The EcoGrrl Interview: Julie



I’m so happy to have this week’s interview feature the wonderful Julie Campbell, LMT, owner of Written on the Body, a massage and acupuncture studio here in Northeast Portland where I am a member, getting her phenomenally healing massages every month that help keep me centered and relaxed.  This April, she guest blogged, sharing a bit of her own wellness wisdom that a lot of readers connected to (check it out if you haven’t already!).  And if you live in the Portland area or are visiting our fair city, put her studio on your to-do list and take care of YOU….

What or who inspires you most? There are so many people in this world that inspire me:  Any person that has overcome the odds that are stacked against them and made something beautiful of their time on this planet, any person that truly enjoys the moments in their life, any person that urges others to pursue happiness and any person that challenges themselves by doing the things they fear most.   Those are the people I draw my inspiration from.

What do you turn to when you need strength? I turn to my boyfriend, daughter, family and friends, all of whom have helped me through many difficult times.  I also draw strength from the failures and successes I have experienced so far in life.

How can women best support and/or empower other women? I love this question! It is my passion to empower other women.  To sum up my many ideas on the subject I would say this:  We live in a society where the mainstream media is constantly telling us we are not good enough but at the same time we are expected to be capable of everything.  To support and empower women we need to recognize and acknowledge each woman as an ally, a being who is good enough as they are and a person who is capable.

If we see a woman who is struggling we should lift them up with whatever means we have access to.  If we see a woman who is doing great things we should honor that and see it as a victory for all women!

What do you love to grow? What would you like to try growing someday? I started gardening when I came to Portland four years ago and I LOVE IT!  I love growing vegetables, herbs and flowers.  At some point I would love to have a garden full of exotic and rare plants.  I love to challenge myself and this would be a fun way to do it. J

What are your creative outlets?  Is there anything you’ve always wanted to try but haven’t? I love to dance, write and draw.  I would love to try creating wood furniture at some point.

In what environment(s) do you feel most in your element? I feel most in my element outdoors.  I especially love the sun whether that be at the ocean, the desert, the woods or in my back yard.

Who are your top three nonprofits you support and/or volunteer with and why?

  1. MESO – Because they are an amazing organization filled with people who care so much about Portland’s entrepreneurs and local economy.

  2. Northeast Portland Backpack Lunch Program – This is a program with so much heart!  I love what they are accomplishing in my neighborhood.

  3. Planned Parenthood – They have provided much needed resources to millions of women including myself. 

What recent “green” change have you made in your own life?  What’s next? I am always working toward using less paper by not buying individually wrapped items for my home and business.  I recently switched to re-usable produce bags thanks to the serious urging of my 16-year-old daughter. I plan to take my business paperless as soon as it is humanly possible!

Where in the world do you consider a sanctuary?  Why? I love to travel and I find peace in exploring beautiful new places.

What advice would you give to your younger self? I look at my 16-year-old daughter and ask myself this question all the time.  I think the best pieces of advice would be to regularly challenge your own habits and views, to let go of the things that don’t serve you, to never take a single moment or person for granted and to always live life the way that makes you happy.

How can we as a society be more radical in supporting a healthy planet? Oh man, I think that we have a long way to go.  If we each owned the issue personally and took responsibility for our planet in every moment of our lives it would radically change our impact on the Earth.

What sparked your interest in environmental issues?   What’s the first “eco” thing you ever did? In high school I joined forces with a friend to create the first recycling program.  I was kind of a hippie when I was young so my introduction to environmental love was enmeshed with the music and other media I was into at the time.

How do you live simply? I am easy to please, I am happier hanging out at the beach, adventuring, traveling, camping or just enjoying good home made food and wine with great company than I am shopping.

Could you leave us with a favorite quote of yours? “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? ” ~ Marianne Williamson


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