Principal, JPM Strategies
Tour leader, Belle Vie Discovery Retreat, France
Aunt to 7 nieces and nephews
Resident of Raleigh
First gift to MHC: December 2002
Julie calls it a mid-life awakening.
Six years ago she had a big job. She volunteered for good causes; gave them money, served on boards. She was doing everything right but somehow, it didn't feel all right.
She kept wondering: "How am I going to feel about what I've done at the end of my life?"
What she did next sounds like a movie plot.
Julie left her marketing job at a Fortune 500 company. She took a sabbatical in France, hoping to master the language. She lived simply in the countryside and practiced her French on wine producers there and before long she realized she was building more than conversation skills. She was learning regional wines and making lifelong friendships which led her into other wonderfully unexpected directions like house sitting, wine tours, even chicken-tending.
What Julie did was a luxury, she knows that. She had savings and support that made it possible. But she came home with a deepened resolve about what's important: To see the possibilities in life and not just for herself.
Julie wants this for the children who can't see a life past their own back door; for families stuck in multigenerational cycles of addiction, incarceration, neglect.
Methodist Home for Children is part of Julie's estate plans because she believes love, stability, and mentoring reveal possibilities and not just for a single family or child, but for the generations that follow.
Possibilities feed hope; that's something to feel good about.
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