My book club recently decided that we would each choose a biography to read. While not quite a biography, Julie & Julia: 365 days, 524 recipes, 1 tiny apartment kitchen by Julie Powell is a memoir, and it was my choice for the month.
I had fun reading this book - I liked relating to how she moved between her day job, her creative work & home life, and blogging. It was a good read, but not nearly as good as the movie (which is very different), and also not as good as Julia Child's My Life in France.
I did, however, pull a wonderful nugget of wisdom out of one of the final pages:
Julia taught me what it takes to find your way in the world. It's not what I thought it was. I thought it was all about -- I don't know, confidence or will or luck. Those are all some good things to have, no question. But there's something else, something that these things grow out of.
I think about confidence a lot, and how often I find myself lacking it. I think about it maybe a little too much.
But here on my blog, it requires a certain amount of confidence to post regularly, to write about myself and my work 5 times a week for the whole world to see. I don't think about confidence much as it relates to my blog, because I'm so focused on the joy.
And I need to bring that same focus to the rest of my life.