Truly Julie striking an “Asian pose” with Vistamar as well as Da Vinci high school students. Never did I think when my parents left me in America at age 15…alone…that I would have THIS life. I had a dream and I went after it with my own will…and I only hope I can inspire others to do the same. With that in mind, I had a great time sharing my colorful career path with Vistamar and Da Vinci high school students today in the South Bay area. Thank you so much for inviting me to be a part of your career day (big shout out to Ms. Lissa Eidelman and Mr. Rhett Broderick)! It felt surreal to roam the hallways of a high school again, but it also made me feel like I came full circle. It seems like yesterday I was a vulnerable 15 year old girl trying to survive high school sans family and here I am today, sharing my story on how I was able to thrive. I wish every one of these students success and I hope that one day they, too, get to pay it forward. Remember, make the choice to challenge yourself…and only then, will you see change.
If you’re eyeing this print, you can purchase Truly Julie’s “Smiling Eyes” here. Dreams do come true!!! My first photo series is now available for your home/office/any space you wanna add a dash of culture! Some top things that make my heart smile: traveling, taking photographs, and spreading light to causes that are dear to me. Thanks to Hillary Thomas and her design team, I now have the chance to achieve that trifecta. Long story short…I met Hillary and her team when they were sprucing up my pad. They fell in love with my travel photography… and asked if I’d be willing to sell my “art work” on their website. After a loud shriek, I said YES…and added, only if it somehow helps the place that’s depicted in the photographs. I had my first gallery debut in New York last year with this portrait I took in Haiti and gave 100% of the proceeds right back Haiti. And ever since, I’ve been looking for similar opportunities. Voila! I introduce you to my “Desert Series”. Six snapshots I took throughout the beautiful country of Jordan. 15% of all proceeds will go towards the thousands of Syrian refugees who are now living in Jordan in conditions we can’t even fathom. Some are even desperate enough to use graves as shelter. I hope I can continue to bring far off places right into your homes…all the while helping a few folks along the way. Next series will be Ocean and it’ll help marine life! Prints start at $30.
Truly Julie loves babies and puppies! Who doesn’t?!!I’m glad I’m an unthreatening woman with a somewhat disarming quality because, otherwise, my obsession with
babies might be viewed slightly creepy. I think my reverence for babies is a mix of many things. The fact that they smell like sweet buttermilk…that they have zero jadedness…that they seem to have a heightened sense in detecting good vs. bad people…and my fav, they have the softest skin right underneath their jawline which I call “chop-sal-duk” (that’s Korean for rice cake). When my nephew was a toddler…I’d always say, “Odin, can emo (aunt in Korean) have a little chop-sal-duk?” If he was in a good mood, he’d tilt his little head and let me nuzzle my big face in there. I ADORE babies to the point that I always ask strangers if I can hold their little munchkin. There should really be warning posters all around town that say: watch out for crazy, baby obsessed Asian woman who will squeal and ask to hold your baby. And the same affection for cute dogs! I’ve shared my baby/puppy exaltation a few times on Good Day LA and boy, such awesome response! You guys made my heart smile by sending me so many pictures of your cuties via facebook, twitter, and email (my apologies if your lil’ one didn’t make it onto this post, but twitter only goes back so far). THANK YOU. And if you’re ever feeling down…just watch this Gangnam Style baby video and the universe will be all good. I hope one day if I’m lucky enough to become a mom…my baby will have Gangnam reflex:)
Truly Julie in Santa Barbara…laughing, riding, dancing like no one’s watching!
Happy New Year, everyone! It’s time to saddle up and make 2013 OUR year. In fact…we have the choice to make each year, day, hour…our best! It’s all through the power of your perspective…and you choosing to steer your mind past obstacles, pitfalls, and negativity. The quote below has helped me through some of life’s bumpy rides. Furthermore, it’s inspired me to take the reigns…sit tight in the saddle…give a firm kick…and ride with conviction. I hope it’ll do the same for you. Into 2013 we go! Yeeeehaw!
