Listen

Listen, some Fridays it rains. Floods, actually.

And teachers cancel some classes and you skip the others.

And you hang out with incredible people instead. 

And pancakes are attempted. And homemade tortellini is made. 

And you’re reminded minute after minute how hilarious and wonderful and unique your friends are.

And eventually you go home and change into pajamas and read a book of profound quotes that moves you so deeply that you have no words.

And these Fridays are the best Fridays.

rambling

I feel like I’ve written this before, but seeing as this is my small corner of the Internet, I am going to just write about it again until I get it off my chest and a little more organized in my mind.

I just feel so… I really don’t know.

Like I want to scream off a roof top. Like I want to understand exactly why the world is the way it is.

Life is so good. And I’ve felt so so great lately, but I need to be honest. There’s always a small part of me that just wants people to be real.

Day in and day out I see people struggling to fulfill this image they think they’ve created for themselves. Or I see people placing their worth in painful places.

And I’m guilty of this too.

Sometimes my energy is low and I want to be quiet and small, but I know how beautiful and colorful and vibrant life is so I focus on that so hard until my spirits lift.

Yet, at the end of the day, I remember how small I wanted to feel.

And I acknowledge this. I pay it my respects, and I move on.

But I know how hard this can be sometimes and I know that people choose to become hard instead. It’s too easy to succumb to what’s easy and painful.

But I want someone to just see the value in cutting through the bullshit.

I want to talk about how the world can be both a dark and bright places and what we can do to introduce some light.

I want to see someone light up with passion when they talk.

I want to listen and I want to be heard.

I want people to know that I care, so deeply, about practically everything.

I even understand the naivety of this. But I’m a reckless optimist. And I deeply believe that people are inherently good.

I want someone to rejoice in this with me! And I also want someone to be real with me.

And it’s tough, because I know that’s not something that can be forced. But I want it so bad, you feel me?

I don’t want to be in bed right now. I want to be having a phenomenal conversation.

And also for this headache to go away.

But mostly conversation.

Okay. Rambling over.

Juliana

to today

I hope two things for you:

1. That you find the courage to live your life as authentically as possible.

2. That you’re willing to open yourself up to whatever that may bring you and spread light along the way.

If today has taught me anything it’s that small small words of kindness can move mountains. I try to live my life reminding myself of how my actions can affect others, but it’s not always until it happens to you that it really hits home.

If you haven’t noticed already, my favorite quote of all time is:

“We’re all just walking each other home.”

We humans can do phenomenal things for each other, in all sorts of ways. No matter what resources are available to you, there’s no excuse to not use your words for something kind.

There’s no excuse to not dig into the deepest parts of you that so desperately want someone to be kinder to you. 

To use that to actually treat others how you want to be treated.

Ya feel me?

Today was an amazing day and it served as a reminder to me of what this life can truly be, in all its glory,  if you only strive to do some good.

Tomorrow is a new and exciting day and is just another opportunity for you to be that rad person that turns someone’s whole day around.

I’m incredibly appreciative of the people that did that for me today.

Love,

Ju

P.S. Oilman 70.3 in 4 days and I’m still kind of freaking out.

P.P.S. (Or P.S.S.?) I’m going to Peru for Spring Break.

flowers

I heard this Anne Frank quote a few days ago:

“Dead people receive more flowers than the living ones because regret is stronger than gratitude.”

And it rolled around in my head for a few days, but I hadn’t thought about it too hard. Naturally, the moment I got to the library today to study for a molecular nutrition exam I have tomorrow, my brain started to think about everything but school.

And now, here we are. At a blog post.

Basically, I’ve just come to the realization (for the thousandth time) that I am so incredibly lucky. And so incredibly happy. About the life I lead, my studies, my stories, my friends, my experiences. I am so grateful.

And I want to practice giving metaphorical flowers to those around me as much as possible.

And being 100% unashamed and unembarrassed by it.

Alright, back to a long night in the library studying glutaminolysis, the urea cycle, and the creatine action pathway. Help a sista out, short term memory.

Love,

Juliana

twenty quotes

If you’ve been keeping up with this blog for a while, you’ve probably noticed that I love quotes. I have a deep appreciation for the way with words that some people have. I, unfortunately, do not have this elegance so I really enjoy reading beautiful quotes.

What started off as an artsy craft of writing a quote on pretty paper immediately was ruined when I realized that I cannot do art. However, I ended up just reading phenomenal one-liners that I felt deeply. I figured I’d share them with you.

“We rise by lifting others.”
“Your life unfolds in proportion to your courage.”
“Joy is the most magnetic force in the universe.”
“Anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.”
“Make generosity part of your growth strategy.”
“You will never regret being kind.”
“Your greatness is not what you have, it’s what you give.”
“Never suppress a generous thought.”
“Do small things with great love.”
“Be you, bravely.”
“People are prettiest when they talk about something they really love with passion in their eyes.”
“To make living itself an art, that is the goal.”
“Have courage and be kind.”
“Rise up and attack the day with enthusiasm.”
“What is done in love is done well.”
“I will live sincerely.”
“Choose kindness and laugh often.”
“May you seek to know the vastness of your light.”
“Feel the fear and do it anyway.”
“I’m going to make everything around me beautiful and that will be my life.”

Love,

Juliana

P.S. Someone come over and make pasta with me.

five things!

Five things I know to be good and true:

  1. Ridiculous and hilarious friends are the best.
  2. Colorful shirts make a day better.
  3. Your mental will is always stronger than you’ve been lead to believe.
  4. Life is unfolding and exciting.
  5. Qué será, será.

Happy Friday!

Love,

Juliana

colorado

asteroid

Two posts in one day? Normally I wouldn’t do this, especially since I’m about to post the poem I wrote, but I’m going to anyway. Mostly because I’m terrified of sharing my writing to the world and the fear is the best.

Okay here you go. A poem I wrote in 10 minutes while killing time before my track workout…

Do you know what I really enjoy?

What really intrigues me?

Passion. White hot, burning passion.

A love for something outside of yourself that is so great, it could nearly consume you whole.

A pull stronger than any magnet, than any form of gravity, that can take you anywhere.

I thrive off of it. Live for this.

But also there are times in which this energy feels like a giant black hole. It feels absent and so real at the same time.

Like I’m floating into an endless space without oxygen or sound.

I am going a set velocity into the void.

And I’m trying, so hard, to gasp for breath. To find a purchase. To swim away from this infinity. And my attempts feel futile.

I’m nothing more than a voyager lost.

Juliana, we have a problem. 

And then there’s a light. One next to my shoulder and it’s blinking and it’s reminding me of the jet pack I have strapped to my back.

The one, that moments ago, felt weightless and forgotten.

Physics that seem insurmountable are but specks of dust compared to my potential acceleration, so here’s what I do:

I turn it on. 

And next thing I know, I’m hurdling through space. Meteors and stars fly past me and I am going.

I am going and soaring. I am an asteroid that has just begun to burn.

And watch out, earth. Because my speed is increasing. 

The atmosphere stands no chance. 

I am a light of unstoppable brightness. 

And here I am on the surface of this earth.

Here I am; ready to go.

And maybe I have all the physics wrong. 

But here I am.

Try to stop me.

Okay now I’m off to run and hide in a hole because writing is an embarrassing feat okay byeeeee

Universe

I wanted to share the email I got yesterday because holy moley YES.


There is no greater weapon, Juliana, than kindness. A smile, a compliment, encouragement and compassion belong in the arsenal of every Time-Space Adventurer. 

Today, may you crush, kill and destroy the fears you encounter, in others and in yourself. 

Yes, please, thank you – 
    The Universe