2 minutes ago I turned 18, and I wanted to do a reflection of this last year: 17! If you consider my actions since turning an adult (cleaning out ice cream wrappers off of my bed), nothing much has changed. However, I believe this year was one for the books. And although I say this every year, it was the best one yet! It was filled with so many changes, and almost all for the positive. This is the year where I really came into myself, and started to be happy with who I am. I feel like I know who I am now, something I did not at this time last year. This is the year where my friendships all around the world became stronger than ever. I found out what I was passionate about in school, and what kind of a person I want to be. I made huge life changing decisions (Julia one year ago would have not believed that this is being written in France) and grew up in the process. I decided to take huge risks, and became a lot more outgoing and social. I’m no longer afraid of meeting new people, and taking part in new experiences. And while I spent most of the year itching to get out of my hometown, I also really used the time I had left in Los Angeles to discover the city. I was so busy living and discovering during year 17. However, despite almost never being home, I also feel like my relationship with my family got a lot better. I now consider my brother my confidant, whereas we spent basically the 15 years prior fighting all the time. And ExploresMore was born!! Thank you for those of you that have followed along, you mean the world to me!! (and I’m still surprised that anybody would read my blog) So, click through for a retrospect of year 17, it was one to remember! Thank you so much for reading. <3
This last year was pretty freaking great, cheers to all that’s to come!