‘Julie and Julia’ Author: We Should Prioritize Doing ‘Cool Sh*t Together In Innovative Ways’
10:30 am, December 14th | by Laura Donovan
You may have no use for Julie Powell’s memoir, “Julie and Julia,” which inspired a film starring Meryl Streep, but the bestselling author has some solid financial and work advice for those of us who haven’t risen to fame by writing blogs or books about our personal successes and crises.
The Texas native, who hasn’t owned a credit card since entering her 30s, told the Daily Worth that we need to enjoy life a little more, adding that she would redefine the American Dream by “building some impenetrable fortress of fortune and fame is not only a twisted misinterpretation of the American Dream, it’s not even desirable. I wish we could be more focused on creating a broad, well-educated, middle class with the flexibility and sense of fun to just do cool shit together in innovative ways.”
That’s essentially what she did a little more than a decade ago, when her depressing post-9/11 office job led her to do something exciting off the clock and attempt to cook all the recipes from culinary legend Julia Child’s “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” cookbook. As many of you know, Powell chronicled the whole experiment on her blog, which became so popular that it eventually landed the aspiring author a book deal. Before she knew it, Amy Adams was playing her onscreen — all because Powell chose to do “cool shit” in what was then considered an innovative way.
If we all did this, we could all be like Julie Powell — and really, what’s better than having your life depicted in a Meryl Streep flick?
[H/t The Grindstone]