The new website, www.JulieAnneRhodes.com is almost ready! Just a few more weeks to go, and we should be ready to launch. I’m bursting with excitement and can’t wait for you to see and be a part of it!

Dad giving me a head start in life
My father gave me a head start above the rest in life, but he hasn’t always been too sure about all the blood sweat and tears I’ve invested in this project. I think a little birdie (called Tatjana), requested my parents be more supportive of her mother, so my father made a point of sitting down with me to hear more about my vision in detail during a recent visit.

Last week I received this card from him – my mother told me he chose it himself, which brought even more tears to my eyes. I called him to thank him, and he said “I just want you to know how proud of you I am, daughter.” Don’t we all long to hear those exact words? I never thought I would. It took me so long to figure out what I wanted to be when I finally grew up.
The card that meant the world to me

This card could just as easily have been chosen for my own daughter, who dazzles and inspires me with her creativity and wisdom beyond her years. Contrary to popular belief, she has not lived a magically charmed life – she has had to overcome many tough obstacles to become one of the greatest people I know today, let alone one I am exceedingly proud of.
The absolutely true story of one amazing girl… you!

“Once there was a girl. She was unique and talented, interesting and amazing, unforgettable… and real. And she knew deep down, that if she tried something and it didn’t go as she had hoped or wanted or dreamed or planned, she could just try something different – or try the exact same thing again but approach it in a new or different way – and one day her greatest hopes and dreams could actually come true.

And so her life was full of all these amazing and unforgettable moments, events, circumstances: incredible wins, of course, but equally important – and worth it – losses.
Because, no matter what happened, she learned from everything around her and everything she went through. Yes, she fell sometimes (like everybody else), but she got up and moved forward by always being true to herself.
She hoped that maybe one day she could even make a path for others to follow… until they could make their own paths too.
You see, it’s not that she was never frightened or sad or even knew when she woke up each day what to do (no one does). It was simply that she believed in herself and always shined on – like a star. Just like you.” – Ashley Rice
Family support: Tatjana, Dad, Jewels, and Mom

Thank you so much for believing in me Tatjana, Mom and Dad – it means the world to me.
I’d like to share my greatest hopes and dreams with you too, so please sign up here to take this journey with me! I’d also love to hear how you fortify belief in yourselves? What victories and defeats have made you the star you are today?
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  • March 28, 2011
    9:12 pm

    Good luck with the new page and everything that come in the future!XXMariFer Cruz Ortega

  • March 28, 2011
    9:13 pm

    Thanks so much doll!

  • March 28, 2011
    9:13 pm

    I cannot wait for the new web site! Much love to you!Aesea Neassa

  • March 28, 2011
    9:20 pm

    Beautiful …

  • March 28, 2011
    11:30 pm

    I love seeing the pics of you and your family and you and Taj…. what a beautiful thing! And worth every struggle.. You are gorgeous!Kiss Kiss love love,Jules (the other Jules)

  • March 29, 2011
    12:26 am

    Lots of luck from here! :DIsabel Ortiz Bernad

  • March 29, 2011
    12:26 am

    That's really sweet. Kind of choked me up.Regina Goduto-Hershberger

  • March 29, 2011
    12:52 am

    Hey. Your mom and dad look great. She was a very nice lady to us crazy kids. She looks just like she did back then. Remember the night we discovered the bathroom upstairs? Pretty fun.Jeff McDermott

  • March 29, 2011
    12:54 am

    Hey! Mom and Dad read this – your going to get me grounded! Or does statute of limitations apply at this age?

