Thursday, July 31, 2014

Songs I Can't Bring Myself To Stop Listening To: iTunes Edition

Songs I Can't Bring Myself To 
Stop Listening To (On iTunes)

I recently gave you an idea of the songs I binge on when it comes to Spotify, but I also get hooked on some of the songs in my iTunes library.  (A lot of these I got from Noisetrade in case you're curious.)  A majority of these songs are upbeat fun types of songs, I'm usually drawn to those the most.

Barlights (Live) - fun.

Get Lucky (Gypsyphonic Bounce Remix) - The Soul Rebels feat. BIg Freedia

Kathleen - The Tattletale Saints

Into Your Deep - Hans Kraenzlin

Just A Ride - The Virginmarys

Acapella & Pulses - Karmin

Motive 1, 2 - Beautiful Eulogy

The Shadow (Burden) - Baskery

Unconditional Love Remix & Hallelujah Remix - Kevin Aleksander

-XO Juls

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Songs I Can't Bring Myself To Stop Listening To: Spotify Edition

Songs I Can't Bring Myself To 
Stop Listening To (On Spotify)

I love Spotify for exploring new music however sometimes I find myself listening to the same songs over and over again to the utter joy of the 3 or so people that follow me and actually pay attention to their feeds.  And just for the fun of it I thought I'd share with you the songs that I have been obsessed with lately (and in turn have had stuck in my head all day).

-XO Juls

Monday, July 28, 2014

Sleeping Beauty? Not So Much

     I remember middle school faintly.  Some things are clearer than others.  For instance, unless I really sit down and think I can barely recall any of 6th grade, but I vividly remember my mission trip to the Philippines in 7th grade, or being in the spring musical in 8th grade.  I also can easily remember many of the times my middle school friends would come over and we'd paint nails or dance around my house to 90's christian music.  The CDs (See?  We're going old school here.) we would play the most would always be Barlow Girl. 

     One song in particular was our pre-teen girl anthem.  If you know anything about Barlow Girl's music you might already know where I'm going here: Average Girl.  
Listen To It Here.

     My friends and I adored that song.  It was powerful to us.  It encouraged patience and faithfulness in God as the author of our lives.  However, having just listened to it on the car ride home I've noticed my relationship with that song has taken a turn into "Love/Hate".  At those moments in my adolescence I was so thankful for that song's reminder of not fitting into the norm that our culture was displaying.  At that time it was what I needed.  Sometimes I still do, if I'm being honest.  But, as I pondered this song today I couldn't help but have these thoughts, 

"This just sounds... wrong."  
"Should we really just wait around and 'sleep' until God sends our 'prince' to us?"  
"Shouldn't us women be ACTIVELY seeking God?  Then in turn as our 'prince' is seeking God we could find each other and partner together in our pursuit."
"This song just seems too PASSIVE."

   I couldn't help but be drawn to the parts of the song that talk about waiting and "sleeping" until our 'princes' come for us.  

So what I'm not your average girl
I don't meet the standards of this world
Chasing after boys is not my thing
See I'm waiting for a wedding ring

No more dating
I'm just waiting
Like sleeping beauty
My prince will come for me
No more dating I'm just waiting
'Cause God is writing my love story

Boys are bad that's certainly not true
'Cause God's preparing one for you
If you get tired waiting till he comes
Gods arms are the perfect place to run

Sleep that's the only thing
For me 'cause when I sleep Gods

Preparing one for me


While I appreciate the sense of patience this instills, it still seems like it is telling us women to passively wait around until God sends us a guy.  That's not what I want, and I'm sure it's not what God wants.  Relationships, romantically, should always come second to the relationship with the Father.  Our focus should be on seeking Him out, not waiting on God to bring us a man.  Patience is key, as well, as a desire for that kind of relationship is pretty much instilled in us all.  And this song helps encourage that.  Like I've said, it's a Love/Hate relationship.  So let's be Patient, Faithful, AND Actively Pursuing Christ.

-XO Juls

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

5 Best Music Videos

     I love seeing the creativity that goes into music videos and getting to see how the artist expresses their song visually.  I picked some of my favorite music videos and compiled a short list for you.  These videos are creative and sometimes retro/vintage.  I liked most of these songs before even seeing the videos for them, but the videos make them 10 times more enjoyable.  I won't say much about each individual video because I really want the artists' voices to speak for themselves.

