Is 30 Really the New 20?!

Is 30 Really the New 20?!

I know I’m not the first person to hear that, and since I have just started the 30th chapter of my life, I’m about to find out! My 20s have been an amazing roller coaster. I’ve learned and grown so much since entering “adulthood” on my 18th birthday. It’s crazy how fast time flies. I remember turning 18 and having this whole vision of what my life was going to be like. I knew that I was going to join the Air Force, and do that for a few years or so. The plan was to use the Air Force to pay for college and then go on my merry way in whatever field that I got my degree in. Boy did my plans change quickly! On my 18th birthday, you could have never told me that I was going to be married at 19 and living overseas in Germany and that I would lose my mother at 20. I wouldn’t have believed that I would be purchasing my own home in Florida at 22, and divorced by 24. Who would have known that I would find myself in different entanglements and living in South Korea for two years then back to Europe to live in Greece for a year? My 18-year-old self wouldn’t have been able to imagine any of this. But that has been my life, and despite all of the ups and downs, it has been amazing.

Now I am a 30-year-old woman who is more self-assured and confident than ever. I don’t even want to be referred to as Queen anymore, but Goddess. I have noticed how my presence is more goddess-like than queen like over the past few years. Some people are completely enchanted with me off of one conversation. I used to think that it was so crazy when I did not know that power I possessed, but now I have some insight. I am more in touch with my feminity and what it means to be a divine woman. I still don’t know all the answers, but I am the process of learning what that truly means. What I do know is my worth. I know that I am love and deserved to be loved and cared for in the highest regard. I do know that I make the lives of people around me better, and not worse. I do know that I have a great value and offer much to this world. Most times I just need to get out of my own way to let it manifest.

In this next chapter of my life, I plan on it being absolutely amazing and inspirational. I know I have others looking up to me and they are expecting me to win so that they know that they are capable of winning too. I have people following in my footsteps that I cannot let down, and I will not let down. I am so happy and proud of the woman that I have become. I plan to continue to spread love, light, and abundance while I manifest my wildest dreams!

Happy New Year!

Entangled with my GOALS!

Entangled with my GOALS!

Happy August! The month of August definitely has a new meaning this year. With all of the drama surrounding Will and Jada Smith’s marriage with Jada’s entanglement with August Alsina, I thought I’d do a play on words and get into an entanglement myself. Now my entanglement is completely positive and will definitely benefit me in the end. This month I plan on getting into an entanglement with my goals. We only have four more months left in 2020, and it seems like we were robbed a bit with this COVID-19 pandemic. This month, I plan on getting back on track with some of my goals to ensure that I end this year successfully. I would be so far ahead of my fitness goals if COVID never happened, granted I’m glad that I’m alive and well, but I can afford to lose some of the weight that I’ve gained. I also want to make sure that I complete the first class of my masters with an A. One of my biggest challenges this month will be my “no spend” challenge. I only plan on spending money on necessities like groceries and gas. If I do spend money, it will only go towards supporting black-owned businesses. I hope that you’ve set some goals for yourself and you achieve them! I will be tracking my progress via Instagram and Youtube, so if you’d like to follow along and keep me accountable go and subscribe to my Youtube channel. Let’s keep each other accountable!

My List of Goals for August

Checkout my Youtube video!

Just Keep Calm | Quarantine Tips

Just Keep Calm | Quarantine Tips

Hello everyone! There’s alot of pandemonium going on in the world, but it’s in times like these we need to remain the most calm. Trust me, I know it can be easier said than done for some people, but it can be done. Stress, nor fear will help the situation, so why add to the chaos? The COVID-19 virus has took the world by storm, and alot of people are reacting to this crisis. Many of us have been told to self-quarantine and practice social distancing, which ulitmately means to stay at home. If you’re like me and work Monday through Friday, staying at home can get pretty boring after a while. I’ve come up with a list of things that you can do during this time to pass the time in a more productive way.

Here are five tips to keep you sane during this crazy time.

1. Clean up
Cleaning up might not sound like the funnest thing to do, but given the circumstances of this quarantine, I highly recommend cleaning and disinfecting your home. Also, cleaning can be fun! I always have a party when I clean. Blast some music and get to it! You can dance your heart away without being judged, and you also burn calories at the same time, which is an added bonus.

2. Excercise
Something that I haven’t had a chance to do since I’ve been in Greece is to actually walk around my neighborhood. Most of the gyms are closed, but no one said that you couldn’t workout outside. Taking a walk throughout the day will lift your mood, give you some natural vitamin D, and burn calories. Working out at home is also an option. There are many home workouts online that you can find on Youtube, Instagram, Facebook, etc.

3. Read a book
You know that book that you’ve been telling yourself that you’re going to read since the year started? Pick that up and actually read it now since you have the time. Now is the perfect time to do so. If you really don’t like reading you can listen to an audiobook instead. Audiobooks are awesome because you can listen while doing other things like cleaning and exercising. My favorite audio books are those that are read by the author. Kevin Hart, Michelle Obama, Jenifer Lewis, and many others have audio versions of their books that they read themselves. I highly recommend their books.

