Proverbs 31

When I lived in California I had a mentor/ friend who gave advice that was simple to say, but hard to follow. Just recently  this friend, Janet, went to be with her heavenly Father in heaven. I know that she is with God because she did not only give this advice but lived it. She was a proverbs 31 woman and wanted me to be one too. That was her advice, “Be a proverbs 31 woman.” It was a simple, after reading the scripture I knew what she meant. You see proverbs 31 describes a strong, energetic, hard working woman who gets up early and stays awake working late.

For a while I have been saying, one day I’ll be that way, one day I’ll change into that. I had been saying that for more then a year; thinking I had all the time in the world to grow into kind of woman. However, when I heard that she had passed away from this life, I realized I did not have all the time in the world.  No where in the Bible does it say to wait until you are ready to follow God. It may say wait on God’s timing, but I was waiting for my own timing.

Realizing that time is short and knowing that I wanted to live for God fully. I started to read Proverbs 31 over and over. I have read it in at least 3 different translations. As I have studied it, almost every day, I have realized I am finally starting to realize what it means and  am becoming that type of woman.

I have posted the entire passage below, but there are a few verses that stuck out at me (these are from the ESV translation).

 

The first is only the first half of verse 15 which states, “She rises while it is yet night.” She is an early riser. I have not been too fond of this, but have been trying to wake up earlier and to my surprise it makes all the difference. I am not just waking up when I get to work, but already awake and ready to work. This allows me to be in a good mood for most of the day. I also realized that I have more time in the day. I can even write this blog right now, because I woke up early.

The second is “17 She dresses herself[b] with strength and makes her arms strong.”   She is strong. In the NLT the same verse says “She is energetic and strong, a hard worker.”  I sometimes feel society wants women to be girly and not strong. It always seems to surprise people when I don’t mind doing the hard work that takes muscle. I’ve never been a girly girl and thought that Christian women were suppose to be ‘lady’ like. Although, I have meant non-lady like Christian woman, who I love, I had thought that they were suppose to seem weaker. This is not exactly true though. We are suppose to be strong, hard working women. We should have a strong drive to work and help out physically.

The next verse that stood out to me was the second half of 18. “Her lamp does not go out at night.” This was easy for me and I was really happy to see this. I am a night owl and love staying up late. Of course it is harder to do when you remember verse 15 which says you should also rise early. Still this means more time for everything you want/ should be doing.

My favorite chunk of verses, the one I think sums the whole passage up is 25-26. “25 Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. 26 She opens her mouth with wisdom,  and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.”  A proverbs 31 woman is smart, dignified, kind and laughs. This paints a picture of happiness and contentment for me.

Studying this has begun to change my life. I can see the changes and feel them. I am taking charge with my writing and art work. I am working harder to be the woman God wants me to be, which is all that can be asked. I hope that by sharing this it will strengthen you and teach you that being a Biblical person is being strong, smart and awesome.

Here is the scripture I am referring to:

The Woman Who Fears the Lord

10 [a] An excellent wife who can find?
She is far more precious than jewels.
11 The heart of her husband trusts in her,
and he will have no lack of gain.
12 She does him good, and not harm,
all the days of her life.
13 She seeks wool and flax,
and works with willing hands.
14 She is like the ships of the merchant;
she brings her food from afar.
15 She rises while it is yet night
and provides food for her household
and portions for her maidens.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.
17 She dresses herself[b] with strength
and makes her arms strong.
18 She perceives that her merchandise is profitable.
Her lamp does not go out at night.
19 She puts her hands to the distaff,
and her hands hold the spindle.
20 She opens her hand to the poor
and reaches out her hands to the needy.
21 She is not afraid of snow for her household,
for all her household are clothed in scarlet.[c]
22 She makes bed coverings for herself;
her clothing is fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is known in the gates
when he sits among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them;
she delivers sashes to the merchant.
25 Strength and dignity are her clothing,
and she laughs at the time to come.
26 She opens her mouth with wisdom,
and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
27 She looks well to the ways of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children rise up and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women have done excellently,
but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31 Give her of the fruit of her hands,
and let her works praise her in the gates.

marching

(please note that this is a quick, not edited poem)

March, March

Marching to the beat of life

Droning on and on

Work, work and work

to keep your head a float.

