WE'RE ALL JUST A GARDEN FULL OF SOULS | Review + Interview with Julia Ryan

What's up, my friends?! (Wow.  Now, I am sounding like Abbie. Probably from watching her epic YouTube videos every week- which, by the way, are totally worth watching because they are #inspirational and #motivating. #notapromo)

So, I was scrolling through Instagram (like I do with 98% of my time) and I was looking through my stories, and then all of a sudden... my eyes were just blessed with this flash of #coveraesthetic and YELLOW. So, I was like: holllldddddd up. I need that. Why is it not in my hands??

Long story short: I was talking to Julia Ryan and she sent me a code to purchase her new poetry book for next to nothing anD THAT'S WHAT I DID.

*cries softly* I-isn't this just the most beautiful thing your eyes have ever seen?? The title + the yellow + the flower designs = everything I have ever needed in my life.

In case you aren't familiar with Julia, she blogs over at the barefoot gal where she writes these posts that are just sooo refreshing to read. They're deep and moving but also really lighthearted and hilarious. I love how she sees the world and the way she writes... gahhh!! She also has a blog dedicated to her poetry, twilight to dawn, which also includes some of her beautiful photography!

We're All Just a Garden Full of Souls is Julia Ryan's second poetry book and is everything you will ever need.

Julia came out with her first poetry book a couple years ago (I think?) which, let's just say, is also another #coverbuy. I sadly have not read that one yet but if you are interested in it, you can click here to check it out.

I feel like anyone can connect with her writing style because it's not like it is too complicated to the point where you end up giving up on it because you just can't #relate. I feel like in order for me to enjoy poetry, I have to relate to it in some sort of way. You know? But with the poetry in We're All Just a Garden Full of Souls you can attach it to whatever relation you want (i.e. religion, love, life in general). 

While reading this book, I could feel my soul eating up every single character of every single word on every page. 

She also may or may not have written a poem for me and it may or may not be featured in her next book... ;)

this one really got me in the feels.

there are too many goodbyes
and not enough i'm sorry's
heartstrings pull and yank until they snap 
and it's just like why
why does it have to be like this
why can't we just laugh a little more
love for eternity instead of crying
there has to be a solution. this isn't possible.

then why isn't anything done?

- Julia Ryan (pg. 33)

So, yeah. This is my favorite poetry book thus far and I don't think I'll ever be able to change my mind because asdfghjkl...

And if that didn't convince you to pick up this beautiful piece of perfection, then maybe this will...


Thank you so much for joining us here at Paper Pizza, Juila. I hope your stay wasn't too cheesy... *snickers* Anywho. I should probably shut up and give everyone what they came for, huh?

Have you always wanted to write poetry? Or was it something that just sort of happened?

Truthfully, I have not always written poetry, nor have I really ever wanted to. I remember having to scribble down some for schoolwork as a kid. I actually didn’t mind, while others were whining about it lol! Also, I would come up with these “songs”. I thought it was a silly phase for a long while, but maybe that was the beginning? I truly feel like it just happened on a larger scale two summers ago though.  

What inspires you most to write?

The beautifully broken and incomplete, yet running wild in a field of flowers people. 99% of the time I’m having a conversation with a friend, or see a moment in somebody’s life and I have words flowing rapidly, needing to be written down. This is a major problem because I can’t always stop what I’m doing to do so!! (aka at work :P)

I feel you, my dude. So, what is something we don't know about you? (Aside from writing really beautiful poetry asdfghjkl.)

Oh dear. Probably lots yiiikes. I don’t like snakes, I love showering people with gifts of food, I’ve kept a solid journal since I was 8 (I have little scribbles from when I was 6 tho), I am not a fan of spicy foods, and long section of numbers are easier for my to memorize than short ones. Hehee incredibly random!

How do you see the world?

Two days ago, it was an “oh God give us peace in this troubled land” kind of day. Yesterday, I saw the world as one big ray of sunshine even though it was pouring rain. And, today I’m tired but the feeling of yesterday lingers on. The world changes immediately after I come to the conclusion of how I see it. I’m afraid we will never be able to truly see.

The cover of We're All Just a Garden Full of Souls is simply gorgeous. Can you talk to us about that a little bit?

