Favorite Five Friday (101st Edition)

26 Feb

Another week has come and gone, and it has practically taken February with it! Can you believe it is almost March? I’ve got some exciting changes I am planning to make in the next month. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been feeling in the mood to mix things up lately. It’s time to move into something new! Stay tuned. For now, here is what went down this week…


1.  I love watching the Oscars. Awards season always gets me excited about this industry I’m trying to break into. The films are so well done – the screen writers have breathed life into a story, the directors have crafted their vision, the entire crew (from designers all the way to grips) have given it their all, the actors are at the top of their game. This is the best of the best, and it makes me so excited. We got to watch the Academy Awards with our pals, and, of course, had a great time. We filled out our ballots, oooh-ed over the gowns, laughed with NPH, were moved by some of the speeches, and even had a healthy debate going about which films were most deserving. Man, I just love it. I was truly thrilled for all who took home a statue that night. I was probably most excited for Eddie Redmayne. I know people really thought that this was going to be Keaton’s year, but I was so hoping Redmayne would take the win. I absolutely adored The Theory of Everything. I think Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones created incredible characters and an remarkable world in their film. I can’t imagine how difficult it must be to portray a real individual, let alone people who are still alive today. How nerve-wracking! They handled themselves beautifully. Yes, Redmayne did an amazing job displaying Stephen Hawking’s disease, but he did so much more than that. It was the emotion and inner-life that shined through the physicality that really made this a stand-out performance. Well deserved and congratulation, Mr. Redmayne. And to all the winners! And to all the nominees! Thank you all for your work and the inspiration you ignite.

Also, in case you didn’t see it… be sure to check out Best Picture: The Musical! I play Jane Hawking (Felicity Jones). Maybe that’s why I was so excited for Eddie (Yes, first name basis now). Watch this:

2.  One of my bestest buds celebrated her birthday this week! To mark the ocassion we went to a fun place in Burbank called Story Tavern for food, drinks, and darts. Y’all, I had never played darts. Secretly, I always wanted to. But I never did because I thought I would probably be bad at it. I don’t have great aim, I’ll never be able to make it stick to the board, I don’t know what I’m doing. Doubt. Doubt. DOUBT. About something as silly as darts! Take a breath, Joanna. No one cares if you are good at darts. So, I played. And I was kinda terrible. And then, I got better. I even got a Bulls-Eye. More importantly, I had fun. It made me start wondering what else have I been avoiding because of my self-doubt. What awesome things have I been missing out on because I was afraid?! Well, I am through limiting myself. You are never going to accomplish anything worthwhile or have any kind of fun if you are scared of failing. Most of my goals this year have been about leaving fear behind, and it has been such a game changer for me. (#NoFear15) I am ready to try new things, to fail, to move forward, to have FUN! Even if it’s as simple as a game of darts. How about you? What are you going to do that scares you?

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3.  So many of my favorite people were born in February! We were recently at Disneyland celebrating my Grandma’s 75th Birthday, but as her actual birthday was this week, I have to give her a shout out. My Grandma is an amazing woman. I will always jump at the chance to eat any food she makes. Her sewing skills are incredible; some of my most treasured possessions were made my her hands. From an early age she patiently taught me about sewing, crafting, gardening, and Jesus. I couldn’t possibly count how many games of Uno, Sorry, and Tic-Tac-Toe we’ve played together. She took care of me when I had to stay home from school, and even now when I don’t feel well, I wish I could have “Grandma Toast.” She’s the reason why at five-years-old my favorite movies were Seven Brides For Seven Brothers and The King and I. She has always encouraged my love of the arts and has seen me perform in just about everything. She has never once questioned my dreams, and I love her for it. She is a faithful woman of God, one of the strongest people I know, and the best Grandma around. I am so proud to have been named for such a lady. I love you, Grandma!



We are so related.

4.  Date night is so great. We don’t always get to have one, but we’ve been trying to make that happen more lately. I love getting to hang out and have fun with my awesome husband. I kind of think he is the greatest. Also, we got to go eat delicious diner pie. Which is also great. What I’m saying is, go on dates! It’s important! That is all.


5.  Guys. You guys, Los Angeles has some of the coolest museums around. Currently, the Academy (Yes, that Academy) has a ridiculously cool exhibition going on where you can see some of the most iconic costumes in film history. The Hollywood Costume exhibit boasts more than 150 pieces and a genius use of multimedia to enhance each display. (We could not get over just how brilliant the projection, films, and lighting were.) You weave your way from the Golden Age of Film to present day productions, all the while learning about the role of the Costume Designer, creative collaborators, and the true significance of costumes in cinema. We spent more than two hours gawking at familiar items worn by characters like Indiana Jones, Jack and Rose, Tyler Durden, and Marilyn Monroe (Yes, she counts as a character). It’s all quite breath-taking, but the whole section dedicated to Meryl Streep’s various ensembles might have been my favorite part. The Exhibit is only open until March 2nd, so if you are in the area, head on over! You don’t want to miss this piece of Hollywood History.

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Happy Friday! Be fearless this weekend!


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