Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Disney's Greatest Villain: Maleficent 2014

I've never been more excited for a the release of a new Disney movie than Maleficent, scheduled for March 2014. Even the slogan "Evil Has A Beginning" sounds so ominous, that it's a perfect fit for this badass Villain-with-a-capital-V. Out of all the possible villains Disney could have chosen to feature, I couldn't be more pleased that they picked Maleficent. And having Angelina Jolie star as Maleficent couldn't be more perfect; I mean, her physique is a flawless match, anyways!

I've never been a fan of the typical "Old-School" Disney princess movies. You know what I'm talking about: the Princess is a sweet and innocent girl who gets caught up in some trouble, usually by a step-mother, and eventually requires the assistance of a prince towards the end of the film. For this reason, telling the well-known story of "Sleeping Beauty" from the Villain's perspective, highlighting the path she took that led her to curse Aurora, sounds incredibly promising.
All stills taken from Disney's recent Maleficent "Dream" trailer

In high anticipation for this movie - and inspiration from Lana Del Rey's amazing cover of Once Upon A Dream in the new trailer for this movie - I've uploaded a quick little lyric video, featuring Lana Del Rey and some awesome stills from the trailer. Hope you enjoy the song as much as I do.

I'm not sponsored in any way to brag about this movie (although, wouldn't it be great?) I just love it so much already.

Make sure to check out Disney's "Dream" Trailer; it's so fantastically done that you might just pass out for a minute like I did when I first saw it! And don't forget to see it in theaters this March (Can we keep discussing Angelina Jolie?)

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Meaning Behind My Blog Name | Winter Blog Challenge

Any blogger, vlogger, internet persona, etc... knows that having an interesting, catchy title or name practically sells whatever you decide to write. It might be 70% title, 30% confidence in your content. That said, I completely threw this rule out the window when I picked my username: Kristazzi. Nobody knows what a 'Kristazzi' is, it doesn't sound too appealing, and - quite frankly - it's bland to the bone. But, believe it or not, it means something to me.

A few people who really know me can say that I had a difficult time in high school. I never really felt like I belonged in a private school. I'm not really saying that I don't approve of private schools; that's a completely different topic. But to keep this story short, I'll just say that nearly everything I was interested in or believed in was suppressed or rejected there. That was a miserable existence (and the reason behind my new stance, taken directly from Nico Vega's lyrics in her song Beast of America: "Suppression is a motherf*cking prison, so I hand you the key to your cell.")

It was through this hard time that I started hanging around the Craft store more often and stumbled upon this bead company called Cyrstazzi. Their name amused me. It was all I could think about for a while. Eventually, I went back and purchased a bunch of their products, such as pendants, beads, and everything that I could get my hands on that would help me make jewelry.

Finding this new hobby allowed me to stop focusing so much on myself and the school I attended. It made me happy. I was excited to come home from school, take a chain, a pendant, and some beads and make that necklace that I'd been mentally designing that day at school. If anyone else is going through a similar situation where you feel trapped in a bad situation with no way out, I'd advise taking a step back to clear your head. Start a craft, work on repairing that car, go "window shopping," volunteer at an animal shelter or homeless shelter, or anything to take your mind off your situation, even if it's only for a little while. Because sometimes it really helps. It clears your head, like a restart button.

To remember this moment, I took their company's name (Crystazzi) and tweaked it ever so slightly using my name, Kris, to create my internet name Kristazzi. It's not creative or original, but I stick to it like super glue. Because of this, my life became like a phoenix, reborn from the ashes of its prior self. This, along with a few other events, helped shape me as a person, and I'm grateful for these few things that I had.

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Proudest Moment (ft. Bullying) | Winter Blog Challenge

If you don't know what my Winter Blog Challenge is, read this first.

We all have moments that define ourselves; moments where we really shine and stand out above the crowd, or do something unexpected that might have even caught ourselves off guard, but in a good way. It's in these moments that you can rightly feel a sense of pride - your hard work paid off; you accomplished a great feat; or you stuck up for something you truly believe in, and it made a difference.

These moments of accomplishment, however, vary from person to person. To one, rescuing a kitten from harm's way might be the greatest thing he has ever accomplished in his life, and he couldn't be prouder. But in someone else's eyes - someone on the outside - his greatest accomplishment, and proudest moment, could have been getting accepted to one or more of the finest Universities. It's all a matter of perspective.

One of my proudest moments was actually a time when I stood up for myself. Someone I had been friends with - for the sake of this post, I won't reveal who exactly this 'someone' is - completely changed right in front of my eyes. I confided something in this person - something that we were both going through - because I believed I could trust them, and they immediately shut me out. On two separate occasions I asked if I had done something to upset them, and the reply was 'no.' This person then proceeded to lie to me over and over about the most mundane things, they made up stories about me to mutual friends, and kept as much distance between us as physically possible. As confused as I was, I decided that if they wanted to behave like a child for no reason, I'd let them.

Throughout all of this, I learned that what other people say or do is not your responsibility. If someone wants to try and ruin your reputation, let em go ahead and try. If what they're saying about you isn't true, your true friends will realize it right away. The gossiper will end up ruining their own reputation. And if your 'friends' continue to buy into their story, you don't need them. They're not truly looking out for you.

Finally, after putting up with this person's lies and people avoiding me because of what they thought was true, I decided that I had enough. I cut these people out of my life, not because I didn't like them, but because if they would unbudgingly believe lies, they couldn't have really known me or been a true friend. And to the person who bullied me, I sent a message, essentially saying: I won't put up with your bullsh** anymore. I'm a person, too, and you should have the common decency to treat me as such. I thought we were friends, but clearly I was mistaken, I'd appreciate if you'd leave me be from now on.

Just like many other people who find themselves in similar situations, I completely caught myself off guard. I never expected to stand up for myself like that. And there hasn't been a day since then that I've regretted the decision to finally fight back - with my words, not my fists - and cut people off.

If anyone else is in this situation, I'd definitely say that you have to find your own voice. Stand up for the truth, but don't rub it in people's faces. Whatever lies that have been said about you will be cleared up. People will see that you aren't insert lie here. Don't put up with a bully.

For those of you who might, unfortunately, be in a worse situation with a bully, there is always someone you can go to for advice on dealing with this. I know this is a cliche thing to say, but you are not alone. No matter what you may think, you are not the only person who's willing to fight for your life.

Here are some organizations that I follow on Twitter that really care.
If you ever need someone to reach out to, here is a list of people you can talk to:

Please call a Hotline/Lifeline if you feel like you or someone you know is in danger.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK (8255) free 24/7
The Trevor Project Suicide/Crisis Call Center: 1-866-4U-TREVOR
Sexuality Support: 1-800-246-7743
Grief Support: 1-650-321-5272
Depression Hotline: 1-630-482-9696

Also, check out these down to earth, awesome organizations:

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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Winter Blog Challenge 2014

2013 has finally come to a close as we welcome in the new year. Wishing everyone a fantastic new start and a happy January! This month, I'll be continuing with my incomplete November Blog Challenge. I'll upload a post for every few days in January. If you're a blogger who likes a challenge, I welcome you to attempt writing regularly for a month, whether it's this challenge or another one that you find. Let's see what this new year brings!

This season, I'm really excited to share these topics:

Feel free to check back here any time for an updated link list to each post as I upload them.

Until next time,
- Kristazzi