Introducing Our New Staff Writer: Julie Wilson

by Julie Wilson on October 29, 2012

in Blogging, Goals

{Khaleef here: Back in the early summer I started making weight loss videos on YouTube. I came across a number of people who were also chronicling their weight loss journey through video. One of them, in particular, stood out to me because we have so much in common. We are both Christians, married to amazing people, successfully losing weight, and have a strong desire to support others who are doing the same.

Well, after a couple of conversations about blogging and her love of writing, she has decided to start writing for Fat Guy, Skinny Wallet! I am tremendously excited about having someone with her experience, background, and current situation (as you will read about) writing here. You will definitely get a fresh perspective on a variety of topics. Enough from me, let me allow our new writer, Julie Wilson, to introduce herself!}

Introducing Our New Staff Writer: Julie Wilson

My daughter Tessa climbs up in my lap with her fairy tales excited to hear me read to her. As I read the stories, I can’t help but laugh at the idea of a fairy tale.  Most involve the same type of characters, similar plots, and the very familiar ending of happily ever after.

Little girls dream about these stories and assume they will live out their traditional fairy tale one day also.  I was one of those girls, but have come to realize that my fairy tale doesn’t quite fit the mold that I had been dreaming about my entire life.

As a teenager, I daydreamed about finding my husband, having two children (I always pictured 2 boys), and living in a big house without a care in the world. I went on to graduate from high school with the dream of becoming an elementary teacher.

I graduated from Purdue North Central with a teaching degree, and set out to change the lives of young people.

A lot happened in my life during those first years of teaching. I went from teaching in an inner city school to a suburban Christian school. Although I was right where God wanted me,  I continued to daydream about my fairy tale.

I sit here today 29 years old feeling so blessed that God had His own idea for my fairy tale. I did find my husband and my two boys, but they were a package deal! God hand-picked a man named Todd who was finding his way back on his walk with Christ, and two little boys full of joy.

Trent, who was seven at the time, was always looking for new things to impress me with. Tate, a mischievous 4 year old with a huge heart, could always be found on my lap. We became the Wilson family on March 21, 2009.  Our marriage is centered on our faith in Christ and we are walking stronger than ever.

Julie Wilson Wedding

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I had always desired children of my own, and we decided after much prayer that we wanted to add to our little family.  Tessa Breanne was born in the middle of a blizzard in December of 2010. She added so much more to our family and brought us so much closer together. We would spend nights just sitting around together watching her do her cute little baby things.

Tessa was just eight months old when Todd proposed the idea of having one more baby. I took that idea and ran with it! Taelynn Elizabeth made her debut on May 8, 2012.  Our family is now complete, and I couldn’t have asked for anything more.

Julie and Girls

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As for the big house, we live in the perfect house overflowing with love. I drive a full minivan and would not have it any other way. We wake up late sometimes, I do tandem diaper changes, toys are hiding in every corner of my house, and I hide in the bathroom for peace and quiet.

Cooking food for my family, while I try to eat right and take care of my own body is a challenge. My workouts sometimes consist of carrying a toddler on one hip, a baby on the other, and doing the stairs. I have managed to lose 75 pounds while juggling all the roles in my life that God has entrusted me with. We live on a shoe string budget, but we consider ourselves so rich in other important areas of our life. This fairy tale that God has written for me, although unexpected, is far better than anything I could have written for myself.

Things are not always easy with a husband who works shift work, boys that have to live between two homes, and two babies under two years old. I have come to realize just how strong I am even when I feel so weak sometimes going through it all. Having Christ in my life is my source of strength, my superpower, and my secret weapon. I hope I can convey to you the joy that I have in my life despite all the obstacles that arise, and I look forward to sharing my happily ever after with you!

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Tina Crim October 29, 2012 at 7:21 am

Julie, this article is WONDERFUL!! I am so proud of my best friend. YOU have a amazing talent and GOD is shining throught your words. I love you… And this is a great website Khaleef!! First time here, but I WILL BE BACK!! :)

Julie Wilson October 29, 2012 at 8:53 am

Thank you Tina for being so supportive in all areas of my life. I hope you get to know me even better through my writing! Love you!

Margaret Hanaway October 29, 2012 at 8:22 am

What a wonderful story Julie. You are so blessed and I am so proud to call you my daughter. Love Marg

Julie Wilson October 29, 2012 at 8:54 am

Thank you Marg! I definitely feel so blessed! Thank you for your love and kind words! Love you!