5. Meg & Dia - Black Wedding

I love how Meg and Dia's style is a little haunting and vintage-glam in general, but this video showcases it best.  

4. Family Force 5 - Chainsaw

This is one of the few songs I first heard when I watched the video.  Either way though the video keeps up with the energy of the song which is key and Hello? Flannel!

3. Karmin - Pulses

Like I mentioned before this video starts out retro & hilarious.  George Takei just makes my day!  I also love the use of the lack of color.

2. Beautiful Eulogy - Symbols & Symbols

The sketch overlay is creative and fun but doesn't take away from the heaviness of the subject of the song.

1. Kimbra - Good Intent

Kimbra is the music video queen to me.  She's not only one of my favorite artists but I also love the style of her music videos.  Good Intent is my favorite but I also love Settle Down and Cameo Lover, just to name a few.

Aly & AJ - Potential Breakup Song

I know it's a little dated but I've always loved this video for the effective use of grayscale vs color and the paint splatter effect.

-XO Juls

Friday, July 18, 2014

20 Years On This Planet:

Back in June my lovely sister wrote me a letter on her blog as a birthday surprise.  In it she wrote 20 pieces of advice that she had gained through her years of life on Earth.  20 pieces of advice for me since I had turned 20.  It meant a lot knowing that she took the time to write that for me and was thinking of me.  You can find her post here.  I decided that while I do not have her way with words, and I wouldn't want to copy her post anyways, I do have a couple words of wisdom that my experiences have blessed me with as well.  They are a little bit more general since I'm not writing this directed towards any one person.

So without further ado, here are 20 things I've learned throughout my 20 years on this planet:

1.  Be a nerd.
If you have a strong interest in something embrace it.  Whether that interest be in old school Nintendo games, Harry Potter, fashion, soccer, Disney, or even Pokemon.  Be a nerd in the highest meaning of the word.  Enjoy your interests, and don't let other people talk you out of them simply because their interests lie elsewhere.

2.  When you get the chance go to concerts.
Music changes a little when you're at a concert.  It becomes more personal.  I can't tell you how many times I've listened to Kimbra, Foster the People, or my Passion CD and thought "I remember them playing this live!  That was so awesome!"  Artists and bands cross over a whole other level when you watch them live.  You get to see them interacting with their own music and not in an edited and cut way like in music videos.  It's real life.

3.  Don't be a flirt.
I admit it, I'm guilty of this one.  Most people are.  I'm one of those unintentional flirts in that I don't realize that I'm flirting.  But flirting with flirting is dangerous.  It may seem harmless and fun at first, but soon people's feelings get hurt unintentionally.  Set appropriate boundaries for when you interact with the opposite gender.  And be intentional with how you relate to other people.

4.  Dictate your own style.
Fashion rules say this and trends say that, but none of those rules and regulations have any idea who you are as an individual.  While I love fashion and style is important to me.  I also believe in what Stacey and Clinton represent on What Not To Wear; fashion doesn't have to be boring, and having your own sense of style doesn't have to mean mismatched frumpy clothes.  The two worlds can live harmoniously.  Let your own style shine through.  Love graphic tees?  Awesome!  Want to rock a scarf 24/7?  Sweet!  Only wear super short shorts?  Please no!  Put some pants on.

5.  Devotions don't have to be a chore.
I've found that the more I give my time over to God and dig into His word then the more interesting it becomes to me.  

6.  Surround yourself with good friends.
Create a support group for yourself full of people who encourage you and build you up.  And do the same for them, friendship is a two-way street.

7.  Don't be afraid to be yourself.
Whether you're an artist, a writer, a musician, a jokester, an encourager, a teacher, a listener, or any of the many things I haven't listed, God created you with these unique abilities and talents for you to use in miraculous ways.  
You are not like anyone else in the world in the most wonderful way possible.  Some people are introverts, and some are extroverts.  Both are important.  I, an introvert to the core, love hanging out with friends and spending time with people.  However, I recharge during my alone time at home.  I adore being by myself, having no pressure to impress other people or live according to their schedule.  I love being my introverted self and have no desire of changing that.
I also know I have weird quirks like my fascination with cats, or saying words wrong on purpose, or singing along with songs all the time.  But those are just pieces that fit into the infinite puzzle that is me.

8.  Learn at least one instrument.
Whether you go with more common instruments like piano, drums, guitar, or something more obscure like banjo, harmonica, upright bass, or keytar, I believe that music creates an outlet unlike any other creative outlet.  It lets you express yourself in new ways.  Besides, who doesn't love a musician?

