It is a brisk Saturday evening in the heart of Chicago’s loop. I am squished up against my monogrammed Restoration Hardware Italian linen pillows, a soft charcoal gray blanket with the last scene of Julie & Julia playing in the background. It’s an exciting week ahead for many reasons. One is that I get to share with you the reveal of a project that has been in the works in my head for a couple of years and tangibly for 5 months.
It’s a project that in some tiny way resembles the early years of Julia Child, in France, bent over her counter, chopping up dozens of onions all in the pursuit of learning to cook (and to kick the butts of her male classmates). A project that I have no idea where it will go, if it will go, how long it will go. But, it’s a project that stems from my passion of the following: interior design, entertaining in the home, traveling outside of the home and the stories that connect us all through these experiences. It’s a project that gives me a platform to share the passions that truly light up my inner soul, that brings me to a place where I believe God designed us to be, like Julia Child in her kitchen.
And it comes as no coincidence that several weeks ago, author Karen Karbo contacted me to collaborate on a project. Karen Karbo is the author of many books, including The Gospel According to Coco Chanel: Lessons from the World’s Most Elegant Woman, Motherhood Made a Man Out of Me and soon-to-be-released Julia Child Rules: Lessons on Savoring Life. Karen is collaborating with bloggers and has proposed a challenge: #LiveLikeJulia for a week (ish) by choosing 1 of 10 rules to test drive Julia’s “rules” for living life to the fullest. While in some way I could relate to all ten of Julia’s rules, one stood out: Rule #6 – To Be Happy, Work Hard.
Why does that resonate? Because for the last couple of years and most recently over the last 5 months, I have been working hard to pursue a passion of bringing my love for interiors, my love for bringing people into my home and my love for the stories that are shared with laughter and tears to life. To a life that is a blog. A blog, a creative platform, a visually captivating space. A personal and intimate voice told through the lens of a host, a wife, a boss, a friend. Sometimes in my home. Sometimes outside of my home. A project that I have grown to love before it has even made it’s way into the world…until now.
Thank you, Julia, for inspiring me to work hard. To pursue passions having no idea the outcome, but not stopping and always smiling. Thank you, Karen, for inviting me into a challenge to #LiveLikeJulia and, coincidentally – or not – reaching out at a time that confirmed my little project, my pursuit of passion, my small way of living like Julia is, in fact, lighting up my soul causing a joy, a sense of happiness and a lot of fun.
Ladies and gentleman, welcome to House & Host! Bon Appetit!