Choosing to Make Your Move

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Disney’s Queen of Katwe for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

What moves are you making these days? If you’re forced to tell me, “None,” grab a seat and let’s chat about why. Is it fear? A lack of resources? Or, are you listening to the voices (either yours or someone else’s) telling you it can’t be done? Whatever your “why” is, I’ve likely been there too. I’ve been taking risks since the days of acid washed jeans and I’ve learned quite a bit about choosing to make your move

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Finding My Moves

I was in high school when I decided that normal was not enough. I discovered that I could really pursue a goal, have more and do more, so I went after it. I figured out how to graduate early, went on to be only the second in my family to graduate from college and eventually earned an advanced degree. I was probably only expected to finish high school and find a decent job. I knew there was a way out and a way ahead though. Making my move toward college was that way.

While in college, I continued to push against the status quo. I did things I never even knew were possible, like traveling abroad and self-publishing a couple of books. I also met and married the guy who’s called me “wife” for 23 years while I was there.  Since then, we’ve chased dreams and beat crazy odds together and we’re building a legacy that our kids can proudly embrace.

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Of course, it’s been difficult. I’ve struggled with the fear, the definite lack of resources and the voices in and outside of my head telling me to just quit. But I haven’t.  None of this would have been scripted for a little girl with my upbringing, but when you chose to believe and commit to moving forward, the improbable becomes quite possible.


I could go on and on with these stories (maybe it’s time to write another book!). Instead, I’ll encourage you to consider what life might look like if you decided to make your move and keep moving through your challenges. Sure, there will always be plenty of reasons to quit or to play it safe, but I’m not sure people who play it safe have nearly as much fun!

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Be Inspired By Qween of Katwe

Now, if you need a little more inspiration, the kids and I will be watching Queen Of Katwe this weekend. It’s the compelling true story of 10-year old, Phiona, who pushes past personal obstacles to make her move in chess and in life. If you need a jolt of encouragement to try something new or to stick with your dream, I’m sure it won’t disappoint. The movie is available on Blu-rayDigital HD & Disney Movies Anywhere. Watch it (or watch it again) and let’s chat about it in the comments. I’d love to know how Phiona inspires you and I’d really love to know how you’re making your move!

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  • rosannepm

    You should be very proud of what you have accomplished. You are an inspiration to me @ a time when I feel like giving up in a certain situation Rosanne

    • Thanks so much, Rosanne. And whatever you do, please don’t give up!

  • Karen Glatt

    This is a really inspiring movie that has a good message and I have seen this movie and can watch it over and over!

    • I’ve definitely added it to my list of favorite movies!

  • This is the first I am hearing about this movie as we don’t have traditional t.v. I am going to have to look and see if this is going to be on Kodi soon so we can download it. Looks like an inspiring movie!

  • Milena Milani Barrett

    I missed this in theaters and have been dying to see it! I know so many friends that found it inspirational!

  • Stephanay Jnote

    You did a lot over the years and I love that about you. You are a true go getter and I love that you traveled abroad to see the world and also that you have been married for 23 years . That is so pulchritudinous.

    • Aw, thanks and pulchritudinous is definitely my word of the day!! So glad you stopped by.

  • Tina Marie

    Such inspiration and drive you have! You are truly creating a legacy for your family. Thanks for the reminder of this movie! I want to see it!

    • Thanks so much and yes, you have to see it!

  • Lois Alter Mark

    I just watched Queen of Katwe on a plane and absolutely loved it. It’s such an inspiring story – and so is yours!

  • Cynthia L

    I have not heard of this show. I will have to look for it. I love watching movies that make me think and move me.

  • This seems like a great movie with an even better message! You are so inspiring and strong! I love hearing other peoples stories, it all helps us find a common ground and learn from each other.

    • Thanks! I definitely agree about reading other people’s stories. I’m always so inspired by them.

  • slehan

    That looks like an inspiring show to watch. Good for you finding your dreams.

    slehan at juno dot com

  • Jacqui Odell

    I have been wanting to see this movie! Even more so now. There is a lot that can be learned from it.

    • You definitely have to see it! Thanks for commenting.

  • Wow – You are definitely a go-getter! I’m sure that even sharing the bit that you have has inspired many others to go that extra mile. Thanks for sharing!

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