Starting Your Day

They say that the first 10 minutes of your day sets the tone for the rest of your day.

I really started exploring this concept, trying it out for myself. For me, this way of beginning your day has little to do with checklists and tasks, and more to do with positivity and setting the scene.

Below, I’ve compiled a list of ways to start your day, with the hope of a fruitful, joyful, productive day.

1. In the Word

This is of utmost importance. I’ve always remembered my pastor saying, “We need God and we need Him early.” If you are struggling to find joy each day, but aren’t starting it with Jesus, you are setting yourself up for a dreary day. Spending time with the Lord in the morning is like coffee for the soul. The perfect way to awake and refresh. Nourish and uplift. It doesn’t have to take long. Just dedicate a few quiet moments to set your heart on things above.

2. Make Your Bed

A simple task yet so powerful. This minuscule decision sets your scene. Tidying your space helps give you that extra little boost in the morning. You’re awake. You’re up. Your bed is made. It’s go time.

3. Stretch

Perhaps a full blown workout just isn’t in the cards. That’s okay! Simply moving and stretching can alleviate tension and help put an extra pep in your step.

4. Get something done.

Even just one tiny task. Just do one productive thing in the morning, and you will be surprised how much you will accomplish throughout the day. Put away the dishes from last night. Flip the couch cushions. Fold that load of laundry. Small tasks have big effects.

Discipline will be needed in order to have a fruitful morning. Sometimes we need to help motivate ourselves. For example, I made a rule for myself a few months ago: The tv can’t be turned on until I’ve spent my quiet time with the Lord. That simple rule has been monumental in my morning routine. And in my walk with the Lord.

How are you setting yourself up for success each morning?

Happy Youthful Year

I felt a new year’s post was in order. There is something absolutely wonderful about the start of a new year. Fresh and hopeful. Clean and crisp.

This year my goal is to truly encompass the “Youthful Philosophy”, as I like to call it. This philosophy is not a free pass to conduct myself with immaturity. Rather, it is maturely choosing to embrace the best traits of my childhood.

And what does that look like?

1. Childlike Faith

My faith was unwavering as a child. Steady and natural. As this year is sure to present some changes, my goal is to strive towards absolute surrender to the Lord. He has always come through, so why should I doubt Him?

2. Quick Forgiveness

I struggle with this. I’m so sensitive and when someone hurts my feelings or seems to care so little, it becomes so easy for me to dwell, and harp, and re-hash. However, as a child, this wasn’t such a struggle. I am praying that the Lord will help me with this. That I will simply pray for those who act unkindly.

3. Contagious Joy

I have always possessed what I like to call my “Julia Joy.” Yet, life can quickly zap that right out of me if I let it. My goal is to be irresistibly joyful. So much so that it bubbles over and creates ripples.

4. Life Lived Unplugged

Technology wasn’t as commonplace in my childhood. While technology can be truly amazing and useful, it’s important to be able to entertain oneself without it. I want to read more books and create more things and just be in the moment. Not living with a screen plastered to my face.

5. Constantly Imagining

This was a true talent of mine as a child. And still is. But it’s easy to forget to keep that imagination alive. I hope to add a little more imagination in my writing this year. You never know what that could lead to.

6. Reckless Love for the Lord

The love of Jesus in a child is so moving and raw. A true example. The greatest goal I can make this year is to love my God more. To spend more time with Him. I will say, the last few months of 2017, I read my Bible more consistently than I had ever in my entire life. And it rocked my world. In the best way possible. Therefore, I want to keep increasing this time spent with Him.

7. Wonder

Children love to wonder, don’t they? “What’s that?” “How does this work?” “Why does it rain?” Their questions go on endlessly. They stop and look at things. May my sense of wonder and awe increase this year. May I stop and gaze at the moon. May I breathe in the fresh air. May I look on God’s creation with admiration and true worship.

Happy Youthful Year, everyone! Excited to see where God takes this little blog of mine this year.


Forgiveness is one of those things that we are going to have to do time and time again as humans.

I was driving home the other day. It was cloudy. A few raindrops were scattered across my windshield. The scene seemed to really manifest itself for gloomy inner thoughts. I found myself dwelling on my hurt feelings.

I was just like, “woah.” I need to get a grip here. I am a sensitive person and that’s okay. But my sensitivity is no excuse to not forgive. 

I prayed right then and there. I asked the Lord to help me forgive. “70 x 7” as the Bible says. I’m really trying to work on this. On softening my heart towards people who continuously hurt my feelings. On not holding a grudge. Unforgiveness ultimately hurts me.