4. Learn a new skill
Maybe you’ve been too busy to start that new venture, or learn that new skill that’s peaked your interest. If that’s you, you are not alone. I have been putting off getting my Youtube channel started because I don’t know how to edit videos, but now I have all this free time to learn how.

5. Practice Self-Care
Honestly, the biggest thing that you should be doing this time is taking care of yourself. Relax, don’t freak out, and make sure that when this has passed, you come out better than you started. Self-care can mean many different things to different people. For me self-care is taking care of my skin with at home facials, doing my hair, making sure my body is moisturized, drinking my herbal tea, and anything that makes me feel good and zen. I also love buring candles. I notice that they calm me and taking baths with either bath bombs or epsom salt relaxes me as well.

I hope these tips are helpful for you. There’s honestly many things that you can do during this time to ensure your sanity. If you have children at home during this time, good luck and more power to you. This is a great time to bond with those that you love as well. If they are near or far. Technology allows us to stay connected, so let’s be thankful for that.

Stay safe out there and remember that you are be-YOU-tiful and life is meant to be lived abundantly!

Hello Twenty-FINE!

Hello Twenty-FINE!

It’s my birthday!!! Unlike some other people that really don’t celebrate their birthday, or make a big deal out of it, I do! I usually try to celebrate everyday like it’s my birthday, so of course I’m going to go all out on my actual day. I am grateful for another year of life and starting a new chapter.

Since my birthday is so close to New Year’s Day, I like to use my birthday as my starting point for new beginnings in the upcoming year. For many reasons, December is a month of reflection and planning for me. I have already written out the goals that I want to accomplish for next year and am planning ways to achieve those goals. I’m a big planner, which is what I contribute a lot of the success that I’ve had so far to. When I write down my goals for the year, I write goals for different areas of my life. Work goals, education goals, financial goals, fitness goals, and personal development goals are what I like to focus on. It may seem like a lot, but 12 months is more than enough time to knock out some goals.

2020 is going to be a year of abundance and happiness, I can feel it! 2019 was a great year for me. There were some goals that I set for 2019 that I didn’t achieve; however, 2020 will make up for it. I challenge you all to write out some new goals for 2020 and create a plan to execute those goals. We all have something great to offer this world and the people around us, but sometimes we just need a freindy reminder and a little push, and your goals can be that push.

Here are some of the goals I have for 2020:

  1. Complete half of my master’s degree
  2. Master FOREX
  3. Manifest $10K
  4. Start Youtube Channel

I wrote down more, but I just wanted to share a few. I hope you all have a great 2020 and are inspired to take action to write your own goals for the New Year. In the meantime, don’t be rude and tell me Happy Birthday!

Let’s talk about BALI!

Let’s talk about BALI!

OMG, where do I start?! So, Bali has been one of my dream vacations for a couple of years now. Once I found out that I was going to Korea, Bali was definitely a must-see place for me. I visited Bali right after my trip to Thailand. When planning this trip, I put Bali as the second half because it’s the place that I wanted to visit more out of the two locations.

So, why is Bali so amazing? I’m glad that you asked. The energy that was in Bali was different than that of Thailand. The smell of incense and the view of the jungle and rice fields that you pass by just gives you a really zen feeling. While in Bali I stayed in Ubud the entire time. We stayed about 20 mins from the city center in a one-bedroom villa with a pool that was near a rice field. The name of the resort was Kubu Bali Baik Villa & Resort and I booked it through They had breakfast included as well, but it was not a good as the breakfast as the hotel in Phuket.

While getting around Bali, it is a must that you either get a scooter or hire a driver. We had a driver for the entire time we were there and used a scooter taxi once for the experience. The first night we got in pretty late, so we didn’t do anything. The second day we went to the Garuda Winsu Kencana (GWK) Cultural Park in Uluwatu. It has one of the biggest statues in the world. It was amazing to see. There is a history behind many of the statues and figures at the park, and the landscape was beautiful. Later that day we went watched a Kecak Fire Dance at the Uluwatu Temple which was very interesting and entertaining to watch. Watching that dance gave more insight on their culture in Bali. After the fire dance show, our driver took it upon himself to take us to this amazing seafood restaurant that was on the beach in Jimbaran. We had no idea that place existed, but I’m happy he took us there. The scenery was something that you see on tv.

