To Infinity and Beyond


As I’m sitting here typing this out, watching the gif above loop endlessly, I’m wondering where all of the time has gone. 24 years ago, little 9 year old me watched in aw as this movie all about toy’s coming to life played on the screen, and as I sat in the theater as an adult I got really emotional. With this movie reportedly being the last in the series it felt really special to be getting to watch this movie and be reminded of the simple joys of playing make-believe with toys could bring.

I’m not going to go too in-depth with a review of the movie itself but here is my two cents on it:

I loved it. The pacing felt really great, the character development felt much stronger than 3, and there were several moments that had me crying (especially the end). It was great to see flashbacks and to see the return of BoPeep and be reminded of how much I - and so many young kids- need a tough, cheerful, and inspiring woman character in my life right now. I also LOVED Forky, like a LOT. He was a breath of fresh air and a reminder of how scary, excited, and new life can be.


The movie itself was a much needed reminder for me that I don’t need to continue doing things the way I have simply because that is how its always been done. We all grow, even toys, and its okay to chase new dreams (or old dreams you just never followed) and go after new experiences. Life is too short to stay in one place and not continue to learn and grow.

Let me know what you think about the movie!

Friday Faves: Studio Ghibli Films

One of the studios that continues to be a huge inspiration for me is Studio Ghibli. The animation and storytelling are so beautifully done that I can watch the movies over and over and still feel like I haven't caught every detail. Since I recently rewatched one of the movies on this list I thought I should put together a favorite's list of Studio Ghibli films, enjoy!

5. Princess Mononoke

Princess Mononoke was my very first exposure to Studio Ghibli. It was an intense ride but I'll never forget the incredible story and just how beautiful all of the sequences were. The story it told was definitely the most violent but also really thought provoking. Highlighting how as man continued to evolve he did not always take into account how his actions affected those around him, including the earth and all of its creatures. 

4. Spirited Away

As someone who used to move around quite a bit, I felt that I could truly relate to the main character Chihiro who felt like she was at the whim of others and unable to make her own mark. But she also remembered those who were truly important to her. It is at times that we tend to forget those who've helped us along the way but in the fleeting moments when we remember it's something to treasure. 

3. Whisper of the Heart

I remember coming across this when I worked at Blockbuster and not really knowing what it was about. Soon I fell in love with the story being able to relate to the main character, , who wanted nothing more than to pour her heart into a story that she created. Knowing that nothing is perfect the first go around and that the journey to reaching your dreams feels even better when you have a companion to be your rock along the way. 

2. Porco Rosso

The greatest man to fight fascism was Porco Rosso. I'll admit that the first go around of watching this movie I didn't truly "get" it. But I slowly grew to love Porco Rosso and all of his shenanigans, though I still have a lot of questions about how he became a pig and what exactly happened at the end. Nonetheless I still find things that excite me in the movie and that I've missed previously.

1. Kiki's Delivery Service

This movie is forever my number one favorite Ghibli film of all time. As a creative and just someone who normally feels lost in a world that tries to pigeonhole her I can really related to Kiki's struggle with who she is. Not only that but who she is meant to be and where her life is heading. It is a roller coaster of emotions that continues to strike a cord with me no matter how many times I watch it. For those of you that feel lost who want to find some inspiration then this is the movie for you. 

I hope you enjoyed my list. Of course there are many amazing films from Studio Ghibli that it is truly difficult to narrow it down to just a top five but I'd love to know what are some of your favorite Studio Ghibli movies? Is there one that you tend to rewatch time and again and always feels like its a new experience all over again?  

♡ Mana