Oh look, I am blonde now!

Me, after I had gone to the hairdresser to get my hair bleached.

Hey guys, it’s Julia!

I’m a 21-year-old English student from Hamburg, Germany, and I’m currently completing the last year of my studies. I’ve got to hand in a 30-page long dissertation by the beginning of summer so that I can obtain my Bachelor’s degree and let me tell you…even though I love writing and have been writing since I was a teenager..it’s pretty darn difficult.

That’s why I occasionally fall down the YouTube rabbit hole or binge-watch an entire season of a show in 1–2 days only. The last shows I watched were The Wilds and Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof…

Sometimes we don’t need to have it all figured out.

The Author & Her Greatest Joy

How does one summarize a lifetime of 31 years? In the grand scheme, 31 is nothing. Cake. Chump change. Another pithy aphorism. How do I tell you about me, without breaking the golden rule of the writer’s hand book? Don’t make it about yourself. Give the readers what they want. In this case, I guess the readers want to know about me.

What’s In A Name?

For starters, this is a pen name. My real name is Brittney Smith. Which is quite common. So I started writing under my middle name (Élisse). My maiden name is Justice.

I found out on Christmas of 2020…

A life long learner and cat lover

Photo by author — Our three cats

Where I live and family life

I moved around the country with various jobs and settled in Yorkshire. As a nature lover, I’m happy and grateful to have the peak district on the doorstep.

I’m very lucky as my husband provides me with love, encouragement and support for all my crazy ideas. Between us, we have three mischievous beautiful demanding Tonkinese cats who, much to our embarrassment, wave their butts on video conference calls at every opportunity.

What I do for a living

I have been a self-employed freelancer in the food industry for over 15 years. For the last two years, I dedicated myself to learning about User Experience design (UX)…

Never too old to stop trying to save the world!

Photo by Todd Zimmerman/Pictures By Todd

Here’s who I am and what I’m working on in 2021!

About Me

I’m a perpetual student.

My absolute best teachers are my children, my amazing husband, my parents, and every single one of my clients.

I remember the day I saw my very first client in January of 1988. She was a little first-grader with wild curly hair and more energy than I had ever witnessed in a single human being before. Her parents were getting divorced, so she came to draw pictures with me (the school social work intern) during her lunch break.

I don’t even remember her name, but…

I’ve only started to understand who I am and I’ve barely scratched the surface.

Photo by author — bet you can’t guess what the background is!

Okay I’ve spent hours sitting here trying to figure out the answer to these questions:

  • Who am I?
  • What makes me me?
  • What is my story?

I think I will forever have a hard time answering these questions because my answers are ever changing. But why don’t I just start from the beginning and let you decide what the painting looks like.

The Beginning

On a mid-summer Saturday morning in 1995, just a few minutes past midnight, Marie Le and Victor Neves welcomed their first child at the Women’s College Hospital in Toronto, Canada. Upon the baby’s delivery, Victor noticed that there…

I am a simple person with a complicated psyche.

Image supplied by author (Pictured: wife-Deanna; son-Nicholas; daughter-Audrey; me)

I grew up in a middle-class, conservative, Christian home in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina.

My negative memories from childhood encompass:
…the loneliness that sometimes accompanies being an only child
…sexual abuse on two different occasions
…being bullied in elementary and middle school

It was through these experiences that I learned I could escape through comic books, action figures (not dolls), and television.

My positive memories from childhood include:
…growing up in a loving home
…having a very supportive mother and father
…excelling in Little League Baseball
…excelling in school

Any time he could, my father…

The bookish traveler who’s a little bit weird

Photo by author

Hello out there! My name is Keara Lou! If you’re not sure how to pronounce my name, remember this. The word ear is in the middle of my name. Lots of people get it wrong on the first try, so don’t worry! I won’t be offended if you get it wrong too.

I grew up in Northern Michigan, my hometown surrounding a massive lake that looks like a deformed lemon on a map. Another lake wasn’t too far off with some of the clearest water you’d ever see. Houghton and Higgins Lakes are popular vacation spots; small travel companies called…

Love It Or Leave It

All is fair in love and war right? Wrong. I am an LA based author and freelance writer, here to set the dating and relationship record straight.

My Work

I began my journey in Austin, Texas where I garnered both the idea and most of the filling, for my book, Apologies I Never Got. Apologies I Never Got, is a book of dating and relationship horror stories, phrased as apologies you never got, from the people who never gave them to you.

So often in life, we don’t get the apologies we deserve, so I introduce a new way to heal, by…

A storyteller who is a story in production

Picture provided by the author

“All of these lines across my face
Tell you the story of who I am
So many stories of where I’ve been
And how I got to where I am
But these stories don’t mean anything
When you’ve got no one to tell them to
It’s true, I was made for you”

The Story, Brandi Carlile

Hi friend. Yes, the you Brandi is referring to is you, sweet reader on Medium. Also, I know what you’re thinking, I’m 25, how many lines do I really have on my face? The answer is enough, for now.

If I had to…

Both… And… A contradictions sort of gal

Hey, I may teach your kids so this is all you’re going to get! Image by the author with the help of Snapchat

Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself,
(I am large, I contain multitudes.) Walt Whitman

I am brimming with more discrepancies than Al Capone’s tax returns. Yes, as a breathing, farting sack of flesh I am full of contradiction. Who isn’t? But we’re not talking about anyone else, we’re discussing moi.

Four years ago my husband was diagnosed at age 47 with Early Onset Alzheimer’s. One of the many things I discovered was the Both…And… way of thinking. …

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