Because of You

Two weeks ago, I did something big. I believed in myself. I took a risk.

I put in my two week’s notice at my full-time job.

All my life, I’ve considered different career paths. Many things jumped out at me… a dolphin trainer, a news anchor, a high school English teacher, a public relations professional. Each one intrigued me, but didn’t really excite me.

When I graduated from college with a degree in advertising and public relations and a minor in marketing, I found myself working in the public relations and marketing field. I quickly learned marketing and living by sales numbers was not for me and I gravitated toward tasks that involved writing.

Brochure and magazine content, press releases, e-newsletters. These were my favorite assignments.

After almost two years in the real world, I realized I wanted a career in writing. I accepted my current job in December 2008, excited to write website content for two large sites, even if the topics weren’t ones that peaked my personal interest.

The Beginning of Blogging

In 2008 I discovered Tina’s blog, Carrots ‘n’ Cake, while reading an article she wrote on Health.com. Her blog led me to discover the healthy living blog community and I immediately fell in love with blog reading. It wasn’t too long after I began reading blogs that a little voice in the back of my head started telling me to start one of my own.

In September 2009, I began Peanut Butter Fingers, thinking it would be a fun hobby that would serve as an outlet to write about topics that interest me – fitness, food and living a healthy, fun-filled life. I figured a blog would allow me to share recipes with friends and family while also providing me with a space to write every day where I could work on my personal voice and writing style.

I never really expected anyone to read it.

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In the beginning my readers included my family and Ryan. I began participating in the blogging community by commenting on blogs. Slowly but surely people began commenting my blog and stopping by Peanut Butter Fingers regularly. I was so excited to hear from readers and receive comments from bloggers and the sense of support and genuine care that I felt from people that I had never met in real life was unbelievably moving and motivating. I kept on blogging, looking forward to sharing my life with my small amount of readers three times a day.

A Passion Begins

As the months rolled by, I found myself enjoying blogging more and more. Blogging was my “me” time. It allowed me to write and reflect. To share, laugh, learn and grow. I fell in love with my hobby and felt something inside of me.

I felt a passion begin to form.

Prior to blogging, I never really knew what I wanted to do with my life. I had ideas and career paths that sounded okay, but nothing lit a fire in my heart and brought me to life. Until blogging.

The idea of blogging for a living crossed my mind many times. It didn’t seem like a realistic goal, but it became my dream.

And now it is my reality.

My dream is coming true because of you and your readership… and my heart overflows with gratitude for the support you provide to me every single day.

So, What is My Plan?

I don’t want the core of my blog to change. I have worked very hard to build a blog I am proud of and will strive to keep it that way.

While my blog will serve as my “backbone” and is allowing me to take the plunge and leave my full-time job, I am not depending solely on my blog for income. Not at all. In fact, I hope freelance work is what inevitably keeps me afloat. I have been actively pursuing freelance writing opportunities and my desire is to continue to seek out freelance work regularly.

Throughout the past several months, balancing my blog with my full-time job became too much. I wasn’t pouring all of my efforts into either my blog or my job and I felt like I was spread too thin, approaching both my blog and my job at half-speed. My love for my full-time job, which I absolutely adored in the beginning thanks to fantastic coworkers and a wonderful office environment, began to lose its luster and didn’t ignite me like it once did. My commitment was first and foremost to my full-time job, but that caused me to turn down freelance writing opportunities that I otherwise would have poured myself into because I simply did not have time to maintain my blog daily, work full-time and balance freelance work. I also couldn’t provide my blog with the attention I longed to give it every day.

My blog consumed my thoughts… in a good way. I found myself thinking about things I wanted to share on my blog all the time. Unfortunately I didn’t have time to implement the exciting ideas I have for my blog or complete backend work on my blog (coding, aesthetic changes, etc.) because my free time away from my job was dedicated first and foremost to simply writing daily blog posts. I struggled greatly with feeling like I was not giving my best effort in my everyday job or my blog.

Finally, after many, many in depth conversations with Ryan, I knew I had to make a decision.

My decision was to take a chance and follow my heart.

Two weeks ago I decided to put all my eggs in one basket and take a leap into a career in blogging and freelance writing – a career that excites me, energizes me and terrifies me all at the same time. I am a planner and not really a risk taker by nature, so this transition will be the biggest leap of faith I’ve ever taken in my professional life.

Never in a million years did I think I would not work in an office environment. I thrive on a schedule and have always been hard working and ambitious, thinking about how I can benefit a company and grow to my full potential. Though now I will technically be reporting to myself, I plan to work hard and keep my current schedule. I will still wake up with Ryan early in the morning, go to the gym, walk Sadie and head to work by 9 a.m. – only my work will be freelance writing projects (or actively pursuing freelance writing projects) and dedicating time to making Peanut Butter Fingers a place on the internet that you want to visit.

I have so many ideas and thoughts running through my head and I cannot wait to continue to share my life with you every day.

I am scared… but I am thrilled. I have never, in my entire life, felt this passionate and excited about a career path.

I feel like I’ve finally found where I am supposed to be.

Comments

  1. says

    Mazel tov! What a great move! My favorite composer Stephen Sondheim says “if you’re not scared, you’re not doing anything new.” You are totally doing something new, and that is what life is all about!

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    • says

      this comment makes me feel so much better! it is SUCH an incredible leap of faith and one that i am honestly terrified to make… but i am beyond excited. thank you for your kind words, sarah!

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    • Jac says

      Julie, I am not a blogger, (frankly, I don’t even read many blogs…! PB fingers is the first!) but I clue into PB Fingers (and a couple of others that I found while you were in Europe – thank you!!) every. single. day. It is my morning coffee ritual :) And when I am too busy to slow down enough to check in, I find myself missing it!

      You have an incredible talent for relating to your audience and your daily stories (healthy living, life of a newlywed, fashion and travel..& humor!!!) happen to fall nicely in sync with my own (and clearly so many others) interests!

      I just want to congratulate you on your decision to live the life you feel drawn to live. I imagine it was a tough decision (scary??) but you have an entire community of support – even from some non-bloggers like me :-)

      Best of luck with your pursuits – I can’t wait to keep on reading! You will do an AMaZinG job :-)

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    • says

      Congratulations!! Your blog is already amazing, fun, and inspiring to read, so I’m sure it will just dazzle everyone! You are such a great role modle (and Sadie doesn’t hurt, either). Good luck with everything; you will go far!

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    • says

      Hi Julie,

      I have only just found your blog and totally love it! I am not a huge “other blog reader” as like you did, I am maintaining a ful time job and my blog at the same time. I am keen to hear how it is going and if you are earning enough since you made this move! It has been a few months and your traffic is fabulous so it must be working out for you!
      So, excited to meet a fellow health blogger and excited to find others! i have just been looking in the wrong places!

      Love the blog!

      Melissa

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    • Michelle Kellogg says

      WOW!!!! I am so proud of you! Everyone has already given you great quotes. I just wanted to say WAY TO GO! SMILES!

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  2. chelsea says

    Wow Julie! That is awesome! Congratulations for taking a giant leap of faith! i know you will do fabulous with your new “blog job”….I read your blog everyday, multiple times a day. I know it will be great!! Just be yourself and people will LOVE it! I wish you the best of luck!!! and I will be here reading everyday! im excited for the future of PBF! :)

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  3. says

    Wow! That is such a huge decision and I am sure you are filled with all kinds of emotions. I’m sure you will do great though. I am a regular reader and look forward to reading about your journey and the changes you have in store for Peanut Butter Fingers!
    GOOD LUCK!! :)

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  4. says

    I had a feeling this might be what the big announcement was :) CONGRATULATIONS!! Your blog has grown so much in just the time I’ve been reading, and it’s one of my absolute favorites, as I know it is for many others. Your passion for blogging is evident and I’m so glad that you’ve found what you’re passionate about. Can’t wait to see what’s in store for PBF!!

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  5. Michelle @ Lifewithacrazypup says

    Congratulations Julie! I can’t wait to continue to stop by multiple times throughout the day! You inspire me daily!

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  6. says

    Julie, that is amazing! We are all so proud and happy for you. This is absolutely a HUGE decision. But, you know we will support you every step of the way. You are inspiring all of us to follow our dreams too!

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    • says

      thank you so much, heather. i really do hope this shows people that even if you feel TOTALLY lost, things have a way of working out in the end. it can be so hard to figure out what you really want to do with your life and now that i have, i’m so excited to throw myself into it full-force!

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  7. says

    Congrats Julie! A leap of faith is so terrifying and rewarding :) you will be so fulfilled doing what makes you most happy. It’s in these times when our perspective changes that our view of ourself comes to light in a radical way. I will be praying for you and your new adventures :)

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  8. Holley @ Smart Snacking says

    I had a feeling this was going to be your big announcement!! Soooo exciting! Congratulations!!!

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  9. Elizabeth Miller says

    I just recently found your blog and I love it!! You are an inspiration and you should be proud of yourself for creating something that makes not only you happy, but so many others. I will continue to be a faithful follower and look forward to any upcoming changes.

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  10. Alexis says

    Good luck-I’m sure everything will work out perfectly! And thank you for following your dreams, I think it inspires us all to do the same.

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  11. Em says

    Julie you are an inspiration! You make me feel like i can do anything and live my life the way I want. I am super excited for you and I wish you all the best of luck! You can do it! :)

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  12. says

    I’ve been more of a lurker than a commenter lately but I just wanted to say…

    This is fabulous.
    This is epic.
    This is so YOU.

    Go get what you want lady! Congrats on the new chapter in your life!

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    • Katie @ Katie Rose Fitness says

      I agree! And look how many people were willing to comment today about this big news! How exciting:)

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  13. says

    Wow that’s such exciting new!! My blog is still in its infancy stages, and I’m still studying in journalism in college, so I don’t even know where my future will lead me. I hope to one day write for something that I’m passionate about, and I think that following your heart is the best move you could make.

    Good luck with your new career, and I hope it brings you the fulfillment that you were looking for :)

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  14. Jessica W. says

    Amazing, Julie! Congratulations! I love reading your blog. It’s such an inspiring and positive place to come everyday (usually multiple times a day!) You definitely have a gift for blogging and I’m so happy for you that you get to live out your dream!

