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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Always. As I do this, I find feelings of guilt that well up when I fail, but then I think about how if I hadn’t made that goal, I would be failing all the more. Instead of focusing on my failures today, I will rejoice in the grace and freedom to keep going in joy and in freedom and in happiness. 

Always. As I do this, I find feelings of guilt that well up when I fail, but then I think about how if I hadn’t made that goal, I would be failing all the more. Instead of focusing on my failures today, I will rejoice in the grace and freedom to keep going in joy and in freedom and in happiness. 

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Amen! It’s for freedom that God has set us free! 

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Celebrate the things you want to see more of! “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.” You project into the future what you speak of.

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"Someday I will have long dark hair. And lots of freckles. And lots of smile lines. My hands will be dirty all the time. I’ll be able to do more pull ups than I can now. I will keep my dignity, but not my pride. I will be kind to everyone. I will teach kids 1/2 my age how to do skateboarding tricks. I will wear ridiculous clothes. I will wreck peoples worlds with my words, in a good way. I will never need a comfy bed or an aspirin. I will never stop running or think that I am too old or cool to run places when I’m not "running". I will never ever stop getting in the water because it’s too cold or because I don’t want to get my hair wet. I will write songs again. Spirit filled songs. Love filled songs. Truth filled. I will treat everyone as if they are more important than me, especially my mother. And I will still wear my pink shoes. That’s who i’ll be. This is who I am, except some of it is under some layers that need to be peeled. Right now, I don’t like it when people pressure me. If you try to pressure me at all, I will see you as a prison, and since that goes against all that I am, I cannot be friends with you for long. I like men who are men. I like tender hearted old people. I like doing things and living my life in such a way that makes my family think I’m crazy. I decided recently to live fast and die old. I am enjoying maturing at the moment, and wondering how I could be so stupid beforehand. I’m enjoying God through enjoying life for the first time. And it’s pretty great."

How I work: 6 tips to getting up early.

I am a night owl. Staying up late is my natural approach to life. About 5 years ago though I realized that if I got up early I could get a lot more done. (Countless studies have shown that willpower is finite and you have less at the end of the day to create. Read Start to see the studies.)

How do I get up early? I do these 6 things:

1. I go to bed early.
Crazy, right? I am a freaking genius. But you’d be surprised how many people don’t go to bed early enough.

2. I have a clear reason to get up.
The only way I’m motivated about getting up is that I know the night before why I am going to. I need a very real reason to do something that doesn’t come naturally to me.

3. I have a fun reason to get up.
Don’t try to do something you hate in the morning. That will just give you one more reason to sleep in. Do something fun that makes you want to get out of bed.

4. I watch what I eat the night before.
Want to get a good night’s sleep? Be careful about what you eat or drink before bed.

5. I read fiction.
Tim Ferriss first talked about this in his book The 4-Hour Workweek . He said that a good fiction novel does wonders at bed time. What fails is email. Checking that is like taking digital caffeine.

6. I take naps.
I almost didn’t put this in here because this one is difficult if you have a job, but it’s true. This helps me. Again, studies like the one of the violinists in Outliers by Gladwell have shown that high performers take short naps. Can you run home for an hour in the middle of the day? Maybe not, but you can probably close your eyes for 15 minutes in your car at work.

Mornings matter and if you want more of yours, get up earlier. Andy Traub wrote a great book about it that you should check out. (It’s called The Early To Rise Experience )

As for me, well, I better get going. I have to get up early tomorrow.

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juliagoes:

So fight your enemies as stay true to who you are. Peace and thankfulness are your heart’s true friends.

smilekiditgetsbetter:

Today it is normal for people everywhere, male female young old, to say that they hate themselves. And to constantly criticize their bodies and put themselves down. Even worse those who do say that they love their body, smile, personality etc. are put down. Or called “conceited”. Enough is enough. Be proud of your body and who you are. Stop apologizing.

smilekiditgetsbetter:

Today it is normal for people everywhere, male female young old, to say that they hate themselves. And to constantly criticize their bodies and put themselves down. Even worse those who do say that they love their body, smile, personality etc. are put down. Or called “conceited”. Enough is enough. Be proud of your body and who you are. Stop apologizing.

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Birthday dress from my sister. Me. 

So fight your enemies as stay true to who you are. Peace and thankfulness are your heart’s true friends.