I honestly don’t even know how to begin this post. Well, today I’m 20 you guys! Literally the end of a decade, I can’t believe it. So much has changed in the past year alone, let alone the last 10. Remember this post from two years ago? I feel like the Julia writing in back then was so young, yet I can still relate to her in every way.
Since then, I’ve grown up even more. Here I am, two apartments and two cities later, and still loving every minute. Year 19 was the year I moved to Munich, started college, finished my first year of college, and met some of my closest friends. It has also been the year that I truly began to value the people that have always been along for the journey, from childhood friends and high school friends to those wonderful people I met in Paris last year (some of which are here celebrating with my right now). Family is still exactly as important as it was back then, and I’ve found a newfound respect for the city (and country) I grew up in. While I’m not planning on going back, I’m thankful that it’s where I came from.
This year I continued exploring Europe, got my first serious job, and furnished my own apartment. I spent 12 straight hours in a library studying for exams, but also climbed up an abandoned tower to watch the sun rise after a (prolonged) evening out with friends. I spent a week traveling around Germany with those I love, and countless evenings in Munich with girls that have become family. Hey, last weekend I even climbed a mountain! I still can’t believe I got myself up there, but I did it. That’s just the thing I’ve learned as well: anything is possible. You can get through every shitty day, every stressful deadline, and up every damn hill.
And lastly, I am so thankful for each and every one of you. Thank you for being there and following along. ExploresMore has grown so much this past year, and I’m so excited to see what the next year will bring.
I am so thankful for this life. So so thankful! Much love, Julia
P.S. – Back to normal, non-sappy content on Thursday.