This blog actually should’ve started in 2013 when I got a job with the Science Festival Alliance as that seemed to be the confluence of many things changing in my life all at once, radically. I went from living in a guest room with very few possessions and almost no money to being the second in command of a national network of science festivals and finally getting to use all that hard-earned knowledge I’d gained from my job with MOSI and the UCSC team on an ISE (now AISL) grant that studied informal science learning in museums.
I’ll be honest, it kind of sucked to go from the program manager of a grant that you’d put your heart and soul into for the better part of four years to being a part time Disney lifeguard and Starbucks barista just to pay the bills. I never once viewed those jobs as ‘lesser’ and if anything I think I gained an immense amount of respect for the people making my coffee in the morning (and how difficult it is to pull a perfect shot) and of course I got the chance to go through Disney Traditions which is the top tier of the customer service training experience so.
“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.” – Pelé
All that said it’s been five years and I’m a different person. Writing in the retrospective sense is a little weird and I don’t really want to do that but on the other hand there’s definitely some trips I went on that I want to document and there’s things out there in the wide world of museums and science communication that I feel compelled to comment on that are perhaps just over their sell-by date.
I also learned from some adoptive travel parents in Killarney, Ireland that it’s important to spend every day of your trip writing and I used a little hand-written notebook on that trip, but I’d sort of like to follow in my Aunt and Uncle’s footsteps and record things in the cloud – in a place that I can revisit anywhere and that I can link people to if the spirit moves me that direction.
So I guess take this for what it is, an introduction.
My name is Julie Ann. I travel the world. I ride horses. I’m a science communicator. I love wine. I can’t resist a good shopping trip. And if it all goes up in smoke tomorrow, then tell my friends I had one hell of a good time.