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  15. says

    Congrats!! U have really inspired me,o recently started a blog and found yours when u were featured in an article on yahoo about.what motivates you to get out of bed to work out. You truly are an inspiration and I hope ky blog will become as successful as yours, I absolutly love blogging and would love to make it my day job :) good luck, you will kick butt

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  16. says

    I really admire your strength and courage. So funny because Angela from Oh She Glows shared her career story about a week ago, after we all watched Oprah’s last show, and I was so inspired that I wrote my two week’s notice right then and there! I HATE my job and it really makes me sad that I wake up every day pissed off – this is not how I wanted my life to be.

    I’ve yet to have actually turned in the letter because the thought of not having another source of income stresses me out as well. But I’m very happy for you Julie. I love your blog, I feel like I know you (sorry if that’s creepy) and I know you’ll continue on with great success!

    Congrats!

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    • says

      my second job right out of college reminds me so much of your comment. i was absolutely MISERABLE and took a $10k paycut to accept my current job b/c i needed to get out. i NEVER looked back once!

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  17. Danielle says

    Hi Julie!

    I have been reading for over a year now, and I have really enjoyed this peek into your life! I love hearing about Sadie and Ryan, and the adventures you get into together. I have learned so much about a healthy lifestyle from you…especially that a little frozen yogurt is never a bad thing!! :) I am so happy you have decided to persue blogging full time. You are an inspiration to so many women out there who are passionate about something, but afraid to take the leap! Good luck and I look forward to reading about your new adventures!!!! :)

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  18. Kody says

    Congratulations Julie! I stop by your blog daily and have always wondered how you post three times daily and work full time. I’m excited to keep reading PBF. Best wishes for the future : )

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  19. says

    this is so awesome julie, congratulations! i would have to say that you have most certainly earned this…having a full-time job, a new marriage, a puppy, great relationships with family and friends, a desire to keep yourself healthy, AND a highly successful blog is not an easy task, but you’ve managed to excel at it all!

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  20. says

    Ahh, so excited for you and this big decision!!! Considering PBF is one of my favorite blogs, I can’t help but think it’s a brilliant one 😀 And, as someone who is currently in the full-time-job-but-also-blogger position, I’m really encouraged that maybe one day I’ll be able to take a similar leap of faith.

    Can’t wait to see what’s in store!! xoxo G

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  21. says

    I had a feeling… :)
    And couldn’t be more excited for you and your new adventure!!

    Your one of my favorite blogs and I will continue to check in several times a day to support you in your new adventure!!

    Now, for the real inside scoop… how excited is Sadie that you may be around more often?! 😉

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  22. says

    WOW. Julie, a huge huge huge congrats are in order. You go girl. No surprise here, but I read your blog every day. Last night I was writing an “elevator pitch” for my blog, and I found myself thinking that I wanted the reader to see me as someone they’d want to be friends with – as I see you!! haha….I hope that isn’t corny, but your blog is just so real!

    Wishing you so much success in the future. I’ll be here reading about your journey along the way :)

    My elevator pitch: http://www.runnernspice.com/2011/06/my-elevator-pitch/

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  23. Michelle P. says

    WAY TO GO JULIE!!!!! Sometimes following your heart is the most important thing :) When God closes a door he always , always opens a window. Even though that may sound cliche’ .. he knows whats going down 😉 Praying the best for you guys!!!

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  24. Liz says

    Huge congratulations!!!!!! I love reading your blog and believe you will find success in the blog-o-sphere. I have been contemplating leaving my own job as of late so it was a real (surprising) comfort to wake up and read this blog post – I can relate!

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  25. Bethany I. says

    Amazing! I really admire you for going after what you really want. Wish I really knew what I wanted to do for life, but at the moment I’m stuck with teaching because I’m not allowed to change my major from education. I hope all goes well and starting something new is always scary, but have faith in yourself because I know you’ll be more than okay :) Congratulations!

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  26. says

    Congratulations on making that move!
    I can only imagine how much courage was needed for it. I know you will be great at this, and I can’t wait to see more of your projects, and how your blog will develop :)

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  27. BNWalker says

    Congratulations! Your blog is one of my favorites to read and I look forward to you fitness and food tips every single day!!

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  28. Heather says

    Congrats Julie!! Your blog is my favorite blog, & I have been a faithful reading ever since finding it when searching the Internet for a fish shaped cake! Your an inspiration for following your dreams! Good luck!!

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  29. Annie says

    I am wholeheartedly excited for you! I wish you the very best in your new endeavors, and I have absolute faith that you will continue to succeed and grow. I think a giant party is in order :)

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  30. Lexie says

    Congatulations Julie! I read your blog everyday, in fact, your blog is the only blog that I read every single day although I don’t comment often. You are so creative and inspiring and I can’t wait to see what all you have in store!

    Good luck, I am so excited for you!

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  31. says

    Julie! This is so great! I found your blog a few months ago and always look forward to reading your posts. You truly have a talent and I think the blogging business fits you perfectly :)
    Know that your readers are behind you 100%! Congratulations!

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  32. says

    Congrats on pursuing your dreams. You have a talent that I have faith will take you places. Thank you for the inspiration to begin my own blog and also the encouragement to step out and take risks. Many blessings in your future endeavor. Keep up the good work!

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  33. Katie says

    Oh my gosh Julie, congratulations! You are going to be successful no matter what you do (even though I’ve never met you, I have a feeling). :) I’m so excited to follow your new journey!!

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  34. says

    I just tweeted this at you, but thank you so so much for posting this Julie! I admire you for taking this huge leap of faith, and can’t wait to see what your “new” job holds! I know exactly what you mean about blog thoughts consuming your brain and not being able to act on them. I feel the same way. Good luck with the freelancing – I’m sure you’ll be great at it! :)

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  35. alexa says

    Julie I am so proud of you. This is such an amazing success and you should be so proud of yourself. So many people are not happy with where they are in their career, and they feel they are just stuck, you have done something admirable. Congratulations. I’m so so so happy for you. Your a role model for everyone.

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  36. says

    Congratulations to you! Confession: Your post made me cry :-) Nothing gets me more than a person pursuing their dreams and going after what she is most passionate about. You are a truly gifted writer and you’ve made a wise decision in seeing where it takes you. You inspire me every day with your positive attitude and your outlook on life. By focusing even more of your energy on this blog, you’re going to continue to change lives. Again, congrats – so happy for you!

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  37. Randi says

    Congratulations Julie!! I check your blog every single day, excited for 3 new posts to come up. You have always inspired me on many levels since I started reading your blog last year, and I’m so excited for you to start this journey.

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  38. says

    Congrats, Julie! It is so obvious from the moment I first read this blog how much it means to you! I always read your posts even if I don’t have time for much else. It’s amazing that you’ve found “that thing” your so passionate about. It’s a leap of faith to leave the comfort of a job, but you definitely have a powerful voice in this community and I’m so excited for you and the future of the blog!

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  39. says

    Congratulations Julie!! I’m so glad you have finally found the right career path and I know you will be amazing at it! Although things might seem scary now, the dedication you have to your blog and writing will give you all the success you deserve! You are so brave! 😀

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  40. Karina says

    Congrats, Julie!!! You are an excellent writer- I look forward to your blog posts everyday. You will excel in this new path because of your passion & the support from your loved ones – we all love you too!! Go girl!!

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  41. says

    Hi Julie! Thank you for Sharing such an important piece of your life with us. Your dedication to Peanut Butter Fongers has always been apparent and your zest for life is unwavering. I truly admire your ‘risk’, but I don’t believe following your true dreams is a risk at all. You are a wonderful example for others, including myself. For the past eight months, reading PBFingers has been such a joy, and I truly admire your honest approach towards living a happy/healthy/delicious life!

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  42. says

    Congratulations on following you heart, Julie. You are doing something so amazing! I know you will be SUPER successful in freelance.. and you already have an amazing blog.. with SO many readers who love reading about your life every day!

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  43. Julia says

    Omg, this is fantastic news!
    I have been a PBF readers for some months now, and I always leave your site with a smile!
    I even use it as a distraction from studying right now…Going through older blog posts of yours (mainly the wedding-themed ones!) definitely is sooo much more fun than reading study material….
    I know for sure that you’ll thrive on this new challenge!

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  44. Erin says

    Congrats Julie, that is so exciting! I am an avid follower of Peanut Butter Fingers and it’s my guilty pleasure to read your blog a few times a day. Good luck with all your endeavors… you have to make the leap to reap the rewards! It’ll all turn out fabulously… can’t wait to follow along!

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  45. Jennie says

    Congrats! I envy you Julie! I began reading your blog and others a few months ago and am addicted! I don’t have my own blog but have definitly thought about it but have no idea how to get started! I must say that your blog is one of my favorites, as well as Tina’s Carrot’s N’ Cake! I feel the same way about my job, it’s okay, but I don’t LOVE it. Good Luck!

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      • says

        Sorry to butt in but I started my blog on wordpress! I still use it and love blogging! Like Julie said, it’s changed my life for the better! Now that I know how passionate I am about it, I will definetely look into self-hosting!

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  46. Maura says

    Way to go Julie! This is amazing. Can’t wait to see where this new path takes you!! You are an inspiration to us all :)

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  47. naya says

    omg, i’m so so utterly excited and happy for you!! i love that you potentially have created your dream job, your passion inspires me, not only to eat healthy and work out, but to really figure out what makes me tick — i’m SO excited to see where this goes for you, yay!!!!!

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  48. Julie says

    i thought you were going to announce you were prego 😉

    congrats!! i bet you’ll get tons of freelance work based on your prior work experience…so don’t be *too* scurrd!

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  49. Jessica says

    Wow!! Congratulations! That is a big step to take but I think you are doing the right thing! You’re talented and have lots of good ideas and words of wisdom to share with us! I wish you nothing but success, best of luck, and most importantly happiness!

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  50. says

    Congrats!! Life is all about taking risks girl!

    There is no failure in trying ! That is success to me! I am very happy for you and only see amazing things ahead for you!!!!

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  51. Katie says

    Congrats, Julie. I’m excited to see what will come next for you and I know it will be wonderful.

    I actually put in my notice at work not long ago as well, to pursue a completely different dream, but it is scary nonetheless. Anytime you put all your eggs in one basket, it’s hard not to be nervous, but reading this post definitely gave me a much needed boost. Thanks!!

