ABOUT ME

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About Me

I’m Julie and this blog is my attempt at making mindfulness happen everyday.  This has been a crazy couple of years, so Making Mindfulness is a way to spread the word about great things I’ve found to help me feel good about my choices, my health, and my life.  My hope is that you will find it inspirational and uplifting for your life as well.

In 2007, I moved from Buffalo, NY to Richmond, VA to teach high school English.  I loved it for years, but eventually felt another part of my journey was being neglected.  In 2013, after months of contemplation and with the support of my husband, I decided to leave my profession to return to school.  I had decided in ninth grade to become a teacher, so it wasn’t an easy choice, but I knew it was the right one; my decision to leave teaching has been both the most terrifying and most rewarding of my adult life.  Now, my journey has brought me to Boulder, CO to pursue my other passion: health and wellness.  This part of my journey has been scary at times, but oh so fulfilling.

In general, I feel it is important for everyone to find her/his passion and live what s/he loves.   With this blog, I hope to share the things I love and my passions to make other people’s lives better.

On a more basic level, I love to eat; I follow a gluten-free, vegetarian/ vegan, mostly plant-based diet.  I also love to be active; I practice yoga and became a certified instructor in 2014, hike, kayak, and do various workouts at home.  I live with two cute dogs, Olive and Chloe, and a funny husband, Danny, and sometimes I will include pictures of them in blog posts.

Why “Making Mindfulness”?

My husband, Danny, and I contemplated starting a blog for a long while before actually doing it.  Both 2013 and 14 were tremendously eventful years in our lives–certainly the most ripe with positive changes–and I feel what we’ve learned is information worth sharing.  People have told us how influential and inspirational some of our decisions have been for them, so it seemed like a good, but BIG, idea.

One morning, while taking the ornaments off of the Christmas tree–yes, on January 20; don’t judge!– I received a text message from one of my fabulous cousins.  It read, “So you’re going to think I’m crazy, but that’s ok.  I think you need to start a blog… Just sayin’.”  It was perfect!  Although Danny and I had been discussing topics of interest, topics on which people might need more information, and topics we could stand to consistently write about, we had not discussed the prospect with anyone else, so it seemed like a sign.

So, why “Making Mindfulness”?  Mindfulness is defined by the founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Kabat-Zinn, as: “paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally, to the unfolding of experience moment to moment.”  This means to actually be present in the moments of our lives.  To be aware of our surroundings, instead of simply “making it through” our day-to-day.  Unfortunately, sometimes life can feel like something we are watching from the outside, as if we’re on auto-pilot.  Have you ever driven your car home and not really remembered how you got there?  At times, I’ve laughed with girlfriends that my car just “knew” how to get home, but upon further examination, the notion is pretty scary.  We can have whole minutes, whole hours, whole days, whole years in this state.  We can also choose to make mindfulness happen in our everyday lives. That’s what I would like to encourage through this blog.

Among all of 2013’s other changes was my entrance into a yoga teacher training program.  (See about practicing yoga with me here.)  I’ve been more aware of my body and my mind since dedicating so much of my time to practicing and learning about the history, philosophy, and practice of yoga.  In addition, I’ve left my profession–teaching high school English–to return to school (read about the journey here).  My husband and I have significantly changed our diets, resulting in better, healthier attitudes and bodies.  These changes have helped bring our minds into focus and propel our progress.

My intention is for you to feel better after spending time here than you did before you came.  I hope to share “good” ideas, promote positive thinking, and encourage people to become mindful of their thoughts, feelings, actions, and interactions.

 

Thank you for visiting!

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Also, please note: I am not a doctor, physical therapist, therapist, nutritionist, or dietician.  I am a certified yoga instructor with a passion for health and wellness. Before starting any health program or taking any supplements or herbs, seek the advice of a healthcare professional. Remember to talk with your health care professional about your specific medical condition and treatments. The information presented on Making Mindfulness is meant to be helpful and educational, but is not a substitute for professional medical, psychological, and/ or individualized advice.