The Movie of My Life – Blogger Writing Challenge

The Movie of My Life - Blogger Writing Challenge

I am trying something a little bit different, so run with it.

Welcome to The Movie of My Life. I hope that these prompts will spark a little bit of conversation and give a little insight into your life. You don’t need to be a blogger to participate; you could write your answers in a  Facebook Status, a Blog Comment, on a scrap of paper. You could create a mock-up Movie poster if you really want!

The Movie Of My Life - Blogger Writing Prompt - Juniper Daze

The Idea

Using the below prompts, explain a little about The Movie of Your Life. Imagine a Hollywood producer has heard all about you and wants to make a Movie of Your Life. Remember you have creative control, you choose what goes in the movie! You can choose to explain as much or as little about why you have made your choices. You can add in as many characters, songs, descriptions as you want! Once you have answered the questions, nominate a few other bloggers or people to write about the movie of their life! Please link back to the original post (www.juniperdaze.com/featured.movie-of-my-life) too! Use the Hashtag #MovieofMyLife on Twitter so we can read each other’s movies!

The Prompts

The Title:

“When Life Gives You Lemons…” – I really like this saying, I use it quite a lot and often it is what I need to consider when hurdles come into my life.

Starring: (Choose however many people you want to star in your movie)

Jennifer Lawrence as Steph – I love Jennifer Lawrence, I think she has the right amount of awkwardness and humour as me. Also she is beautiful and you know it’s my movie, I could look like that right?!

David Tennant as my husband – Again, it’s my movie and it’s Holywood anything is possible! David Tennant has the right amount of cool but geeky that my husband is.

Emma Thomson as my Mum – My mum has played a big part in my life and so I would need a strong female actress to portray her. I think Emma Thompson is the right person.

Tom Hanks as my University Lecturer – Okay I’ve said it so many times I wish Robert Langdon from Dan Brown’s novels were my Uni Lecturer, but we will settle for Tom Hanks being my university lecturer and perhaps dissertation supervisor. (I am really playing with artistic license here)

Soundtrack:

Pretenders: Don’t Get Me Wrong – This is going to be played over the opening credits, I think an introduction to me. A montage of my daily life. I always listen to this song when I am on a power walk somewhere, it just gets me in the right frame of mind. Jennifer Lawrence and David Tenant are just going about their everyday lives.

The Temper Trap: Sweet Disposition – This is going to be played when I am probably at University. I imagine a scene with me losing the will to live over a stupid essay that is due in five hours and I’ve no idea what king or queen or century these events took place in but I am powering through. Maybe it ends with my going to see Tom Hanks.

The Time Warp – This has to be featured at some point in the middle. Probably towards the end of Uni, maybe at my graduation. It is not a party if the Time Warp is not cracked out.

You Make My Dreams Come True – Hall and Oates – This was the song we played at our wedding after we got married so it has to feature. However, there would be a dance break like on 500 days of summer.

Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles – The end of the Movie would end on an inspirational high. With this song playing over the end credits. People will be inspired by my amazing life and boom!

Filming Location:

I think I would stick to Scotland as a filming location. In and around Edinburgh. Of course we could feature some of my favorite holidays in the movie and of course, I would be an executive producer and need to, therefore, go on these holidays. Remember that time when I hired a whole island. . .

Poster Tagline:

She’s taken her lemons and made Gin and Tonic…

Enjoyed This? You Might like . . .

Some films that are like the Movie of my Life

Bridget Jones – I don’t know anyone who cannot relate to Bridget Jones in some way. I can relate to Bridget Jones in far too many ways.

Miss Congeniality – I am that awkward person that doesn’t really do makeup or beauty and would be so out of place in a beauty pageant.

Eat Pray Love – You know that inspired warm fuzzy feeling you get at the end of this film. That’s what you will feel when you watch the movie of my life.

I Nominate

Burgh Blogger – My real life blogger friend. She loves a movie as much as me.

Hollie Ann – I love Hollie Ann’s blog and she’s so lovely.

Zoe from Little Ray of Sunshine – I Love Zoe’s Blog and ideas for injecting some happiness into your life.

Rachael at Gatsby and Glamour – Despite me saying I hate beauty – I love Rachael’s blog – she posts honest reviews about make up and beauty products but also has thee cutest dogs!

Amie at The Curvaceous Vegan – I love Amie’s blog, it’s so pretty and purple. She also has a great writing style that is so relatable.

These are the 5 bloggers I nominate for the Movie of My Life blog challenge. I hope it’s just a bit of fun and different way to get to know other bloggers! Let me know what you think!