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  52. says

    Congratulations Julie! Following and listening to your heart is the best thing to do! I know that it will lead to fantastic things for you! Congratulations again and I can’t wait to see where it takes you! 😀

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  53. Kathy says

    Wow, congrats, it’s always easy to take the “safe” path, but the “scary” one usually brings you the most satisfaction. Good for you. I am Canadian and a daily faithful blog reader of PBF and I am doing my best to get all my friends hooked too…Keep up the great work

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  54. says

    Congrats Julie! My husband and I were debating what the “big announcement” was going to be last night. :) I found your blog a little over a year ago when I was trying to figure out how to make a spaghetti squash and I’ve been a regular reader ever since. I know you will do great things!

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  55. says

    This was my guess when I heard you had big news and I’m so thrilled for you! What a huge step. You will love the next phase of your life and I’m sure it will be wildly successful. ENJOY!

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  56. Lauren says

    Congrats Julie !!! Taking a risk for your career is one of the best things that you can do… which is perfect while your still young !!! You have the time and energy to put your heart into your new path !! Good luck !!! I know you can do it…..

    I took a risk a year ago with my career and love every minute of it. Hopefully I can take an even bigger risk again soon !!!

    Good luck and congrats again !! I can’t wait to see what happens with your blog.

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  57. Chandra says

    OMG!!! Congratulations!
    I love your blog, and you~ and know that you will do amazing at whatever you set your mind to… happy writing :)

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  58. says

    Congrats! I relate to you soooooo much! I just discovered your blog recently and I really enjoy it. I am struggling with what I want to be when I “grow up” ….Like you I am a planner that thrives on structure and schedules, someone who rarely takes risks…You are my hero!! I am inspired and I hope that you stepping out of your comfort zone will push me in a similar way…I am sure you will be successful! Take care!

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  59. says

    Finding a passion and excitement in life is why we are on the planet! You have made a big but WONDERFUL decision so CONGRATS! I love your blog and getting to know you through it so I can’t wait to follow this part of your journey! You inspire me in many different ways and this is just another one :)

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  60. Lisa says

    Congratulations Julie! I actually gave my notice two weeks ago as well, and Friday is my last day here. It’s my first job that I got out of college and I’ve been miserable here. I have a degree in Journalism and ended up taking the only job offer I got- in healthcare. I finally decided that I need to take a leap of faith and take some time off for me and to figure out what it is that I want to do, rather than what I should do. I’m glad to know that I’m not the only one who feels this way!

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  61. ellalinea says

    Congrats Julie!! I’m so very happy for you and I can feel this is the right thing to do!

    If you only put 50% effort in your bloggie now.. I can’t even start to imagine how awesome it will be once you will fully focus on it.. So excited!! :)))

    Keep up the good work girly, you’re doing fine and you’re gonna be more than fine in the future! :))

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  62. says

    Congrats Julie! I am so incredibly happy for you. I think you are an amazing writer and the fact that you are so honest and true to who you are makes your blog a pleasure to read every single day! I remembering finding your blog last year and absolutely loving it. You inspired me to change the way that I eat for the better and more importantly inspired me to blog myself. I cannot wait to see what you have in store for your blog! Best of luck to you! :)

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  63. says

    Congratulations and best of luck! I completely changed my career path (from something I wanted to do since I was 2….) and it’s the best decision I’ve ever made. You should always pursue your dreams, otherwise, you’re left thinking “what if…”. It’s scary, but totally exciting too. Good luck! I’m so happy for you :)

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  64. says

    Congratulations Julie, on opening a new chapter in your life. I loved this post, and I wanted to say that after finding your article on Sparkpeople led me here and yours was the first blog I ever started reading. Reading your blog led me to others which then gave me the desire to start my own blog. My blog is just a baby right now, but reading this post gives me encouragement for the future. Again congratulations on this next step, and all happiness to you!

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  65. says

    Congrats Julie!!! This is so awesome that you are following your heart and taking a leap of faith. I truly believe everything happens for a reason. Best of luck. I’m truly looking forward to seeing where this takes you and PBF!!!!!

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  66. says

    Congrats Julie! I just recently came across your blog, but have been following ever since! I think this career move will be great for you! Enjoy the risk!

    P.S. Sadie is so cute! We have a vizsla that we absolutely adore too!

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    Congratulations Julie!! You were the first healthy living blog I read and you are definitely my favorite blogger! I am so so happy for you!
    I can’t wait to read about what you do next!

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  68. says

    If I’m not rude, may I ask what exactly means freelance writting for you? I m very curious because here I am, almoust ( one moth away) a gratuated journalist student and I wonder every single day what path should I follow?

    I really apreciated if you respond to this, just in general nothing detailed . I guess you do have a clue of what you want to write.

    Thanks!

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  69. Ashlyn says

    Congrats on your decision. I hope that it is best for you!

    I am not going to lie though, I am sad about this. I read your blog BECAUSE you managed to maintain a healthy lifestyle while working a full time job. It makes me sad how so many bloggers leave their job for the blog. I personally don’t think I will be reading much anymore. BUT I will definitely check in, because I think you are adorable!

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      i think there comes a time when some bloggers are forced to make a decision between their job and their blog because the blog gets to a point where it needs more attention. i really appreciate your readership and support, as it has helped me get to this point. thank you! i hope you’ll still stop in, as i really do plan to work a normal schedule, even though i will not be going to an office. if not, i really do appreciate your support up until now!

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  70. says

    You know that feeling of excitement you get when a good friend tells you her good news? That’s exactly what I feel right now! I had shivers while reading this post and am SO happy for u! It is a big leap of faith but it’s also a career which I am confident that you will thrive in! I am excited for more pbfingers in my life and wish you all the luck Julie! So admirable to go with your heart!

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  71. says

    You are being so brave! I admire and applaud you–I know that this new adventure is going to take you amazing places. I’m so honored to continue to share in your success through your blog. Enjoy the ride! :)

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  72. says

    Congratulations Julie! I know this is scary but I truly believe you are doing what makes you the most happy, and that is what life is truly about… pursuing something your are passionate for.

    Your blog was one of the first I ever read and continue to do so on a daily basis. You have shown me that living a balanced, healthy life with indulgences mixed in can really lead to joy! I strive to find this balance each and everyday as I recover from years of disordered eating… and you are one of the people who have helped me along this road :)

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  73. Emma Lowe says

    Congrats Julie that is so amazing and you totally deserve it. Your blog is one I come to everyday as you have a great voice that many can relate to. It takes a lot of courage to make that kind of leap but that is what life is all about.

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  74. Alexandra says

    CONGRATS!! So excited for you! It takes so much courage to follow your heart like that and make such a big move! Can’t wait to see what happens next!

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  75. says

    Congrats on making this HUGE decision!! It’s always scary to step out from something you’ve been doing for a while and heading in a new direction, but something tells me you’ll be just fine! Good luck :)

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  76. Brittany says

    Congratulations Julie! This is amazing :) I’ve read your blog for a while now, and I absolutely love it! I’m so happy that you’re taking a leap of faith to do something you love. Congratulations. and Thank you for inspiring me :)

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  77. Joanna says

    Congratulations on finding what you want to do & actually doing it! I did the same thing last year around this time & as scary as it was to step out of my comfort zone, it has also been very satisfying to have finally found what I want to do & loving every minute!

    I’ve only been a following your blog for a few months now, but I was hooked after the first post I read, so I know you’re going to be awesome in this new career path & I’m excited for you!! :o)

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  78. says

    I had a feeling you’d do this sooner or later – congrats! While it certainly is a big leap, it seems like you were very responsible in your decision, which is equally important!

    Now that you’re working from home, I expect more fun baked good recipes from you! :)

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  79. Melissa says

    Congratulations, how exciting! Not everyone has the guts to follow their heart and their dreams, so kudos to you. I think it’s fantastic.

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  80. Ali says

    Congratulations! That is so, so, so exciting! I work in the PR industry, so I can understand your frustration. Best wishes! I will definitely continue reading PB Fingers and looking froward to what you have in store!

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  81. Mary says

    Wow, Julie!! I’m so happy/proud of you! I, too, left a full-time, full-salary job a few months ago and have been picking up random jobs while searching for the right teaching job in the right school environment. My passion is kids, and I am determined to find the right job before being miserable in a job again. It’s scary to take risks, especially when we are planners and like to be on “schedule.” I’ve found, though, that sometimes God presents these “Plan B” situations that we must embrace. Trust in Him and rely on family and your wonderful husband for support, as I know you will, and I have no doubt that you will continue to SHINE. I cannot wait to see what’s in store for PBF! I will keep reading, don’t you worry 😉 I’m so happy for you!!!!

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  82. Keri says

    What a courageous leap of faith!! God’s plans are bigger than anything we could imagine!

    I am very excited to see more from PBFingers! You were my first blog I started reading about 6 months ago and although I’ve added others to my reading list, I still always return to my comfort blog!

    Put forth your best effort and you will be INCREDIBLE!

    CONGRATULATIONS!!

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  83. chrissie says

    congrats!!! your blog is one of the first things I read in my google reader every day – I’m excited to see what you have in store! good luck!!

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  84. says

    Congratulations!! What exciting news! I work in a career advising capacity at a university, and the struggle to find one’s passion is so universal. But if/when it is found, it can bring wonderful things.

    Wishing you all the best on this new endeavor! You will do great work, and I’m excited to follow your journey.

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  85. Hannah says

    Wow! So, you put in your 2 weeks notice 2 weeks ago… so you’ve already left your job? Moved out of your office and everything? Wow!!

    I am glad to be on this journey with you! So excited for you!

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  86. says

    That is AMAZING!!! Congrats! I too feel that way about my current job. I am not thrilled to be here at all and it’s not my passion. Hopefully soon, I too, can take that leap of faith and quit my day job and focus on my passion and what I love to do!!
    Excited for you and love reading your blog, keep up the fantastic work!

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  87. says

    Julie… this is SO exciting! I’m so proud of you/want to be you/admire you so much for following your heart and taking a leap of faith. Those are the kind of steps you hafta take to be happy, right? I know you’re gonna be awesome. I’m so impressed!! :)

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  88. Erin @ The Grass Skirt says

    Congrats Julie!!!! I’m so excited for you! I quit my desk job in February to pursue a career as a wellness counselor and blogger. It was very scary at first, but I have never regretted my decision for a single moment. It feels so amazing to follow your dreams, and you should be very proud of yourself for having the courage to do so. :) Wonderful things await you!

