Almost exactly a year ago I published a first post here on ExploresMore, titled “2014.” And frankly, I can’t believe that the year has passed so fast. 2014 was scary and exhilarating, both in the best possible way. I got extremely close with many amazing girls and guys, I graduated high school, I experienced the best two weeks of my life in Spain, and I moved to Paris. This year has been filled with so much personal growth as well; the Julia from one year ago would not recognize the girl sitting here typing this today. I finally broke out of my shell, became more confident with myself, and made stepping out of my comfort zone a regular habit. Although not always easy, 2014 was rewarding in every way possible and I cannot wait to see what this next year brings.

So, sitting here at LAX about to head home to Paris, I thought it would be a good idea to get some resolutions down on paper (or, screen). I really did end up sticking with mine from last year, and am proud of myself for doing so! So, without further ado:

1. Quit gluten and sugar for 8 weeks.

For the first half of 2014 I lived completely gluten-free, and that period was the best I have ever felt health wise. Not only did I not get sick for a good 6 months (a rarity for me), but I lost weight, my skin cleared up, and I had significantly more energy. After eating a grotesque amount of bread in France for the past 4 months, it’s time to get clean again. I’m adding in Sarah Wilson’s I Quit Sugar detox as well. I eat way too much of the white stuff, and feel all of the symptoms described in her book. I will keep you guys updated along the way. Here’s to a healthy 2015!

2. Save money.

For the past 4 months, I have been spending way too much money. I want to start saving by eating out less and only buying clothes that I think are really special. Some things I want to buy in 2015 include: many travels, a new camera, and furniture for my student apartment next autumn!

3. Travel.

I’m living in Europe, it would be a complete waste not to travel!! I’m hoping to get to know the south of France these next seven months, and still dream of visiting Istanbul. Gotta save money to make my dreams come true!

4. Work out.

This isn’t to lose weight necessarily, but to keep my mind clear and sane. I have barely done anything since high school ended, and am making it a goal to go running three times a week. With the new workouts clothes I got for Christmas, there’s really no excuse not to.

5. Sleep more. 

Coming back home and finally catching up on sleep this break has shown me how important it really is. My skin got better, I ate less, and my mind was clear. In France, a night with more than 6 hours was a rarity, and that has to change when I get back. 8 hours a night it is!

6. Be more creative.

That means both posting more regularly on the blog, and doing more in my everyday life. For example, this winter break, instead of buying a case for my Kindle, I sat down one night and sewed my own one. Not only is it cute (and cost nothing), but I’m also way more proud of it than I would have been with a bought one. I also see lots of scrapbooking in my future (when the Amsterdam prints finally arrive).

7. Be more positive.

I think that this one is by far the most import ants of my resolutions. I tend to see only the bad in things, rather than reflecting on and reveling in the good. This year I’m going to make a conscious effort to change that. Because, what’s the point of living in Paris if I’m not going to take any joy out of it?? 😀

What are your resolutions for 2015? Please comment below, I’d love to read them!

Bisous, and here’s to a great year.


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