TO ALL THE GIRLS OF THE WORLD (i've got a message) // reasons why you don't have to believe what you hear


WARNING : lots of capitals, bluntness, and well..honesty. Read on if you're brave (also those brave enough to leave comments get bonus points. ice cream WITH brownies. yup. yup.)

I'm SICK and TIRED of feeling ugly. I'm DONE with being in public and suddenly not feeling so confident. I'm NOT going to even talk about the glares I've received or the comments given to me about some of the abnormal things I do. and I'm EXHAUSTED from the knowledge that I'm not the only one who feels this way.

I'm SERIOUSLY SO DONE WITH THE PROBLEMS THAT SOCIETY HAS PLACED OUT THERE FOR US GIRLS THAT I'M WRITING THIS POST WITH A MIND WHICH IS ON FIRE

and arms flailing this is me

  CUZ GUESS WHAT

  • you're not fat
  • you are you + God made you perfect in an imperfect way 
  • DON'T LISTEN TO WHAT THAT STRANGER SAID
  • DON'T LISTEN TO WHAT THAT HUMAN YOU KNOW SAID
  • you don't have to compare yourself 
  • just cuz you might not have a guy-friend (at 14-17 gosh) doesn't mean something is wrong with you
  • LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL REALIZE THAT
  • days speed by and spending them wishing you were someone else just wastes what you've been given
  • you're beautiful 

The problem is we hear so many negative things about our appearance, that we forget about God's grace and mercy and love. we short-cut Him and ourselves. bc LISTEN UP how we look doesn't define you. how tall or short, skinny or not, blonde or brunette, bangs or not, actual converse or the walmart fakeos IT JUST REALLY DOESN'T MATTER 

I want to scream.
I want to shout and shake and yell bc I'm so terrified 
I'm quite literally terrified that people sink further and actually BELIEVE the things they hear. 
the lies they are told 

you've got talent. Maybe its musical, or in writing, taking care of babies, gardening...last week I asked what your dream job was, and some answered with things I've never even thought of and guess what. That's how its supposed to be CUZ ITS YOUR DREAM. bc it's you.

I'm here to tell you that God doesn't listen to you when you look in the mirror and say "I'm ugly." cuz He doesn't know the definition of the word in you. It just isn't so. We are created in His image.  

so God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female. (Gen 1:27)
*hopes i don't look like this*

perhaps I'm speaking out of turn, but tbh I'm speaking from my heart. No more listening to those lies, please. They hurt you and they hurt me when you believe them, but even more so, they hurt God.

also. be careful with your words. bc..you might be the one who are saying these things to someone else.


 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. (Ephesians 4:29) 

Just don't give up. tbh this is still about national suicide prevention week. I don't want to live without telling it like it is..and sadly, too many of us give up bc of feeling unworthy. YOU ARE NOT. k *hugs*

btw this is my older sister who is stunning

TELL ME YOUR THOUGHTS ON THIS 
DO YOU EVER FEEL THIS WAY?!?!


I GOT MY DREAM JOB + MY FIRST JOB INTERVIEW // journal entry post -- my headphones died AND LOTS OF CAPS



this post is probably going be a lot like my journal entry last night...which was totally not 4 pages long. XD bc yesterday was well CRAZY. AWESOME. FANTASTIC.ya know what? *grabs journal* 

Dear Journal, I almost don't know what to say. Today has been insane...went to work this morning, feeling excited + fighting the cold, left work around noon, came home, left again for my interview at 1:20, got there a bit early (found books while waiting), then went to the circulation desk at exactly 1:58 to let the librarian know that I was there for my interview. FOR MY INTERVIEW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017 is probably one of those days for Julia which will always be remembered...bc you see, IT WAS THE DAY OF MY FIRST JOB INTERVIEW and the best part? ITS MY DREAM JOB. AT. THE. LIBRARY. 



I tried to stay calm and be myself..but if anything, I was mostly thirsty! Some of the questions were easy to answer. Others were interesting.. like "if someone handed you a magic wand, how would you design your dream job?" I thought hard about that one for a moment, and then replied that I'd give the magic wand to someone else bc I like a challenge. At the end of the 40+ questions, I had to fill out at alphabetical and numerical order thing. They told me that they would call by the end of the week to tell me their decision. 