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  89. Ruth B says

    Congratulations Julie!!! I’ve only been a reader for a few short months, but I’m so excited and happy for you! I absolutely adore your blog and it’s the only blog I check on every day….multiple times a day! You are living your dream and that is amazing!!! Way to go!! :)

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  90. says

    I am so happy for you! I’ve been reading your blog for a while so while we’re not real life friends, I still feel so proud! Haha. I actually hope I can do something similar one day. Congrats, this is an amazing step and I know you’ll do great!

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  91. Ashley says

    Congrats! I love your blog and look forward to it everyday!!! You truly are an inspiration :) Maybe one of your freelance writing projects will include a book deal at some point in your new career 😉

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  92. Lynn says

    This is wonderful news! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your blog. I never knew what blogging was until I began searching the web for red-velvet cupcakes and came across your site – I’m addicted now!! Congrats on your move….remember one thing – Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles – it empiest today of it strength!! Congrats and Good Luck!!!

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  93. says

    Oh my gosh! I am so thrilled and excited for you!! I just exclaimed to Travis the news when I read it and he started laughing at me. :)

    I totally identify with what you’re saying! When I think about my blog, I am super happy, excited, and feel it is what I am MEANT to BE DOING! I just started my career in occupational therapy at the beginning of March. I am not completely fulfilled by my job (at all) but there are advantages too. I am trying to focus on the positive and I truly believe that my blog is also go to grow into something much bigger! I just need to give it some time!

    Again, congratulations on making a very tough decision. I wish you the best and will continue to offer my support and follow your blog!

    Best Wishes!!!

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  94. says

    Wow, Julie! Congrats! I was hoping that this was what your big annoucement was going to be about! I am so excited for you! You really are an incredible writer and I’m so happy you are going to be able to share your gift with so many people in different ways! Woo hoo! You are an inspiration! Can’t wait to follow along!!!

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  95. says

    CONGRATULATIONS GIRL! I’ve been reading alon for quite awhile now, but haven’t ever really commented. This is very exciting news and you should be so proud and excited! Looking forward to reading about your journey.

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  96. says

    What a big, bold move! So impressed with your courage :) Good luck with everything and let me know if you’re ever in Charlotte … If not hopefully I’ll “run” into you (pun intended) at the RnR half in Savannah.

    aot :)

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  97. says

    This is awesome! Congratulations! I just did the same thing two weeks ago – quit my job and I’m going to culinary school this July. It’s something you always say “in a perfect world THIS is what I would do”. I finally realized “Why can’t I live in that perfect world?” Props to you and best of luck!

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  98. says

    Taking chances is how you find what you’re looking for!! :) Good luck to you! I believe I found this quote on your blog, maybe. “On the other side of fear, is victory.”

    I’m happy for you :) and I love reading your blog

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  99. Erica K. says

    How exciting, I thought this blog was great already i cant wait to see what it will be like in the future! <3 you have all of our support!

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  100. Heather says

    “dedicating time to making Peanut Butter Fingers a place on the internet that you want to visit”.

    Your blog is already a place I want to visit =] I love it!
    I’m excited for you, what a big decision. One I’m sure you stressed about. In the end it will probably benefit you in so many more ways because it’s something you’re so passionate about. I look forward to follow you on your new career path =]

    Good luck! <3

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  101. SaraRM says

    Congratulations! I am very excited for you. I got a lil warm and fuzzy inside and a tad teary eyed because I know you are passionate about what your are saying. I can very much relate as I am trying something new that lights the fire in me. It is a very scary, abnoxiously exciting and surreal thing. I wish you the best of luck and hope you are very successful!

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  102. Jordan P says

    I got goosebumps reading this. Can’t wait to see what you/PBF can become and, as I love your writing style, what freelance pieces you’ll work on! Keep us posted on everything, congratulations, and I know I speak for most when I say we’re behind you 110%!

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  103. Robyn says

    Congratulations for following your heart and being so brave! I am so excited to see where your blog goes and follow your career.

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  104. says

    CONGRATS! I am so excited for you!! I am interested to see how you still manage to keep up with your routine and work from home at the same time. I work from home in online marketing and It’s so hard for me not to put my workouts off until later (because I’m able to run on my “lunch” break) or to lay around in my tempo shorts and work while in bed…. Haha! Basically I can’t wait to steal some of your tips and tricks. 😉 You rock, follow your heart!

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  105. Megan says

    congrats and best of luck julie!! i am so excited for you and i know that taking this leap of faith will work out for you!

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  106. Amanda @ The Beauty Notebooks says

    Congratulations, Julie! The feeling of following your dreams is like no other. I’ve recently been thinking about the fact that life is so short, and we should make the most of it and fill it with as much love, happiness, and dreams and aspirations as possible. Your leap of faith gives me hope, too, because I would love a career in writing after I graduate from college. So, thank you Julie! I’m happy that you are about to pour all your love into what makes you smile the most. I think that includes a precious Vizsla who will love keeping you company, too.

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  107. Megan says

    Julie- I know this is the 141st comment, but I wanted to say congrats as well! You have a very fun and unique writing voice and I can’t wait to see how successful you become in the future. Best of luck!!

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  108. Jenn says

    Julie! I am so excited for you! I read your blog every day, three times a day =) I love coming here, it’s kind of my escape from my life and it’s always so refreshing to read about what you are doing and what you are eating. You write in a way that is very relatable and fun to read and I absolutely love your writing style. I wish you the best. And if the goal you are after doesn’t make you feel a little bit sick to your stomach then it probably isn’t worth it. So your leap of faith will be well worth it, I know it! I am a supporter and I am so excited to see what you have in store!

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  109. says

    Kudos to you for following your heart and doing something so many of us are afraid to do: choosing the unknown. Cannot wait to hear of all the good things this brings!

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  110. Katie says

    Congratulations Julie!! I am so happy for you! I love your blog and read it every day..and have since got several friends hooked on it as well :) I’ve been thinking a lot about what I really want to do with my life, and hearing your story gives me courage to one day go out and DO it!! Best of luck.

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  111. Nikki says

    “You have within yout RIGHT NOW, everything you need to deal with whatever the world may throw at you.” Brian Tracy

    One of my all time favorite quotes and I thought it was pretty fitting for you right now. YOU GO GIRL! So few people actually take the plunge and follow their hearts, I know everything will work out just like it’s supposed to for you. I’m soooo excited to follow you on your new journey!

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  112. Kathleen says

    Congratulations Julie! It’s scary stepping into the “unknown” but it is worth it! I recently quit working in the “real world” of sales to go back to school (I already have my bachelor’s) and get my teaching certification in health and physical education. A complete 180 for careers. I still have 1 year left to go but am so excited. I know when I am 80 years old if I hadn’t made this change now I would have regretted it. Am I guaranteed a job when I graduate? No. But am I so much happier than I was at my previous job? YES! And I bet you will be too. Way to take a chance and go for what you love. Remember money isn’t everything, happiness is. So congrats again. You have the amazing support of family, friends, and readers…you will go far!

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  113. Linz says

    Congrats!!! I am so happy that you are following your dream and I know you will be successful!!! Let me just say that PBF is already a place that I do and look forward to visiting on a daily basis (multiple times each day, really!) Congrats and best of luck! :) :)

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  114. Kristyn says

    Huge congrats to you, Julie! I’ve been reading for quite some time. So happy you’ve found what really makes you happy and took that leap. =) All the blessings and well wishes in the world for you, girl!

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  115. Christina says

    Congratulations!! You are an inspiration to people everywhere – we CAN all lead the lives we dream about.

    Thanks for inspiring me to go get the life I want♥

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  116. says

    Good for you! As a fellow planner I know how hard it would be to do something for this but I know you will do great and succeed in whatever you do! Best of luck in your future! Congrats!

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  117. Rachel says

    I KNEW this would be your big announcement! Congrats Julie on following your dreams!! I must admit that I am jealous you will be embarking on this exciting journey. I am also a writer and would love to blog and do freelance writing full time. You will love it when you guys have babies too. :)

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  118. says

    Congratulations! That’s a very brave step you’ve made. You have continuously inspired me and I know you inspire others so I think this is great news. I can’t wait to see what you accomplish!

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  119. Holly @ The Runny Egg says

    Julie this is so exciting!

    I can’t wait to see the changes you are going to be making to the blog, and I’m so happy that you have found your passion!

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  120. Jin says

    Congratulations Julie!! I can’t think of anyone else who is more fit for the job! I recently started following your blog and I love it. Love the high spirited, get up and get ’em type of energy you have!!!! Good luck and best wishes!

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  121. says

    Wow, congrats!!! What a brave and exciting move! I’m sure that you will be successful in anything you do. There’s no reason why you can’t see how you like working on your own and devoting your time to your blog, and if you really didn’t like it, you could just get an office job again in a few years (tho I doubt you’d want to!)…since you’re obviously awesome at what you do. Good luck on this new journey :)

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  122. Kelly says

    Congratulations Julie! You are very brave and I believe in you 100%. Your passion for life and writing is clearly seen through this blog and draws me in every single day!! I can hardly wait for the next post. Reading your blog makes me happy and I know I can count on PB Fingers to make me smile on days I am not so happy. Keep on keepin’ on Julie!! You inspire us all :)

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  123. Lindsey says

    Congratulations! This is the first time I’ve commented but I wanted to say I know you will do well. The reason I read your blog is for your writing. You have the gift of making people feel like they know you :-) You are one of the reasons I am starting my blog, to get out there and start writing. You cover a little bit of everything (food, fitness, fashion, and fun — all of my favorite things!) and it never gets stale or boring.

    Life is too short to be stuck in an office!

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  124. says

    Good luck! About a year ago fitsugar link time had a linked post of yours that intrigued me. If i hadn’t clicked on it, I would have never discovered pbfingers and in fact, the whole healthy living blog community! My reader is always packed because of YOU! you’ll do great!

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  125. dana says

    Congrats, Julie!! Your leap of faith hits close to home for me. I too am at a career-path-crossroad in my life.

