January // A Fresh Start

January's all about fresh starts, making plans, starting new activities, letting go of the old and making room for the new. In that spirit, here's what I recommend for you this month.

Watch: Yes Man
I can't think of a better movie to inspire you to make a fresh start for the new year and make some positive changes. This movie is incredibly funny and cute, thanks to stars Jim Carrey and Zooey Deschanel, as well as inspiring. I don't recommend trying to take the "YES" lifestyle as far as Carl does, but I definitely think we could all use a little more "yes" in our lives. While you can make a change in your life at any time, why not go with the cliché and start something new at the beginning of the year.

You cannot cheat and watch the movie instead. The movie does not even begin to cover the amazing experiences and insights this book delivers. This is definitely a must-read if you want to make some positive changes in your life this year. You don't have to travel to Italy, India and Indonesia to find yourself, like Elizabeth did. By reading the book, you will certainly learn a lot from her experiences about what changes you need to make in your life, what answers you seek, and what makes you truly happy.
Okay, this recommendation may be heavily influenced by the fact that I just downloaded her new album, Ceremonials, and am currently listening to it. But that's not the only reason. Florence's music is intense and epic and takes me to another place when I listen to it. Get your hands on both of her albums, put on some heavy-duty headphones (or blast your stereo, if you don't have annoyed neighbors) and just let the music swallow you up. Let it make you sad, make you happy, get you pumped up, or comfort you. It really can do all that.


The second season of Shameless premieres Jan. 8th. If you didn't watch season one, you have a week to get a hold of it and watch it. Based on the British series about a -pardon my language- fucked up family headed by an alcoholic father. It may make you sad at first to see a family so "down on their luck" with such a pathetic excuse of a parent, but soon you'll learn to love each of the kids and see they aren't so bad-off, after all. (This is the one time I will advocate an American remake of a British show. By some miracle, I think the American version is better. You will never hear me say that again.)

The new series, Apartment 23 (aka The Bitch in Apartment 23) premieres this month (I've read Jan. 3rd, but it's not definite). Kristen Ritter finally gets the starring role she deserves as a bitch out to ruin her small town roommate's life. And her best friend is James van der Beek, as a ladies man version of himself. It looks hilarious.

The incredible BBC series, Sherlock, begins it's second season today. It is an incredibly smart series with a unique format. Each season consists of three two-hour episodes, which makes it something between a movie trilogy and a mini-series. It stars the very talented Benedict Cumberbatch (best name ever) and Martin Freeman. Sherlock will blow you away with his brilliance and social incompetence. My fellow Doctor Who fans better check this out as it is created & written by Steven Moffat, the genius behind Doctor Who, and Sherlock will remind you a lot of The Doctor.

And, don't forget, most of your favorite network shows that started in September will be returning from their Winter breaks this month.


Days of Note
4th- Jacob Grimm was born 1785
The Grimm brothers are responsible for many of our favorite fairy tales. Today, you could read some of their fairy tales, watch the movie versions, The Brothers Grimm, or check out the new fairy tale series Once Upon a Time or Grimm.

The twelfth day after Christmas was known as the Twelfth Night. Get your Shakespeare on and read the play, or if you'd rather have a laugh, watch She's the Man, which is inspired by the Shakespeare play.

His music's all well and good, but, of course, I'm more interested in his movies. I recently watched my first Elvis movie, Viva Las Vegas. I loved it. I'll be watching the next Elvis movie on my list, Blue Hawaii, on his birthday. And then looking up more of his movies to get, I'm sure.

23rd- Chinese New Year
The year of the Dragon begins. 

I hope "learn to make pie" was one of your New Year's resolutions. Well, even if it wasn't, what would be a better day to learn to make a pie? Or, if you're already a seasoned piestress, use this day as an excuse try making a new kind of pie! At the very least, eat some pie.
To celebrate the life and work of Scottish poet, Robert Burns. I realize this probably means nothing to you if you're not from the UK, but you can always use it as an excuse to eat and drink like a Scot.

January art from 2011 calender by Abby Orsow for Seablanket