Exclusive Q&A with Brenton Thwaites aka Henry Turner- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales #PiratesLifeEvent

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Brenton Thwaites as Henry

Brenton Thwaites, who portrays Henry Turner in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales has been a fan of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies since he was a young boy growing up in Queensland, Australia. No one was more delighted than he to discover that not only had he been cast as the young lead of the film, but that it would film almost entirely in Queensland, Australia! Last week we sat down with him for a Q&A session. He was so friendly and warm. Just look at that charming smile:

Photo credit- Louise Bishop at MomStart.com
Photo credit- Louise Bishop at MomStart.com

How did you become involved on the film?

I auditioned a multiple amount of times with Ron and Chris here in L.A., and then I met the directors at a place in Venice Beach. Then the movie got put on hold for awhile and I re-auditioned about a year later. I met Jerry Bruckheimer and the producers and got the part.

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What’s it like stepping into a role having Elizabeth Swan and Will Turner as your parents and having to take that story on?

I feel as though as it was kind of easier than not having them because they provided such a backstory for my character.  We start the movie, Dead Men Tell No Tales, with the boy version in my character, basically saying I believe there’s a treasure that can break your curse and I can spend more time with you.  And he says, okay, well if there is, go find Jack Sparrow.  He can help you find it.  So I feel like the goal and obligation for my character has already been set and that gives Henry a lot more drive and focus for the whole movie.

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What was it like working opposite Johnny Depp, the iconic Captain Jack Sparrow?

It was terrifying. It’s still terrifying. It’s always terrifying because you never know what he’s gonna say or do and it always results in humiliation for me.  You are always entering a scene thinking this guy now has done five movies worth of Jack Sparrow. And he’s on the ball, irreverent, and impulsive.  You just anticipate what he’s gonna do and say, so that’s great because as an actor it kind of improves your acting in the sense that you’re always open and free and relaxed to go with the flow, but it’s also pretty terrifying.  

So what’s a typical day on set?  

Typically a day on a set for me is I get out of the house at seven; I run down for a quick surf. I get out of the water at eight, rush home, I’m half an hour late. I get picked up eight o’clock so my driver speeds down the highway and risks our lives trying to get to work on time. And then I get made up and sit in the trailer for five hours and then we start working.

The logistics, sets change, and everyday there was something crazy happening.  For this one they like to give the directors all the tools to play around with so we would all come to work. Javier would get made up. Geoffrey would get in makeup. We would all be ready in case they wanted to do some improvised shot or something. They could kinda use any actor at any time.  So it was cool way of shooting but it meant that I got better at my guitar very quickly.  (Oh what I would give to be serenaded by Brenton with his guitar!)

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Since filming you’ve become a father. So what is it like now having done a few Disney films that your baby’s going to see one day?

Well, it’s great being a part of Disney because as a studio it really plays for the younger audiences. I did Maleficent which was released in 2014. It is something I can’t wait for my daughter to see.  Pirates may take a while just because it’s quite scary.  Maleficent is, as well, but there’s moments in Pirates where I even get scared. So I think it might take a while.  I don’t know when- maybe until next year when she’s two.  

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So you came in the fifth movie  and you’re a real newcomer to this whole universe. Do you feel like they value your input as a newcomer?

I think they did value my input as an actor- as an newcomer.  There were so many different characters coming into this one to make it a fresh new thing and I think all the old-school dudes really wanted to make it fresh and exciting. It’s something they hadn’t done before.  So Javier coming on board, myself, Kaya, and the two new directors who- that primarily done independent films were supported and encouraged on this one.

Did you do any special training for your role?

Just sword fighting.  I had a few hand combat fights that we more or less did on the day and the sword fighting stuff we trained three weeks before the principal photographer. I also had to do a little accent work, but I’d done it many times before so I kind of just started right in with that British RP dialect.

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You were recently named the breakthrough performer of the year.  How does that feel?

It’s great. When I first heard of CinemaCon and that I was to get that award, I had no idea what it was to be honest. I did a bit of research and looked at the guys that had received that award in the past five/ten years and kinda just went, “wow, I don’t think I’m in that caliber of actor with those guys”.  But to be even considered or thought of in that same group of actors is really exciting.

You had a lot of scenes with Johnny Depp.  Was he doing things to make you laugh?

Everything. If you guys look closely, me and Kaya, behind the scenes are like this, [covering his face to not laugh], just trying not to laugh. I was looking down and away.  I was shaking [trying not to laugh].

Photo credit- Louise Bishop at MomStart.com

Photo credit- Louise Bishop at MomStart.com

What was it like when you first walked onto the set and see it all?  What were you thinking; what were your emotions?

I was thinking, “wow, it’s really rained” because my first day on the set, it had been pouring for months or weeks and the town of St. Martin which was a farm town called Maudsland, which was about twenty minutes west of the studio, was covered in mud.  Everything was [muddy and] they kinda used it in the movie which is really cool and dramatic and adds to the dirtiness of the pirate’s world, but I remember thinking I’m gonna have to get some new shoes.   It’s squelching and you’re squelching around.  I had a scene where my character Henry is hiding behind a pillar and he’s spying on Jack Sparrow. I remember thinking, “wow, what a perfect way to start the movie, to see Jack Sparrow drinking rum in the middle of the street, and the whole, whole parade of red soldiers trying to catch him.”

How many locations did you film at and did you have a favorite location?

We shot at about five or six different locations; mainly the studios.  I was talking about Saint Martins Square twenty minutes west of the studios where all the mud was.  We shot there for a good month and a half and we shot in Northern New South Wales. They had a beautiful beach- both Hastings Point for our entrance into Saint Martins, I think the coastal element.

And my favorite location was up on Hamilton Island, shooting out on the Great Barrier Reef.  We had some days we shot at a beach called White Haven Beach which is beautiful squeaky beach.  When you walk on the sand, it squeaks which is not so good for the sound, but it’s great for effect, and it looks beautiful, and I think we had the most fun right there. Javier’s like a five year old kid.  As soon as he finishes a scene, he stripping off,jumping in the sea, playing, and fighting in the sand.  It was the funniest thing I’ve ever seen.

