I don’t know about you, but I always enjoy welcoming the weekend in the best of ways. And today, I’m welcoming it with a guest!
It is my pleasure to welcome Author, Julie Watson. Julie has a fascinating story!! (You can hear a great deal of that story on RRBC’s “BEHIND THE PEN” show with host, Gwen Plano. Gwen interviewed Julie about her life, her writing and her book. I recommend giving it a listen!)
I now turn things over to our lovely guest. Enjoy……
Marlena, thank you so much for inviting me to write a bit about myself and my life.
As a child, I dreamt a lot about what I would do with my life. I had a vivid imagination, so my dreams were pretty out there. I really wanted to join the circus, but that dream ended when I crashed through my bedroom wall while practicing somersaults, creating a big hole. My father was not impressed.
My dream to become a nurse – and subsequently a midwife – started when my grandmother gave me a little Ladybird book about the life of Florence Nightingale.
When my adult life started, it seemed unlikely that my dream would be realized. After I got married as a teenager, I had to navigate through the death of my second baby at birth and unrelenting depression. But I knew I had to triumph.
Life is so unknown when we set out as adults. We make many decisions that can steer our life in so many different directions. Shaking off negativity and embracing the positive is hard, as so many challenges confront us. And being a loving, kind and caring person who can forgive others takes a lot of strength. It can be easier to be bitter, angry and resentful. To live a life where we are truly happy takes patience, courage and tenacity.
It took faith and sheer determination, but in the end my dream has come to pass – and it is so much more than I could have hoped for. With the support of my husband and family, I trained as a nurse and then as a midwife, completing my studies at the age of 41. I have been privileged to work as a midwife in New Zealand and other countries around the world. My work has allowed us to travel extensively, which was also a childhood dream.
I want to encourage others to never give up on their dreams and goals. It might take years to become reality, but every decision, every thought and every action can take you closer to what you want to achieve.
I wrote my memoir, Born for Life: A Midwife’s Story, because I needed to tell my story. Firstly, for cathartic reasons – but also to encourage others to never give up on their dreams.
I continue to work as a midwife, mainly in rural Australia, and I continue to write. I never dreamt that I would become an author, but telling my story has opened up a whole new world to me. I have been lucky to meet many fellow authors through RRBC, who have been really supportive. So many, like me, have encouraging stories to tell.
And writing a book has taught me something really important: it’s never too late to discover a new dream!
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I greatly appreciate you visiting with us today! I sincerely hope you enjoyed learning more about Julie. I highly recommend following her, supporting her, and checking out her must-read book. Don’t forget to like, share, and comment!
Until next time………………Happy Reading & Reviewing!!