Sparking Joy in your Home

The latest line of shows that I’ve been watching on Netflix was Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. I figured that keeping your life in order was a way of loving yourself. And I can say with absolute certainty, that this show absolutely changed me. I’ll admit that I am a little bit of a hoarder, but what Marie was saying just got to me in a way that no one has before. She’s just this inspiration tiny woman with so much love in her heart. After watching her work in real life, I want to read her book. I’ll probably get even more tips from the woman in my college student price range. After reading that, or while maybe, I will go through my own tidying up session. I try, and it won’t really stick. I’m hoping that it will stick this time. I do want to move more into a minimalist life style, and I feel that this will be a great start, because I honestly have to much stuff for the space that I have to occupy. It might either be difficult to do in the mist of all of my studying, or it could be the very thing that I need to get my life somewhat on tract. We’ll just have to wait and see, I suppose.

Fabulous Inner Self

Following the theme of love, I decided to do one that discusses self-love. Given that information, I decided to talk about Queer Eye, the second version. I have actually binge-watch this series twice. I absolutely love this cast. First and foremost, I love diversity. Having two queer characters of color is amazing. Myself, being a person of color in the community, it feels kind of hard to find characters that I can see as myself. I don’t even care what gender they identify as I saw myself being represented in media. I also love the energy that the dive off of each other. In some shows, the people sometimes go off the deep end with the change, but these guys take it step-by-step. The nominees are still themselves at the end of the episode, they just have a better self-confidence about themselves. Also, because the changes are so simple, yet so meaningful, it’s possible to see that changes being used after the Fab 5 leave. Personally, I would love to see a “Where Are They Now?” episode, so that I can see if the changes were kept up. All of the people are lovely, so I absolutely would not mind seeing them again. This is actually one of the perfect shows to watch anytime. It will make you feel amazing the entire time. You might need to dab your eyes every now and again, but they’re tears of joy.

Gone Fishin’

The next show in my deep dive of reality television was Catfish. It’s a show about people who catfish, or pretend to be someone else on the internet. It’s a show that I would catch whenever there was nothing else on but never really paid that much attention to. This time, actually paying attention to everything, my heart truly goes out to some of the hopefuls. They were truly heartbroken. By far, my favorite moments were when they would meet the catfish, and Max would become protective of the hopefuls. Nev, the other host, was alright, but he could never reach the righteous fury levels that Max does. If anything else, it helped me catch up on my super sleuthing skills. I came in handy when people ask me to look up people on the internet.

Not Eating Your Life Away

The next show in the line-up of binging has been My 600 lb Life. I don’t know what drew me to it, I just want to watch a bunch of docuseries. (I believe that’s what they are called). It was recommended to me, so I decided why not give it a try. There were three seasons on Hulu that I finished in the matter of a couple of days. I was just so intrigued by to story. Through the entire hour-long episode, I am truly rooting these individuals on. Through every success, I’m so proud of them. Through every upset, I want to take them in my arms and tell them that everything is going to be okay. Also, I know that I’m not close to where the people on the show are out, but I could be. Like them, when I’m feeling like absolute crap, I turn to food for comfort. Since watching the show, I have been eating slightly healthier, (I can’t do much since I’m a college student with no money). As that is probably the point of the show, I would say it was pretty successful. Honestly, I just hope that the doctor continues the good work he does.

Reno Twins

In the spirit of my love of home renovation shows, I have gone through a binge of watching Property Brothers. This show has been one of my favorites since I really got into watching home and garden type programming. I’m the type of viewer that dissects every single decision that the new homeowners are making. Not only are they not understanding how much work goes into things, but the cost of things. They come in, ask for some design feature to be added and then are shocked that is is not in their budget. In my opinion, a simple Google search could have solved that. I know that some of it is for the drama of television, but my simpleton mind can’t understand it. I’m also convinced that these homeowners are able to afford what they can afford it because of the Canadian funny-money. It would take me years to complete what these families end up getting in a matter of months. It also, at the end of the day, helps me decide that things that I want in a house, no matter how far away that may be. If I make the same stupid decisions that I bag on the homeowners on the show do, you have permission to hit me over the head.

Making a Dream Out of a Nightmare

For no reason what-so-ever, I completed the entirety of Kitchen Nightmares, the US version before you ask. I don’t know what it is, but Gordon Ramsay yelling at people makes me feel better. I’m sure that I would break down crying if he were to do that to me, but degrees of separation and what not. I just love the way he turns owners around. I just feel bad that some restaurants were closed down after he came to help either because of the owner’s stubbornness or bank came after them. I was also watching the show on Hulu, so when I went to the comments, there was one faithful person who would inform you if the restaurant was closed. I don’t know why I found it funny, but I was pleasantly surprised when I didn’t see their comments. I don’t think I would ever binge this show again; there’s just not anything else one can really get from it, especially since I’m not planning on opening my own restaurant someday. I just happy that I can say that I saw all of Kitchen Nightmares. I might actually check out a couple of Ramsay’s other shows and hope that I get the same pleasure out of it.

Old Homes in Waco, Texas

I think everyone had the point in life where they can’t understand the appeal of  HGTV. I am officially past that point. Recently, I discovered that Hulu put Fixer Upper on its streaming service. Unfortunately, it is only three seasons, but I hoping that they add more later on. This is one of my favorite renovation shows on HGTV. Instead of doing something else for this blog, I’ve been binge watching these first three seasons. I’m a bit behind on my schedule, but I think it is worth it for the chemistry. Chip and Jo are one of the cutest couples that I have ever seen, and their kids are just so adorable. They should not be allowed to be that cute. It should be against the law. I’m a bit sad that they canceled the show, especially since they got pregnant again. I really want to see the new baby, but at least I know that they are doing well and are happy. But I can still hope that they bring the show back when the baby is older.