9.  Boys make awesome friends.
Growing up my guy friend circle mainly consisted of my cousin Bobby and all of his friends plus a couple guys from school that I didn't hang out with outside of class.  Since college that has changed drastically.  I adore my guy friends who have become like a group of brothers for me (having only two sisters this actually means a lot to me).  I enjoy getting to watch them grow through these years into young men who are great leaders, super fun to hang out with, and awesome frisbee players.  I feel comfortable around these guy friends knowing that they support me and have my back.

10.  Pay attention in class.
Don't listen to the people who tell you you don't actually have to pay attention.  Listen and learn.  Go to class on time, take notes, and do your homework.  Do your best at everything you do and glorify God with it.

11.  Don't be afraid of trying new things.
Burritos.  A couple years ago I had never tried a burrito, mainly because I'm a super picky eater.  But after my first time trying it I found myself craving them all the time.  I am now practically in love with burritos (don't worry, I make sure to keep it at a healthy level of obsession).  I never would have known that if I had chickened out and refused to try one.  You might be missing out on a potential favorite of yours because you're too afraid to try a new thing.

12.  Eye contact.
Eye contact is a precious commodity these days.  Everyone is so accustomed to looking down at their devices.  But looking at a person in the eye shows interest in them.  It shows you know how to hold a conversation and it also helps you relate closer to people.  Just... don't stare at people.  That can get creepy.

13.  Learn to step out.
One thing I have learned from living on campus is what it is like to be out from under my parent's roof.  And while I love being back under it (#commutinglife) there are many things I miss.  Mainly, it's just the feeling of being out on my own and feeling like my decisions can truly be my own .  Eventually it comes time to leave the nest (and in the most respectful way possible, I feel like my mind has even though physically I am planning to live at my parent's house 2 more years 'till I graduate.)

14.  Go without your phone.
Every once in a while it is so refreshing to leave your phone behind and just enjoy being with people, or embracing nature without being separated by a camera and filter.

15.  Be okay with you.
This may sound suspiciously like number 7.  Well it does.  Titles are hard.  But this time I want you to be okay with you, the you you see in the mirror.  Everyone has issues with body image at least to some extent.  And learning to love how you were made is never an easy thing.  I remember in middle school and early high school when there were a few select things I could list off as being my least favorite things about myself. Namely?  My eyebrows.  I have very bold eyebrows and I've never really cared to the extent of actually getting them shaped because Ouch! and it costs money.  Plus then you have to maintain it and it's just a hassle.  But even though it was my decision to keep them how they are I still wasn't thrilled with how I looked.  Through the years I took the slow journey of coming to appreciate how God made me eyebrows and all.  Freshman year of college I painted an abstract self-portrait in which my eyebrows were painted very boldly.  One of my peers critiqued it by saying something like "I love the eyebrows.  You made them really bold and if you had done it differently it wouldn't look like you."  Learning to like yourself is a journey and it begins with understanding and accepting that God knew what He was doing when He made you.  You are beautiful!

16.  Don't take yourself too seriously.
Laugh.  A lot.  Even at yourself.  Humility is big, and learning to be humble is one of those wonderful things where if you do it life will generally seem better, and if you don't life will teach you humility on it's own terms.  

17.  Know which relationships are top priority.
Boys, surprisingly, should not rank first.  Who would'a thunk? I'm still learning how to put my relationship with God before all other relationships.  After that for me comes family and then friend and romantic relationships.  "Seek first the Kingdom of God and these things will be added to you."

18.  Be organized.
Don't let your life get cluttered.  Not to sound like a mom, but honestly life seems to seem a lot less stressful and a whole lot easier when your work space, car, room, closet, dresser, desktop, and mind are clear.

19.  Don't hold on to friends who pull you down.
Like I said before, relationships are a two-way street.  Friends are there to encourage you, help you learn, and have fun.  I've had my experience with friendships that just felt draining before.  That's not healthy.  Sometimes it's better for you & even them to cut ties and move on.

20.  Read.  Read.  Read!
Reading is one of my favorite pastimes alongside with drawing and singing.  I love entering other worlds and enlarging my vocabulary (which reading naturally does).  Reading promotes brain growth and you also get to explore the world from the comfort of the armchair in your room.  Fill your bookcases, my friends, and explore the worlds inside the pages.

