"None of us suddenly becomes something overnight. The preparations have been in the making for a lifetime.- Gail Goodwin

Well guys, here we are on the last day of 2008 and if you're like me you can't believe how quickly this day has come. 2008 was a year of major change for me:
  • I planned my last wedding at the Chateau Polonez in early March

  • Left Houston (my second home) and moved back to Las Vegas

  • Had my second child (another beautiful boy) in June
  • Got hired as a Catering Sales Manager at Aliante Station (my first casino gig) in September
  • Created my acting blog in November
  • Joined twitter {www.twitter.com/brandiford}~such an interesting phenomenon
  • Started blogging about my second love~ event planning, in December {www.glitzandglamourevents.blogspot.com}

Looking back on 2008 I'm thankful for the friends I've made, the opportunities I've been given, the challenges I've overcome and most importantly, the lessons I've learned. While it's been a great year, I am eagerly anticipating the fabulous (and unexpected) things to come in 2009. And of course I'll be sure to post all about it!

So whether you plan to party in a VIP booth, give praise in your church, or stay at home with your family & friends, tonight as you ring in the new year take a moment to reflect on the great things that 2008 brought you and ponder the even greater things that 2009 will surely bring.

Hope you take time today to enjoy the "presents" of your family, friends and loved ones. And after you've eaten your 2nd or (like me) your 3rd helping of Christmas Dinner, take a moment to enjoy one of these classic Christmas movies...

Don't forget to reflect on the real meaning of Christmas~ "Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you. He is Christ the Lord" Luke 2:11

Merry Christmas!

"Academy Award nominee Will Smith reunites with the directors and producers of The Pursuit of Happyness for the emotional drama Seven Pounds. In the film, Smith plays Ben Thomas, an IRS agent with a fateful secret who embarks on an extraordinary journey of redemption by forever changing the lives of seven strangers."- This is the synopsis of the compelling movie Seven Pounds which was captivating from beginning to end. While I can't go into detail about the plot since I don't want to risk giving anything away (I hate when people do that to me) I will say that I was impressed with the entire ensemble. Will Smith gave an excellent performance of a man so consumed with his mistakes that it affects every decision he makes. Kudos to Rosario Dawson as well, who plays a young woman suffering from congenital heart failure yet still manages to remain spunky instead of becoming a victim. In my opinion this is Rosario's most memorable performance to date.

Overbrook Productions have once again released another hit and whether or not the box office sales shoot to blockbuster status, both the storyline and the acting are definitely worth taking a trip to your local theatre.