In these challenging times (actually any time) there is comfort and inspiration to be found in a good ‘dreams can come true’ movie.   Ok, Julie vs. Julia isn’t the most amazing film ever. But Netflix obviously thought I needed something light.  And it does have Meryl Streep in it.

It is based on two inspirational stories relating to one of my favourite topics. Food. So it did make me reflect on the key ingredients (groan but pun intended) for bringing us closer to making those dreams happen.

  • Bold and Specific. Having a compelling, stretching and specific, tangible, I-know-when-I- will- get-there- goal (i.e.: 534 recipes in 365 days). And knowing it is also a springboard to other adventures..
  • Daily momentum. Making those little steps. And contributing something towards your goal every single day
  • Love. Being passionate about what you do, and sharing it. And being supported by, those you love
  • Role model. Drawing inspiration from those who you admire. And also recognising that it is your unique journey that you are on
  • Learning. Relishing the doing, experimenting, playing, trying, failing, getting back up, trying again. And being open to the possibility that the reason we set off doing something isn’t always the reason we keep going or succeed.

Enjoy the cooking as well as the meal.

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Cathy Teesdale
12 years ago

Too much butter? Yes, definitely. Too much inspiration? Never!

Penelope Mavor
12 years ago

a spoonful of this, a pinch of that, lashings of this, cups of that… like butter, can we ever have too much inspiration?!

Cathy Teesdale
12 years ago

I feel I should print this one out & stick it up on my wall as a daily inspiration!

I thoroughly enjoyed Julie & Julia, partly thanks to the good script, acting & direction, but also no doubt thanks to all the positive, empowering, & dream-realising-ingredients you've just itemised. It's an uplifting film & I now have a much clearer idea of just why!