Founder of "Julie's Purse Project"
Tell us a little about yourself
I live in Granite Bay currently. Have lived in many places in Northern California and a couple years in Nevada. I am married to a great guy and have 2 boys, 3.5 and 6. We have a golden retriever, 7 turtles, 4 chickens and a tortoise, a 40 year old endangered species. I am a SAHM and part owner of Kreative Kids Learning Center in Roseville.
How are you making a difference in your community?
I have collected and filled almost 10,000 purses for women in need over the last 5 years. I donate to local nonprofits that assist women who are survivors of domestic violence, sex trafficking, homelessness, mental illness, women who are being released from incarceration and have also sent over 1700 purses to Camp Fire survivors. It is a passion project for sure. Fills my bucket.
What inspires your community efforts?
I know that my life is pretty privileged, and not everyone has it so good, so this is my contribution to my community, which I love. A purse seems so simple, but over the years I have realized what a prized possession it really is. A purse is an extension of a woman's home that she wears on her arm.
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
Have filled 5,000 purses for women struggling with trauma and hardship in the last 12 months, 10,000 total since 2015. The exponential grown of Julie's Purse Project has been shocking. And my kids, Jace and Jude are pretty amazing.
What have you struggled most with in your life?
I'm pretty fortunate really. People think I am SO kind for doing what I do, I'm not so sure and think I'm doing what I do to balance out me being not so nice! Lol
What kind of lessons do you think are important to instill in future generations?
Be kind. Life is not all about YOU! Every purse I've ever donated contains a note that says "I care about your situation. I wish you peace, safety, and the kindness of strangers." I stand by this wholeheartedly.
If there is one problem in our community that you wish you could fix, what would it be?
Selfishness. We need to realize that everyone has a struggle that you are not aware of. Just be kind. It's not difficult. Smile.
How do you decompress?
I'd love to say spending time with my kids, but reality is they stress me out! Haha! Really though, I'm not sure I decompress. I am a huge fan of being home.