    I always admire when people ‘go with their gut’. Go Julie!

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  126. says

    ahhh Julie! I am sooo excited for you. I know how you feel when you say, “I wasn’t pouring all of my efforts into either my blog or my job and I felt like I was spread too thin,” because I’m feeling the exact same way right now. It’s such a challenge.

    I’m really proud of you for taking the risk and going for your dreams. I can’t wait to see where PB Fingers takes you!! xoxo

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  127. says

    Julie! I am so glad you are following your heart! You only live once and I think you are doing the right thing by following your passion. You inspire so many people and I wish you the best of luck! Good things happen to good people. WOOT!

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  128. Chrissy says

    JULIE!!!! Congratulations! I am so incredibly excited for you! Though I’ve never left a comment, I read your blog every day (usually 3 times a day to catch all your posts). Your blog is one of my absolute favorites and I’m so excited for all the great posts ahead! With great risks come great rewards and I just know your leap of faith will reward you! Congrats again and best of luck!

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  129. Jen says

    This is amazing!! I too have been thinking the same thing about my current job. I think it’s awesome that you have the courage to pursue something that means so much to you. I look forward to reading more!!

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  130. Laura says

    Good for you Julie!! It takes amazing courage to give up what is easy and comfortable for what you know can ultimately make you happy but poses a challenge to begin with. I wish you all the best in your new career!!!

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  131. says

    Congrats congrats congrats Julie!!! I am SO happy and excited for you! :)

    “All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their mind awake in the day to find that it was vanity; but the dreamers of the day are the dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes to make it possible.” T.E. Lawrence

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  132. Amanda says

    Julie! I’m so excited for you and know that you will succeed. You have such a passion for writing and it is shown through your blog every day. You truly inspire me to be a better person and I am so thankful to have found your blog a few months ago. I WISH YOU THE BEST! Can’t wait to read in the months ahead how you are liking the transition. Best of luck!

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  133. Kerry says

    I am soooo excited for you, and excited about embarking on this journey with you through reading your AMAZING blog!! You are going to do GREAT!!

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  134. Lauren says

    I am also someone that has always struggled to find a career path I was excited about…and two years into law school has still not made it clear to me. Congratulations on finding yours. Best of luck!

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  135. says

    Woot! Congratulations!!!

    Risks are scary, but they’re the only way to grow and totally worth it. Very, very few people ever regret taking a risk; most regret not taking one. And seriously, you’ve got a great reader base and reputation so I’m 100% positive that everything will work out for you with the blogging and freelancing. Just don’t give up or lose heart if it’s slow going at the beginning (I have no clue how the freelance world works); you’ll rock the interweb’s socks.

    And more time to cuddle with Sadie!

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  136. Maggie says

    Congrats Julie! I LOVE your blog and have been a reader for over a year now but have not commented. So exciting for you!

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  137. says

    This is so exciting! You will make it work because it’s your true passion. You are a huge inspiration to every single one of your readers and I know we’ll all be ‘by your side’! Congratulations :)

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  138. says

    To change one’s life:
    1. Start immediately.
    2. Do it flamboyantly.
    3. No exceptions.
    ~William James

    CONGRATS CONGRATS CONGRATS!!! PBF is one of my favorite blogs to read on a daily basis. I can’t wait to read what happens next. :)

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  139. says

    I am so so so proud of you and so excited to follow your new adventures!

    As you know :) I am a BIG believer in pursuing your passions, and making your JOB your JOY. It will be a lot of hard work for you but I know that you will be amazing.

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      I OWE YOU SO MUCH, KATY! seriously. you got the ball rolling for me. you made me think it was something i really could do. you’re amazing. i can’t wait to thank you in person tomorrow.

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  140. says

    Congrats Julie! How very exciting for you, and for those of us who <3 your blog! I'm taking a similar leap soon. The hubby and I are packing up and moving halfway across the country with no jobs, mostly to be with family but also because we feel it's time. It's terrifying and exhilarating all at the same time. Good luck with everything, I look forward to reading all about it!

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  141. Liz says

    Congratulations, Julie! The best moments are spent doing what you truly love to do… you go girl! Best wishes, and I can’t wait to see what unfolds on PBF!

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  142. says

    Congratulations, sweet thang! For some CRAZY reason, I just knew this was going to happen for you! I’m always amazed that you have so many ideas for your blog posts. Your enthusiasm and passion really shine through, and that’s something that can’t be faked. I truly can’t wait to see what your blogging future holds!

    Also, as a fellow writer, I would love advice on how to find/start freelance work! I have the chops, I just don’t know how to get it rolling!

    Anyway, huge congrats again! 😀

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  143. says

    Wow – this is very inspiring to me. I’ve been reading your blog for a while and always enjoy it. I am a very new blogger making baby steps. I work full time (and then some) for a marketing/PR agency and would LOVE to make writing a full time job someday. Best wishes! I will continue to follow your adventures on Peanut Butter Fingers.

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  144. kelsey says

    You’ve got great things coming your way! Congratulations on taking the leap of faith. : ) Can’t wait to see more of you around the internet!

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  145. says

    Congrats Julie! It’s soo difficult to find a path where your passions lie and be able to do it for a living. Thanks for sharing your life with me on your blog! I can’t wait for the new changes ahead for you. :)

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  146. says

    What exciting news! Congratulations! I’ve been an avid reader of PBF for a while now and I’m so excited to see where you’ll take the blog in the future.

    As Eleanor Roosevelt said, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” Best of luck on this wonderful new journey!

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    • Ashten says

      Congratulations, Julie. Can’t wait to see the changes you make and watch you grow in this new phase of your life. It’s so exciting. I’m so happy for you. Happy Blogging!! :)

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  147. says

    Congratulations, sweet thang! For some CRAZY reason, I just knew this was going to be the next step for you! I knew it was going to be your announcement. Your passion and enthusiasm shine through in every post, and that’s something that can’t be faked. I cannot wait to see where your blog goes now!

    I would also love and appreciate advice on how to find/start freelance work. I have the writing chops, I’m just not sure how to get that process rolling!

    Huge congrats again, Miss PBF! 😀

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  148. Natalie says

    Congratulations! I just found your blog a few weeks ago, and I absolutely adore it and YOU! You are precious and full of wonderful energy. Thank you so much for sharing your passion with us. I am in the progress of starting my own blog now, and I can already feel that passion building within me! I pray that you will be blessed beyond blessed in this new endeavor!

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  149. Catsams11 says

    So very excited and proud of you! You are a wonderful and positive influence in this crazy world of ours. Thanks for always sharing!

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  150. Kelsey says

    Congratulations! I am so excited for you! This is such a terrifying yet exciting new step in your life. What’s a life without taking risks?

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  151. Nicole says

    Congrats Julie! “You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step” So proud of you.. giddyup!

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  152. Anna says

    Julie, I’d like to THANK you for being an inspiration! Congratulations on following your dreams! What does Ryan think of this? Lol

    I’m kind of worried about my future right now, but things have acqay of working themselves out :-)

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      he was actually the biggest proponent of my decision. he said i might NEVER feel okay enough to leave, but i just have to have faith and believe in myself. it was hard, but i’m excited!

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  153. says

    Good for you!! You will do great and I look forward to seeing what will come next.

    I think it would be wonderful to work from home and do something you are passionate about. That is my problem at the moment. I don’t know what I want to do and I know I will want to do something I love and care about! I don’t want to hate what I’m doing but it pays well. Looks like you found something that will work for you. I hope I can find that “thing” soon too!

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  154. says

    Congrats, congrats, congrats Julie!! This is such exciting news. I know you will do great in your new career path and I can’t wait to “be along for the ride”. Congrats again on taking such a brave step towards your passion!!

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  155. Allie says

    Congrats Julie!!!!! Such an exciting move, thanks for being such an inspiring, positive influence for all us readers!

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  156. Mellissa says

    Congratulations on this, it is hard to make any change and even harder when that change will bring uncertainty. But life is about taking risks and at the end of the day you need to do what makes you happy, if it is blogging and writing then make that leap!

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  157. Julia says

    Congratulations Julie!!! I’ve been reading your blog for around a year now, and every day I look forward to your posts! I’ve tried reading other blogs but yours is the only one I love to read. Thank you for being such an inspiration! Best of luck :)

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  158. says

    Wow, you’re going to devote even more time to the blog? Dude, you already post more than most of the blogs I read 😀
    Looking forward to seeing how this works out for you!

    I know you already have a techy person, but if you need an extra hand with programming type stuff, let me know. I’d do interesting projects for free.

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  159. Emma says

    Congratulations!!! I’ve been reading your blog for a while now and I feel like this is such an exciting transition for you!!

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  160. says

    Congrats Julie! You are such an inspiration, and I think this is a great move for you!! Risks are scary but without them, life just isn’t as fun or interesting!

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  161. Adriana says

    Congratulations!!! I am so happy that you have chosen to follow your heart. You are an incredible writer and I know that you are going to be even more successful :-) Looking forward to reading more!

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  162. sue says

    Congrats on persuing your dream!
    I think this means you will need to get a full-length mirror at home so you can still take fashion pictures!!

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  163. says

    I used to want to be a Marine biologist so that I could play with dolphins, etc. Then I found out most of them work in labs. So I went into genetic research instead and am working in a lab as a graduate student… funny how things work out.

    Congratulations on following your passion!

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  164. says

    Congratulations, Julie! I, too, left a full-time communications job in December to pursue freelancing full time. The jobs have been plentiful, and while I too thrive off routine, it’s easy to work from home and you’ll get your work done. It’s a big leap of faith, but with a supportive husband, I’ve found it to be the most rewarding decision of my life! Good luck!

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  165. Kaci says

    Congratulations! I hardly ever comment, but I read quite often, and I am so, so, so happy for you, Julie! You totally deserve to live the life of your dreams, and you inspire me daily with your positivity. I just got the biggest smile on my face for you. I hope that this switch brings you all the energy, love, creativity, and enjoyment that comes from living a life that you LOVE and that you wake up each day excited to get to do what you do. :)

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  166. Emily says

    Congrats pretty lady! I admire you for having the guts to follow your dream and not let it slip past you. Wooohooo!

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  167. Stephanie says

    Reading this just gave me chills…I’m currently sitting at my desk at work and have been thinking about taking a similar risk for a while now.

