Hi, I’m Julie Serot and this is my story.
In the beginning I always knew I would be successful, however my only model of success growing up was my father, who was a formal, hardworking businessman. He built a successful career from nothing and though I respected, admired, and was inspired by him, it seemed like the success came at the expense of joy, warmth, and quality time with the family.
So, I knew I wanted to be successful, but I also knew I didn't want to build a career or life that ended up looking like that.
And then I went to college, got my degree, and landed a "great job" in New York City. It was 2007 during the "Great Recession" and though everyone told me I was so lucky to have a good job, when I was honest with myself, I wasn't happy. I felt divided between making money and having the status of a traditional job, or being happy and self-expressing and being excited to take on each day. It felt like an either / or.