Growing up my parents didn’t let my siblings and I go trick or treating very often. Instead my dad brought home candy and we watched Halloween cartoons. My parents were very anti-Halloween but that only made me love it more.
Every year after everyone else went to bed I would secretly sneak and watch the scary movie marathons on TV. My mom was so against me watching The Exorcist but in the 6th grade I sat creeped out and in terror watching it on TNT. I loved it! Years later I’m still a scary movie fan and given the choice between a cute romantic comedy or a slasher movie I’ll choose the latter every time. The spookiest night of the year is the perfect time for a few chills and thrills so I put together a list of 10 must watch Halloween movies.
Note: most of these can be streamed from Netflix.
- The Exorcist
- Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers
- Friday the 13th
- The Evil Dead
- Tales from the Hood
- It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!
Did your favorite Halloween movie make the list? What would you add?
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Today marks one year since my brother’s passing. To say this day is full of emotion everywhere I turn would be a gross understatement. I still can’t believe it’s been a year, where did the time go? In the last year I’ve experienced a range of emotions. I’ve been extremely sad, happy, depressed, motivated, angry and sometimes indifferent. I don’t think I realized how much of a toll Maurice’s death would take not just on me but everyone he impacted.
So today I’m reflecting on the last year. I think it’s cliche to lose someone and then declare, “I want to live a better life”. That statement seems so hollow and without a defined purpose. Instead I asked myself, “How will I live a better life?” Maurice’s death forced me to really think about that.
I came up with a short list.
A better life for me means
- Giving more (love, help, time, etc.)
- Being more present
- Being disciplined enough to pursue what I really want at full throttle
- Aligning my actions to my core beliefs
I honestly can’t think of a better way to honor my brother than to live my best life. He wanted the best for all of us. It just sucks he’s not here to experience with me. A year and counting…
One of the most common questions I’m asked about running a business is “How do I overcome my fear and take action?“.
I’m not above fear. There are so many times that I have hesitated to make calls, send emails or submit applications because I was scared. The truth is everybody is scared. Jay-Z even tweeted about it.
Taking risks is scary. It’s scary to put your name and ideas out into the world. But you have to get over it and get out of your own way. You owe it to yourself to test your limits and see how great you can be. Be fearless.
Here are 3 techniques that you can use to work through your fear:
1. Collect your wins
Every time I put something out there and it gets a favorable response I make a mental note of it. The next time I feel the fear creeping in and stopping me from moving forward I think of all of the positives that came from my previous actions. I think you’ll start to realize over time that your success list is longer than your list of failures.
2. Write it down
You have to be honest with yourself about what is causing your resistance. Are you afraid of hearing no? Ask yourself “What are you afraid of?”. Then come up with at least one reason to move forward (I’m sure you’ll be able to think of at least a few). Looking at the reasons why you should do something is more powerful than the one reason you shouldn’t.
3. Just push through
There will be times when you just have to push through and do the things that make you uncomfortable. Does it suck? Of course! Suck it up and do it. If you are serious about being successful in business you know some things have to be done. Take a deep breath, do it and move on.
What are some things you are afraid of? How do you plan to overcome them?
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