Just one more sleep until I’m back home, and I CAN’T WAIT! It’s unbelievable how quickly this week has flown by. Have we nearly finished the first week of August already? It seems like just yesterday I was lounging poolside with my friends and now I’m saying a teary-eyed “see ya later!” Sometimes I wish time could slow down just a little bit so I could relish in the moment and make more memories with the people I love most (or maybe wish for more wishes). I know I’m the woman I am today because of my amazing relationships. I can’t imagine what my life would be like if I hadn’t met them or made decisions that led me to this very point. I’m a completely different person, a better person because of my experiences and interactions, and I wouldn’t change one thing. I believe everything happens for a reason, and I’m forever grateful for all that’s happened to me. So, here’s to wishing for more memories, making more special moments, developing more incredible relationships, and growing into the person you’re proud to be! What are you wishing for this week? Comment below! Now, on to the finds!
In A Heartbeat: I’m not crying! You’re crying! Oh, boy! For their college thesis, it only took Beth David and Esteban Bravo less than four minutes to tell a beautiful story of a closeted boy falling in love with and being outed to the boy of his dreams. I won’t spoil the ending, but grab your tissues and your pride flag! This short will certainly resonate with anyone who knows how scary and uncontrollable falling in love for the first time can be. More importantly, this animation also reveals how essential it is to tell stories about people and experiences that may not often be told. Whether they are an interracial, LGBTQ, interfaith couple, or anything in between, we need more real and diverse narratives so people see their own experiences play out in media. Representation matters, and this is a great start to having important conversations around building support, acceptance, connection, empathy, and love.
Reclaiming My Time (Gospel Mix): Yesterday’s post was all about “Reclaiming My Time,” and this second find puts a gospel spin to the newest mantra of 2017. We all knew it wouldn’t take long for this to happen. What musical genius did to Shirley Caesar’s sermon late last year, another skilled musician did for Congresswoman Maxine Waters. An old school gospel melody complete with harmony, background vocals, and an impassioned soloist brings Maxine’s “sermon” to life. After hearing this song, you’ll reclaim your time and be testifying, too!
Kids Design Tattoos For Their Parents: Okay, I’m not going to lie–this last find is insane and hilarious! Three cute little kids create artwork that their parents have tattooed on various parts of their bodies. I think we can only imagine what crazy designs these kiddos make. Kudos to their parents for being such good sports. I’m not sure if I’d be that brave and compliant!