Julie and Julia: For Baby Boomer Women Wanting to Re-Invent

by Anne Holmes on September 10, 2009

After eating lettuce wraps at the California Pizza Kitchen with three baby boomer women friends, we got our tickets and headed to the theater.

I really didn’t know much about it. I’d heard it was good, and remembering what a fan Mom was of Julia Child, thinking she was such a character and brilliant to boot, I thought I might get a kick out of the movie.

Now I’m a fan of Julia and Julie. I fell in love with their guts and passion to do something that jazzed them. Meryl Streep’s performance was fantastic. I often forgot that it was her, and not Julia Child.

Meryl Streep as Julia Child

I was taken in by both women who discovered their passions and ran with them. I totally got it. I laughed, sitting on the edge of my seat when they were cruising with their new ventures, carrying on, being creative, and things were going well. Then I’d sink back in my seat, saddened, when they hit roadblocks, understanding the roller coaster ride of a woman entrepreneur.

I admired their exuberance and determination to stay on course. It was wild to see how their lives lit up when they went from doing the mundane, to living within their obsessions.

Let this be a lesson to us all.

Both women knew there was more to their life and were in search of what that might be.

I challenge all of us to do something that makes us tick. I think we’ll all feel rejuvenated. Whether it’s a hobby, volunteer work, or our life’s work, it’s so important to enjoy what we are doing.

If you’ve seen the movie, please let me know what you thought. If you haven’t seen it, I suggest you run right out and do so. Their spirits are infectious.

I’d love your feedback about the movie and/or midlife re-invention. Are you doing what you love?

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