-XO Juls

Thursday, July 17, 2014

That One Summer

Hi readers, 

Wooh!  It's been a while since our last chat.  *looks at date on last post*  Ok, so it's been QUITE a while.  I've been busy with normal 20-something stuff, like going on adventures with friends (can you say "beach trips"?!), interning (can you say "unpaid"?!), family events like reunions, binge watching netflix and youtube, and sleeping.  I suppose I could have thrown in a post here and there but the whole point of this blog of mine in particular was to post when inspiration hit. 

Here it is.

So I was listening to my songs on iTunes (on shuffle of course, is there another way to do it?) and a certain song came on.  It was Falling Slowly by Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová; the special version from Bath & Bodyworks' P.S. I Love You CD. (Don't ask. Okay, it was special edition that I got because I know people.)  Anyways, this CD in particular is one of my favorite CDs that I own.  It is all love songs from various artists and it is ridiculously soothing to listen to.

P.S. I Love You track list:
1::I Still Ain't Over You - Augustana::
2::Falling Slowly - Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová::
3::Closer To Love - Matt Kearney::
4::Fit Of Love - Ciara::
5:: You Don't Know Me -  Ben Folds Feat. Regina Spektor::
6::Falling In Love At A Coffee Shop - Landon Pigg::
7::Shelter - Ray LaMontagne
8::Bad Habit - Destiny's Child::
9::Follow Through - Gavin DeGraw::
10::The Show - Lenka::

One summer in particular I completely thrived off listening to this CD at night before bed.  Typically though that would last through till the morning because I stayed up many of those nights listening to that CD and reading.  It was summertime after all and I was in high school, why would I need sleep?  

The reason I am bringing this up is because I am fascinated with sensory memory, particularly in this case with Echoic Memory.  In layman's terms that means memories that are brought about by a certain sound (this really can occur with most of our other senses too like sight and smell etc.)   So, whenever I hear the songs from this CD I am reminded of the moments in which I listened to them the most, which for me is when I was in my room that Summer reading all night.  But that's not all.  I wasn't reading just any books, I was reading one of my favorite series of books from my favorite author, Ted Dekker.  I was reading through the Paradise Novels (Showdown, Saint, and Sinner).  So when I hear this CD those moments I remember pinpoint to me reading those books in particular (and eating cheese and Triscuit crackers paired with grape juice which I pretended was wine).  They have become an inseparable matching set in my mind.  It works both ways too, when I think of Showdown or any of the moments in that book, or of the main characters Johnny, Samuel or Marsuvees Black somewhere in the back of my mind Falling Slowly or The Show by Lenka starts playing.  I think that is one of my favorite things about the human mind, how it's capable of making connections like that.  Connections.  I love connections, that's why Ted Dekker is my favorite author. That's a whole other post for me, though.  

I think I'm going to wrap this one up by the way and just ask you to ponder through what some of your favorite books and CDs are.  And I highly encourage you to go back and read them, or pop that CD in and listen to it and reminisce.  It is Summer after all.

-XO Juls 

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Summer Goals

  • climb more trees
  • collect some vinyl
  • get some sun
  • paint more
  • sleep under the stars at least once
  • hike
  • go to more concerts
  • beach trip
  • walk the city streets
  • amusement park trip
  • swing dance
  • read my books!
  • laugh (a lot) with my friends
  • sell some paintings
  • more bonfires
  • break out the ol' bicycle at least once
  • people watch
  • draw people
These are just a few of the things I want to do this Summer.  Some of these things I already do (like read my books and laugh with my friends etc.) but I often think it's good to make them part of my goals so that I motivate myself into a generally happier lifestyle. 

Do you have goals for what you want to do this Summer?  What would some of those be? 
-XO Juls

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The Pursuit of Love

I honestly don't remember how long ago I made these graphics.  I found them on my computer today thrown in with my other tablet images.  The great thing is that even though I made these months ago, what they say still applies to everything I've been thinking about lately.  It's funny how things work out that way.

