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(Disclaimer: This post kind of got away from me. The usual. I can never follow one thought for too long.)

(Also, TITLE REFERENCE! 

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Yesterday at work I was talking to a coworker about age.

I was telling her how some freshman in my Spanish class asked me if I felt old for turning twenty this May. It was the first time anyone had ever asked me if I felt old — I wasn’t asked that when I turned 16 or 18!

We talked about how I’ll be launching into The Twenties. We talked about how there seems to be a timeline for when to settle down and have a house and a career and etc..

At the time I didn’t think much of it, but today as I was swimming and staring at a pool floor for a few thousand yards my mind went to it.

It is the absolute truth that there is a semi-unspoken timeline placed on us the day we are born. And if you don’t prescribe to that belief, you probably at least acknowledge that there is a LOT of pressure to be stuff.

A college graduate.

A working adult.

A wife/husband.

A perfect friend to all.

An espresso chugging busy-bee.

A kombucha drinking yogi.

A mom/dad.

Basically, anything that popped into your head while reading this list.

But guess what… You don’t have to be any of those things.

I recently watched a video of a montage of three years of travel. In it, the narrator said that we don’t have to do anything. We only need to do the things we decide to do.

Yes. YES YES YES! What a freeing thought!

You do NOT have to be best of the best. You do NOT have to be the perfect being, because you aren’t!

Being in a college, I’ve witnessed some people have a small mental freak out about what they’re doing with their lives. I hear the word ‘should’ all the time.

“I should be getting an internship. I should be taking more classes. I should sign up for summer school. I should work harder. I should relax more. I should I should I should.”

Should is a dangerous word. It’s haunting, in my opinion.

There has been, and will never be again, a day like today. You only get one. This doesn’t mean that you should do anything.

It means that you get to.

Our lives won’t last forever. The number of days are limited. But guess what, you get today.

That is so beautiful.

I don’t feel old for turning twenty. I refuse to feel old when turning ninety. I live in today.

And what a magnificent day it is.

Stop being so afraid of what is ahead. Stop planning so hard. Stop trying to be something you’re not.

Go with it.

Stand in the rain. Let the cold air bite your skin.

Don’t fix your hair when the wind blows it askew. Don’t be afraid to sweat if it means you are soaking up the sun.

Get your hair wet. Smile as much as you possibly can.

Dance. ALWAYS! When you’re sad. When you’re so happy you could explode.

Life will throw you hurdles. Keep your head up. Front flip right over them.

Scraped knees are okay. Scars are glamorous.

Refuse to see life as anything less than wonderful.

Because it IS wonderful.

Happy happy happy Sunday night.

You’re a rockstar.

The week ahead of you is your stage.

good thoughts

Love,

Juliana

Marathon Wednesday

Good morning!

I’m sitting in good ole Greg last minute studying for my exam at 9. Honestly, it should be insanely easy, but it’s the first test so YOU NEVER KNOW!

Wednesdays are my longest day of the week, but I’m ready.

Guys, MY MARATHON IS THIS SUNDAY! My IT band seems to be doing just fine and I’m finally running again tonight! Holllllaaaaaaaa.

I’ve been getting lots of sleep and eating lots of food and my energy levels are through the roof, so I’m expecting a really good time!

Alright alright, I really ought to finish reading through my notes again, but…

HAPPY WEDNESDAY!
Love,
Ju

P.S. Here’s something that made me laugh pretty hard:

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Little Things.

Hey hey hey,

Just popping into to say that I just got my butt whooped at Saturday morning strength training and it was awesome! Over the last couple weeks I have noticed changes in my body and it’s really really cool. Who would’ve guessed that consistence strength training would give you results!? ;]

Oh, and also another small little thing, I’ll be spending July in Mexico teaching English…. I am so incredibly excited — you have no idea! 😀

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Feliz Sabado!

Tengo hacer tarea!

Love,

Ju

hello from bus.

Good morning!

I’ve got a very long day ahead of me so I just wanted to pop in and say hey.

I have:
9-10: food science
10-11: gap (finish assignments)
11-2: food science lab
2-3: stats
3-4: gap (finish assignments)
4-6: español!
6-7: team track workout

And then I get to go home, do some homework, put my clothes away, and finally go to sleep.

I’m currently drinking coffee on the bus but I can just about guarantee it won’t be the only cup of the day.

My whole body is so so so sore from team strength training last night. It was purely body weight but Jo (the trainer) is so focused on form and stability that it ended up being really intense.

Wish me luck that I don’t fall asleep in class today!