Like, k, the thought of waiting 4 days was okay to me. LEGIT. yes, I was planning on filling those 4 days, but still. I knew I could handle it. probably more than I could what happened next.......

I got home around 4:30 (had to run to the store) and my sister was on the phone. (don't worry, this will mean something in a bit) Well, around 5pm my dad saw we had a voicemail AND IT WAS THE HEAD LIBRARIAN CALLING FOR ME. ALL SHE SAID WAS TO CALL BACK AND I DID BUT SHE DIDN'T ANSWER. I was sooooooooooo disappointed bc I knew that phone call meant something BUT I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT. and, I didn't think I would hear back since it was past 5:30....

that's when I called my bestie to tell her what happened/moan


 THANK YOU FOR BEING THERE GIRL XD XD then..........

MY MOM CAME TO ME WITH THE OTHER PHONE AND I HUNG UP SO FAST ON MY CELL WITH MY BESTIE BC THE HEAD LIBRARIAN WAS ON THE HOME PHONE AND WELL I GOT THE JOB. i still have to wait for my background check..... XD I'm now a full time page. I still can't believe it and MY MIND IS BLOOOWWWNNN. Training will be sometime soon..not sure quite yet when.

I basically go on about how my neighbor brought over 5 boxes of plums and how tired I was and apologizing for my horrible handwriting...

BUT GUYS FOR REALS THO I GOT A JOB AT THE LIBRARY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My bestie screamed when I told her. My mom got out celebratory ice cream cuz she knows me. My heart keeps pounding cuz I don't believe it yet. I woke up and legit grinned cuz "oh yeah. I FORGOT." #me  My siblings can't wait to check out 5914985010485 books and then dump them back so I have to shelve them all. they joke i'm going to be like this; 


I just really want to thank so many people....so many of you have been praying for my ever since I applied back in July. It means A LOT TO ME. also, thanks to God cuz obv He knows me <3

btw, I am also doing the #7DAYBIBLEDARE (I started Tuesday) wellllllllll, I just caught myself reading a short story my friend sent me LOL SORRY I FORGOT #willstartover 

BUT TELL ME HOW IS IT GOING FOR YOU?!?!?!?!

and my headphones died last night. help.

WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO WORK IN THE LIBRARY?!?
WHATS YOUR DREAM JOB?

HERE IS THE THING - JESUS IS SITTING RIGHT NEXT TO YOU // 1 week Bible dare + WHY DONT WE HAVE BIBLE TBR LISTS??


I've been realizing a lot of things lately. It's kinda like BAM BAM BAM BOOOM. aka that means A LOT OF THINGS HAVE BEEN HITTING ME IN THE FACE. I really feel the need to write them down..and I know you'll listen, so here I am.

ONE : JESUS IS RIGHT NEXT TO ME ALWAYS

and in this i mean, even when you think He isn't, when you're not speaking kindly of someone else, when you are doing something you shouldn't, when you are sad... I MEAN IT. HE IS LEGIT THERE. I was talking on the phone last night about this with my friend. I've come to see that I often overlook that fact. I think us humans do a lot. Like, in general, how often do you think about how we are floating on a ball in outer space????? LIKE??! UHM. HELLO LOL 

me : *looks in rear view mirror* *sees empty seat* 
me : "Jesus is sitting there."

TWO : uhm why don't we have bible tbr lists?!?

k so tbr lists are a big thing. I see blogposts about them ALL the time! and, duh, why not?! Books are FANTASTIC things. They're really beautiful and there are so many that they pile up waiting to be read --- yet, I've never seen a Bible TBR list. Ever. It struck me that reading one chapter in the Bible takes effort while reading 5 in a fiction book is a breeze. Yeah, that was more like a slap..


it is HARD to realize how petty my feelings are.... and man, it frustrates me!! so here I am, trying to change that with the below dare.

