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A Lesson in Courage from the Real Moana

My sister and I recently got around to seeing Disney’s Moana and, long story short, we’re obsessed. And while I could go on and on about pretty much every second of every minute of the entire film, quoting my favorite parts, gushing about my favorite characters and belting out every verse of my favorites songs, I can pretty much sum them up with this gif:

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After watching Moana for the first time, I went through my normal routine of stalking everyone (actors, directors, etc.) associated with the film. I like to get an idea of where they came from and the other work they’ve done, so I can feel a strange sense of emotional pride for people I’ve never met. “You’ve come so far!” I tell them. “I’m so proud of you!”

I like to believe that in some way they receive this message with a passing sensation of happiness, but I’m well aware that I’m probably just forming one-sided attachments to strangers. Oh well.

Amongst my findings on the Moana crew: Auli’i Cravalho, a.k.a the voice of Moana herself.

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Some basic info on Auli’i for you (compliments of Wikipedia):

  • She was born in Kohala, Hawaii (which is the northern tip of the big island)
  • She is of Chinese, Irish, Native Hawaiian, Portuguese, and Puerto Rican descent.

Some less basic, more impressive info for you:

  • She’s currently sixteen, but nabbed the roll of Moana at the age of fourteen
  • She recently performed destroyed at the Oscars

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And finally, the piece of information that got me writing to you today:

  • She was the very last girl to audition on the very last day of casting.

In an interview with People, Auli’i said she almost didn’t audition because of all the amazing submissions she’d seen on YouTube, but was encouraged by an Oahu casting agent to change her mind. And so, she did. She auditioned in the very last slot on the very last day.

Recap on what happened next:

  • She got the part
  • She made her acting debut
  • She became immortalized as a Disney princess
  • The film got nominated for a long list of awards including two Oscars (Best Animated Feature Film & Best Original Song “How Far I’ll Go”)
  • She performed “How Far I’ll Go” at the Oscars

So you know that old saying, “it’s worth a shot”?

It really is.

So keep taking those shots. You never know where they might take you.

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28 Good Things that Happened in February

I have good news and good news. I have only good news!

As mentioned in this blog post, at the end of every month I’m going to highlight all the good things that happened, to give ourselves a break from the well known bad.

You can find last month’s here.

Happy February to you!

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1) This woman wrote a great piece on self-confidence and stepping out of your comfort zone. (via Buzzfeed)

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2) This man found a woman’s purse and returned it to her with everything in it, then wouldn’t take a single thing in return. (via Love What Matters)

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3) This grandma made a snow angel. (via ABC News)

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4) The popular YouTube channel, Bad Lip Reading, released a new NFL episode in honor of the Super Bowl:

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5) Speaking of the Super Bowl, can we talk about Lady Gaga’s Halftime show!

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6) The kids from Stranger Things saw their Season 2 commercial on TV for the first time.

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7) The Bloggess hosted her second annual Booksgiving, which is essentially a giant love fest for book lovers.

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8) This man jumped:

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9) This newly adopted dog cuddled with its owner. (via LoveWhatMatters)

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10) This man made a video to give people a better idea of what it’s like living with Cerebral Palsy.

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11) This boy brought his mom to dad day.

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12) These two tangoed:

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13) This boy took his sister to the Father Daughter Dance:

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14) The ridiculously talent packed Grammy’s…

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15) …where Twenty One Pilots accepted the award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance in their underwear and gave this inspirational speech:

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“This story starts in Columbus, Ohio. It was a few years ago. And it was before Josh and I were able to make money playing music. As we were watching we noticed that every single one of us was in our underwear. And seriously—and we were no one at that time—he turned to me and said, ‘You know, if we ever go to the Grammys — if we ever win a Grammy — we should receive it just like this.’ Not only is this amazing, but I want everyone who’s watching at home to know that you could be next. Because anyone, from anywhere, can do anything.”

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16) Lainy checked into the game:

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17) Ashton Kutcher spoke up against human trafficking:

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18) This little girl got adopted. (via LoveWhatMatters)

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19) This photographer dad gave his daughter the Beauty & the Beast photoshoot of her dreams:

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20) This Australian artist used illustration to come clean about her eating disorder. (via Buzzfeed)

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21) This brother was the best valentine ever:

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22) This police officer helped a 10 year old girl with her homework. (via Buzzfeed)

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23) This once incredibly malnourished little boy danced:

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24) This little guy gave up winning a race because he wanted to hug his dad. (via Buzzfeed)

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25) The Oscar’s recognized some incredibly talented artists (including Viola Davis, who never fails to give an amazing, tear inducing speech.)

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26) Backstage at the Oscar’s, previous Best Actress winner Brie Larson & newly recognized winner Emma Stone shared this moment:

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27) This woman gave her husband an Oscar of his own:

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28) The Animal Adventure Park in New York set up a “Giraffe Cam” where you can track the park’s pregnant giraffe, April, as she draws closer to giving birth.

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Wanna know the best part? There is SO much I didn’t include.

I can’t wait to see what March brings!

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