The Girl

It's About a Girl ... is about this girl - ME! Julie!

Welcome to my tiny corner of the internet, where I can share my passion about balanced, healthy living and also share the daily musings of my life - because "this girl" likes to wear many different hats!

It's About a Girl ...

Who is 27 years old.
Who lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Who grew up in Southern Indiana, and also lived in St. Louis.
Who is married to an amazing doctor that she met in college (more on him later!).
Who has a golden retriever named Yosey who will be featured on the blog all the time!
Who works in the fundraising field for a large University.
Who also works as a part-time fitness instructor, teaching barre and boot camp classes at a great local gym called Vie!
Who went to a small Division III school and ran cross country and track and loved EVERY minute of it!
Who has run 8 marathons and keeps going back for more! Detroit in October 2014 is on the docket.
Who has the goal to run the 6 World Marathons (Boston, Chicago, New York, London, Hong Kong, and Berlin) - I have Boston and Chicago checked off!
Who loves "!!" and "...." in her writing, so expect to see a lot of them throughout the blog!!
Who is very excited that you are here!!

Cast of Characters

Dr. B 

 Dr. B is my hubby, and I will most likely refer to him as B on the blog. B and I met on the track team at our small Division III school in Indiana. He ran the 400 and 800 and I was a 10Ker - which explains his disdain for the marathon I convinced him to run =)

B went to med school in Indiana and got matched into orthopedic surgery at University of Michigan last year. (bragging wife - it was his first choice, so he is pretty amazing). We moved to Ann Arbor in the summer of 2013 and his residency is 5 years long - so this is home! B is such an inspiration and a hard worker and I am proud to call him a doctor!

We got married at our alma mater on June 1st, 2013 - and it was truly one of the best days ever because we were surrounded by so much love and I was so excited to start my life with my best friend.


Yosey is our baby (aka our dog). She was born on October 30th, 2013 - so she is still very much a puppy, and we love her playful spirit. Her name comes from Yosemite National Park, because that is were B and I went on our honeymoon and had SO many good memories! I have always loved dogs, but I did not expect her to become the center of our lives so quickly - she brings so much joy to our little world and when B works long hours and nights, she is my partner in crime!

My Family

When it comes to family - I am one lucky girl! I have 2 older brothers (who have made me an aunt of 3 boys and 2 girls - which includes 2 sets of twins). Both of my brothers and their families live in the midwest - but I still do not get too see them enough! My Mom and Dad are the most supportive and caring parents in the whole world. I do not know what I would do without them! They have been married for over 40 years and never missed an event of any of their children, so they are great role models in every way.
Through B, I gained 2 more amazing parents and a sister! B's family also lives in the Midwest and they own a very successful small business and are the hardest working people I have met!
~ B and My Whole Immediate Family ~

My Friends

I am the type of person who likes quality over quantity in my friend circle and because of that I am blessed with some of the best, loyal friends around!
~ Bridesmaids at my rehearsal dinner~

One of my best friends (Emily), is a true inspiration when it comes to fitness because she has completed 2 Ironman competitions (including Kona, the world championship!). She will be featured on the blog a lot, and she even has her own tab ("And the Best Friend"). If you are thinking about conquering an Ironman, please contact me and I can connect you to Emily!

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I am not a registered dietitian (yet). My blog is simply a snapshot of my everyday life. The views I express are mine alone, based on my own experiences, and should not be taken as medical advice. Though I am a certified fitness instructor, the workouts I post may not be right for you. Please speak with a medical professional before making any changes to your current routine.