Healthy Wife Crush Of The Month: Julia Dzafic
The Healthy Wife Crush of the Month interviews are my absolute favorite posts of each month, because I get to share someone special who's impacted my life with YOU!
Meet Julia Dzafic, the voice behind the blog lemonstripes.com, and one of my closest friends here in Connecticut.
Julia and I met a few years ago in Greenwich, CT. A mutual friend of ours introduced me to her blog, and suggested I reach out after realizing we both were having a hard time adjusting to suburb life without kids (here's Julia's post that eventually led me to emailing her).
After a few back and forth emails, I decided to stop by an event she was hosting at the Tory Burch on Greenwich Avenue after I finished up a hair appointment. Side note: ladies, it takes balls to make new girlfriends, and sometimes you have to put in the effort, especially at this age! After our initial 10-minute conversation, we both knew our friendship was meant to be.
Several dinner dates and hang out sessions later, our husbands joined in on the fun, and happened to get along as well as we did. Now, we try to see each other as much as we can with our busy schedules.
I hope you enjoy getting to know one of my favorite people, and please leave a comment with any questions! xoxo
We have so much to discuss, I don’t even know where to begin! Let’s start with the most exciting piece of news: your little ladybun in the oven. Congratulations! What’s been the most unexpected part of your pregnancy journey thus far?
My husband and I had a hard time getting pregnant. We experienced two miscarriages and it took us a full year and a half to get pregnant with our baby girl. It was, at the time, the hardest thing I had ever done. I always thought that being pregnant would make everything right in my world… but what I didn’t realize was how hard it would be!
I work hard and accomplish a lot in a day, but now that I’m building a life, I can’t do the things that I used to. I’ve had to give up a lot, and that’s been a challenge for sure. I think that this pregnancy is preparing me for motherhood in ways that I won’t understand until she’s born.
You were very open about your experience with trying to get pregnant, which I commend you for. It was so refreshing and I know many women related to your story. What was it like for you personally to open up about your miscarriage online?
When I wrote out my story, I never intended to share it. I sent it to my husband to read, telling him that I already felt so much better just writing it. He came home from work that day, looked me dead in the eye and said, “You have to share that.”
I’m so grateful for his push because sharing my story has brought me closer to so many of my readers. To this day, almost a year later, I receive at least one email a day from another woman who is going through a difficult fertility journey or who has recently suffered a loss of her own. She always tells me that my post helped through the hardest times, and I’m so so grateful that I have a platform that can do that. Helping these women makes me feel like my blog has a real purpose!
Talk to me about pregnancy cravings. I’m already imagining all of the foods I’ll be asking my husband to grab me on his way home from work! Are they for real, and what’s Baby Dzafic’s favorite go-to if so?
Oh, you have no idea! I always thought I knew what a craving was…I didn’t. When you’re pregnant, all of a sudden you need to eat certain things and will do anything to get whatever that is. I’ve driven 40 minutes out of the way to get a bowl of ramen. Seriously!
In the first trimester all I wanted was Chinese food and ramen, but now it’s all over the place. I constantly crave raw berries and tomatoes (random!) but then sometimes I need a donut or frozen yogurt.
What’s it been like balancing your career with pregnancy?
I’m incredibly lucky to work for myself, so I can be as flexible as I need to be. If I’m having a really rough day, I can take off the afternoon to rest and do double work the next day or that night. I’ve definitely been doing less work, but trying to stay on top of it as best as I can!
I imagine self-care is more important now more than ever given the new balancing act. How are you making self-care a priority these days?
I plan it into my calendar. I workout with my trainer once a week, schedule a prenatal massage monthly, hike with my friend and our dogs every Tuesday, things like that. I have to make sure I have things like that on the books, or I’ll skip them for work every time!
Lemon Stripes has been growing tremendously in the past several years. What’s your vision for the brand over the next year as you transition into motherhood?
I don’t know exactly how it will look but I write about my life so motherhood will definitely be a big part of my content going forward. I’d like to think that I’ll have good advice on how to raise a healthy and happy baby, but I’m going to be learning just like every new mom!
If you could offer two pieces of advice to a new female entrepreneur starting her first blog, what would they be?
Be 100% you, and don’t try to do what everyone else is doing. People will read your blog because that want to hear what you have to say, not to see another version of what they’ve seen a million other times.
Give it time, success doesn’t grow overnight. I blogged for five years while working a “real job” in order to gain a following big enough to do it full time. You’ll grow if you’re consistent so make a schedule and stick to it. Think of it as a job and get that post up come rain or shine…or the flu. Just make it happen.
Let’s flip it around. Best advice you’ve ever been given?
When I first started out, my successful entrepreneur friend told me to say yes to every event, and network as much as possible. That first year I was everywhere! I spent every evening after work at events or in meetings, trying to make myself known to the world. It definitely paid off!
Favorite restaurant in Fairfield County (CT)?
The Whelk in Westport is my absolute favorite. I love their green goddess deviled eggs with a fried oyster, the crab toast, and the sweet and sour Brussels. So many good options, and a great atmosphere as well.
Green juice or green smoothie?
Smoothie. It’s funny, I used to drink green juice quite often but I definitely have an aversion to it lately. You can find my go-to smoothie recipe here.
Current TV obsession?
The Crown. I watched the entire thing in my first trimester when I was sick everyday. It saved me! I can’t wait for season two.
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