When all of a sudden you realize

there was a misstep;

a stumble somewhere down the road

that sent a ripple

to your very soul.

Breath in the ripple,

the change in pace.

Relax into the realization,

your life is about to change.

Now march again to a different pace.

March now to the song in your own head.

And watch as the days do not drone on.

Listen to work being done as you continue to hum.

This life is yours to live so live.

Dreamer of plans.

Dreamer of plans.

I wish to be like a fish swimming in the sea.

I wish to be a caged bird set free.

I wish and I wish,

while I dream and think.

I want to be in a different life.

I want to be some one’s wife.

I want and want

while I dream and think.
I need to know what I am doing,

where my life is going.

I need to be on one path,

and figure out the direction I’m walking.

I need and need

while I dream and think.

Oh, so many thoughts and dreams

cascades down my mind.

Filling my brain with impossible plans.

Fearless, strong, and wonderful plans.

Plans that when started fall short

as the other plans start to be thought.

Plans where success and happiness

wrap around me like warm hugs;

plans seem possible,

until other thoughts take their place.

This is why I wish and want

and think I need,

while I dream and think.

This is why I dream and think.

What's going on?

Hey you may have noticed (maybe not), that I haven’t been blogging or writing movie reviews lately. I will explain why there are no movie reviews in a little bit. Right now I want to inform you, my blog, that I am coming back, stronger and better. I will make it a goal to write something at least once a day.  If I don’t post just assume that I am writing in my novel (which is one reason why I haven’t written here in a while).

If you have been around this blog before you will notice that the menu has new tabs. Some, well most, are still empty but should be filling up soon. You will also find a new link in my about page. This is to my new website, which I am very excited about.  Please check it out (www.tiffanyjoy.net)

Update on projects

After two weeks of trying to do work on a different project each day I realized two things. One, is that I stress my self out easily. Two, with a full-time job I can not add so many projects. That being said I also decided to keep  those who care informed.

I was thinking I would cut out all my projects and start from scratch. I wanted to just focus on my jewellery. I have been working on my acorn necklaces and am going to start to make polymer clay jewellery. After a few thoughts and realizing that if I cut down to just jewellery I would not work on my book, movie reviews or Pink Sunshine story. Since I started to work on these projects before I started the schedule I will continue them.

That being said, Sundays I will still work on my book, As You Are. Friday nights  will still be dedicated to my friends in Story Time with Pink Sunshine. Saturdays also will still be focused on movie reviews. My week, however, will only be filled with  only jewellery making.

Now stay tune for pictures.

Donnie Darko

With Halloween right around the corner I felt like a Halloween themed movie was in order. After a long search on Netflix, I was surprised that I could not find any real horror movies that were also on my Start with the Best project. I did find and watch Donnie Darko, which I’m counting as a Halloween movie, if only because the climax is on a Halloween night.

This was my first time watching it and as the movie start I wondered how many scenes it would take to start the real action. The setting up of the movie seemed rather dragged out but as soon as I had the thought that this was going to be a long stretched movie a demented and evil-looking bunny was standing right in front of Donnie. This is where the film starts to pick up. A mysterious plane engine falls from the sky and the idea of time travel is talked about.

In this film time and time travel is the main subject that is looked upon. I first noticed this when the audience is first introduced to the school. Time is slowed and sped up just enough to notice a change. The date is also shown every few days to show how many days until the main action will take place.

The film also plays with the fourth wall when Donnie, the main character, looks at Frank. the scary bunny. This is a great element which, although it usually is out-of-place in most movies, feels perfectly placed while helping to make Donnie’s character seem more unstable and at the same time more knowing. It is almost like he is looking directly at the audience while he looks at Frank.

