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Life Lessons: Julie Bombacino


Life Lessons:
Julie Bombacino

*Are you happy at the moment?

Of course! Stressed and busier than ever, but happy!

*If you could go back and say anything to your 16-year-old self now – what would it be?

It gets better! So much better! There is a whole, big wide world out there that will eventually make what’s going on in this moment – high school parties, dances, boy drama, parental rules, etc. seem so small and insignificant. You’re going to live a very full life, meet the man of your dreams, be a mom to two great kids. RELAX.

*What’s the most important thing you’ve learned this year?

Perspective. As I near the big 4-0, some things that once would have ruined me for days, or put me in a bad mood, or made me question which end is up, seem so trivial. I have my health, my family, a great career, amazing friends, a fantastic partner, and two healthy, happy kids. Life is full of challenges but also very, very good.

*What do you most want to achieve in the next 12 months?

Professional growth with Real Food Blends and beating all the goals we set for ourselves to let every person on a feeding tube know they can still have real food. Personally, I’m trying for inner peace. 🙂

*What’s your secret to happiness?

Again, perspective. My son has had a myriad of health issues over his short life, and just the fact that he’s here, healthy and happy, that’s what matters. If my family is good, I’m good.

*What one ritual or practice keeps you grounded?

Daily exercise –almost always a barre class with friends. I get to work my body, focus my mind and talk with friends for one hour a day. It’s my happy place.

*What’s your biggest regret?

All the time I’ve spent worrying over the years. The What If’s and the lost sleep – I wish I always had the faith that things would work out the way they are supposed to.

*What’s the most important lesson you’ve taught your kid(s)?

My hope is that it’s overcoming adversity and playing the hand you are dealt to the best of your ability. There are so many things we can’t control as parents, but how we react to those things makes us the person we are.

*What bad habit would you most like to change about yourself?

See above about worrying. I logically know it’s a useless emotion but logic doesn’t always rule!

*Aside from motherhood and marriage what are you most proud of in your life?

The company I created – Real Food Blends. It would have been much easier to simply sit back and wait for someone else to do this, but I felt called to help other families like ours, and kids like my son AJ, who deserve to benefit from whole food nutrition. It has been life-changing in many ways.

*When were you happiest?

The birth of my kids. Followed closely by my wedding day.

*What ten words best describe you?

I don’t know how she does it. Tired. Blessed. Happy.


Julie Bombacino is the CEO and Founder of Real Food Blends, the world’s leading maker of 100% real food blended meals for tube-fed people of all ages. Originally inspired by she and her husband Tony’s young son AJ, who is tube-fed and the company’s “Chief Inspiration Officer”, Real Food Blends now serves tens of thousands of people nationwide. Follow @realfoodblends on Twitter!

Prior to founding Real Food Blends, Bombacino spent 15+ years in various digital and direct marketing leadership roles at companies of all sizes including Road Runner Sports, optionsXpress and United Airlines where she helped her teams achieve record sales and growth. A trusted mentor and positive example in conscious entrepreneurism, Julie holds an MBA in Marketing from DePaul University and a BS in Marketing from The Ohio State University.

When she isn’t leading the charge in the office or working to keep the trains running on time at home, Julie enjoys reading, sweating it out at barre class, being a Mom and testing her gardening skills. Mrs. Bombacino resides in Chesterton, Indiana with her husband Tony and two children Luca and AJ.

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