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Thanks, Julia eliminates your daily overwhelm

I’ll help you find balance again.

Pandemic life is far from simple. Right now, we’re bogged down with all that goes into a day, not to mention week, month, season, and year. While outsourcing sounds helpful, it’s an impossible time bring new people into the home. Maybe you feel like it would take your partner more time to get things done for you, so why not just do it yourself? Or maybe you haven’t given yourself permission to ask for what you need? Or you’re nervous that you’ll be judged?

I hear you. You’ve found the right place for help.

We all have a similar goal: to get through this pandemic safely, with our health. But this time filling us with anxiety and guilt.

I’m here to assure you that when you invest in your own support system, you add priceless value to your family life, your career, your social time, your passion projects, and your overall quality of life.

Thanks, Julia is here to build that support system for you during Covid-19.

Think of us as a “second you” that will lessen the invisible burden you’re carrying so you can breathe a little easier. 

Thanks, Julia will provide solutions to address your most time-consuming projects.

I help get you to next-level efficiency so you can live more presently instead of thinking of what needs to get done next. All you need to do is show up — and I take care of the rest.

My intro

Who am I?

I’m a household project manager who serves working families that feel overwhelmed by day-to-day life. They’re so busy trying to get everything done that they worry they’re missing out on what’s really important in their life. I help them get support and become more efficient with daily tasks so they can relax and be present for the people they love most.

I have a passion for problem solving and planning. I’m results-oriented and direct. I love honest, crucial conversations… and humor during those conversations, if possible.

Now I want to help you. With over 20 years experience managing the details, my mission is to help you answer how to finish or automate your most time-consuming projects. I know first hand that greater efficiency means more time—and feeling present and joyous in the time you’ve found. I will bring celebration back into your life. Promise.

I have two children, Archie and Lou. And one dog, named Chauncey. And my first business, Rover-Time Dog Walking & Pet Sitting, is in its eighth year serving Chicago’s best and busiest pet parents. 

When I’m not working or parenting, I love snuggling my dog while watching nearly anything on Bravo. My favorite thing is a meat-and-cheese platter or driving with no one else in my car. And I can’t live without subscription services, because in a perfect world I’d never leave my house. Introverts, rejoice!

Let’s do this.

Why Should You Trust Julia?

Thanks, Julia sprung from a foundation made of life experiences: it’s one part entrepreneurial experience gained by building a small business for the last eight years. The other parts are highlights pulled from my previous professional life as a project manager. Drop in five years of motherhood and you’ve got yourself a business idea.

But none of that practical life stuff influenced my decision to create Thanks, Julia more than my mental health journey did. Thanks, Julia was really birthed from the ups and downs I experienced, from all the highs and lows, and how I navigated living while juggling it all. Surviving this experience gave me purpose and had me dreaming: what if I could help out others?

I began to realize that so many people are really struggling like I was. While some of us are doing better with their self-care rituals, most of us still carry a million burdens caused by day-to-day living. So instead of recreating the wheel, figuring it all out by yourself, doing it all even if you hate it, and trusting that no one can do it as well as you, you could hire me. 

I was Thanks, Julia’s first customer.

This is my story.

Life with anxiety and depression began when I was a child. I’m forty years old now, so this has been part of me for nearly thirty of them. For most of those years I self-managed the symptoms I felt and paid the consequences as they rolled in. While I can’t recommend others try this approach, it became my way of living this life and I worked with it. I learned that I respected anxiety. It’s saved me hundreds of times. Through building a pet care business, anxiety pushed me towards success. My never-ending worries and panic always kept us running safe, which was the single most important core value behind the entire operation, really.

But when I became pregnant with my first baby, anxiety and depression manifested their ways differently. While it was easy to give in to long stretches of sleep for the first time ever, when I woke it was normal for me to feel like the entire world was against me, hated me for existing, hated me for carrying this child, and that I was alone.

Through the months leading up to his birth, I had days where I kept it together only fueled by anxiety, but it gave me the nervous energy to plan and prepare the best I could for him. After he arrived in April 2015, I tossed around and considered different stretches of time as “baby blues”, writing them off as a phase that would pass. They didn’t pass, though.

By the time he was a year and a half, I had a handful of suicidal thoughts. My husband had made calls to help lines each of those times. I remember many of those moments just as well as the days my son hit another developmental milestone. Things weren’t really getting better but I felt a break from the darker times by my son’s second birthday.

It was about that time I self-diagnosed things as postpartum anxiety and depression. Being able to do that closed a chapter for me. I was able to say, “I had it. But more importantly: I don’t have it anymore.”

I was also able to declare that I was never having more children, blaming my postpartum years as too hard on all of us, causing me way too much fear to do it again. My first business was about five or six years old by this point. I had hundreds of customers trusting my company. While it wasn’t self-care by any stretch of the imagination, work was a reliable distraction from my depression because my anxiety would get me out of bed and would push me to my desk to get started each day. On the good days, I was so grateful and proud to have built something that touched people and served a purpose.

In February 2018, I accidentally became pregnant again. I was furious. That time is hard to write about because I imagine my kids reading this one day and I would never want them to feel unwanted. I’ll try to summarize: I was ashamed and resentful. Pretty full of hate, even? But again, anxiety kept me waking up and pushing me through. It reliably showed up and insisted that I figured out a solution to “this problem” and for the first time ever, positively changed my life.

I’d even go as far as thanking my anxiety for saving my life, back then.  Anxiety was the reason I wouldn’t take no for an answer. Anxiety was the reason I designed a postpartum plan. Because I felt too busy. Way too stretched. I knew I deserved more support. I needed help. Anxiety helped me find the words, it kept a lot of fight in me, and it got me to where I am today.

I figured out what I needed and gave myself permission do less. And then, with some trial and error, I began to feel more connection to my family. I found more energy to invest in my friendships. And I finally had interests again. My life wasn’t just a day-to-day thing I was surviving, I was beginning to enjoy it.

This is the story behind Thanks, Julia. 

I did the work to overcome my anxiety and depression to regain a feeling of control in my life and it’s so incredible. Now it’s become my mission to help my customers do the same by testing new tools and approaches to find the best, most personalized system for each and every person I have the opportunity to help.

Interested in working together?

The next step is to schedule your free consultation call with me!

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Grab Your Pandemic Practices Cheat Sheets. 🙌

Life during COVID has given you more hats to wear and more important decisions to make. With so much on our shoulders, I would love to share this downloadable resource to make life a little easier right now.