This is such an interesting and great movie. I was once told that I would like it by a friend and he was right. This is a movie I will be watching again.

If you want more information about this movie you can go to The IMDB page for Donnie Darko.

If you are interested in buying this movie, here is a link to the amazon page.
Donnie Darko

4 movies down 324 to go.

Wizard of Oz

There is no movie like this week’s movie. It is an iconic classic that is also one of my favorite movies of all time. I could have written this review with out even watching it again, but it is my favorite movie, so I watched it for the hundredth time. This week’s movie is The Wizard of Oz.

Now I knew I loved this movie and that it is a great movie so I asked myself “what makes this movie great?” As soon as the movie started I realized the details and quality of the scenery. The farm had real chickens, pigs and horses. This is a farm that looks real, and growing up next to one I know what a real farm looks like.

A movie can have good scenery and still have the possibility of being a bad movie, though. That is, of course, not true for this movie. During this viewing I noticed the foreshadowing in the farm hands and the fact that Dorothy was a dreamer. She wanted to find her own life, so she ran away only to find that her life was with Aunty Em.

All through the movie I looked for weak parts, because I knew that the story line is great and the acting is superb. I wanted to learn something from this watching. What I found was that each and every scene was needed. I have watched some movies that add scenes for what appears to me to be time wasters. It is like some producers want a movie to match their time. This was not the case for this movie. Each scene was either setting up the movie, introducing characters or moving the characters along in their journey.

Another thing I saw in the viewing, that I hope I saw before, was that it was the journey that taught the characters about the things they were missing. Scarecrow wants a brain, but comes up with the plan to get Dorothy out of the Wicked Witch’s castle. Tin Man is searching for a heart but is the one that is usually crying or being emotional. Lion desires courage, however, he is the one will to lead the three men into the castle. Finally, Dorothy wants to go home and at the end of the journey when she thinks all is lost, she finds all she needs to do is open her eyes.

I was surprised to find two areas that stuck out as not high quality. The first one was the wires. While Scarecrow is on his pole there is one, I’m assuming to keep him up. A few times I saw a wire attached to Lion’s tail to make it move and stay raised. The other time was with the flying monkeys; as they take Toto away you can clearly see the rigging. The only part that took away from the movie was seeing the rigging, mostly because that was the most noticeable. The other area that was not high quality was the make up. I noticed edges and bald cap lines on some of the actors. I did not feel like the make up took away from the over all quality of this movie. It was just something I noticed.

Even after noticing the two weak areas, I love this movie. That is because it is not about the background, special effects, or technical side of it. This movie is about the story and characters that jump off the screen and ask you “what are you searching for?” Then no matter what you answer this movie tells you to search deep within yourself because what ever will make you happy is there. Whether you think you need to be smarter, braver, or more caring, you already have the tools inside you. It is the journey called life that will teach you how to use what you have to shine and become who you want to be.

For more information you can you to The Wizard of Oz on IMDB
If for some reason you do not own this movie yet, I suggest you buy this version.The Wizard of Oz (Three-Disc Collector’s Edition)
It has wonderful extras both on the DVDs and as hard copy photographs and publicity materials.
3 movies watched 325 to go.

Episode 1 The Road Trip

The plan for the Road Trip, that would change the Gang of Color’s lives, was for Brain, Doom, and Lady to leave Brain’s parents’ house at eight o’clock and pick Sunshine up at ten o’clock in the morning. That was before Blue Bull called Brain to tell him, he was joining the group. This was news to Sunshine when she called Brain at 10:30 wondering where the gang was. She had already said goodbye to her family and was anxiously waiting to start her trip.

Brain informed Sunshine that they had not left but was leaving soon. He also told her that they were going to go soon so they four of them would be at Sunshine’s home in two hours. After two hours past Sunshine called Brain again. It would be two more hours.  She also called at four o’clock.  Sunshine’s family started to come home from work and school, her young nephew included.

Six o’clock rolled around and the group finally rolled into Sunshine’s driveway. After they all had dinner that Sunshine’s mom made they were off. It was almost eight at night and they finally started on their road trip in two packed cars.

