Category Archives: Personal Reflections

Dating 2.0 – Dating Someone without a Facebook Account

I date. I dig Social Media. And I spend a lot of time thinking about both. Because the problem is, like I always say, that in dating and in social media, it’s the blind leading the blind. Well, now, I think it’s time to pin down some answers. And that is what has inspired “Dating 2.0″ category on this blog, which after a long hiatus IS BACK. Continue reading

On Turning Twenty-Five

I turned twenty-five about a week and a half ago and I have to say that I’m not feeling the “quarter-life crisis” that’s typically associated with this birthday. In fact, I’ve experienced quite the opposite; I’ve had a lot of fun this summer and have high hopes for this coming year. I’ve given myself three simple rules to live by (that I guess should be added to the “Five Tenets of Julie”) as I turn another year older:

1. No Secrets: Be true to myself and own my feelings.

2. Build Bridges, Don’t Burn Them: It takes more effort and energy to be negative than it is to welcome someone into my circle of friends. And as Life’s Little Instruction Book points out: “Never burn your bridges. You’ll be surprised how many times you’ll have to cross the same river.”

3. Life is Not So Serious: I’ve always been mature for my age and I’m realizing now that  I shouldn’t have rushed so much be grown up. I have a tendency to take things a bit too seriously and this is my reminder to lighten up.

Do you have any mantras that help you take stock of your life?

Photo Credit: _Tophee_

2010 Resolutions

Discipline - Another Brick in the Wall

My resolutions:


  1. Eat out less. If I could get this down to two lunches ordered out per week and one dinner ordered out per week, I’d be a happy woman.
  2. Go to the gym more. Don’t judge me too much, but I’m aiming low here – My goal is to go to the gym at least four times a month.
  3. Get up earlier. I think, in a perfect world, I’d like to get myself up an hour earlier that I am right now. But, I’m really scared to commit myself to that. So… Can I say that, if by the end of 2010, if I’m getting up 20 minutes earlier than I am now (alright, alright, at 7:43am), I’ll consider myself successful?
  4. Drink more water. I can commit to two glasses of water of day. Sad, but realistic.


  1. Volunteer more. Concretely, I’d like to volunteer in some way – whether it be my time, money, effort – at least once a month.
  2. Write more. In 2009, I wrote 54 blog posts, which is more than I would have guessed, and is about one post a week. In 2010, I’d like to double the number of posts I publish and will count myself successful if I write eight posts per month (for a total of 96).
  3. Pursue outside interests. I’m one of those very lucky people that is able to do, in a professional capacity, what they love. However, this gets tricky because it means that one thing dominates my life (that being social media and marketing). In 2010, I’d like to refocus on the other things that make happy like salsa dancing, practicing my French, scrapbooking, and photography. When someone asks me what I like to do for fun or outside of work, I should have an answer ready. I’ll consider myself successful if I pursue an outside interest in some capacity at least once a month.
  4. Explore DC more. I commit to “exploring DC” at least once per month. It’s hard to qualify what “exploring DC” means so I’ll operate on a “I know it when I see it” basis.
  5. Read more. One book per month is doable, I think.

While in the process of defining my goals for this coming year, I came across a blog post by Jared Goralnick of Technotheory and AwayFind where Jared shares his theme for 2010. He writes:

Last year I suggested we should choose just one word and label it a theme for the year ahead. This year… the word is swim.

Looking at the resolutions I’ve outlined for myself this year, my word for 2010 became very readily apparently: DISCIPLINE. If I am to be successful at the goals I’ve set, I’ll need willpower and self-control in all aspects of my life. Wish me luck.

PS – Leo Babauta of ZenHabits has a great blog post called “The Definitive Guide to Sticking to Your New Year’s Resolutions” that should help you — and me — stick to our resolutions.

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