THREE : 7 day bible dare 

AND HERE IS SAID DARE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (jsyk i absolutely adore being told I can't do something and then proving otherwise...so) 
I'm here to suggest a dare to you. It's sadly asking a lot in a sense...but I'd like to ask whoever wants to join me in this. Basically, all you have to do is say goodbye to any other book for 7 days. I know a bunch of you out there who post things like " I read 2 books today!!" and hey, that's awesome!! but, for the next week (on whichever day you see this post - it doesn't matter!) let's just read the Bible. No fiction or non-fiction, magazines, whatever!  I'm super curious to see what happens. Are you???

COMMENT BELOW IF YOU'RE JOINING IN THE #7DAYBIBLEDARE

also please listen to this song. It's beautiful. basically all of Emile Pandolfi's stuff is actually.


one other thing. can we band together and pray? And, when I say pray, I mean PRAY. So entirely hard and so strong.. for Florida, for Texas, for the families who were effected by 9/11, for the states being burnt by wildfires, for your friends who left for college, for people to know they're loved by God - to stay, for our country and the leaders in office. There are a lot of things to pray about. We can't forget that <3 

that's it for today guys. A lot of thoughts, a lot of feelings..a lot of words. Thanks for listening and man, what can I pray about for you?!?! 

p.s I HAVE A JOB INTERVIEW ON WEDNESDAY I'D REALLY APPRECIATE PRAYERS THANKS 

PRAYER REQUESTS??
WILL YOU JOIN #7DAYBIBLEDARE ??


CAN WE HAVE DECENT EMOTION FILLED CONVERSATIONS THRU TEXTING ???? // emotion + how do you write it


I have had (and am having) a lot of online friendships. They mean the world to me -- I absolutely love the vast amount of things I learn from people all over the world! Such as, Jane from Australia (still think it's odd that you live in the future and eat lunch when I'm going to bed....), or Tammy from South Africa (WHEN CAN I COME VISIT!?), Jon from Fiji (still in shock over how Thursday is before Sunday...), and then all my friends in the states! *has gigantic mental list* like ITS OVERWHELMINGLY AWESOME. And, the best thing is, we are all friends with each other, have inside jokes, common likes, and most importantly, all have passion and love in Christ. 

ITS BEAUTIFUL but we can only talk through one way -- online. with written words. Like, okay, the ability to express feelings through typing on a keyboard is fantastically amazing. but is the conversation with your friend the same emotionally as it would be if you were in person? idk. 

TEXTING IS SO SCARY CUZ YOU COULD BE LIKE;

"oh man. ikr."

and the person who gets that text is like "WAIT WHAT DOES SHE MEAN BY THAT!?!??!?!" 


and have a panic attack. let's face it, we are all waiting for the sarcastic font. 

But, can we have some deep conversations through texting (or emails, comments, blogposts even!) YES GOSH WE CAN!!!!! also, we can have a lot of goofy ones, which have made MANY inside jokes *grins at nanowrimo gang of 2016* 

W A Y S  T O  S H O W  E M O T I O N  I N  W R I T T E N  T E X T 

  • USE ALL THE CAPITALS ADMIT IT IT SHOWS EMOTION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • also those exclamation marks. hehee 
  • you know when use crazy bloggers say *gives everyone pizza* or *sobbing* well, its cuz THAT IS GIVING YOU A MENTAL PICTURE     *gives away deep blogger secret* see. yup. and, do I talk like that in real life? nahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. *shakes head* totally nope. (NEED THAT SARCASTIC FONT NOW HERE) 
  • gifs. I didn't use those things for a L O N G  time but now I'm like how did I live before??? 
  • silence. sadly, that is one of those ones where people freak and are like "I SAID SOMETHING WRONG." bc it took 2 hours to respond but really, I WAS LIKE DRIVING OR BREATHING OR WHATEVER LOL sooorrryyyyy 

and, ya know what I've learned, writing a blogpost or chatting with friends online is actually pretty easy. Sure, I have had mess ups, but heyyyy, that's a friendship learning curve. in fact, the area I struggle with more, is WHAT EVEN IS EMOTION?!?!?!?!??!?! cuz when someone says "OH. You're emotional." it generally means you're crying?????? or is this just in my life? cuz...like emotions are so deep and almost ouch to touch. 