-XO Juls

Monday, May 26, 2014

Mixtape: Outcry

I haven't posted in a while.  Mainly that's because I've been distracted by the world outside of the computer, which isn't so much a bad thing.  However, I have missed the opportunity in which blogging allows me to sort out my thoughts.  So even though I'm still not up to full blogger capacity again, I did want to share one of the mixtapes I have been working on.  This one really represents my thoughts lately so I'm hoping you enjoy it. :)

1::Drifter - Mike Mains & The Branches::
2::Flood (New Rain) - Jars Of Clay::
3::Love Come To Life - Big Daddy Weave::
4::Beautiful Things - Gungor::
5::Surrender - Barlow Girl::
6::Instruments Of Mercy - Beautiful Eulogy::

Find this mix on Spotify

-XO Juls

Saturday, April 26, 2014

10 YouTubers I Subscribe To

I thought that today I would take the time and let you have a looksey at what I watch when I need a YouTube fix.

1.  Bad Lip Reading 
Bad Lip Reading is a hilarious channel.  From political candidates to professional athletes to well known movies they dub over the clips in the most humorous way possible.  The NFL Bad Lip Reading video is my favorite. (it's also my family's favorite.  We will quote this video in normal conversations.)  But I also encourage you to check out "MEDIEVAL LAND FUN-TIME WORLD""MORE NFL", and "Mitt Romney".

2.  Mental Floss
Mental Floss is unique in the way that it is informative and yet super entertaining.  My favorite videos by them are the ones where John Green shares fun facts & trivia like in the video below:

3.  Zoella
Zoe is just one of the most adorable people on the internet.  She does beauty videos but she also does some videos just for fun, like some of her 'tag' videos.

4.  Connor Franta
This boy is 'Frantastic'.  I find him to be super funny and relatable, plus he's really down to earth.  He also is on a colab channel called O2L.

5.  Finn & Jack Harries
Jack and his brother Finn are really quite enjoyable to watch because of the way they interact with one another.  "Finn, Finn, the better twin."

6.  Charlie McDonnell
Charlie is a creative soul.  He has a dry sense of humor similar in some ways to my own so I enjoy his videos.  

7.  Rhett & Link (& Good Mythical Morning)
Rhett and Link have been some of my favorite YouTubers for quite a while now.  From their cameos in Julian Smith videos to their music videos I get a kick out of watching these two interact.  Their Mon-Fri show on YouTube, Good Mythical Morning, used to get me through the day.  I am a Mythical Beast and proud of it! 

8.  Blimey Cow
I don't watch BlimeyCow often, but when I do I always chuckle a little.

9.  Smosh Games/ Screen Junkies (Honest Trailers)
Smosh Games gives you gaming trailers & Screen Junkies has the movie trailers.  Hilariously true:

10.  Julian Smith
My all-time favorite YouTuber is the one and only Julian Smith.  And his 'cousin' Jeffery Dallas of course.  His videos are creative, unique, and down right funny.  He also does music videos and has a surprisingly good voice.  The falsetto on this boy is astounding!

Hope you enjoy these clever people's videos as much as i do.
-XO Juls

Friday, April 4, 2014

A Julie By Any Other Name...

Names, they represent who we are at a very basic level.  They are our first impression.  
Sometimes I like looking at what a name actually means and compare it to what I know about the person themselves.  It's shocking how in sync they can be.

So I am going to give you the meaning behind my name, judge for yourself as to if it fits my personality or not.

means 'youthful, beautiful, and vivacious'.
My middle name means grace, and my last name means sexton or churchwarden.

When I first looked up my last name I was a little amused, because I am currently an intern at my church.

I even know the meanings behind some of my friend's names and they seem to fit on the most part.

means 'ruler of the little people'

means 'small but wise'

means 'supplanter' and 'may God protect'

means 'victory of the people'

Even when I write stories I look into what my character names represent and what they mean when I'm naming them.  For instance,

From my Guardians of the North post:

means 'glorious man' and comes from Androcles and the Lion
The last name I gave him is 
which means 'lion-hearted'.

means 'loyal'

means 'loyal to God'

From The Beast of the Lost Island post:

hero of the Norse legend the 'Volsungasaga' who could understand the language of birds.

means “Hermes” in Italian, associated with speed and good luck

means 'Terror of Delos'

What does your name mean?  If you don't already know then I encourage you to look it up sometime.  Then see if the meaning is a surprisingly good fit for you like it was for me.

-XO Juls

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Spring Mini-Mix

I wanted to do a small mix for the beginning of Spring with some songs that are great to drive around to.
So without further ado, here's The Thaw.

The Thaw: Springtime Mini-Mix

1::Going Away - Meg & Dia::
2::This Is My Heart - The Dirty Guv'nahs::
3::Perish - Brooke Waggoner::
4::Worth Wondering - Bronze Radio Return::
5::Thumping - Charlie & The Foxtrots::

I hope these songs are as enjoyable for you as they are for me.  I particularly like them on sunny days when I can drive around the back roads with my windows down.

