Our Very First Coffee Date

Hey, Hey! If you’re wondering what kind of recipe is hidden behind this post, I’m afraid I must disappoint you right away. Because today, for once, I don’t have a new recipe for you. Instead, I want to give you a little update about my life and my plans for JBR.

Update is probably the wrong word. Because, if I’m honest, I’ve never shared anything personally about myself here or on any social platform. I’m not a person who likes to talk about herself, and instead I’m someone who hates being in the spotlight. But what made me change my mind? That’s a good question. The answer is, that if I were you, I would be interested to know who is behind this blog. Of course, I’m following along with a lot of food blogs myself and I’ve noticed that I love learning more about the people behind the blog.

So that’s exactly why I decided to step out of my comfort zone and write a coffee date post. Admittedly, I copied the title from the wonderful blog Pinch of Yum. But the idea that I’m about to meet you in person and we are drinking a cup of coffee together definitely helps me relax and write a post about myself.

Who’s Jules?

Right now, I, Jules, am in a very exciting time in my life. My Master’s degree is coming to an end, or maybe I should say it’s already in its very final stages. This means that my life will soon change fundamentally. Because I won’t be a student for much longer, who has two jobs and her food blog in addition to her degree. And I’ve been dealing with that reality for quite a while now. Typically, February or March of next year would have been my career start date. But the longer and more intensely I’ve dealt with the idea of soon going into the corporate job world full time, the less I’ve been able to imagine such a life for myself.

For so many years, in fact my entire college years, I thought this was the right path for me and that the HR development talent management thing would be my dream job. But the longer I have been here running this blog, the more I have fallen in love with all the different facets of it. Right up front, photography. It wasn’t until I started JBR that I had bought my first camera. And a little over a year later, I had fallen in love with the art of photography so much that I was dying to learn more and more about it. So in summer of this year, I decided without further ado to start a online learning program in photography. And even though I sometimes wonder what exactly I was thinking when I decided to start a such a program in addition to my Master’s degree, two jobs and the blog, it was one of my best decisions ever.

But it’s not just the photography part that I love so much about blogging. I’m a person who gets bored quickly (okay really quickly) and I love teaching myself new things. And honestly, when you start a blog without any technical background, knowledge about photography or the world of blogging itself, you don’t do anything else in your free time but to learn, google and sometimes get desperate about all of it. But the moments of finally having solved any of those thousand problems pushes me to just keep going and not give up.

So, while I have noticed more and more how much I love all the tasks that come with the blog, I also realized how my former idea about my life after graduation and my “dream job” became more and more a fearful vision. I got scared that I wouldn’t have enough time for my blog and found myself thinking about the blog more and more often at work or when I was sitting on my master’s thesis.

And sometime in the past summer I asked myself the question, what does a typical day from my “dream life” look like? And the answer was clear as daylight: I get up early and go to the gym. (Fun fact – I love to work out early in the morning, right after I get up. It’s the only time in the day when I can just turn my thoughts off and not have to think about things all the time). After that, I make myself a nice breakfast, maybe read the newspaper for a bit, and then either go to my kitchen or home office desk and work on my blog, taking pictures, learning some new stuff and things like that.

And when I was aware of how my dream life would look like, I started to deal with the whole topic of blogging and online businesses for the very first time. That’s when I realized that on the on hand it’s possible to work on your own food blog full time and make a living from it. And on the other hand, I also realized I had actually done almost everything wrong during my first year of blogging.

My crazy plans for my future

And that brings me back to the here and now. Since the summer I started to learn a lot about blogging, SEO, Google, social media and so on. And now I’m trying to implement all these things step by step for JBR. At the same time, I made a brave decision (at least for me). I will not apply for jobs as you would actually do when your master’s degree is almost finished. Instead, after more than three and a half years, I’ve returned to my old job as a waitress at the best steakhouse in Munich. (PS If you ever come to Munich – the T-Bone Steakhouse is the place to go for really good steaks.) For now, this covers all my living expenses, rent, etc. And as soon as I’ve finished my master’s degree, I’ll start a new postgraduate training to become a nutritionist. Because my dream and goal are to make JBR bigger and more valuable for my readers and additionally write blog posts about nutrition as well as offering individual nutrition counseling.

I know, my intention may sound crazy and naive. But I just have to try it and I know that now is the right time to do so. Sometimes you just have to jump into the deep end and somehow try to swim, even though it may seem crazy to others. But I’m just convinced that every now and then you have to make a move, because dreams don’t become a reality by waiting for THE right time.

You can trust me, I wasn’t an easy decision and it’s definitely a bit naive and most certainly pretty crazy. But if you dream big, you cannot always choose the easy way and you have to be brave sometimes. And that’s what I’m trying to do with this.

And to give myself an incentive to persevere and keep going, I’ve now posted my plans on my blog for the whole world to see. (Huh, crazy!) But I also plan to update you regularly every month or two. On the one hand, it gives me some motivation to move the needle forward and make progress. On the other hand, I hope it gives you a (hopefully) exciting column to read about how a young (crazy) woman chases her dreams. And maybe someday you’ll read a Coffee Date post where I tell you that I went to the gym in the morning, read an interesting article over breakfast, and then created lots of new recipes for JBR. Fingers crossed …

Merry Christmas!

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