Hi! I’m Julee. I was born in 1979 in a little city in PA, and I’ve been here (well, in the area!) since.
My life has seen many ups and downs. I have made good decisions and bad. I have had great successes and great failures. I apologize for none of it. Each and every decision I have made or thing that I’ve gone through has brought me to who, what, and where I am today. While I can’t say I wouldn’t change any of it, I will say that I have finally reached a point where I no longer lament the past, having chosen instead to move forward and embrace the future. I am in a great place now in life and in love, and I couldn’t be happier! I thank God every day for the blessings that have come to me over the last few months especially, and I look forward to sharing them all!
So how ’bout some buzzwords to describe who I am?
Jesus freak. Yep, I’m a Christian. My faith is what keeps me moving forward every minute of every day, and I will never apologize for it. I have no intention of trying to force you to share my beliefs, but I will not hide them. Also, despite what you might think, being a Christian does not mean I am naive, holier-than-thou, under the impression that I am perfect, hateful, antiquated, anti-science, a prude, or just an asshole in general. Some are. Most aren’t. Just like any other stereotyped segment of the population. Have questions about it? Please ask! I will be happy to share the Word with you, pray with you, explain why I keep the faith. Just please be as respectful to me as I will be to you.
Egghead. Yep, I’m smart. I’m not ashamed of that. I will not “dumb myself down” because someone thinks I’m “talking down” to them. I am not “talking down” to anyone. I speak the way I speak, I have knowledge and opinions that I will not tuck away because someone has decided that smart people make them feel inferior. Aspire to intelligence, don’t belittle it. Don’t fear it. (Yes, I stole those phrases from “The Newsroom.” If you haven’t yet, watch that show.) Spend time in the company of well-educated or intelligent people, and you will start to yearn for knowledge, I can promise you that. My education, thus far, has consisted of a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and English Lit, followed in recent years by a bunch of post-baccalaureate undergrad coursework in Psychology, Neuroscience, and Math, and a Masters Degree in Accounting. I am returning to Grad School this fall for my MBA in Business Analytics. I am a perpetual student, and I love it. And yes, this is in addition to a full-time job. You have your hobbies, I have mine. My momma always said if I could find a job where I could go to school for free forever, I would never leave. So, here I am. God is good.
Body Positive. Yes, indeed. I am body positive. I am also trying to lose weight. The two are not juxtaposed. Being body positive means looking in the mirror and not beating yourself up for what you see there. It means loving who you are, and with that love comes the desire to be your best. I am not trying to lose weight because I hate what I see in the mirror. I am trying to lose weight because my health is important, and my weight is affecting that. I will never be “skinny.” I’ll likely get to around a size 16… a comfortable, easily maintainable weight that will help my health and stamina and allow me to enjoy life without watching every bite that goes into my mouth.
Plus size. BBW. Any other euphemism for “fat.” Like the previous paragraph says… I’ll never be skinny. I have embraced my curves. I love them. I will always have them, even if they get a little smaller and more defined. 🙂 I wear the titles proudly and happily.
Divorced. Yes, I am divorced. No, that doesn’t make me less Christian – or less anything, for that matter. Sometimes you need to remove yourself from something that is failing so miserably. I spent almost 2 years of an 8-year marriage being the sole source of strength and support for an institution that is supposed to have two people who work their asses off to sustain it. So, when I was asked to leave so he could deal with whatever was causing his downfall, I did as I was asked, and quite frankly, did it happily. We, as humans, have a limit. We have a point where we can go no further, try no harder, and we have to recognize that. After almost 2 years of separation and no changes, dissolution was the only way to go. I am now in the happiest, most stable relationship of my life, and I thank God every single day for the wonderful man who’s in it with me.
Metalhead. “OMG YOU’RE A JESUS FREAK AND YOU LIKE HEAVY METAL?!?!?! WTF?!?!?!” Seriously. Stop. Yes, I like Metal. No, not all metal is “evil.” Yes, there are some bands and/or songs to which I will not listen because of my faith. Either way, listening to a song doesn’t make you a satan worshipper any more than watching “Grey’s Anatomy” makes you a surgeon. Also, being a metalhead doesn’t mean I don’t like other types of music, either. A good song is a good song. A good band is a good band. End of story.
Libertarian. I value freedom. I’m not a very political person, nor do I really like either major party, but I am conservative-leaning on most subjects and will usually vote Republican. I support the 2nd Amendment. I am staunchly pro-life. Murder should not be a choice. I have no desire to discuss politics with anyone, I am simply giving you a rundown of who I am so that you have an understanding. As I said in the paragraph about my faith – put away any preconceived notions first and see me for who I am – kind, loving, accepting, understanding, and intelligent.
Other things I am: Happy, introverted, introspective, funny, kind, sarcastic.
Other things I like: Makeup, fashion, cooking, vinyl, Frasier, Big Bang Theory, Rocky movies, shopping, flirting (with my man!), laughing, Lord of the Rings.
Other things I love: Anthony, the man of my dreams =) Yes, we are that couple. No, I don’t care if it makes you nauseated. =)
My heroes: Jesus, Drizzt Do’Urden, Optimus Prime.
That should suffice for the moment. As life moves forward, things will change, and I’m sure I’ll be adding to this list of “I am.” I hope you’ll stick around to find out more!