Movie Review: Hope Lives (2022)

Anyone who is among the living has hope —even a live dog is better off than a dead lion!

Ecclesiastes 9:4 ~ New International Version (NIV)
Title: Hope Lives
Rated: PG
Director: Anthony Hackett
Release Date: 2022
Runtime: 1hr 53 min
Official Movie Description
An inspiring drama that shows the triumphs and pains of a group of high school students who are victims of bullying, and how one man can make a difference.

This Mother’s Day, me and my grandmother (who is more like my mother) checked PureFlix–a Christian film streaming channel–to see if they had added any intriguing movies for us to watch. We stumbled upon Hope Lives, a new movie that was just recently released. Although I was a little unsure of what to expect from the movie, it easily became one of the best films that I’ve ever watched.

The protagonist–who is played by the wonderful director, Anthony Hackett–lost his daughter as a result of bullying, which was revealed in the opening scene of the film. Dramatic start, I know. But hey; it is a drama, after all.

While Mr. Ryan is heartbroken due to what happened, I admire how he uses his experience for good by volunteering to form a club with high school students to discuss ways to stop bullying. The fact that the movie went so in-depth into the topic –without being violent or derogatory–was super refreshing to witness.

Each of the students that Mr. Ryan counsels experiences bullying in a different form, but we really get to know each of their stories and struggles, making every main character likeable and relatable over a really short period of time.

It really stood out to me that every highlighted victim of bullying eventually learned how to stand up for themselves in a way that didn’t include violence or inappropriate language; I think that it shows the people of today’s world that while you shouldn’t sit there and allow people to mistreat you, it is more effective to stand up for yourself without punching back (neither verbally, nor physically).

As the club members begin to build friendships with one another, the film begins to dive into other important topics such as body image, self confidence, and showing yourself respect just as much as you would expect it from others. The acting feels real (another great element of the movie) and I think that makes the smallest of moments that much more powerful and memorable.

Hope Lives (2022) is the utter definition of an emotional roller coaster. While there were many wholesome, funny moments, I also found myself frozen in shock and nearly in tears, at some points. It’s honestly amazing how this film is extremely family friendly and fun to watch, yet there are a lot of powerful moments that will likely sit with any viewer, regardless of age.

Every moment that I spent watching this film was a moment well spent. I thank God for letting me watch it in full with Goodmommy on her special day.

My Overall Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (10 out of 10 stars)

Recommended Age: All Ages 10+

In closing, I would recommend this movie to absolutely ANYONE who is 10 years of age and older. It is powerful, inspirational, and a film that I believe everyone can get something special out of. This was a fantastic watch for both me and Goodmommy, and I would definitely watch it again, in the future.

Thank you so much for stopping at my corner of the Internet. God bless you all, and I will see you next time! Peace in! ✨

15 Things to Do in May

What’s up, peeps? As you know, we are still in the beginning of May, which I find to be one of the most beautiful times of year. We are in the golden days of the season of spring, and for some reason that makes me want to get out of the house a little and enjoy the beautiful weather.

Just in case you are also wondering what you can do to enjoy the wonderful month of May–before spring comes to an end–here is a list full of simple yet rewarding things to do. Enjoy!

1. Go bird watching. Spring is such a colorful and joyful time of year. Nature is in its prime, so watching little birds fly across the sky as you hear them sing their fluttery songs is a great way to take advantage of the bliss of the season.

2. Have a picnic on a sunny afternoon. Nothing compares to a nice family barbecue or brunch on a weekend in the spring. Eating outside is best experience when the weather is sunny and bright.

3. Take a trip to the zoo. There’s something about May that makes little family trips out of the house so much more fun. A trip to the zoo can give you an opportunity to be outside while learning more about wildlife.

4. Start gardening or plant a tree. At this time of year, plants are blooming all around us, and the colors of mother nature are present everywhere we turn. If there’s anytime to find your green thumb, it’s springtime!

5. Take a nature hike. When you have free time on your hands, it can be extremely relaxing to step outside and take a look at the true beauty of nature. You could even take a few photos along the way.

6. Read outside. What I love most about reading is that you can do it any time and any where. Outside during the spring make for a great time and place.

7. Host a family game night. On a rainy day, you might have to improvise and find fun things to do inside. If and when this scenario happens, a few rounds of Monopoly, Uno, or Twister are sure to pass the time.

8. Ride your bike around a local park. May is a wonderful chance to go outdoors and stretch in the beauty of nature. Why not get some exercise as you look at all spring has to offer?

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9. Do some spring cleaning. Although cleaning might not seem like a fun thing to do, dancing around your house as you listen to some upbeat music while you clean sweetens the deal.

10. Go bowling or golfing with your family. To be honest, every season of the year is a great time to bowl or golf with the ones you love. But in the spring, we are motivated to go out and have some fun. Bowling and golfing are both wonderful picks!