Happy Wednesday!
Ju

Coffee Time

Hello! The other day I said I’d post a Virtual Coffee Date… It didn’t happen. Probably because I’ve been falling asleep by 10:30 all week.

However, I have an hour and a half until my next class (Spanish from 4-6)! Sooooo…

If we were having a coffee date…

I’d tell you: That I’m obsessed with this creamer. It’s life changing.

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I’d tell you: That I ran in the cold rain today and it felt awesome. It was a 4 miler and my shoes got soaked and I was freezing, but it just felt right. My marathon is in a little over 3 weeks and I am SO EXCITED. This weekend is a 23 miler and next weekend will probably be 20 and then I taper…

I’d tell you: That I’m actually resisting the urge to buy a cup of coffee… It’d be my third of the day. The thing is, I’m going to be on campus until 8:30 and this weather just makes me so very sleepy.

I’d tell you: That I’m really enjoying my classes so far. It’s going to be a tonnnnn of work, so I’m going to try to make it a point to be VERY organized this semester. I’m definitely NOT enjoying paying so much money for all these textbooks and such but ya gotta do what ya gotta do.

I’d tell you: That I’m now an intern at the Texas Capitol for Rep. Burns! I just started but I am very excited. I have class right after I leave the office, so at least I’ll be looking nice!

I’d tell you: That tomorrow I have off work and I’m looking forward to chilling!

I’d tell you: That telling people about my major is my favorite thing of all time. When someone asks me what it is I get REALLY excited to tell them!

I’d tell you: That this rain needs to go. Honestly I’m glad for it, but I really want the sun back! I want to be able to ride my bike to school comfortably.

I’d tell you: That I’m craving Chipotle. As always. 😉

What would you tell me?

Love,
Ju

Thursday.

Hello hello!

Long time no writing…

Honestly, I’ve been busy in the weirdest of ways. During break I wasn’t super busy, but what I did need to do was very time consuming. And now school has started and I’m interning and training for the marathon and enjoying life and Austin, so this blog has kind of been put on the back burner.

I’ve got quite a bit of stuff to do today, but tonight I’m going to write up a Virtual Coffee Date (maybe hopefully).

No matter what, have a wonderful Thursday! It’s raining here, but I’m okay with that. We had the most beautiful weather of all time earlier this week and Texas could definitely use the rain! 🙂

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Much love,
Ju

To succeed.

I’ve been scrolling through Pinterest quotes for the last hour because I had two cups of coffee after 4… While I was reading, this quote caught my eye:

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And it bothered me greatly. Maybe it’s because lately I’ve talked to a lot of people about what they want to “do” with their lives. Maybe it’s because after every conversation I’ve realized how little I think about the money I’ll make when I graduate and get a job. Maybe it’s because I don’t agree with many’s definition of success.

Because what does it mean to succeed? To have the money to buy whatever your heart fancies?

To be honest, that sounds plastic.

I think that, yes, success is different for everyone. But I also think that it should not be defined monetarily. And I think that it’s completely up to you whether you’re successful. It shouldn’t be relative.

Sometimes I think about my major. I think about what my first job will be like. I think about the work I’ll do. I think about the people I meet.

I don’t think about my paychecks.

Maybe you think I’m naive.
But here’s the thing, here’s what I want to “do” with my life:

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I’m not going to school to be rich. To have a large house. To wear the fanciest clothes.

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I go to school to help cultivate my ideas. To figure out what I can do to help.

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I see my glass as half full. Being filled. Until my cup runneth over.

I can’t envision my future self. I can’t see numbers on a bank account. Because I’m too busy with the now.

I can do something every single day. And to me, that’s joy. And in my opinion, that’s better that any kind of success.

Finals.

Well hey.

I’ve been crazy busy lately. Yesterday was the last day of classes for the semester and now it’s time for finals. Lucky for me, I only have one on Thursday. Unfortunately, it’s OChem. Soooo the next couple of days of my life will be dedicated to filling my brain to the brim with reaction mechanisms.

This past week I had three exams: nutrition lab final (I got a 92!), sociology exam #4 (grades aren’t up), and NTR 312 exam #3 (I got an 84). I was studying so much that I barely even ran this week. Yeah, it was crazy.

I am exhausted. I’m taking today off from studying completely so that I can go watch one of my favorite homegirls KILL IT at her half marathon today! Then I work a midshift tomorrow, followed by a 10 miler, and the the studying extravaganza begins. Good vibes and coffee are always welcome. 😉

The apartment is decorated for Christmas! We have a small, but real, Christmas tree and tinsel and stockings and lights and a bowl of mini candy canes. Oh, and on Wednesday I took a picture with Santa on campus. It was hilarious, but that may have been because I was exhausted and stressed to the max.

