Growing up, everyone called me Julie.
Juliette is my given name, but I didn’t start using it until my junior year of high school after a super inspiring trip to Melbourne, Australia.
It was my first time in a big city by myself, let alone in a different country on my own. I went to the art museum, the zoo, the Queen Victoria Market and just walked and walked and walked. When I asked for directions, the good looking guys all said they’d like to be my Romeo and that, along with the freedom I felt, made me want to be Juliette forever.
Not only did I finally feel like me, but like a catipillar transformed into a butterfly and set free, I’d left home as one person and returned as someone new… an artist.
I hid that artist away again for years after I graduated college.
But on that trip to Australia, I’d taken the first step. When I got back to school, I asked everyone to call me Juliette. My teachers in art and english did, but never my teachers in math and science.
This completely changed the direction of my life.
I felt so alive around art and writing (and later reading). Although it took many, many years to figure out my path and purpose, I finally realized, I’ve always been an artist and I had to be creative.
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