Daring Greatly by Brene Brown

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and LeadDaring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’ve wanted to say that I’m reading this book for work, but in reality it’s inspired by work. I’m in a leadership program and one session was based around Brene Brown’s working on rumbling with vulnerability. Thanks to the virus this year, our sessions are on hold but we were encouraged to keep pursuing our leadership skills, so I found Daring Greatly at my e-library.

I started out reading this book thinking it’s a purely leadership book, especially based on the name “Daring Greatly”, but it’s so much more than that. It’s learning how to be yourself, and sometimes that can be uncomfortable, but that’s okay too.

She does have individual chapters on leadership and parenting, but this book goes so much further than that. Brene talks about her research, and what it means to be Wholehearted. It was an eye-opening book that goes into our day to day lives and teaches how to dare greatly. I loved it.

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[Netflix] Movie Review: The Cell

This is another movie I’ve watched a few times now, I like the psychology behind it: going into another’s mind for therapeutic treatment sounds like an interesting idea. Well, in the course of the movie its used for a different purpose: to get inside the mind of a comatose serial killer to find his latest victim.

Staring Jennifer Lopez in a crazy surreal world of the human mind, searching for a clue to the location of a victim who is not yet dead. I really do like the surreal surroundings presented within this movie.

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[Netflix] Movie Review: The Butterfly Effect

I’ve watched this movie several times now, and each time I learn something new. It’s a mind turning movie with elements of time travel. The movie revolves around the butterfly effect theory: if a butterfly beats its wings 1,000 miles away,what do those reverberations affect?

Anyway, Ashton Kutcher follows in his father’s footsteps trying to fix his past, one moment at a time. Each time he attempts it something goes a little bit wrong, and each time he tries to correct it. It’s truly mind-bending, in a good way.

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Love Your Life, Not Theirs by Rachel Cruze

Love Your Life, Not Theirs: 7 Money Habits for Living the Life You WantLove Your Life, Not Theirs: 7 Money Habits for Living the Life You Want by Rachel Cruze

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have been referring to this book as the sequel to The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey. While that isn’t the official title for this book, it’s still true nonetheless. This book will still make some sense if you haven’t read The Total Money Makeover, but it makes more if you have as it does reference it and Dave Ramsey’s Baby Steps.

At this point you might be wondering why I keep referencing Dave Ramsey and his book. Well… Rachel is his daughter, and they work together, and he wrote a foreword.

Yep.

That’s pretty much how I found this book is through Dave Ramsey. And I’ve been following the Baby Steps. The other way I’ve explained this book is that Dave tells you what to do with your money. Rachel tells you how to think about your money, your mindset. Which is just as powerful as what your doing with your money is how to think about your money.

Which is a great take on the topic, a great addition to the (non) series, and a very good read.

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[Netflix] Movie Review: Carrie

This is the first movie rendition of Stephen King’s first published novel, Carrie. It was done in 1976, but since this movie doesn’t really require much in the way of effects, it comes off quite well.

Anyway, it’s definitely a horror film, as its based on a horror novel. Sissy Spacek does well as the title role, she makes a very believable Carrie. There’s also a young John Travolta here as well.

There’s not much to say here, as it’s a classic horror novel made into a classic horror movie.

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Unicornucopia: The Little Book of Unicorns by Caitlin Doyle

Unicornucopia: The Little Book of UnicornsUnicornucopia: The Little Book of Unicorns by Caitlin Doyle

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I bought this book because of my love of unicorns (and the small section on Unicorn Spells at the back to the book).

What I’ve found is that this is a book for adults with kids. Maybe small kids?

The way it’s put together is the book is fairly small, but thick; this is because the pages are not full of text, but word art and pictures (until you get to the recipes). The information given about unicorns is referenced in the back (which I love), and there are also many recent memes included. I especially like the ones about believing in yourself.

The illustrations are beautiful, if a bit cartoonish, but as its a parents book for kids, it works and goes with the themes. There are also crafts, recipes, and spells included in the book. I know I said spells and I’m sure many people are cringing at that, but don’t worry. The spells are just a complicated, fun way to communicate with the spirit of a unicorn. The spells center around finding happiness for yourself and seeing the magic of the world, nothing sinister here, it’s a unicorn for gravy’s sake!

So I do like this book, it’s cute, it’s fun, and it’s given me something to do for a little while!

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[Netflix] Movie Review: Lizzie Borden Took an Ax

I honestly love Christina Ricci, she has had some wonderful roles, she played Wednesday Addams (Addams Family) and Kat (Casper). And I really like her in this role as Lizzie Borden, she’s nearly perfect for this role.

I’m sure we all know the premise of this movie here, its almost become a sort of folk lore or boogey man story, except with a woman involved. Its the story of Lizzie Borden.

The movie does manage to keep the outcome at bay until the end of the movie, where upon Lizzie confesses everything to her sister, Emma.

All in all I quite like Ricci as Lizzie, it makes for a fun movie.

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H is for Homicide by Sue Grafton

H Is for Homicide (Kinsey Millhone, #8)H Is for Homicide by Sue Grafton

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

What started out as simple insurance fraud ended up as much more than Kinsey could handle. Well, if you call simple a case of a colleague being murdered and Kinsey handed the case. Simple until it’s a ring of insurance fraud that’s caused multiple deaths. Simple when Kinsey is conscripted to go undercover. Simple when an ex-boyfriend turns up.

Not so simple anymore.

It was a bit boring to read in the middle, as going undercover wasn’t really all that interesting. Being locked in run-down dirty apartment isn’t very exciting. Not even driving around committing fraud is all that exciting.

I kept reading to see where things were going to lead, and well, in true Kinsey fashion, it was a bit of a mess. But, Kinsey lives to see another day, as usual. Its not the most exciting in the series, and deviates a bit from the usual fare, but it’s still not bad.

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G is for Gumshoe by Sue Grafton

G is for Gumshoe  (Kinsey Millhone Mystery)G is for Gumshoe by Sue Grafton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Kinsey is enlisted to find someone who has gone missing, or basically do a check in with someone who hasn’t been in touch for awhile. Her client hasn’t heard from her elderly mother in a month and wants Kinsey to find out what’s happened.

Well, Kinsey finds the elderly mother, but that’s just the beginning of her troubles. A hit man has been hired to take her out, so she is forced to hire a bodyguard. Things get a bit muddled up, and of course Kinsey escapes her bodyguard out of a need for freedom. And then crap hits the fan.

Somebody dies, somebody finds a lover, and somebody lives. Not a bad ending really.

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[DVD] Movie Review: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

Wikipedia:

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, also promoted as LXG, is a 2003 steampunk-dieselpunk superhero film loosely based on the first volume of the comic book series of the same name by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill. It was released on July 11, 2003, in the United States, and distributed by 20th Century Fox. It was directed by Stephen Norrington and starred Sean Connery, Naseeruddin Shah, Peta Wilson, Tony Curran, Stuart Townsend, Shane West, Jason Flemyng and Richard Roxburgh.

 

Sean Connery is another actor I enjoy, even though he’s an older gentleman I still find his accent attractive. LXG could arguably be considered one of the original superhero groups, as they were assembled in the ~1800s which is decades before DC or Marvel superheroes were even considered.

It’s a theory.

Anyway, Alan Quartermain, Dorian Gray, the Invisible Man, Captain Nemo, Dr. Jekyll, Agent Tom Sawyer, and one Mina Harker gather together to take on a terrorist group willing to start another world war. It’s an action packed, superhero fueled ride through a steampunk environment.

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