Tag Archives: Julie and Julia

Looking Back: Celebrating a Year of Blogging

Attention fellow bloggers, readers and fans — this Just a Little Bit of Clairity post is a significantly special one to me this week. Last year, I made a promise to myself to start a blog focusing on all things food, fiction and furnishings. I set out to share a plethora of recipes, DIY home projects and captivating books. And on March 4, I conquered my resolution of blogging for one year. No worries to my followers out there; I’m not about to lay the computer down and walk away. It’s been an incredible boost to my creative juices, allowing me to try things I would never imagine before. So in honor of this accomplishment, here’s a look back at some of my favorite and popular blog posts of the year.

Continue reading Looking Back: Celebrating a Year of Blogging


Taking a Page from ‘Julie and Julia’

With 2015 fast approaching, plans for New Year’s Eve parties are set, the Christmas trees and decorations are getting ready to come down, and I think the majority of us are hunkering down to withstand the remaining months of winter. With so many things to reflect on this past year and look forward to next year, the tradition of setting new year’s resolutions is well in hand. Many of us are setting new dietary goals or hoping to overcome personal habits, but for me, I’m hoping to accomplish something else entirely. Recently, I had the chance to read “Julie and Julia” by Julie Powell. Some of you probably recognize this title from the acclaimed movie staring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams. I’d been wanting to read this book ever since I saw the film and especially since I started this blog. The challenge Julie takes of completing 524 recipes from Julia Child’s “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” in 365 days is a huge feat, turning the story into something far beyond just cooking.

reading challengeSo what does any of this have to do with new year’s resolutions? Inspired by the trials and tribulations of Julie Powell, I’ve decided to accomplish my own goal: the 2015 Reading Challenge. Throughout the next year, I’ll be taking on the task of reading 50 books with a wide range of categories. Funny books, books from a beloved author, movies based on books, books more than 100 years old and the list goes on and on. Each book I finish, I’ll share on my blog with the hope of sparking interest in all you book worms out there. By no means is this the same as cooking more than 500 recipes, but for me this is significant since I’ve been meaning to read more lately. With the encouragement from family, friends and all you readers out there, I think this resolution will be one of the best.

With that said, here’s my reflection on “Julie and Julia” and what I took from reading this inspirational story.

Continue reading Taking a Page from ‘Julie and Julia’