    You are incredibly brave and I can’t wait to read about where this decision takes you! Life is about taking risks. We have to live in the moment and do what makes us happy…why suffer when we only have one shot at this, right? Congratulations!!!

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  168. says

    What a big decision, thanks for sharing it with us! It’s awesome that you can still do what you love, can’t wait to hear about all of your new adventures!

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  169. Meghan N says

    Congratulations Julie! I have been a reader since the very beginning and you have certainly shared a lot of your life, meals and antidotes. Each one of these has me looking forward to your posts each and every day! I think you will be wildly successful and you certainly deserve to be 100% fulfilled by your job! Can’t wait for what’s to come with PBF :)

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  170. says

    How exciting! Congrats! I know going into the unknown can be scary, but it can also be amazing, and I wish nothing but the best for you! You really inspire me as a blogger, so I think it’s awesome that you’re doing this!

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  171. Dawn @ Blonde on a Mission says

    Congratulations Julie! I feel like I know you just by reading about your life, which might sound weird but ever since I found your blog in March, I have had it bookmarked ever since & read it 3+ times a day. You used to be my lunch time reading material when I worked in an office for my internship :) You are both brave and incredibly smart for following your dreams and I know it will pay off for you because I can see your genuine love for blogging.

    All the best 😀

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  172. Erin says

    So happy to hear about your new adventure! Sometimes the most rewarding things in life begin as some of the scariest ones. I picked up my life and moved to Texas (from NH!) and it was the best decision Ive made thus far for myself!

    Congratulations Julie, so excited to see where this opportunity takes you!!

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  173. says

    Congrats Julie! I have faith that this decision will bring you so much joy! Recently I quit my job of 3 years to pursue a degree in nutrition, and today is my first day of classes. It’s a scary world when you’re used to being at a desk, but it’s exciting and full of possibilities :) good luck!!

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  174. Katie says

    Congrats! :) I’ve been in that position these past few years too – where I’m still searching for the right job. I hate working in an office but I have to find my way. I’m so glad you’ve found yours with your awesome blog! You’ll do great and make great things happen. Maybe you’ll even motivate me to make mine public and stop being scared to share myself with the blogging world.

    Good luck!

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  175. says

    congrats on your decision! im sure it was tough to make but you’ll be just fine. although maybe you should rethink it and become a dolphin trainer :)

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    • K says

      I couldn’t agree more! I too sometimes hear the alarm and think “Argh! I don’t want to get out of bed….but Julie is right when she says it gives more energy throughout the day!”

      You are inspiring!

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  176. says

    Congrats!!!! I think the best part about this post is how honestly you share with all of us. I think that is what keeps us all coming back. You always give us your heart, and that is so admirable. You have not only inspired me to be a better blogger, but you have also pushed me into the morning workout routine and I couldn’t be happier about it! Sometimes (and not in a creepy way 😉 ) I am in my work out classes thinking…. I bet Julie is in her class too, and that gives me the motivation I need to keep pushing through those squats. Thank you for all the time you put into your blog and I can’t WAIT to see what comes next :) So happy for you!!!!

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  177. Kristin says

    Congratulations! I’ve read your blog for a long time and never commented but I just took a similar career leap (from public relations to hair stylist!) and wanted to share my support and enthusiasm for making terrifying life decisions!! Yay!

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  178. jen @ taste life says

    Awesome!!! Congratulations on following your dreams, Julie! Can’t wait to see where this path takes you!

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  179. Dee says

    Congrats!

    I’m training to be a Yoga teacher and I know when the time comes to quit my 9-5 and work for myself, I’ll be just as terrified. I look forward to reading how it turns out for you!

    Good luck!

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  180. says

    congratulations Julie! I am so thrilled for you and look up to you in so many ways. I am excited to watch you on this journey and look forward to what the world has in store for you!

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  181. Sarah says

    Congratulations! The only thing that could make this post better would be a picture of Sadie’s face of how happy she is to have a hang out buddy!

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  182. says

    I can honestly say that your blog is the one blog I always need to check every.single.day.
    You have a way to make us relate to all of your post. You let us in and always have a great post up.

    I am so happy and EXCITED for you!!! This is your calling and I only wish you THE BEST!!!

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  183. Katie says

    Congratulations! I love reading your blog, you have such a positive outlook on life. I am just trying to convince myself to really start the blog that I have been thinking about for awhile.

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  184. Meghan says

    Congrats Julie! You are so brave to take a big step but I know you will be sucessful. I mostly read fashion blogs and I don’t remember how I found yours, but I’ve been reading it now for months and I’m hooked. I look forward to your posts and you inspire me to live heather. I love your positive attitude most of all. You’re going to set the world on fire!

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  185. Baby's Moon says

    best of luck! Love the desktop pic of Sadie! She looks like our red dobie Lily – they have the same smile & love of tennis balls!

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  186. says

    What an admirable move! I know you will succeed, as you will keep all of us riveted. Thanks for providing such wonderful content for us to read each day!

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  187. Sarah says

    Congratulations on following you passions and dreams! I am very proud of you and look forward to continuing to read your blog daily (or rather several times daily! haha)

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  188. Diana says

    Congrats Julie! I love your blog! I read it everyday and to be quite honest, it’s one of my favorites! You have inspired me to live a healthy life and THANK YOU for that. :)

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  189. Sheph says

    Congratulations! I am a new reader of your blog – I started reading it a few months ago after your “motivational blog” on spark people. Good luck in your new endeavors. You are very inspiring and you definitely deserve it!

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  190. says

    Also… because of YOU I began my own blog for my friends and family, and have quickly realized my new hobby that I have a passion for as well. Thank you.

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  191. Courtney says

    You go Julie! I love your blog,and though I am mostly a silent reader, I visit your page at least twice a day and have since January. You help me find balance, when before reading your blog I struggled with overexercising and undereating. I now enjoy my looser workout schedule and lots of froyo. :)

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  192. Jenni says

    I’m a daily reader and I don’t usually comment but… Oh my goodness, CONGRATS!!! My fiance and I debated last night what the big announcement was going to be -my money was on you and Ryan buying a house!- but this is so much better! From the bottom of my heart, I wish you all the best. This blog is apart of my daily routine and I am repeatedly inspired by it whether it’s just to try a new recipe, a new workout, or even a new fashion. If this is what you’re putting out at “50%” then I can’t wait to see you perform at 100%! Your honest and sincere approach to this blog (and to life!) is what keeps me coming back. Thank you for motivating and inspiring me and I will continue to support you. GOOD LUCK!!!!

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  193. Jessie says

    Congratulations, Julie! You deserve to pursue your dreams and I can honestly say that your blog is one of my favorite blogs that has my mind rolling about starting my own blog! Good luck!

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  194. says

    I randomly came upon your blog about a month ago when my life was almost at a stand-still. And it was really funny because I showed my boyfriend and we both agreed that the personalities you and ryan show on your blog is nearly parallel to our personalities (weird). Anyways I loved that you shared the common passion for food fitness and

    My whole life I planned to attend physical therapy school after completing my undergraduate degree in exercise science. I never had a doubt that my life would go off course – well it did, I was not accepted into the schools I had my heart on (and I had fantastic grades and recommendations). Throughout the weeks I came to terms with this and the fact that everything happens for a reason, I was not accepted because deep down I was not ready for PT school, I was meant for a different path for now in fitness.
    I’m telling you this because your blog has inspired me to create one as well to discuss similar topics (but based more on health, fitness, and research) to pursue this new path life has taken me down. I believe you are meant to do what makes you happy, especially while you are still so young. I adore your blog and love reading about you, ryan, your pup, and your smoothies which i can’t believe I still have yet to try!!’
    Best of luck with everything

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  195. Kelley says

    I recently started reading your blog and figured this would be the perfect time for a first comment. Congratulations! Your story is truly inspirational!

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  196. says

    Congratulations Julie! Your blog is one of my favorites to stop by each day. You will be a fantastic freelancer! Can’t wait to see where you go next!

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  197. says

    Congrats Julie, your doing the right thing and sticking with your gut feeling. Your blog was the first my sister and I came across last year and it inspired us to make our on blog :-) Thank You and GOOD LUCK!

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  198. says

    I just wanted to say CONGRATULATIONS and good luck! I think it is wonderful that you have turned this “hobby” into your passion and now your career! Good for you!! You are very inspiring, uplifting and have such a positive outlook which is one of the many reasons I enjoy coming back here each day!! You are also one of the inspirations for why I recently decided to take the plunge and start a blog of my own! Congratulations and follow those dreams girl!

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  199. says

    Congrats on this new journey! I am a fairly new reader of PBF but have SO enjoyed reading and getting to know your sweet family through the blog! I am inspired by your decision to follow your passion and can’t wait to see where this new path takes you. I know it will be great! Congrats and thanks for being a bright spot in the blog world!

    Jenna

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  200. says

    Congratulations Julie!! With challenge comes great opportunity! All of your readers are so proud of this big step – and just so you know, you’re blog is ALREADY something we want to visit on the internet (a couple times a day actually) so no pressure on our end!! Good luck in everything that you do!

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  201. Samantha says

    You are truly inspiring! Congrats for taking such a big & scary step, things will work out as they were meant to be! And your blog is awesome!

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  202. Kate says

    Oh. My. God. Julie, this brought tears to my eyes…I am so so excited for you. I have never commented before, but yours was one of the first blogs that really got me addicted to reading food and healthy living blogs. I am so proud of you I want to hug you.

    I need to comment–I am so excited for you Julie! I’ve been reading your blog for a few year and I feel like I know you (I even cried ‘at’ your wedding). You definitely don’t know me, but you inspire me every morning, afternoon, and evening (except recently when you went to Chicago–gee was that day tough with no post to fuel me!!). You inspire me to one day just do it, just start a food blog like I have wanted to for so many years.

    Like your sister, I just graduated college this year. I majored in English and, like you, have such a passion for writing. My parents are so supportive of my writing, and now I am looking for work in the food/healthy living sector of writing. I still don’t know exactly what I want to do with my life, though I consider myself a passionate person, but it is because of you that I figured out this niche (that some consider a bit quirky) that really gets my juices flowing.

    Thank you so much for this post, for all of your posts, for your energy, and for going with your heart. I can’t wait to follow your amazing journey that’s to come and I wish you all of the best, though you won’t be needing it!

