TRAVEL

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My desire to travel is getting the best of me again. My latest inspiration is the movie “The Impossible” which if you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend that you do. Having had the opportunity to travel with my family in the past has shown me how exciting it is, and I long to do more of it. With a path that has led to working with several non-profits; I have instilled in myself a passion to be a part of something bigger than myself, and to help others. I am very much interested in voluntourism or working while traveling. Anything that will allow me to experience the culture, help out if I can, and all on a budget that I may be able to manage.

If anyone has any advice I’d greatly appreciate it! What programs have you used? What stories might you have to share? What are some resources that you would recommend?

Also, another great movie that initially sparked my desire to travel that I suggest you view as well: “180 Degrees South.”

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MONA LISA SMILE

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I’m sure most people have already seen this. And if not, I highly recommend it, as it is probably now my favorite film. It’s inspiring to say the least, and gives a sense of empowerment. I know this an older film but it is still great. And yet so many people belittle art and those who choose to study it in school. I feel like there’s a lot to learn from the history of artists. This film does a wonderful job portraying that.

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Maggie Gyllenhaal plays my favorite character. (Not that I promote sleeping around with professors and married men.) But she stands up and lives the life she wants from the very beginning. She is a liberal in conservative school and she never conforms to their ideals. She remains true to who she is and what she believes in. She supports Katherine (Julia Roberts) her professor for trying to let the other women know that they can live up to be so much more.

This is an unusually long post and about a film (out of character for the blog). But I was inspired and I want other people to feel inspired as well. Below is one powerful scene from the film.  But I hope you’ll take the time to watch the whole thing.