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Don’t Let Fear Win
When I was in grade school, we had this really amazing art teacher who taught us about famous artists and their contributions to the art world whether it be a technique or color combinations or composition or subject matter and then she would teach us ingenious ways to simulate their works of art but with our own twist. We'd create impressionist art with melting crayons and paint self portraits and draw large scale objects one section at a time and even though I would never call myself an artist in that way, I sure felt like one. So thank you, [...]
Anne Frank House
As you know, I'm presently on a little European adventure and earlier this week I was in Amsterdam. (It's a beautiful city and you should go.) While I was there, I visited Anne Frank House - where she, her family, the van Pels and Fritz Pfeffer hid from the Nazis for two years - and was completely inspired by the ambition and attitude of the 13-year-old. Having visited Auschwitz two years ago and cried an absolute river while I was touring the facility, I was prepared to feel the sadness of their situation, but I wasn't prepared to feel the joy [...]
Luck Has Nothing To Do With It
As I'm posting pictures from another European adventure to cover the 2017 IIHF World Championship in Cologne with stops in Milan for the pre-tournament training camp, Lake Como because why not when it's an hour train ride away and eventually Amsterdam, Brussels and Paris for a little vacation after the gold medals have been awarded, I'm getting a lot of messages about how lucky I am and while I do feel incredibly lucky to live an amazing life filled with friends, family, travel and hockey…I'm not doing anything you couldn't be doing. I knew at at very young age that I [...]
Hello, 2017!
I love a new year, new month, new week, new day. I can't help but get all excited about the possibilities! I'm definitely among those that like to start a new challenge at the beginning of something - except that one time I gave up dessert for the rest of the month...that one I started immediately because you've got to check yourself before you wreck yourself - and there's just something special about a new year and a clean slate. I often refer to life as a book and encourage everyone not to let anyone else hold the pen and today...the entire [...]
The Rest is Still Unwritten
As the year comes to a close, I'd like to thank it for being awesome. I have accomplished so much, experienced so much and learned so much about myself in the past 365 days and it's amazing what life can be like when you live with intention. In years past, I allowed life to pass right by me on so many occasions that I was determined to proactively make sure that didn't happen this year and decided it would be my most productive year yet and I'm very happy to say that it was. I traveled to new places like Estonia, St Petersburg [...]
Wanderlust
When I was a little girl, I used to read the encyclopedia - you know, back when it was a collection of books and not crowd sourced on the internet. I'd sit in front of the bookcase and pick a random letter and just start flipping through it and see what I could find. More often than not, I found another country that I wanted to visit. I'm pretty sure it was the layers of maps that got my attention. I was fascinated by how a country could change and grow so much, yet still stay the same with it's [...]
I Am a Badass and So Are You!
As part of my resolutions for a more purposeful life this year, I have a goal to read 25 books and one of the books on my list is "You Are a Badass" by Jennifer Sincero. I finished it yesterday and it should be on the required reading list of anyone with a beating heart. I don't even know how I stumbled upon the book to put it on my Goodreads Want To Read List, but I know I was a big fan of the title. Who doesn't like to consider themselves a badass, if only on occasion? Someone who doesn't take any [...]
Who Goes to Estonia?
As you may know, I'm a hockey writer. I get paid to travel all over North America and Europe and watch hockey games and write about the players. Not sure if that's your dream job, but it's definitely mine and I love having the opportunity to live it out in real life and not just the fantasyland in my head. Plus, it's super helpful when I have things like "Visit a new country" on my annual To Do List. Thanks to hockey, I've been to Finland, Sweden, Russia, Czech Republic, Austria, and Poland, but now I can also add Estonia to [...]
My Most Productive Year Yet
Thirteen months ago, I found myself saying 'I'd love to do that someday…' or 'I've always wanted to do that!' far more than I'd like to admit. Once I realized what I was doing - or more appropriately, what I wasn't doing - I started asking myself why. Why wasn't I doing any of those things that I really wanted to do, like travel more or learn another language or take control of my financial future or challenge myself in new ways? After some reflection, I realized I had allowed things that weren't important to me become important leaving no [...]
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    Julie is a self-improvement junkie who loves to travel, wear pretty dresses, eat big breakfast and watch all the sunsets. She’s been there and done that and sharing all her life lessons with you. Read more

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