Pocahontas- Listen to Your Heart

Hi everybody! A couple months ago while I was babysitting I watched the movie Pocahontas for the first time in a long time. It was great to take a trip back to my childhood by watching this movie! Since it had been quite a number of years there were quite a few things I did not remember.
The biggest thing that was new to me was Grandmother Willow. I did not remember her at all, in fact! In today’s post I wanted to talk about something that Grandmother Willow told/sang throughout the movie. She would sing, “Listen to your heart.” This was exactly what I needed to hear at the time and still need to hear!
A little bit back I had been having doubts about my degree and was unsure if it was what I really wanted to do and if it was worth all the time and money that would be going into my speech and hearing science degree. I had done a google search looking up what classes I would need to take and everything I could do with my degree. During this search I learned that entry level for my degree is a master’s degree. That really freaked me out! I began to worry about how I would pay for all of this schooling! I decided in that moment that I needed to get off of google and distract myself. I got on Instagram and began looking through all the pictures on there in an effort to forget what I had just read. It was on picture that really caught my attention. It was of a little girl who was getting a cochlear implant that day. She immediately caught my attention, because she had the same name that my ex fiancé and I wanted to name any future daughter we might have had. Over those next few weeks I read the updates her mom posted. It was through that one Instagram account that I realized that I did want to become a speech pathologist/audiologist.
The next experience I had was in a relationship of mine. We were having some troubles and I was ready to just give up. I was getting annoyed and super impatient with him. I just kept overthinking things and it was not helping anything. I knew in my heart though that I did not want things to end and that he was going through some things and I really needed to be patient and more understanding. I told my friend so many times that I was done, but never actually was. I decided to go with what my heart was saying and I waited and did not add to the stress he was going through. Being patient did help. Things are going well now, and if I had not listened to what my heart was saying I would not be feeling as happy right now!
It is not always easy to listen to your heart. Sometimes your brain will take over and start creating fears, whether it be thinking things are too much money, that your relationship may not work , or something else! I encourage you to look past those fears and to listen to what your heart is telling you. If you feel that you should do something do it, as long as its within reason! Is there a time when you listened to your or heart or wanted to? Do you have a favorite Disney movie that is not Pocahontas? Let me know in the comments below!
-A

30 Years of Dirty Dancing

This past week was the 30th anniversary of Dirty Dancing, with Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze. I love this movie, and have seen it multiple times. It is one of, if not, my favorite movie. However, it was not until this past week that I watched the remake. I was hesitant to watch it at first, because I loved the original so much. While I did not like the ending of the remake I did enjoy a majority of the movie. There were a couple quotes in the remake and original that really stuck out to me. I felt that I could really relate to these quotes.

The first quote that really stuck with me was at the beginning of the remake. Baby says, “You never forget your first love. A single song can take you back to that time.” I believe that this is so true. For me the song that brings me back to that time is Own It by Bailey Bryan. Whenever I hear that song I am instantly reminded of my ex. I also believe that not only do certain songs bring back memories, but also certain scents. There have been times where I have smelled cologne that he used to wear, and certain memories came to mind.

The next quote was also by Baby. She said it in the original and in the remake. Baby tells Johnny, “Me? I’m scared of everything. I’m scared of what I saw, I’m scared of what I did, of who I am, and most of all I’m scared of  walking out of this room and never feeling the rest of my whole life the way I feel when I’m with you.” This quote really hit home for me. I recently was telling my friend about some fears I have in a relationship of mine. To me this quote is about being vulnerable, and about sharing your fears. Everyone has fears; it is all about admitting you have them and talking about them.

There were a ton of good quotes in the movie, but those two were the ones that really stuck out to me. In the comments tell me what quotes you liked, if any! Did you see the remake, and if you did what did you think of it? I hope you all have a wonderful week.

-A

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A Lesson From Moana

            This past weekend I babysat for a couple of families. The kids were great and I always enjoy watching them. One of the things that the kids and I did this weekend was watch the movie Moana. I had never seen Moana before, and while there were some parts that were a bit confusing and weird to me there were some quotes that really stuck out to me.

            The first quote was when Maui had left Moana and she was feeling like she would never be able to return the heart to Te Fiti. Moana said, “Why did you bring me here? I am not the right person. You have to choose someone else. Choose someone else.” Everyone has felt this way at one point or another. I know I sure have! It is easy to feel like you are not the “right” person or even strong enough to deal with certain situations or trials thrown your way. There is a family that I know and absolutely adore that recently had a beautiful baby girl named Peri. Early on in the pregnancy, this family faced some hard news. They learned that Peri has spina bifida, and that their baby would be facing a lot more than other babies. Getting news like this would throw a lot of people for a loop. Peri’s parents, Kate and Eric, really exemplify the meaning of the next two quotes.

            The first of the two is “The Ocean chose me for a reason.” The second quote goes hand in hand with the previous, saying, “Sometimes our strengths lie beneath the surface. Far beneath in some cases.” There are reasons that we all are facing the trials we are. We all have strengths that lie within us that we may not know are there yet. In time it will be clearer why we were given the trials we were. Kate and Eric are some of the strongest people I know. They have really taken the bull by the horns and come out on top with everything that has happened. They are definitely the perfect choice to care for and love Peri.  Kate found her strength and now has a blog to help inform others about what to expect with spina bifida. (www.ourspinabifida.com) Kate and Eric are not the only ones who have a lot of strength. Peri has two sisters, Brittain and Delaney. Both girls have been incredible. There were times when they were away from their parents. That would be extremely hard for some kids, but Brittain and Delaney were great. I have loved seeing videos and pictures of them and Peri together. Both girls love their sister and it is amazing to see how they have been super strong and brave. This family is amazing and I definitely could not imagine stronger people. Much like Moana finding out she had the strength to return the heart, the Slivinski family found the strength to get through their challenges.

            Everyone is faced with tough things, and everyone has the strength to get through these things. It is just a matter of digging deep and discovering that you are strong enough and why you were chosen to face that trial. I hope that you are all able to discover your strengths during whatever trials you may be facing.  As always, if you have a comment on my post or just want to share what you thought of the movie Moana leave it in the comments below! I hope you all have a wonderful week!

-A