Hey all! Welcome to our blog! This has been years in the works, and I’m psyched we are finally getting started. Fun fact: My first name is Julia, but I have always gone by my middle name MaLee (Muh-lee) to fit in with my other sisters, whose names all start with M. 🙂
Growing up in a family with seven kids was one of the greatest experiences I could have asked for. I loved playing “adventure” with my siblings and acting out every Disney movie we ever watched (which was a lot). I loved being able to compete in state choral trios with my sisters in high school, play Xbox with my brothers, and read books aloud to one another. I spent hours picking strawberries in the garden and pitching softballs to my dad (even broke his toe once, and he kept catching for me!) and baking in the kitchen with my mom or dragging her around the soccer park to another one of my games. I spent many hours of my young life begging them to let me get/keep one pet or another, and our family currently includes a yellow lab Nala and a darling cat Calypso. I have the coolest family ever and I love them all like crazy!
I came out to Brigham Young University in 2012 to study Neuroscience. One semester of Chem 105 cured me of that delusion, and I chose to study Psychology instead. I loved a lot of my classes but my favorites were probably religion classes with Brother Parker, child psychopathology and theater makeup. In between classes and studying, I worked a few different jobs to put myself through school including scanning rare documents from the Special Collections of Harold B. Lee library and assistant teaching third-grade students. I graduated with my B.S. in Psychology in August 2016 and decided to stay in Provo for the time being.
My first semester of college, I asked a guy out on a double date and 4 and a half years later we are still happily dating. I’m currently working full time at Blackboard, Inc as a Helpdesk Technician, as well as a few online jobs on the side. I am pursuing a Master’s degree in School Counseling online through Capella University and can’t wait for the day when I no longer have to turn in homework!
In my free time, I love hanging out with my boyfriend Taylor and my family that also live out here in Provo. I adore my nieces and nephews and wish I could see them all every day! I love reading, baking, ice cream, and bubble baths. And eating, I definitely love eating. My dream is to get paid for reading books every day and hopefully one day I’ll be able to make that happen!