    I might be e-mailing you shortly, begging for a job! (half-kidding (one-fourth kidding)). Congratulations again, you deserve this! You really, really do.

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  203. Paige says

    Congratulations! I had a feeling this was coming sometime soon – very happy for you! I hope this opportunity is everything you hope it will be.

    I’ve been at my first post-college job for about two years now, and though it is a job that many would kill to have (great benefits, in the top 30 of Fortune 500 companies, etc.), I know it’s not what I’m meant to do. My last day is Friday. :)

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  204. Kristen says

    Congratulations!! Your blog is my favorite one out there, so I’m very happy to hear you’ve taken this leap of faith!

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  205. says

    This is so very exciting! I cannot wait to follow you on your new journey and perhaps be inspired to subsequently find and follow my passion! :)

    Congratulations!

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  206. Amy says

    Congratulations, Julie! Such a brave move, but one that I’m sure will pay off in the end. I read your blog every day, three times a day, and I’m so excited to see all the changes you have in store – and a little jealous that you will be blogging/freelancing for a living now 😉 Best of luck!

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  207. says

    Wow – congrats! What a big decision, but it sound like you are going to be doing something that you really want and like to do and I truly feel that is the most important thing. Good luck! :)

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  208. mkr says

    I knew that glass of wine last nite was a celebratory one 😉 Many congrats to you and best of luck on the newest chapter in your life!

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  209. Courtney says

    Congrats on following your dreams and your heart Julie! I have only been reading your blog for a few months, but I have to tell you that you have been a big inspiration to me by showing me that it is possible to live a healthy, happy, and fulfilling life and that doing so doesn’t have to be complicated. I am truly grateful for your fun, energetic, and often hilarious blog, and your practical approaches to healthy living, and I wish you the best in this next chapter of your life!

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  210. dani says

    Congrats Julie! I will always continue to be a devoted fan of your blog and know I will see big big things from you. Hopefully a book or 2 :-D. Your blog is contagious everyone of my friends who reads it is instantly hooked. You will be more then fine you will be great.

    I just finished the help and you remind me of aibeee. Doing something brave and unconventional. Congrats again I wish you the best.

    Oh and big high five for Ryan being there to support ya on this. Finding someone that encourages you to dream big is something truly special.

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  211. says

    Congratulations! I know how scary it is to leave your job! You will be fine because you have a wonderful support system in Ryan and your family! Can’t wait for a million more posts (and now you can spend so much less time on your hair!).

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  212. Tiffany says

    Yay! I cannot wait for all the new changes. I found your blog about 2 months ago and I have gone through and read nearly all the posts from when you first started – your blog is one of my faves :)

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  213. says

    Congratulations! My mom told me that if you never take a leap of faith and prepare for the worst, you’ll never have a chance to live your best life. My husband and I have done this a few times in our lives now (and we are 27 and 28!) and it has paid off in spades.
    All the best!

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  214. says

    Congrats! I honestly feel you made the right decision. The purpose of life is to be happy and enjoy it! You should have a career that enables you to do just that. I think you should be proud of yourself for taking a risk, one that I think is a great decision. You have to be 100% enjoying your life because it is so short and you only get one!

    Best of luck on your new endeavors. I’ll be looking forward to reading more 😀

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  215. Stephanie Clement says

    I can’t even believe this!!! Just YESTERDAY I was sitting in the car with my fiancee thinking “hmm, I wonder when Julie will make that move…..Tina, Meghann, Catlin have….she’s sure great to read…I bet it will be soon”! My jaw is on the floor… this is too weird!!! BUT OMGOSH congrats!!!! And know that if it ain’t hard…the rewards won’t be as good!! This will be soo fulfilling. You’re an entrepreneur!! BAH I’m beaming (or should I say BReaming) for ya!

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  216. Stephanie says

    Congratulations on taking the leap of faith to pursue your dreams! Not many people have the courage to do that. I wish you nothing but success and happiness on your new journey!

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  217. Erica says

    Yay Julie!! I am just a few years out of college and I cant wait until I can quit my current job and follow my dreams! I want to have a summer outdoors camp for girls! ps I hope you still do lunch posts! i read them during my lunch and they are a nice little pick me up during the middle of the day :)

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  218. stephanie says

    this is AWESOME news for you. i love reading this blog and actually Carrots’N Cake is the first blog I ever stumbled upon as well, and suddenly my whole “free time” each day is spent reading them. This is inspiring for me, as I really wish I had begun a blog already, but at home we are in between computers for a few months and its just not the right time. Looking forward to the future of PB fingers :) congrats!

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  219. Ilene says

    That is amazing that you chose to truly pursue your passion – thank you from all of us readers :) and I know you will succeed because your enthusiasm for blogging is always evident in your blogs! Best of luck :)

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  220. says

    OMG Julie! So exciting! I know we don’t “know” each other since I rarely come out of lurking to comment but I do read daily and love your blog…am so excited at what lies ahead for you.

    Also really admire people who have the courage to pursue their passions- you are awesome :)

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  221. says

    Well done Julie!! i myself, have just taken a big leap of faith. Quit my job to become self-employed, it is a big step and so frightening but i’m hoping it will be worth it :) Good luck!! xx

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  222. Beth (Well I'll Be) says

    This is awesome Julie, thanks for being an inspiration for living a healthy life but also in the endeavor, an inspiration for following your heart! I know you will do amazingly! I bet Sadie will be happy about your new routine! Congrats!

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  223. says

    The biggest risks are always the most rewarding. Congratulations!
    I can’t wait to read all your freelance stuff in addition to the fabulousness here at PBFingers!

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  224. Katrina Caldwell says

    Julie – how inspiring are you! You have an amazing blog, and I can’t wait to see everything that you are going to do! This was such an inspiring post, and was so good to read. My life is changing drastically at the end of this month, and I will also make the transition of working from home – you just made me feel so much better about it! Thanks!

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  225. Michelle says

    Julie, I am soooo happy for you!!! I know you will succeed and do great things. I wish you all the best in this new career choice. <3

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  226. says

    Julie! this is awesome. I am so proud of you and I know how important it is to follow your heart. I think this is a great decision and I am so excited! Maybe I’ll do the same someday?!? :)

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  227. Meggie says

    I am so happy for you, Julie!!! Fingers crossed for your bright future :) Well, I might be very ‘selfish’ reader, but now that you chose that path, I am so excited to read your future posts on your blog that are full of more fun materials!!! So, thanks!!! in advance for dedicating yourself to PBF and making me (and other readers) happy everyday:) cuz reading your blog seriously boosts me up every morning!

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  228. says

    Congratulations! You are an inspiration. I am a new reader to your blog, but I look forward to what this next chapter will bring for you and your readers.

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  229. says

    Congrats! I knew from the first day I read your blog a few months ago, that there was something super special about it. I feel that your optimism (even on the not so great days) always shines through. It’s what keeps me coming back for more!

    oh and Sadie pics, of course :)

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  230. Brittany says

    Congratulations, Julie! Looking forward to seeing (reading) what the future holds for you. One thing, though: does this mean no more fashion shots in the bathroom mirror?! 😉

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  231. Leslie says

    High five! (Borat style)
    I have been wanting to leave my job now for quite a long time, this is inspiring and your blog is so bitchin’, I have no doubt you’ll succeed. Congratulations!!

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  232. Chelsea M says

    Congratulations on following your heart Julie. I am a dedicated reader and simply cannot wait to see what happens to PBF. I know how scary such a big decision can be but I know you’re surrounded by supportive, loving people both in real life and online!

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  233. Lily says

    That is great Julie, I am so excited for you! I can’t wait to see the changes you will make to the blog, I’m sure it will be amazing! Best of luck.

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  234. Nikki says

    Congrats, Julie! Know that no matter what your job or title, you live a purposeful and inspiring life. And at the end of the day, that’s what matters.

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  235. Katherina @ Zephyr Runs says

    How exciting! This is the first post I’ve seen on your blog, I don’t even know you and I’m SO excited for you!!! How wonderful to be able to do that. Maybe one day I’ll be able to say something similar & thank Emily @ Daily Garnish. I’m new to this community but it seems so supportive, I can see how you get sucked in!!

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  236. Melissa says

    Woohoo! That is so exciting and I admire you for taking the plunge, the fact that you have OVER 300 comments on your post shows you how much support you have :), good luck and I look forward to continue reading your blog xo,

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  237. Dee S says

    I’m so excited for you!! I haven’t missed a post since you started the blog. Excited to see what’s to come. Congrats!!

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  238. says

    Julie!! Many many congratulations! I am so proud of you for following your heart and believing in yourself. That is one of the hardest things we can do. You deserve this! What a great way to start off June! Yay you!

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  239. says

    Congratulations, Julie!! This is so exciting and I’m so glad you’re following your dreams! Like I always tell my little brother and sister, “if you’re not doing something you absolutely love, if you’re not doing something that makes the time fly by every single day, then you’re not doing the right thing.” Work should never be work, and blogging has become your passion! I’m so excited for you!

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  240. says

    Julie, this is awesome! I am so so happy for you! Your blog along with Tina’s blog are what inspired me to start my own blog. Although I have not been able to dedicate the time I’d like yet due to a job change, I find it is my favorite time when I get to write. I am also not a risk taker and my husband is constantly telling me I need to follow my heart as he does. I am soo soo excited for you and know that this is such a great decision! You are amazing at blogging and I will look even more forward to reading your writing. Good luck with everything!

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  241. says

    Congrats!!! I was guessing you were changing jobs or moving! I can’t wait to see how your blog evolves now that you will be able to focus on it all the time! I’m sure you are so happy!!

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  242. Mel says

    Julie, I’m about to celebrate my one-year anniversary of reading PBF (I’m a nerd). Your blog lead me to the healthy living blog community and ultimately lead me to healthier changes in myself.

    I’ve seen PBF (and its readership) grow over this year and have felt like I’ve been there with you through many things. I waited excitedly for your wedding, bookmarked cookie recipes and commented regularly at the excitement you bring to this blog. I’m soo soo so happy for you! You’ve created a “happy place” for yourself -something others long for! And even better – it’s a place you can share and inspire with the world.