Photo credit- Louise Bishop at MomStart.com

Photo credit- Louise Bishop at MomStart.com

Once the film is put together and you got to see what they did, can you tell us what that was like for you?

The visual effects side of things for this one was mostly behind the actor’s consciousness.  In Maleficent, it was a lot of work that we would have to do with our imaginations to be specifically creating creatures that weren’t there.  On Gods of Egypt, we did the same thing, but on Pirates, we were lucky because all of Javier’s makeup and all the ghosts were there.  They looked fantastic. The sets were real. They had beautiful set pieces that allowed us to play and feel like we were actually in the space.  The CGI (computer generated imagery), I was surprised to see Javier’s hair. It was mainly in the background, the CGI stuff which gave it this great depth of field when you watch it.  But for us, we were luck that we had so much given to us on the day.   

Speaking of set pieces, did you take anything from the set?

I didn’t, but if this ever gets back to the producer, I would’ve liked to have taken a rowboat because my mom’s in the corner over there; I told her before we wrap the movie that I would bring her a rowboat home and make a veggie garden out of it.

What is your hope that audience takes away from the film?

I just hope they’re entertained. This kind of movie with all the genres slotted into this two hour gap. It’s the kind of movie that never loses its drive and has so many action pieces, set pieces,comedic elements, romance,supernatural. There’s something for everyone in this movie.  So I hope everyone takes something from it and connects with the characters.

Photo credit- Louise Bishop at MomStart.com
Photo credit- Louise Bishop at MomStart.com

Check out my Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales review and Los Angeles Premiere experience. Go see Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales in theaters TODAY!!!

Johnny Depp returns to the big screen as the iconic, swashbuckling anti-hero Jack Sparrow in the all-new “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.” The rip-roaring adventure finds down-on-his-luck Captain Jack feeling the winds of ill-fortune blowing strongly his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea—notably Jack. Jack’s only hope of survival lies in the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it he must forge an uneasy alliance with Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), a brilliant and beautiful astronomer, and Henry (Brenton Thwaites), a headstrong young sailor in the Royal Navy. At the helm of the Dying Gull, his pitifully small and shabby ship, Captain Jack seeks not only to reverse his recent spate of ill fortune, but to save his very life from the most formidable and malicious foe he has ever faced.

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DIY Solutions for Common HVAC Problems

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HVAC stands for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. Essentially, your HVAC system maintains a comfortable temperature within your home, by cycling air in and out of your home.

Your HVAC system works hard every day, without a break, cooling exterior air and removing warm air from inside. As such, it will occasionally face some problems with or without regularly scheduled maintenance. While some HVAC problems will require a professional repair company, a competent homeowner can fix other issues and perform maintenance duties on the unit.

Common problems generally come from dirty or clogged air filters, clogged drains in your HVAC system, debris from around the outside unit, or low refrigerant. Like any technological, hard-working system, regularly maintenance is highly advised. Below are some common HVAC problems that, fortunately, have do-it-yourself solutions.

Dirty or Clogged Air Filter

One of the simplest and most common problems with any HVAC system comes from a dirty or clogged air filter. Since it’s recommended that you change your air filter every 3-4 months, neglecting to do so means your system isn’t running at its top efficiency. Think of it like removing lint from your dryer, but on a grander scale. The passage of air is what makes the HVAC capable of cooling or heating your home.

If your HVAC unit becomes clogged, airflow slows down or may even come to a complete stop. This can also cause your system to shutdown or even breakdown completely. To avoid being forced to pay for a new system sooner than necessary, take the time to change your filter every 3-4 months, or more frequently if you live in a dusty area or have pets that also live in the home.

Clogged Drains

In addition to cleaning out shower drains and sinks, your HVAC unit also has a drainage system that can get clogged if neglected for too long. If your HVAC system’s drains get clogged, it’s possible that this could lead to major water damage, which can be one of the most complicated and costly repairs for a home.

If you notice a leak near your air conditioner, make sure to address the problem immediately. If it looks like you can fix the problem yourself, go ahead and get out the wet-dry vacuum to clean the drain line. Then, run a water hose through the line to make sure it’s clear. If the job looks more complicated than a quick fix, call a professional to make sure the job is done right.

Remove Debris from Outside Unit

Similar to cleaning your air filter, it’s also important to clean the area around the exterior unit. If nothing else, make sure there are no piles of leaves or excess dirt around the base of the unit and trim back shrubbery to increase airflow. If the exterior unit is too crowded, the system can become overworked just trying to find air to bring into the home.

For those who want to take this a step further, take some time to remove the cage from your exterior unit and clean it with a garden hose or brush. The more air that circulates in and out of your home, the better your HVAC system will run year-round. This type of job should also be performed regularly.

Preventative Maintenance

All in all, preventative maintenance is key for any homeowner. Similar to changing filters and oil on your vehicle, an HVAC system requires regular maintenance and inspections to work well consistently. This means checking filters, cleaning debris from the exterior unit, and cleaning the drainage system.

Some weekend handymen might want to take their inspections a step further, but most HVAC problems come from clogged drains and dirty filters. If you’re not experienced with electricity, it’s not a good idea to dive into fixing more complicated issues, such as faulty wiring or low refrigerant problems.

For Freon leaks or any other signs that you might need to change your AC unit, make sure to call a professional to come out and evaluate your HVAC problems. Since your air conditioning system is likely the most expensive and most used device in your home, maintain what you can and call a professional for larger, more difficult jobs.

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Exclusive with Geoffrey Rush aka Captain Barbossa From Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales #PiratesLifeEvent

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We sat down with the talented Geoffrey Rush aka Captain Barbossa for a Q&A. Geoffrey was so interesting to listen to. He is quite the story teller and the time just flew. Here are a few things he shared with us:

Photo credit- Louise Bishop at MomStart.com
Photo credit- Louise Bishop at MomStart.com

On his character, Barbossa:

I think in the first one before I actually entered into the story, he (Barbossa) was described rather fearfully by the two pirates that are now my assistants. ‘He’s spat out from the mouth of hell.’ Which is to me that was the key line. I thought, well, whenever I enter into this story, if you don’t see that then he’s a liar. So, he was pretty much the dark villain of the piece. He is a sort of poignant but rather ridiculous comic madman.

