I Am Not Your Guru #StreamTeam

I have always been curious about Tony Robbins. I don't know much about his background, other than he was born into a poor family, and a story about a stranger who left a bag of groceries at his door over Thanksgiving so they wouldn't go hungry. This catapulting him on his lifelong journey to help end hunger across the nation.

I am fascinated by huge venues and what it takes behind the scenes to bring big shows like Date With Destiny to fruition. That's why I was so excited when I saw that Netflix was airing I Am Not Your Guru. It is the perfect behind the scenes peek at Tony's Date With Destiny event in Florida, directed by Joe Berlinger. It is quite a show.
Before I go any further, I must warn you, this is a show to watch once the kiddos are in bed. I was taken aback by the language Tony uses. He says he uses "the science of taboo language" to wake his audience up from their sense of inadequacy. Date With Destiny is a $5,000 six day marathon of Tony Talk.

While Guru, walks you through a lot of Tony on stage couching a handful of attendees, I was more interested in the event organizers back stage, and the one on one interviews with Tony pre and post stage. It is quite a show. At times it feels like a cult. This guy has the crowd behind him for sure.

I must admit, Guru left room for questions that go unanswered. There is a lot of therapy going on here. I couldn't help but wonder how dangerous that could be. At one point, Tony asks if anyone had contemplated suicide to raise their hand. Many folks do. At that point, you can't help but think they are entering dangerous territory.

He also encourages a woman to break up with her boyfriend over the phone in front of the entire audience. I'm sure there must have been scenes we did not see that lead up to that. I'm also sure there must be some vetting of audience members before Tony chooses them. (Think Steve Martin Leap of Faith)

I'm curious, have any of you seen Guru? Would love to hear your thoughts!

Oh Snapchat...I'm Smitten

EVERYBODY knows I love me some Instagram. I've loved it for years. That said, it's making me mad lately. I get sad when platforms start talking algorithms to me and telling me what I want to see in my stream. Don't even get me started on WHY what they think I want to see is actually better for me. It just makes me a bit sad. I'm not giving up on my beloved Insta...You can find me there almost on the daily...BUT...I've been cheating...ENTER Snapchat...
I am in love with it. NOW...I am a straight up newbie...so tell me if I'm missing anything. If you're a Snapchatter, point your camera on that icon above and you can follow me. I'm the same handle as Insta cynthiajwheeler.

The thing to remember about Snapchat is that it’s an ENTIRELY different platform than any other. What you’re doing is telling little stories. Sometimes it’s just a picture, sometimes it’s a video, sometimes it’s a series of videos, and sometimes it’s all of the above. I’ve been watching @bloomingdales @everlane and @anthropologie just to get ideas of the different ways to tell a Snapchat story. These brands are fresh and fun on it. So if you’re looking for ideas, that’s a good place to start. (All of my friends told me to watch the Kardashians…to that, I had to say, just no. BUT, if that’s your flavor, I’m sure they are snapping away.)

SO…once you’ve downloaded the app and added some contacts, it’s time to snap! Unlike other apps, with Snapchat, you shoot in the app. You don’t import pics that you’ve beautifully edited like IG. When you open the app, you are ready to snap. If you want to take a selfie, click the top right corner camera icon and it will flip the camera.

To take a pic, tap the circle at the bottom of the screen. To record video, hold the circle at the bottom of the screen. Video can be recorded up to 10 seconds long. If you want to add a fun face filter, spin the camera, hold on your face until it makes an outline. Then you want to scroll through until you find one that’s fun. Snap it. I’m partial to cat face, and I’m totally bummed that while you always seem to have dog face, cat face comes and goes. I would always snap in cat face if I could! Once you have your snap, the fun begins!
I’ve made this little cheat sheet for you. What you’ll want to do is play around with it once you’ve got your snap. You can set the time, you can download your snap, post to your story, or send it to a friend (like a DM). You can add stickers, or text as well as draw on your snap. A couple tips…when you add text, if you click the text icon again it will make your text bigger. You can pinch it to size it down or up and rotate it.

If you are drawing, and you want to make a white line, hold on the color bar and swipe all the way to the left to turn the color picker white. Hold the color bar and swipe straight down to turn the color bar black. It took me FOREVER to figure that out. (I’m a slow learner ;P)
While Snapchat has nowhere near the filter options of IG…you’ll want to swipe to the left or right and play with the filters they have to offer. Lots of fun. Oh and swipe for filters on video too. You can play with slow motion or speed things up in filters. Lemme tell you, TONS of fun with kids and pets!

Always remember, if you’ve created your snap and you decide you don’t want to use it, just click the “x” in the top left corner and you can delete and start over.

 If you want to view other snaps, or view your story, when you open the app, click the three dots on the bottom right corner of your screen when you open the app. Another tip, clicking the three dots to the left of your story will show you each snap you’ve done, and the number of people who have viewed it. If you click the eyeball icon, you can see exactly who has viewed your snap. (This is a bit humbling for me…since I have nearly 10 people following me ;P)

 I’m SUPER curious to hear from you. Are you snapping? Are there any tips and tricks I’ve missed? I’m such a newbie, so I’d love to hear from you. Who should I be following? Let’s chat!

The Spongebob Musical=PERFECTION!

Living in the city means you have the opportunity to catch a lot of Broadway shows. I love taking my kids to see the musicals. It is magical. I was thrilled to be able to experience the Pre-Broadway World premiere of The SpongeBob Musical at Chicago’s Oriental Theater.

Let's just start by saying, when you get a really talented group of people together, magic happens.
You might think, Spongebob is a Nickelodeon cartoon, how are they going to turn that into a Broadway musical? Let me show you...
THIS is Bikini Bottom! I was BLOWN away.
I am in awe of the sets and the costumes. Amazing doesn't even begin to cover it. Ethan Slater does an over the top performance as Spongebob. I sat there wondering if he just watched hours and hours of Spongebob cartoons. He NAILS it as our favorite yellow sponge.

The music features original songs by Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of AEROSMITH, Yolanda Adams, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Lady Antebellum, Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, The Flaming Lips, John Legend, Cyndi Lauper, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants, T.I. AND a song by David Bowie. WOW!

From Mr Crabs, to Sandy, to Plankton, to Pirate Patchy, everyone was magnificent...but I gotta tell you...Squidward takes it to another level. Gavin Lee and his tentacle pants were literally perfection. Squidward's tap number in the second act is what Broadway musicals are made for. I laughed and cheered so hard I cried. CRIED ya'll!
I'm talking too much when what I really want to tell you is GO NOW and grab tickets to this show before it leaves Chicago July 10!

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When I mentioned to folks I had seen The Spongebob Musical I had a lot of people say, "Oh is that just for kids?" I want to tell you it's not. It's for everyone. My husband has never seen an episode of Spongebob and he laughed out loud and loved it. On the bus ride home, the kids and I were looking over the program. A gentleman sat down and asked, "Did you enjoy the musical?" To which we all replied LOVED it. He said, "My kids are well into their 20's, but they grew up on Spongebob. We all went together and had a BLAST!"
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