Mother and published author.
“I believe that if it won’t matter tomorrow, then it doesn’t matter. I can be an introvert in social gatherings but an extrovert when I’m one- on-one or in small groups. My greatest strength is that I’m a good problem solver. I fear growing old without having achieved my dreams. I’m from Germany and sometimes I feel like I don’t belong. Sometimes I don’t understand how certain things are done or don’t get cultural references. As a kid my mother couldn’t deal with my hair type, so she would cut out the knots. Only as an adult did I learn to deal with my hair, I’m proud of my hair these days. I’d tell a 12 year old me to be more courageous and to listen less to what other people say regardless of how old they are. Even adults have limited self-reflection and life experiences – they don’t know everything and might be giving advice rooted in their own fears or disappointments. My definition of beauty has changed a lot over the years. At the moment, I believe someone is beautiful if they look after themselves and feel comfortable in the way they are doing it. I’m most excited right now that I’ve published my first book and that I’m writing my second. In 10 years I hope to have written many more books and to have at least one movie produced. At the moment I feel really good in my skin. I am very self- reflective. I am happy that I have children. Because of them, I’ve tried activities that I never would have done without them. I am Julia. I believe in being nice and polite as often as possible and in smiling as often as I can. I love to read and I love to discover new parks.”Julia
Kristie Dean, Julia, 2022. Digital Photograph. ©Kristie Dean. All rights reserved.