When I first heard of the K-State fan @ksujulie, there is a chance you probably heard of her at the same time. Julie’s daughter, Emma, refused to color a Kansas Jayhawk in kindergarten and made national news in the process. The EMAW runs strong with this family as well as the funny anecdotes and honest approach to parenting. Julie’s way of describing her life makes you feel like you’ve grown up next to these kids and know them, even though they are relative strangers.
I was lucky enough to meet her and her daughters at Zubazpalooza this past year and they were incredibly sweet and well mannered young ladies. Julie and her husband Scott are avid fans of the outdoors and seem to always be on an adventure of some sort. Once you read more about this Badass Babe, it will be easy to see why she is featured!
Where do you work?
I am a writer and columnist at Simply KC magazine. I’m also an ambassador for National Geographic Kids.
What makes you passionate about your career?
I love to read. I pay attention to words and what makes something worth reading and I use humor a lot in my writing. My voice inside my head is much funnier than what I actually say out loud. I want people to “hear” that voice.
What are some of your proudest accomplishments?
My interviews with Eric Hosmer, Travis Kelce, Jeremy Maclin, and Eric Stonestreet for Simply KC magazine. The editors at Simply KC gave me my own monthly column to write about my personal life as a wife, a mother, an outdoorswoman, a KSU lover and bacon hater.
Who has been a mentor or inspiration to you?
My husband, Scott. He’s a terrible writer (and speller) so he’s no help there. But he’s inspires me because he is the constant voice that reminds me what I’m good at.
What is your favorite part about living in Kansas City?
I can’t see this city as anything other than home. I do have favorite parts: we have four seasons, professional sports, the best public schools in the country, and barbecue is one of my favorite food groups. KC has an urban scene, suburban minivans, and dirt-kickin’ acres of wide open spaces. No one says it better than Superman – “growing up in Kansas is about as American as it gets.” The beaches and mountains are meant for vacations.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
The only thing I can remember wanting to be was an actress. This doesn’t make any sense because I never took drama classes and I feared standing on a stage. To this day, speaking in front of a room full of people makes my voice quiver. I think I just wanted to pose for the opening credits of Full House. In high school, I wanted to be a professional photographer. I’m better suited behind the cameras.
Who has inspired you most?
You know those women that have it all together by 8 am? Yes, them. I know social media shows a skewed version of one’s self so it’s not fair to base my inspiration from these women. (And I say women and not men because it takes us much longer to get ready.) I’m a morning grunter. “Are you sick?” is a common question I hear. I curse at the sunrise. I am a human sloth. Happiness from the morning people of the world is my inspiration to “get it together, Julie. You’re a working woman. You can do this. Don’t be a sloth today.”
What are your goals for this year?
Build my following, submit my writing to bigger publications, and keep tapping away at the keyboard. My long term goal is to write a book. My strength is thinking like a kid. I would love to write a children’s book or maybe a memoir. My sleeping-in-on-the-weekends game is strong too. My inner child lives forever.
What’s your favorite way to spend a day off?
Writing for my personal blog. Lord help me, I’m boring. Let me think of something more exciting for you – hmm… I love to fish. My husband and I love to take our two daughters fishing around KC. Although, my favorite fishing is catch and release saltwater fishing. I’ve caught a white marlin in the Dominican Republic, Pacific sailfish in Costa Rica, sailfish in Florida. I’ve caught tuna in the Bahamas and mahi in the Florida Keys. I love a good fish taco. I would love to keeping adding to my list.
What qualifies someone as a “badass” and do you think of yourself as one?
I think kid-me thinks I’m a bad ass. A badass is a tough person. A badass doesn’t go down easily. They make their presence known. I have always been incredibly shy in front of crowds and couldn’t handle criticism well. As a child, I was a scared to speak my mind, teenager, and young adult. I wanted to just get by without attention on myself. Looking at the person I used to be right after college to now – yeah, I would say I’ve grown to have badass qualities.
My profession is writing; it’s creative. Writing is open to others to decide if I’m good or not. It’s easy for me to listen to the voice in my head because I know people relate to honesty and humor. And the ones that don’t think I’m good at what I do, well, that’s nice.
I also don’t think there are many women from Kansas that have caught and released a white marlin. I love playing a man’s sport better than most men.
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