Buffy the Vampire Slayer and 12 Movies that Motivate

They’ve added all the seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer on Hulu and I cannot stop. Was anyone else obsessed when it first came out?

buffySeason 1, Episode 7 Angel…so good! {watch it}

Between the witty repertoire, the delightful nerdy realness of the Scooby Gang, the passionate back and forth between Buffy and Angel, Giles and his stuffy/mentory/well-meaning English accent, what wasn’t to love? It’s hard to believe the season finale was 10 years ago.

And then there was Buffy. She was cute, she was stylish, she had attitude and a quip ready at the drop of the hat plus she could kick some serious ass. If the shit hit the fan and vampires started popping up left and right, I wanted to believe I could be just as bad ass. I was not the super athlete as a kid, but watching episodes of Buffy always inspired me to run or do some push ups or to at least walk faster to the chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream.

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Season 2, Episode 1 When She Was Bad {watch}

And those are the great books/movies/TV shows/stories, right? The ones that draw you in and make you want to be the main character or get you motivated to take the world by storm. Here are some other TV shows and movies that always get me fired up to be better, stronger, fitter.

1. GI Jane - Those push ups. Enough said.

2. Clueless - Cher is flawed and even more loveable for it. We get to watch her harmlessly superficial ways blow up in her face, leading her to become increasingly self-aware and to start on a sincere but awkward journey of sel-improvement. Every time I watch it, I get inspired by the idea that while there are always concrete steps we can take to improve ourselves, some flaws should be embraced.

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3. The Guardian - The training those in the Coast Guard go through, the physical stamina and endurance they have to develop, the courage they show every time they get sent out in rough seas…so inspiring. Whenever I watch movies like this I wonder, would I make it? Could I push through the pain, the doubts, the panic? Movies like this inspire me to find new limits, or do away with them altogether.

4. Alias - One of my biggest creep factors is anything having to do with the dentist and/or my teeth being yanked out of my mouth. When the first episode aired and Sydney Bristow survived mouth torture just to become a super cool double agent, I was hooked.

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5. Mulan - Clumsy Mulan pretends to be a man and joins the army, taking her father’s place and saving his life. She struggles to find herself while pretending to be someone else, and becomes fit, strong and brave. And she saves the day!

6. La Femme Nikita (TV Show and/or movie) – If you couldn’t tell, I’ve got a think for spies and conflicted heroes. The back story of La Femme Nikita differs a little between these two versions, in one she’s innocent and in the other she’s a guilty juvenile delinquent. In both she faces high pressure situations and has to rely on her strength, skills and coolness under pressure to come out on the other side alive and with some sort of her integrity intact.

7. Chasing Mavericks - Say what you will about this movie, but Jay Moriarity displays an impressive single-mindedness in pursuing his passion. That kind of dedication and focus is something I aspire to.

the real Jay Moriarity surfing on his last trip to the Maldives

8. Highlander - Ok, this one might be a stretch but am I the only one who thinks sword fighting is pretty awesome? Cutting heads off, kinda ew. But swinging a broadsword? I could get down with that.

10. Terminator 2: Judgment Day – Linda Hamilton’s arms…and those sun glasses.

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11. Hunger Games - This one couldn’t be left out. My favorite thing about Katniss, and this movie, is that she becomes a hero not by choice, but out of necessity. She doesn’t spend her life training for the Hunger Games, she spends her life struggling to survive from day-to-day. She’s gritty, she’s real, she’s focused on getting the job done, and she’s fiercely devoted to those she holds close. And she’s awesome with a bow.

Always, Sierra

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