OH. YES YES YES. darling kenzie, I could talk about that all day. Yellow has become a color that screams happiness to me at this moment in my life. I knew the cover had to include that somehow. I truthfully started to layer things on top of each other, and this cover came to be. I worked hooooouuurrrssss on it. Before work, after work, the weekend, you name it, I was doing it. lol! It was really fun to show the progress to my family + close friends as I perfected it. They helped me soooo much.

The title also has a really fun story behind it. I was brainstorming with my sister, Sarah, about novels and such things when I suddenly heard “WE ARE ALL JUST A GARDEN FULL OF SOULS”. I scribbled it down fast, thinking “k, that will probably become part of a poem.” But, the more I thought about it, the more I realized this was meant to be my books title! I kid you not, I burst with creativity once that hit me. I had been stuck for awhile and BOOM. God inspires.

For those who have yet to read this beautiful masterpiece, what are three things readers should expect from it? 

1.       well, lots of words. lololol but truly, lots of hard words. sad ones, some that don’t make sense unless you’ve lived through a very similar valley, others that might make you smile or laugh for how odd they are, but words fill the pages entirely. (that and my heart xx)
2.       also....expect a few typos. A friend of mine pointed out a few typos in the book, to which I replied with *facepalm* lol!! Maybe someday I’ll have everything in my life neat and tidy? Nah, probably not, right?
3.       And, lastly, I would hope that you would expect to be able to carry this book basically everywhere you go! It’s honestly the most darling book size I’ve ever held.

It does make me want to carry it with me wherever I go! Now, can you describe your aesthetic in ten words or less? 

Sunsets that send the sky into a flurry of pastels. (BOOM. 10 words exactly. That was hard o.o LOL)

What is your MBTI type? (I'm a psychology nerd hehe.)

I originally tested as an ISTP, but lately, I’ve found myself to be slightly more extroverted? But, E/ISTP is 100% me and it’s almost scary lol!!! (also SAME. What are you???!?!)

I'm an INFJ but I was originally tested as an ISTP! (Or was it ISFJ?) But those are the most extroverted introvert types! Anywho. Where do words come to you the most? (For me, it's the shower.)

When I’m almost asleep (urgh) or driving (double urgh. I literally repeat the words over and over to myself so I don’t forget them until I get to where I’m going so I can write them down lol!)

Should we expect more from our favorite poet, Julia Ryan?

First off, KENZIE YOU’RE GOING TO MAKE ME CRY. And, to answer you question, yes.. Julia Ryan is quite attached to her poetry at the moment. I’m trying to make time for two extra projects including “WE’RE ALL JUST A GARDEN FULL OF SOULS” at the moment, plus working 3 jobs. I’m getting there, slowly!! So, be on the lookout xxx

What is something you are super proud of?

All the people I come into contact with that surge over the drowning waves CONSTANTLY, yet inspire me and touch others. I’m proud of the kindness that is in that and I’m proud to be apart of a community that supports it.

I really like your clothes. Can I shop in your closet?

Okay, this literally made me grin. THANK YOU. And hmmmm, that might just be possible someday!

What is something you've always wanted to do?

For the longest time, it was fly in an airplane. I accomplished that last year and now I would probably say on a huge dream list, eat gelato in Italy, hike in Ireland, LIVE IN SWITZERLAND. Ya know, little things lol. On a more day to day thing, I would say start a community garden.

Ideal date??

FELL ONTO FLOOR LAUGHING AT THIS ONE. XD probably something that includes ice cream? I mean, that’s kinda my thing. Jsyk world. ;)

And the final, most important and crucial, question of the interview... Do you like pizza?

I ate two slices yesterday and wanted it for lunch today, does that answer your question? Xxxxx

Whelp. You won me over! Any last words to the readers?

I post every Wednesday over at the barefoot gal. My poetry blog, Twilight to Dawn, has sporadic posting, which often includes pictures/random notes about the poem.

Also; use the code FIFTEEN for 15% off until June 28th @ 11:59pm!

Thank you thank you, THANK YOU, Kenzie for interviewing me. Thank you for becoming one of those supporters that I tell others about when they go “so, what keeps you going in this venture?” Thank for telling me that you love my words. Thank you for inspiring.


