Who I Am

“Never mind searching for who you are. Search for the person you aspire to be.”

Robert Brault

Since at least 5th grade at Century Elementary School in Grand Chain, Illinois in the 1980s, I have known I wanted to be a writer. I guess a more accurate way to say it is that I knew I needed to be a writer. Writing has never just been something I enjoyed — it has been something I felt I had to do.

Over the years, I took countless steps toward publishing, but always stopped just short of actually following through. There were many reasons for that, all of which were just lame excuses. There are two callings on my life — one is to write, the other is to help people. So I have concluded that it’s time to share my words with the world. Perhaps there has never been a more urgent time since humans everywhere are struggling.

And so, I have launched this website, entitled “Navigating Life.” From this platform, I will create articles and blog posts that will be aimed at helping you deal with life’s challenges. They will post here as well as on my Facebook page (“Perspective”), Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

I have also authored a book entitled “What Now?! What to Do When Life Has Beaten You Down,” and I am currently pursuing publications options. You’ll be hearing much more about this as I work toward its official printing.

My credentials? I have a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in the state of Illinois. I am the clinical manager at a mental health agency and have worked with many individuals with emotional, behavioral, and mental health concerns as well as addictions. But above all of this, my heart is in my work. It is who I am.

The struggle is real. My hope is that something I write will help ease your stress or help you to develop a healthier perspective. I want to help you heal from the pain of your past, cope with the challenges of the present, and work toward the best future possible. I am working toward being the person I aspire to be and I want to help you do the same.

If you find something helpful on this site, please share it with others.

Published by Julie Bailey, LCPC

I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state of Illinois. I hold a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, I'm an author and a clinical manager and my life goal is to help you live your best life possible. I get excited about the daffodils in the spring and the colorful leaves in the fall (I mean like ridiculously excited). I enjoy genealogy, old cemeteries, loud music, and trivia, and I refuse to ever outgrow Harry Potter. I am an empath, which means that I literally feel the pain of others, and from time to time, this requires a visit to a quiet beach so that the wind and waves can soothe my soul.

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