A More Supportive World for Women

Did you ever wake up one morning thinking about something you wish would change dramatically in the world? For the past couple mornings I’ve had something on my mind involving a subject that has been near and dear to me since my middle school days. For those who have followed my blog and/or my Twitter feed for some time know that supporting women is a social cause I’m passionate about. I grew up around women all my life and learned all that I ever needed to know about being an ally to women and women’s rights. It’s with this passion for supporting women that I thought: How great it would be if the world came to its senses and became a more empowering place for women?
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Experiencing “A Five Star Life” – And Loving It

Traveling around the world is anyone’s perfect dream job. But what if traveling around the world meant staying at the world’s most luxurious five-star hotels? While the idea of traveling around the world isn’t a viable option for many people, immersing oneself into a film about travel works just as well. But with Hollywood’s obsession with remakes and less original stories, finding a good travel film with interesting, engaging characters and a first-class story is hard to find. That was until I came across Italian filmmaker Maria Sole Tognazzi’s A Five Star Life (Viaggio sola) that sparked my travel wanderlust once again.

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The End of 2016 – And One Final Nature Walk

Like everyone’s observations, 2016 was just a straight up crazy year. And though my travels didn’t take me far and wide as anticipated, I’m looking forward to 2017 and a whole new year of adventures. And in the coming new year I hope to take my travels even farther. Iceland maybe? Or back to Hawaii?
Who knows where my travel plans will take me. But first I have to get my last nature walk in for the year. There’s something uplifting and magical being among a forest of trees at a nature park.

A “Summertime” Classic of Strong Love

It’s been said before that the best films are the ones that don’t get lots of attention and “Oscar buzz” – as the film media likes to use during awards season. Such was the case when I discovered Summertime (La Belle Saison), a 2015 French romance film, through my Strong Women in.. Netflix recommendations. Like most Disney and animated films, I tend to stay away from seeing most romance films, as many are misogynist in tone and treat women as if they’re “princesses in distress and can’t live or think without a man”. But Summertime changed all that on this early Christmas Day morning.

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A Concerned Post-Election Reflection

Stunned, shocked, and above all, concerned, I’m still trying to wrap my head around the most unreal Election Night that just unfolded last night in the history of American politics. And I rarely (and I mean, RARELY) comment on politics. But with the level of hate, misogyny, paranoia and xenophobia from the now president-elect and his followers, it’s too hard to stay silent and not comment. Especially when women and women’s rights are in danger from those who wish to do harm to them.

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“She Rules” on Netflix in One Outstanding Ad

During this year’s Emmys, Netflix rolled out one amazing ad celebrating some of the incredibly talented (and badass) women from its most popular shows from Orange is the New Black to Frankie & Grace. Not only was the ad well done and passes my “Positive Portrayals of Women in the Media” test, it’s a big step in the right direction to showcase the multi-talented actresses that make everyone’s favorite shows so exciting. Keep it going, Netflix!

Review: One Fun Ride with the “Ghostbusters”

With Hollywood’s disgusting mistreatment of women both on and off the silver screen and lack of original ideas, I was to the point of swearing off Hollywood films and supporting nothing but independent films. But then a film came along that took me by surprise – and in the process gave me some hope that mainstream Hollywood was finally about to change – a remake of a classic comedy with a new – and pro-women – twist.

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