Forever a friend, 
Julia Ryan

Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions and for being such a lovely creator. And for those who have yet to read your amazing work... IT IS SO WORTH IT.


What is your favorite type of poetry? FAVORITE POET? Are you familiar with Julia Ryan's words? HAVE YOU READ THIS ASTOUNDING BOOK YET THAT GOES PERFECTLY WITH MY INSTAGRAM THEME?? if not then idk what you're doing. 

xx Kenzie  

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  1. EEEEPPPPP I love this!! Julia is such a talented poet and her book is just a darling little thing. I love it so much!! Thanks for doing the interview, Kenzie, it was so much fun to read!

    1. AWWWWWW, I am so happy you loved it, Hanne! Thank you so much for reading! <3 And I could not agree more with you. ;)

      Much love for you!

      xx Kenzie

  2. dying dying dying dying dying

    AM DEAD.

    this post wow. i think dreams do come true. xxx THANK YOU SO MUCH KENZIE. I'm without words

    1. UMMMMM, PRETTY SURE THAT'S MY LINE. <333 You are too sweet, darling, but it's all honestly the truth! The world needs a book like this. <3

      Thank you so much for giving me this amazing opportunity, Julia!

      xx Kenzie

  3. So, so pretty! I need this book!! I think High school language arts ruined my love of poetry, but between Julia and Anna (A World Through Her Heart) I'm beginning to love poetry again! <3

    1. Isn't it the best when you become to fall in love with something again? <3 Thank you so much for reading, Ivie!

      xx Kenzie






    this was such a good idea - and the book is so good - it totally deserves this post. possibly this is my favorite post of yours, but then how can i choose - they are all A++++++

    AND I SEE YOUR COOKIES POP UP ridiculously flattered whenever i think, "i taught them how to do this" XDDD


      Gah, I don't even know how to thank you but imma try anyways. Thank you thank you thank you thank you. <3 I definitely agree that the book deserves all the recognition. :')

      YESSS GIRL! YOU TAUGHT ME THAT! Bless your sweet soul for it too. <3

      xx Kenzie

  5. I have never heard of Juila, or her poetry, but after reading your post and the interview, I am so eager to read everything she has written. I think we all know by now, that everything recommended by you is always worth pouring over. :)

    Also, the photographs included in the post are amazing (especially the one featuring the matching dandelions) and I applaud the photographer.

    As always, I eagerly await new posts from you. ;)

    Aliah | Indigo Ink

    1. Also, if you are interested in doing a collaboration this summer, please contact me; I would love to have the opportunity to work with you! :)

    2. I AM BLUSHING SO HARD! You are an absolute doll, my dear. <333 Thank you so much for reading and for always leaving sweet comments, Aliah! Yes, Julia's book is definitely worth picking up. I can promise you that you will not regret it!

      Asdfghjklas thank you so much!! I was actually a little hesitant about that shot because of the exposure but hearing (or should I say reading?) you say that means so much to me and clears away all my insecurities. Thank you, thank you, thank you. <333

      As for doing a collaboration... UMM YES! I will contact you ASAP! I cannot wait. <3

      xx Kenzie

  6. THIS IS SO GOOD. Kenzie, you are literally so talented at blogging and interviewing and all the things WOW GIRL. This post was top-notch :D

    And THAT COVER and the poems *flails* so much talent in this post <33 I love it.

    1. I don't know if you can hear that sound, but that's me crying. Yeah, I am so overwhelmed by your comment, I just...??? THANK YOU SO MUCH, AUTUMN. You are seriously amazing. <3 NEVER STOP BEING YOU!

      xx Kenzie

  7. This was such a fun interview to read!! Glad to hear about it. Woo! I want to get her book. Poems are a key to my heart.

    1. YESSSS, Vanessa! You would absolutely devour it. <333 Thank you so much for reading!

      xx Kenzie

  8. Yesssss!!! Two of my fave peeps in one post. :)

    Nabila | Hot Town Cool Girl

    1. *sniffles* Dawww shucks. <333 Thank you, girly!

      xx Kenzie


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xx Kenzie