E M O T I O N S 

  • sadness
  • happiness
  • fear
  • anger
  • joy
  • disgust
  • surprise
  • trust
  • envy
  • love

see what I mean?!?! It's one word with so many meanings. a lot of times, people throw it around without understanding that A) emotional doesn't mean JUST sadness B) an emotion filled convo could include MANY different options of emotions C) wow this post is full of the word emotion SORRY LOL

maybe this whole mess of words is just that -- a mess. Or maybe, it makes sense to you??


The point is, we can be empathetic no matter what. Compassion is a beautiful thing. So, if there is one thing I've learned while writing this post, it's this;

if someone texts you with and says "IM HAVING A ROUGH/EMOTIONAL DAY" don't automatically assume one thing. Listen, even if that means in between those lines.  maybe technology has changed, but people still need to be heard. also, cheesy gifs are good things XD

OKAY SIGNING OFF. I think the fact that I was in the kitchen for 5 hours making 180 snickerdoodles with Sare today has perhaps made me overthink everything?????/............... *crickets*

BTW YES THESE ARE PHOTOS FROM MY VACATION STILL HAHAHA #lazy #theyareprettytho #right

p.s. I once had a snowball fight with my friend 1,000 miles away....online. yup.


WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT EMOTION ??? 
HOW DO YOU HANDLE MISUNDERSTANDINGS THROUGH TEXTING ??

A U G U S T - 2 0 1 7 // MY 18TH BD - YOU GUYS SURPRISED ME OMW + 804 WATER BALLOONS AND LOTS OF LOLS


B A S I C A L L Y  S T U F F S  D I D / D O N E :

I was driving home and legit a giant buck jumped like really close to the front of the car *nervous laugh*

so I kept jabbing the credit card into the chip area thing but apparently there was no chip area?? And then I signed my name....and proceeded to erase it. I'm tired k

I think I subconsciously turned off my alarm bc IT WAS SET and I woke up late to find it wasn't?????
i wore a hat all day just to see what it is like

had a sleepover and did this charcoals seaweed face mask..Uhm. Yeah. That was fun

basically chickened out at a free yoga in the park at my library. Legit chickened out

so the pool turned green on me again

brought cherry tomatoes to the library cuz PLZ TAKE THEM
am facetiming with my bestie like every single day before she leaves for college

I beat my grandpa at chess WHAAAOOO

I made a funnel with a styrofoam cup so that I could pour half a liter of soda into another liter of soda. WHY EVEN TRY TO COMPREHEND ME

this is me.
so much road trip driving!! Man - 4 hours of sitting and driving = being sore lol

actually let Audrey, Jane, Clara, Jon, Savannah and Sarah alpha read my book gahhhh ALSO YES I GOT IT PRINTED AND IT CAME AND ITS SO PRETTY

i broke my home button on my phone and somehow locked myself out of my laptop all in two days. Electronics hate me.

K I D D I S H  G O O F S :

"Ouch that lotion stings." - sis
"That's not lotion. That's hand sanitizer." - me

"How old is great Grandma?" - little sis
"91" - me
*jaw drop* "she's old!" - little sis
"Yup. And in 9 years she'll get a letter from the queen!" - sister



*little bro at park* "this place isn't as fun as i imagined."

*me in kitchen before going to work*
*little sis enters* "those socks are beautiful."
(They were vibrant green and yellow with purple peace signs on them??)

"You're a good person to lean on Julia." - bro

Sarah to little sis "you've got something sticky in your hair!"
-little sis "oh. It might be sap. Sometimes when I swing on the swing it drops on my nose even!"

bro packing for week vacation - "I have two backpacks. One for clothes and one for necessities."
Sarah - "clothes aren't necessities?"
bro - "uhhh.."


little bro before leaving for vacation "BYE DOOR."

"Can you please get Cinderella movie?!" - little sis
"Oh fine. I guess I can stand that for a little bit." - little bro in background

Sarah playing Life "aw man. I wanna be a secret agent but being a video game designer pays more."

