Each of us is born with many skills – one of mine is deflecting attention from myself. 🙂 I enjoy sharing information and helping people. I just often don’t talk about myself. Martha from GrittyGrace.com challenged me to talk more about myself. She wanted to know more about me and lo and behold it turned into a full-fledged interview. I was so blessed by the experience (and I think Martha has found her niche!). Thanks Martha!
Martha’s comments and questions are in bold. My answers are in regular text.
Hi Julie, as you know, I’ve been hounding you since you bought Christian Mommy Blogger last December, to get to know more about you. I’m curious like that. 🙂 I read the about pages on blogs first and about the author info on books first too. I think I want to figure out where the authors are coming from.
Now that I have had a chance to read some of your personal information on your MountMom.com page, I’ve learned more interesting things about you so I’ll just start in with the questions.
How old are you? (My original question was more tactful ladies!)
—Sure! I’m 36 🙂 Inside, I think I still view myself as a kid – I’m soooo a youngest child! (Youngest of 4!)
Well, Julie, you’re the age of my youngest as well!Where did you grow up? Any brothers or sisters? Any interesting stories from your childhood?
I think I read that you live in Boston, MA now. You have really had the snow this winter haven’t you? Have you always lived in that part of the country?
—-I.AM.SO.SICK.OF.SNOW. Waaah!!! Ok enough complaining. I actually grew up in NH! But somehow tons of snow is totally different when you’re an adult than when you’re a kid. When you’re an adult it affects everything. When you’re a kid…meh…not so much. I have also lived in CT & GA. I have a lot of relatives up and down the east coast.
This is probably a good place for you to tell us your educational background since high school.
—I’m a graduate of Yale University with a BA degree in Sociology (Organizational Behavior) and continued my education with an MBA in Finance at Keller Graduate School of Management, focusing on organizational behavior and the financial implications of policies and procedures. O and also while at Yale I minored in Spanish. So I speak Spanish! 🙂
Okay Julie, I’m impressed!
How did you get into blogging? How did you decide to purchase CMB?
—I love to write and encourage others. I also love to teach and inspire. Blogging seemed to be a natural fit for me and in the summer of 2013 I felt God’s prompting to start a blog (mountmom.com).
I followed a lot of the advice from Christian Mommy Blogger. (Still am! Everything is a work in progress) Every time I went on Christian Mommy Blogger I’d think to myself wow – this is SUCH a great resource and I’d want to be a part of being that resource.
Then the site went up for sale….to be honest I deleted the original email saying it was for sale. Because I didn’t think the message applied to me. Note to others who think they have nothing to offer the Lord: He will keep giving you the message until you “Get” it. It took some sleepless nights and vivid dreams before I realized that God was telling me to jump in.
I still have my moments where I think – I don’t know if I have what it takes to do this and be a resource to other bloggers. But every time I put down my self-doubts, God fills me up with so many ideas that I don’t have time to worry.
It’s funny how GOD puts us in those situations where we feel like we are in over our heads. Then we know He was the One who came through, helping us do what he wanted us to do. Very encouraging isn’t it?
What are the ages of your children? I think they are both girls aren’t they? Can you tell us a little about them?
—-My girls are my light & joy! Yes two daughters. Aged 12 & 14. What? Did I just say that? Can’t believe they’re not 4 and 6 or something younger! 🙂
My youngest is Nandi. (Her name means woman of high esteem). She is so funny; kind, artistic and athletic. She is one of those people who just have a pure soul. If I’m ever just super grouchy, there is only so much grumbling I can do when near her. She just radiates her inner, happy world. On my other blog (mountmom.com), she has done the art work for that. And also the picture on Facebook right now for CMB, she drew that for me…free hand….while at her sister’s basketball game.
My eldest is Nailah (Her name means destined to succeed). She is a go-getter, gregarious, a lover of books and an athlete too! Have you ever heard this quote: God made us best friends because he knew that our moms couldn’t handle us as sisters. Well I think God made me her mother because we would get into so much trouble as sisters! She’s an old soul with a great sense of humor, a sharp, quick mind and the most graceful layup someone could ever see.
I see you have discovered how delightful daughters are! I love their names…and meanings! What I love about daughters is watching them bloom right in front of our eyes. So fun…most of the time!
How was it hurtful?