HAHAHAAA I ACTUALLY AM A GRADUATE *squeals cuz I survived* // graduation photos under the bridge


the barefoot gal isn't just a blog title. ITS LITERALLY WHO I AM.

like AHHH MY GRADUATION PHOTOS TURNED OUT SO AMAZINGLY. My older sister + Sarah took them and no you can't borrow those gals. 

My graduation trip to the East coast was so unfathomably spectacular but hahhahaaa I got so behind schedule. INCLUDING MY PHOTOS. like generally they're take rather than later? but nope. Not for me -- my announcements went out today. *coughcough*


sooo like I got back and a whirlwind happened (not joking here) and then suddenly everyone was like "we are going to the park" and apparently it was a graduation outing for me?? TOTALLY DIDNT KNOW. my sister made cake for me too and like hahaaha I had no idea my family could pull something like that

IT WAS ALSO PERFECT FOR TAKING PHOTOS THAT DAY. I did think "oh we could take pictures at the park" so I brought my dress and gahhhhhh yes yes yes. I love love love how they look SRSLY AHH

But for reals here, I can't believe I'm actually a graduate. I mean..my whole entire life I've known that "oh I'll be going into 6th, 7th, 8th grade" etc etc. BUT I NEVER REALLY THOUGHT 12TH GRADE WOULD COME AND I WOULD COMPLETE IT. I'm serious. 

I'm here though. I REALLY AM. And, it's slightly terrifying and still doesn't feel real. Yet, on the other hand, it's super exciting and thrilling. I'm sure you graduates understand.

Cuz here we are, able to make new decisions that weren't available to us before + WE HAVE OUR DIPLOMAS WHICH ADMIT IT THAT THING IS NEATO *feels so pro*


just like that *snaps fingers* I'm Julia Ryan the high school graduate. WHERE DID THE TIME FLY. (also I'm not sure if this is weird or not but I remember my first day of school as a kid?? and learning how to read. ah good days) 

If someone asked me if I would want to be little again, I would have to say no. Crazy, IKR. but, I don't know... those days were special, yesterday was amazing, today was spectacular, and tomorrow is unknown. I like that.

SO if you're going to ask me that everlasting and totally predictable question of "so now what?" I'll just toss my hair and grin bc YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT WITH JULIA. just ask my friends + family..hahahaaahaaaa

*leaves to go work on resume* 

WHICH PHOTO DO YOU LIKE BEST??
WHAT GRADE DID YOU JUST WRAP UP?


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  1. Ah these are all so pretty! And seriously who needs shoes? (Actually I do but most times I without even outside lol)
    Agh I am wrapping up 10th through the Summer (homechoolers ah) and it's actually scary that I'll be a junior in the fall..... BUT ILL TRY TO CONQUER IT.

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    1. ahhh girl thank you so much (and dude haha ikr?! shoes are totally yesterday)
      YES YOU CAN DO IT I PROMISE YOU. I mean, i did so obv it isn't impossible?? *nervous laugh*

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  2. Congratulations!! And those photos are perfect! I think my favourite is the one through the trees. :) Also, your dress is really nice! All the best with the mysterious whatever's next! :) (I totally understand though - I'm still figuring it out, and I've been finished school for a year and a half.. It's great for learning to trust and be flexible!)

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    1. omw perfect?! Yes yes I really liked that one too! The green was so vibrant. hahahaa!! Thank you -- I need that. (and thank you like so much for understanding. Hearing that question over and over again can get so exhausting..but hearing "I UNDERSTAND" is beautiful <333)

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  3. Hey, congrats! :D I love the pics! My favorites were numbers 2 and 4. :) I graduated high school last year, but I didn't go on to college. Right now I don't think that's the direction God wants me to go in, but that could change too. You never know. :P It must be so exciting to be starting this new chapter in your life! :)

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    1. aww <333 I had to go look at those pictures and gahhhhh you're the sweetest. <33 SEE YES AH finally someone else who says "God" "direction". For reals. THATS SO IMPORTANT. Just rushing into something -- or anything -- without God is insane.. a lot of people don't understand that.. :P BUT THANKS FOR THE COMMENT GAL!

