A LETTER TO ALL THE BABY GRADUATES

June 5, 2018

Dear Baby Graduates of 2018 (but also next year, etc),

Congrats on surviving. You just accomplished one of the first big things on your LIFE to-do list. And, yes, I really mean that. At the moment you are probably feeling a mixture of cloud nine excitement and OHHHH HELP ME WHAT AM I DOING?!!?!? those are both incredibly valid feelings, I assure you.

First off, if you know what college you are going to, what you're doing, and when you're going to be getting your degree, I applaud you. and if you don't, I support you. If you're taking a gap year, I am thrilled for you because there is an adventure beyond what I expected in that. In fact I'm going to go as far as to say I encourage taking a gap year. I did. At first that was so easy for me to decide. Then I had to sit through my friends leaving for college and the question of "what's next for you?" being answered with a "eh. not sure yet?"

IT WAS HARRD. I felt unaccomplished. Like I had failed to hit a certain step of graduating..the "next" step. I'm not anti-college. actually lol I'm taking a few classes this fall (!!!!!!!!!!!!) but I stand for letting God direct your next step. which tbh I look back on and think "julia you didn't know it was God then...." so don't feel like OH SHE KNEW when really I was thrashing around hoping something would come of something lololol

and welllllll it did. God did it. He still is, if I'm honest. so when you're feeling discouraged and overwhelmed by papers to fill out (either college forms or job applications), don't be. You're the first you to graduate but you surely aren't the first. Ask around. Glean from other people and the information they've learned... often you'll be given sound advice and some things you can just smile and nod and say thanks for. lolssss but GOSH don't do something bc of pressure or if you feel a sound "no" from somewhere.

To end this, know that I'm praying for you. This time is as if two french doors (PLEASE TELL ME YOU WATCH FIXER UPPER PEOPLE) have been swung open and you're blinded by the whiteness. (lol if you don't feel that way I am so happy for you <333333)

LEMME KNOW IF YOU HAVE PLANS SET IN PLACE (oh. i feel like one of those people who I was like *facepalm* at...i am so sorry but lol I wanna know?????????.... yeek)
OR IF YOU'RE WINGING IT 

20 comments:

  1. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS <333 I graduate in four days (YIKES!!!!) and I still don't know what I'm doing yet with my life. Everybody is bombarding me with questions like, "What are you doing after you graduate?" "What are your plans?". And I'm just not sure yet.
    I do have my first job that I start at the beginning of August (it's a nanny job), but I'm still not sure about college yet. I think I'm going to take a gap year, but I'm still praying about it.

    Hope your college classes go well this Fall <3 Are you going away to college or doing it through correspondence at home?

    maddy || little bit of sunshine

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    1. YOU. ARE. OFFICIALLY. GRADUATED !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CONGRATS !!!
      those questions are overwhelming, but it's really okay to answer honestly with the "I'm not 100% sure yet." bc that's where you're at and that's beautiful <3

      OOH. You'll love nannying. I promise <3

      Thank you Maddy! I'll be attending my community college nearby. So I'll be driving to my classes, but still home which is awesome. I'll also be working still so lolol

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  2. FIXER UPPER FOR LIFE!!!

    As for this post, so beautiful! I graduated last year and the feeling of trying to figure out life was hard, to say the least. I still don't have it all figured out and I don't know if I will, but I'm 19 and I'm still young. I'm going to focus on the now and let God lead the way. <3

    Awesome post, girl! <3

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    1. YUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!

      wow. I can relate to that hardcore. I'll be 19 in August so we are basically at super similar stages in life right now. TBH I don't think we will ever have it fully figured out LOLOLOL

      thank you <3

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  3. woooo yay! so so many wise words. I'll actually be attending to college (the whole moving out, four years, the whole shebang)but I know so many people who aren't, and PROPS TO THEM! I just happen to know what I want to do, and that involves college. :D

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    1. WOAH! go you!!! That is a huge step, and I'm so proud of you knowing exactly what is right for you at this moment. LITERALLY BLOWN AWAY WITH THAT. *hugs* you got this!

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  4. I've been winging it my whole life.


    ;)

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  5. Haha I’m totally winging it ��
    This was a lovey post XD
    Sometimes I feel like people put so much pressure on graduates to “figure out” what they want to do RIGHT NOT & like come on let the kid breath for a second. (Sorry for the little rant)
    But yeah honestly the only thing I really want to do is travelllll ;) :) :)
    Anyone want to backpack across Europe with me ��
    Also like I’ve been doing a happy dance for the past few weeks cause DONE WITH HIGH SCHOOL FOREVER
    THANKS FOR THE GREAT WORDS!

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    1. *high fives you*
      AW THANKS
      ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh yes. They do! I'm not sure if its on purpose or if they're genuinely just curious or?? not sure. (no problem. Rants are sometimes needed lol)
      TRAVEL!!
      uhm. sure! XD XD
      YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYY

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  6. Totally for taking gap years. All I knew when I graduated was, I'm going to have an adventure! I didn't know where it would take me and I still don't, but I'm so glad I'm going to college this fall instead of last fall. :) Your feelings put into words are so sincere Julia! Good luck with whatever you do <3

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    1. You're literally the one of the two people who I knew that DIDN'T go to fall last year, so thaaannnk you for that lolol and YESSS AMEN. I'm really glad I'm attending this fall instead of last as well. <3 oh wow. Thank you Emma. You're literally the word queen, so that means bunches to me xxx

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  7. Definitely winging it over here. xD Thanks for this, Julia! Really spoke to me as I'm planning a gap year myself. <33

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    1. PEOPLE WHO WING IT UNITE XD XD Oh, I'm truly glad. <3 Hey, you know, hang on tight because you've got a super incredible UNPLANNED adventure coming your way soon XD <3

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  8. I haven't been on your blog in a while... ITS SO CUTE.
    Thanks for all your wisdom <3

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    1. *blushes* You're adorable. literally. THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR KINDNESS

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  9. I love that you wrote to our fellow bloggers that are graduating! I am proud of you for going on a different path and doing what the Lord has planned for you! It's been two years since I have graduated and I finally figured out what I want to do- this letter is nice to read regardless if you graduated this year or not! YOU GO GIRL! And to all the graduates! Congrats!

    Simply Me

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    1. Aw thanks Vanessa!! It was really fun to do XD AWWWWWWWWWWW gosh. It wasn't easy, but truly, thank you for saying that. LOL TRUTH RIGHT THERE. Though I honestly feel like I still don't know so it's all good I guess??... GETTING THERE. *hugs*

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