Category: 5 Things

5 Things: Motivational Movie Quotes

We all need a little motivation now and then and a little pep talk can go a long way. I get my motivation from a few places and one of them is listening to some good old movie quotes and speeches. There’s always a little priceless nugget of advice to be found somewhere.

5 » The Pursuit of Happiness!
This movie made me cry! Like openly sob. It was just so moving and this part when Chris is talking to his son and realises that he has basically told his son not to follow his dream ugh – Pass the hankies. I just love the look on Will Smith’s face when he realises that if he leaves it there he could have, in one swift moment, stopped his son from dreaming for the rest of his life. It’s as if his son’s life flashed before his eyes and it wasn’t a happy one. Beautiful part of the movie.

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Batman Begins
This pretty much sets up the entire trilogy, there is the start of Dark Knight Rises where Bruce has stopped listening, but he gets there in the end. It’s a lesson that says it’s ok to fail – that’s how we learn to succeed. If you fall flat on your face just get up, dust yourself off and keep on trucking – or rambling as the case may be in the Nolanverse.

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   Ferris Bueller
I first heard this when I was younger and I kind of got it then, but as I got older and wiser and went through some “stuff” and suffered a great loss it became more meaningful and important to me. Life does move pretty really fast and we do need to remember to stop some times and appreciate what we have, who we have and who we are. Live in the now man!

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  Little Miss sunshine
One of my favourite’s with a sweary word for emphasis! This is one that comes up with me every now and then. When I’m wondering whether I should give up my dreams and take a job just for the money for the rest of my life. Right now I’m kind of working three jobs and barely scraping by. I love each one, but there is always this niggling feeling whether it’s time to just let it all go and get the “normal” job. I mean yeah I’d love to work in a studio full time surrounded by other creative folk and I’m giving it everything I’ve got to try and find that, but they’re thin on the ground. I know in my heart that I will eventually get to where I want to be, I just have to keep doing what I love to get there!

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Rocky Balboa
I said it before in my 5 Things We Can Learn From Rocky post, life is tough sometimes and we all get knocked down occasionally. The hits can be hard too and totally deflate us in every way, but as Rocky says we have to be willing to take the hits and keep moving. That’s how we accomplish our goals no matter how hard things get. Nothing worth doing is easy so fight it out to the end and it’ll all be worth it!


So these are my Top 5 Motivational Movie Quotes and I hope you get as much out of them as I do. If you have any that I haven’t mentioned then leave a comment below as you can never have too many inspiring snippets of wisdom in your life!

5 Things We Can Learn From Rocky

5 Things We Can Learn From Rocky

So I’m a bit of a movie nerd and one of my all time favourite movies is Rocky. To some that will make total sense, to others not so much.

When I was younger I loved Rocky because it was about boxing, but as I got older and time went on I began to realise it was about a lot more than that. I began to understand what it was really about – following your gut, your heart and your dreams, to achieve things even you weren’t sure you could do. To keep going no matter how tough things get and if life knocks you down to get back up!

The movie is full of inspiration and motivation, but so is the story of how Stallone made it happen. He went broke, people laughed at him and he even had to sell his dog!  But he stuck to his dream, worked hard, struggled and eventually it worked out!

So what can we learn from the story of Rocky, both on and off screen? Here’s a list of my five lessons.

Keep moving forward
Don’t let negative past experiences ruin today. This is a bad habit of mine, but is something I’m working on now with my fitness challenge. I told myself that I’d never be able to reach my fitness goals because I’ve never stuck to a regime before, so why is now any different. With a little support, encouragement and positive outlook I’m finally doing it.  I’m 18 days in and although I may miss the odd one, I’m trying not to let it bother me. I suck it up and focus on the next day’s routine.

So if you want to try something new or something you feel you’ve failed at before move forward, let past negatives go and focus on now! If you have a blip, let it go and start fresh.

Sylvester Stallone felt rejection so many times in his journey to get Rocky made. He stuck to his guns though, got the part, got it produced and even won an Oscar! He didn’t let all the negativity that was thrown his way bring him down: “I take rejection as someone blowing a bugle in my ear to wake me up and get going, rather than retreat.”

There ain’t no can’ts!
Or as my Grandma says “can’t means won’t”. Saying you can’t do something is pretty much a sure fire way to fail before you’ve even started. Everyone’s guilty of this at some point in their lives. I’ve had a lot of folk say to me “I can’t draw” and to them I should really ask, have you tried? Most folk will probably say something like “yeah, once and I was rubbish” compared to who? Someone who has being at it for years? All you need is practice and determination. Both in time will build your confidence in your skills and yourself. Find yourself an art class or a book on drawing or whatever it is you want to do. Research, the right information, tutorials and hard work will serve you well and soon you’ll realise you can do it!

In order to beat Apollo, Rocky has to learn to fight right handed, something he says he “can’t” do. With hard work, determination,  Mickey screaming at him (encouragingly of course) and a training montage he gets the job done and wins the fight.

Believe in yourself
Believing in yourself can sometimes be difficult, especially if doing the opposite is a lifetime habit. It was a terrible habit of mine, doubting my skills and I’ve only recently truly started to think more positively about them.One way to start believing in yourself and thinking more positively is to write a list of all your achievements. It doesn’t matter how small they are, as long as you felt good about it. When I did my 30ish before 30 list it brought back great memories and things I’d completely forgotten about. It helped me realise that I’ve done some pretty cool things already in my life and there is no reason why I can’t achieve more.Stallone believed in himself and the story of Rocky so much that he turned down so many offers for the script, offers that would have made him a lot of money. He wanted to play Rocky so refused any offer that didn’t include him – that’s awesome self belief right there!

