Top Ten: Inspiring Life Quotes

Disney movies are truly magical. The storytelling is brilliant, the animators are always pushing the limits, and some of the most memorable songs some from these films. They also provide us with some wise words of wisdom. In this Top Ten, I had the daunting task of assigning a rank to only ten inspiring life quotes. Disney movies have an amazing amount of quotable phrases, which include good advice and life lessons. So, here’s what I was able to whittle it down too!

#10. “The very things that hold you down are going to lift you up.” – Timothy Mouse, from Dumbo


Finding strength in your struggles makes the experience so much more rewarding. Using the adversity to your advantage is what makes you strong. Way to go, Timothy! He gave Dumbo the inspiration to soar, and inadvertently provided us with a golden nugget of inspiration.

#9. “It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.” Alice, from Alice in Wonderland


I love this quote. We do grow little by little every day, as long as we are open to learning. We should always be growing, because that is part of life!

#8. “Put you faith in what you most believe in.” from Tarzan


This is straight to the point. I think it’s very important to stand for something, and to believe in something. If we don’t, then what do we have to inspire us to do and be better?

#7. “There is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” Christopher Robin, from Winnie The Pooh

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As far as life quotes go, this one is pretty powerful. You have to have faith in yourself, and believe in yourself, before any one else will. Be your number one fan!

#6. “Our fate lives within us. We only have to be brave enough to see it.” Merida, from Brave


It’s easy to be a critic to someone else’s life. It’s more difficult to evaluate yourself, because usually this brings forward things that you need to change. And that takes bravery. But once you take a good hard look at all of your flaws AND strengths, you’ll discover more about yourself. That is your reward.

#5. “Sometimes the right path isn’t the easiest one.” Grandmother Willow, from Pocahontas

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Short, sweet, and very true. I don’t want to glide through life without taking any risks. Getting to the victory means cutting your own path. It’s scary, but so worthwhile.

#4. “You must not let anyone define your limits because of where you come from. Your only limit is your soul.” Gusteau, from Ratatouille


So, if you haven’t watched Ratatouille yet – what are you waiting for? Gems like these quotes are threaded throughout this amazing film. How deep is this quote? And it’s spoken by a figment of a rat’s imagination! Regardless of the source, it is truly profound. We are our only limit, and sometimes we have to get out of our own way. But never let anyone else put limitations on you.

#3. “Life is not a spectator sport. If watching is all you’re gonna do, then you’re gonna watch your life go by without you.” Laverne, fromThe Hunchback of Notre Dame


This line can be missed because it is said by a lesser character, but it sure gives you a kick in the pants! Laverne got Quasimodo out of his comfort zone, and we need to listen to that. Get out of your own way and put yourself out there if you really want to experience life!

#2. “When life gets you down, do you wanna know what you’ve gotta do? Just keep swimming!” Dory, from Finding Nemo


Another piece of gold from an unlikely source, this time a little fish with no memory. Dory sums up the best attitude to have while on our own adventure. Just. Keep. Swimming. <3

#1. “Life is a journey to be experienced, not a problem to be solved.”Pooh Bear, from Winnie the Pooh


This silly old bear really gets it. Can life be explained any more plainly? Why mince words when the lesson is so simple. I often find myself trying to figure out this world, how to “win” at it, and it isn’t being fair to myself. This isn’t a win or lose situation. Experiencing the world, and living our life the best we can, is what this whole thing is about.

So, what Disney quotes inspire you? Let me know what you think! 



The Food Art of Lee Samantha

The Disney Diva:

Disney, food, photography. These are a few of my favorite things!!!

Originally posted on Mouse Freaks:

Lee Samantha Food Art

Lee Samantha is a Malaysian mother who creates fun, creative and healthy meals for her two young daughters and over half a million followers on Instagram. She started creating food art to help her eldest daughter eat independently and adventurously. They do look tasty, don’t they?


Lee Samantha es una mamá de Malasia que crea platillos divertidos y saludables para sus dos pequeñas hijas y más de medio millón de seguidores en Instagram. Comenzó creando estos platillos para ayudar a su hija mayor a comer de forma independiente y aventurera. ¿No se les antojan sus creaciones?

