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On Friday my mom, daughter and I went to see the movie Julie & Julia. It was a delightful movie full of humor and life lessons. Once again, actress Meryl Streep successfully transformed herself into character. She actually had you believing she was Julia Child. The film depicts the events in the life of chef Julia Child, contrasting her life with Julie Powell, a woman who aspires to cook all 524 recipes from Child’s cookbook. In August 2002, Powell started a blog documenting her daily experiences cooking each of the 524 recipes in Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking. She called it “The Julie/Julia Project.” Later she began reworking that blog, The Julie/Julia Project, into a book, Julie & Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen (Little, Brown, 2005). The paperback was retitled Julie & Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously (Back Bay Books, 2006). The film is the first major motion picture based on a blog. So keep on blogging people – you never know where it might lead.

Now back to my point. I really enjoyed the movie – it was funny, uplifting and inspirational. Ever since seeing the movie it’s been on my mind. While most people who view it will probably just think of it as another entertaining movie, I looked much deeper. I felt the movie had a lot of life lessons in it. Here are the life lessons I identified:

Life Lessons from the movie Julie & Julia:

1 – You’re never too old to let your light shine

2 – Some people are late bloomers

3 – Take what you know and expand on it

4 – Try something new

5 – Keep learning

6 – Be persistent

7 – Do what you enjoy – you never know who you might inspire

8 – If you feel lost, know that you are not alone. At times many of us feel that way.

9 – One seemingly small step can end up changing your life

10 – Keep doing what you enjoy – you never know who is watching, reading, or listening, that can have a positive impact on your life

11 – Everybody loves eating good cooking

12 – Have self-discipline when it comes to something you want to accomplish

13 – You can’t always do it alone. Sometimes you need help from others.

14 – You have something to give; you have something to offer this world

15 – Don’t take your loved ones for granted

16 – Have a sense of humor

17 – You are responsible for finding your own joy

18 – Don’t sit around complaining – take action!

19 – Mistakes will be made. Clean them up the best you can and keep on going.


It is never too late to be who you might have been. ~George Eliot


For information about Julia Child: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julia_Child

Julie Powell’s blog: http://juliepowell.blogspot.com/


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