Who I Am and What I Do
Welcome! Since this is my first post I thought I’d start off by telling you a little about myself and what I do. A kind of get to know me, if you will.
I grew up in a suburb of Dallas with my mom and step-dad and three older brothers. We had a pretty normal life. Nice neighborhood full of kids our ages to play with. Lots of different kinds of pets – cats, dogs, hamsters, gerbils, fish, birds. The boys were all Boy Scouts and I was a Brownie, then in gymnastics, then dance. I rode horses when I could and spent summers swimming at the public pool or wherever there was water. We owned a snow cone stand that we all worked at during the summer and ate our fill of them while we were at it. To this day I rarely crave a snow cone.
After high school I went to Austin for college at The University of Texas at Austin, then I moved to Santa Fe for a few months before heading up to Portland for a year. Then back to Santa Fe. Then back to Texas. And now I’m back in Santa Fe with my almost 7 year old Shar Pei/Pit Bull/Rottweiler mix, Booker. I love to travel and do so whenever I can. Anything from a weekend road trip to a catamaran in the British Virgin Islands to ten days in Havana to planning a stay in a villa in Tuscany next summer with friends. I take pictures and love to capture friends and family unaware, along with dilapidated buildings and anything old. And I read. A lot.
My mom, my brother Jeremy, and I were always the readers of the family. I remember being so excited when I could pick out the word “zoo” on the page of a book my mom read to me often as a pretty young kid – definitely before kindergarten. And it seems like from then on it just became a part of who I was. I pretty much always had a book with me. I was very active outdoors with my brothers and the neighborhood kids, so I probably wasn’t your stereotypical bookworm, but in my down time I was more often than not reading. (After watching M*A*S*H and WKRP while eating dinner, of course. If that doesn’t give away my age, I don’t know what will.)
In addition to being a lifelong reader, I’ve also been a lifelong organizer. From closets to events, I’ve always loved planning and organizing and figuring out better ways for things to be. Better ways for things to work. And that requires an eye for detail, which luckily I have. And that eye for detail lends itself well to catching all kinds of small little mistakes that some people wouldn’t even notice. Hence, proofreading - the perfect marriage of love of reading to love of details.
For my own enjoyment I mostly read fiction, so of course, that’s what I love to proofread as well. Especially self-published authors. I love helping independent and small businesses, since I am one myself. And that’s why I also love to proofread and copyedit menus and websites and marketing materials for non-franchised, non-corporate entities, too. I have experience with Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator so I can fix those formatting issues and make sure the documents are completely consistent and error free. I really love making things look perfect.
So, while this is a new way to make money for me, it’s something that I’ve actually been involved with and doing for pretty much my entire life. I really believe in working closely with clients to make sure their needs are getting met and helping them get their message across clearly, and cleanly. I’d love to answer any questions you may have for me and if you feel so inclined I'd love for you to give me a follow on Instagram, Facebook, and/or Twitter!
Thanks so much for reading and hope to see you back here again!
Juli (and Booker, whose name is because, well, I love books.)