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5 Life Lessons from La La Land

A still from the movie La La Land. This photograph is from a scene of Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling dancing in the musical movie La La Land - In love with La La Land - Mrs H's favourite things

As soon as I saw the trailer for La La Land I knew that I had to see it. So on Tuesday, Little Mister H and I went to a special Mummy and Baby showing .

And OMG, I bloody loved it!

I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say that I’m obsessed. Since Tuesday I’ve listened to the soundtrack on repeat. And I’ve even pre-ordered the DVD.

I’m not going to bore you by telling you why I fell in love with La La Land. The genius Mark Kermode summed up my feelings on the film better than I could:

 

I’m not at all shocked that I’ve fallen for this movie as I am a massive fan of musicals. But I was stunned that La La Land made me very emotional.  And during the couple of hours watching the film, I decided to make some changes to my life.

I want to share these with you, my dear reader. So here are the five changes I decided to embrace while watching  La La Land.

5 things watching La La Land taught me

1. Embrace colour

If you’ve seen the film or even if you’ve seen images from the film then you will know that it is full of colour. And it is beautiful. This colour and beauty made me smile and warmed my heart.

I used to wear lots of colour. Reds, corals, greens, pinks and bright blues. My wardrobe and even my home were filled with lovely warm colours.

But since becoming a mum, I seem to have adopted a wardrobe of mostly navy blue, denim and grey. This uniform leads to me feeling less of a yummy mummy and more of a frumpy mummy.

I NEED more colour in my life. I NEED more colour in my wardrobe and my home.

So I am going to start wearing bright lipstick again. When shopping for clothes I am going to take the colours of the rainbow as my inspiration.  And I am going to paint my nails in vivid pinks, bold reds and luscious purples. I am going to be bright, bold and beautiful.

*Embracing colour* I saw La La Land during the week. I loved it and I’m now obsessed. While watching it I made a few decisions about some changes I want to make in my life. One was to embrace more colour. If you have seen the film then you will know that it is filled with rainbow colours. And Emma Stone’s costumes are positively swoonworthy. Inspired by the movie I want to bring colour back into my wardrobe.As my clothes have become drab and frumpy. I will need lots of new clothes to do this properly (hint hint Mr H) and I also need to lose weight so that I can fit into the majority of my clothes. But until that day I am embracing the colour that I have in my wardrobe. Today that colour is coral. I love the coral beads on this @joulesclothing sweater and my matching coral lippy. I am also wearing coral @primark brogues but they’re for another photograph. Do you like wearing colour or do you love a neutral wardrobe?

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2. Embrace fun

There is so much about La La Land that is fun. And while watching it I realised that I haven’t had much fun recently.

This is my fault. Fun things happen around me but I fail to see them.

Instead, I spend all my time trying to live up to my very high expectations of myself. This is exhausting. And is a nasty habit that sucks the fun out of life. Making life feel like a chore and not an exciting adventure.

But no more.

Instead, I am going to embrace the fun and sod perfection. Here’s to being imperfect and having a bloody good time doing it.

3. Embrace singing and dancing

I love singing and I love a good boogie. I am not brilliant at either. But who cares, when it makes me smile.

This is another thing I don’t do much of anymore. I hardly ever listen to music except for Disney soundtracks (Little Miss H’s choice) or depressing Americana played by musicians who have died in traumatic ways (Mr H’s choice).

Buying the La La Land soundtrack was the first step to reintroducing more of my type of music into my world. Giving me the opportunity to belt out a tune and strut my very unfunky stuff.

4. Embrace the present

Spending two hours concentrating on a movie and time with my baby boy was refreshing.

Normally when I watch a film at home I am also looking at my phone or my iPad. And I am ashamed to say that even when I’m with my children or husband I constantly have one eye on my phone.

Recently I have tried to be more present and more mindful in my life. Particularly when with the kids.

When I’m with them, I want to be with them emotionally and mentally and not just physically.

Little Miss H will start school in September and Little Mister’s new born days are over. They are growing up and I don’t want to miss a thing.

Embracing mindfulness and living in the moment will make me a better mum. But it will also mean that I will appreciate all the time that I get to spend with these wonderful little people.

And if it can work for one area of my life then it only makes sense that adopting mindfulness throughout my life will lead to a happier and saner Lucy.

5. Embrace time for me

Going to the cinema with my little boy to see a film that I desperately wanted to see was brilliant. It reminded me that sometimes I need to put myself first. I need to do the things that I know make me happy. Taking some time for myself is not a bad thing.

A happy mum equals happy kids

If you get the opportunity to see La La Land then you really should go and see it. I am sure you will love it. And you may even find that it teaches you a thing or two.

If you have seen La La Land then I would love to know what you think? Are you as obsessed as I am?

Hugs

Lucy

xxxx

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7 Comments

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    Lizzie Roles
    March 15, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    Love this post Lucy! I haven’t managed to watch it yet and will definitely make a bee line for it when it comes out on Netflix now. I love colour, especially coral it’s my fav colour apart from yellow, which I can’t wear quite as well as coral. I love that you are embracing mindfulness, paying for Headspace and doing it every morning on my phone has made such a massive difference to my life. Yes to ditching perfection!!! With my phone when I feel it’s taking over I put a timer on it and put it out of arms reach or in a drawer. I don’t want the people in my life to feel lonely when I’m in the same room. Lizzie xo

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    Amy | All Things Amy
    March 14, 2017 at 8:16 am

    Love this so much, think I might have to watch the film later!
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    Mummy Times Two
    March 14, 2017 at 7:21 am

    Always on the lookout for new things to watch and this sounds just like my kind of thing x

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    My Petit Canard
    March 13, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    What great things to take away from a film! I’ve heard great things about La La Land and suspect I will quite like it as I am a fan of musical films too (Moulin Rouge is one of my all time faves!). Reading your point about colour actually reminded me that I have very much become the same and need to inject some colour back into my wardrobe and life too! Fab post, thanks for sharing it on #MarvMondays. Emily

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    Sam - StressyMama
    March 13, 2017 at 10:13 pm

    Oooh what a brilliant post. I totally agree with you that we could take some tips and embrace life as they do in the film. There is always room for more colour and fun. I love singing and dancing around the house. I’m useless but I have fun doing it so I won’t stop. I need to live more in the present instead of worrying about the future. And I definitely need more ‘me’ time. Brilliant. #marvmondays

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    Fi - Beauty Baby and Me
    March 13, 2017 at 9:11 am

    Embracing fun is so important! Sometimes we have such tough days but a bit of fun makes up for everything xx #marvmondays

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    Cara
    March 13, 2017 at 3:14 am

    I love this! I made some similar resolves lately and I think it really makes a difference. Of course life catches up and I don’t always achieve the mindfulness level I wish for, but thank you for reminding me. I definitely want to see LaLa Land now, too 🙂

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