Happi Julia

I want to be a writer one day! I will use this website to display my experiments with various styles of writing. I promise to share a voice that is confident and vulnerable. I will publicly display my writing to 1. hold myself accountable to pursing new ideas, 2. track growth, 3. create a physical art product that reflects who I am, and 4. live more boldly. Writing is a form of therapy for me, therefore, in addition to some beautiful words there will be some poor quality journal ramblings shared here as well.

ABOUT ME! MY NAME IS JULIA!

Personally: I love traveling and learning languages. My native language is English and my most prideful life accomplishment so far is learning to speak Spanish fairly well. I barely speak Arabic, am currently working to improve that, and think I will try Italian next. My strongest of the five senses is smell. I feel very connected to the energies around me, whether they are within nature or within individuals. I have the greatest friends in the world. I love writing and linguistics, am obsessive with many different types of music, and feel I have a lot of untapped artistic potential. I love to dance and will dance in most any place. I love to exercise and require a lot of sunshine and water. Leadership comes fairly naturally as the oldest of three sisters. I am service oriented, a dedicated life-long learner, and number one self critic. I am a talented teacher and able to make quick friends. I am a bit judgmental and often put my foot in my mouth. I am also hilarious.

Professionally: My personal and professional very much overlap, I couldn’t really imagine it being any other way. I hope to one day make a career that is a combination of my passions for storytelling, languages, traveling, human connection, music, and fighting for this nutty utopian idea of a just human world. Currently, I work in the immigration space at a nonprofit in Washington D.C. I work to empower those directly impacted by immigration to publicly share their stories in order to drive policy change and impact the national narrative on immigration. I also work privately as a Spanish tutor. I hope to one day work on migration at the global level. I will always serve as an advocate for why immigrants are powerful community members and should be valued as such. I will remain dedicated to sharing my personal experience on how cultural diversity and cross-cultural engagement in an environment leads to mutual understanding amongst humanity.

Historically: I grew up in Alexandria, Virginia my entire life just as my parents did before me. I was a chubby kid. Weirdly into Harry Potter. I have been the same height since the fifth grade and some boys in sixth grade used to call me Andre the Giant. In elementary school I had several important teachers that made me believe I was a talented writer. I have always gotten good grades, my parents were fairly strict and it had a positive effect on me. I started wanting to “change the world”, “make a difference”, and all that jazz when I went to Uganda by myself at age 16.

Spiritually: I really do believe in and feel the connectedness of the universe. I think that the universe looks out for me often. I believe that God is inside of me and that I can one day achieve enlightenment. I believe in jinxing, often make wishes at 11:11, and at fountains. I try to actively work on developing my sense of spirituality but the fuckedupness of the world keeps distracting me. I grew up Catholic but that doesn’t exactly mean anything to me personally. Organized religion more often scares me than not but as I get older I am learning to be more respectful. I believe that I will one day find more answers to spiritual questions through examining other faiths. I only predict life will continue to become more difficult, lonely, and unprincipled from here and hope that spirituality can help me out with that.

A ningún hombre consiento / que dicte mi sentencia

~Madre mía, Rosalía

Snaps and claps if you, too, love yourself to the moon and back and love living this life. My ladies: let’s really live this way, without limits or fear, let’s be free forever.

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