- little sis "what kind of boat are we going on tomorrow?"
- me "a ferry."
- little sis "a fairy?!?!!"
- me *bursts into laughter*


O H  T H E  L A U G H A B L E S :

*littles playing in the other room*
-little bro "are you satisfied with those places?  Because, no more trading."

okay so I burnt 6 pieces of toast in one morning don't ask

ah my friends

filling up 804 water balloons in a kitchen sink at our library MY POOR ARMS

then being dumped with a bucket of water at the summer reading party and having the best time ever
so I was facetiming with my bestie and I told her when my phone died I would disappear right? It died when I was choking on a muffin.  Don't ask. please.

finding a foosball ball in my pillow??

SO MANY FUNNY NOTES ON MY GOOGLE DOCS MANUSCRIPT OMW

also this lol
cleaning/cutting 2,000 bulbs of garlic. Wait. Maybe that isn't funny

Sarah told me that this fan is for me
- *watching movie* *kid calls for mom in background on said tv show*
- my mom "is that one of your siblings??....."
- me and Sarah *breaks into laughter*

 #sisterinsidejokes

E N D  T H O U G H T S  F O R  A U G U S T :
  • this post is very long
  • andy griffith show is fantastic until season 5. then something happens and its not the same
  • IM 18. WHAT. guys you all surprised me so much with that blogpost with the messages THANK YOU ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm honored to be your friend. I mean that..I honestly do. <3
  • i'm perhaps addicted to ice cream? maybe? hahhaaa
  • also i put ketchup on my ketchup 
  • i'm 18. WHAATTT. *its still sinking in* 
  • I bought a record player omw IM SO EXCITED FOR IT TO COME IN THE MAIIILLLL 

thank you again for all the birthday messages. I'm trying to reply to them all --- you guys rock. I DONT EVEN KNOW HOW TO REACT. but jsyk, I slept past my alarm on my birthday (legit the time we were supposed to be walking out the door) but I sat there and read all your messages. I laughed so hard and almost cried and cracked up and grinned and was like "how. how do I deserve these people?" I DON'T. that's all....I can't explain my emotions. 
thank you <3

HOW WAS YOUR AUGUST???
2 GIGANTIC THINGS THAT HAPPENED THIS MONTH - tell me!! 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE BAREFOOT GAL!! // (hacked by her sis + friends) + special notes + JU IS EIGHTEEN WHAAAA

HEY ALL. this is Julia's sister, Sarah. sooooooo Julia's friend, Clara, came to me with this awesome idea and well, if you are wondering why I am here, basically, IT'S JULIA'S BIRTHDAY AND WE'VE HACKED HER BLOG!! (hopefully she has no idea about this post but we'll see hahahahaa)

SO HAPPY BDAY JU. a bunch of friends and I got together and each wrote a little something for you - each answered these two things:
1. what is your fav thing about the Ju?
2. and then add a personal note

(note to others reading this: sorry if I didn't ask you personally, either I couldn't find a way to contact you, or simply forgot/didn't remember everyone. xP regardless, I would love it if everyone reading this post would answer those same two questions in the comment area. thx, guys!)
soleil -
Fav thing about Ju: how she can be so carefree and goofy one moment, but then be deep and personal the next.

Ever since we met from NaNo last year, it's been so awesome getting to know you, and to read your writing. Your poems have encouraged me so many times, and I love getting a peek at your life thru your blog and other places. Keep being the amazing light you are.
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autumn -
favorite thing - Julia is an awesome person in general and she's always willing to talk and listen.  Plus she has the best sense of humor and her posts are always so aesthetic and funny and PERFECT<3

Jules, I don't remember how I met a lot of my blogger friends, but I'm pretty sure that I'll always remember how I met you.  It was on Eve's blog, and she had a live open chat and I left my blog URL on it and you replied back -- "Do you really read and write all day, Autumn?" (And I think we know...I definitely don't ;) But I'm honestly soo glad I met you and you're probably one of the only bloggers who I've known for a very long time :)) Glad to call you my friend!
Happy birthday, Ju <3 Here's to a great year! YOU GOT THIS. -Otto ;)
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aliyah -
What I love most about Julia? She's REAL. I love that I can always count on her for relatable advice and wisdom. She's wiser than her years. Her blog posts are sweet and funny and authentic.

