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Yesterday I snuck off to the movies with my 4 week old little lady and we had our first date together, Mother and Daughter, a chai latte and a muffin. I had been wanting to watch ‘The Hundred Foot Journey’ for quite a few weeks, but nappies, breast feeding and broken sleep were my normal.

From the beginning of the film I was captivated. The background taunted me with bright, long landscapes that my wanderlust filled heart longs for. Then the food, people and love in the foreground made me smile on the inside. At last a film, with no swearing and killing and over the top sex scenes.

A film full of adventure, delight and courage.

Our theme this month is innovation and as August comes to a close, my  most inspiring moment of innovation and inspiration towards change this month was my two hour romance with this movie.

the-hundred-foot-journey-image-11At many points throughout the movie, I wanted to throw on a sundress and ride through Europe just like Marguerite but it was the tenacity and the beauty of the Kadam family that won me over in the end.

Shifting from India, to a small village in the south of France, this family did everything they could, to take a staid old village into a place of culinary innovation and gastronomic delight.

The village however was not easily won over.

How often are we like the people in the village, sitting at the same cafe’s, on the same church pews, a little bored and frustrated with our everyday yet unwilling to make a change?

Change is difficult.

Taking a family from one country to another is bold and brave but unless we are willing to take a few chances, we end up doing the same things we have always done, getting the same results.

This quote from the movie brilliantly describes this tension;

“there are many points in life when we cannot see what awaits us around the corner, and it is precisely at such times, when our path forward is unclear, that we must bravely keep our nerve, resolutely putting one foot before the other as we march blindly into the dark.”  Richard C. Morais, The Hundred-Foot Journey

What is it that you are afraid to try?

What is it that you have had on your heart to do for years, but have been holding yourself back from?

Is it starting a cafe?

Is it shifting countries, towns, villages?

Is it selling your house and travelling?

Is it volunteering in an area that melts your heart each time you hear its plight?


Maybe you should book a date with yourself and go and watch this enchanting film and then take steps towards your innovation.

“Never be afraid of trying something new, Hassan. Very important. It is the spice of life.” Richard C. Morais, The Hundred-Foot Journey

Just do it.

Innovate your world today.


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About Amanda

Amanda Viviers has published ten books and is a presenter on radio across New Zealand and Australia. She is also the co-founder of Kinwomen; a network created to inspire women to start conversations that matter. Head of Narrative for Compassion Australia, she is driven by a passion for social justice, she loves supporting projects for women in developing countries. Teaching women to live creative lives, beyond the circumstances, is something she pursues daily. Wife of Charl and Mum of Maximus and Liberty, she lives a creative life, longing to see people live inspired. Pinterest/ Twitter/ @Mandaviviers Instagram: @amandaviviers Facebook: @amandaviviersperth

4 thoughts on “The hundred foot journey

  • Karen wilson

    Hi Amanda
    Only thing better I can think of is to see this in Gold have booked a ticket! Off to join the story today.
    Great quote as that is what I am speaking on a Freah Conference in a couple of weeks! Can I pinch it from you?
    Thanks for the morning inspiration. You are such a blessing!

    • Amanda Post author

      Thanks so much Karen, it’s a fabulous movie, hope it inspires you and I can’t wait for fresh!

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