They drove from Massachusetts to Rhode Island and stopped to take in the fact that they were on a life changing adventure and partake in their common interest. They were then off only stopping briefly in Connecticut for a bathroom break. The next stop was in Pennsylvanian to fill up on gas. It was about four in the morning when they pulled into the huge gas station and found an arcade inside. The group of gamers played in the few games that the arcade had and half an hour later they were off again.

While Brain and Bull drove their cars Lady and Doom played co-pilots leaving Sunshine to enjoy the car ride and fall asleep. Since she was the first to sleep she woke up first. They all were still in their cars but the cars were parked. Sunshine looked around as she was waking up and noticed that they were in a Walmart. Apparently they stopped to pick up better walkie-talkies but the ones they found did not work between cars.

Once they were all awake they went across the parking lot to the McDonalds where, as they had breakfast, they took group pictures and joked with each other.

After everyone ate they were back on the road again.

All My Projects

The more I create, the more I want to create even more.  I want to take on the world of art, mastering every form of art, and finishing every project that pops into my head, but I’m realizing that would be utter madness. However, I do embrace a bit of craziness, so I will try to take on multiple projects in different art forms. I am limiting myself though. I will only allow myself seven projects at a time, one for every day of the week.

The first project you should already know about. It is the one I started this  blog for. It is my START WITH THE BEST movie review project. If you need more information about it there is a whole blog about it so that’s all I’ll say about my Saturday project.

Sundays will be filled with book writing. Now this is my longest project so far, but I see the light at the end of the tunnel. I have the first draft done and am working on the second draft. It is a romantic comedy about two artists in the film industry. It is called AS YOU ARE. I plan to have it published using a publishing website in June 2013. Since I have been working on it for years now it is not an add-on to my project/ goal list, but still it is a goal and big project.

Mondays will be jewellery. I have designs in my mind for a line of jewellery made out of acorns.  They will be different faces, almost like tiny masks but each necklace will be a different emotion. There are eight designed so far. I will be making and selling them. This project may go on for as long as I work or may not go anywhere. My goal for this project is to sell 600 in one year.

My Tuesday project is puppets. I love puppets and have made one so far. I have wanted to make more, but did not have the right tools to make them out of wood. I then saw one made out of polymer clay and thought I could use polymer clay along with paper mache. I do not have a large goal with this one, but I will be working on a puppet every week.

Wednesday’s focus will be script writing. I love movies and theater and want to be a script writer but have not completed a script. I just know I have a lot of stories in my mind that would look great as a play or movie. My goal is to have one completed hour-long script done in a year. If I write more than I’ll be happy, but I want at least one good script a year.

Thursdays will be filled with acting, because yes I want to be an actor too. I will be working on finding the best monologue to audition with and post one monologue on you-tube a week. I have four large anthologies that I’ve been flipping through, plus spoon river anthology.

Last but certainly not least Fridays I will write one story in Story Time with Pink Sunshine.

There now my list of projects and goals are out there.

Story Time with Pink Sunshine

Introduction

Pink Sunshine sat in a world just a portal away from yours. Everything was the same in this universe. The sky was blue, grass green, and people feel in love. God existed in this world, too, the only difference was that people named the children things like Pink Sunshine, Purple Lady and Blue Bull.  Yes, Sunshine sat in this world thinking of the extraordinary story she felt she needed to tell.

It was a true story but not a common story. It was not a overcoming a monster type of story, although it was partly about her and her friends overcoming trials and troubles while they grew into better people. That was not the main focus, though. It was not a rags to riches story either, no matter how valuable she felt her new life was. She did not think her life was a quest or voyage story either, but she did reflected most about the voyage to her new life and that aspect of the story. She did not want to label it as a comedy either because that would imply that it was not also a tragedy.  She decided that the story she had to write was, just like her group of friends, all different types.