Unforgiveness is kinda sneaky. You don’t realize it sometimes. I remember one day thinking about the concept of forgiveness. I tried to think of a list of people that I struggled with forgiving. No one came to mind. So I was like, “okay, cool.” And went along my merry way. Then, that person says something rude, and ALL the hurtful things they’ve done rush back, and the bitterness makes its entry. I realized I struggled with forgiveness more than I realize. In fact, there are a few people that I’m really trying to forgive. God is working on that with me.

People are going to hurt our feelings. People will be mean. Cold. Harsh. Selfish. If we let people’s actions create bitterness and grudges, we are going to be miserable people. 

To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you. – C. S. Lewis

I think the above quote kind of says it all. The greater the offense, the harder it is to forgive. But if God can forgive us, surely we can forgive each other.

I urge you to bring your unforgiveness straight to the Lord. He will really help you. He’ll help reveal unforgiveness you might not even realize you have. He’s helping me and I’m already feeling lighter and more joyful! I want to be a person who is oozing with love and kindness and forgiveness. And God is helping me become that person.

Fitness Challenge: Week 2

Summer! It is officially summer at my workplace. I hope you all had a fantastic week! My week consisted of a lot of realizations, lessons, and hope. (But that’s a blog post for another time 😉)

So last week, I posted my first fitness challenge! If you haven’t checked it out already, you can do so here.

My challenge to myself was to workout once. Just once.

And I did it!

Because of my back injuries, I have to be careful. Therefore, I just did some light yoga and a whole lot of stretching. It felt amazing to just be doing something for my body, even if it wasn’t anything hardcore. I did have some back pain the next day, so in future workouts I will probably try to take it even slower.

Remember, it’s all about creating small goals to achieve big goals!

First small goal: achieved!

Week 2

This week, my challenge will be to work out (you guessed it) twice. Still very doable!

If you don’t even know where to begin or what to do, YouTube has a wealth of fitness videos you can use for free! My television has a YouTube app, so I can pull up fitness videos on a large screen. If you have this option, I highly recommend!

Pinterest also has a ton of easy workouts you can try. You just have to get up and give them a go.

I find that once you start working out, it becomes easier to motivate yourself to workout again. It becomes, in a sense, addicting. (I’m not quite there yet, but it’s getting easier.)

This workout challenge is for myself and anyone who wants to join! If you’re with me, post a comment below or send me a message! I’d love to help keep each other motivated!

I’ll let you know how Week 2 goes! Remember, I’m keeping it totally real. We can do this. Let’s make this summer, a fit summer. 🌴🌺

Fitness Challenge: Week 1

I love being active and eating heathy. It’s very gratifying to me. Thankfully, I have a job where I walk a lot and climb stairs almost constantly. I never take the elevator, because the stairs are the perfect daily fitness opportunity! Squeeze in fitness when ya can!

However, I never take the time to actually work out. It’s really tough. I’m exhausted when I get home from work. Then, I have to cook dinner and make lunches for the next day. Shower, chores, etc. It’s tough. For all of us.

Back in July, I was in a bad car accident. I have daily back and neck pain that just doesn’t seem to be getting any better. In fact, lately it’s felt worse. (However, I am SO incredibly grateful that my injuries are not terrible. God was truly protecting my hubby and I. I’ll tell that story another time 😉)

Furthermore, my back pain has inspired me to try to naturally help myself. I want to see if working out will help alleviate some of the discomfort and strengthen my back. Plus, working out is just a really important factor in a healthy lifestyle. So I can’t go wrong!

So let’s get started!

Fitness Challenge

To help keep myself motivated, I decided to create a weekly fitness challenge; for myself and whoever wants to join!

Week 1

I find that if you set goals that are too large, they are hard to achieve. Therefore, I’m all about setting a series of small goals to help achieve one big goal.

The Big Goal: Work out consistently a few times a week.

This week’s small goal: work out once.

That’s right. Once. I know, that’s pretty hilarious. But I have to be realistic. After working all day in the blazing sun, I’m not ready to commit to working out all the time. So let’s just start with one workout at a time. 💪

Each week, I’ll update you with how I did. Don’t worry, I’ll be totally honest and real. If I didn’t work out, you’ll be the first to know. I will also let you know what the challenge is for the next week. Each week might be slightly different, with increased amounts of workouts. Let’s get strong!

I’m ready to be the #fitwife !