The director said I’ve been toying with the idea of the British rock stars of the ‘60s because the pirates always had sort of clear-cut identities. The real black beard used to have fuse wire burning in his beard that when people saw him they thought he was the devil. That (story) would go from ship to ship from port to port. So I said with Barbossa I wanna make him very arrogant and very pompous and very superior and maybe a bit slightly self-diluted about how bright he actually. Penny Rose, the Costume Designer, gave me this great kind of flamboyant outfit and I was a bit more like a glam rock star.

Then when I worked for the king in Pirates 4 I really insisted that I have a very elaborate wig and lovely makeup and a beauty spot. The teeth were always the same. And then, unfortunately, when he put on the courtly makeup with his crusty skin, he didn’t look any prettier. Barbossa isn’t somebody with any sense of personal style whatsoever. He wouldn’t care if he mixed checks with stripes.

Photo credit- Louise Bishop at MomStart.com

Photo credit- Louise Bishop at MomStart.com

On coming back from the dead:

Gore phoned me up and said,”we’re gonna go to Asia.” And I said, “well, that’s great. You’ll all have a marvelous time. It was really fun being in the first film.” He said, “oh, no, no, no. We’ll go to Asia. We’re gonna have a new sort of Asian villain that Chow Yun-fat played. You’re gonna come back as a very secret surprise right in the end of the second film.” I said, “oh, right. How? I’m dead!” He said, “Well,  it’s gonna be voodoo.” I said, “What do you mean Movie magic?” He said,” No, Tia Dalma needs you to get all the global pirates together to break the curse. It’ll become a big part of the story.” So, I sort of became like a politician. I was the guy getting the global pirate “G20” meeting together. And that was fun to play, because he’s a control freak and he loves thinking he’s the most powerful person on the planet.

On Johnny Depp (“Captain Jack Sparrow”):
It was just fantastic to think someone like Johnny was the king of the independent films, (with) great characters like Edward Scissor Hands and What’s Eating Gilbert Grape and all of the things that he did. For him to create such a unique, unpredictable pirate — there’s nothing like it in literature or cinema before. And he got nominated for a Best Actor, which is just fantastic. These actual adventure films just don’t really get a look in on that territory. But I remember him telling me when we shot the first film, we can’t be stereotypes. We’ve gotta create really imaginative kind of people that an audience will get very engaged with.

On Captain Jack Sparrow:
We’ve sort of decided now that The Black Pearl is our mutual girlfriend and we both want her.

"PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES"..The villainous Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem) pursues Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) as he searches for the trident used by Poseidon...Pictured: Geoffrey Rush (Barbossa)..Ph: Film Frame..© Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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On Barbossa’s peg leg:

I think back in the days when Robert Newton played Long John Silver. I think he did with the leg strapped up which would’ve been painful. So, I went down that path and talked to a prosthetist who specializes in amputees. The engineering they do now is molded beautifully in titanium or whatever. It’s amazing engineering. (You have) to train it to be a good part of you. And when I had it strapped up, I couldn’t stand up. I mean it was just impossible. And I said, “You know what? I’ll act the leg.” I wore a blue screen stocking  that I made sure that we made the heel of it like the point that it would be. And I just got good at having that leg had no life in it. And there were shocking bits. Do you remember in the fourth film Jack and I are both tied up in trees and you think this is one of the situations where Jack Sparrow, he will not or cannot get out of this scenario. They’re surrounded by Spanish guards and I suggested, “Can I unscrew the leg and take it off?” And I had rum inside and was using it, which was kind of nice. At first I said I’ll take it off and it’ll sort of spring a weapon or something like that, but rum seemed good. But they made up the end of my knee to look like kind of pulpy like a wound that had never really (healed). It should be pretty ugly, because they would’ve bite this bullet. They would’ve sawed it off. He actually took his own leg off to escape from Black Beard’s ship. So, I quite like that there was that ruthlessness that he would damage himself to stay alive.

"PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES"..The villainous Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem) pursues Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) as he searches for the trident used by Poseidon..Ph: Film Frame..©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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On Jack the Monkey:
Yes, the monkey’s great. The monkey’s trained to really have no relationship with me because if it did it would just be looking for things to eat in my wig. Also they’re very loyal to their owner if trained correctly. So, if I pulled a sword or somebody yelled fire or whatever, the monkey would just go. They’re very high strung. They would leap away and do all that sort of stuff. So the monkey is completely in the hands of the trainer. And the trainers are brilliant. They’re able to throw in all the instructions in around the dialogue.

The monkey in the first movie was Tara. In subsequent movies the part was played by Pablo and Chiquita. Chiquita was slightly smaller and she was better for fitting under the hat. Pablo was slightly bigger. He was supposed to do all the stunt work. There was one scene where the monkey had to swim from one boat to the other and Pablo got on the edge of the boat and just froze and thought, you know, there’s no way I’m doing this. So, you know, Chiquita got on. “I’ll do it!” And, she jumped in and swam. They were a good team.They would always be eating, getting peanut rewards or little bits of dried banana and stuff like that. And I used to love it. It was very comforting because I’d feel them on my shoulder going, eee eee eee eee eee eee ehuh-eee eee. You know, making all those little noises. And you just get very warm soft, aromatic, peanut breath. So, every time I had the monkey in the scene there was a real kind of  connection.

When we shot on the Gulf Coast on the last one, I was in having a costume fitting. And they said Pablo’s having his costume fitting, because they wear the little pants and everything and this little frilly shirt. And he came in and then- this has been five years or something. And he looked across the room at me and went [KISSING NOISE]. And it was so sweet. And it was so sweet. I said to Martin, “It looked like he (the monkey) was going, Geoff, it’s been five years. We’re baaaack.” I said to Martin, “Would he remember me over five years?” He said, “Yeah, he’d remember the smell of your ear wax.”

