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Some Children See Him: Live Christmas Performance

“Some Children See Him” is one of my all-time favorite Christmas carols! I captured this recording of my performance tonight on my iPhone at my Dad’s musical Christmas party. My Dad, Lex de Azevedo, is accompanying me on his beautiful Steinway piano – the same piano that I grew up playing my entire life. The older I get, the more I appreciate what a treat it is to be accompanied by a world-class musician (even if he does forget a chord or two).

Merry Christmas!

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Featured iUser in iPhone Life Magazine

Featured iUser: Julie de Azevedo Hanks

My iPhone home screen is a fairly accurate overview of my life! A few months ago I responded to a request looking for a health and wellness professional who is a “heavy iPhone user”. I run my therapy practice via my iPhone. I record song demos, attend online courses, and respond to emails, read articles and books, and do most of my social media posting on my iPhone.

Turns outthe interview was for iPhone Life Magazine and I was selected as a “Featured iUser” for the Jan./Feb. 2013 (pg 80).

I guess it’s official. I’m a tech geek.

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4 Tips For Thinking Like A Student Again: PsychCentral Interview

Are you or your kids having a hard time shifting into study mode as summer draws to a close? I chatted with PsychCentral writer Margarita Tartakovsky, MS offering some advice for students on how to make the transition from summer fun to hitting the books. I offer 4 suggestions for students and share what I’m doing to shift back into student mode. I just completed my first week as a PhD student!

Here’s what I share with Margarita about my own transition…

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Hello Summer!

Had a few minutes to put my feet up in the backyard in 80* weather. Makes me happy…until sick kid starts whining.

What A Great Way To Start 2012!

On Dec. 31, 2011, a day I was really struggling emotionally (yes, therapists struggle, too), I received a message on Facebook. This thoughtful expression of gratitude lifted my heavy heart and reassured me that my efforts are in some small way making a difference for good in the world. That’s all I can hope for. Welcome 2012.

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“Dear Julie,  I can’t end this year without sharing my story and thanking you for the role that you played in it. As a child I survived horrible traumas that I suppressed until adulthood. The beginning of this year I knew that I needed help and prayed for guidance on how to get the help that I needed. You have always been one of my favorite LDS artists and in May you posted a song on your Facebook page. I can’t remember who sang it or the name of the song, but it mentioned that sometimes crying can be so healing. That night for the first time since the trauma, I allowed myself to cry and mourn what had happened to me. It felt so healing. It gave me the courage to seek help from Wasatch Family Therapy and I began therapy with Melanie Davis. She is exactly what I needed and is amazing. I am so excited to say that I am doing so well right now and I feel like I have my life back. I can’t even begin to thank you for the difference you have made in my life. I am a survivor and know that I can accomplish anything. I hope that you have a wonderful 2012…I know that I will.”

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The song she’s referring to is “Blessings” by Laura Story -  a song I wish I’d written.

10 Resolutions I’ll Actually Keep

10 Resolutions I’ll Actually Keep

1- Gain a few pounds
2- Exercise sporadically
3- Pile up more papers around the house
4- Leave Christmas decor up until Feb
5- Start taxes on April 14
6- Watch too much reality TV
7- Write in my journal…once
8- Eat chocolate daily
9- Buy some shoes
10- Spend more time on Facebook, Twitter & Pinterest

Christmas Wishes From Julie

As 2011 comes to a close I’m filled with gratitude for the many associations I’ve had with you over this year. Whether it’s professionally, personally, or virtually, I am grateful for your friendship and support. 2011 has been an amazing year filled with new opportunities to help make the world a better place in some small way and I couldn’t have done it without you.

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas an Happy New Year. Here’s to 2012!

Letter To Santa That Made Me Cry

Last Christmas Eve, my 8 year old son left this letter next to Santa’s milk and cookies. It was one of those priceless moments in my life…

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“Thanks for brining presents but iff you think I don’t need it than give it to people who doesn’t get presents.”

Merry Christmas.

Moms, How do you answer the question, “Is there really a Santa Clause?”

How do you answer the question, “Is Santa Clause real?”

How far have you gone to keep your kids believing in Santa?

How old were you when you find out the truth about Santa? Who told you?

Please post questions, comments, and funny stories below. I may use them in an upcoming Studio 5 TV segment.

3 Generations of Azevedos Performed in Church Today

What a treat to sing with my 17 year old daughter in church today, accompanied by my dad Lex de Azevedo. We did a medley of “My Heavenly Father Loves Me” & “I Feel My Savior’s Love”. My hubby was able to record it on his iPhone and the recording actually sounds half decent so I wanted to share it with you. Happy Sunday!

Thanks to all of my Facebook friends for song suggestions.

Listen To Performance

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17 yr old daughter after her vocal recital
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Dad & me at his President's Day concert