About Julie Reby Waas
- Being a parent is the best and most important role of your life
- You are never to old to reinvent yourself
- It’s never too late to change direction in order to follow your dreams
- The Empty Nest provides an opportunity to become the best version of yourself so ‘the second half’ can be fit, fun, transformational and joyful
To be honest, the only important thing I’ve ever done in my life is being a mother.
My 3 sons have taught me so much about perseverance, overcoming obstacles and following your dreams.
My oldest son, Jonathan, is autistic. His first 20 years were extremely challenging, testing every ounce of my heart and mind. But watching him overcome obstacles, make incremental but monumental improvements and grow into a wonderful adult has truly been inspirational. Although he will never be able to live alone or hold a job, he has achieved so much in his 30+ years. We are blessed that he attends a lifelong learning program where he can live and achieve the most independence.
My middle son, Michael, truly has followed his dreams formed when he was a toddler. From a very early age, he started digging up rocks and was fascinated with paleontology and archaeology. Although he is an incredibly talented musician, he pursued his lifelong passion and now is a historical archaeologist. A true entrepreneur, he also is pursuing other business endeavors, developing his photography hobby, all while living on the other side of the world. He took to heart my advice to him to follow his dreams, and now he inspires me to do the same.
My youngest son, Benjamin, is an incredibly talented musician, but after graduating with a music degree he decided that he didn’t want to pursue a career in music. Undeterred by pressures to choose a “traditional” career path (law?), he also followed his passion and his natural skill with computers and now is an IT professional. Again, he has inspired me with his tenacity and insistence on following his own path.
MY EMPTY NESTER EXPERIENCE
When I was a teenager, I witnessed my mother suffer terribly when my older sister left the ‘nest.’ In fact, she went to bed for 6 weeks and suffered terribly from depression. After witnessing my mother’s experience with “Empty Nest Syndrome,” I decided then that I would not let that happen to me when I became an empty nester. When that day arrived, decades later, the empty nest hit me hard. But I remembered the vow I made to myself when I was 15. I looked in the mirror and decided it was time to make some changes.
I discovered my passion for health, fitness and fashion when I became an empty nester. Not only did I transform physically; my mental transformation was profound. In reclaiming my life, I found joy, purpose and vitality. I developed my Fit & Fabulous coaching program in order to help empty nesters (and those getting ready to enter the empty nest) rock the second half of their lives by making it fit, fun, transformational and joyful.
SOME “FUN FACTS” ABOUT ME
- I’m left-handed
- My favorite color is yellow
- My closet is filled with crazy colored shoes
- I’ve run 2 Half Marathons, several 10k’s and am passionate about fitness
- I love to cook and bake
- I’m afraid of heights
- I’m terrified of large cockroaches (we call them Palmetto Bugs in Miami!)
- I’ve seen ghosts (for real!)
- I’m obsessive about making my bed every day (just ask my husband!)