It was so sweet. He (Pablo) gave me as a wrap gift. He gave me a painting that he did. It’s really amazing. And it’s framed.It’s got these mad, green spreads, like abstract – I call it abstract simian expressionism. And then there’s some yellow over on this side. It’s really quite artistic. I don’t know what that is. That could’ve been the contents of the diaper that he wears. It’s signed (with his paw print). It’s an original by Pablo.

"PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES" The villainous Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem) pursues Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) as he searches for the trident used by Poseidon Ph: Film Frame ©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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On Kaya Scodelario (“Carina Smyth”):

Kaya is such a gorgeous actress, and she’s got a very feisty, natural funky quality. My daughter worked on the film in the costume department, and they’re the same age. And I don’t know if Skin’s shown here in the states. It was very popular teenage series in the UK, and Kaya played one of the main characters in that. And I love the fact that she’s extolled as being this really brilliant, female astronomer. And the fact that for all of her rationale, empirical, scientific aspiration, she still has to deal with the fact that somebody like Salazar existed as well, who’s supernatural.

Photo credit- Louise Bishop at MomStart.com

Photo credit- Louise Bishop at MomStart.com

Check out my Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales review and Los Angeles Premiere experience. Go see Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales starting May 26th.


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Chatting with Javier Bardem aka Captain Salazar From Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales #PiratesLifeEvent

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We sat down for a candid interview with Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales newcomer Javier Bardem. Javier plays Captain Salazar, the villainous ghost captain who is searching for Captain Jack Sparrow to exact his revenge. I think we scared him a little when he walked into a room of 25 applauding women. He said he was only expecting 1 or 2 women but we promised to go easy on him. Here’s what we learned:

DeadMenTellNoTales58e6b3c15b2b9Javier told us it took 3 hours to get his makeup applied. We asked how he was able to portray really intense emotions through all of the makeup and Javier replied,”Very good question, that was one of my concerns to see if my facial expression can go through the mask. The makeup people did an amazing job and once I had the mask on my face, I realized that I could express myself through it, which is important. Otherwise, your performance is killed by it. One of the things that these special effects people have done so well in this movie is that they brought magic into the performance without killing it, like the hair, it’s fantastic.” It was done in just the right way that it didn’t “kill the physicality of the performance”. I have to agree with Javier on this. The hair is “hypnotic“. The directors came up with this amazing idea. Wait until you see how his hair just floats in the air as if it were underwater. It is one of my favorite special effects in the movie.

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Ever wonder what it would be like talking with the black goo coming out of your mouth? Javier said it was like talking through monkey poo.  We all laughed at that. “It was a liquid. They told me it was supposed to be like chocolate, chocolate my ***. It taste worse than that and they were supposed to put it on the teeth. I said give me that, so I drank it and then I went to play the first scene. I think it was with Geoffrey Rush and it starts to pour out of my mouth and he was very disgusted.

"PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES"..The villainous Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem) pursues Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) as he searches for the trident used by Poseidon..Ph: Film Frame..©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Javier described the intensity and drive of his character so well “I thought it (the black goo) was like a rage pouring out. It’s not blood. It’s like the rage of the character coming out, like something more physical, like a bull. I’d always thought the character was like a bull, like a wounded bull with the blood and moving like wounded and breathing like out of breath and with a very strong idea for revenge towards [Jack Sparrow].

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Photo credit- Louise Bishop at MomStart.com

Javier got involved with the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise in 2010 when he went to the set to visit his wife Penelope Cruz who was in the 4th movie and he was very envious. He was jealous of special effects, the sword fights, wardrobe, etc. So Javier said to Jerry Bruckheimer, “Jerry, please give me a job!” 5 years later he was finally given the role. Javier loved the idea that he would get to play the same character in 2 different ways- alive and dead. His character is all about pride and honor when he was alive and then pain and revenge when he was dead. Javier pulled inspiration to portray his role from the idea of a wounded animal. He wanted to bring bullfighting culture to his part and bring some of that flavor to his role.

"PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES"..The villainous Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem) pursues Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) as he searches for the trident used by Poseidon..Ph: Film Frame..©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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How does Javier like to spend his down time? He enjoys drawing faces, bodies, and expressions. He loves using a pencil and sketching. I’d love an original Javier Bardem sketch, wouldn’t you?

"PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES"..The villainous Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem) pursues Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) as he searches for the trident used by Poseidon..Ph: Film Frame..©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

One question on many of our minds was what it was like to work with Johnny Depp. Javier said he met Johnny in 1999, on the set of the movie, Before Nightfall. He said that Johnny is caring, funny, a gentleman, and he doesn’t give himself much importance at all. I remember that it was so hot, we were sitting on a roof and it was summertime. It was 3 p.m. People were like fainting out of the heat, and there was only one umbrella and of course the production went running to give him (Johnny) with the umbrella and he was like no. The umbrella is not for me. The umbrella is for Javier because that’s the guy who has to keep shooting when I leave. You need to protect him. And that was without making too much noise about it, but I saw that and I thought that talks a lot about him.”

When I do the movie now, in 2015, he was the same guy except that he’s playing Jack Sparrow which is an iconic character. He becomes Jack Sparrow and he’s so funny to watch and he will do and say anything and he will be brilliant. I had to cut the scene sometimes because I was laughing. He’s a great colleague and a beautiful guy.

"PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES"..The villainous Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem) pursues Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) as he searches for the trident used by Poseidon..Pictured: Javier Bardem (Captain Salazar)..Film Frame..© Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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Make sure to check out my upcoming interviews of some of the other actors in this movie. They shared a similar sentiment about Johnny Depp’s ability to make everyone around him laugh.

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Check out my Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales review and Los Angeles Premiere experience. Go see Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales starting May 26th.


