Tenets

I’m enjoying getting to know myself and, every day, I’m just trying to be a better me than the day before. The five principles below really define the way that I live my life and may help you, my visitor, better understand who I am as a person.

“The five tenets of Julie” are, of course, to continually develop and evolve, in the same way that I, too, will continually develop and evolve into the person I hope to become.

THE FIVE TENETS OF JULIE:
ACCEPTANCE
COURAGE
FAITH
INTENT
STRENGTH

1. ACCEPTANCE

On a global level, acceptance means appreciating others for who they are regardless of how they label themselves.

On a personal level, it means the ability to realize that although I may have made mistakes in the past, I can’t have regrets. Even the things that I may wish hadn’t happened make me who I am today.

“Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life”. – Sophia Loren

2. COURAGE

To me, this means not allowing fear of the unknown keep me from experiencing life to the fullest. Whether it is personally or professionally, I must take chances. The outcome may not be what I hope or anticipate, but it’s better than being paralyzed by apprehension.

“In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.” – Theodore Roosevelt

3. FAITH

When life’s cup doesn’t seem to be quite half-full, having faith refers to being able and willing to lean on my support system as well as taking comfort in my religion. I have to trust that my family, my friends, and my community will be there for me in my time of need. It also means never losing hope in humanity as a whole.

“Shared joy is double joy. Shared sorrow is half sorrow.” – Swedish Proverb

4. INTENT

There are two parts of living with intent for me.

First, it’s not doing things because I think I should, or just to say I’ve done them, or because I think it will look good, or as my parents love to say “to simply put a checkmark in the box”. Rather, it’s engaging in activites from which I truly believe I’ll learn or just to enjoy the experience.

Second, when deciding to do something, having intent means not allowing myself to do the activity halfheartedly. I hold myself to a higher standard than simply getting things done.

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” – Confucius

5. STRENGTH

Strength refers to belief in myself. No matter how hard things get, I must remember that I am an intelligent, independent, thoughtful, loved individual. I refuse to compromise my ideals or beliefs for others’ benefit and I must remember who I am at all times. Internal strength means being able to hold my head high knowing I did the best I could, I can get through this and I will come out an even stronger person.

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson