Top Ten Career-Inspiring Films.

black-coffee-cellphone-coffee-860379As my time at college is coming to a close, I’ve started applying and interviewing for big girl jobs, and I’ve found myself thinking more and more about the women I’ve looked up to throughout my life. Of course, my number one is my total boss of a mother, but there’s so many women in films and literature that have made me feel empowered and inspired. And as luck would have it, today is one of my favorite author’s birthday, Maya Angelou! So I put together a list (in no particular order) of my top ten favorite career inspiring movies. Enjoy!

  1. First Wives Club (1996)- Hands down one of my absolute favorite movies of all time. So funny and witty, I watch it anytime I’m in a rut and need a pick-me-up. The soundtrack is phenomenal too!
  2. Gilmore Girls (2001-2007, 2016)- I am the biggest Gilmore Girls fan, seriously I start watching it again every year on the first day of fall (luckily Sam loves it too). The mother/daughter relationship reminds me so much of my mom and I. Lorelai working hard to run her inn and Rory focused on getting into an Ivy League college have both been inspirations for me during my life.
  3. Baby Boom (1987)- Another classic in my eyes, Diane Keaton plays a single mother/businesswomen who kicks butt and takes names and I love her for it.
  4. Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)- I have a super soft spot in my heart for all three of the Bridget Jones’ movies, but the first one is unbeatable to me. She’s clever and owns her flaws, and isn’t afraid to take risks.
  5. Hidden Figures (2016)- A truly beautiful story of the brilliant women who contributed to one of America’s shining moments, all the while breaking gender and racial stereotypes.
  6. Wildcats (1986)- Can you tell I have a Goldie Hawn/Diane Keaton theme going on? I don’t understand anything about football, but the movie is still really funny and easy to follow without background sports knowledge.
  7. The Devil Wears Prada (2006)- I remember watching this movie forever ago, and wanting so badly to be like Miranda Priestly, even though we couldn’t be more different. She’s such a stylish and driven person, and I really admired her for that.
  8. Bridesmaids (2011)- I know this one is a little unconventional, but Kristen Wiig’s character showed me its okay to not be okay every once in a while, and I think that’s important to remember. We’re not going to all be Wonder Women all the time, and it’s okay to fall apart and be a mess sometimes.
  9. Working Girl (1988)- Honestly, how could I not add this one? A woman working her way from the bottom to the top of a company. What’s not to love?
  10. Sex and the City (1998-2004)- I really enjoyed the series, and the movie is great too. I love how focused it is on the importance of girlfriends and their desire for each other to do well both professionally and personally.

Hello October + Autumn Film Bucket List. 

It’s finally our favorite month of the year. Tucked right in between Sam’ September and my November birthday. I think the weather has us in homebody moods, even more than normal. There’s been so many good movies on too, making it all the more difficult to get us out of the house. Lately we’ve watched Manchester by the Sea, In Secret, and A Man Called Ove, all of which we highly recommend.

It’s finally fall break, which is a breath of fresh air at the end of my midterms and Sam’s endless string of projects. I’ve been fighting off a cold all week, so after a doctor’s appointment this morning we grabbed some coconut sticky rice and cold brew gelato from Dolcetti, and went to see Wind River at the Salt Lake Film Society to cheer me up. In my Adolescent Literature course this semester, we’re reading The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, and it’s interesting contrast reading about a teenage boy trying to get away from his reservation, and seeing how violence towards indigenous women hardly ever go reported, much less brought to justice, in Wind River.

We’ve been stocking up on some slow cooker recipes we’ve wanted to try since we bought our Crock Pot this past summer, but that are too warm to enjoy during hotter months, so hopefully the break will give us a chance to give them a go. Since I got sick, we’ve been living off a diet of soup and tea, but I’ve finally lost my taste for it, so we picked up some groceries to make pot roast tomorrow. If all goes well, I’ll include the recipe one of our posts. On the way home we talked about our favorite fall movies that we want to make a point of watching this season, we’ll put our bucket list below. Please feel free to let us know if you have some favorites we should check out! My momsy is in town this weekend to help me get better and with wedding planning, so hopefully by next entry I’ll feel as good as new. Take care, and stay warm!

  • Dead Poet’s Society
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox
  • Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Hocus Pocus
  • Good Will Hunting
  • Corpse Bride
  • Edward Scissorhands
  • Rushmore
  • Halloweentown
  • Beetlejuice
  • Sleepy Hollow

Take care,
The Wiesenbears