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5 Signs That Show You’re Not Sleeping Enough at Night

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Sleep deprivation is a serious issue that far too many people take for granted. There are many associated effects, such as feeling moody and poor memory, that can seriously harm our lifestyle and careers. While many busy people swear by getting just a couple hours of sleep per day, they’re actually damaging their health in the long term. Our bodies need time to recharge and that’s where sleeping comes in, so if you deprive your body of that privilege then you’re ultimately going to encounter adverse health effects that could eventually lead to serious complications.

It’s clear to many people that a good night’s sleep is important, but there are still too many people that take this too lightly. If you’re unsure if you’re sleep deprived or not, then here are a couple of signs that show you’re not sleeping enough at night.

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You Always Feel Tired During the Day

This is one of the more obvious points, but it still has to be said. Your tiredness might not be because of the physical work you do at your job, it probably isn’t because of your diet and it might not be because you’re overexerting yourself—it’s probably because you aren’t sleeping enough. If you aren’t getting at least 7 hours of sleep at night, then chances are you’re probably depriving yourself of the sleep that your body needs. Try your best not to stress your body out and get an hour or two of shut-eye at night and you’ll find yourself yawning less. However, if you get a good 7-8 hours of sleep per night and you still feel tired, then you may want to speak with your doctor to ensure it’s not an underlying health problem. If you’re having trouble falling asleep, then replacing your mattress with something new, getting luxury California King sheets and adjusting your pillows to the way you sleep can make a huge difference in comfort.

You’re Constantly Having Mood Swings

The amount of sleep you get at night and your mood are closely linked. Most people already know that if you wake up early or you don’t get enough sleep, you’re in an irritable and foul mood that can quickly spiral out of control. Not only are you more susceptible to mood swings, but it can also make you more aggressive in some situations, you might feel stressed out and there are times when a lack of sleep can make you feel hopeless and sad. This mental exhaustion can have damaging long-term effects if not managed correctly. If you’re limited yourself to less than 6 hours of sleep per day, then you’ll notice a dramatic and immediate difference in your mood after you resume a regular sleeping schedule.

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You Find It Difficult to Remember Things

Poor sleep quality can actually contribute to memory loss and even brain deterioration in the elderly. However, even for young people, a lack of sleep can make it difficult to remember certain things. Sleep helps to keep your mind healthy so that you have an easier time acquiring and recalling memories. A lack of sleep reverses this effect, and you’ll find it’s a lot more difficult to recall memories when you’re running on fumes. This can harm your work and make it difficult for you to perform daily tasks.

You’re Getting Sick More Easily Than Before

A lack of sleep has actually been shown to negatively affect your immune system. As you sleep, your body naturally bolsters its immune system by releasing proteins called cytokines. These help you fight infections, inflammations and even the effects of stress. A lack of sleep prevents these cytokines from being produced by your body and your immune system will be weakened as a result. If you want to stay healthy and stop falling ill, then remember to stick to a regular sleeping schedule and get at least 7 hours of sleep per night.

You’re Making Mistakes at Work and Can’t Focus

If you’ve ever been at work talking to someone then suddenly zone out, chances are your focus is probably shot and you need a little bit more sleep. It’s hard to focus after sleeping just a couple of hours because your brain hasn’t had time to rest and recuperate. This negatively affects your work and you might find yourself dozing off at the wheel or during work. Driving while drowsy is incredibly dangerous and is equal to driving while drunk—something that comes with a serious penalty. Instead of relying on copious amounts of caffeine, get some more sleep so that your brain has time to recover from the previous day. This will help you in preventing mistakes, it will increase your focus, and you will ultimately be more productive throughout the day.

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A Peek Inside Walt Disney’s Private Offices #BambiBluray

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walt's officesGrowing up in South Florida with easy access to Walt Disney World I have always been a fan of all things Disney but never in my wildest dreams would I have predicted that I would one day have the chance to peek inside Walt Disney’s office where all the magic happened from 1940-1966. Just think about all the films that came out during that era- HELLO, BAMBI! Being inside this 3rd floor office suite was so surreal. Our tour started out in Walt’s secretary’s office where his secretary, Tammie Wilck, worked for Walt Disney until 1968, just a few years after his death and when the office closed. Can’t you just picture her sitting there taking notes for Mr. Disney?

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Once the office was closed, Dave Smith found the archives in Suite 3H and inventoried everything in Walt Disney’s offices. Over the years the office has been remodeled several times and occupied by several people such as Disney President and CEO Ron Miller (1972-1984), Disney President and Chief Operating Officer Frank Wells and Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer Michael Eisner (1986-1990), Disney Vice Chairman of the Board Roy E. Disney (1991-2003), Producers Shaun Cassidy and Ned Nalle (2008-2011), and Producers Marc Cherry and Sabrina Wind (2011-2015). In 2015 the offices in 3H were renovated to look like how they had looked when Walt Disney originally occupied them and they were reopened as a permanent exhibit honoring Walt Disney.

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Walt Disney had 2 different offices, one just past the other. Each office was filled with pictures, knick knacks, and memorabilia that Walt loved. The first one was his Formal Office where he conducted most of his business. It is where he held appointments with important guests and conducted important business. It is said that he spent at least a few minutes each day behind his “formal desk” signing letters to fans and business associates around the world.20170518_131732

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Walt Disney even had a grand piano in his office where composers and songwriters such as Leopold Stokowski and the Sherman Brothers were known to stop by to play for Mr. Disney. I can just imagine what it must have been like when other famous voices would stop by the office and gather around the piano to play tunes for Walt Disney!piano sign

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Just past the formal office was Walt Disney’s working office. This is where Walt spent most of his days meeting with producers, directors, writers, artists, and others. He conducted his daily business here and the room was often filled wall to wall with people. I wonder who graced these halls? Who stopped by to go over ideas for new projects and movies with Walt Disney in this office? Historians say that sometimes the office was so crowded that people had to sit on the floor. Imagine sitting on the floor in Walt Disney’s office with him going over ideas?!??!20170518_131810

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Walt’s office suite even had a kitchenette. I wonder how many late nights he spent at his office needing to fix himself a quick meal? Who did Walt serve meals to in this kitchenette? Such history right in front of my eyes. The whole experience was surreal.