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  4. Congratulations on wrapping up highschool! They're all so adorable, but my favorite is the one you posted on instagram, where you're looking off and leaning against the pillar. :)

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    1. Congratulations to you as well!! CLASS OF 2017 FOR THE WIN XD XD awwww girl thank you so much and thank you again bc that is my favorite as well XD

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  5. Hey, girl! This post was amazing! Congrats on being a graduate!! ;)
    Those pictures were so pretty, I love the scenery!! =D
    My favorite pictures are probably the first, the fourth, and the last. =D Bree and Sare did such a great job on those picture!! =D
    What grade am I in? I think sixth......UGGGGHH I HAVE SUCH A GOLDFISH BRAAAAAIIIN. xD I know I'm at least in sixth or seventh grade.=PP
    Have a wonderful day, Julia.
    Jaidyn Elise<3

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    1. amazing??! gah girl *hugs* THANKS
      ooohh thanks!! I love the green too -- so happy. Ah. I love sumer
      hahahha they did, didn't they?!
      LOL I HAVE THE BRAIN OF A MINNOW WHICH IM ASSUMING IS SMALLER THAN A GOLDGISH XD XD
      <333

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    2. Yes, it TOTALLY was!! =D *hugs* Your so welcome! ;)
      Your welcome!!! Ooh, so did I....*whispers* also because green is my fave color........lol =PP
      Yes!! =)
      Oh, I'm sure you don't! =) Haha, I don't know......xD
      Jaidyn Elise<33

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  6. GAHHHH THESE PHOTOS ARE BEAUTIFUL!! (And you're so pretty, girl, like wowww.) I think my favorites would have to be the first one and the last one...but they're all amazing. *thumbs up*

    And I would tell you what grade I finished but...you probably already know. ;)

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    1. GAAAAAAHHH GIRL WAHT *gives you ice cream and cookies* (dude don't make me cry. please please)

      hahahaha! *tries to think* *pretends I know* GOOD JOB ON THE GRADE YOU FINISHED (girl remember i didn't know what a ferris wheel was just don't ask me to remember things lol)

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  7. That's so exciting!! And these pictures are amazing!! XD Congratulations!!!
    I graduated last year and I never really thought about it. Until I was in NH and my mom was texting me saying that the end of the year testing was happening and I was like, "It's so weird. This is my first year not testing." Crazy that it took a year to hit me *laughs*
    Hm... Favorite photo?? *scrolls up for another look* I love them all!! But let's go with the last one for my favorite ;)
    Well, CONGRATULATIONS AGAIN!!! <33333

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    1. gah girl *hugs* THANKS <333333
      You did?!? I didn't know that! LOL I know... I don't think it will hit me until later on. You're right.....yup. It will really hit me when I see my younger siblings starting up again huh..... lol
      hahaa that's my favorite too!!
      ACK YOU TOO BRO (a year late lol)

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    2. You didn't!!?? I guess I just assumed everybody should know, which is weird 'cause if you haven't been following my blog that long then how would you know? LOL ;) (and now that I think about it, my own cousin didn't know until I told him last month ;P)
      Now I really want you to see my graduation pics!! So here's the link to my post *winks* http://lifeonpoohcorner.blogspot.com/2016/08/my-graduation-pictures.html?m=1
      OH THANKS!! (who cares if it's late lol - Felicity had her party a year late ;P)

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  8. Ohhhhh my GOOOOOSSSSSSHHHH this is honestly the cutest thing ever (the third photo ft. you laughing is like the best out of all of them). The first thing that came to mind after reading this post was the beginning of Bohemian Rhapsody because apparently there's a different between senior photos and graduation photos???? I HAVE NO IDEA. As for what grade I just wrapped up, I'm currently a rising senior who has to figure out how senior photos are going down this summer before life gets super busy. Hopefully this next year will treat you well!

    xoxo Abigail Lennah | ups & downs

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    1. oooooohh my goooooshhh GIRL YOU ARE LIKE THE SWEETEST THING EVER EVER EVER.
      whhhha?? I have never heard of that but that's actually really cool???? OOOH CANT WAIT TO SEE THOSE PHOTOS GAL !

