Running an Errand… The Old Fashioned Way

“Slow down and everything you are chasing with come around and catch you.” -John De Paola

The old “me” would have just hopped in my car. Starved for time and with way too much on my plate, I would have chosen the quickest, easiest option. The mission was pretty simple, I just needed to drop something off at a store that’s pretty much right around the corner from home. Total drive time about five minutes there and back… maybe three, if I caught the light.

However, Continue reading

Monday Morning Quarterbacking: Motivational Advice

It would have been easy to stay in bed Monday morning. The bed was warm. Peeking out the window, a fresh coating of snow covered the grass (our first “real” winter snow this season with over an inch!) and the damp, grey skies were anything but welcoming.

SouthWest Airlines CEO Howard PutnamYes… I thought about it. But Continue reading

A Personal Update: One Month Later

I met one of my best friends for lunch yesterday. It’s hard to believe, but we’ve both been so busy that this was our first chance to see one another since my last day at Channel 2. I had to laugh when she saw me. As only your best friends can do, she carefully looked me over from head to toe with a loving but skeptical eye as I walked in to the restaurant and said, Continue reading

An Addams Family Forecast

It’s been months since we’ve had a really good soaking rain in Tulsa. Sure, this January’s sunshine and mild weather is welcome by many especially when you compare it to last year’s record winter, but I think we all agree that a little rain is a good thing. I was glad to see the rain last night and this morning. My backyard pansies sure seem happy, too.

My Pansies!

We’ve had several storm systems blow through over the past several weeks, but we just haven’t been able to squeeze out enough moisture to get a really good rain in Tulsa. Perhaps what we really needed Continue reading

Welcome to The Sunshine Stand

Welcome to the Sunshine Stand! 

I have a soft spot for the weather and all four seasons. Even though we are in the heart of winter, lately, it is spring and “springing up” of lemonade stands that I find myself thinking of the most. I love walking the neighborhood and stumbling upon small salespeople licking their lips (and their sticky fingers) while manning their lemonade stands. They have such sunny dispositions, and the hopefulness that they’ll make a few bucks is sweeter than the lemonade they peddle. I always stop for a small Dixie cup of the watered down stuff and leave an extra big tip.

“TheSunshineStand.com” is inspired and dedicated to all of those “small business owners”. They say, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade,” right? Here you’ll find my observations on life, happiness and the sunshine that can be found even on the darkest day.

I know a thing or two about weather as well. I’ve spent the past decade tracking some of the most violent and volatile weather in the world, as a Weekday Morning and Midday TV Meteorologist in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I recently left that dream job in search of other dreams. The girl can take herself out of weather, but you can’t take the passion for the weather out of this girl. So, I’ll still be tracking storms for my friends and family, and sharing some safety tips with you. Mixed in you’ll also find stories filled sunshine…and I hope you’ll share your own too:)

So, welcome to my virtual “Sunshine Stand”. ( You have the mental visual, right?) You can get the lemonade from the neighbors’ kids… you’ll always find sunshine right here:)

Shine On!!!
Julie