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You can see in the pictures below how much attention to detail the archivists took when recreating Walt’s office to be exactly the way it was when he occupied it. This private room and gallery space is where his private quarters were located. It was designed as an apartment/overnight space but he rarely used it as such. Usually he just used this space to relax at the end of the day.

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There was no shortage of pictures on the walls and knick knacks on shelves. Walt Disney surrounded himself with things he loved. Look at all these caricatures, cartoons, and sketches of Walt Disney.

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There was even a torch from the 1960 Olympics!

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It wasn’t part of Walt’s office but I wanted to share another special photo with you. As we left Walt’s office and made our way to another building we were taken down to a special underground tunnel. What’s so special about this tunnel? It was built so artists could take the cells of movies they were working on from one building to another without worrying about it getting wet if it was raining outside. I wonder what movie cells passed through this tunnel that I passed through? I get chills just thinking about it!

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Exclusive Interview With The Voices of Bambi and Thumper Plus Paul Felix, Visual Development Artist at Walt Disney Animation Studios #BambiBluray

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BambiThe beloved classic movie, Bambi, is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. In honor of this special anniversary it joined Walt Disney’s Signature Collection today on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere. It will be released on Blu-ray, DVD, and On-Demand on June 6th. The collection release will include a variety of bonus features and I will be reviewing it in an upcoming post. There is also a special deal going on right now. Disney Movie Rewards is offering a beautiful tank top featuring Paul Felix art inspired by BAMBI, for only $9.99 with every digital purchase/redemption of BAMBI.   Learn more about the tank top promotion here.
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Did you ever wonder what it was like to work with Walt Disney? Or what it was like to be a part of a classic Disney movie? During our trip to Los Angeles last week we had the unique opportunity last week to interview with 2 of the original voices from the movie. Disney Archivist Becky Cline moderated as interviewed  Donald “Donnie” Dunagan (young voice of “Bambi”) and Peter Behn (young voice of “Thumper”). We also interviewed  Paul Felix, Visual Development Artist at Walt Disney Animation Studios who was inspired by Tyrus Wong (animator on Bambi).
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Here are the top things we learned:

~Hand-drawn Artwork and Attention to Detail

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Bambi was released in 1942 during World War II. It took over 5 years to make due to its exquisite hand-drawn artwork and attention to detail. Paul Felix told us how the studio went on strike and moved during the time Bambi was being made which also delayed the project. It was supposed to come out after Snow White but ended up coming after Pinocchio and Fantasia. They had to cut some of the movie out and only do what they could afford at the time. Paul also told us that one important thing that Disney animators of the time had to learn to do was learn how to create animals with faces that could emote dialog. A good example of this is comparing how lifelike and realistic the deer in Bambi are compared to the deer in Snow White that are stiff and don’t have much life to them.

~The Zen of Bambi

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Paul Felix shared with us how he feels Bambi is special because the themes are so broad. It deals with the reality of the world and has a zen-like simplicity that is profound. He also went on to talk about how the movie is so powerful even today because it shows how the connection between mother and child is so primal and relatable.

~There Were No Auditions For Thumper

 

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Peter Behn’s father was a screenwriter in the 1920’s. He knew Walt Disney and brought Peter in to audition for the voice of Bambi but Donnie beat him out. They didn’t think his voice was right for Bambi but they thought his voice was right for “the rabbit” character. They never held auditions for Thumper, as they knew Peter was right for the part. He was only 4 years old at the time and the tender age of 5 when he voiced his character.

~Donnie Dunagan Knew What He Wanted As a Boy

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Donnie Dunagan grew up dirt poor and his family entered him in a talent contest when he was 4 years old. In the contest he danced with a paper bag hat and a stick from a tree to the song, A Tisket A Tasket. He won and caught the eye of a talent scout! He went on to be a child actor at the age of 5 years old. He did lots of films as a child, 7 before the age of 5 1/2 years old, but when is agent told him not to take the role of Bambi he fired his agent. Talk about a boy who knew what he wanted!

~Peter Behn Only Saw Bambi Once In His Youth

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Peter Behn saw Bambi at the premiere and then didn’t see it again for a long time. I hadn’t thought about it before but back in those days they didn’t have DVDs, VHS tapes, or Netflix so movies were just seen in theaters when they came out.

~Commanding Officer Bambi

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Donnie went on to become a commanding officer in the Marine Corp but he didn’t tell anyone about his role in Bambi. He was afraid they would tease him- “My commanding officer is Bambi!” He didn’t even tell his wife about his role in Bambi when they were first married. It took her finding an old box of memorabilia and fan letters for Donnie to tell his wife all about his Disney past.

~A True Leader

When asked about what it was like to work with Walt Disney Donnie said that Walt was very helpful, a true leader. He was not a feared boss but instead a very hands on leader who was approachable and helped everyone.

~Recording The Voices

The voices were recorded first and then the artwork was created based on the recordings. The audio was transcribed with a needle on a plastic device because they didn’t have the digital technology like they do today.

~”Your Mother Is In Trouble”

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To get Peter to say his lines the director would read the lines and Peter would mimic him with inflection because he was too young to read the lines well. When Donnie was recording the scene where Bambi’s mother dies the director thought that Donnie sounded too happy and not sad enough. He told Donnie to pretend “Your mother is in trouble. Call your mother!”

~Bambi’s Legacy Lives On Today

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Peter shared with us how Walt Disney was ahead of his time in protecting the environment as shown in Bambi. This speaks to his forward thinking and awareness of environmental issues. The legacy of Bambi still lives on today.

~Bambi is Forever

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The most touching part of our interview was when Donnie shared with us, with a quivering voice and tears in his eyes, that Bambi is forever. He showed us the letters he still receives from children from all over the world.

~Advice For Aspiring Animators

While Paul Felix is known for designing settings over characters he said anyone interested in becoming an animator should draw from life, draw both buildings and people. Try painting with watercolors and create a mood with colors. Don’t limit yourself. Learn art history to ground yourself in art and design.

