Friyay! We made it! I decided to start a separate instagram account for Max Out Happy, because I didn’t want to spam all my family and friends with blog content all the time now that I’m trying to step up my game – so since I’m kind of starting fresh there, I figured I’d do an introduction in case any new readers make their way to my site! My original two introduction posts are here and here – all of those things are still true, as well!
So, hi! I’m Julia. I teach high school Family & Consumer Sciences classes (it used to be called Home Economics). I teach child development, early childhood education, family & human services, and teacher preparation classes. Typically, I love my job (the pandemic has really impacted things, of course). I have my master’s degree in Educational Psychology and I became a National Board Certified Teacher last year. I’m a type 2 Enneagram, “the helper.” This is really true for me and I love looking at different enneagram accounts on instagram to see if I agree with what it says about the type 2! I love helping people, explaining things, and feeling like I have done something meaningful with each day. My husband also teaches at my school, and he coaches football and baseball (our story is here). Our son Davis is 15 months old and the best thing in my life! We have three dogs – 2 corgi brothers from the same litter, Bruno and Oliver, and Nala, who is a big fluffy golden retriever/chow mix. Bruno has diabetes, and he’s the only one of our dogs who will happily let Davis play with him. Oliver is a huge ham and lap dog, and Nala is the sweetest girl you’ll ever meet.
Some random things about me:
- In addition to writing, I love to proofread. I am often looking over someone’s cover letter, resume, social media post, etc. and I enjoy doing it! I was a writing tutor throughout college and originally wanted to be a high school English teacher. I’ve even considered starting a side editing/proofreading business because I think it would be fun and easy to do on my own time.
- Organization is an absolute DELIGHT for me. Having an orderly space sets me at ease and makes me feel so much better. Professional organizing is another side business idea I’ve had! It is so rewarding to help someone else find better functionality in their space.
- I love to learn, and if someone would pay me to go back and get my PhD, I would be there already.
- I love school/office supplies, and have been keeping a bullet journal since November. I love it! Very therapeutic for me.
- I love words. They can be so powerful and I love to see the different ways people string them together (nerd alert, I KNOW).
- I’m always interested to know the names of colors for nail polish, lipstick, and other beauty supplies. I think it’s crazy that is someone’s job. I have lots of good ideas and puns if anyone ever wants to offer me this job, haha!
- I never watch TV by myself. Most of my friends (and Andrew) always watch TV in the background or have their favorite shows they watch by themselves, but Andrew and I watch a couple shows before bed every night and other than the occasional night to myself where I might pick something to watch on TV, I never turn it on. I’d rather read, go outside, play music, write, etc.
- I have three tattoos – one I got with my best friend Whitney on my foot (we got them in college), one I got with my sister on my wrist for our grandparents who passed away, and one is behind my ear and was supposed to be the Libra constellation, but it’s actually incorrect and I think about it all the time. You can only see it when I wear my hair up!
- I love dogs so much. Like, just so much. But really I love all animals. I would love to have a pet pig and a pet raccoon. I love following farm accounts on tik tok and living out my dreams of having allllll the animals through them.
- I have a terrible habit of popping my knuckles and joints on my hands. It drives Andrew absolutely crazy but that’s showbiz, baby. I have done it for as long as I remember and I feel like it’s better than biting my nails or sucking my thumb (which, by the way, I also did for WAY too long but never had to have braces).
That’s enough for one intro! I hope everyone has a great weekend. I’ve got a few posts coming next week if I can get my life together!
P.S. The only thing that really changed from my original intro posts is that I no longer set my alarms at odd times, mostly because Andrew doesn’t, so our alarms would always go off at odd times. I do still have a really hard time watching awkward, cringey moments on TV. I still cover my eyes at 33 years old. And I still think I may have missed a calling as a news anchor. Some things never change.