Strong Women and Debunking the Idea that They are Weakened when They Find Love

“Do not bring people in your life who weigh you down. And trust your instincts … good relationships feel good. They feel right. They don’t hurt. They’re not painful. That’s not just with somebody you want to marry, but it’s with the friends that you choose. It’s with the people you surround yourselves with.”

— Michelle Obama

There’s an unusual idea has been making its way around that’s set on the belief that love in the media is weakness. And perhaps, in the real world though I’ve been fortunate enough never to witness this. You’d think Once Upon A Time’s late Cora Mills is in position of their hearts or something. But there’s no theory or idea that’s more laughable, and I say that with the utmost respect. There are a number of opinions that differ from mine that I could respect, turn the other cheek, and agree to disagree on, but when said idea is damaging and leads to young women believing that strength is coldness and isolation, I draw the line. There’s great bravery in honesty and it takes more courage to be vulnerable than it does to build a wall. It takes more courage to understand and explore our feelings than it does to shut them off. It takes strength to fall into the great unknown with a partner that we’re willing to share our entire lives with. Strength is understanding the difference between right and wrong. Strength is understanding our value and trusting our instincts in every obstacle we face. And when someone is right for us, they don’t take those things away from us, they don’t dim them or lock them away, they welcome them with open arms and admiration.

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#100DaysofFanFavorites | Day 39

25 Nearest and Dearest 12/25
Pearson Specter Litt (Suits)

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Suits is perhaps the most intriguing series focus on lawyers I’ve ever seen, and it is entirely due to the amazing dynamics within the Pearson Specter Litt law firm. And while the friendships were always fascinating, the incredible turn they’ve taken this season alone are brilliant. In the beginning, it was about what’s best for the firm, and while that’s still a top priority, today, their loyalty to one another has been tested more than a newfound theory. Now there’s absolutely no question that they’d always choose each other. Harvey, Mike, Jessica, Donna, Rachel, and Louis will have each other’s backs to the very end. Whatever it comes down to, they’ve grown to care for one another in unimaginably overpowering ways. Whether the firm is forever or not, their places in each other’s are unalterable.

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#100DaysofFanFavorites | Day 19

25 Love Stories 19/25
Harvey Specter and Donna Paulsen (Suits)

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Suits is without a doubt one of the most captivating series on currently airing television, but for me personally, it’s also the most frustrating. And I will unapologetically admit that while the series itself is brilliant, there have been plenty of times where I’ve been tempted to quit because Harvey Specter and Donna Paulsen are two of the most ridiculously stubborn characters on television. There are times where I can understand why the most popular relationship doesn’t prevail, sometimes canon tells a better story than what the majority of fans want, but when it comes to Harvey and Donna’s relationship, I have an extremely difficult time understanding how on earth these characters could possibly give themselves to someone else when their hearts belong to each other.

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2014 Year-end Television Review

“Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternative – choice, not chance, determines your destiny.”

Aristotle said it best in the quote above, the significance of choices has not only been an ongoing theme in all our favorite series, but it’s what we feel has been the most noteworthy message this year.

2013 was a great year for television, but 2014 was indescribable – with far too many astounding moments to choose from, television this year inspired us in ways we never thought possible. From superlative performances to exquisitely written scenes and character arcs, we’re proud to say that our choices are ones we feel we’ll adore for years to come.

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3 Extraordinary Female Character in honor of International Women’s Day | ’14

As the years progress television series and films are bringing to life flawed, strong, enticing, and remarkably amazing women whose journeys effortlessly inspire viewers of all ages. Because there are so many today, this list was incredibly difficult to compile but to the best of our abilities, and because of our own personal beliefs, these women have inspired us in one way or another through their incomparable strength and understandably flawed selves who promote the message that it’s okay not to be perfect.

1. Emma Swan (Once Upon A Time)

Emma Swan is a courageously and relentlessly driven woman whose priorities have always been the happiness of others. Sent away from birth to have her best chance at a happy ending, presumably mistreated by foster families, an abandonment that led to 11 months in prison, and giving away a child she would’ve kept had circumstances been more ideal, deep down Emma’s never once stopped loving despite moments where she’s felt most hopeless. When it comes to Emma Swan, what makes her most inspiring and deserving of all things extraordinary is the fact even when she’s felt compelled to run away from her newfound responsibilities as the savior, an instinctual force stemmed by her unwavering love and remarkably deep empathy towards people and the greater good has pulled her back, and contributed to her growth as an astoundingly strong woman. As Snow White, her mother beautifully states: “you’ve touched the lives of everyone here”, and that’s precisely what makes Emma Swan such a marvelous woman because it isn’t about being inhumanly perfect, it’s about allowing oneself to fight for something bigger than they’d ever imagine in their wildest dreams. And by being herself, the imperfectly brilliant woman, throughout her journey to fit into her savior shoes she’s inspired countless people to become the best versions of themselves possible. Moreover, this amazingly outstanding character wouldn’t be as exceptionally inspiring if it weren’t for Jennifer Morrison’s masterfully commendable acting, and the prodigious passion she constantly brings to Emma’s character. Morrison’s ability to capture every single one of Emma’s distinct temperaments is what makes this character so incredibly superlative to watch. It’s the praiseworthy ability to make Emma Swan look like an actual child when she’s in tears about being a lost girl to her impeccably stunning of way of embodying a warrior when Emma’s taking charge and fighting for something dear to her heart. Any emotion Emma Swan is feeling and whatever story she’s telling, in the moment, Morrison brings her to life in such a meticulously excellent manner that as viewers we’re continuously moved towards relating to Emma and partaking in the journey with her.

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2013 Year-end Television Review

Television series in 2013 not only met countless expectations but exceeded all of them. From outstanding new series to jaw dropping remarkable moments, what graced our televisions weekly this year was undoubtedly spectacular.

After 9 superlatively brilliant seasons, The Office aired its final episode on the 16th of May, and in order to honor it, this year’s categories are brought to you by some of the most quoted lines. Farewell, Dunder Mifflin, we are still in denial that there will never be new episodes; therefore, we’ll never stop watching reruns; 201 indescribably uproarious and inimitably motivational episodes simply aren’t enough.

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