My Blogalicious Birthday: REM Runner turns 3!

Happy blog birthday to me!! My blog turns 3 years old today.

I had no grand expectations when I started blogging.

Overwhelmed by misconceptions about narcolepsy in movies and media, blogging provided me my own platform, my “happy bubble” to speak my truth. 

I never imagined that by sharing my experience, others would feel less alone. In turn, folks have shared positive feedback and their own inspirational stories. This support has meant the world to me.

This past year, you’ve helped me through the darkest days after my father’s passing, to later cheer me on running Mt Washington in his honor. You’ve encouraged me along the journey of writing a book, which thankfully, is weeks away from being available! 

If I could impart any knowledge, as a mature 3-year-old blogger, it’s this: If you don’t like what someone else says, run. Don’t look back, don’t bother trying to change that one person’s opinion. Instead, go find your own platform, where you can speak your truth loud and clear, on your own terms. Because it’s not about changing one person’s opinion, it’s about changing lots of people’s opinions. And I find that when I speak from a place of confidence and heart, my words carry farther than when I am feeling defensive. 

This strategy has helped me maintain sanity in the face of so much misinformation about narcolepsy online.

With my narcolepsy memoir releasing in December, stay tuned for lots of excitement to come.  

In closing, thank you for being my REM Readers. Thank you for commenting and sharing. Thank you for being my blogosphere family! 

Forever grateful and smiling,
Julie a.k.a. the REM Runner/Writer

Interested in starting a blog? REM Runner’s Guide to Reaching Blogosphere Nirvana


  1. Gordon on November 11, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Happy Birthday Julie great work I read all your Blogs and pass them on.
    Have a great 4th. year
    Poppa Gow

    • julie on November 11, 2012 at 10:11 pm

      Thanks so much, Gordon.

  2. Arnold on November 11, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    WOW. …..3 years young and forever moving ahead.
    Julie, Happy is your Blog Birthday for us all; a result of your hard work over a heart felt mission to “run” ahead, with courage, strength and the power of knowledge enabling you and other PWN runners to leap over and pass the competitive Narcolepsy hurdlers in the chase.
    Thank you for that.

    • julie on November 11, 2012 at 10:13 pm

      Thank you so much, Arnold. It’s a joy to raise awareness about narcolepsy. Cheers, Julie

  3. Alex Withrow on November 13, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    “If you don’t like what someone else says, run. Don’t look back, don’t bother trying to change that one person’s opinion.”

    YES. This is an excellent life lesson right here – couldn’t agree more.

    Three years long, three years strong. I’m so proud of you.

    • julie on November 13, 2012 at 3:22 pm

      Thank you so much, Alex. I’m just a baby-blogger compared to your amazing five years in the blogosphere. Your support means the world to me.

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