January 3, 2010

So, who is this girl? (Part 2)

We have all established that it's a new year. And we want new, exciting things to happen in our lives in 2010. After 2009, I can't imagine that much more excitement could come along for me, good and bad. I have thought a lot about this year and how it could be different from last.

Remember this post that I wrote? (If you're a new follower go there first) I've been thinking about that since ringing in this new year. As I mentioned in that post, I want to be honest and real with you all. But not just for you, for me too. This blog has become a place for me to be myself and journal my life. Remember I said it may take a few posts to get everything out? Well, this is numero dos.

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It feels good to get things out in the open and just let it go. This year is a year of letting go for me. Letting go of a lot of things. Letting go of the past, obviously. Letting go of worrying about tomorrow so much. Attempting to not be such a control freak (this won't happen overnight). And overall, just living in the moment, living for right now. Because right now is all that we're promised.

As I mentioned in my last heart-felt post, I dealt with some serious heartache last year. To make a long story short, my boyfriend of three and a half years broke up with me a month before my college graduation. Yea, that was a bummer. At first. But it didn't take me too long to realize what a blessing in disguise that it had been.

Have you ever been in a situation that seemed so great, so perfect and then it turned out to be a complete disaster? That was me. Living in a complete disaster. There has never been an experience in my life that opened my eyes and gave me a breath of fresh air quite like this one.

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Heartache is something that we have all experienced at one point or another, in some way or another. This heartache helped me grow and become a better person. I realized the importance of my family and friends. I became aware of the loyalty that I had neglected because my head was in a cloud. I was able to mend relationships that were long overdo for a repair.

What I'm trying to say is this: Not every bad experience is the end of the world. Or a bad experience at all. This proved to me that there is a silver lining around every cloud (even the cloud my head was stuck in).
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In just a few weeks I'm going to be celebrating my birthday. This will be the first birthday that I've celebrated as a 'big girl.' Out on my own, working a job, making my own money... It feels a little different this year.

The experiences of 2009 had to happen for me to be the person that I am now, the person that I'm going to be when I turn twenty-three. I'm proud of myself for staying strong and persevering. There really was no other choice. I'm obviously not someone who waves a white flag.

That being said....

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Yea, that about covers it.



Anonymous said...

Great post girl! Love how you turned a lemon into sweet lemonade! With that kind of outlook you are going to do great things! Hope your having a great night! xoxo

{andthisiswhatshesaid} said...

What a cute post!! You know that I absolutely love you, and I love you more after this post... I agree with the outlook.. WE WILL rock 2010!

Blissfully Enamored said...

i hope that 2010 turns out to be an AMAZING year for you!!!

email me if you really want a J frame!! i would LOVE to get one together for ya!!!


Jax said...

You WILL rock 2010! Love your blog.. I went and read your previous post you'd linked.. I'm an only child, too, lovely! :) I agree that things that happen really shape the person you end up being...and I used to think that whole "everything happens for a reason" was the dumbest.saying.ever. but now I'm kinda a follower of it... (hypocrite=me..hah). Here's to 2010 from across the blog world!

Kori said...

Yes you will rock 2010 Julie honey! I'm sorry you had to go through heartbreak this year. I've been there myself (a few times), but things happen for a reason and God has something better planned for you darling! Hope you had an amazing weekend. Kori xoxo

Anastasia Schembri said...

Great post! I wish you all the best for 2010!

The Tuscan Home said...

Fabulous post, Julie! You've come a long way and you sound so happy and positive, what more could a person ask for, right?

2010 will be fabulous! =)



Football and Fried Rice said...

You are so wise for 23 ;) Absolutely, all the junk we go through in life is what shapes us in (ultimately) better people! Thank goodness! We don't have to drag that baggage around with us - you are free to set it down whenever you want (& it sounds like you have) That being said - 2010 IS going to be a great year!!

3 Peanuts said...

Oh yes...God has us walk these paths to learn and to grow and it is good that you can see that from all the things that seem bad when they happen...there are ALWAYS blessings. I am not sure I learned that at your age. I think it took me a lot longer. Growth and re-discovery s so good.

As an aside, I am not suer if you know this but the little snowflakes on your blog make the side jump and flickr (at least on my Mac). It makes it very hard to read. I just wanted you to know. Maybe it only happens on my computer but I have noticed it on al the blog with the snowflakes....

Pink Lace and Cupcakes said...

Julie, You are a ROCKSTAR! Do not ever forget that, you will rock 2010 and you will come out on top:) Hope you are having a great day!!

Mo said...

Great outlook for the new year! I can't wait to see what it has in store.

Summer said...

I'm right there with you girl. My new motto is to just enjoy this moment I have....and let all the rest go.