The Fate of the Furious.

Hey guys. It’s been a minute. Just saw The Fate of the Furious with the bro bro. I literally posted an IG Story with a caption that said “date night” but then deleted it cause I felt bad for mysef lmao. … Continue reading

Life.

Life. Literally, life lmao. Me and my girl literally had to see this for our bae, Jake Gyllenhaal, who’s last name I can never spell lmao. We love him. He’s a cutie. We hit the 9:30pm showing in Whittier. This movie theater … Continue reading

Storks.

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Wow. This movie was fucking adorable. Literally exactly what I needed. It was literally so cute haha I love cartoons. I recommend anyone who knows a child to take them. Or hit up a homie haha. It had such a great message at the end that was so relevant to today’s society. Cough cough racism. Definitely didn’t expect that.

Shout out to my homeboy who drove an hour in traffic to meet me at The Grove at 7:45pm. I was coming from downtown so mad traffic too. Los Angeles, you’re killing me. But I was super happy to hang out with him. He’s an old friend I haven’t seen in a minute. We posted in the back so we could chit chat lmao. He’s a fucking nurse in the ER. So much respect for his work man. I wouldn’t last a second.

Anyways. I was super down today bc I gave up my Bad Boy Family Reunion ticket haha. Press passes were super limited so they only gave one ticket per media outlet. Put it in my planner months ago when the tour was announced haha but oh whale. Gave it to our social media girl who she deserves it. One hunnid.

Back to the movie. First of all, had no idea storks were birds haha. My friend had to educate me. Maybe I did but forgot idk. Was literally saying “storkes” all fucking day lmao. -___- Here’s the plot:

Storks have moved on from delivering babies to packages. But when an order for a baby appears, the best delivery stork must scramble to fix the error by delivering the baby.

It was adorable. If I haven’t said that already. Less than an hour and a half too. Go go go.

I hate coming home and having to do laundry. Worst feeling ever haha. So much on my to-do list. I would like to say, I’m being super reflective. I’m analyzing what’s happening in my life and asking “why God?” Defending myself claiming I’m a good person, so why are bad things happening to me?

And I just realized I’m asking the completely wrong question. God got me. K bye.

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TRACK OF THE DAY: My girl just texted me she wanted a crane tattoo and she was bumping this lmao. Solange ftw.

God’s Not Dead 2.

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First of all. Drool. Jesse Metcalfe is gorgeous haha. I was definitely a fan of Desperate Housewives, where he plays the hot gardener Eva Longoria cheats on her husband with. Unfortunately, no shirts off in this movie. But he’s literally suited up as Melissa Joan Hart’s lawyer the entire time. So handsome haha. My friend goes, from gardener to lawyer lmao. Truuuuu.

AMC Century City 15 at 10:30pm. God’s Not Dead 2, have I heard of the first one? You bet not. Ha. But I wanted to take advantage of no deadlines this week. I got off work around 9:30pm and my homegirl hit me. She just got out of Mosaic, the church in Hollywood I got baptized at. It sucks cause I sincerely would like to go to mid-week service but I can’t cause of my work schedule. Sigh.

I asked my gay bestie to go and he said he was d but when he got there he decided to see something else. Honestly, so selfish. And I’ma talk shit and I hope he reads this. But he prob won’t bc he only cares about himself lmao. Shirley mad. But more bc if my other girl didn’t come, he would literally left me hanging. Right when I had arrived to the theater too. Ugh I hope karma is real haha.

Okay but honestly it all worked out, I was so glad my girl came. We had a good time, and actually enjoyed the movie. It wasn’t what I expected at all. It was 2 hours and PG haha. I really didn’t think it would be as religious as it was. But it definitely was educational, especially to non-believers. The majority of the film takes place in the court room, that ends up circling back to the argument of the existence of God. V interesting.

Plot: After answering a student’s (Hayley Orrantia) question about Jesus, a high school teacher (Melissa Joan Hart) faces a court case that could end her career.

First of all, I loved Sabrina The Teenage Witch. That show was my ish haha. Thought it was dope she is still acting. She plays a high school teacher teaching 11th grade. That was my prime year lmao. She basically gets in legal trouble for bringing up Jesus in her AP History class. Such a trip. I feel like it’s so easy to find a reason to sue someone these days.

The movie didn’t get the best reviews, but I think you have to have an interest in religion or believe in God to enjoy this film. I genuinely did, and I think so did my girl. God has really been the solution for me lately, so it was nice to see a movie  actually push the message about having faith. In fact, before the credits rolled, they state “God’s Not Dead.” Feels.

The theater was empty minus like 3 heads. Two chicks sat a couple rows ahead of us and one of them was literally on IG for a good chunk of time. I was like really???? They disappeared mid movie too. Social media is so toxic guys. Minus Twitter, cause you can just talk shit all day long haha.