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Make sure to check out the 75th anniversary Walt Disney Signature Collection Bambi on Digital HD May 23rd and Blu-ray June 6th!

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potc premiere 2Last week I had the amazing opportunity to attend the Los Angeles premiere of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man Tell No Tales. The movie was amazing, the best one in the franchise yet in my opinion. I’ll tell you more in a bit but first let’s talk red teal carpet. Dolby premiereI have attended several red carpet premieres with Disney in the last few years but they have all be at the El Capitan Theater. This one was different because it was at the Dolby Theatre- where the Oscars take place. Yes, I was in the same theatre where all the stars gather for the Oscars! Of course it was so much fun getting to dress up. I even had on my black pearls in honor of The Black Pearl. 😉potc premiereThe night started with walking down the teal carpet and of course taking lots of pictures. Walking the carpet was lots of fun with tons of pirates, stilt walkers, jugglers, and plenty of photo opps. It was a festive atmosphere with pirate themed music and everyone was having a jolly good time.

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Once we entered the Dolby Theatre we were met with 4 floors of food, drinks, and activities. There was plenty of pirate themed things including the table decor. Skull on tableThere was lots for guests to do. My friends and I had fun walking around and taking it all in. They had a make your own treasure chest station, several photobooths, and even airbrush tattoo stations. My favorite activity was the makeup station where they had makeup artists touch up our makeup. Thank you LORAC!

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Another exciting part of going to an L.A. movie premiere is rubbing elbows with celebrities and this premiere was no different. Here are a few celebrities that we took pictures with.

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so close When the party was over we made our way to our seats to watch the movie. To our surprise some of the cast and directors came out on stage right before the movie started. Look how close I was to the stars of the movie when they took the stage. That’s me in the 3rd row. I was breathing the same air as Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom. Swoon!!!!

(Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney) HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 18: (L-R) Producer Jerry Bruckheimer, Director Espen Sandberg, actors Brenton Thwaites, Geoffrey Rush, Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Orlando Bloom, Kaya Scodelario and Director Joachim Ronning at the Premiere of Disney’s and Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA

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POTC PosterAre you excited to see Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales? I really loved the movie and can’t wait to take my family to see it this weekend. It comes out May 26th just in time for Memorial Day weekend. In this 5th installment Captain Jack Sparrow is being hunted by villain Captain Salazar who is seeking revenge on Jack for taking everything from him years earlier. We get to see a young Jack in a flashback and it is amazing how the special effects team made Johnny Depp look so young.

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The special effects are also incredible as they make Captain Salazar’s hair seem to float around him. Another favorite thing in this movie for me are the ghost pirates and ghost sharks. Ghost pirates and a ghost shark, what’s not to love, right? We interviewed several members of the cast as well as the directors so keep an eye out for upcoming posts to learn more about the making of the movie.

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales has something for everyone. Of course like the other Pirates of the Caribbean movies it has lots of action and swashbuckling adventure. And as usual it has Captain Jack Sparrow’s rum fueled antics and witty remarks.

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We get to meet new characters like Henry Turner, the son of Will Turner and Elizabeth Swan, and Carina Smyth, the smart, spunky astronomer who shows the men in the movie just how smart and strong a woman can be.  We learn a little more of Jack’s history and the origin of his name. This movie also has a lot of heart. You might even shed a tear or two during the movie like I did. Let me know what you think when you see it.

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As many of you know I had gastric sleeve surgery a little over a year ago. I know I’ve been bad at keeping with with posting about my weight loss and I apologize for that. I am now down about 80 pounds.  I sometimes forget how far I’ve come until I see pictures of where I started. A friend of mine encouraged me to compare pictures of me on the red carpet in the past with my red carpet picture from this premiere so I wanted to share the comparison with you. If you’re thinking of having gastric sleeve and would like to know more about my experiences, please feel free to contact me.
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Just Breathe: Improving Your Physical, Mental And Emotional Health

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Spring is finally merging into summer, and as the seasons change a lot of us find ourselves feeling in need of making a few changes. Here are a few tips on how you can improve your physical, mental and emotional health this summer…

Your Physical Health

Get In Shape

First of all, it’s time to get in shape. Forget everything you’ve been told about developing a bikini body for the beach this summer – let’s face it, if you have a body and it’s in a bikini then that’s all you need! Instead, focus on the way that you feel. Being strong and being able to run after your toddler without getting out of breath and noticing that you’re getting stronger and more supple so your balance is better – all those things are much more important and invaluable than what exactly you weigh. If you don’t usually walk around much then now might be the time to make that change – leave the car at home when you pick your kids up from school or the bus stop in the evenings and give the environment a break as well!

Start A Class

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If you’ve never gone to a fitness class, now might just be the time to start. No one’s saying that you immediately have to start a rigorous schedule of circuit training, but if you find it hard to run on a treadmill without getting bored then a class might be a much better option for you. You could learn to swim better or even do a water fitness class at your local pool – those might be great options if you’re a little overweight because the water will support your weight and prevent your joints from getting sore or injured. If you want to focus on strengthening your core muscles then pilates might be a good fit for you, while yoga is great for anyone who wants to get flexible and supple. If you’re more of an active person, try out zumba and dance the night away as you do aerobics to Latin music.

Start Cooking From Scratch

If you’ve never been in the habit of cooking your meals from scratch, now is the time to start. A lot of pre-packaged food tends to contain a lot of additives, along with added sugar that you really don’t need in your diet – not only will it destroy your energy levels but it also isn’t very good for your teeth. If you have any dietary requirements or you simply want to know what exactly is in your food, it’s a good idea to start cooking it from fresh yourself. Go for fresh fruits and vegetables along with free range meat – it might be a bit more expensive but ethically it’s definitely worth it!

Eat Breakfast

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If you’re looking for one tip about how to eat more healthily, this is it: start eating breakfast. A lot of people completely skip the most important meal of the day and just go for coffee instead but the truth is that if you want to eat healthily for the rest of the day, it’s important to start well with your breakfast. Go for wholewheat toast with smashed avocado and a poached egg, or maybe peanut butter and sliced banana if you’re in a hurry. Granola with fresh berries and natural yoghurt is both tasty and good for you, and if you really aren’t a breakfast person then you could always make a smoothie that you can sip at your desk at work.