Do the things you used to talk about doing but never did. Know when to let go and when to hold on tight. Stop rushing. Don’t be intimidated to say it like it is. Stop apologizing all the time. Learn to say no, so your yes has some oomph. Spend time with the friends who lift you up, and cut loose the ones who bring you down. Stop giving your power away. Be more concerned with being interested than being interesting. Be old enough to enjoy your freedom, and young enough to enjoy it. Finally…know who you are.
Truly Julie keeping it classy with Good Day LA colleagues Lisa Breck, Hayley Herst, & mini Lisas:)Uprooting your life and moving across the country can be a bit jarring and lonesome. But how blessed am I?! The Good Day LA gang not only welcomed me with open arms on-air…but the true magic of their warmth…is when the TV cameras are off. I ate like a queen this week at the lovely homes of Bob Decastro (AKA Bobby D) and Lisa Breckenridge. Each gathering was full of laughter, love and light…a Merry Christmas indeed.
Truly Julie reveling in the warmth of new friends and Good Day LA colleagues Bob Decastro and Lauren Sivan.
Truly Julie meets the legendary Barbara Streisand and Seth Rogan. Not going to lie. When I caught Barbara Streisand’s concert at Barclays Center this fall…I got a little verklempt. It was the Brooklyn native’s first concert in Brooklyn…ever! Between her songs…she talked about growing up poor…and being known as the “girl without a father” in her Jewish neighborhood. And now look at her. 70 years young! And the only person to win a Tony, multiple Oscars /Grammys/Emmys/Golden Globes, and to have the best selling album for 5 consecutive decades, etc., etc. Today marks the 8th anniversary of my dad’s passing…and as a girl who also is without her father…I find her strength, talent, and authenticity to be truly inspirational. Her upcoming movie co-starring Seth Rogan is called The Guilt Trip…but as the saying goes…this story is not about the destination, but rather, the journey. A journey that’s filled with laughter, love…and yes, the little guilt that your folks often embed in your head to fuel your desire to be better. My dad left us too soon…but because he showered us with all the aforementioned…I still feel him guiding me through my journey. And THAT’S a trip.
*Catch my interview with Barbara Streisand and Seth Rogan on Good Day LA soon!
Good bye, Jordan! Hello, Israel! Truly Julie crossing the border the old school way (on foot!). Fitting, since she’s visiting one of the oldest cities: Jerusalem!The more I travel, the more people I meet, the more I experience life, the more I realize this: life is about finding purpose and clarity. And for nearly 6000 years, people have flocked to Jerusalem in search of those two elusive goals. Jerusalem is one of the oldest cities in the world; and it’s also where in a span of 3 block radius…three major religions planted its roots. You may have heard of ‘em: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam:) Western Wall, where Jesus was crucified, Temple Mount…it’s all right here…ensconced inside the Old City. In the top right picture…oh…I’m just casually strolling past the Birth Place of Virgin Mary! Weaving through Old City…you can’t help wonder, ‘Gosh, if these walls could talk.’ Brick by brick, the Old City wall was built in 1538…and since then (and even prior), this holy site has been through countless attacks and rebuilding…all in the name of God. Of course, that’s the big issue, right? Whose God is the actual God. I’ll leave that debate alone since I’m pretty sure it won’t be settled anytime soon. One thing no one can argue against, though, is the palpable faith in Jerusalem. When you see someone praying so close to the Western Wall that their lips are grazing the limestone for hours; or when you see someone dip hundreds of candles one by one into a communal flame inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre; or when you see a gentleman’s forehead almost bruised and calloused from kneeling down on the carpet so many times to pray…you can’t help but be swept away by Jerusalem and its devotion. My trip to Jerusalem happened during a very transitional part of my life. Perhaps, I’ll go into those details in a future post but what I can share now is that despite the wall that encompasses the entire Old City…I found Jerusalem to be a place of openness. Where clashing faiths can co-exist within these walls. Where one can unabashedly seek their purpose and clarity. And whomever your God…where one can believe that with clarity and purpose, you shall find truth. And as the saying goes: truth will set you free. Amen. אָמֵן. آمين.
Truly Julie without an ounce of makeup.Truly Julie with lots of makeup!
