We had the good fortune of connecting with Julia Rose and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Julia, can you share a quote or affirmation with us?
“Always go with the choice that scares you the most, because that’s the one that is going to require the most from you.” ― Caroline Myss
This quote resonates with me deeply, because I love to give my all. I never want fear to hold me back from growing, and deepening my understanding of life and its people. I started a business around skin care, but really it was just about people for me. I want women and men to feel beautiful exactly as they are, in their own skin. People are everything to me, and often times we have to do what scares us the most to give each other the most of ourselves. Sometimes this means telling the truth, taking a leap of faith, caring for someone at the beginning or end of their life, starting a business, leaving a job or relationship, etc. Life can be scary, but we have each other for a reason. So just take the plunge and do what scares you. Never settle for something or someone that doesn’t require the most of who you are.
Please tell us more about your career. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I don’t think anything in life is ever easy, but that’s okay. I have learned to embrace the challenges. I realized that they end up being the moments I am most proud of. Every time I climb a mountain I’m like “I did that! Me!” Even when it takes a hundred people helping me along the way, I always like the mountaintop. I enjoy working hard for my dreams. Building my website, writing the copy, taking the photographs was endless hours of work, just to get the project started! But every time I see a sale, I feel giddy knowing someone else is about to take part in the magic. It’s the mountaintop. I’m currently working on a Masters Degree in mental health counseling, and it is very challenging to balance it with work and kids, but I am looking forward to that mountaintop next. I don’t think there is anything that sets me apart from others, I think I am just like all the other creative people in the world and love to make things. I am happiest when I am creating. Cooking up face serum brings me joy, and I think joy is essential to living. I was at Trader Joe’s the other day and I met a beautiful women name Lila Grace, she had just turned 100 years old! I asked her for a piece of advice and she said “Do what feels natural.” Creating feels natural to me, so I always do that, in any form.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Wow, a week long trip, I’m already ready for this person to go home. But since it’s my best friend I’ll give it my all. First we’d wake up and I’d make them a really good cup of coffee at my house. We’d go to Jewel’s Bakery in Phoenix, because this person is probably gluten free and Jewel’s has the best food ever. I’d find out where Tessa Karrys was playing across the valley, and we’d hit up as many shows of hers as we could. She is my idol and I love everything she plays. We would also go to Crescent Ballroom and get drinks and watch a show, whoever was in town. We’d hike near Superstition Mountains, and kayak Canyon Lake. We’d soak up the endless amount of Arizona sun, because in my mind this person is from somewhere gray and rainy and they have no idea what it’s like to be able to see the sun every. single. day. We’d go to endless thrift stories because, why not. We’d go to Trader Joe’s in Mesa, because even though there are Trader Joe’s all over the nation, that one has the most incredible people. I’d introduce them to the beautiful and talented team of females at Juniper Print Shop, because those women raised me. I’d also take them to Costco on a Saturday morning in December, and tell them we were going to grocery shop, just to see the look on their face. Then we’d leave. We’d eat at República Empanada in Mesa, Welcome Diner in Phoenix, and we’d get aura photos taken at Phoenix Rising Now. Then I’d tell them I was tired and it was time for them to head home.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
One time when I was in my early 20s I wrote a letter of forgiveness to someone who had really hurt me. I had spent years thinking about all the ways this person had held me back. I thought I’d be happier if they had never hurt me, I’d be stronger, and smarter, and further along in life. Then one day it dawned on me, this person’s action weren’t the biggest moment of my life. Maybe it was the biggest moment in their life, but not mine. And I was determined to never let it be the most impactful part of my story. I suddenly felt so much forgiveness and sympathy for this person. I would never want to be in their shoes. I would never want hurting someone so deeply to be my story. I felt love for them, and a release of not having to hold the other end of that rope any longer. And when my mom read the letter, she said “Julia, you are my hero.” It was the highest compliment she had ever given me. That moment has never left me. I thought, just by pushing myself to do the thing that scared me the most, I had inspired my own mother to feel something beautiful as well. My mom passed away earlier this year, and one of the last things she said to me was, “You have to be strong Julia. You have to find the beauty in your life. Find the beauty in your life that makes you strong.” I think about those words all the time. And the beauty in my life is the people. My people deserve all the credit for everything I accomplish. I am one of those incredibly lucky humans who is surrounded by amazing souls wherever I go. My little sister was the first person to start using my skin care, and since she has idolized me since we were born, she started to call it “liquid gold.” If it wasn’t for her, and my husband Tiger, and the rest of my (draw-dropping, gorgeous, generous, kind, phenomenal) friends and family I would never do anything. But every time I make a serum, or paint a painting, or write a poem, they think it’s the greatest damn thing they’ve ever seen. Even though it’s not, trust me. But we all need those people in our corner. The kind that think we are the greatest thing since sliced bread. We need to be that for each other, because when we are, we allow others to be the best version of themselves. And the whole world would be so much better, if we were all in each other’s corners.
film photography by Tiffany Haynes Photography and Julia Rose