  • March 29, 2011
    2:48 am

    I believe in you too! I know that you will make the new site a go to place for all of us. Just promise to stay the same wonderful you. That's the person we believe in and love. [[[hugs]]]

  • March 29, 2011
    10:32 am

    THere is nothing more precious than family and loved ones. What a beautiful stunning family you have.Wishing you the very best on the new site…….I cannot wait!Remember to stay true to yourself and think positive……and all good things will follow. Aussie Mum

  • March 29, 2011
    11:56 am

    Hello JewelsI don't believe I ever thought Taj had a charmed life. Having famous parents has to come with obstacles, and that just scratches the surface.Funny how people think other people have charmed lives. Once you scratch the surface we are all the same. We all have pain. We all want to be loved. We all have hard lessons to learn. Sharing our stories cuts the pain in half and doubles the joy.Thank you for sharing your story and inviting others to do the same.PeaceMelinda

  • March 29, 2011
    2:06 pm

    Hello Julie Anne!I´ve been a DD fan for 30 years and I remember vividly the photos of your Savoy wedding.You haven´t changed one bit.And Tatjana looks cute.It was a surprise to see that you chose cooking as a profession,but I´m happy to see that you´ve done so well with it.Lots of love from Finland xx

  • March 29, 2011
    2:16 pm

    I needed to read this today…even if it is only from me that i can receive those inspirational and much needed beliefs. Thank you for sharing.I am really looking forward to your new website!If you get the chance check out my updates on my site www.laurasavidgephotography.com. I have recently added Polaroids II and a new link at the top of the links page. HUGS and GRATITUDE!

  • March 29, 2011
    2:22 pm

    Funny how us grown women still need our parents to say 'i'm proud of you', but we do. I felt so validated when my own mother gave me a card like that about my blog. It's a lot of work to do this and it's important to have your loved ones behind you, in support. Wonderful!Cupcakexo

  • March 29, 2011
    4:37 pm

    Excellent as always. Made your Jasmine burgers for two picky eaters (age 3 and 5) and their pickier daddy (Brits have bland tastes!) and they LOVED them! I can't thank you enough for an easy to make, healthy and tasty meal idea! Love it.

  • March 29, 2011
    5:12 pm

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this post! You've worked so hard, deserve every success, and I am absolutely honored to witness it all.I'm paying close attention for the new site's launch date because I want the coveted title:**FIRST Member**Probably shouldn't post that, huh?

  • March 29, 2011
    7:27 pm

    Hi Jewels – I am really looking formward to your new website! Even though I am not one of your parents, I agree that you are amazing. Your blog has been such a great inspiration to me ever since Sam told us to start reading…;-) Through you I started reading books, watching movies and the likes I would've never known without you! So, thank you so much!What made me the star I am? Am I a star? You know, last week I had the pleasure of meeting a certain blonde Canadian friend of yours who said so many lovely things about me while she introduced me to other people I could barely believe my ears. That leeds me to the conclusion that we not only need our parents to back us up but also friends and even people who barely know us but who seem to feel how we are. And all these people help us to fortify who we are!To me, YOU are amazing! xo Rica

  • March 30, 2011
    7:55 am

    Fantastic! Congratulations and I look forward to more movies with Tatjana's work! So good to see the child of celebs turn out so well, grounded and talented in their own right. Great job mom and dad!Rachel Cree-Lowe

  • March 30, 2011
    7:56 am

    The satisfaction of our life of mothers!Giuliana Iannotta

  • March 30, 2011
    7:57 am

    you are both blessed and are lucky ladies xJaxx Hedley

  • March 30, 2011
    7:58 am

    Congratulation to Tatjiana ♥Monica Thedayafter

  • March 30, 2011
    7:58 am

    What a wonderful pic!!!Tatjana is sooo beautiful!!!!! ♥Alessia Save A Prayer

  • March 30, 2011
    5:31 pm

    oh JulieAnn how lovely your dad is sadly I will never here those words from mine but they are just as wonderful from my mum xxPhoenix Lebon-Taylor

  • March 30, 2011
    6:49 pm

    Always good to spend time with the family!MariFer Cruz Ortega

  • March 30, 2011
    6:50 pm

    Lucky you!Giuliana Iannotta

  • July 17, 2011
    9:06 pm

    Julie? i remember my graduation day and i was proud of myself when i got my masters degree!