The Wake-Up Moment

(Julia defines) ‘The Wake-Up Moment’- a situation (often slightly dangerous) that allows you to take a moment to evaluate where your life is going, what you want to get out of it, and if you’re on the path to make it to these essential goals.

I have ‘wake-up moments’ every time I’m in an area with grizzly bears, or wolves. I have ‘wake-up moments’ right when a flight is taking off or touching down. I had ‘wake-up moments’ in the few times I’ve ever been seriously sick enough to get really worried about a future (I was overreacting terribly, all was taken care of correctly each time– just some lag time due to the language barrier in understanding that!).

I just had another ‘wake-up moment’ yesterday when walking to my duplex from my lovely friend Claire’s apartment-I was walking on the sidewalk behind the baseball fields at my school, and I never considered the possibility of a homerun creating a small, dangerous object flying at me…until it happened! Luckily it missed my head by a few feet!

Anyway, of course it put another ‘wake-up moment’ in me right in the middle of my finals studying, so this post will acknowledge it and I’ll come back to it for my own purposes later- but for you, reader, does this ever happen? Am I crazy with this phenomenom? Just thought I’d share because these moments really do inspire the action needed to put me where I need to be, and they take out fear from the picture!

Wishing you all successful ‘wake-up moment’-inspired action in your lives!
Much love, readers.

(Also, random recent photo included:)

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Looking Back: Grateful for Every Moment

.. I’m grateful for every moment, but the beautiful moments are the easiest to appreciate initially. Now that I’m not going through particular difficult moments, I’m just as grateful for the growth and needed change they allowed me.

Sometimes life can get you a little down, as though the moments now are harder than they’ve been in the past, or that you’re not moving forward with your life as quickly as you’d like, or that you want to feel more happiness, or that in certain moments, you feel a new happiness you’ve never imagined and want to bottle it up to keep with you forever.

Through each of these moments, the answer to these concerns is always in front of me. I know it, and I still won’t even always seek Him. I’m praying for everyone in this boat, because it can make for difficult moments, but I am remembering that God *always* has brought me the best.

The best in life comes after taking out what was ‘the best’ before- if my life story speaks to one thing, it screams this. The ‘middle time’ of transition doesn’t get easier knowing this, though. I have to believe more; I need more trust in Him!

Even in just today, He has so many beautiful surprises and little seconds filled with Joy for each of us. What will it be for me, and for you? Will we be too busy to notice or cherish them?

So maybe I’m sick with a bad sore throat today (and *if* I was complaining, I’d say that’s my least favorite kind of sick day), but it will still be a great day; He ensures this. Much love to all my readers, and enjoy these photos (I took every one of them except one!)

** Brace Yourselves- The following photos contain little details that hint at the people who I contain in my heart, experiences that have shaped I how see the world through my time in just 10 countries so far…think of how much we still have to discover, and yet, for me- I am so happy to remember these moments of great joy! So please, comment if you recognize a location or may have been present for one of these moments! I do apologize for some years’ photos not included, as I lost a lot of my photo archive when switching laptops just about a year ago. Still- enjoy! **)



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