Julia, you've stood by me (virtually) while I went through seasons of not quite knowing who I was as a blogger, writer, photographer. That alone brings tears to my eyes and I am so grateful for you. Thanks for doing what you do and never giving up. You show me that I can do everything through Christ - because you can and have.
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elissa -
My favorite thing about Julia is her love and joy for life. I love her heart for Jesus, and her constant grace for others. The way she so warmly interacts with her readers inspires me to judge less and love more. I know God has BIG, POWERFUL, AMAZING, WONDERFUL plans for her life, and I'm honored to watch what happens next.

Love you, and HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY birthday!!
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Sare -
HELLO YES I MADE MY APPEARANCE *nods* *cough cough* well. you went and grew up on me. YOU TRAITOR. I thought we had talked about this thing called growing up *squints*

thanks for being a pretty awesome sis most of the time anyways. i'm sorry we can't stay mad at each other for any long and i'm sorry people think we are twins (beginning to think so myself though lol) and I'm sorry for the time I dared you not to talk to me and I started changing your music to bug you and you only lasted ten minutes XD #notreallysorryhahahhaaa

my fav thing about you? gosh, what a tough question cuz like THERE ARE SOOOO MANY THINGGSSS *sarcastic tone* I guess one of my favorite things about you is that you aren't afraid to be an older sis - idk if that sounds weird, but I know some people who just don't really like having their younger siblings around and you aren't like that, so, yep XD

and lol, honestly I will never remember "meeting you" like some of these people cuz gosh, I was just a baby and you were a toddler and since then we've basically always been together. like, always. anyways, you are just an overall cool bean and HAAAPPPYY BIRRTHDDAAAYY TOOOO YOOOOUUUUUUU
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hann -
Happy happy 18th birthday, Ju! I remember the first time we were introduced—last November in the 5k1Day chat hosted by Abi. At first I wasn't sure what to think about you, lol, because you intimidated me a little bit. But as we got to know each other a bit better, I learned that you're an amazing, sweet, God-loving gal. And a fantastic writer!

I think my favourite thing about you is your humour. You're so quick-witted and hilarious. So many times I just watched you interact with some of the other members of our chat and laughed XD
I hope your life as an ~official~ adult goes wonderfully, and that you never lose your sense of fun.
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jane maree -
Julia = sweet, thoughtful, most precious bean ever. <33

Dear Ju. I randomly stumbled across you…somehow. I don’t even remember exactly, but what I do remember is that the first comment I ever made on your blog, you replied to it like I was your long-lost life-long friend (shh that totally makes sense. XD). And that was the coolest thing ever for this distant Aussie writer. <3 Thanks for being a super cool person.
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micaiah -
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JU!!! Yes, we did indeed hack onto your blog. *smirks* (Sarah did the actual hacking business, though.) GIRL, you're the best. Seriously. I am so incredibly blessed to have you as a friend! You're so thoughtful and kindhearted - and SO lively! Translation: You have such an outgoing personality and are so fun to talk to. You encourage me when I'm down, you push me when I'm holding myself back, and you participate in virtual snowball fights (a.k.a fantastic). You're a joy, and legit - the day we started talking on Pinterest, I was like "I LIKE THIS GIRL." AND I'm still like "I LIKE THIS GIRL." XD I love ya, bestie! <333
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jesseca dawn -
My favorite thing about Ju? Her love of the little things in life. Things that go unnoticed by most people.

