Inspirational Quotes

Jumping Into a New Chapter of My Journey

by julie on February 20, 2018

Hi friends! I’m so beyond excited to share that as of February 12, 2018, I made a huge career change and took on a new role as President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Project Sleep! Read the full announcement here. Wait, what’s the difference?   Some people have said they thought I was already serving in this […]


We all have a story to tell. Let’s get busy telling yours! I’m so excited to share the news that Project Sleep is now accepting applications for the Rising Voices of Narcolepsy leadership training program. However, the application deadline is quickly approaching in 9 days on February 24th, 2017 at 5:00pm PST, so please view summer 2017 […]


Happy Rare Disease Day 2016!

by julie on February 29, 2016

Today, February 29 is Rare Disease Day! With 350 million people around the world living with a rare disease, HUG someone with a RARE DISEASE today. For Rare Disease Day 2016, I was SO honored to contribute to two great articles for Mashable’s Social Good program. Author, Katie Dupere eloquently describes: “For those living with rare […]


I’m thrilled to share my 5-minute Ignite! Talk from Stanford Medicine X 2015. Please share with friends and family to raise narcolepsy awareness ( In this video, I describe my journey with narcolepsy from people laughing in my face to living proudly and creating the NARCOLEPSY: NOT ALONE campaign. I emphasize how feeling “misunderstood and alone” with […]



by julie on June 12, 2015

As I crossed the start line of the San Diego Rock n Roll Marathon, runners started passing me. I laughed when a pack of Elvis(s) passed me. Typical. “Slow and steady. No one to beat. Nothing to prove,” I told myself. My shirt was drenched with sweat within 3 miles. Soon my hands raisined and […]


Please welcome GRACE to the NARCOLEPSY: NOT ALONE campaign, who took this photo at the Everest Base Camp in Nepal. In her inspiring blog post, she describes her journey as a woman with narcolepsy with cataplexy to reach the Everest Base Camp: “On paper you might think that a person with a diagnosis of Narcolepsy attempting to trek to […]


Five Key Phrases for Health Advocates

by julie on April 30, 2014

Living with a chronic or invisible illness like narcolepsy can be confusing and overwhelming. Here are the key phrases that have helped me survive and thrive in critical moments when I needed to advocate for myself and my health. I suggest adding these phrases to your vocabulary asap.  #5. “Is there someone else I can speak with?”I […]


“Your dream doesn’t have an expiration date.Take a deep breath and try again.”-KT Witten About a year ago, one of my best friends, Gail added this quote (IN ALL CAPS) to her email signature. I smiled cause I love inspirational quotes. But then something odd happened – over the past year, I watched Gail make […]


“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” -Dale Carnegie For years, my book was a long-shot in the dark. I worked toward this goal without knowing if/when I would “succeed”. I faced skepticism and unforeseen […]


“Let everything happen to you.Beauty and terror.Just keep going.No feeling is final.”-Rainer Maria Rilke  No feeling is final. Sleepiness, wakefulness, happiness, sadness. We are constantly shifting. This gives me solace to get through the hard times.  Inspirational Quote #4:    Inspirational Quote #5:   Inspirational Quote #6:    Inspirational Quote #7:    Inspirational Quote #8:  […]