Life ain’t all sunshine and rainbows
Let’s be honest, sometimes life can suck and things can get tough – you just have to keep on punching! If you’ve hit rock bottom, take heart that the only direction left is up. Take steps to live more positively, choose how you react to things. I’ve heard folk say that gratitude journals help them develop a more positive outlook and although I’ve never tried this myself I can understand the merit in it. I tried making a positive list – each night write down one positive thing that happened or you felt through the day, then on the following Monday you’ll have a list of seven things that made you happy. This made the start of my week pretty sweet and overtime you start to look for the positives in everything and your whole outlook eventually changes, worth a shot right?

Every movie in the franchise delivers life blows to Rocky and each time he overcomes them to win or see things through to the end – “It ain’t about how hard you hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward”

Go the distance
If you want to accomplish your goals or do something new – go for it! Immerse yourself in it, take a class, join a club, do some tutorials, or take part in a hangout online. Whether it’s saving up for a once in a lifetime trip, to learn Photoshop or play an instrument. Just do what it takes to make your dreams come true, but also be aware that it’s ok for those goals to change and evolve. Don’t do things half assed, do them to the full and be enthusiastic. If you start to get bogged down and start to worry you’re not getting there fast enough, take a moment, breathe and remember why you wanted to do it in the first place. See it through to the end and you’ll never have to say that you didn’t try and you won’t regret a thing!


So there you go, that’s why Rocky inspires me. Now do you have any movies or quotes that inspire you to keep going, to try something new, or believe in yourself? Then share them in the comments because we all need a little motivation at times!

5 Things: Movies About Love

Love Movies
Friday marked the end of a fortnight of weddings, but I think I have one more love themed post left in me and I also want to try something new. I’ve wanted to do a list feature since I started planning my blog, possibly once a week or maybe every fortnight. I love a good Top 5 list and need an excuse to list my favourite things. So… welcome to my new “5 Things” feature. In each post I’ll share some random things that I love in numerical order. This week in honour of all the love spread over the course of July I wanted to kick off the feature with my Top 5 alternative movies about love of all time. Now I say “alternative” as I’m not much of a fan of your conventional lovey dovey movies – except The Notebook. Good God that is trauma in a box! Nopers, I’m more drawn to the action genre, or even the genre of Statham. So with this in mind, let’s begin.


5 »   Lethal Weapon – You heard!

Lethal Weapon

Quite possibly the origins to one of the greatest movie loves of all time… the Bromance. Riggs is on the edge of a breakdown, Murtaugh is on the road to retirement, then fate steps in. Riggs and Murtaugh are thrown together in order to bring down Gary Busey. They must put aside their differences and work as a team to see it done, even if Murtaugh is feeling “too old for this shit”

Best Bit: Any time Danny Glover yells RIIIGGGGS and Mel’s crazy face!

Now you know the kind of track we’re on, I’ll continue.

4 »   Anchorman

AnchormanSuper-tached hero Ron Burgandy loves one person – himself. He’s a pretty big deal. He thought he had it all, career, leather bound books, the love of a dog fluent in Spanish. That was until he met the second love of his life, Veronica. Anchorman recounts the journey of one man’s road to true love and redemption.

Best Bit: Too many to count!

3 »   Con Air

Con Air

Cameron Poe is a deadly weapon, the judge that sends him to prison says so. One night while defending the honour of his lady love, he “accidentally” kills a guy. Locked behind bars, he dreams of the day he’ll be reunited with his wife and baby daughter. The day finally comes and armed with only a bunny he boards a plane to freedom. Unfortunately bald and creepy John Malkovich has other plans. Desperate to get home, Poe must kick so much ass in order to take back the plane.

Best Bit: “Define irony…”

2 »   Die Hard

Die Hard Die Hard is the story of one man in a vest trying to save his beloved wife from the clutches of evil terrorist Hans Gruber and his band of scary, giant German friends. John McClane has to do this with no shoes (wtf?), taking them out one by one while his love is forced to put up with this guy. Only John can save her, well he’s the only good guy in the building so who else is going to do it?

Best Bit: When Bruce jumps off the roof. When Bruce says yippe-kay-yay. When Bruce is in the vent. When Bruce… pretty much the whole movie is awesome! Also anything Alan Rickman says and when he dispatches of this guy.

1 »   The Terminator

The Terminator

Now this is one of the most romantic movies of all time. No I’m serious! Kyle Reese travels across time to fight Arnie for Sarah – that’s love! Future mother of the worlds saviour Sarah Connor is on Skynet’s hit list – Cue Arnie, sent back in time to kill her. Kyle, having all ready fallen in love with Sarah in the future from only a photo (awww), is sent back to save her. Like all time travel movies, when you start thinking about too much you’re head will explode, but it’s good and oh so romantic! Plus Linda Hamilton is my hero!

So what’s your favourite romantic movie? Are you an action junkie like me or do you prefer a more traditional romantic style? Leave a comment and share your top 5 romantic movies of all time!