Wednesday, June 24, 2009

My Sister's Keeper

I want to share this with you - this is a new movie, from the writers of "The Notebook", called "My Sister's Keeper." It has an all star cast.
Here is the link to the film:

Just watching the trailer makes me cry and I haven't even seen the movie yet! But I see so much love, hope, togetherness, a strong sibling bond, and a family bond - a family who fights to stay together through all the tough times, and to do what is right for their family and for each other, support, care, love, and a family who fights for life for those they love.

I know it's going to be a beautiful family movie about fighting for those you love to live, and about becoming stronger and closer as a family, and that you will do anything for the life and love and bond and togetherness of family and what it means to be a family :-)

I've included the trailer below - definitely watch the entire trailer, listen to the dialogue, hear the music - I'm watching it again at work right now and I cannot stop tears from flowing down my face! In a good, beautiful way :-)
You will hear in the dialogue of the trailer how their older daughter is sick from - I think - renal failure, and they need a genetic match, so they decide to have another child - but during conception, they genetically create the embryo to have the genes to save the other daughter's life. They have another son also. And the trailer shows how this second daughter was born with a purpose, how she wants to save her sister's life and the bond she feels with her sister (thus the title, My Sisters Keeper) and how the disease both takes a toll on the individual, the family, but how love and bravery also brings them together.

Omg I am crying again just writing this! It's not sad crying, it's tears of being touched by the trailer, but more than that, touched by the characters, the dialogue, the music, the theme of love, family, unending care, fighting for life, being brave and tough in the face of any adversity - or like Mohit has shared with me - they aren't difficulties but really opportunities to make us stronger :-)

If the trailer makes me feel so much, I can imagine how I will feel about the movie. I want to see this movie, even though I will probably cry throughout the whole thing, but watching the trailer, feeling what I feel, seeing what I see and realizing what I realize from these beautiful themes, it makes me want to stand up and live my life to the fullest in every single second, that no matter what we face, no matter the ups and downs, life is good, things are good, and will only get better with each moment and each day, and that no matter what we struggle with, esp if it's health related like in the film or like in many of our lives, that we are not alone, that we have faith and God, and that we have love in our lives, family, friends, people who love us and who we love, people who will fight for us, stand by us, stand up for us, be brave with us and help us to be braver, be strong for us and help us to be stronger and never give up, and people who share light, peace, and positivity with us.

Life is beautiful, life is bliss <3
Enjoy :-)

Monday, June 8, 2009

helpful info - airline, flight, and luggage tips

For those who like to fly or fly a lot or will be flying soon:

Airlines that still allow some free luggage to be checked in:
Choose an airline with no or lower fees for checked baggage. Southwest doesn't charge for checked bags, and some airlines, including Delta, AirTran, Virgin America, Alaska Airlines and JetBlue, still let you check one bag for free.

Pack light to make the most of your baggage allowance. Weigh your packed suitcases to make sure they don't go over your airline's weight limit, which is typically 50 pounds per bag. Be sure to leave room for souvenirs. If you don't know your airline's baggage weight limit, read your contract of carriage to find out how much each bag should weigh.

Weigh and measure your carry-on bag, too. Carry-on weight limits range from 16.5 pounds (Virgin America) to 40 pounds (Delta). Carry-on item dimensions vary by airline and type of aircraft. Some airlines don't publish carry-on bag weight limits on their websites, so it's a good idea to check your contract of carriage to be sure you know if such a limit exists.

If you fly often, stick to one airline so that you can build up enough frequent flyer miles to attain "elite" or "premier" status. Once you hit this milestone, you won't be charged checked baggage fees.

Rent large items you'll only use once or twice, such as golf clubs, skis, scuba gear, surfboards or bicycles. It's often less expensive to rent sports equipment than to check it as baggage, particularly if you already plan to check two bags. Some airlines charge as much as $100 for your third checked bag – and that's only for a one-way flight.

Personal tips I want to share with you about flying:
1) always pack your suitcase with items that you are prepared to lose if your suitcase doesn't make it to your destination (I have known many people whose luggage was misplaced, didn't make the connecting flight, lost, stolen). So pack things that you can buy again (clothes, shoes, etc and NOT personal memories, expensive things, etc).
The airline does not reimburse you for every single thing in your luggage, there is a limit. Plus personal items and memories are irreplaceable.

2) Always keep your carry on items in view, esp if they contain expensive items. People's laptop computers and other carry on baggage have been stolen from the overhead compartments so keep your carry on items with you or in view at least.
Don't trust anyone :-)

3) If you lose your luggage, keep calling the airport - they do not deliver it automatically to you.

Happy safe travels!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

beautiful poem

On Marriage
Kahlil Gibran

You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore.
You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days.
Ay, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.
But let there be spaces in your togetherness,
And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.

Love one another, but make not a bond of love:
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
Fill each other's cup but drink not from one cup.
Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf
Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone,
Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.

Give your hearts, but not into each other's keeping.
For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.
And stand together yet not too near together:
For the pillars of the temple stand apart,
And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other's shadow.

Morning Motivation

My Mom got this nice email and shared it with me. I really love it :-)

Morning Motivation

When I woke up this morning lying in bed, I was asking myself

What are some of the secrets of success in life?

I found the answer right there, in my very room.

Carry a Heart that Never Hates.

Carry a Smile that Never Fades.

Carry a Touch that Never Hurts.