23. A Movie Challenge


You know what’s great? When you have weirdo friends who are as weird and random as you. Stick with me, this is going somewhere.

Like six months ago, I was out (on a school night!) with my friends Jessica and Claire for some Jamaican food, drinks and gossip. The three of us have the most random conversations every time we’re together, and that night was no exception. I have no idea how the topic even came up, but Jessica casually mentioned that she has watched every movie that Stanley Tucci has made. I love Stanley Tucci so I was intrigued - turns out, she did this as a challenge with a friend of hers, like a personal bucket list thing.

So then I started thinking about what actor I love enough to want to do this type of challenge. And the answer immediately came to me - Samuel L Jackson. He’s one of my favorite actors, he’s done a variety of films, and his IMDB list is long. I scrolled through his list of roles on IMDB and I realized that I’ve only seen about a quarter of the films he’s made. So I’m setting a challenge for myself, to watch every feature film Samuel L Jackson is credited in. For the purposes of this challenge I’m skipping the shorts he made (cause I’m assuming I won’t be able to get my hands on them) but all the other feature length movies are on my agenda. I’ll also rewatch movies I’ve already seen for the purpose of the challenge.

I’ll be sharing updates periodically with what I watched and what I thought of the movie, and Sam’s performance.

This should be fun!

Also if I can pull this off, I totally might do this with an actress - any suggestions on who? Maybe Meryl?

Things I Read This Week:

Here (and queer) (The REWM)

The Real Difference Between Creators and Influencers (The Atlantic)

Let Black Babies Be Wild And Free (Mater Mea)

The Divided House of Lorne Michaels (Jezebel)

The #StayAndFight coalition urges Hollywood to reconsider boycotting Georgia (Vox)

Reddit Asks the Question: 'What is Common Knowledge in Your Field that Others Don't Know?' (Pajiba)

Men Share Their Abortion Stories: “We Both Knew We Weren’t Ready” (Man Repeller)

What Every Successful Person Knows, But Never Says (James Clear)

The rise of granny panties (Vox)

Chicken Farmers Thought Trump Was Going to Help Them. Then His Administration Did the Opposite. (ProPublica)

There Are Two Types of Airport People

A Montessori summer—how to give your kids freedom *and* structure (Motherly)

Gaslighting: How To Recognize It And Protect Yourself (Ravishly)

LaCroix’s era as the coolest seltzer in America is over (Vox)

After Sephora Announces Companywide Diversity Training, Customers Say Racial Profiling Isn't the Only Problem (The Root)

A Neonatal ICU Nurse Donated Her Uterus to Help a Stranger Become Pregnant (Jezebel)

A Bride Kicked a Guest Out of Her Wedding Because She Thought Her Dress Was Too White (Glamour)

Texas Teacher Outs Herself on Twitter as MAGA-t Who Wants to Help Trump Round Up 'Illegal Students' in Her School (The Root)

Too Many People Want to Travel (The Atlantic)

These Reporters Lost Their Jobs. Now They’re Fighting Back Against Big Tech. (Buzzfeed)

Ancestry DNA Test Results Are Not Only Widely Misinterpreted, They’re Potentially Damaging (MEL Magazine)

Other Stuff:

I finally got a chance to break out my summer dresses! I got this Old Navy jersey swing dress and loved it so much, I bought a second one! I’m also wearing this maxi dress every chance I get, and best of all, it has pockets!

Have you watched Always Be My Maybe on Netflix yet? I watched it last Friday night and I loved it! It’s a really adorable romcom, but the best part is that the entire cast is people of color, and the majority are Asian. Ali Wong is so great in it, but the star for me was Randall Park (aka the dad on Fresh Off the Boat).

My Mother’s Day gift from William and Josephine has turned into my favorite daily accessory - I wear it almost everyday.

I’m still on the hunt for my Holy Grail foundation, so I took advantage of the Tarte sale to pick up the Shape Tape foundation. I love some of their other products so I’m hoping I’ll love the foundation too.

Enjoy your weekend!

Join Me For A No Shopping Challenge!


There’s nothing like sitting down to pay bills to make you wonder “where did all the money go?”

I feel like I’ve been asking myself that question A LOT. And I know where it’s going - it’s going to things, that take up space and clutter up my house. I look around and I see things that I wanted in the moment, but I didn’t really need. And don’t get me started on all the clothes and shoes that I’ve bought over the years, that I either don’t wear or have given away.

I need a change, and to start making some good money habits, so why not start by committing to not shop for one month? That means not succumbing to those “sale” emails, no strolling Target & putting things in my cart just because they are cute, and no trips to Sephora even though my hands are dying for some "L’occitane hand cream * sobs *

I’m going to begin my No Shopping Challenge on Sunday, March 3, and end on Saturday, March 30 - that will give me a full 4 weeks of no shopping. I’ll evaluate my accounts and budget at the end of the challenge to see just how much not shopping has saved me.

Parameters for my March No Shopping challenge:

  • There will be no shopping for non-essential items - essential being things like food and basic toiletries.

  • No clothing, shoes, accessories, cosmetics, home accessories, etectronics, etc will be purchased during the challenge.

  • I will buy for #BabyPi but only if absolutely necessary - like if she grows out of her shoes and needs a new pair.

If it goes well, I’ll extend this into April!

Wanna join me? Commit to joining me on the #JTMNoShoppingChallenge and let me know on Twitter or Instagram!