Who am I?

I’m South African and I live in Switzerland.

I’m married to a wonderful man called Alastair.  I searched high and low for the man of my dreams and developed a daunting list of non-negotiable requirements.  After reciting this list at a family function, my uncle said, ‘Julie, your ideal man does not exist in this town, in this province, in this country, on this continent, on this planet and even on this galaxy’.  But he does exist because I married him on 26 April 2008.  He’s not Mr Perfect but he certainly is my Mr Right.

I’m loved and I try to love others.  I have a close, large extended family and a group of loyal friends that are my treasure.

I’m an accountant.  Accounting doesn’t blow my hair back anymore.  I’m on the prowl for a job that is a more accurate reflection of the real me.

My hope for my future is this: to leave a legacy.  As a committed Christian, I want my life to mean something and I want to make the world a better, happier place in some small (or big) way.  I don’t want to step timidly off the dive board of life while holding my nose.  I want to takes more risks and try a swan dive and not get too fussed if I belly flop instead.

I’m new to the writing game.  I’ve loved writing all my life but I’ve only started doing it with any seriousness recently.  I’ve always enjoyed writing but as a means to an end and I’ve never focussed on the craft itself.

Right now, I am using my blog to practice and I hope to develop my writing skills more and more.  I’ve always worked in jobs that don’t particularly light my fire.  As I write for fun, I realise this is something I really really enjoy.  It is an unfamiliar and exciting feeling.  Starting a blog has sparked a tiny little flame at the end of a dark tunnel of job hunting, change and career frustrations.  I am not sure what writing holds for me or even if it will lead to anything but I’m going to follow the light anyway.


10 Responses to Who am I?

  1. Cheryl says:

    Why did you not tell me you had a blog?

  2. kirstybarton says:

    Yes! Why have you kept this secret 🙂

  3. Dene says:

    Julie, you were born to write! I hope that your “practise” sessions on your blog enable you to find that light at the end of the tunnel!

  4. Tam says:

    I love it! Take a deep breathe and swan dive you will probably be surprised at the resulting splash!

  5. Marsha says:

    We enjoyed reading a few of your blog entries, and we will continue reading since we can relate so much to your experiences here in ‘La Suisse’. You are very gifted in writing and I strongly believe that you are already taking part in leaving a legacy through this blog. Many Blessings, Marsha & Frank.

  6. Rashieda says:

    Julie, I stumbled upon your blog by accident this afternoon. I devoured the entries, and shamefully admit to my Green Monster rearing it’s head at your skilled writing. You have an amazing talent. I hope you will continue pursuing this light, because it deserves to shine!

  7. Ana says:

    Hello Julie. I recently have come across your blog also having landed into Switzerland (I am on the German side) and I absolutely love your blog so far. I am only up to early 2011 but so far it is so lovely to hear about your experiences and opinions and feel great comfort in knowing I can relate to a lot of what you have written about.
    Thank you for sharing your life and experiences, you have wonderful writing skills, it almost feels as though I am reading a novel and cant put it down!!! You have wonderful writing skills and cant wait to read more!
    Best wishes.

    • jsurycz says:

      Hi Ana

      Thanks so much for your very encouraging comment! Enjoy your time in Switzerland – it is a very special place and I have been so happy here!


  8. Audrey says:

    Hi Julie
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  9. Caro Feely says:

    Hi Julie – thank you so much for the mention of Grape Expectations and that it changed your view on the world and how important eating (and drinking!) organic is. I enjoyed reading the post and have signed up to follow. The sequel Saving Our Skins will be out in July with the next part of the story and even more hard hitting facts about why this is so important to human health and our long term future. best wishes, Caro

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