-XO Juls

Friday, February 28, 2014

Connecting the Pieces

God has a way of making me realize when something is supposed to hit home.  

Sometimes it's through a key phrase in a song lyric or a message from a speaker, sometimes it's through a talk with one of my big sisters, and sometimes it is through repetition.  My favorite is when God shows me connections.  

I'm a girl who loves connections.  I'm a mystery solver, a puzzler, and a connection maker.  This fact alone is probably why I fell in love with Ted Dekker's books. (They are full of connections between books that aren't even in the same series.)  

So, when I am able to discover that a message I heard in church a week ago relates to the topic the speaker I'm listening to right now is discussing makes me happier than it probably should.  Not only does the whole "I made a connection!" aspect brighten my mood but it also makes me stop and ponder.  "I see what you did there, God."

Like a lot of people I severely lack application in many areas of my life, be it practicing patience, gossiping, obedience, practically the whole spectrum.  That's why I cherish the moments when my attention can be grabbed out of the insanity that is my scattered mind in order to focus on a part of my life that requires a little bit of spiritual handiwork.  

Many times throughout this past year or two these sort of occurances have happened in large amounts.  Many times I will go to church on Tuesday nights and learn a great message, then go to Navs on Thursday and hear a message radically similar.  

I'm not saying that we should rely on repetition in order to find points to start our heart change.  We should constantly be working on all areas of our heart in order to glorify God through that.  But I love when I can thank Jesus for being patient with me & letting me sometimes figure out the obvious stuff in such a creative way as making connections.

-XO Juls

Monday, February 17, 2014

Why I Don't Post Errday

Easy answer?  I'm super lazy and frankly it doesn't cross my mind all that often.  I don't mind not having a blog that demands daily posts (I even said that in my first post to this blog).  

But even more than that, I have always felt that when I post it should be meaningful.  It should be about something I'm passionate about and should be WORTH READING.  I'm not saying everything I have posted IS worth reading, I know it's not.  I also know that I'm very self-critical... But any-who I am the type of person that believes when you write something it should have a purpose.  ((This unfortunately doesn't always apply to my Facebook posts, but hey, sometimes you've just got to quote Julian Smith videos back and forth with someone for an hour.))  

If I'm going to sit down and take the time to write up a post, I want to make sure it's something that will impact someone in a positive way.  I've always wanted my overall purpose for writing to be to "inform, inspire, and create desire".  You could also add in "make the reader laugh & smile".  

I'm not trying to knock on the types of bloggers that just sit down and write about whatever comes to mind, I just don't really see the point.  If your post doesn't have a purpose... then what is it doing??  All-in-all I just wanted to say that if you haven't seen me post in a while it's probably because I'm critiquing all of the post ideas flying around my ever-active brain.  So please, be patient with me. :)

^^This probably wasn't the most well written post.  That's probably because I spontaneously decided to write it at 2am.  Ironic huh? 

-XO Juls

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day

I suppose I've left you hanging for long enough.  You had your chance at guessing what my valentine this year would be so now I'm ready to reveal it to you!

Happy Valentine's Day!

-XOXO Juls

Thursday, February 13, 2014

The Bucket List

*No affiliation with the movie.

Recently my good friend Jackie and I have decided to put our creative and adventurous minds together to create a bucket list.  We will attempt to complete the tasks together as 'bucket buddies'.  Of course others are welcome to join in in our endeavors.  Some of our list items are small and could probably be done this year, others will take time to get done.  We even got so fancy as to start logging our bucket list on  I'll list a couple of our items we were hoping to do together and with other people, and if you're interested in 'bucketing' with us then just let us know.  We'd love to adventure with you!

  • Horseback Riding - neither of us have done anything more than the back-and-forth rides at the harvest fair.  We want to actually go on a trail or something.
  • Release Wishing Lanterns on New Years (Next Year) 
  • Beach Trip with Friends - at least a weekend, maybe a week.
  • Ride Tallest Roller Coaster in USA
  • Visit Whit's End - they have a building set up to look just like it!
  • Paint a Giant Canvas Together - splatter painting for sure.
  • ect.
So let us know if you want to join in on the fun, and also if you have any fun suggestions we're always looking for more things to add.

-XO Juls