Your Mental Health

Watch Out For Mental Health Issues
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A lot more people suffer from mental health issues than you might expect. There is definitely still a bit of a stigma surrounding mental health problems like depression, anxiety and OCD and the only way that we can remove that stigma is by talking about mental health issues more. You might think that depression means that you feel sad all the time or that you can’t stop crying, and those things can definitely be symptoms of it – but other symptoms can include feeling angry or annoyed, or simply feeling empty and as though you aren’t taking as much pleasure in your favourite things as you used to. If you think you might be suffering from depression, go and talk to your doctor – it isn’t anything at all to be ashamed of.

Go To A Therapist

Therapy doesn’t have to be just for people who suffer from mental health problems or who have had bad things happen to them, although it can definitely help people living in those circumstances. It can also work excellently for anyone who just wants to work on their coping mechanisms, meaning that they’ll be more equipped to handle whatever life decides to throw at them. Going to therapy means that if something bad does happen to you, you’ll find it a lot easier to deal with

Practice Self Care
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Finally, it’s important to make sure that you take care of yourself. Self care doesn’t mean telling yourself that you don’t have to go to work because you feel sad or buying too many pairs of shoes because you’re in a bad mood. It means making yourself go out to see your friends even though you might not feel like it, because in the end it’s the best thing to do. It means making yourself eat salad even though you don’t feel like it, because your body will thank you for it in the end, and learning grounding techniques for when you’re unhappy and wound up. It means taking a shower even if you don’t want to, going for a walk, getting up off your sofa. Self care means doing the things for yourself that you need to and that will make you feel better in the long term as well as in the short term.

Your Emotional Health

See Your Friends
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It’s important that you make sure that you get out of your house and that you socialise as much as you can. No one’s trying to force you to be a social butterfly if you really aren’t that kind of person. But you need to be aware that maintaining friendships can take time and effort, and even if you don’t feel like it, you need to drag yourself off the sofa after work and out to a restaurant to have dinner with your best friend. In the end, you’ll be glad that you’ve done it – and seeing your friends is often like a form of therapy because you can all talk about what’s going on in your lives. It might just make you feel less alone to hear and see that other people have similar problems to the ones that you have too.

Cut Out The Dead Weight

If you have any relationships in your life that simply aren’t going anywhere, you now have permission to end them and get them out of your life. Remember that your time is a precious and valuable thing and you shouldn’t be wasting it on anyone who simply doesn’t deserve it. If you have a partner who doesn’t treat you as well as they should, you need to end the relationship as soon as you can – your partner should be a support to you and make sure that you feel good about yourself. It needs to be a loving and mutual relationship and if that isn’t what you’re getting, it’s time for it to be over. Likewise, if your friends simply aren’t as supportive as they should be, think about it hard and try to decide whether your years of friendship are still worth it. Remember: nothing is a failure simply because it ended.

Focus On Your Professional Life

If you feel dissatisfied in your day to day professional life, now is the time to make some changes in that arena. Talk to your boss about increasing your wages at your next annual review so that you feel you’re getting paid fairly for your work. If you dislike the job itself then it could be time to start looking for something that you find more rewarding. A lot of people who work at charities and non-profits might get paid a little less, but they know their work is valuable.

Do What You Love
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Finally, it’s time to start to focus on yourself and to start doing what you love. A lot of us start telling ourselves that we’ll do what we want at some point in the future – we’ll write those novels, we’ll learn Spanish, we’ll go on a dating website and finally find the loves of our lives. But let’s face it – if you keep putting things off, then the time will never come and you’ll be left with a lot of regrets. Everyone has enough time for the things that they really care about so it’s time to prioritise what you really want to do. Get a babysitter so you can start to go to painting classes, and book that holiday in India, and start to learn how to make French pastry. The time is now, and if you don’t go for what you want you’ll only regret it.

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Quick Recovery From Serious Injury & Illness

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There are few things worse than suffering a sudden bout of illness, or experiencing some considerable injury. When this happens, it can often be enough to make people genuinely depressed, or to at least frustrate them. If this has happened to you recently, then you might want to think about what you can do to make the best of a bad situation. As it happens, there are usually a number of things you can do, and as long as you know what your options are, you should at least feel considerably less worried about it all. Let’s take a look at the different aspects of experiencing such an unfortunate incident one by one.

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Financial

Although money might not be the first thing you think about, you have to admit that it is a big part of suffering any kind of serious injury. This is often simply due to the fact that you might need to take the time off work in order to recover from your injury or illness. This alone can mean you are in financial trouble, but you might also have hospital bills and so on to pay as well. Whatever the situation, it is worth looking into whether or not you are eligible for any kind of compensation. You can find lawyers for any personal injury issue, so you don’t have to worry about not knowing what you are doing. Besides, if you can successfully claim compensation you should find that the whole experience is much less worrying.

Physical

Obviously enough, any kind of injury or illness is going to affect you mostly physically. If you are suffering from a particularly bad case of something, then it can often be quite upsetting, frustrating or even exhausting. Sometimes it can be worrying not exactly knowing when you can expect any kind of recovery. Either way, it is essential that you do everything you can to help yourself recover as fast as possible. This could mean taking the necessary time off work, allowing yourself to rest, or visiting the doctor to see what their professional opinion is. Whatever is necessary, make sure that you are doing it if you want to recover as soon as possible.

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Mental

Being ill or having an injury can also often affect you psychologically. When tis happens, it can make the whole experience much more difficult. There is nothing worse than having to deal with the psychological as well as physical pain of an injury or illness. However, if you do find this being an issue, try to keep calm and carry out simple activities to keep your mind busy. This should help you to get through to the other side without too much hassle, and that will men that the whole situation is much easier to deal with on the whole. It could be that you need some help from your loved ones to remain positive in mind, in which case be sure to ask for it when it is necessary.

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