Marlyna Sickles October 29, 2012 at 10:44 am

Beautiful story Julie…..Very proud of you…….I feel very blessed to know you♥

Julie Wilson October 29, 2012 at 11:07 am

Thank you Marlyna! I am so blessed to know you as well.Thank you for all your kind words and encouragement!<3

Rob Reno October 29, 2012 at 10:57 am

Grace – I love this article and I am so excited to get to learn even more about you. You have a wonderful family and I am so lucky to be a part of your life. CONGRATULATIONS on your first article as a writer, I am so proud of you. Love you tons Rob Reno

Julie Wilson October 29, 2012 at 11:06 am

Thank you Robby~ I am so blessed to know you and thank you for reading my article! I hope you love the many more to come!Love you,Jules

lynette cash October 29, 2012 at 11:20 am

Oh Jules…..
I love this article…. It’s so nice to get to know more about you! you are truly an amazing person, with so much knowledge & you are such an inspiration..
Oh yeah…anybody that can have kids that close together in age are Saints! less than 2 yrs…..all I can say is WOW!! I look forward to mo articles & your videos…. Take care girl! I love you..xoxoxo lynette

Julie Wilson October 29, 2012 at 1:52 pm

Thank you Lynette! Your support means so much to me.You are always in my prayers! <3

alicia contreras October 29, 2012 at 12:17 pm

Love this jules!!! i really look forward to reading more from you and learning more about u… I just love u and khaleef and think u guys are the best… your such a wonderful person who has so much to offer and i’m excited to know u and walk this journey with u as a friend.. <3 alicia

Julie Wilson October 29, 2012 at 1:51 pm

Oh are so sweet! I am so grateful to be with you on your journey as well! I hope my articles bring you joy!

LaTisha October 29, 2012 at 2:51 pm

Wow 75 pounds is a huge accomplishment! keep up the good work!

Julie Wilson October 29, 2012 at 6:48 pm

Thank you so much! I have 24 more pounds until I am at my goal of 140.

Jackie October 29, 2012 at 5:00 pm

Julie your article was so touching and true. As a little girl, I had so many dreams and expectations for my life. Most of them have come true just no in the way I expected. Lol. I really enjoyed your post and look forward to reading more!

Julie Wilson October 29, 2012 at 6:50 pm

Thank you! It is amazing how different life turns out compared to what you think life will be like. I am humbled by your sweet comment.

Jon @ MoneySmartGuides October 29, 2012 at 6:34 pm

Great story!! I love the positive attitude and mindset throughout. I’m looking forward to reading more of your work.

Julie Wilson October 29, 2012 at 6:54 pm

I am so glad that you enjoyed it! Thank you for your kind words. I hope you like my future posts!

Trixi Shore October 29, 2012 at 7:02 pm

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Julie, What an inspiring article you’ve written. Thanks for sharing your story here. So glad that you have embraced the re-written fairy tale you are enjoying.

Julie Wilson October 29, 2012 at 7:18 pm

Thank you!!! I hope you enjoy my future stories! I am so so blessed!

Annie October 29, 2012 at 7:14 pm

I loved the article Julie! I can’t wait to read more about your life, your journey and your thoughts. Reading you is so different from watching your videos and I feel that I will get to know a different Julie! :) Hugs

Julie Wilson October 29, 2012 at 7:19 pm

Aww…thanks Annie! I wonder why it’s different. I am glad u liked it. My writing and my videos go together to make the real me! Hugs!

belinda ball October 29, 2012 at 7:54 pm

julie i am so proud of this article…i enjoyed reading it and look forwad to more…god bless!

Julie Wilson October 29, 2012 at 8:28 pm

Thank you so much! I am so excited to keep writing more!

Angie Somers October 31, 2012 at 8:23 pm

Hi Julie,
What a great article. Girl, you really have a full plate and somehow you are doing it all. So proud of you and looking forward to reading more of your articles.
Love Ya! Angie

Julie Wilson November 2, 2012 at 6:08 am

Thank you for taking the time to read my article! I hope you like the future ones to come! <3 Jules

Lisa @ Cents To Save November 1, 2012 at 1:12 pm

Great article! Congrats on the weight loss. Look forward to reading more of your posts.

Julie Wilson November 2, 2012 at 6:08 am

Thank you so much Lisa!!! <3 Jules

Thomas S. Moore November 2, 2012 at 7:32 am

Looks like you got a winner with this staff writer! Great intro piece Julie. Very strong person and you are making the best of what you have and not complaining. That will go a long way. Looking forward to reading more posts and good job on the weight loss. 75lbs is no easy task don’t stop now.

Julie Wilson November 2, 2012 at 9:04 am

Thank you for your kind words and support! I will keep fighting to lose the 24 lbs I have left! <3

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