10 Things I’ve Learned From Watching Movies

April 19, 2014 by sarah

Sarah + Miles Teller + Ali — our token celeb pic from Sundance 2014

Hey everyone! Ali here. As some of you may have noticed, we have shuffled some things around on the site and have decided to move the posts about books and movies to this Life page of the blog. Since, you know, art has a way of shaping our lives. Often in a mega way.

So for those of you who have yet to be introduced to my friend Sarah who writes about film, I thought we would tag onto our “10 Things” series and have her introduce herself today by sharing 10 things that she has learned from watching movies. Lemme tell ya, this girl watches a LOT of movies. But more than that, she takes them to heart and lets them shape and challenge her more than anyone I know. And even better, she is always eager to pass those movie lessons and recommendations along to her friends, and I can say that we’re all better people for it. (And definitely better people for knowing her.)

So please welcome Sarah to the Gimme Some Life section of this site, and get ready to learn more about movies and life from her moving forward!

Hey Gimme Some Life readers! I’m Sarah. I used to post at Gimme Some Film, but we decided to condense all the fun into one feed. I’ll be bringing you movie round-ups and film reviews a couple times a month here at Gimme Some Life.

I’m excited to be part of this page because I’m always trying to connect the films I see with my everyday life. Movies inspire me, challenge my assumptions, change my views, break my heart, lift my soul, and, yes, even teach me Life Lessons. Here are ten.

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When Being Single Just Feels HARD

April 15, 2014 by Ali

I never quite know when those moments will come, when the weight of being single will come crashing down upon my chest.

Those moments have been fewer and farther between over the past few years.

But without fail, they always come.

And boy, they’ll knock the wind out of you.

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10 Things I’ve Learned: Aggie

April 13, 2014 by Ali

Hey everyone! We’re back with our 10 Things I’ve Learned series after two weeks off. (Sorry about the delay. We’ve been working on some mega technical changes behind the scenes with this site, but it should be running smoothly now and showing up in your feed. Whew!)

But our guest poster today hails from the blogosphere and (where I’d love to be right now) the sunny shores of Florida — meet Aggie!

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Open Windows

April 3, 2014 by Ali

I have officially added something to the list of my favorite things on earth: open windows.

The weather has been up and down here since the calendar officially welcomed in Spring. But through those past few weeks, even tonight’s glorious thunderstorm, my windows have remained open. Sometimes cracked, sometimes flung wide. Sometimes letting in a few bugs that make me squeal, sometimes raindrops that plink plank on the sill like a symphony. But always opening up my little home to the sounds, smells, breezes, sunlight, and beautiful views of the world around.

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10 Things I’ve Learned: Julie

March 23, 2014 by Ali

Today’s contributor to the 10 Things series is someone whom I’ve never officially met in person, but was introduced to in the coolest way — through the comment section on this blog!

That’s right. Over the past year or so, I had begun to notice that some girl named Julie kept leaving these thoughtful, encouraging comments on the site, especially on the posts about being single. She seemed like the sort of friend I would love to grab a cup of coffee and chat it up with about life and faith and dreams and such. So I clicked through on one of her comments, and found out that (surprise!) she was actually a blogger herself at Girl On The Move!

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March 22, 2014 by Ali

Somehow I seem to have surrounded myself in life with friends who are amazing with words.

I’m sure you know what I mean. They are those people who always have the perfect encouraging or comforting thing to say when a friend is having a hard time. They are those who can send back a witty, hilarious email at the drop of a hat. They are those who can pair a poignant lyric with a melody that gives an entire audience goosebumps. They are those who can write the blog post that says it all. They are those who can pray words that give a glimpse into heaven itself. They are those (well, many of them) who even chose to be writers, editors, English teachers, linguists, songwriters or bloggers, and get to spend their workdays creating and honing and sharing beautiful words with the world for a living.

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10 Things I’ve Learned: Kelly

March 16, 2014 by Ali

Kind of similar to last week’s post from Janelle, I basically had a friend-crush on Kelly before I ever met her. It began in the church where I used to work (as did Kelly back before my time), where I was captivated by these enormous, colorful, bright paintings that were hung all over the drab, gray basement where we officed. On days when the fluorescent lighting and lack of sunshine would start to crush my soul (no less), I got in the habit of walking into the hallways to just stare at these paintings for awhile, and then life somehow seemed a little more beautiful. Of course, I came to find out that they were created by a girl named Kelly, who had moved on to create her own small business as an extremely talented photographer, and — small world! — actually attended the same midtown church as me.

So of course, I wanted to meet her. But it wasn’t until my work schedule changed and we started attending the same service for a few years that our paths finally began to cross. I finally figured out who she was when she got up in front of the church as one of the people who shared the greeting and announcements once a month, always weaving in a life story that was a mini-sermon in and of itself, which had an uncanny way of being exactly what I needed to hear that week. So as you can imagine, by the time we finally met, it was that totally awkward oh-my-gosh-I-feel-like-I-know-you-but-I-don’t-but-I-want-to gushing (on my end) and of course, that gracious-warm-amused kindness on her end.

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Friday Flowers

March 14, 2014 by Ali

I’ve decided to start a new little tradition in my home — Friday flowers.

I used to think that I wasn’t one of those girls who loved flowers. But I’ve come to find — especially during the cold and gray days of winter — that I in fact really crave having something lovely and alive and growing in the house. So since I have a mega brown thumb and am terrible at tending actual houseplants, the idea of fresh weekly flowers sounds like a lovely idea. Especially in time for the weekend. I also admit that I know nada about flower varieties or flower arranging, so I’m hoping this little tradition might push me beyond of my normal grocery store bouquet habits and into some new territories of loveliness.

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