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 →
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. ♥
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.
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.
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 →
Start by being loving, truthful, and giving to yourself first (you’ll find that it’ll extend to others more naturally when you do). And if you think you’re already doing this and still not getting the results you want, then ask. Ask your mom, your bestie, your sister, or your bae for their insights and tell them what you are also yearning for. It may be uncomfortable at first, but if you approach it with an open mind and are willing to push through the initial awkwardness, you’ll have a better relationship with yourself and with those around you. ♥