Remember to use the Hashtag #themovieofme

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Life through a Filter… Thoughts on Social Media

“Comparison is the thief of joy” Teddy Roosevelt

Filter

Hands up who has seen something on Pinterest and tried to recreate it, failing miserably. Then you question your self-worth and talents and evaluate the cost of all the materials you bought to make this one wonderful idea for your art project.

Who has seen someone you barely know, or perhaps don’t even know on Instagram and thought I wish I was them. They have it all together. They live an awesome life.

What about a former school friend or that person you were once in a uni seminar with that added you on Facebook and you’ve not quite gotten round to delete because they are always doing interesting things, share lots of photos from a holiday of a lifetime and think why is that not me.

Now, look at the flip side…

Hands up who has ever used all the filters on Instagram to post a photo that took 15 attempts to get quite right but still your gray hair and dodgy spots are still showing. You’ve written and deleted a post 10 times till you get the wording right. You exaggerated the truth to get the likes up.

Hands up if you can name any of the Instagram filters.

Hands up if you have a favorite.

Everyone Filters

FYI My favorite is Gingham with a touch of a vignette. Or you put it in black and white but you add a little bit of color back in! 

You might not even filter your photos, it may be your posts. I often find myself reaching a moment in my life, or even worse preemptively thinking about an upcoming event and thinking do I Snapchat or Instagram this? Do I share my funny thought on Twitter or Facebook? Because you don’t want to be that person that shares their life on more than one social media platform. That’s just too much. I accidentally after a few bottles of wine managed to add all my Facebook contacts on Instagram and lived to regret it. Then I thought why did I regret that? Why do I filter out my friends, we are either friends or we’re not.

Social media is wonderful, it’s brilliant at keeping in touch, engaging in discussion and debate, sharing funny moments, making plans gaining an insight into the world. For example, I love getting Snapchats from my brother and nephew. Or sharing silly in-jokes or memories with my uni mates on Facebook. Twitter is great for sharing teaching resources and ideas. Or getting in touch with other bloggers.  Instagram is a good way to see nice photos of people or bullet journal ideas. Pinterest is brilliant for recipes, blog ideas or wishful thinking.

There’s the flip side of this as well. Snapchat is a tool of cyberbullying and children sending nudes to each other. (I am a teacher so put up with this on a daily basis) Facebook is full of the “Some people…” “PM me Babes” sort of passive aggressive status’. Twitter is full of one person making a passing comment and everyone and their uncle jumping on the bandwagon. As for Instagram, the amount of times I have heard about couples arguing because one person has liked someone else’s photo on Instagram. Pinterest is just unrealistic expectations on life.

Social Media has good and bad sides. As with everything in life. Good in Moderation.

What we need to always have at the back of our minds is this is not real life, this is filtered. The pictures are filtered, the content is filtered. People choose what to post, how to post and who to share it with. For example, I have two separate Instagram pages, one to go along with my blogs (Juniper Daze if you fancy a follow!) and my own personal one.

The reason being that I try to limit, or filter out you may say, pictures of myself, friends and family. Mainly focusing on what is happening in my life. I do have a practical reason for this, I am a teacher and so I have to be careful about how much of my private life is ‘out there’. We did have an issue last year where some pupils got quite obsessed with my really interesting life they started looking through mine and my family members Facebook pages to the point I think they thought they were part of the family.

So because I do have 2 Instagram pages, I do double filter. On my blog Instagram, I like to post inspirational pictures, I blog and post about going on dates with my husband and how creative I am. On my personal Instagram, I share maybe the more realistic me;  like cooking super noodles for tea for our first meal as a married couple or my failed selfie attempts with the cat. As brilliant as these posts are I don’t want the whole public knowing – just those I’ve approved on Instagram.

Book Recommendation

I was thinking about this as I read the book In Twenty Years Time by Alison Winn Scotch.

This was one of the free Amazon Kindle deals. I never normally have high hopes for these books but this one is worth a read. It was about a reunion of college roommates and how they all seem to have different perspectives of each other and in reality, things aren’t going so swimmingly. We never really know a person based entirely on their social media. People are brilliant at filtering, putting on a front and vignetting the parts of their life they don’t want people to see.

5 Rules of Social Media

  1. Don’t covet thy neighbors Instagram or Pinterest Life.

  2. Don’t judge a person by their Facebook status.

  3. Don’t write veiled passive aggressive posts on Facebook.

  4. Don’t send naked pictures of yourself.

  5. Never hashtag on Facebook.