One of the Babes: Julie Garcia
Meet Julie Garcia the founder of Little Lessons, a space where anyone can send in advice, heartbreaks and regrets. Learn more about Julie's moments of creativity and why she started Little Lessons below.
Q: What inspired you to start Little Lessons? Did you have any role models or learn from someone, in particular?
A: I learn from absolutely everything, which is why I started this. I don’t think people give themselves enough credit, but they are full of good advice. We are all given such a unique perspective of the world, and I just think we’re doing everyone a disservice if we don’t share it. Literally no one sees the world the way you do—how cool is that? The paradox is that while we have completely different views, we also struggle with the same universal struggles. I love that “me too!” moment that comes after someone reads a lesson that resonates with them. I want people to see that they really aren’t ever alone in what they’re feeling. And well, I also just want people to realize how insanely wonderful they are.
Q: Do you have any tidbits of advice for people with passions, in general?
A: Remember that, a lot of times, inspiration will NOT find you when you need it most. You have to seek it out, meet it halfway, pick up the pen or the pencil, the paints, the whatevers, and just show it, you know, "here I am, I am ready to work if you are."
It is such an easy thing for me to forget. I drag myself through these slumps where I ignore the things—the vehicles for my catharsis—and somehow think that they’ll come seek me out even when I push them away or ignore them. That’s not really how it works. Start treating your creative nature like a romantic interest, I guess. You can’t expect it to chase after you forever.
Also, when you do get into a creative rut, try to purge. Purge everything unnecessary (things, people) and start from the beginning. Listen to what your heart and hands are really saying instead of what you think you want them to. Spend some time unplugged and in silence and get back in touch with yourself. Don’t stress out too much. Sometimes feeling completely fucking lost is the best way to get found again. Those are the only ways I know to start the unfreezing.
Q: What have been your favorite moments of creativity?
A: Ahh, I have so many! I’m a writer—it’s the only thing that makes sense to me most of the time. So any time I produce something I’m proud of, there’s this unexplainable moment/feeling—I get so giddy. My face flushes, I tingle everywhere. My smile seems to leaks onto my arms, and my legs twitch. I basically look like a person having a mild seizure and it's my FAVORITE feeling. It doesn’t matter if I’m hungry or I have to pee or I’m hunched over on my laptop in the most uncomfortable position, I can’t stop. Everything else is put on hold and the world just seems to stop for a second. There’s also sometimes tears involved cause I’m just so glad that I have something that makes me feel so completely alive. And then it’s over and I don’t write for months and think the words are never going to come again, but they always, always do.
Q: When you're discouraged, what do you run to or away from?
A: That old adage “the cure for anything is salt water, sweat, tears or the sea” completely rings true for me. I cry it out completely, until I feel exhausted and a little lighter. It’s a necessary release and I always feel cleansed after a good, hard cry. Or I lay in a tub of Epsom salt and lavender oil for as long as I need to. It isn’t the sea, but it’s the most accessible body of water I’ve got and it usually works. Or my favorite, I sweat it out. Endorphins seriously solve problems. And if they don’t, they at least make you feel entirely necessary and entirely alive. And sometimes, that’s better than having your problems solved.
*I try not to do all three of these things at the same time because crying while you work out isn’t really cute or socially acceptable.
Your favorite band at the moment: This question gives me anxiety! It’s so hard for me to pick a favorite anything in any category in which there is more than one great contender. But I just found out about The Echo Friendly and I’ve been binging their one album all week.
Your favorite book at the moment: I just finished reading everything by Jonathan Tropper. So, I’d have to say, all of his books. His writing takes the seemingly insignificant moments and inflates them with a serious sense of importance and wonder.
Your local Austin gem: There’s a spot on Town Lake, right off of South Congress. The skyline is great and if you go right before sunset, all the buildings are dusted with that pretty orange sunlight. I run by it often and I have to stop, sit out at the rocks and just melt into myself. I’m also really fond of sitting at coffee shops for long periods of time and Once Over Coffee Bar has a cozy patio I’ve spent many happily caffeinated days at.