I originally created this blog to document my journey. The journey of 2010. It was a hell of a year. Now, I'm using it to document my successful journey to joy!

Here is what I wrote before I started my trip:

Julia goes from the beach of the West coast to the beach of the East coast, and everything in between. I don't know where I'm going, but I know who I am. My stops include visiting the most wonderful people I know, and maybe meeting a few more along the way. The adventure if figuring out where to land, and also, not having it figured out.

Tucson, AZ
Austin, TX
Houston, TX
Memphis, TN
Nashville, TN
Knoxville, TN
Johnson City, TN
Charlotte, NC
Atlanta, GA
Gainesville, GA
Greenville, SC
Newport News, VA
Hartford, VT
Somewhere in PA,
Philly, PA
Myrtle Beach, SC
Savannah, GA

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Do you want to display them with joy? 

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If a finite person can give finite grace, then an infinite God can give us infinite grace.
Josh Tse (via sustainedbygrace)
Do not look for a sanctuary in anyone except your self.
Spend your free time the way you like, not the way you think you’re supposed to. Stay home on New Year’s Eve if that’s what makes you happy. Skip the committee meeting. Cross the street to avoid making aimless chitchat with random acquaintances. Read. Cook. Run. Write a story.


Note to self: every time you were convinced you couldn’t go on, you did.

So take it. 

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Forts for all ages. 

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For my FAQ: Will lifting give me gross, bulky muscles?

When I say lifting, I mean frequent, progressive, heavy weight lifting.

Let’s get one thing clear: lifting has the potential to make you big, bulky and muscular - saying anything else is wrong. However, saying lifting will always make you huge is also wrong - it takes so much more work than you can imagine. 

You can be a big, muscular woman and lift weights. You can be a skinny woman and lift weights. You can be a big, muscular man and lift weights - and you can be a skinny man and lift weights. There’s also no such thing as ‘bulky muscles’ vs ‘lean muscles’ - it’s all muscle mass.

I also want to say that being bulky is not a bad thing. Do not shame people for having goals that’s different from yours. Do not shame people for not wanting to look the same way you do. Body shaming of any kind is not ok. 

Here are some things you should know:

  1. Muscles are more metabolically active than fat, so more muscle mass means you will burn more calories even at rest - so muscles will actually help you lose fat.
  2. Doing the same exercise for the same number of reps with heavier weight uses more energy=more calories burned.
  3. Lifting helps increase insulin sensitivity by upregulating the mechanism for glucose utilization allowing for higher carb tolerance after workouts
  4. Men burn fat and build muscle faster due to their high testosterone level (women have the same amount of testosterone as a 10 year old boy) - so it will take a lot of hard work and dedication for a long time to actually get as big as the female bodybuilders you might have seen.
  5. Female bodybuilders doesn’t accidentally build that much muscle. They train, eat, take supplements geared and work their asses of 24/7 specifically towards it for years (and some take steroids as well)
  6. How you eat while lifting is what really determines whether you’ll get bigger.
  7. No changes happens overnight! If you’re unhappy with how your body is changing, stop! Change up your diet, change your routine - stop lifting completely if that would make you feel better.
  8. If you love lifting, do it! Contrary to popular belief, everything you do doesn’t have to be about looking a specific way. You can do things simply because you enjoy! Isn’t that amazing? 

Tags: ‘Bulky’, ‘Lifting benefits’, ‘Body positivity

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1. Clean, fresh air
2. Pure water
3. Foods for which we are biologically designed
4. Sufficient sleep
5. Rest and relaxation
6. Vigorous activity
7. Emotional poise and stability
8. Sunshine and natural light
9. Comfortable temperature
10. Peace, harmony, serenity, and tranquility
11. Human touch
12. Thought, cognition, and meditation
13. Friendships and companionship
14. Gregariousness (social relationships, community)
15. Love and appreciation
16. Play and recreation
17. Pleasant environment
18. Amusement and entertainment
19. Sense of humor, mirth and merriment
20. Security of life and its means
21. Inspiration, motivation, purpose, and commitment
22. Creative, useful work (pursuit of interest)
23. Self-control and self-mastery
24. Individual sovereignty
25. Expression of reproductive instincts
26. Satisfaction of the aesthetic senses
27. Self-confidence
28. Positive self image
29. Internal and external cleanliness
30. Smiles
31. Music and all other arts
32. Biophilia (love of nature)

The 80/10/10 Diet, Dr. Douglas N. Graham (via coyotegold)

Very very very good. 

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