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

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^^First selfie of 17, September 12th 2013!

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^^Last selfie of 17, enjoying tea in my last few hours as a child! (September 11th, 2014)

^^ Sleeping under the stars in Spain this summer (August 2014)

^^Schmidt cubed (the little brother, plus Max Greenfield [Schmidt] from New Girl) (April 2014)

^^Zip-lining in Hawaii (January 2014)

^^Best friends Sisters (July 2014)

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^^Wanderlust begins, waiting for my trip to Germany (September 2013)

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^^Christmas (December 2013)

^^My girls at graduation (June 2014) #connect5ordie

^^Candid on our dress-up day; I picked my philosophy teacher, and this is me during his class (May 2014)

^^Heidelberg, Germany (November 2013)

^^DVF Exhibit at LACMA (May 2014)

^^Third period AP Environmental Studies (April 2014)

^^Christmas market in Hamburg, Germany (November 2013)

^^Disneyland with my Banana (June 2014)

^^Hiking with my family (May 2014)

^^Cousin love in an autumn kissed Germany (November 2013)

^^Dodger Blue (May 2014)

^^Hammer Museum, Westwood [Los Angeles] (May 2014)

^^Halloween, a flapper and a cow (October 2013)

^^Graduation, family is everything (June 2014)

^^Blondes only, enough said (June 2014)

^^All we really did during 3rd period was take selfies (March 2014)

^^Cologne, Germany (July 2014)

^^Blue (June, 2014)

^^We went to Islands in our island gear! Aloha :) (June, 2014)

^^We dressed up, we danced, we prommed (May 2014)

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^^Interning at LAFW (October 2013)

^^Quite the spectacular ending to my high school career (June 2014)

^^Nothing makes me happier than this place; Kappeln, Germany (December 2013)

This last year was pretty freaking great, cheers to all that’s to come!



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  • Happy, happy birthday Julia! I hope it was an amazing one and that your 19th year of life will be even more spectacular than the last (which might be a hard feat since you’ve already accomplished and done so much)!

    • Julia

      Hi there!! Thank you so so so so much for your incredibly kind message :) <3 <3 Here's to hoping that this year is the best yet!