When the Pursuit of Pleasure Pays off

Hello Gorgeous Goddess.

How was your Easter long weekend?

I came dangerously close to death by chocolate. I went overboard with chocolate eggs for Sparkle’s first Easter egg hunt, so there was a LOT of chocolate in our house that required eating. I also watched a lot of movies.  One in particular which made such an impression, I’m declaring it a must see for any woman pursuing a divalicious life of Pleasure, Passion and Purpose.

The movie is Julie & Julia. It is based on the true stories of two unrelated American women who were born 61 years apart. The 1st is Julia Child. I’d never heard of her, but it turns out she was a formidable woman who left an impressive legacy. She was a chef, author and TV personality renowned for making French cuisine accessible to American housewives through her books, TV cooking shows and The American Institute of Wine & Food.

The reason I am enamoured with her story is that Julia never set out to be anything remarkable; she did not seek the fame and fortune she ended up with. She was bored a housewife in a foreign country, France, when her husband encouraged her to find something to keep her busy. He asked her what she liked to do and her response was; “I love to eat”. So she decided to take cooking classes. Pursuing her pleasure for food uncovered a passion for cooking. She immersed herself in this new found passion and ended up writing her first cook book, which led to more books, then TV and a generally divalicious, purposeful life filled with pleasure and powered by her passion for food.

Julie Powell on the other hand was a frustrated writer who worked in jobs that had nothing to do with her passion, just to pay the bills (sounds familiar?). She decided to start the Julie/Julia Project to get herself out of her emotional rut. This project entailed cooking the 524 recipes in Julia Child’s first book, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, in 365 days and blogging about it. Julie loved cooking and she loved writing, making the Julie/Julia Project a potent combination of two things she loved. Her blog attracted a huge following, and then the attention of a publisher who offered her a book deal, which was what she had been trying to get all her adult life! When she simply invested her energy in what felt good what she wanted came to her!

Julie & Julia, the movie, is a story about the lives of these two women, it is also a wonderful demonstration of the underrated benefits of following your bliss.

Joseph Campbell, professor and author of mythology, implored his students to…“Follow your bliss. If you do follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while waiting for you, and the life you ought to be living is the one you are living.When you can see that, you begin to meet people who are in the field of your bliss, and they open doors to you. I say follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be”

What gives you pleasure?

Nurture your pleasure, it reveals your passions which lead to (and fuel) your purpose.

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