When I was in 7th grade, my homeroom teacher had us all keep journals. We had to have a certain number of entries written each week. I can’t remember much from that, but I would fill mine with poems, short stories, and collages. It was the only homework I would do without being told to, and I often submitted my journals with well above the amount of entires required.
In high school, I couldn’t write a good paper analyzing the Scarlet Letter to save my life but any chance to do anything in the creative writing realm fueled me. I ate up all of the creative writing classes my high school offered, and I started blogging for the first time. I had a short-lived Xanga account my freshman year of high school and started an eco-friendly blog my senior year of high school (it’s super cringy, but whatever). I also started a tumblr, which was mostly photo posts, but every now and then I’d write something that I felt proud of. I took more writing classes in college and kept working on my tumblr. I tried to start a ‘post-grad’ blog that had one post, and I partnered with two friends to create the Baltimore-based blog 30th & Weldon, something I worked on and was passionate about until I moved out of Baltimore.
When I moved to California, I missed writing, so I started ‘Julie Laufer Official’, which has transformed into Nourished with Julie. I’ve kept up the brand on Instagram, but I’ve taken an almost year-long hiatus from blogging.
All of these endeavors have one thing in common: they never last, they never stick. I mean they stick for a while, but at some point I leave them behind.
In this most recent case, I started to doubt my place in this space (and the legitimacy of blogging or bloggers anymore). I started to discredit my value and worth as a writer, and was overthinking what this needed to be. So I stopped.
I love to write and so I want to write. I’ve decided to bring back ‘Nourished with Julie’ as a blog in order to have a place to share my thoughts, feelings, inner workings, things I think, photos I’m taking, etc. But I want to do so with true purpose, and I want to set some ground rules for myself. I started writing out my intentions and guidelines for bringing this back and I thought ‘well, that’s a perfect first blog post’. So, below are some of the things I want to personal keep in mind as I move back into this realm again.
Nourished with Julie – Back to Blogging
I want it to be easy
This doesn’t mean that I don’t want to put in work, or that I don’t expect to. I want blogging to feel light and like a true outlet. I want to write about topics that I care about and that inspire me. I don’t want to be filled with remorse when I sit down to blog but rather excitement. I want to let words flow out of me (to be edited later, of course) and I want to write about things that feel easy. I am more than willing to put in the work, but getting to a place where I’m ready to put in the work shouldn’t be difficult.
I want it to bring me joy
I want blogging to not only be easy, but something I can find joy in. Every time I’ve started, it comes from me saying “Oh, I really like this. It makes me happy so it’s something I should commit to.” I want to make sure this feeling doesn’t get lost or forgotten, and I want it to be at the forefront of what I do.
I want it to be true
I don’t want to blog to portray an image, to create a persona, or to craft a picture-perfect life. I want to blog to share what is true–the ups, downs, and in-betweens.
I want it to be intentional
One thing that has kept me back previously is a lack of planning and intentionality. I want to create content that is relevant to what I’m going through in the moment and want to makes sure my posts have purpose. I don’t want to post for the sake of it, but I want to make sure that everything I put up is thoughtful and thought out.
I want it to be realistic
I’m not going to set a goal of writing a post every day and I’m not going to tell myself every post has to be a certain word count. Rather I’m going to create a flexible schedule that feels realistic.
I want it to inspire & guide others
While I first and foremost want to write for myself, I want to make sure others (that’s you!) are getting something out of it. Whether it is daily inspiration, a new thought process, or guidance for something you’re going through—I want YOU to be a part of this journey. I want a lot of interaction, and I want this blog to help foster community.
I want it to be for me
I want my blog to be something I look forward to. While I want it to be something that others read and find value in, at the end of the day I want to make sure that the content and information I’m putting out there is helping me process whatever I need to process.
I think that’s it, for now. The above are, of course, subject to change because life changes, but I am excited to put my heart and soul back into this. I’m excited to continue to share with you all, and I’ve left some old posts up as a reminder of what this could be.
What are you most excited about? What do you want to hear more about? I’m excited to connect to each and every one of you.