Many of you have reached out to me over the years with the most generous compliments. I gotta be honest though…what you see of me on TV is not really me. It’s me with a lot of makeup. I made a resolution this year to be dedicated to the truth. So…here I am…baring my makeup-less face (as if you couldn’t tell..the left picture). Yes…I have bags under my eyes…sunspots on my skin…what else…oh! A nice zit forming on the side of my nose. Awesome. The picture on the right was taken in the exact same spot after 20 minutes of piling on concealer, foundation, eye shadow and liner, blush, bronzer, highlighter, and gloss. And in both pictures (though, hard to see) some scattered gray hairs. I figure we all get old…so why not try to focus more on the things that only get better with time. Smart never gets old. Funny always stays fresh. Cuteness and Kindess never gets stale. I’m quite happy to admit that I’m perfectly imperfect! Truth…always timeless.
Truly Julie hoping to razzle dazzle at Inside Broadway’s Beacon Awards!
For the fourth consecutive year…I had the pleasure of hosting the Beacon Awards for Inside Broadway and the scholarship luncheon for Lighthouse International. Both charities are dear to my heart and by sheer coincidence they both fell on the same day this year! I had to somehow sandwich two newscasts between the events…but heck…I wouldn’t miss them for the world! A quick nugget on each organization and how you can get involved. Inside Broadway is an amazing not-for-profit that brings the magic of Broadway to dozens of inner city schools in the NYC area. It brings professional performers into the schools…or vice versa…it brings the kids to a show on the Great White Way. Inside Broadway is exactly what the name suggests. It gives kids access to Broadway…and it’s been doing so for the last 30 years! I was a theater kid and I can say with conviction that my participation in school musicals…and seeing Broadway shows with my family…definitely sparked my interest in one day “performing” in front of many. Furthermore…it shaped my confidence as a young woman. Learning to be comfortable under those hot lights gave me some of the swagga to make it in my cut throat biz of broadcasting. We honored Christie Brinkley (for her work in “Chicago”) and Nick Jonas (for his work in “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”) along with a few others contributing to the arts this year. But as always…my fav were the kids! Oh…I also loved that Nick Jonas spontaneously decided to sing a song for us! First time in the four years I’ve hosted that an award recipient treated us to a performance! As for Christie Brinkley and me…we’re just two Michigan girls living out our dreams in our Roland Mouret dresses:)
Lighthouse International is one of the oldest charities in the country! The kind folks over there have been helping the visually impaired since 1905. We gave away 8 scholarships this year…including one to a young woman who was once found outside an orphanage in China. She was left inside an apple box. Now she’s heading to Columbia University! I swear…every scholarship recipients’ story is better than any Hollywood movie. This event leaves me so inspired. Each and every recipient allows me to understand that: you don’t have to see to have a vision. I have volunteered at Lighthouse International’s Saturday School (so fun and rewarding!)…but there are dozens of ways for you to get involved.
A six piece band serenades Truly Julie in the East Village! Click on the picture.Wow..what a night! So there I am eating my belated birthday dinner (had to work on actual birthday) with a small group of my family and friends when all of a sudden my sister Grace says to me…”Um…I know we’re in the middle of eating but can you put your coat back on because I have a surprise for you outside.” I look to the others hoping for clues…but they look just as puzzled. As we make our way out…I’m thinking…’Did she get me a car? I hope not given I haven’t driven in 8 years….did she get me a scooter? I mean…why in the world do I have to actually go out into the open streets of NYC?!’ What was awaiting outside is something I will remember and cherish for the rest of my life. Click here for the video! My guitar teacher/BFF Michael Thurber put together a 6 piece band consisting of Juliard trained and Broadway professional musicians to serenade….yup! Lil’ Ol’ me!!!! The bold sound of the saxophone ricocheting down E. 10th street…the vibrations of the bass catching the eyes and ears of every passerby…the perfectly pitched voices of the band and my jovial laugh splashing smiles across the faces of even the most jaded New Yorkers…for that moment…I genuinely felt like the world is my oyster. Michael and I first met a year ago for a story that changed my life and since then….we’ve been like two peas in a pod. Michael has given me the incredible gift of music…and equally if not more importantly…one of the most amazing friendships. My deepest gratitude to Grace and Michael…it really was a happy birthday.