About Me

Although I’ve been writing professionally for more than 20 years, this is my first blog. Although that may be shocking for a writer in this day and age of social media, I never had a strong desire to become a blogger.

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Then I was inspired by a recent report published in Psychological Science, an AARP study, and research by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC), which all point to the same conclusion. In general, middle aged baby boomers are miserable while apparently senior citizens and the younger generation are having a ball in comparison.

That’s right. Despite stereotypes of cranky old people and whiny young adults, it turns out the oldest Americans (age 65 and up) are the happiest, followed by young adults (ages 18 to 29), followed by those ages 33 to 44.

On the other hand, ages 45 to 64 consistently report the lowest levels of happiness with startlingly high rates of depression. A 2012 AARP study confirmed there is a U-shaped happiness curve with the early 50s as the lowest point of well-being.

Being a baby boomer myself ( age 55), I know from personal experience that hitting the mid-century mark can be a bit disenchanting. AARP notices suddenly appeared in the mail, the doctor began threatening a colonoscopy, menopause resulted in insomnia and panic attacks, my shoulder froze up requiring surgery, a dental implant was necessary, and my parents’ health began to rapidly decline.

Despite these challenges, I didn’t consider myself unhappy or miserable and was surprised that my age group is statistically the unhappiest. I was curious why this was the case. After all, old people have plenty of problems too, so why are they happier than our generation? I wanted to know how we could change those statistics.  How can we maintain inner peace and happiness through what can be a turbulent time in life? I knew other boomers would be interested in the answer as well.

In addition to becoming a blogger, I am currently at work on my fourth book. I’ve had two young adult novels published, Time To Cast Away and Just Call Me Goody-Two-Shoes, along with a non-fiction book I co-authored published by McGraw Hill. In addition, hundreds of my articles and short stories have been published in national and regional magazines and I won three journalism awards from the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association while working as a reporter. If you’d like more information about me and my career, you can visit my author’s website.

Me and my husband, Scott, on our sailboat, Jules of the Sea.

Me and my husband, Scott, on our sailboat, Jules of the Sea.

I live in southern California with my husband of 37 years, Scott, and have two grown sons and three grandchildren. Sailing and traveling are my other passions besides writing. Scott and I love adventures and have been fortunate to experience the view from the top of the Eiffel Tower, go white water rafting on a 5-plus rated river in New Zealand, ride a boat under a raging waterfall in Brazil, pet a koala in Australia, walk the Great Wall in China, and scuba dive in the Cayman Islands.

 

9 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Cricket Rohman

    Hi Julie,
    I received your info through LinkedIn. Your blog looks interesting and informative. I do not have a blog but I do have a website (above), a FB Page http://www.facebook.com/CricketRohmanAuthor, and twitter account @CricketRohman. I’d be happy to post about your blog now and then.

    My debut novel, Kindergarten Baby: a novel (a romance/mystery novel) launched in September, the sequel is scheduled to launch in March 2014. I can use all the help I can get as I take baby steps into the world of Social Media.

    Thank you, Cricket

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    1. juliegorges Post author

      Thanks for visiting, Cindy. I visited your blog as well and as I said in a comment I left, enjoyed your article on neurotic dog and can empathize. My husband brought home an abandoned puppy a few years ago. We named him Max and he is pretty good most of the time, but turns into a spaz when people come to visit. He just gets SO excited, but we’re working on trying to get him not to jump on our guests. It’s a work in progress!

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  2. Juneta

    Hi Julie,

    Like the blog. I just turned 50 end of 2013, so does that make me a baby Boomer? I enjoyed reading some of your articles. Thanks for the like on FB. Happy Writing Juneta

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    1. juliegorges Post author

      Yes, you are the youngest of the Baby Boomers, Juneta. US News had an article on this at http://money.usnews.com/money/retirement/articles/2014/06/16/the-youngest-baby-boomers-turn-50. Or another interesting article is at http://www.argusleader.com/story/life/2014/02/23/youngest-baby-boomers-who-turn-50-this-year-may-fit-a-separate-generation/5651957/ about some of the differences between the oldest of the boomer generation and the youngest. Glad you enjoyed the articles and hope you’ll visit again!

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  3. vivien

    Me again Julie – Keep writing. You can write. Social media – it takes far more time than I am willing to give it. I’d rather write. What used to be writing events where everyone met, talked shop, made connections and found publishing solutions is now done in part through social media. I find that the hardest part of writing now.

    The happiest city? Did you know that in Bhutan, people’s happiness is measured along with blood pressure and if there is a difficulty, the people are helped so they are happier. Interesting country but a bit expensive for me to visit.

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    1. juliegorges Post author

      I understand your feelings. I fought the whole idea of building a social “platform” for years, but have finally given up and joined the bandwagon. You have to if you want to be taken seriously by publishers these days. Thanks for the interesting fact about Bhutan. Evidently, they appreciate the importance of happiness including the connection to good health.

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