Hi, there!  Thanks, so much, for stopping by!

I’jdoterrapicm Julie – an Alabama girl currently living near Atlanta, Georgia.

I wish I could tell you I’ve always had a passion for gardening and grew up on a farm.

The truth is, I grew up in the city but spent lots of time visiting my Grandfather – who grew up on a farm!

Granddad could grow anything.  He loved spending time in his garden, and our entire family enjoyed many wonderful meals because of his hobby.

As a young girl, though, it never occurred to me that gardening could be anything but a hobby.  College and career were in my future, and I was convinced THAT was where I’d find my BLISS!

Fast forward two decades – one college degree (B.A. in Communication from the University of Alabama), two careers (advertising/public relations and healthcare marketing), one awesome husband, and two amazing kids.  Life was good!

Then, our world was turned upside down when our daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at age 8 (she is 18 now).

From that point forward, the health of my daughter and family became my primary concern.  I began reading and studying to try to find the root cause of diabetes and many other diseases, and to learn how our family could live healthier and happier lives.

Through that research, it became apparent that getting back to BASICS – focusing on good nutrition and activity – were the key.

The next logical step for me was to move from reading and researching indoors to hands-on application outdoors.  And, so I found myself (and, ironically, my BLISS!) – in a garden.

For the past 7 years, I’ve been playing in the dirt in some form or fashion – starting an Outdoor Classroom at my children’s school in South Georgia, teaching gardening classes for kids, volunteering in community gardens, working in my own backyard garden, and helping others with small garden design and installation projects!

I LOVE working outside in the garden and teaching others about the importance of good nutrition and exercise!

That being said, I have to tell you that I don’t claim to be perfect when it comes to living healthy.  I’m still very much a “work in progress”…

Yes – our family does eat organic, locally grown produce.  And – yes –  you just might spot us in a fast food drive thru!

I’m not proud of that, but as a Mom of two active teens, I know that no matter how hard we Mamas try, life can get crazy busy and that frantic pace can sometimes lead us to make unhealthy choices.  Can I get an AMEN?!

Bottom line is, we ALL want to be the BEST Moms, wives, friends, sisters, daughters -WOMEN- we can be, so it is vital that we do away with the “all or nothing” mentality that plagues so many of us!

Personally, I’ve found to live life abundantly, it’s much more important to focus on progress, and not get sidetracked by chasing perfection.

We must keep looking up, moving forward and be open to continually learning, growing, and ultimately finding a rhythm – a balance – in our lives.

Our overall health and wellness depends on it.

Thank you, again, for visiting my site.  I’m so glad you stopped by!  I look forward to connecting with you, encouraging you, and helping you GROW!

Wishing you health and happiness!