A few posts ago, I mentioned I recently met up with a man who decided to make a short film every month, it was his New Year's resolution.
Fred, the director, was so organic and natural in talking about his passion project, well, the amount of response to assist him with his short films, was overwhelming!!
I am pleased to present to you and be apart of his first short feature film: The Redemption Act.
Greetings and my regards, my friends!
Welcome to another fabulous post by little ol me!
Today I would like to talk about the magic words.
Read time: 5 minutes
Yes, yes, my darlings, please and thank you are a given, but I would like for you to be open to the possibilities of magic, especially in our words.
There is this saying: we cast spells everyday, that is why we call it spelling. (did you get it?)
Whatever language you speak, read or write, that is your magic and how you communicate to your surroundings.
It is what separates us from other species, however just because another species may not speak, it does not mean they don't communicate.
Ever have a conversation with your cat or dog or bird or wolverine? Do they speak English or German or French or Danish? No!
And thanks the heavens they don't, could you imagine all the dirt they'd have on you?!
Today, I was given to gift of magic through written word. She wrote: I am not a fan of self deprecation.
I was stunned by the profound simplicity. I sat in silence. Then, it was like a deep soft gong, gonged, inside my soul and I instantly changed. And, for me, just like that, magic! But, whoa buddy, there's always a catch, right? Of course there is, it's called the fine print or as the French say, les petits détails, the little details.
Change, like magic, is a process, a transformation of sorts. Like when a caterpillar transforms into a butterfly. Or when Cinderella's fairy god-mother transformed her from drag to fab with a flick of her wand! Or when a baby grows and begins walking and talking! Babies and butterflies! Honestly, darling!? What's better than that?! Am I right?
Change is an active participation of a belief that is for the betterment of human-kind.
Let me break it down for you, in scientific terms: Change is a theory, and one must test the hypothesis (no self deprecation talk to yourself or others) and await results. But in Jenny's words: just calm down, shut up and be fabulous! I mean realllly, why bother being bothered? Honestly, darling!? (said like a Disney villain)
A few years ago, I saw a movie called "What the bleep.. down the rabbit hole," and most recently, I was invited to a 'Wine and Words' movie night where we watched the film, "I AM."
I highly recommend both of them, as it gives you the idea and hope to change our perceptions.
It's basically hippie-talk meets cool-weird-science, it's great, but you have to be in a good mood to watch it, that is the condition. Les petits détails, so to speak.
So make a night of it, why don't you? Have a hippie party, pop open the bubbly, roll in the mud for all I care -- just be happy and in a good space, deal?
With the desire to peak your interest, but not spoiling it for you, in the movie, "Down the Rabbit Hole", we are introduced to an artist who speaks/writes notes on the water glass or bottle, then photographs how his words transformed the water. You can check out the website here.
The father of philosophy is Thales of Miletus, he was a cool ancient dude, check him out. He was, for lack of a better word, THE MAN! Philosopher, world traveler, business man, teacher, mentor -- Thales deduced that everything is made of water.
Let's fast forward -- Human bodies are mostly made of water, ranging from 50-75%. The average adult human body is 50-65% water, averaging around 57-60%. The percentage of water in infants is higher, 75-78%r, dropping to 65% by one year of age. If you choose to believe that or not, that's on you, you are more than welcome to search for yourself, in fact, I encourage it!
If how we talk to water, transforms, and if humans are more than 50-percent water, then would you agree on how we talk to ourselves affects and effects us and thus others?
In the film 'I AM', there is this scene where the director of the film is talking to yogurt. Yeah, yogurt. Stay with me now, they hook up the yogurt to this old school type contraption that everyone seemed to own at one time or another, and it measures its reactions. I can't think of what that is machine is called, anyway, when the director talked about his divorce (it measured in the red) or something positive, it felt what he felt. Believe it or not.
They were not connected, meaning hooked up to one another, nor did he have his finger in the yogurt, he simply sat next to it and talked to it. And it reacted. Yogurt reacts. Who knew? I mean, yogurt is mostly bacteria and so are we, so I am just all yogurt and water? Ummmm? Wait? What?
I am not a fan of self deprecation.
That was all she wrote.
The magic words that sparked today's post.
I will keep you posted on the progress of my transformation, no self deprecation talk, gotta train to be a Jedi, you know! And please, keep me posted on yours!
Have a question for me? Ask Jenny!
Just click onto the contact page and type and send away. I'm looking forward to it!! Honestly, darling!
Babies and Butterflies, Hippies!
Babies and Butterflies!
PS. Be good to yourselves, remember life is too short to eat bad food!
PS. Believe it or not, sparked this old school song! Enjoy! WITH LYRICS! Who remembers this?
Help a Lady out!
Hello everyone and Hello 2017!