    This new venture I KNOW will bring you much successs! CONGRATS!! Big, exciting things are in store for you :)

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  243. Lauren says

    Congratulations Julie! I LOVE your blog, seriously. I don’t want this to sound creepy, but when I found it I loved it so much that I started to read from the first post, like a book! So I’m SUPER excited that this means bigger and better blog-things for you :) Yay!

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  244. says

    Because of your fantastic title, I had that song in my head while reading your post! The one that goes, “Because of you- there’d be no sun in my sky, there’d be no love in my life….” lol

    Like I’ve been saying, I’m so incredibly happy for you! This is a bold move, and I think you’ll definitely be rewarded because of it! 😀

    P.S. The office will not be the same without youuuu!

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  245. says

    Congratulations! This is so exciting! I’m excited to see what happens. You are such an encouragement and an inspiration! I started a blog the beginning of this year (mainly because of the same little tug you were talking about). Thank you for your inspiration! :)

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  246. Amelia says

    Woohoo Julie!! This is fantastic news! I’m SO proud of you for taking the leap. Your blog is definitely one of the few ones I read daily and as weird as it may be to hear, you have become an important part of my life. Like you, Carrots n Cake was my intro to reading healthy living blogs. I appreciate your insight, your healthy and happy attitude and all your super delish recipes. Thanks for sharing your life with us! Can’t wait to read more!

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  247. Alison says

    Jules~
    I am SO proud of you and your recent leap of faith to go after what you truly love! Peanut Butter Fingers was the first healthy living blog that I started reading, and to be honest, it is the only blog that I check on a daily basis. Your personal stories, nutrition & exercise tips, and passion for life shines through, and you never cease to put a smile on my face. I can’t wait to follow you on this journey as your professional career evolves! CONGRATS!
    ~*Ali*~

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  248. Jaime D says

    CONGRATULATIONS Julie!! I have been a daily reader of your blog for several months now and I absolutely LOVE popping in every day to catch up with your daily happenings! I have always wanted to have a job that I am passionate about and enjoy waking up for everyday – consider yourself so lucky to have the ability to make this huge/scary change. Best of luck to you!

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  249. Alicia says

    This is amazing news! Congratulations Julie! I can’t wait to continue to read, whats awesome is I’m sure you’ve motivated others to take a risk and follow their dreams, life is too short not too! :)

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  250. Silvia Lopez-Cobo Lopez says

    I can’t believe your post came at the right time! You made me feel so much better!!! I’ve been working for a state agency in NC for 5 years. I am ready for a new change. I’m thinking about applying for the same position in Chicago. I, too am scared but so ready for this new chapter in my life. All good tidings to you, Julie!!! :)

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  251. says

    I think what your doing is brave and will be well worth it! Do what makes YOU happy. You influence, inspire and motivate all of your readers. It will be great to have you around more often. Congrats! :)

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  252. says

    Congratulations Julie!!!!! I have been reading your blog for a while now and it really is what inspired me to start my own! I’m so excited for you becoming a full-time blogging (and I’m so jealous as well)! Seeing all the effort and passion you put into your blog and where it led you to gives me even more inspiration to keep with mine!! best of luck!!! :)

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  253. says

    Wow way to go girl! I’m so proud of you as are a 300+ other followers according to the comments haha =D Doing what you love is the best thing that you could do :)

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  254. says

    Way to go, Julie! I started my blog back in January and am still in the process of deciding what works for me and my style. Reading your blog and a small handful of my other favorites have inspired me to stick with it and pursue my dreams as well. Best of luck to you and I can’t wait to read about your journey.

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  255. says

    Way to go, Julie! I started my blog back in January and am still in the process of deciding what works for me and my style. Reading your blog and a small handful of my other favorites have inspired me to stick with it and pursue my dreams as well. Best of luck to you and I can’t wait to read about your journey!

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  256. Bobbi says

    Julie, this is awesome! I have been reading your blog for a few months now and ABSOLUTELY LOVE it. It is one of the favorites in my Google Reader! This is a big step for you but you are going to do great. You’re blog is what made my decide to revamp my domain and start blogging again!

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  257. Holly B says

    Congratulations! I’m a technical writer who loves blogs and almost everyday I question whether I could be doing more with my life. Eagerly waiting to see what adventures you go on!

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  258. Annie says

    Congratulations! I love your blog and have become ‘a person that reads fitness and fashion blogs’ because of you. Thank you and I look forward to continuing to support your new ‘job’!!

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  259. Lee @ In The Pink of Condition says

    Congrats Julie! that must have been a difficult decision, but by the looks of how much you love blogging, I know you made the right choice :-)

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  260. says

    This is so exciting! I am so happy for you, and I am sure that you will find this to be a wonderful decision. You are so talented and all of your readers love you and support you so much. You’re a huge inspiration to a little blogger like me :) Congratulations, Julie!

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  261. says

    Congratulations! That is amazing you have found your passion and career to be the same. You are so brave, and I know it’s going to an amazing experience.
    You’re a huge inspiration to me and everyone else who reads this blog.

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  262. Lindsay says

    Congrats! I’m a newer reader and your blog is one of my daily visits…you are refreshing and easy to relate to. I took a leap of faith one year ago and quit my full time job to pursue Real Estate full time….scariest move ever but I can tell you today, I am happier and feel more free than ever. You can do it…the universe will meet you halfway! :)

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  263. Liz says

    Good for you!!!!!! I have always wanted to own my own business and I need to just DO IT!!! Your announcement today inspires me!

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  264. says

    I’m so excited for you Julie. My sister and I read your blog everyday–we love it. Your healthy outlook on life is so inspiring and contagious! Be excited for where this takes you and your blog–I am!!! :)

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  265. Suman says

    Whoo! I’ve been reading blogs for quite a while now, but I have to say that *your* blog in particular is the one that has really hit home with me. Good luck girl!

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  266. says

    Not that a million others haven’t said it but congrats! and I wish you the best of luck! I can only hope that when I graduate I can do what I love:)

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  267. says

    Wow!! This is amazing, and I SO happy for you!! So inspiring that you are following your heart, and that Ryan supports you 100%.

    Best of luck and I can’t wait to see what changes happen!!

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  268. Rachael says

    Congratulations Julie! This is so exciting! PB Fingers is the first healthy living blog I started reading daily…about 6 months ago. Your blog is the first thing I read every day! Thank you so much for sharing so much of yourself with your readers. I can’t wait to see where you go from here.

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  269. says

    Congratulations Julie!
    I have been a daily follower for quite a while now, and I am so excited to see you continue and pursue something that you are so passionate about!

    Can`t wait for what`s in store!

    – Lauren @ Neeps and Taters

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  270. Emily says

    Congratulations! PB Fingers is one of my daily reads. I’m looking forward to seeing what’s next! Keep up the great work (and pics of Sadie…)

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  271. Kelly says

    Congratulations! I read your blog most mornings while I have my coffee and this morning you put a huge smile on my face! I can’t imagine how you could improve the blog beyond what it has already become, but I’m sure you will. :)

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  272. Ana says

    this is awesome!! i was wondering if a job change was in the works for you when i saw that you were training someone a few weeks back…congrats to you!

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  273. says

    WOW! Congrats, there is nothing more exiting and fulfilling than doing what you love! I hope this brings you much happiness :) reading your blog has become part of my daily routine, and I love that!

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  274. says

    Congratulations! You are such an inspiration. I hope you find excitement and contentment in your new direction. I LOVE your blog, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.

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  275. Lea says

    I’m not usually one to comment on the blogs I read, but I wanted to let you know you have a supporter in me! Your smoothie and healthy dinner recipes are out of this world and your blog is one that I truly enjoy. Good luck! :)

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  276. anna k says

    congratulations! your blog is my absolute favorite, but i may be a bit biased as i am also a kappa delta with an affinity for bagel thins :) you are definitely striving for the honorable, beautiful, and highest with this move! good luck!

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  277. Britannie says

    OH MY GOSH that’s so exciting! Congratulations, I can tell that you’re super passionate about this, and like fully into it, you’re gonna do awesome! 😀

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  278. Sam E says

    Congrats! I know how you feel about not really being passionate career wise. I love your blog! I went to the same gelato place in Florence a few days after you did because I saw your blog post about it. LOVED the chocolate mousse and the white chocolate flavors!

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  279. Shari says

    The true modern day American dream. Good for you Julie! I am so happy to hear this! This is how life should be; filled with spending time doing what you’re passionate about. SO, SO happy for you!!!

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  280. Pamela says

    Congrats, dear, this is incredible. You have a fun, honest, easy-going blog that I believe resonates so deeply with so many (as evidenced by these comments!) because you seem like someone we would all want to be friends with. I wish you nothing but success with these endeavors – and I will continue reading along with them! Cheers!

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  281. Lisa says

    Congrats, Julie – I’m so proud of your decision and following your heart. It’s so admirable!! :) I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us readers in the future!

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  282. Anita says

    Oh my goodness, you’re such an inspiration! I only hope that after I graduate from college in a few years and get settled in my own professional life, I can follow in your footsteps! I have no doubt that you will look back on these days and feel proud that you took such a leap.

    Congratulations!!

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  283. says

    I started tearing up while reading this. As an actress, I am going to be doing freelance stuff for my entire life, practically. All of the emotions you have to this leap of faith, I have as well, and something I struggle with embarrassment of telling people I am pursuing my dream, but thank you, thank you so much for being so open with us, taking a chance on yourself, and being PROUD of your dream. You are such an inspiration <3

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  284. Kelly says

    Hello Julie! I don’t usually comment but I have always secretly wanted too haha So…Congratulations on this huge leap of faith. I am currently in college and fell in love with your blog because of your inspirational blogs and fun filled life. I also moved into my first apartment and literally plan my meals around your recipies :) they are awesome! I love reading your blog because you write about so many of the things I can relate to at this point in my life. Anyway, as you can see I am not a writer haha but I would like to say that you seem like an amazing person and just remember to leave your worries to the lord. He will guide you through this new adventure in your life and I know great things will come of it! Best of Luck

    ps: my boyfriend started reading your blog after I showed it to him one day and he is now looking into Vizsla breeders :) He is in love with Sadie!

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  285. Kristen says

    How exciting! It takes a lot of courage to take big risks–you go, girl!

    “I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.” — Maya Angelou

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