A Walk To Remember

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A few days ago I was having one of those “I need to watch a sad movie now” moments. When that particular feeling strikes, I immediately turn to one of my favorite movies ever, ‘A Walk To Remember.’

Now, for those of you who have had the misfortune of not watching it yet, I recommend it. Ok, yes, its more of a chic flick (I mean c’mon, its based off a Nicholas Sparks book…) but even if you’re not that type of person I still think you should watch it at least once in your life. It has inspired me to be a person that tries to build a loving and faithful character throughout my life.

Before I start my review on the movie, I must say that I haven’t had the opportunity to read the book yet so my opinions are solely based on the film.

AWTR3Although this came out 11 years ago and was shot in 30-some days (I believe that’s what the director said…), Mandy Moore and Shane West carry the film through with admirable acting. Mandy plays the God-fearing, sweet Jamie Sullivan who is a laughable image for fellow classmates. Shane West depicts Landon Carter, one of the ‘cool’ kids who falls into trouble and depends on Jamie’s help to get through his AWTR4punishment. The two, as an easy prediction, draw close together and fall in love.

As Nicholas Sparks tends to do, a curveball is thrown and the progression of how Landon and Jamie grow through the obstacle begins (along with the start of my waterworks). If you’ve read my previous posts, you’ll know that I love all kinds of movies.. Especially romantic ones, if done well. To me, this one blew a multitude of other romantic movies right out of the water. Because it isn’t just about the relationship.

AWTRIt focuses on a period of time in a young girl’s life where she’s made fun of, bullied, harboring a life-changing secret and yet keeps the faith. The way Jamie stays true to what she believes, including her love for God and holding on to who she is, throughout her hardships makes me wonder if I would be able to do the same. Her amazing nature and words of encouragement helps Landon grow and mature considerably and I would one day love to help change someone’s life as much as Jamie changed his. Their progress as characters through this turning point in both of their lives makes their relationship that much sweeter to me. So over all this movie is just about perfection to me. Funny, cute, sad, a dash of action for the thrill of it… Not to mention, they throw in one of my favorite Bible verses (1 Corinthians 13:4-7).AWTR2

Of course the story is fiction and the characters, made up. But I believe in taking whatever you see and hear throughout your day (be it music, movies, words of wisdom, an act of kindness..) and applying it to your own life to make you a better person. I’m not saying watching GI Joe is going to make you macho man the next day. But open your horizons and learn from important lessons, be it made up or real.

Many blessings!



Let’s Go to the Movies… Again!

Hello, everyone!

I had the experience of returning to our neighboring drive-in movie theater Wednesday night, where they were double-featuring Despicable Me 2 and Monsters University. This time around, I had the pleasure of hanging out with a couple of friends I haven’t seen in a while, along with my cousin from last time, who dared to brave the bugs with me again.

Side note: Speaking of bugs, my cousin did find that rubbing dryer sheets over your skin wards off the mosquitos. Its true! We came out looking like ourselves, instead of the polka-dotted pattern we sported last time.

ImageAfter several laughs, a few tricks, and way too much food it was dark enough for the first show to begin: Despicable Me 2. Gru captured my heart all over again with his amazing accent and half-villainous half-softy personality. The girls were adorable as ever, especially little Agnes, who madeImage me laugh just as much this time around as the first one. The minions, which I adore!, are incredibly comical and actually play a bit of a bigger role in this film compared to the first.The storyline, though easily predictable as you go along, brings out the best in all the characters, even more so in Gru who we get to see as more of a fatherly figure. All in all, I highly recommend Despicable Me 2 for kids and kids-at-heart alike!

Monsters University came next after about a fifteen intermission. I Imagedon’t know if it was because I was getting pretty tired or distracted by my friends, but I didn’t enjoy MU as much as I thought I would. Like I said, it could be me. Because trust me, I really wanted to like it. But by the end, I felt like the characters were just a tad bit cheated when it came to their personalities. Sully started out as an overly Imageconfident student  and Mike was a wide-eye wanna-be. To me personally, it just didn’t feel like the characters. Not throughout the entire movie, but through most of it. Despite my dislike for how the creators portrayed Sully and Mike, I did enjoy the evolvement of their friendship. Sully ends up being the huge but cuddly monster we know and love, and Mike the trusty side kick. The beginning gave a peek into Mike’s past and a good look of just how adorable he was as a youngster. The middle had its highs and lows but over-all lacked the charisma and hilarity of the first. The ending wasn’t nearly as glorious as what I imagined it would be and to me, made the whole story line rather pointless when it came down to how the two got to Monsters Inc.