11. Practice good mental health in celebration of Mental Health Awareness Week (May 9-16). Mental health is an extremely important part of self care. That being said, this week is catered to spreading awareness about the importance of how we are doing mentally. Take some extra time this month to take care of yourself.

12. Visit an aquarium. So maybe you aren’t so keen on going to the zoo. Well, the next best thing is an aquarium. Although the main part of spring is the nature on land, taking a chance to see some beautiful marine life can still be a great experience this May.

13. Write with chalk on your driveway. This is a really good option for those of you who want to do things close to home. Playing hopscotch or simply doodling on the sidewalk can add some early childhood nostalgia to your spring.

14. Listen to classical music. While there are many music genres that are great for relaxation, classical music just gives me a spring-y vibe with it’s energetic and playful beats. I find it the perfect type of music to add to your May playlist.

15. Go to an amusement park that you’ve never been to. Amusement parks seem to be more fun around the spring and summer. And while any amusement park will do, it’s might be a good idea to spice things up a bit by visiting one that you’ve never visited, before.


This list was a lot of fun to write; it’s one of those posts that not only give you guys some creative ideas, but me as well. I think that if there’s any time to get out and about, it’s the spring, which may be my favorite season.

Hopefully, now you have some ideas for how you can make the most of May, while its still here for us to enjoy.

LET’S CHAT~ What is your favorite season? Why do you like it the most?

Have a beautiful and blessed day, everybody! God bless you all! ✨

5 Qualities that I Value in a Teacher | Teacher Appreciation Week 💜

After COVID-19 hit, I think more people started to recognize the importance of teachers. Monday, May 2 – Friday, May 6 is Teacher Appreciation Week, which gives us the opportunity to contribute to all of those who are teaching and/or have taught us throughout our years of education.

Teaching has got to be one of the most important jobs in the world. So, as a thank you to every dedicated teacher around the world, I will be sharing 5 of the qualities that I value in a teacher, from the point of view of a soon-to-be high school freshman. Let’s get started!

1. Dedication to teaching (and learning along the way)

I am a strong believer than anyone who works should be dedicated to their job. Teachers who truly want to see their students reach the best of their potential and do everything in their power to help every child have success deserve a solute. In addition, I love it when teachers can acknowledge that although they are educated, there are still things that they can learn along the way, whether that is technology or learning strategies; no matter how good we are at something, there is always room to grow.

2. Strong communication

Relationships in general need a good sense of communication to be beneficial for both people. I feel seen when I have a teacher who is willing to make sure that I truly understand the topics that we are reviewing. Knowing that you can approach your teacher when you need their help is a big relief, as it shows me that they care about my growth and success as their student.

3. Patience, with a love to teach

I understand that some students can be A LOT to handle at some points, especially those who have frequent visits to the principal’s office. That being said, a teacher who is able to “handle the heat” in a calm and professional manner is likely a really good educator. This trait really shows me that the teacher can think about the best way to handle a situation in a timely manner. Along with this, I feel as though a teacher who isn’t easily angered is also able to show their empathy and genuine wish for the well-being of their students, another great quality for a teacher to have.

4. Preparation

One of my largest pet peeves (when it comes to education) is when a teacher isn’t prepared. This probably has something to do with the fact that I’m an early bird, but my opinion still stands. Although I don’t think this is the ONLY good quality of a good teacher (by far), I appreciate when a teacher is organized, and keeps good time management. Although everything doesn’t always go as planned, the ability to stay on the schedule is a very admirable trait to have in an educator.

5. Fun, interactive classes

Last, but definitely not least, I STRONGLY value when a teacher has fun classes. Sure, watching a video presentation and taking some notes will get the job done, but the lessons where visuals, audio, and hands-on activities are combined tend to be the most effective (not to mention the most fun.) I think that if every teacher knew how to make their classes enjoyable, then many more kids and teenagers would enjoy learning. That’s why I give a tip of the hat to every teacher who makes sure they are reaching all types of learners.


Teachers are an extremely important part of our society. Think about it: our teachers are with us almost as much as we are with our parents or guardians. They take a huge part in raising children to be educated and responsible adults once they enter the real world. This is exactly why every good teacher in the world deserves the utmost gratitude. They are truly a blessing from the Lord.

Thanks to all of my dedicated, wonderful teachers (from the present and the past), who have taught me things to last a lifetime.

LET’S CHAT~ What 5 qualities do YOU value most in a teacher? Feel welcome to comment down below.

In all honesty, when it comes to every trait that makes a good teacher, I believe that I only scratched the surface, with this list. I can even think of a few other good qualities, at the top of my head. Oh, well. There’s always next year. (Hint, hint 😋✨😉)

Have a beautiful and blessed day, everybody! May God bless you all and I’ll “see” you next time!✨