My day started out lame. I got to an interview and they literally cancelled when we all arrived. So sus. Who does that. It was a group interview with other USC colleagues. Meep. I got my girl to come to Bar Method with me tho! It was fucking hard today. More than usual. It was also the last day of my Groupon ): I hate how fitness classes actually do depend on my finances and what not. Like, it ain’t cheap haha.

Work was chill. Kinda long. 2 hour groups are hard mayne. Long af. Got the longest day tomorrow. Meep. Time for my sleeping pill.

TRACK OF THE DAY: Can never go wrong with Tory.

Risen.

This movie made me feel so weird. So uneasy. So weird haha. My gay bestie wanted to see The Witch, but this was sooner. And I had ADD so I wanted to go sooner. Shoutout to him for bearing this … Continue reading

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

I really want this post to be about the bible study I went to tn, but I’ma follow suit and just title it with the movie I ended up seeing haha. Let’s knock that out of the way haha. Shoutout … Continue reading

God Is Good.

GUYS. I got baptized today. It was honestly so surreal and probably one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life. It wasn’t easy either. It took a lot for commit. I felt so bad… I had bailed about 3x before I finally was just like, DO IT SHIRLEY. I just felt like I was annoying them, but that’s my own insecurities and worries taking over. Even more of a reason to do the damn thang.

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I went to Mosaic in Hollywood. It’s a non-denominational Christian church, and every time I go, I never regret it. My friends brought me here a while back, and I can’t say I’ve been the best at attending. Many asked me today how long I’ve been coming, and it was honestly very hard to admit I haven’t. I joined a kickball league in the summer, and that was my excuse. As I usually do, I tried to make light of the matter and bring humor into the situation to avoid facing reality.

I cried on my way over. I was pretty anxious. I knew I was only going to be worse when I got there. It’s been a long, long journey with God. My parents put me in Christian private schools my whole life, and the religion itself has been engraved in my brain. Going through life and its struggles, I’ve fallen off my walk with God too many times to count. Somehow eventually, I find my way back. My issue was I was angry. I would blame him for all the things that were happening to me, when in reality I was only a victim of my own sins. I have a handful of friends who care a lot about me and have always told me God is the answer. When they would tell me that, I would get so mad at them. They would tell me to pray, and I’d be like, “I’m talking to nobody!”

Okay let’s get to the point. I believe God is the Savior and I need to put all my faith in Him. It isn’t about religion, or how you glorify being a Christian. It’s not about going to church every Sunday, and it’s not about living a perfect life. It’s about believing in Him and asking for forgiveness. I used to hate my parents and blame my crazy strict high school on how I turned out. I acted out and I rebelled. This lead me down a very dark and lonely path.

I understand not everyone agrees with this idea of God existing, and I understand the doubts. The fact of the matter is, I was blessed to be exposed to such positive morals and values. While most may be common sense, the things I’ve learned have molded me into the strong, caring, female adult I am today. It’s about being the best person you can be, and living a life you can genuinely be proud of. Nobody is perfect, and everyone makes mistakes. God always gives you a second, third, fourth chance.

The people at Mosaic are literally nothing short of amazing. While I looked lost, as I was, everyone there was so helpful and quick to offer a helping hand. The reassurance we were given that everything was going to be okay was beyond what I needed. The pastor Rachel who did my baptism, her energy, mayne. I can only strive to be her. She impacted my day more than she’ll ever know. Just so much love, kindness, and positivity, without even trying.

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I honestly feel like the baptism itself went by so fast. Before I knew it I was in the water. Also felt like I was numb for some reason. Oh yeah, started crying when the girl in front of me went. When the doors opened and exposed those of us getting baptized, I saw my friends in the crowd. In that moment, I was so thankful. The fact that they took time out of their Sunday to share such a special moment with me was everything. Shoutout to my LA fam, you girls are my rock.

Driving home, for the first time in my life, I felt at peace. For the first time in a long time, I felt okay. I felt like I was going to be okay. I really had to just cherish the feeling and hold on to it. I’m very quick to go into a negative space, no matter how hard I try not to. I called my best friends from home and shared the news and told them I loved them.

Currently about to go volunteer at an event tonight with the VMA’s. I honestly have no idea what it is, and it’s taking a lot for me to not just crawl into bed. Say no to naps.

“My name is Shirley. Jesus is Lord. And I’m ALL IN.”

TRACK OF THE DAY: Honestly, I’ve always been concerned about the negative stigma associated with rap music. Especially me, who lives, breathes, and sleeps this current wave of hip hop. It’s hard not to get judged when you hear the most ignorant lyrics and you see someone who just thrives off it. Honestly, it is no reflection of how I live my life. I really just appreciate the music in itself and the production behind it.

Here’s a breath of fresh air. Evidence is a dope MC from Los Angeles and part of the rap group Dilated Peoples. Saw this track in a tweet from a writer at DX. Don’t ever forget the good times. Stay up fam.