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How Far I'll Go - Moana


When Moana first came to the theatre's I had no idea what to expect. Was it another Frozen movie or a classic princess being saved by her prince story. Wow was I wrong. Watching this movie with my then 4.5 year old I was impressed. The message for me was empowerment. She set out on her own to save her community. She taught herself to sail...yes she had Maui's help for a little bit of the movie...but in the end it was all her.

She looked a bully in the eyes and saw through her. She saw the beautiful sole within the scary Te Ka and realized there was something beautiful inside. She stood her ground and didn't back down. She didn't let this bully push her down. She walked right up to it and saved it from itself.

I truly think this is a powerful message for everyone. A bully is someone who is lashing out because of something they are dealing with inside. Ta Ka was missing her heart. She was scared. Te Ka is a heartless and destructive creature and the polar opposite of Te Fiti.

Moana to Te Ka: "I have crossed the horizon to find you...I know your name...they have stolen the heart from inside you...but this does not define you. This is not who you are...you will know who you are...who you truly are."

If you haven't seen Disney's newest full-length animated film, Moana...watch it! It's even on Netflix now!

These images are of my beautiful fearless daughter. And this video of her singing Moana's epic song from the film. Enjoy!

Moana dress & wig is from the Disney Store!

Way Finding

She referred to the island in the background as Ta Fiti!

Running through the water just like Moana! No shoes!!

Paddling her boat!


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