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  9. UM WELL CONGRATULATIONS AND I LOVED ALL THE PICTURES. You're so pretty! And I love your dress. omg. Dude it's legit wrong that people have to grow up and leave highschool and become adults and not be kids and I'M NOT READY FOR THIS CAN YOU TELL AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA LIFE IS GR9 PEOPLE IT REALLY IS.

    I'm sort of losing my mind because (hECK) I'll be a senior this year (WUT WHEN). yeaaa i am totally unprepared for /that/ fun stuff. Although, it won't be SO bad because, like Hannah Rodriguez, I'm doing summer school which is combining classes from this last year and I've started subjects that I would have needed to do next year. So I'm just getting ahead of the game, since I'll hopefully be working next year. So yea. There's my life.

    Congrats you're awesome, stay awesome. *thumbs up*

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    1. UM WELL THANK YOU AND AHH TRULY IM SO GLAD <3 dude. *sobs* THANK YOU. uhm yup totally agree with you here. LETS SIGN A PETITION (wait isn't that adultish?? guess we can just throw a tantrum...)

      HAHAHAHAHAHA BRO I GET YOU. I get you so much. but I'm serious -- you. can. do. it. No matter what you think, or how you feel, you can. I PROMISE YOU. Keep plugging at it XD

      same. you're awesome gal <333

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  10. Lovely pictures, Julia! Congratulations! :D

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  11. YAY!!! CONGRATS FOR GRADUATING!!! That's seriously awesome, I can't imagine what it's like to feel FREE like that haha! You look gorgeous in those pictures, Julia! I just wrapped up seventh grade and I'm going into eighth... I'm not looking forward to high school in the near future. XD

    may @ forever and everly

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    1. HAHA THANKS BRO (what if i almost didn't want to graduate? ah. so scary.) It is really strange and not really freeing bc now everyone is like WHERE/WHY/WHAT/IS HAPPENING NOW and I'm like "uh. well. it's been a few weeks?" SOS HELP ME PLEASE SAVE ME.
      gorgeous tho? BRO YOU LIKE *blinks* wow just thank you <3

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  12. Wow, congratulations! And all the pictures are sooo pretty. And so are you. ;) What, you're going to make me pick a favorite?? *dramatic sigh* This shouldn't be legal. Okay, I'll try. I like the one where it looks like you're twirling. It's just...so...peaceful and happy. Also the one with a close up of your face, or the the one of you looking into the camera with your hands in your pockets. And the dress has pockets??!! That's awesome. :D Where did you get it? It's really pretty.

    I just finished ninth grade, but I've already started tenth. #homeschoollife :D Anyway, congratulations again! I'll be praying you find that special plan God has for your life. :)

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    1. *cries* girl. you're amazing. *hugs* haha!! I'm sorry, I'm sorry! XD I was just curious.. lol -- aww I was just trying to be careful that I didn't fall off that cement thing bc UH THE RIVER WAS BELOW. o.o GAHH I KNOW THATS WHY I GOT IT. pockets are better than chocolate. OMW SO AWESOME. I got it from goodwill lol!!! $5 *grins*

      #homeschoolerlifeisthebest AWW THANKS. oh wow. thank you .. I REALLY NEED THAT GIRL

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  13. Congratulations on graduating!! So fun seeing your photos! I think I might like the first one best. :)

    I just (almost) finished 11th grade. I still have a little chemistry to finish. ;) But it's SO SO CRAZY that I'm graduating NEXT year! O.O I still kinda feel like a 14 year old or something. xP

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    1. THANK YOU GIRL <333 I thought it would be really fun -- kinda like a graduation announcement though my blog XD

      AHH GOOD JOB YOU CAN DO IT YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh boy. I felt the same way. believe me its almost a shock LOL #sorry

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  14. Julia! These are all so pretty! Your sisters did a fantastic job. (My favorite one would have to be the last!) 😊 Congratulations on your graduation! 🎉

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    1. Amanda!! awwww girl thank you so much! DIDNT THEY?! (and I totally agree XD) thank you!!

