About me


My name is Julia, and I started writing a blog to reach out to others, make new friends and share ideas about life, fun stuff, and frustrations.  I am married with a beautiful little girl that was born in May 2006 and joined our family through open adoption.   I was there at her birth, which was an amazing experience.  We consider her birth family as our extended family and are grateful beyond words.  

I have a BA in Sociology and a MA in Counseling Psychology, emphasizing marriage and family counseling.   I’ve worked with battered women, abused children, homeless women, and children at a community correctional facility, & other non-profit counseling agencies.  Currently, I am a full-time stay-at-home mom, and I love it.  

My interests are in writing, photography, and art, and I love the northern coast of CA.  The place I feel most complete is the Mendocino, CA, area.  I’m hoping that we will be able to move there permanently at some point.  

When I met my husband, Michael, he was a full-time potter and made beautiful, functional porcelain pottery.  Early in our marriage, he taught himself how to code websites and got an amazing job at a large corporation. doing web “stuff.”  His current fun thing to do on the side can be found at MichaelJanzen.com.

My biggest struggle in life is being overweight.  So if I blog a lot about getting healthy, you’ll understand why.  I’m working on this, and I will never give up until I succeed!  I will do it too!  I don’t know how right now, but I know that I will accomplish this, which will change my life in many wonderful ways.  

Please leave me a comment from time to time if something I said moves you to do so.  I look forward to hearing from you.



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