Things to remember for 2017

This is kind of more of a "reminders for julia" post than anything else, summing up a lot of the big ideas from my deeper posts throughout the year. But I find that humans are generally more similar (inside our heads) than we believe, so who knows, these might be things you want to remember too.

Without further ado, here are some of my advice greatest-hits:

happy new year from a little antique post-card and a polaroid of me trying to be vintage-y

A self-doubter's guide to being confident

Words I would use to describe myself: Hard working, quiet, weird, likes-to-be-plan-everything, prepared.

Words I would not use to describe myself: Confident, self-assured, risk taker.

You get the idea. I like myself fair enough, but that's not the problem.

The problem is that I sometimes have a hard time trusting myself, taking risks, asserting that "yes I'm sure" or "I can do this myself" or "I deserve this." And this can make a project like blogging kinda hard. It can also make life kinda hard, because you're constantly scared of messing up.


Read this if you ever feel like you've gotten worse

When one year comes to an end and another is about to start, I always get a little bit nostalgic. I feel like a lot of people do.

But when you're recalling old memories and feelings, and looking at old photos, do you ever find yourself feeling kinda down? Like it's not just happy nostalgia... it's swirled with all kinds of feelings of guilt or disappointment or even shame. You might think, "I used to be so much better back then"/ "I used to work harder"/ "I was more creative" / "I looked better."


10 things to know about your first semester of college

As of two hours ago, I have completed my last final exam and am therefore done with my first semester of college.

Phew.

Anyways, I did "10 things to know about your first week of college" so now I'm doing "10 things to know about your first semester of college." Here's the stuff I've learned.

1. You are still the same person you always were, just with a bunch of new experiences and ideas. 

You're just more complicated now, and that's okay. Complicated is good. Nobody wants to be boring on the inside.

  2. You have time. 

Remember how different it felt to be a freshman in high school versus a senior in high school? Remember how much you changed, and how much you accomplished?  You may feel like you want to do everything now, but don't stress out about it too much because you do have seven more semesters.