High Strung Movie Shows The World You Can Do Anything

You know how sometimes you see a movie and it leaves you feeling  lighter, somehow? Like you’re filled with dreams and positivity and hope?  That’s what  I felt like after watching a preview of  High Strung. It is one of those shows that you know is going to be on your list for watching if you’re ever feeling down.


The official  description is :

In a city where only the best succeed, two radically talented people from opposite sides of the tracks need to find harmony to achieve their dreams.

RUBY ADAMS is a dancer from the Midwest on scholarship, living her first day in New York City. JOHNNIE BLACKWELL is a British musician, playing for money in the subway tunnels. Ruby’s world is classical and disciplined; Johnnie’s is improvisational and street smart. When a hip-hop battle gone wrong throws these two artists together, they immediately clash but can’t deny it when sparks begin to fly. Their lives quickly get entangled in the pitfalls that come with competing in New York City. With the help of a dynamic dance crew called The SwitchSteps, Ruby and Johnnie must find a way to save Ruby’s scholarship and keep Johnnie from being deported.

In an action-packed extravaganza combining cutting edge hip-hop with contemporary and classical dance, the two must navigate their opposing worlds and prepare for a competition where winning or losing will change their lives forever.

 It’s where you learn to trust in yourself, and the knowledge that you know you have what it takes.

Watch the High Strung trailer:

High Strung is an incredible showing of wanting something badly enough to give it 110% will help you get there. It’s when you learn to  #BeBrave and stand up for what you know: You ARE good enough, you ARE talented, you Do have worth and you’re going to show the world!

The show opens April 8th in theaters,and I can tell you,  I will see it again.


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Disclosure: I have been compesated to express my opinion on this movie, which is MINE- I really did love this movie and am planning on seeing it again at a theater with friends. 

No Longer A Losergurl

For years, I’ve written on Losergurl and people would ask me, over and over, WHY do I call myself a losergurl?

You see, when I was in the middle of being bullied, people would call me a loser. I began to believe them.  When I decided to talk about being bullied, I thought, well, you call me a loser, well, I’m the best damn loser you will ever meet!  and Losergurl was born.

The thing is, I’m not a loser. I never was a loser.  I am just Ally.


I was someone who was a victim, and someone who found the strength to fight back.  I was someone who believed that I was worthless and fought hard to realize that I wasn’t. I was sharing with the world that I WASN’T a loser, but I was still calling myself losergurl.

So now it’s time for change. Change is scary. Change is good.  I want to share more of myself than just my bullying story.  I AM more than my bullying story.  I’m a good writer, a fabulous songwriter, and a really good singer.  I like music.  I love concerts. I like fashion. I like making friends and a I really like helping others to know that they are pretty terrific, too. I’m still working on helping to stop bullying, but I’m sharing much more of me.


So, I have decided I am no longer a losergurl.  I’m just….. Ally.

And that is pretty perfect.





Sorry, Oprah, I Love Who I Am

I know it’s January, and this is the time of year where there are so many commercials  and ads everywhere telling people to just buy their stuff and they can LOSE WEIGHT!  They can start their New Year finally earning the right to BE HAPPY if they would just buy their weight loss program, gym program, or supplement.  Of course, you must START ON JANUARY 1st! because you can’t possibly have a good year if you don’t LOSE WEIGHT NOW!

One commercial I saw that really made me stop and think was the Oprah commercial I just saw.  Oprah says that if I just join Weight Watchers (a company that she just bought a 10%  interest into) that I can BE THE WOMAN I KNOW I CAN BE.

Actually, she says, “Inside every overweight woman, is a woman she knows she can be”

She’s right, but she’s so wrong.   What she should have said is:

  • Inside every person is the voice that tells them to SHUT OUT the voices of others telling them that they needs to change to be worthy.
  • Inside every person is the TRUTH that they are good enough, right now, just as they is.
  • Inside every person is the knowledge that her body isn’t the only thing of value that they have.  They knows they’re worth far more than the size of their jeans.
  • Inside every person is the person who is stronger than they thinks, more beautiful than they believe and braver than they know.

She also said

“Many times you look in the mirror and you don’t even recognize your own self because you got lost, buried, in the weight that you carry”

She’s right, because we, as a society have said that the only thing that matters  is to be thin- someone else’s version of “beautiful”.  It’s not just WOMEN who are told they need to be thin, or muscular or have a full head of hair  or look a certain way to be worthy. Men are fed the same bull every day.  When  the majority of the country is above a size 14, why do we continue to buy into this crap?

I was lost, nearly hopelessly so, because I listened to the people and voice that told me that I had no value because I was fat.  The extra weight on my body didn’t hold me down nearly as much as the weight of the words that people spewed at me.  The heaviest weight I carried was other peoples hatred and disdain simply because I wore bigger clothes than them. I may only be 17, but I do know which one of those nearly broke me.

butterfly change

It’s January. It’s a natural time to make “resolutions”  If you want to lose weight in the incoming year to become healthier, then do it. I am.  But I am also resolving to be a better friend, to continue to help stop bullying, and most of all to help other people, men and woman, know that inside each and every one of them is a TRUTH.

You’re special- just the way you are. You ARE the person you know you can be, right now.  You don’t have to wait for a New Year, or to lose weight, or for anything else to love yourself.

You need to love yourself, now.  You deserve it.