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

Sometimes, you get the best “a-ha” moments in the most random places. My recent one was while I was at the dentist. And no, it wasn’t because I was having a “David After The Dentist” moment.

LOL! Click here to watch this silly boy freak out.

LOL! Click here to watch this silly boy freak out.

I was in for a routine cleaning and to have one of my fillings replaced. Because I had a really busy day ahead, I was itching to leave ASAP. So when my dentist handed me a mirror to explain the procedure she was going to do on my tooth, I quickly handed it back. “It’s okay, Doc,” I said. “I don’t need to know. Just do what you have to do.” She stopped for a bit and then firmly said, “No, you need to know this. You need to learn.” And I was floored. My dentist was right on sooo many levels.

Right on.

Right on.

Growing up, things were usually decided for me and I was never really pushed to question things. I think that’s why I have a tendency to just go with the flow and naïvely believe those who have more experience than me—even if it goes against my fab intuition. Sometimes, it works. Most times, it doesn’t. I’m just glad that I know better now and thankful for these beautiful moments that remind me to stay present and to stay curious no matter how busy life gets.

It's the spark behind the spark.

Take the time to learn and always be brave enough to ask.

So in the end, I took the mirror that was handed to me, forgot about my to-do list, and listened to my dentist. She was right—there were still things I needed to learn.

Happy Sunday, guys! ♥