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15 Inspirational Movies That Will Change Your Life

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  1. Soul Surfer
    This true to life story will show you that disability is a hurdle you can conquer. Follow the tale of Bethany Hamilton as she overcomes her fears of surfing once again after she lost an arm from a shark attack.

  2. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
    Great flick for job seekers. Don't settle for a job, instead try hard to find the career that you'll love! Walter Mitty escapes into various fantasies of adventure and courage, showing alternative ways he would've done things and finally taking things into his own hands.

  3. Coco Before Chanel
    Do you have a dream that goes against the odds of your origin? Maybe you were born into a family of doctors but want to be a designer? Let Coco show you how it was like before she founded Chanel and how she overcame the odds in her life.

  4. One Direction: This is Us
    1D proves how humble beginnings can change when you believe in your dreams, check out their inspiring journey from simple hometown boys to auditioning on X-Factor and finally becoming the phenomenal band, One Direction.

  5. Katy Perry: Part of Me
    This isn't just your typical rise to fame story, Katy Perry shows us how she stood up against a hurdle of failures slammed to her face, it's only when she took control of her life that she finally got to live her dream on stage. But the story doesn't end there. Katy also shows us how her relationship and divorce were major challenges that she got over with.

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  6. In Time
    What would you do when you only have minutes to live? In Time has literally taken that concept to show us how a world based on time currency and social class force people to beg, borrow and steal hours to get through a day. It's a great film that makes you re-think what's important to you.

  7. Divergent
    Do you believe you were meant to belong somewhere else? In a chaotic world divided by virtues, there are those that just don't fit in one faction, let Divergent teach you how it's like to go against the system, to go against one's origin and be brave enough to overcome challenges that greet them.

  8. The Princess Diaries
    What do you do when you're destined for bigger things? Princess Diaries tells a tale of a young Mia Thermopolis who inherits a throne to Genovia and how she turned from teenage student to responsible princess!

  9. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
    Four best friends stay connected through a summer without each other with a pair of jeans that somehow fits them all. After each girl wears the jeans, they get the courage to face their fears and hidden emotions.

  10. Big Fish
    A great mix of adventure and fantasy, Big Fish is a story about a father and son who try to reconcile their relationship with stories about their past. This movie is a fantastic watch and digs deep on emotion and big love!

  11. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
    Get to know Oskar, a nine-year old boy who tries to make sense of the events that happened when his father died in 9/11. He goes in a frantic search for people, places and things that might be connected to a key his father had hidden; only to find out that his mother was helping him along the way.

  12. Mr.Magorium's Wonder Imporium
    Rediscover your childlike spark with this flick starring Natalie Portman who plays Mahoney, an employee at a magical toy shop run by Mr. Magorium. The story revolves around the wonder of toys, friends and about believing in yourself.

  13. High School Musical
    No you're not too old to watch this! Join Gabriella and Troy on their journey to discover their passion for music despite peer pressure and status quo. It goes to show that it takes courage to stand for what you want but always remember that you don’t have to do it alone.

  14. The King's Speech
    You think you have problems speaking in front? In this flick, King George VI shows his terrible habit of stuttering when confronted or when speaking to an audience, check out how he was able to overcome his problem with the help of his therapist who later on became his friend and support from his wife.

  15. Mulan
    Talk about going against stereotypes and traditions, Mulan is the story of a young girl who sought to fight in the army in the place of her father. And becomes one of China’s greatest heroines!  









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Frustrated painter and writer, Melanie also takes time to drop by and share the stories she comes across.

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First. Pixie dust and paper cuts – these are the first things Wendy knew about Peter Pan. Aurora first met Prince Philip when she was sixteen. Learning how to ride a bike was also a first while I was growing up, but you are probably the first of too many. The first collection of dust and stars; maybe Luna will try to ask, who was your first? I might answer and tell her that it was you.

The first of too many stars in the sky. You are the first of too many fallen leaves during fall – and you will be the most anticipated snowflake as winter comes. A dark path that you can’t see without any light, hence, you were once the moon and there are the stars that shine so bright at night. Are we too early? Or we just really want to be ahead of time? Even in a glimpse, I would like to see the two of us connect as if we can reach the sky. There are other parts of the heavens you have never saw and other oceans you haven’t laid your feet onto – but the constellations will always wait for you. Close your eyes, love, close your eyes. Start counting backward: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Count backward until you see the twinkling lights that will guide you to the right path. To the right satellite; to the right person. A first.

There are many firsts – first love, first heartbreak, first sport you played, the first thing you do in the morning, the first thing you remember about the person in front of you. There are a lot. It’s actually up to us how we will consider something as a first. So, Primo, you are already a first of too many.

Bea Alamis 11 hours ago

If you know me, and know me well, I am not the biggest fan of idyllic lifestyles. With a Type A personality, I act immediately upon whatever challenge that needs to be addressed. I actually enjoy keeping my mind preoccupied: doing university work in my favourite cafe then running errands around town, grocery shopping here, updating my accounts there, photocopying documents on the way down the street - all just in time before having a glass of champagne at the bar with my friends come evening.

And so, you could imagine my bewilderment when the next challenge to be faced was an extensive self-quarantine protocol. I didn’t know what to do when my greatest responsibility in this situation was to do nothing at all. My first few attempts to combat my consternation were very much rooted in distraction and imagination. My distractions involved conducting research, writing songs, calling family and friends, filming videos, and eating chocolate! My imaginations and fantasies were centred on travelling, shopping, even clubbing (which I rarely do) for when they find a cure to COVID-19. I did anything and everything that could be considered constructive in order to pass the time, mainly hoping I could just undertake the basic human necessities to survive - that is, eat and sleep the day through - until the next day comes, until the world is closer to becoming a better place, until quarantine ends, until my flight follows through, until I see my family and friends again.

Days in self-isolation and suspended flights turned to weeks and turned to months. By the third extension here in Spain where I study Fashion Business, I had to tell myself this shall be my new normal now, that I was blessed to be healthy, that I was tired of merely existing and missed what it was like to actually live - even if just within four walls. Little by little, I began to find significance in the simple occurrences of the day: the soft glare of the rising sun beaming golden streaks through my bedroom window upon waking up, the fragrance of freshly washed bed sheets that I had painstakingly hung to fit a relatively small clothes rack without crumpling them, the crunch and tanginess of warm toasted bread topped with raspberry marmalade, the buzzing sound of a phone call from home just waiting to be answered, to the caress of a fuzzy sweater to keep warm at night. I realised, “What pleasures to be enjoyed in the pause of slow living!” Through this continued pause, which I loathed at first, I began to appreciate each moment of the day rather than wish it would pass more swiftly, moments I had overlooked so often before the lockdown. I started to find that the challenge of self-isolation was never to pause both the regular routines of life as well as the positive emotions that came with these - as initially, I thought it meant to pause all happiness, so as to withstand a time of endurance in hopes for a better tomorrow, much like a form of delaying gratification. Life is just too fragile these days to delay gratification any further.

Life has paused, but it has not stopped. Believe that like any punctuation mark in a sentence, the pause will provide the right timing of things to take place. Till then, let us not waste our time waiting. Instead, we could be in the moment, seek substance in simplicity (that is, in what we already have), And enjoy the pleasure in pause. “Practice the Pause. When in doubt, pause. When angry, pause. When tired, pause. When stressed, pause. And when you pause, pray.”

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