Hey Ju! I'm not even sure how I found you or your blog, but I have to say I'm so glad that I did! Your poems never fail to make me stop and think, and your blog posts always bring a smile to my face. I've enjoyed getting to know you through your poems, emails,  NaNo and chatting.  I hope you have a wonderful birthday, and welcome to adulthood! ;)
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savannah -
My favorite thing about Ju is that you're NUTS and so much fun, but you're also an awesome friend at the same time <3

Julia – totally would never even know you existed if I hadn’t popped into the Google Hangout for a #5K1Day during my First NaNoWriMo Ever, and it was SO FUN meeting you through that! You were such a great motivator + friend + word war extraordinaire (and you still are, actually xD). Someday you will publish your book and be a BESTSELLER (who am I kidding - you've already published your poetry book and EVERYONE LOVES IT  ❤  ❤  ❤), but until then I’ll continue to stalk your very epic blog and hang out in the comments section, whilst also bugging you for word wars in the Google Hangouts now and then (admit it, word wars are the best). You’re so much fun, and even though I only know you over the internet, it’s pretty obvious that you’re a really sweet girl with an awesome personality. Have an amazing birthday, Ju!
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audrey caylin -
Favorite thing about Ju: her energy. It's contagious and makes me smile.

From the moment I started coming to your blog I was like "this is someone who is a light in the world." Your humor and the way you look at things positively yet deeply -- a way I think everyone really needs -- brightens my day. You bring hope and energy and laughter to whatever you do.
And you've inspired me to one day share some poetry with the world -- though it will never be as good as your amazingly profound thoughts. You are seriously one of those people who is going to make a huge difference in the world. Happy birthday <3
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mary -
*bursts onto scene with glitter* My favorite thing about Ju is probably that she always finds a reason to eat ice cream. Wait, does that not count? *crosses arms and pouts* Ughhh, okay then... :P

Actually, my favorite thing about Ju is that she's so full of life. She lives so freely and fully, and I love that about her. (She's also just the sweetest and I WUV HER SO MUCH. <3)

She may have a bit of an issue with taking off people's heads (Sare, you better hide), but she's a genuinely awesome human bean whom I'm grateful to call my friend. Plus, she loves ice cream. So you know. ;)

Happy birthday, Ju!
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clara -
Julia, Your the best. I mean it. You're funny, beautiful, encouraging, talented, passionate, full of life and just the best girl I know! But most importantly I know you love Jesus, and you constantly inspire me to stay close to Him. I am amazed at how strong your relationship with Jesus is, and how you are such a great Christian role model for all those around you! Everyone that comes in contact with you can just see that you're passionate about life, and you want to make a difference.

One of my favorite things about you is that you're not afraid to just be you. There have been several times in the past, where I have had struggles fitting in with certain people or being myself at school, and I'll always remember how you were such an encouragement and inspiration to me during those times! Your the best! Oh my gosh, and all the memories!!! Even though our relationship has had to deal with being 1,000 miles apart we have still had so much fun together. I love it when my phone lights up with texts from you or a FaceTime call. I still love going through all our letters we sent to each other when we were 12 and 13. We were the most hilarious girls ever! Ohhhhhhhh, and I laugh so hard at all those inside jokes we will probably still remember when we are 80.

Today you turn 18. *freaks out* You're an actual adult! Even though everything will start to change in your life as you transition into adulthood, and things might be hard and confusing at times, remember life is still amazing! Just think. You have your whole life canvas ahead of you to paint what you wish on it! I'll know whatever you decide to be you'll be a great one! I believe in you! Happy 18th Birthday, Jules! *winks* Love, Clara - Jeremiah 29:11
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michaila -
Okay so my fave thing about you is either #1 your a great blogger and actually make me LAUGH (ya know, like the kind of over-the-internet laughing where it's like an odd giggle-snort) which basically means you have a good sense of humor. Or #2, your relationship with Sarah (stop laughing girl) because its something I think every girl wants. You both have this funny, quirky bond that's adorable. Trust me, you'll never have better friends than yourselves. You'd make an amazing couple ah book characters.

Happy birthday, girl! Hope it's the best!
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elizabeth -
Julia-My favorite thing about you is how easily you can bring joy into someone's life. I met you because you texted me through Instagram one November morning, and since then we've talked every day 🙈 Your support through all life's struggles, jokes when I need a pick-me-up, and never ending stream of photo bombs, I can't express how many times you've made my day.

YOU'RE 18, CONGRATS sweet girly, I absolute adore you ;) Go eat cake, you know you deserve it.
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amanda -
My favorite thing about Julia is that she has THE BEST ADVICE. Like whenever I freak out about stuff, I know i can tell her and she'll put it all in perspective. She just has this wisdom about her and always has.

