2. Praise and Worship Music
It feels so good to close your eyes tightly and allow Him to speak to you through song. It can give you goose bumps, bring tears to your eyes, make you fall on your knees or rise to your feet, but every time it is healing and it is good. For Lent I chose to only listen to the Christian radio stations and driving to work has now become one of the best parts of my day.
3. The Washington Monument
There is something so romantic and wondrous about the tallest structure in DC. You can see it from everywhere in the city and it often just pops out you as you cross the street or turn a corner reminding you, you live in one of the most important cities in the world. When I look at it, it reminds me of how I fell in love with this city three years ago when I was an intern and everything I went through to live here now. It reminds me to dream big, to pray hard, breathe deep and to be present and grateful.
4. Stove-top popcorn
I have always loved buttery, salted popcorn and in college my girls friends and I became obsessed with popping it on the stove. I have loads of memories of getting together on Sundays, watching Revenge and passing around a huge bowl of fresh popcorn. I remember learning exactly how to do it one spring break and have perfected the art, leaving behind zero kernels. I brought this tradition with me to my new city and my roommate has fallen in love too. She often asks me to pop her a bowl, and it fills my heart with joy every time.
Growing up I tried all the other sports and activities and dance was the only thing I seemed to have any interest in (or ability if we’re being honest). I was the captain of my high school team for two years and I also competed with a company. I only take classes occasionally now but I still experience dance on a daily basis. I dance around my apartment and often down the street and at work. Dance, for me, is an organic and pure expression of joy, a natural extension of walking and talking. I will never stop loving dance, especially when it is spontaneous, with friends … and to Beyonce.
Julia is southern expat from Georgia living in DC navigating her early twenties through a walk with Christ. She graduated last year from Auburn University in Alabama with a degree in public relations and is spending a year volunteering with AmeriCorps Vista at a nonprofit serving people effected by homelessness. She constantly aims to check things off her bucket list, and tends to wander the globe on a regular basis. You can take part in her travels and weekly adventures on her YouTube channel Jules of the South. http://youtube.com/