Sunday Sparkle

Have you guys seen La La Land? I wouldn’t exactly call it my favorite movie (I prefer happy endings), but the story’s so good that I can’t stop thinking about it! Disclaimer: If you don’t want spoilers, stop reading!

 
The whole Sebastian/Ryan Gosling and Mia/Emma Stone romance is what keeps the story nice and juicy, but if you look deeper, I’d say the plot is really more about the triumphs and failures that come with following your passion. What I found interesting is how the lead characters approached what they’re passionate about. Sebastian had the confidence and ego of a “serious” musician—and he refused to compromise without a fight. Why? Probably because he knows his art, he’s excellent at what he does, and he knows it. As for Mia, she flounders. She visibly struggles with the highs, lows, and insecurities that come with being an aspiring actress.

 
So the big question I want to ask you is this: Which character do you find more admirable? Is it the guy who’s unapologetically great at what he does and doesn’t compromise his art? Or the girl who chooses to lay her heart on the line with each audition? For me, it’s Mia’s continuous vulnerability that impressed me. I may not be an aspiring actress, but I know what it feels like to keep putting yourself out there over and over again. Like her, I’ve been hurt, rejected, and have wondered if I’m good enough. Like her, there were times when I would have to give up on something (or someone). And like her, despite the many heartbreaks, I still continue to hope. In myself. In someone else. In just winning at life. Continue reading

Sunday Sparkle

I watched After Earth last night and I super loved it. In true M. Night Shyamalan style, there were plenty nerve-racking moments. But once you get past that, the lessons were pretty cool—like this one about fear.

Sometimes, you just really have to stop and think about what story you’re telling yourself. This way, you can move past it (when you’re ready) and have faith that everything will work out the way it’s supposed to. And if it doesn’t work out, you ask? Then dig deep, take a knee (you’ll know what this means if you watched the movie), and find a way to put a better spin on that story. ♥

Sunday Sparkle

Are you a worry wart? I am! I tend to overthink things and be very paranoid about stuff that I really shouldn’t waste energy on. A few examples?

  • Did I lock my car? Should I go back? What if someone steals it?
  • Their or they’re? I’m pretty sure I typed the right one. Let me check to be sure.
  • Ooh, client wants to meet. I wonder why…(thinks about a million possible scenarios)

Yeah, so that’s just the basic stuff that goes on in my head. Ugh, and I’m tired of it. So I looked for a cool mantra that I can get on board with and found this!  Continue reading

Sunday Sparkle

I was just on Instagram and I saw my friend post a quote from Socrates that said, “Beware the barrenness of a busy life.” It’s funny because even though this was said ages ago, its wisdom is still applicable in the modern age.

And that's why this is the current motto that's fueling my life.

And that’s why this is the current motto that’s fueling my life.

I have to admit that work took up maybe 80 percent of my time, but now, I’m totally enjoying the process of bringing that percentage down. My rule now is that if something excites me, then I do it. If it doesn’t, then I pass. And really, it’s so much fun and I’ve been having so many random adventures because of it.

What are you doing to manage your work-life balance? Share your tips with me—I could use the help! ♥

Sunday Sparkle

I went on a Sun-date with myself today <3

Popped in for lunch + tea at one of my favorite hideaways in my side of town.

After a much-needed facial, I popped in for lunch + tea at one of my favorite hideaways in my side of town.

I’ve been dying to read Hector And The Search For Happiness for almost a year now, but I didn’t buy the book because I didn’t fancy the movie cover (it was the only version being sold at local bookstores at the time). So when I spotted this cover a few days ago, I swooped it out of the shelf right away and headed straight to the counter.

Spoiler alert: These are all the lessons Hector learned as he journeyed around the world trying to understand what made me people feel happy.

Spoiler alert: These are all the lessons Hector learned as he journeyed around the world trying to understand what made me people feel happy.

There’s a lot of truth to this list, and if you read the book, you’ll understand them even better through the people that Hector interact with and the experiences that they share. It’s an interesting book and it’s also a very easy read considering the complexity of the topic. And although it saddens me to say that I didn’t completely fall in love with the book or the character, I’d still say that it’s a worthy read. Give it a chance because there are a few gems in there that’ll make you examine and challenge your own views on happiness. Or you can just cheat and watch the movie (I have a feeling it might actually be better than the book and it’s partly because I adore Simon Pegg).

This was one of the questions that Hector asked the people he encountered.

This was one of the questions that Hector asked the people he encountered.

Reading this question over and over again throughout the book really made me stop and want to ask myself this question, too. Was I happy? Like really happy? Find out my answer after the jump! Continue reading

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