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I leave for Portland in 9 days and I am so so pumped. The only thing I really have planned is that I’m going to rent a bike to get around the city! I may or may not go bungee jumping off a bridge while I’m there. 🙂

Geez I cannot believe this semester is over! Last fall was pretty rough and unpleasant for me, so it felt like it lasted forever, but this year it flew by! I loved my classes and I’m really going to miss my assistant position. Nonetheless, I went through the semester with no regrets and I cannot wait to see what the spring brings!

Not to mention, this 5 week winter break will be niiiiiice. I have a week off in January for an adventure, but I’m not sure what I’ll do yet. Ideas? I’m thinking maybe a Louisiana trip because it’s one of the closest states. Or maybe New Mexico? Or even the Grand Canyon in Arizona! Where should I go?! East or West?!

Anyway, sorry this post has been all over the place. Life has been a bit hectic lately, but it’s been good!

Also, in regards to everything that has been happening in America lately… I’m sure that if you know me well you know I have my own stance on everything. But when it boils down to it, a human life is a human life. And in my opinion, all lives should be valued equally. NO life should ever be lost due to brutality or negligence. I’ll leave you with this to think about:

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Coffee Date!

Hi 🙂 happy Wednesday!

Let’s pretend we are having a coffee (or tea or HOT CHOCOLATE) date! We need to catch up.

So, if I was sipping an almond milk latte (with an extra shot):

I’d tell you: The temperature has significantly cooled down here in Austin and the wind has picked up in strength. Ultimately, the weather is beautiful and it feels like fall!

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I’d tell you: I have an organic chemistry test tomorrow that I haven’t studied yet for, so I’ll be up late tonight working on that. Nonetheless, I don’t feel too stressed. Life is good. Really really good.

I’d tell you: Today I had running class in the freezing cold, but I felt strong and happy the whole time. (We did 800 sprints… In case you were wondering!) Afterwards, I put on a funky, colorful sweater that I got last year, my favorite pair of jeans, and some riding boots. Then my roommate braided my hair in a fancy way, so I felt like a princess!

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I’d tell you: Also, I was recently inspired by the beautiful, wise, talented, and overall amazing Marissa Stutz to try to disconnect from the amount of time I spend on my phone. Last night I turned off push notifications for all my social media apps and it’s been pretty peaceful. It’s only been a few hours, but I’ve already started to forget about checking all my various accounts. Try it!

I’d tell you: Another random tidbit: Yesterday my roommate and I made a winter vegetable soup in the crockpot and it was so fun to come home to after a long cold day! We don’t have many spices, so it wasn’t as flavorful as can be, but that was easily remedied by eating it with toast slathered with Earth Balance “butter”!

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The soup had white potatoes, carrots, sweet potato, red bell pepper, kale, delicata squash, cauliflower, and vegetable broth! I had considered throwing some tofu in there, but in all honesty, I was too lazy to cut up the block. 😉

I’d tell you: My dad is coming to Austin this weekend! We’re going to adventure around and enjoy the weather. (Fathertron, if you’re reading this, make sure to bring warm clothes so that we can play outside.)

I’d tell you: The semester is nearly over! Whaaaaaaat! After this week, we have 2 weeks and 3 days of class left… I’m so looking forward to winter break (helllooooo PORTLAND) but I’m going to miss this semester! I love my classes and my undergraduate assistant position.

I’d tell you: I sent in my resume for an internship, but I’m going to keep what it actually is on the hush for now. Let me just say, it would be AMAZING.

I’d tell you: Marathon training is going swimmingly! Saturday morning is a 13 miler, so cross your fingers I don’t turn into a Popsicle!

I’d tell you: I feel alive with passion as of late. I can’t keep a smile off my face either. It’s the best.

I’d tell you: I really really want to get Malala Yousafzai’s book to read on my way to Portland.

I’d tell you: I’m glad you have spent the time to sit down with me 🙂 and then I’d invite you over to see my apartment because it’s already decorated for Christmas.

If you were sipping your favorite warm beverage, what would you tell me?

Love,
Juliana

International

As many of you know, I am a nutrition major. Up until recently I was on track to become a registered dietitian because the major I truly wanted was supposedly not offered anymore. On Sunday I found out that it actually IS!

International Nutrition.

I love when people ask me what it is or what I’m going to do with that degree because I answer it in three words:

End world hunger.

I dream big and I care a lot and there’s nothing wrong with that.

Happy Wednesday friends,
Juliana.