Week 11. Are you still questioning how you made it this far? Like, how you haven’t caved and done a whole bunch of shit you’re wishing you hadn’t done? If so, I applaud you. This has been quite a ride, and with only two more weeks left, this week is all about reigniting that belief that true love does, in fact, still exist.
Now, you might have just read that and started shaking your head and saying, “Bullshit!” I don’t blame you! I was that person. How after everything that happened to me, could I possibly believe there were good guys out there that weren’t what I had experienced? It’s easy to say that now. So, what i did was start rebuilding that belief that was taken from me, and the way to do that, was to tap into that childish innocence inside of me; the part of me that use to believe anything was possible, that fairy tales just might come true. That’s what I want you to do. Tap into the part of you who use to play Barbie’s in your room, and made her live the life you envisioned for yourself. That person is still inside of you; they are very much alive and well, but dormant due to bad experiences, ego deflating words, culture, faith, family, and society.
Time to awaken that child! But how? It’s all about…
Every night this week, you have a movie assignment. I don’t give a deep fried falafel ball about what’s happening in your day. Every day, this week, you are to watch these films. NO EXCUSES! It’s time to get you believing in romance again. That the impossible, is in fact, possible. That heartbreak sucks, but that magic can happen, in ways you never thought possible, if you simply believe. And it’s time to believe again.
I took a while to really consider the movies that helped me believe in love, romance, and love without boundaries, after my horrible heartbreak. I watched so many movies. Some that made me fall asleep crying, which is perfectly normal, mind you; this whole process is about feeling again. I need you to feel love, overwhelming emotion about romance, and hope. So here is your movie list:
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- MONDAY– Cinderella
That’s right. Time to tap into your childhood and the ultimate fairy tale: Cinderella. Do you remember when you were younger, and you watched this enchanting Disney fairy tale, and thought that mice could talk, fairy god mothers existed, and that controlling, and at times unfeeling family, could just be silenced to your hopes and dreams?! It’s time to get back there.
Although mice don’t actually talk, or fairy godmother’s fix you up with fabulous clothing, and pumpkins don’t turn into beautiful carriages, fairy tales DO exist. Somewhere, in our lives, we’ve lost sight of that. As if the impossible, is only possible, if aided by magical wands, and an older woman who rhymes and has a beaming light around her. What you no longer remember, and what life has taken away from you, is the ability to see, that ALL things are possible, and that you don’t need a fairy godmother, because YOU are your own fairy godmother. This isn’t about disillusioning yourself, but rather reminding you that YOU can make all things possible. Magic does exist within our heart, and in the hope we hold on to.
2. TUESDAY – Beauty & The Beast
This film is so important for so many reasons. How many of you stayed with a partner you knew wasn’t good for you, because you fell in love with the exterior, the waterless words and actions, knowing very well the interior was just UGLY?! I did! Beauty and The Beast is a clear, and much needed reminder, for many of us that love, real love, is about a persons heart: not their face, their body, their clothing, their car, their job, etc. It’s about who the person is on the inside that matters.
3. WEDNESDAY – Persuasion 2007
Jane Austen helped rebuild my belief in love, in a manner I never thought possible. Maybe, it’s because of the realistic circumstances many of her characters face: especially in this film. The lead character, Anne, is persuaded by her family, to break off her attachment to a man her family deems unfit for her. Because Anne cares more about her family, then herself, she breaks off this agreement with the man, who later returns, still single, and she is now faced with the question of whether or not they have a future. What girl, especially one coming from a culture like the Arab one, cannot relate to coming second to your family, culture, and reputation?! This film is a reminder that each, and every one of us, MUST take into our own hands, future pursuits to find love. Matters of the heart may not always be understood by others, but when it’s true, and you feel it in every bit of you, all things are possible. Even a Happily Ever After.
4. THURSDAY – Pride & Prejudice
Yes… yet another Jane Austen classic. Why? Because I suppose we’re all looking for a Mr. Darcy, and damn right you should! A man who, although has his “flaws,” is charming, distinguished, unafraid to speak his mind, or follow his heart.
5. FRIDAY– Somewhere In Time
This movie is every bit of the romance you have lost and so desperately need. A man who goes back in time to meet a woman he sees in a picture, hanging in a hotel lobby, and falls in love with her. Although it’s not likely that this would, or even could ever happen, the idea that a man would go to such great lengths to find love, will remind you that if there’s one thing worth fighting for in this life, it’s our right to fall in love.
6. SATURDAY– Funny Face
How could I ask you all to reignite that romantic spark without adding a film with Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire? This film might have a little more music than most of your are use to, but the story line is so realistic, and the chemistry between Audrey and Fred, allows your heart and mind to go to places you have strayed away from for so long.
7. SUNDAY – Under The Tuscan Sun
Of all the films you’re going to watch this week, this is perhaps the one you will connect with most. After being heartbroken, Fran (Diane Lane) decides to make a bold and fearless move to Tuscany, and the magic that awaits her there is every bit of what each and every one of you need: this reality, that anything, and everything, is possible, “even late in the game.”
I want this week to find you feeling through so many emotions as your heart swells, yearns, and hopes, for the world you’ve been taken away to in each film. I want that romance to come back to life, or maybe even be discovered for the first time. If the films don’t help with that, which I highly doubt, perhaps one, or all, of these tunes, will from this weeks:
SONGS OF THE WEEK
- Young At Heart- Frank Sinatra https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anlz3EuuhWo
- Once Upon A Dream https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcEkAn-FI8M
- A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1i8XVQ2pswg
- When You Wish Upon A Star https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKh6XxYbbIc
- Someday My Prince Will Come – Barbara Streisand https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0mURZzBpnE
- He Loves And She Loves -Funny Face https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5nd6QteDR8
- Indecent Proposal Theme https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFOCqZxRDU0
- I’ve Got You Under My Skin- The Four Seasons https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vxCs0GrmpY
- Liz On Top Of The World https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IISaqrS_XpQ
- Clean- Taylor Swift
Remember that this week might find you feeling so in touch with your romantic side, you might just think it’s romantic to reach out to your ex. DON’T! This is all about rebuilding yourself for the next, best, Mr./Mrs. Right. You’re done with Mr./Mrs. Wrong. So if the temptation arises, please use the link below instead.