Hey there, my friend! So good to e-meet you!

Julie A. CockburnLet me guess – you’re on a mission to live a more fulfilling, purpose-based life. You work hard – maybe sometimes too hard – to create joy in your days and abundance in your life. Simple living is on your mind, but you often find yourself struggling and striving to do ALL the things that seem to be required of you. You value your faith but sometimes wonder how God really fits into the nitty-gritty of everyday life and business. You know God has a calling for you, but you don’t really know if your work and passions are moving you in the direction of that calling. And if you’re honest, it often feels like the reality of living a grace-filled and beautiful life is just a dream reserved for others or something that you might achieve if you work just a little bit harder.

Am I close? If so, then you and I have A LOT in common! This is pretty much my story! Even now, after lots of personal development, business training, reflecting, and meditation, I still have a tendency to over-strive and spin my wheels in my work, get stuck in perfectionism, and find myself hung-up with self-doubts and self-sabotaging voices. I know God offers abundant freedom from worry and striving – if I would simply place my eyes on Him rather than my fears. I know He has a calling for my life that He has placed on my heart to fulfill through entrepreneurship – provided I trust Him and seek His wisdom first.

One day, just maybe, I will get all that figured out. Not likely though! But that’s part of the fun of the journey, right!?

And that is what this site is all about – becoming the women and growing into the lives God has called us to! It’s a place where you can find ideas, resources, and inspiration to build a life filled with grace and beauty.

Finally, brothers and sisters, fill your minds with beauty and truth.
Meditate on whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is good, whatever is virtuous and praiseworthy.

~Philippians 4:8 (The Voice Bible)

A handful of fun facts about me ~

I am a Pacific Northwest girl at heart and call Wenatchee, Washington, a semi-rural town nestled in the eastern foothills of the Cascade Mountains, home.

I’m very much an introvert, and will almost always choose a cozy night at home with a good book over a night out.

For the last several years I’ve worked as a food blogger and am self-publishing my first cookbook. Check it out over at TasteOfThePlace.com.

I went to the University of Washington and finished my degree (Russian Language and Literature) early. As a result, I was able to spend my last few quarters at university studying fun subjects like drawing and dance.

Trail running is a huge passion of mine. I adore exploring the hills and mountains near my home and love the peaceful solitude of a lonely trail through the woods.

I ran my first ultramarathon – a 50k (yes, indeed, that’s 31 miles!) – in October of 2017.

Once upon a time, I was a yoga teacher in the resort town of Sunriver, Oregon.

I love a good cabernet franc (a medium-bodied red wine with a unique and playful flavor that reminds me of dusty cocoa powder), especially one from the Columbia Valley in Washington. Pair it was some French Bûcheron (a semi-soft goat cheese) and I am in heaven!

I play the piano and am very slowing working on my performance skills. I’m blessed with jittery hands that turn into full-on shakes when I get nervous – so it’s a patience and humility filled process!

What about you?

What’s your story? What’s grabbing your attention and inspiring you at the moment? What are you struggling with and working through? I want to know! Let’s keep the conversation going. Drop me a note on Instagram or Facebook, or in the contact form below, and tell me a bit about yourself.

Until next time my friends, grace and beauty to you!