Julie Creed: Writer, Marketer, & Mother

My name is Julie Creed, I’m a 45 year old mother of 2 living in Orange County, California. I am a writer and marketer with a passion for all things creative. My goal in the near future is to see the play I’ve been co-writing  on stage.

What is something that motivates you & why?
I motivate myself! I can’t be complaisant in life. I always strive for more.  However, being a single parent of 2 active boys is what motivates me the most. All actions and decisions I make are with them in mind as I want to be not only a good parent, but a good role model and their source of inspiration to always strive for more and to be a better person.

What is something that inspires you & why?
I find inspiration in many things; often it’s nature. There is something all inspiring when you’re in the ocean surfing and waiting for the perfect wave or on the top of a boulder in Joshua Tree taking in the vastness of the view.  It’s those locations that inspire me and give me clarity.

If you could recommend a movie, website, song, or book for others & their inspiration, what would it be & why?

A song that inspires me is Elton John’s “I’m Still Standing.” I relate to the words, they’re powerful. Vocalizing that you that you can come through a firestorm in your life and be a stronger person in the end.  I also have a connection to Elton so this song is particularly special to me.

I enjoy many books but the one that speaks to me lately is “Beneath the Lion’s Gaze” by Maaza Mengiste.  It is a beautifully written book about living in Ethiopia during the Red Reign of Terror and of a family coming together. My family and I lived in Ethiopia for many years and this book starts around the time that we left. Ethiopia will always be considered my home and my heartbeat!

What’s one thing you’ve done to Pay-It-Forward?
I’ve adopted pay-it-forward into my life since I was a little girl, my Mother instilled this in me.  I do believe that a simple act of kindness makes the world a better place and can give someone hope during a dark time or sometimes just give someone an extra smile.

I actively support our troops and Veteran’s as it was often Marine’s who provided a safe haven for me and my family when we traveled overseas while living in “hot spots” that were often volatile. Sponsoring troops with Adopt-A-Platoon and supporting Ride-2-Recovery is my way to help them for always being there for me.

I enjoy aiding someone; especially if they haven’t solicited the help but I see they can benefit from it. I’m also well connected and I’ve used those contacts appropriately when I can check something off someone’s Bucket List because I know that they in turn will help another.

Do you have a goal list? If so, what are a few goals you would like to accomplish, small or large?
I’m very lucky!  I was a foreign diplomat for over 10 years. I have met many celebrities, Presidents, Kings, Emperors and Foreign dignitaries and traveled to some incredible places internationally that would be on most people’s Bucket List.  While I have traveled to over 60 different countries, I have never been to South America. Traveling to Peru and climbing Machu Picchu is certainly at the top of my Bucket List as well as going to Rio during Carnival.

Who is your hero & why? This can include anyone: Celebrity, Author, Mother, etc.
I have 2; My Mother taught me to be a strong independent woman and not be afraid to stand up for myself or others. From our travels overseas, she inspired my need to give back to global humanitarian causes. She showed me that compassion to others is a gift that comes back to you and that one person can make a difference if they take action.

My added hero is the late Olympic gold medalist, Florence Griffith-Joyner.  She was my friend and role model for many years. Her motto was “Achieve, Believe, Succeed.” She taught me that from great work you can achieve anything – even when no one else thinks you can.  I live my life with her words as my guide and do what I can to honor her memory.   

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Well isn’t that the magic mystery question?  I wish I knew!  However, I’d like to think that in 10 years I’m still active in outdoor sports with friends and family, still creating and traveling more where I can continue to do good works both in my own community and globally.

If you could make one wish right now, what would it be?
I wish for a world where everyone was accepting of each other. For if this was the case; there would be no wars, there would be equality for all regardless of race, religion or sexual orientation and the world would be a better place.  In the wise words of John Lennon, “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one, I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will live as one.”

If you could motivate or inspire someone with one paragraph, what would it say?

Be true to yourself and who you are!  Be the architect of change you hope to see in the world. Set your goals high and don’t settle. What you seek to achieve is possible. Live your life with passion! It’s never too late to go after your dreams. So dream big – go after them with fierce determination and integrity….in time, you will make your goal.

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