2021 – Straighten Up!

I have to say that thus far, 2021 hasn’t gone quite as planned, anymore than 2020 did…

First, Oreo died on January 2nd, followed by a heartbreaking tragedy a few days later. While it didn’t affect me too much, it did affect people I care about. Then, my van wound up in the shop for a week because yet another mechanic tightened lug nuts too much – and the wheel snapped off. Most people don’t experience that once, much less twice. I would say, ‘lucky me,’ but it would be with much sarcasm. 🙂



I’m calling a do-over. Everyone should be entitled to one from time to time. At least in my opinion. So, for me, today is the first day of this year. That gives me 343 days to eat my elephant. If you didn’t click on the link above (about Oreo), and you’re wondering what my elephant is, you’ll find out in that post.

Part of the elephant includes making more me time. That means recharging by watching more movies and reading more books. For pleasure – and my pleasure includes action/adventure, sci-fi, and fantasy, as well as romance. I’ll be sharing some of those here with you.  At least those I feel are good enough to share with others. Those I didn’t care for, well… I like to live by the ‘if you can’t say anything nice, shut up, Kristy’ rule. Most of the time anyway.

The movie this week, The Secret: Dare to Dream, really resonated with me. I am a firm believer in Bray Johnson’s (Sweet Home Alabama’s handsome Josh Lucas) philosophy. Basically, that is, your thoughts direct your life. That’s my  paraphrase, and something I believe in. Wholeheartedly.

Why? Because if, as a writer, I can manipulate my emotions for writing certain kinds of scenes – and I do – then I can do the same for life. Sometimes, it isn’t easy. But, for the most part, what I choose to focus on plays a huge part in how I live my life. And 95% of the time, I’ll focus on positives.

Now, back to the movie.

It probably didn’t win any awards, and it wasn’t super exciting, but I don’t care. It was a good, sweet romance, with a cool mystery thrown in. A mystery that surprised me. Early on, I thought I had figured it out. I was wrong though. 

Also, I don’t care that it wasn’t super exciting, because I loved Bray. He is exactly the kind of man many women (myself included!) would love to have in their lives. Strong, sweet, supportive, swoon-worthy. 

You can watch him – I mean, you can watch The Secret: Dare to Dream free on Amazon, if you have a Prime subscription. And if you do, I don’t think you’ll be sorry. (That was an affiliate link, by the way. You can learn more about that here.)

Photo credit: Pixabay



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