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  15. The pictures are SO PRETTY!!! Your sister is seriously a great photographer... I like #1 and #7 especially! And CONGRATULATIONS ON FINISHING HIGHSCHOOL! Gosh, that must be a great feeling... I still have 2 more years to go until I can experience that. :-/ I'm currently finishing up my Sophomore year. I'm planning to be done by the end of this month. (since I live in England, we finish a lot later than America. Seriously, most schools don't get out until the 3rd week of July. So I'm lucky to be finished by the end of June!) So I just have to conquer biology and geometry and a history CLEP and FINISH THEM! And then SUMMER GLORIOUS SUMMER will finally have begun. #can'twait!!!! xD
    ~Hannah M. thewayofdelight.wordpress.com

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    1. Oh gosh I totally agree!! And those are my favorites too XD AWW!! You'll get there, I promise! I didn't think I would but hahahaalol! ooooooooohhhh that's a lot to do BUT I KNOW YOU CAN DO IT. Summer is glorious for sure <3333

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  16. ASDFGHJKL THAT IS SO EXCITING CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! *TOSSES CONFETTI AND WAFFLES AT U* ALSO YOU ARE SO GORGEOUS OH MY WORD. THESE PHOTOS ARE GOALLLLLLZZZZ <33333333

    rock on,
    abbiee

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    1. *LAUGHS BC THIS ENTIRE COMMENT IS IN CAPS* THANK YOU SO MUCH MY ABBIEE GAAHHH <3

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  17. OHMYGOODNESS GIRL. Those are SOOOO gorgeous!!! <3

    Um, yeah, I'll be a graduate next year. Which is like.... O.O I mean, I'm only 12 right? Hating those middle school years? (And secretly loving them?) idk. Time flies and it's insane. XD

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    1. OHMYGOODNESS GIRL THANK YOOOOUUUUU *blushes*

      wow! I totally know how you feel - but whhhhaaatt! YOU ARE GRADUATING EARLY! how exiting and scary! XD

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  18. Congrats Julia!! I love these pictures <3 Sarah did a great job!

    Ellie
    www.uniquelyyou1.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Ellie!! Sarah did -- totally above my expectations!

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  19. Congrats! <3
    I love the close-up photo of you smiling!
    I've been graduated for three years now, but I can relate with the exciting, bittersweet feelings! <3

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    1. awwww you're the sweetest!
      IKR ISNT IT WEIRD. but relieving too lol!

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  20. Dang girl it's all so gorgeous!!! Your smile just makes me so happy ^.^ Congrats so much on the graduation!! I'm in the grade postgrad year 1 XP

    Your line about not wanting to go back just makes me so happy and emotional because that sums me up. Love you!

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    1. GIRL WHAT IN THE WORLD. this comment like made me sit there with my jaw wide open bc WWAHHHTTT. Thanks so much and happy belated graduation ;)

      ohhhh thank you! IM GLAD IM NOT ALONE!! aww <3 same!!

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  21. SEE JULIA. YOU LISTENED TO ME AND TOOK THE PICS AND THEY TURNED OUT GOOD. *grins cuz I'm jk - about me* BUT STILL I WAS RIGHT. hahaha *hugs you* YOU GRADUATED GIRL!!!! Congratulations!! <3333

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    1. OKAY OKAY OKAY MICAIAH YOU WERE RIGHT LOL IMMA SORRY. *grins cuz you are right* LOL LOL *hugs you back* YESS I SURVIVED XD XD

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  22. you are stunning <3

    CONGRATULATIONS!!

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    1. you make me cry <3

      THANK YOU SO MUCH FAITH

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  23. You look absolutely gorgeous in those photos. Like seriously. Congrats on graduating!!

    Nabila | Hot Town Cool Girl

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    1. ooooohhhhh wow. *dies bc woah* GIRL THANK YOU <333

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  24. THOSE PICTURES ARE SO AMAZING I LOVE THEM CONGRATULATIONS JULES <33

    I can't imagine how it feels to graduate! I have two more years, but it's still coming up faster than I expected lol LIFE GOES BY SO FAST. (on another note, i feel like 98 percent of the blogging community is graduating next year xD)

    OK and random question bc I'm a photography geek, but did your sisters (who did an amaaaazing job btw) use the 50 mm lens for these pictures? BECAUSE IF SO I'M LITERALLY GONNA GO ORDER ON ASAP

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  25. YOU'RE SO CUTE *makes a plush pillow of your face*

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    1. *hits you with plush pillow that i made of your adorable face* BRO YOU CRAZY

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