My name is Julie and I'm The Storyologist.
What's a Storyologist, anyway?
You won't find the term "storyologist" in a dictionary. The term "-ologist" means "a branch of learning" or "a branch of knowledge" or "an expert" (thank you, Merriam-Webster), so to me, being a Storyologist simply means I'm a scholar of stories. I read stories, I listen to stories, I help others tell their stories, I find the hidden narratives, and I help people tell their stories. To me, stories are everything.
Why are stories important?
I believe that stories…
- connect us to one another
- delight us
- deepen relationships and bridge misunderstanding
- weigh us down
- are the road maps to our lives
- make us unique
- need to be shared!
Ever since I can remember, I’ve been shaped by the stories in my life. Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein instilled in me a sense of silliness and whimsy. Harriet The Spy and The Boxcar Children encouraged me to have adventures and take risks. Anne of Green Gables inspired me to notice the little things in life. Miss Rumphius challenged me to make the world more beautiful.
Somewhere along the way, I got the (wrong) message that my stories weren't interesting enough to be shared, that I was stuck in the story that was pre-written for me, and that I couldn't do anything to change any of that. Stories can be damaging if we let ourselves believe stories about ourselves that aren't true. I've done a lot of work around my internal stories, thinking about those voices that tell me I can't do something and then how I can rewrite that particular story and change my personal narrative.
As a result, my life today is rooted in the belief that I own my story, I have the power to change it if it's not working, and that every story deserves to be shared.
So I continue to grow, to explore, to fail, to pick myself back up again, and to above all, stay true to the story I really want to be living (that often changes!).
I believe stories have the ability to truly change the world. Stories are meant to be shared, yet so much can hold us back. So I'm here to help you tell your story, whatever it may be. It is powerful, and the world is waiting to hear it.