Love Really Does Conquer All: Crazy Rich Asians (2018)

It's a cliche about as old as time itself. But the truth is, it's true. If you don't believe me, ask anyone who has loved and let go, only to have that love return to them. Or ask someone who had the courage to walk away from an unhealthy relationship (of any kind), only to recommit to a renewed sense of self-love. Or countless other examples as many no doubt witnessed in the charming, rom-com Crazy Rich Asians (2018), based on the New York Times best-selling trilogy of the same name by Kevin Kwan. It's a reminder to us all that no matter who you are or what you are going through, love really does conquer all. And like the movie, that's something to make you smile.

The Plot

In the movie, Crazy Rich Asians (2018), intelligent and beautiful NYU Economics Professor Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) has no idea what she has gotten herself into dating Nick Young (Henry Golding). Sure, he's handsome, smart, kind, etc.--he even plays basketball at the Y--but he has a secret th…

Don't Ever Stop Asking Questions: Annihilation (2018)

Why is it that we're all taught (whether implicitly or explicitly) that asking questions is for children only when the truth is that anyone who has ever accomplished anything extraordinary did so by asking questions? It's one of the mysteries of adulthood, but let's abandon that age-old idea and get back to basics. Let's foster our inquisitive nature by continuing to ask questions no matter how old we are because, after all, how can we be our best selves or change any paradigms if we simply stand by and just accept what people tell us as fact. Here's another thought: What if the person that's telling you not to ask questions doesn't know any more than you do?

We've all been there. Whether you're in a job interview and you aren't quite sure what the position pays or you're not entirely sure your colleagues should pitch the marketing campaign you've been working on because something just seems off, but you don't want to undermine your…

You Are the Product of Your Experiences (And That Can Be a Good Thing): The Vow (2012)

Who are you? Do you like who you are? Would you be shocked, disappointed, or saddened to eavesdrop on a conversation in which you were the subject? Let's think about that for a second.

For better or worse, our life experiences or moments of impact, if you will, help shape the people we ultimately become. Yes, every life experience. Sure, I could say only the good stuff counts, but that would be a lie, and you and I both know it. In fact, many would say the not-so-good (technical term) stuff that happens to us matters more than the good stuff because it reveals true character. Be that as it may, the good news is as long as you have the gift of breath, you can always turn it around. Just ask anyone who has lived a full life, and they would gladly offer up the notion that there are more than a few chances to go around. My point is that yes, even the "bad" stuff that happens has shaped the person you are right here and now. So as you think back on your life, are you content…