My Eat Pray Love

Yesterday I was cajoled into watching Eat Pray Love. The timing was so convenient as I was thrown a major curveball this weekend (I’ll explain later) and needed uplifting. For the first few scenes I was not a fan of Julia Robert’s character. I thought she was a spoiled and privileged woman who decided to get divorced because marriage didn’t fit her lifestyle anymore. After delving deeper into the movie, Robert’s character began to change. I even saw myself in her (minus the man problems). Maybe it was time for some self-discovery.

Like Elizabeth Gilbert, (Julia Roberts) I had recently suffered a set back and was trying to understand what my next move should be. Although I’m not in a position where I can travel to Italy, India and Bali (because I’m in college) I looked to other ways I could have an Eat Pray Love experience.

Eat:

I love to cook. Since moving into my first apartment with my four best friends I’ve been obsessed with strengthening my cooking skills. Unfortunately I made one too many pasta dishes and it was time for something lighter. I thought what better time to go on a detox/cleanse/diet then now. So this is my “eat”. Instead of traveling to Italy and indulging in pizzas, napoleons and pasta (although that sounds amazing) I will cleanse myself. I figured feeling healthy would bring me closer to overcoming my setback (you know the saying when you feel good you look good) On Monday I start my detox tea. I’m cutting out all breads, pastas, and sweets.

Pray:

Talking to God will always solve problems. He’s the medicine man. After receiving my disappointing news (the setback which I prefer not to name) I was so shocked and disappointed. I thought to myself what happens now? What do I do after not getting something I worked so hard for? I already accepted the idea that life challenges are inevitable but I wanted to get out of this “woe is me” funk forever. So I looked at my list of 2016 goals. I thought to myself, wow there’s so much left to accomplish, there’s so much left to gain. So I prayed. I asked God to guide me in a new direction that would lead to success and happiness. I asked him to continue to give me strength as I work towards my next goal.

Love:

I realized that a setback was necessary for me to grow. I used to hate hearing that before because I thought it was an excuse people made for themselves to justify what happened. But I now understand that it was vital to my growth. It made me more appreciative of my life. I have so much love already surrounding me. I noticed how strong of a support system I had in my friends; family and boyfriend. Love helped ease the pain and love will keep me going.

For me, Eat Pray Love will be a lifestyle. My hurdle taught me I have nothing to lose but everything to gain. The energy towards reaching my new goal will be even stronger. Like Elizabeth, I have a new outlook on life and I’m ready to make a comeback.