to get through those before I start adding to the collection. For now, I’ll start a wish list. Any suggestions?

Meeting in the ladies room!

Yesterday, I found two quotes posted on the mirror in the restroom of our company building! The messages were positive, inspiring, and posted by someone with a mission to encourage others. I want to thank this person for spreading positivity! The days have been troubling for many people. Violence, Division, Poverty, Sickness. The list goes on. Even the smallest gestures go a long way and may have a greater impact than you expect!

You never know what the person next to you is going through. Spread love, patience, and kindness always!

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Best,

Linette