Last night my family and I headed out to the movies to watch the new Star Wars movie Rogue One. But while we were lining up for our tickets, my husband asked me if there was something else I’d rather see. I had a quick look at the lineup, read a review or two and picked out La La Land. It finished around the same time, we would all meet up after our respective movies. I didn’t know anything about La La Land, except it had a musical element. One thing I’ve learned from my brother in law, Danny Forward, a musical director of many wonderful musical productions in Melbourne, is that musicals might seem light and fluffy and feel good, but the best ones also explore deep themes about what is important in life. I was not disappointed with La La Land, which delved into pursuing the creative life and following your heart and your dreams, above certainty and economic security – and learning to hold on to yourself throughout and being true. It was very encouraging of the path I have taken, as an artist, writer and illustrator – which at times I question in the light of the security and comfort of a regular job. It reminds me of a quote I read not so long ago in Brene Brown’s book The Power of Vulnerability by Howard Thurman, ” Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive”. Having just celebrated Christmas, it also reminds me of Jesus’ words, ‘I have come that you might have life, and have it to the full’, and St Irenaeus’ comment, ‘The Glory of God is man fully alive!’ So all you creatives out there who need a little reminder and encouragement, do yourself a favour and go and see La La Land these holidays. Follow that up with Elizabeth Gilbert’s ‘Big Magic’, and you’ll have all the creative encouragement you need to live true to yourself in 2017!