I hope you are taking care of yourselves and are actively doing the things that you love. Well, here we are, a month into the New Year. 2017 is what you make it, but that's the big picture, the tiny details are in the everyday, so what new ideas or actions are you going to implement during this present time?
I wish you luck with that, be it eating better, moving more, being more active in the activities that bring you joy - because when you are happy, well, it is contagious, so spread your happiness virus and infect others!!!
In France, it is customary to wish everyone 'bonne année' the whole month of January and some famous Frenchies, such as Yves Saint Laurent would send out New Year cards instead of Christmas cards, which I have started doing, because when in France, do as the French. Check out some of his cards, they are so vibrant! Vogue magazine published a story about them: YSL New Year cards.
French culture insight: 'bonne année' is never said before New Year's day, because to the French, it just doesn't make sense to say it beforehand, because the New Year has begun yet. Makes sense, right?
As you are contemplating your New Year's resolutions, I wanted to share with you some of my resolutions, and some magical things, for lack of a better term, that I have recently experienced.
Today's post is about the delicacy of asking for what you want. And, I need your help, please. I am asking for your thoughts, opinions, and actions to get what we want.
Stay with me here. Read time: 5 minutes
I have been conditioned to believe the following, perhaps you can relate:
Ask, and you shall receive. - The Bible
If you don't say what you want, then you won't get it. - Madonna
Never ask for what ought to be offered. - The Winter's Bone, by author Daniel Woodrell
Stop asking for things. - My husband
Context is everything, so applying these appropriate thoughts to the correct situations is tricky, because everything depends on context. Asking for things, is the art of manipulation to meet the desired goal. It's an art. Art is a skill. A skill must be honed, meaning practice makes perfect.
Living in a foreign land of France, where everything is set in it's ways, and me, the young brash American, well, let's just say I stick out like an ugly scar. But, scars tell a story, something that happened either good or bad, and we've learned to live with it (that's called being adaptable) and eventually forget it's there until you have to look in the mirror or experience a weird look because of it. Then again, what can one do?
I am often shocked due to maltreatment from some Frenchies, but then I must realize what did I do that sparked the rudeness? Obviously, I had broken some well known unspoken French rule, but because I'm not French, you get the dilemma.
I am often in hot water simply because I didn't know! How the hell am I suppose to know something I don't know!?! UGH!
Can you recall any kid asking you over and over again, Why? And because you are an adult and a little impatient because of life crap, you become huffy and throw a mini tantrum like a toddler? Well, even though I am not a kid, I do find when I ask why, it provokes the impatience of my fellow citizens. I am not doing it on purpose or with any maltreatment, it's simply that I don't understand WHY! So, instead of asking WHY, I must use other words (the art of asking) to reach my desired goal, but damn! It is such an arduous process and in another language too, ugh, do you get my pain?
Perhaps, I am acting like toddler. But, honestly, I just want to understand, and to understand, you need to know, AND you need to ask the right questions.
So, here's to the beautiful struggle of attempting to be a good human being in 2017, when it is so much easier to be a shitty one!
But that is the paradox, you see, when you take the time to practice the art of doing what you love, then you become happy, and happiness is contagious.
So, that is my New Year's resolution, just to do more things that bring me joy and hopefully everything else will just fall into place. And I am pleased to report, it has!
I recently started teaching belly dance/yoga at a local association, I may start another class at another location.
January 25, 2017
So much fabulous energy in the room, we were blurry hot! (or I'm just a awful photog!)
I recently starred as an extra on a short film, I played the florist.
Check out the trailer and meet Fred Cavender, the man with the plan!
Thank you for being awesome, Fred! Despite the fact that he has NEVER SEEN FIREFLY, well Big Mama couldn't have that, yes, I did set him up the the DVD set.
Firefly is my favorite series of all time.
My English classes are going fantastically, my students are the apples of my eyes.
Chouchou and I are enjoying our time together and making plans for our summer vacation, we plan on backpacking!
I also plan to return to the United States this year! (Can I get a what-what?!)
And, I sending out positive and pleasure (the feel good ones like you are a jedi knight, one with the force, not sexual ones, you perverts) vibes to everyone who reads my blog. Thank you so very much!
Speaking of my blog, it will be under the guidance of THE WEBSITE WITCH, Erma Z!
She will be working her magic to make this website, well, more magical!
Thank you sweets! Want her to work some magic for you? Well, check out her site.
She is magic. She is fabulous. Help a Lady out!
And as a thank you to YOU for helping me out with your thoughts, opinions, ideas and actions on how to get what we want, I in turn will help you.
If you have a question about something, anything - I am inviting you to ask away!
Ask Jenny, if you will. My hope is that we engage in a conversation and discover something new about the situation and become enriched because of it.
Topics are open. Please be respectful, for it will be unconditionally reciprocated.
Simply shoot me an email from the contact section and viola!
Be good to yourselves and infect others with your happiness disease!
Life is too short to eat bad food.
Frenchified for Life, yo!
