Julia Bateman joined the Calmer Choice team in September of 2019 as our Administrative Assistant for Development. Her role will be helping with development, volunteers and marketing. Board Member; Sabrina Kane, interviewed Julia so that friends of Calmer Choice can learn more about her.
To start, can you tell us a little bit about yourself, such as where you grew up; what brought you to Cape Cod; and how you learned about Calmer Choice?
I grew up in a small town called Millis up in the Southeastern part of Massachusetts and went to college in Providence. I spent my twenties and thirties living and working in Boston doing marketing, fundraising, and event planning. In my late thirties, I was feeling disconnected and wasn’t treating myself right and I knew something had to change. Out of desperation, I quit my “important” job that was my identity for so long. I moved to the Cape for “a little bit” to live close to my mother, regroup and figure out what I wanted to do next. Five years later, I still live on the Cape and for income I shellfish for oysters and now I work at Calmer Choice. It’s a whole different lifestyle. I’m taking care of myself now and I’m content.
Up in Boston, in my search for a more balanced lifestyle, I had been attending programs at the Insight Meditation Center. When I moved to the Cape, I had kept my eyes open for similar organizations that supported mindfulness. I met my friend, David Troutman, who was on the board of Calmer Choice. That’s when I had first heard of the organization. As soon as I saw the part-time position listed, I thought it was perfect for me given my interests and schedule.
What is your role on the Calmer Choice team?
I just started in mid-September and I am the Development Administrator helping with fundraising and volunteers. I have a few years of fundraising experience with a focus on events from my time at Mass General Hospital as well as my own company working with small non-profits, so I am excited to bring my skills to the position here at Calmer Choice.
What is something that might surprise people about Calmer Choice?
Employees do take time to take mindful moments during busy workdays.
What has inspired you lately?
I’m very inspired by Greta Thunberg and the children of the world who are vocal about our changing climate. It’s awesome that people so young are campaigning for change. Locally, I am inspired by the organized called Take Care Cape Cod that challenges residents to do their part by cleaning up. I’ve started to pick up trash when I take my dog for walks. You’d be amazed by the amount of debris I’ve collected. I figure every little bit helps and it makes me feel good.
What is the best advice you have ever received?
The best advice I’ve ever received is to PAUSE. You don’t have to jump and react to everything and everyone that rubs you the wrong way. If you pause and take some time to think about why it’s bothering you in such a way, you’ll find that it’s not such a big deal or that you might have a greater role in the matter. Its easier said than done but I’ve been trying to practice.
Who was an important role model for you, and why?
My mother is an important role model for me. She has shown me what a woman of grace and dignity is. She taught elementary public school for over forty years and always made time for me after long days of teaching. Our family and friends would always come to her for care and advice because she was patient and had a good head on her shoulders. I admire her for lovingness of all types of people and her ability to forgive. She also has an awesome sense of adventure and great sense of humor. She has taught me to keep going even when you feel down and out.
What advice would you give your younger self?
I would remind my younger self that it doesn’t matter what others are doing, it matters what you are doing. I spent a lot of time being self-conscious and it was such wasted time.