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Fun Fact Friday! #163

Ah, Frozen. I fear to mention this movie on my blog until the hype had leveled out. Hopefully, my timing is good. :)

Frozen has undoubtedly become one of the most popular Disney movies of all time, and has broken its fair share of records.

  1. It is the highest-earning animated movie ever.
  2. It is the fastest selling home entertainment release ever.
  3. Its soundtrack is the first to sell a million copies in 2014. Source

Weee ruuuulllee!

Regardless of your feelings about the movie or not, it’s hard to dispute that it has an amazing amount of accolades. Personally, I thoroughly enjoy the movie to this day! For those of you who are not impressed with the record breaking facts above, let me give you a more interesting fact geared towards the Disney movie world of facts (AKA my favorite kind).

Believe it not, but after so many movies and so many songs, Frozen supplied us with the first ever duet sung between a Princess and a Villain. That’s right! The song “Love is an Open Door” not only provided us with a million adorable daddy-daughter duos on YouTube, but it entered a new realm of heroine and villain relationships.

Not so fast, Anna!

Not so fast, Anna!

I think it’s really cool that Disney has been involving the Princes in the movies more than usual. Even if some of them are meany heads. :p


Getting “Home” Sick

“Home” sick – as in missing Walt Disney World. I follow a ton of blogs and Facebook pages that refer to WDW as their “home” and so I thought I would borrow it. While I was just there in October for a short five-day trip, it’s been difficult for me to look over my photos from that time. Why? Probably because I have so many feelings about them. I really enjoyed my solo vacation, it was a lot of fun and I got to do things that strictly I wanted to do. I knew leaving would be tough because I don’t know when I’ll ever be able to get back there. Sure, I could realistically travel any time, but I feel a bit guilty going knowing that some people at home can’t go. Guilt, guilt, guilt!

And that’s why it’s hard to reflect on my vacation, because while I was so proud of myself for finally doing something for me, I know it probably bummed a couple of people out that they couldn’t come. *Deep sigh*

Anyways, it’s been six months and that means it’s time to share some photos from my trip. I took a bunch, of course, but this week ‘ll focus on the pictures I took around the Caribbean Beach Resort, where I stayed.


This was my building, #52 in Aruba. >.<


I was super close to the pool! Although… I didn’t go swimming. :/


Beautiful view at the end of the walkway. I was so close to the water. See the colorful buildings across the way – it really felt like I was in the Caribbean!


Each “Island” has its own beach. It was very quiet when I went down in October. Had I been there longer, I would have taken advantage of the beach chairs and lounged around, but I wanted to get as much Disney time in as possible!


This bridge connected Aruba and Jamaica to the Center or hub, where there was a food court, some shopping, a really cool Spanish-style pool, and bus pick up. Inside Caribbean Cay was a hidden play area and a perfect viewing area of the sunset.



Coming around the bridge, you can see the neat pool they had there.


This is “Centertown”, the hub. It was really cool inside. They had painted the ceiling with clouds so it felt like an open-air market. Good food, too.

While the CBR was absolutely stunning and transported you the the Caribbean, all in all, it wasn’t one of my favorites. If I had more leisure time, maybe, but this resort had almost completely eliminated any reference to “Disney”, so it sort of felt like you weren’t actually at Walt Disney World. Some people might be looking for a retreat away from the parks, and that’s fine, but as for me, I really enjoy being immersed in the Disney world!

I also wasn’t a fan of the busing system, as I felt it took to long to get out of the resort. The buses had to stop at each island for pick-up/drop-off, and there were a few of them, about eight if I remember correctly. So it took a while to get in and out. Also, I was lucky to be staying in Aruba, which is located across from Centertown. But certain other “islands” were super far away from Centertown, and after all the walking you do in the parks, having to walk to the hub for a drink/snack/toiletries/etc… must have been a bummer.

Again, it was beautiful and serene, but that wasn’t what I was looking for. Next time – whenever that may be – I think I’ll check out on Port Orleans. Anyone else have any suggestions?

I hope you enjoy my pictures. Now I will spend my night struggling with the options of planning another trip, or not… oh, the agony! :)