I got Wild with Reese Witherspoon!

I am a little sad this morning knowing that my women’s retreat is coming to an end. 

When I accepted the invitation to come to Palm Springs and experience Wild for myself, I had no idea how it would change me …

Before I share my take on this movie, I should remind you that I am no movie critic, I’m just a girl who loves great movies and pretty much hates all the “amazing” ones that break my heart and leave me needing a prescription for anti-depressants — i.e. those that win Academy Awards. 

If I haven’t lost you, and, possibly intrigued you more. I will share my real girl opinion of this film. 
The movie Wild is based on the true story of a young woman who hikes 1,100 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail, as she struggles to understand her own choices to self-sabotage life.

This is not another 127 Hours, it is the courageous story of a woman’s choice to stop self destructing and start healing her life. 

The entire movie I felt like I was right there with her. Who cannot relate with someone who, instead of facing their emotions, is avoiding them and allowing them to take control of their life?

Cheryl Strayed, portrayed by Reese Witherspoon, captures the three month hike through the wild, and the thoughts that came up in the stillness.

Sometimes, the movie felt like the woman’s version of Castaway, with Tom Hanks. I was emotionally involved and hungry for more.  

My favorite moments were the flashbacks to her life of pain and mistakes. They were easy to follow because of the deep contrast of the wilderness and a beautiful scene with her mom. 

I was surprised that Reese Witherspoon went topless in this movie (sorry, I had to say it), but I also understood. This was a raw film that Witherspoon clearly threw herself into. Reese is a long way from Cruel Intentions. 

Without giving too much away, this was an epic movie that every woman should watch. 

With passionate feelings and a sensitive heart, I understand the pain of facing my feelings. The ones I don’t want to admit I have. 

But, can you imagine how much worse it would be if we avoided them all and wrecked our lives with self sabotage? So many do this. I have. 

Still, I didn’t have to imagine, because, thanks to 20th Century Fox and the amazing women who partnered, I was able to walk a mile (more accurately, a half mile) in her shoes. 

But, unless a hike along the Pacific Crest Trail is in your immediate future, you can just watch Wild and see for yourself.
Since the DVD just came out, you can host your own ladies’ screening party with your besties. Can you imagine? 

You could drink wine from canteens, eat hor’d oeuvres from grass displays (the grass you buy), and sit by the fire to share your thoughts on the movie. 

Maybe you could even do a Runyon Canyon hike … And ignore all the LA “hipsters”.

Doesn’t that sound like the perfect party? You know I love a good theme!  

Whether you host a party or sit alone, watch Wild, and choose to get silent after and see what comes up for you. You might be surprised. I certainly was! 

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