Julia Martinez was born in The Basque Country, Spain in 1965. She went to Las Carmelitas School in Santurtzi, where she completed her elementary and secondary education, except her senior year. She decided to go to the United States as an exchange student for her senior year. She was living with an American family in California. After coming back from the US she started her undergraduate studies at Deusto University. By this time she had already lived in Santurtzi for seventeen years. It was 1983 when her family and she moved to Getxo.
At Deusto University she studied English LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE for five years. She was twenty three years old when she got her undergraduate degree. She spent about three months during three different summers in England. During two of those summers she was an exchange student, and another summer she was working as an au pair, living with an English family. She also spent about two months during two different summers in Dublin. She was an exchange student living with an Irish family for a month, and another summer she was living in a student residence.
In 1988 she was granted a scholarship to do her graduate studies at Indiana University, in the U.S..She completed a double master on English and Spanish Applied Linguistics in 1990. During that year and a half that she was studying over there she was also working as an Associate Professor giving Spanish classes at Indiana University.
After working on the double master, She decided to go back to Spain and work as an English teacher at an English school in Galdakao for a year. At the same time that she was working, she was studying in order to sit a competitive exam. She went to Madrid to take it, and got the job she wanted. She became a civil servant, and she started working as an English teacher at a high school in 1991. By the year 2004 she had already been teaching for thirteen years in four diferent high schools, giving lessons to secondary students.
In 2004 she decided to quit teaching and start painting as a self-made painter. She has got thirty six original oil paintings on canvas, and all of them share bright, lively, warm colors that invite you to smile and chill out. You see them all together and you see a real celebration of life, of what life should be, of happiness and love.
Apart from painting, she is very keen on music an photography. About music, it must be said that she was very much into it during some years in the past, specially when she was taking Classical and electric guitar lessons and writing her own songs. She has got four demos with songs sung, both in English and Spanish. She performed as a singer in some places in the year 2000 after recording all her original songs. She is a hard-working person and a very good listener. She is one of those really positive people that finds solutions to almost anything you can think of. She enjoys creative work, either in painting, photography, dancing, singing, writing or cooking. She also enjoys herself with those little things in life like going out for a stroll in the country, listening to all kinds of music, good company, a good book, helping people in need, taking a nap, or just watching a funny movie. At present she is working as a freelance writer AND A HUMAN RIGHTS AND ANIMALS ACTIVIST.
THEY PLAY AN OUTSTANDING ROLE IN OUR SOCIETY. WE PROVIDE THEM WITH THE FOOD AND SHELTER THEY NEED IN ORDER TO SURVIVE. WE BUY THEM ALL THE NECESSARY PRODUCTS FOR THEIR SAFETY AND FOR SANITARY REASONS. WE ALSO PROVIDE THEM WITH THE EMOTIONAL CARE THEY LONG FOR. THIS IS A REAL SUPPLEMENT FOR THEIR HEALTH.
IN SPITE OF ALL THE MONEY, THE EFFORT, AND ALL THE TIME WE SPEND DOING SO, IT IS NOT SO MUCH IF WE COMPARE IT WITH THE UNCONDITIONAL LOVE THEY GIVE US.
THEY ARE SMARTER THAN WHAT WE THINK THEY ARE. LET US NOT UNDERESTIMATE THEM. IF WE TAKE THE TIME TO OBSERVE THEM ATTENTIVELY WE WILL LEARN ABOUT THEM. OBSERVATION TIME VARIES DEPENDING ON THE ANIMAL. WE WILL FIND OUT THEIR FEELINGS AND EMOTIONS ARE TO BE RESPECTED. IF SOMEONE FAILS TO DO SO THE ANIMAL WILL FIND OUT THAT THE PERSON IS NOT TRUSTWORTHY. WHENEVER THAT HAPPENS IT IS VERY DIFFICULT FOR THE ANIMAL TO TRUST THAT PERSON AGAIN. TRUTH IS THEIR LANGUAGE AND IT IS THIS SAME LANGUAGE THAT WE SHOULD BE USING WITH THEM EVERY SINGLE MOMENT. ONE MORAL LESSON MOST PEOPLE LEARN FROM THEM IS GENEROSITY. THEY ARE ALWAYS RIGHT THERE, NEXT TO US, READY FOR US, GIVING US WHAT THEY KNOW BEST: SHARING GLORIOUS MOMENTS.
ANOTHER GREAT WAY TO GET TO KNOW THEM BETTER AND LEARN FROM THEM IS WATCHING THE TV PROGRAMS MADE BY FELIX RODRIGUEZ DE LA FUENTE. I USED TO WATCH ALL OF THEM WHENEVER THEY WERE ON WHEN I WAS A LITTLE GIRL. THE PICTURES TOGETHER WITH THE STORY TELLING ABOUT ALL KINDS OF DIFFERENT ANIMALS WERE JUST FANTASTIC. THEY NOT ONLY MADE A GOOD IMPRESSION ON ME BUT THEY IMPACTED ME SOMEHOW.
2009 WAS THE FIRST YEAR THAT I DECIDED TO HAVE A PET AT HOME. I ADOPTED A TWO-MONTH OLD KITTEN WHOSE MOTHER LEFT IT ON MY WINDOWSILL. THE MOTHER HAD A LARGE LITTER AND WANTED US TO HELP HER WITH THIS KITTEN, AND SO WE DID. THE MOTHER WOULD PAY US A VISIT EVERY DAY TO MAKE SURE HIS KITTEN WAS ALL RIGHT AND TO THANK US HER SPECIAL, LOVELY WAY. THESE MEMORABLE MOMENTS REALLY PAY OFF!
THEY ARE OUR COMPANIONS AND HELP US IN MANY WAYS. WE ONLY HAVE TO START PAYING ATTENTION TO THEM TO FIND IT OUT. LET US ALL RESPECT OUR PETS, OTHER PEOPLE´S PETS AND ANIMALS IN GENERAL TERMS.
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