1.31.2013

Julie

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When I was in Junior High in North Ogden, Utah (shout out) I would lay in bed at night contemplating the Milk commercial where an awkward teen girl facing a mirror would morph into a rockin supermodel with a super hot boyfriend, all because she drank her milk. I was as awkward as they came, my skin was terrible, I was shaped like a toothpick (never did receive that visit from the boob fairy) and I had a haircut that most closely resembled a mushroom cap.

When deep in the throes of self wallow, my mom would console me by telling me that when they were handing out talents and personality traits in heaven I made sure to be first in line for the gift of gab, and thusly had to be in the latter part of the lines for most other things.

You might think it was a crazy hurtful but for me I took great pride in this information. I was blessed with the ability to make friends quickly and to make people feel comfortable around me. I realized that looks were only part of the package and, as cheesy as it sounded, what I looked like wasn’t everything I was. I thrived in my awkwardness! We would be on vacation for barely a day and I would have already made a best friend. I like to think that all the bad skin and plentiful embarrassing moments I had all those years ago instilled resiliency and an ability to laugh at myself and see humor in everything. After a long awkward period which, looking back, lasted long into my sophomore year of college, I have turned into the slightly older version of my younger self.

As I look into the mirror today I am confident in my body and my self. I think my teenage self would be pleased with how I turned out. I am 34, adorable and I know who I am and I thank my mom for it. I am grateful that my daughter is also growing up with a strong sense of self and that by my example she will learn not to judge who she is by her outward appearance.

I loved college; I loved Utah State University so much I stayed for five and half years. My parents thought I would never graduate (Go Aggies). After college I moved to Washington, DC and moved in with a few girls I had never met. I landed a plumb job at The Cosmetic , Toiletry, and Fragrance Association where I (got a lot of swag) and assisted our member companies in exporting their products. A year later I met a handsome gentleman named Jason. The first time we spoke I rattled off a list of words he was not allowed to utter in my presence, and he still wanted to hang out with me. Four months later at the Roosevelt Memorial he asked me to marry him. I said “Yes” before he even finished asking (I tend interrupt; it’s something that I am not proud of and work on daily to correct). Eight years later we are living in Virginia just minutes from the nation’s Capitol in charming neighborhood with our wonderful daughter and mischievous son and a wiener dog named Scout.

I love to sew. To be honest , I love to sew for my daughter; and - in the interest of full disclosure - I love to sew for my daughter, especially if I can finish in less than two hours. I do all of my sewing at night (with minimal profanity). I like to use store-bought patterns to mix and match together to come up with my own designs. I have tried to make my own patterns and when I do, they always end up cutting off some part of her circulation. I like to look at high-end clothes and make them for 10% of the cost of the original. I feel like I don’t have a lot of original ideas but I love to see what others have done and put my own spin on it. I am awesome at buying fabric and starting projects… I am not always awesome at finishing them and I have learned when to call it and just toss it out.
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16 comments:

  1. Julie! I loved reading this. You are adorable, and I like that you interrupt.

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  2. I love that awkward girl! We had some special haircuts growing up, but you have become a gorgeous woman and an amazing mom. I look up to you and how strong you are. Can't wait to read your articles.

    *The buying awesome fabric and not finishing projects was inherited from mom. We both have the problem. ;)

    Love you sis!

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    1. Love you forever! thanks for the kind words! I have always admired your loyalty to your friends and family! thanks for your support!

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  3. oh I absolutely love this Julie! You are one of my favorites of all time. What a good soul (and absolutely fun and beautiful person) you are. Love you inside out! So happy you're here :)

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    1. Love you and miss you! Loved your bio! We are definitely kindred!

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  4. Julie D! I never noticed you being awkward. Although we only knew each other a short time, I thought you were such a fun and cute girl! So happy to see that you're doing well. I love the blog!

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    1. Good Memories! Teltrust was such a fun job! We met just after the awkwardness melted away:) love seeing your updates on Facebook!

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  5. I think we would have been great friends in junior high and high school! You really are one of my very favorite people ever!! Love you!

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    1. Would have been the best! Love you!

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  6. Oh beautiful Jules!! I love you! I'm excited for this blog- you are such a great writer!! And I NEVER thought YOU were the awkward one. I thought that was my role. I miss you!

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    1. It's a good thing we all found each other, Senior year was EPIC! Love you so much!

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  8. probably my most favorite bio on here. you rock!

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  9. Just reading this reminds me of how much I miss you!

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  10. this bio is awesome. You make me happy with your real, funny, clever, awesomeness. Love the blog so far! :)

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