Today, the Golden Globe nominations were announced and the film "Julie & Julia" was amongst the honorees. This film is very important to me because it is why 38 and Growing exists.
I am not a cook. This is a well-established fact with lots of evidence to support. While I am trying to remedy this, let's just say that Julia Child and her French recipes were way off radar for me. So, when the movie came out, my interest was limited to the two fabulous actresses at the heart of the two stories -- Amy Adams and of course, Meryl Streep.
I didn't know the story of Julie Powell before the film (and in truth, I only know her story through the film so there of course, could be artistic liberties involved) but her story moved me. Once considered a bright talent with a "future", she found herself working away from her chosen field and feeling lost to her purpose. I know that place. I was in that place.
Julie loved to cook, however, so she started blogging about her challenge to cook all of Ms. Child's recipes in one year. She started out alone in her quest with her mother her only commenter and ended up with tons of followers and a book deal. But that's not the important part. Or at least not to me. Along the way, she grows and finds a value to the things that she does. That was what rang true for me.
I had thought once or twice about writing a blog but never did it. "Julie & Julia" gave me the inspiration I needed. I started the blog just a couple of weeks after seeing the film. And while I have no expectations of a book deal, I have found friends, support, and growth far beyond what I imagined. So thanks to Julie. And thanks to you.