Josue Julio is an LA based model. His daughter, Elin, is 6. 

I am 29 years old and was born in Panama. I moved to Southern California when I was 6 and I've called LA home ever since. Growing up I was a sponsored skater that had dreams of becoming a pro but I fell ill and had a near death experience. After recovering, I had Elin (the babe) but then I quickly realized that her mom wanted me out of the picture. So I battled for time in court and won. 

Being a single dad is tough. During the early years I was fortunate enough to have an awesome family and community, which supported me. But one day, while 1studying at a coffee shop I met the girl of my dreams, Bailey, who is now my fiancée!

Every father has his story.  This is a small glimpse into Josue's.

1.  Sometimes, the connection to fatherhood is not immediate. Was it for you?  And if not, was there a moment that you really felt, "Woah. I'm a dad."

I still remember that "Woah. I'm a dad" moment like it was yesterday! It was a week after the babe was born and I got to hold her for the first time. She fixated her eyes on me and just stared at me for what felt like 10 minutes. That moment will be forever pressed in my hearth.

2.  What has been easier than you thought it would be?  How about harder?

Diapers and terrible two's were way easier than I thought. 

3.  What kids book would you read a million times out loud in a row?  What book are you actually have to read a million times out loud in a row? How about songs?

Goodnight Moon and The Giving Tree were heavy favorites growing up. Now she usually picks some random book followed by a bible story. 

4.  What traditions are you excited to carry on with your daughter?

One thing that we love to do as a family travel. And a popular destination for us is Joshua Tree / Palm Springs. Side note, we LOVE taco Tuesday picnics.

5.  Being a dad makes me feel _____________________. 

grateful, because I get to pursue and love my little babe!

Thank you so much for letting us feature you, Josue!  Check out his super inspiring Instagram account.

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