This is her story, about how Pink Sunshine and the Gang of Colors went on a voyage across their country only to find the monsters within themselves while discovering the quest of their life time which made them rich in some ways and changed their lives forever.

Their voyage was not the exact beginning though, it is just what started the life changing events. No, the story really starts years earlier when the first three meant.

Pink Sunshine was dating the Viking when she meant the Green Brain and Black Doom. Brain was the Viking’s best friend and Doom was part of the group that they had dinner with every night. Sunshine did not make a connection with Brain at first and was totally put off by Doom’s black clothes and black makeup. Neither of them would become Sunshine’s friend until after the summer that the Viking and Sunshine dated. Once they broke up, close to autumn  and the beginning of another school year for the college students, Sunshine still hung out with Doom.

It was odd but Sunshine found herself hanging out more and more with the man who kind of scared her. Doom was the opposite of Sunshine; if he  smiled she would know something was wrong. Doom smiling meant something was not right or he was playing a trick on her. When Sunshine smiled, which was often, it simply meant she was happy and everything was at least okay.  Sunshine and Doom had one common interest which was enough to start a friendship on.

Later on in the school year Doom re-introduced her to his friend Brain, who like his name would suggest was very smart and analytical. The trio shared the same common interest and their friendships developed based on that interest, which they gathered to enjoy every day.

It was late in the fall semester when she found out that the Viking shared in on the same common interest. Brain, Doom and Sunshine were headed to Brain’s friend’s house for a party. It took them a while to get ready and get to the party, but at midnight they finally arrived at the house, only to find out it was the Viking’s house.  Sunshine was thrilled that the Viking found this interest and that they could share in the enjoyment of their common interest.  That night is when the trio became four.

The school year went on and because the real story doesn’t start for a few years we should jump to when Brain moved in with the Marque and the Blue Bull. Now Brain and the Marque were friends before, in fact the Marque was good friends with the four. Doom and Sunshine would walk together to Brain’s house from campus or just meet up at the house every day. Soon Bull started to hang out with them, when he was not busy.

During the school year Sunshine realized that the four person gang became five then six. After a few parties where the Viking brought the Mic, lovingly nicknamed by the Marque, the gang grew to be seven. The eighth  member was the Actor, he too enjoyed the common interest shared by the four. He also shared an interest of the theater with Sunshine, which was both of their majors.

They spent a solid year as an eight member group. It was not until Brain went away during the winter break, in between semesters, that ninth member even entered the story.  Her name was Purple Lady and until a year after the voyage across the country she was the only other female in the Gang of Colors. Doom brought her into the group, all because he was only with Brain far away and Sunshine staying with family while the school was closed.  Doom started to hang out with her because they were co-workers; he continued because she found she enjoyed the common interest.

When Brain came back from his trip and school started back up Lady continued to join in on the common interest that bonded them together. During this semester Brain, Doom and Sunshine planed to make a big move. They wanted to go some where like paradise and Lady wanted to join them. They started to plan not really knowing where exactly there destination would be at first, but as the semester went on they decided to move to where Brain’s cousin was living. While time past Brain went through a break up with his then long distance girl friend and Lady went through a similar break up. After their break up the two of them grew closer, one reason was because they both understood what the other was going through.

About five weeks before the move Brain, Doom, Sunshine, and Lady realized they really needed to plan the details of the move and their new lives they would be starting. They at least needed a moving truck, that they could book and not be laughed at, and a house or apartment with four bedrooms.  During the five weeks leading up Brain and Lady made it public knowledge that they were dating, now and Bull told them that he wanted to join them in moving to paradise. He just did not know when he would go.

At the time of the planning and moving Bull was engaged to be married to the landlord’s daughter. His plans for moving started with the landlord’s daughter moving with him, then he wasn’t sure if she would go with him. He realized that he did not want to marry the landlord’s daughter after all. He was still not sure when he would join the other four that would be moving.

The night before the road trip start Bull called Brain up and asked him if he was could go on the road trip. The morning of the road trip Sunshine found out that Bull was going with them. That road trip is really where this story starts to get interesting.