I met Julia via the grand internet. ;) I found her blog and wrote her and she wrote me back this huuuuuuuuuge email. I was shocked because I'd never met someone who loved writing as much as I did! We wrote for about half a year and then moved on to texting. I've also never met anyone who took texting so seriously. We had so many amazing, SERIOUS discussions. I mean, don't get me wrong, we also had our share of goofiness. But I loved debating things from the Bible or talking about her desire to help the women of the world. Now that we're older we can't text as much but those conversations will forever be in my heart.
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hannah -
Favorite thing about Ju:
I love how dedicated and hardworking she is, like, PAINTING YOUR ENTIRE HOUSE? And basically all her DIYS, she doesn't give up easily. Which is awesome. Also how energetic she is and the fact that she can basically become friends with anyone.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JULIA. Having known you my whole life I can honestly attest to the fact that you are pretty much just as insane in real life as on your blog. You're definitely never boring to be around. XD
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chloe -
Julia - I don't even remember how exactly I found your blog (probably had something to do with either Mary or Jon) but I'm so glad that I did!

Your posts are always bright and happy (with a healthy dose of sarcasm and dry humor) I love reading them!

So you're turning 18, huh? Woohoo! Happy birthday! *confetti*

Anyways, my favorite thing about you; idk, your mind is pretty fabulous. Because somewhere in there, you're able to make up these fantastic stories and record them so that other people can read and remember them. You, Ju, are awesome!
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ragen -
Julia is a go-getter--once she has an idea, it gets done. There is no opposition that stands a chance once Julia starts working on something.

Julia is a fun, bright, hardworking, and adventurous friend. She isn’t afraid of deep convos or long walks. She knows when it’s time to shop and time to stop. She is responsible, beautiful, and my role model. I couldn’t have been happier meeting her a second time in the same coffee shop, reconnecting to a place of sweet, beautiful friendship. Happy Birthday Julia!
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bree -
Happy birthday Ju!!!!  How has time flown by so quickly?!  I seriously cannot keep up anymore....you're 18??!!  Wow.  (Stop it now.  I really mean it.)  You're making me miss the days of chalkville, makeshift covered wagons, singing silly veggie tales songs while riding our bikes in circles, mashing dandelions, making movies, eating snow-cones galore, bouncing on giant balls while enjoying dried fruit and pickles.

Childhood was great, wasn't it?  Welcome to adulthood.  Yep, that's it.  I don't have a grand speech of how wonderful it is.  The transition is hard -- there are still days when I can't decide if I'm a kid or an adult, lol!  But, you know what?  Soak it in, miss!  Because, you'll only be 18 once!  And, who knows what adventures God has in store for you this year!!  (Insert private sister joke regarding Alaska here, heheeheeee.)   No, seriously, I'm so glad you're my sister!  I don't know how to thank you enough for everything.  For just being you.  Keep being amazing.  I don't have to tell you that though.  You apparently already know you are, lol!  Just teasing.  ;) Love you!

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emma jane -
Julia is the girl who calls my house and leaves messages with my dad. She's the girl who's so hyper and all over everything that she almost freaks me out (just a little). I don't remember who said hi first - me or you - but I told you I liked your picture of a cornfield and you told me I was good with words, and I learned what a good sister you are and what an enthusiastic friend, and you rubbed off on me; your easy way of talking, your love for your family, your obsession with pallets, and your desire to live all out, just like you do everything, for Jesus. You are one special Chick and I'm glad to be your friend. Happy birthday!
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brianna -
My favorite thing about Julia is her enthusiasm for everything, ice cream, crashing ceilings in, word wars... everything. I'm so glad I got to meet you. <3 Happy 18th birthday!!
anyways, happy 18th birthday, Julia! (but ha, like you will ever really be an adult *rolls eyes* XD) thanks for being an awesome sis and an awesome friend - love from your sis, Sare <33

so, 'cuz it's Ju's bday (and since all of you are her friends xD) DO THE THING:
what is you fav thing about ju??
and, a personal note in the comments below
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