PS. If you haven't seen Firefly or Winter's Bone starring Jennifer Lawrence, do so!
Make Pink Water! So chic!
Like most women, I own a lot of stuff.
I didn't realize how much I accumulated until I had to downsize from an American-sized apartment to a French one!
When I made the decision to move overseas, I also made the decision pack only 14 boxes to take with me. At the time, it was a very difficult decision to make, and in hindsight, I packed too much.
However, truly think about that for a moment.
Imagine having to pack, say 10-20-30-40 years worth of your most personal belongings, from gifts, appliances, clothes to other household stuff. What would you take? What would you leave?
In the end, I mostly packed clothes, shoes, my accessories, a stack of books I thought I couldn't live without, and crafting supplies -- from my sewing machine to my calligraphy pens. Most of my stuff I gave away, others my family is storing it, some I sold, the rest I dumped. Do I miss it? Only the four original pieces of artwork I left behind.
That was nearly three years ago and I cannot believe how much I have changed, (yet stayed the same) in that short of time. Most of my clothes and shoes I packed are gone, recycled at the Bizarre Bazaar and donated to charity, my books I thought I couldn't live without were read, then donated.
That brings me to my crafts... like a good little witch, I am crafty and when crafting, I abide by this simple rule: use it or lose it! Well, come to think of it, that little motto can be utilized for a number of things, non?
On Tuesday afternoons, I meet with my other witches for a crafting session. During that time, we chat, drink, nosh, and work on our little projects. I normally work on fixing some of my favorite pieces of broken jewerly or take odds and ends and recycle them or give them away. I guess my motto should really be: use it, fix it, reuse it or give it away! Check out some of my creations and recreations!
Jen's Favorite Go-To Recipe
Hello my fellow foodies!
Today I am going to share with you one of my favorite go-to recipes that I am sure everyone in your family will enjoy!
It is super duper easy and tastes divine.
You probably know how to make this already, however I am going to share it with you anyway, and if you don't, well, honey, you are just missing out!
The French call this pot au feu, which translates to pot roast or beef stew. It's slow cooked for several hours and you will know when it is ready because your whole house will smell like heaven! The meat is so tender it just falls apart, and every veggie you add to the stew will compliment each other. So, without further ado...
Pot au Feu
Recipe for Two
Beef round or chuck
4 medium sized potatoes chopped in quarters
1 celery stalk chopped & pick off a few celery leaves for flavor
1 carrot peeled & chopped in rounds
1 bay leaf
half a bouillon cube
salt and pepper to taste (add when served)
Just a clothing exchange, complete with food, wine and good times!
This is the 3rd time I have hosted a Bizarre Bazaar! What exactly is that, you ask? Just a clothing exchange, complete with food, wine and good times! I started hosting this, almost 2 years ago, as a way to save money and get new goodies! You see, I couldn't afford to buy new things here in France --
One, because I didn't have a lot of money, and Two, everything is so expensive!
Example, you ask? I was at LeClerc, (a grocery/department store comparable to Target in the U.S.) a single washcloth was price marked at 8€.
A WASHCLOTH! Ohhhhh NO! Seriously? Ten bucks for a washcloth!
The Bizarre Bazaar sprung out of necessity! I needed new clothes, yet I didn't have a lot of money, so BAM, The Bizarre Bazaar was born! The idea is simple enough - it allows us ladies to clean out our closets, get organized, plus declutter our space and minds and exchange them! Best part -- EVERYTHING IS FREE! We exchange everything - from clothing, shoes, nail polish, household items, kids stuff, beauty products and in return go home with new stuff!
The Bizarre Bazaar is one of my favorite creative projects I have ever imagined and I hope I have inspired you to host one of your very own
Velvet and Delightfully Devilish!
The difficult portion of this recipe and the most time consuming is the cutting, peeling and dicing, however once completed (15-20 minutes maybe) it is only a mere minutes to enjoy this dish!
Also, please dice the garlic and onion in advance.
Important Note: This recipe wakens your senses! Your nose will be tickled pink.
Here is a new twist on my favorite veggie!
I call them
FIRECRACKER GREEN BEANS!
It is easy-peasy to prepare, so without further ado...
Fresh green beans (cut and rinsed)
Red chili powder or flakes
Half a lime
Butter or Olive Oil
TOTAL TIME 15- 20 minutes
Bonjour et Bienvenue!
Thank you for stopping by for a spell!
I am a 40-something year old American woman. Born in Texas, raised in Las Vegas!
Frenchified for Life
is a fabulous little lifestyle blog about truly embracing French life!
My intent is to simply inspire you to create something unique and beautiful in your everyday life. The French have this wonderful and annoying habit of seeing the world through rose colored glasses, might as well learn something from them!
That said, I lift my glass to you!
By the way, I mention the name Cachou (or The Cash) a lot, I'm referring to her...