Of course, all of this is just my own personal opinion and speculation. It doesn’t mean that I hated MU or that Despicable Me 2 didn’t have a few of its own flaws. I would even give Monsters University a second chance once it comes out on dvd. I just hope sharing my thoughts and feelings relating to any movie I blog about will help if you’re unsure about taking the time and money to go and see it.

-skip the next paragraph if you’re uninterested in reading about a few crazy things that happened after the movies were over… Its too hilarious not to share!-

I must say, though, before I wrap this up, that after the movies were finished and we were all packed and ready to go my car died! It was the first experience I’ve had of my car battery dying and of course we were out in the middle of a close-to-abandoned field at 3 in the morning! Long story short, we were able to find someone with jumper cables and we left to go home. The unfortunate events didn’t stop there though. My friend remembered that she left her phone so half way home we turned around and had to search the empty field for it! After successfully finding it, we left for home again. Halfway back, we forgot that my friends’ car (with all of their stuff inside) was parked at the building next to the drive in. So, we turned around yet again. But no, it didn’t just stop there. When I dropped off my friends back at their car, one of them broke their flip flop! Not that it wasn’t easily fixable, but at 3:30 am we were all slap-happy and saw it as yet another catastrophe. We all finally made it home, but of course had to finish with just one more problem… As we were unloading our things, my friend’s wheel off of her wheel chair popped off! Thankfully, it was a simple solution. Clumsy with sleepiness, it took a minute to get it popped back on. We ended up going to bed around 4 Thursday morning, and when I eventually woke up it was hard to believe that it all hadn’t been a dream!

Have you seen either movie yet? What are your thoughts and feelings about them?

Have a wonderful day and many blessings to you!


Chapter 4: You Can!

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A little motivation for you all today!

For the past three-four weeks I have been trying to fall into a pattern of walking and running and (attempting) to eat healthier. I’m not going totally cold turkey with it, but at least trying to cut back and choose a little more wisely.

Today I stepped up on the scale and to my chagrin, I’ve gained two pounds since last weighing, and I honestly felt like throwing in the towel. I went on my walk/run and ate perfectly the rest of the day and tried to shrug off my disappointment. I was beginning to wonder if it all was even worth it when my mom happened to be flipping through the channels and American Ninja Warrior was on.

I have only heard about the show but never have actually sat down to watch it. I believe I was Imagemeant to watch it tonight, though. A young man, Kyle Cochran, was a competitor through the show and come to find out, he is a diabetic like I am. When it first showed him, I was blown away. For one, he looks amazing. I mean really, he’s in excellent shape!

Through a little background research, I’ve found that Kyle and I aren’t that much different when it comes to diabetes. (That’s about where it ends, though! Ha!). I’ve had several people tell me what they think I can or can’t do. I’ve been told not to eat this, but to only have this. (Not even by doctors mind you…By fellow co-workers of mine). There was once when I was in high school where a girl pointed out that I was eating in class (due to low blood sugar). Thankfully, the rest of the class understood but I felt a bit embarrassed, considering she knew I was even a diabetic.

ImageKyle has had a similar experience, and has determined not to let any of it stop him. To break the barriers between “normal” people and diabetics. To never sit on the sidelines from doing something he wants to do due to the fact that he is a diabetic. (He is a climber, paraglider, skier, soccer player, gymnast, dance and cheer instructor, an active member in his church…yeah.)

To get an idea of how in-shape this guy is, someday check out American Ninja Warrior if you haven’t already. This obstacle course, which for the fit of the fittest, is something I can only admire people for trying. But to have a young man conquer not only the (majority of the) course, but his obstacles with diabetes makes me all the more inspired, and truly proud of him for going out there with a vengeance!

Even if you’re not a diabetic but struggle with staying on track of being healthier, let this be an inspiration for you. If you are a diabetic and have been held back by the label like so many of us, let this be an inspiration to you. If you are someone who is letting something hold you back from fulfilling your dreams… Let this be an inspiration to you.

Because what I have learned from Kyle’s story is that we can. I can work hard to obtain my goals, not only health wise but future goals as well. You can do the same.

I strongly encourage you to check out more of his story, and hope that this was as great of encouragement for you as it was for me!