Exploring emotions, psychedelics & careers. Top Writer in Mental Health. Join me at bit.ly/juliablum for raw musings on how to live life more freely.

Recovering perfectionist, INFJ, empath, psychonaut, mental health advocate, forever student.

Tan me, somewhere in Greece.

Dear readers,

Welcome to my little precious corner on the internet. It’s a pleasure and honor to have you here.

Some random facts about me:

  • I’m half American, half German. More specifically US-born and European-raised. While I consider myself to be more European, I love the States and keep coming…

PMDD almost took my life — now I have it back

Picture by Elia Pelligrini on Unsplash

I once attempted to describe to a friend what my struggle with Pre-Menstrual Dysmorphic Disorder (PMDD) felt like. I went something like this:

Imagine that, in your regular waking and content state, the walls of your inner world are crisp and bright. Then, once a month, you have a visitor…

#1: Don’t write listicles

Maria Popova photographed by The New York Times

Maria Popova’s story reads like a perfect blogging fairytale: In 2006, she started with a weekly newsletter to seven friends. By 2014, she’d racked up 7-million monthly readers with her online publication then called “Brain Pickings” which she described as “an inventory of the meaningful life”.

Brain Pickings has since…

My whole life I was trying to be normal. Now I’m striving for the opposite.

Photo by Vonecia Carswell on Unsplash

I was a bit of a weird child. I preferred to spend my days alone in my room writing poems and making up with families of fantasy creatures. My family tells me I was not only imaginative but also highly sensitive.

Fast forward two decades, and I’m sitting in a…

Julia Blum

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