The third day was one of the best days of my life, hands down! Everything we did was something I wanted to do, so you know it was a good time. First off we got up early and headed off to Aloha Ubud which is one place where they have Bali swings and rice fields. You can also do a taste testing for their local coffee and tea. The swings were so much fun! It was one of my favorite parts of the trip. The tea and coffee were delicious as well. One of the coffees came from an animal called the Luwak that poops out the coffee beans whole and the way it digests it causes a fermentation process. It was pretty cool. After that, we went over to the Mason Elephant Lodge and I got to ride an elephant named Boris. Boris was huge and so nice. He let me feed him afterward too. There was also a five-month-old baby elephant at the lodge. He was super cute. After the elephant lodge, we rode ATVs at a newer company and it was so dope! They fed us lunch before we went on the ATVs, which was cool. I was the better driver, even though it was my first time riding ATVs. After the thrill ride, we went back to the hotel to shower and head to downtown Ubud. We ate at a restaurant called Famous, then started to walk towards one of our favorite bars that we stumbled across the day before. On the walk towards the bar, I spotted out a hookah bar called Shisha Lounge that had the best hookah I have ever tasted! I felt like I was in the clouds after two puffs. We stopped at another bar on the way to the initial bar we were trying to go too and by the time we got there, it was closed.

The fourth day was very peaceful. We started the day by going to a temple where you could get inside the pool of water and cleanse yourself. We weren’t dressed for the occasion, so we passed on that and walked around the temple instead of sightseeing. After leaving the temple we went to a waterfall that you could get some really good shots at. Other than that, I wasn’t amused. I was honestly ready to go and didn’t even want to take pictures, but I got some good shots. After that, we ate at a little restaurant outside of the waterfall and went back to the hotel since we opted out of riding the two hours to the gates of heaven.

The last day we walked around Ubud center for a little bit before our spa day. We ended up running into a cute little brunch spot which I loved. We took a taxi scooter to the Kaveri Spa and experienced the Royal Couples Massage. The massage and green tea body scrub was amazing and the milk bath afterward had my skin feeling nice and smooth. Later that day we went to the Campuhan Ridge Walk and saw some breathtaking views. I wanted to go to the hookah lounge again after that, but we headed to the hotel to pack and chill instead.

Overall, Bali was amazing. The people were nice and had a good sense of humor. Getting around wasn’t hard at all, and there was plenty to do, so we never got bored. I would definitely visit again. This two-week vacay made me realize a lot of tips that you should know before traveling internationally that I will share in another post. I hope you guys enjoyed this post!

I’m so cool, that they had to go through extra measures to make me scream on the swing lol.
Feeding my new friend Boris

I graduated!!!

I graduated!!!

Okay, so this post is a tad bit late, but not that late. In May 2019 I attended my commencement ceremony at Ashford University in San Diego. I decided to travel from South Korea all the way to California to experience this moment. Getting my bachelor’s degree in eMarketing was a big deal for me, and I wanted to reward myself with that experience. Unfortunately, only one of my friends who happened to be stationed in that area could attend my graduation, and no family members, but the experience was still great nonetheless. I officially completed my last class in July, and my diploma should be in the mail as I type. I was proud to see that I graduated with honor, even though when I walked across the stage I did not know of my status because I still had to finish my degree. I graduated Cum Laude, and I am super proud of myself because I know how hard that is to do while working full time, traveling, being a supervisor, and just trying to live life in general.

Attending my graduation meant that I was able to visit California and kill two birds with one stone. I flew into San Diego and then my good friend Halimah and I drove to Los Angeles and ended our trip in Sacramento. While in Los Angeles we visited Crenshaw and Slauson and was able to see Nipsey Hussle’s murals and his clothing store. That was really a surreal moment and one of the highlights of my graduation trip. Overall, this experience was amazing and graduating and earning my bachelor’s was one of my main goals when I first joined the military. It’s been nine years, and I finally accomplished that goal. I’m proud of myself, and that is a wonderful feeling.

Something’s Changed

Something’s Changed

Hey y’all! So, recently I have been feeling really happy lately. Like something has definitely shifted in my life. I am receiving love and positive attention from every angle. Things are going great at work, I have people in my life that love and appreciate me. Strangers even take the time out to tell me how special I am. So what really changed? What brought about all this positive energy? 

I know what changed. My mindset, my outlook on life. I know it may seem like I have always been this positive person, and that’s true but we all have our own insecurities, and that includes me. Nowadays, I am more secure in myself and my abilities. I don’t stress about how I look, if people will like me, how much money I make, etc. I just know that everything will work out for me in the end. I am vibrating on a frequency of love and happiness because that’s how I truly feel. Since I give that energy out to the world, that is what I am receiving. 

As a woman, I automatically possess this divine power, but being a black woman makes it even more special. Being in Korea has made me realize that. To a lot of people, I am this exotic being. I get so many stares and looks that I don’t even notice it anymore until one of my friends points it out. When you live in your own little world of peace and love, you tend to block all of that out, at least I do. I just want to do my best to continue to live a life that others look up to and to inspire the next generation in my own special way. 


Get Fit With Me!

Get Fit With Me!

Hello everyone!

It’s Easter and April Fool’s Day! Holiday’s aren’t the same for me over here, it’s just another day when you aren’t around your loved ones. Any who, today I wanted to talk about something that we can all relate to and affects us all, our health. Health and wellness has been important to for a while now. Growing up I watched my mother become sick and I just knew that if she had taken better care of herself, she might be here with us today. That motivated me to make sure that I made better decisions when it came to my health. I also like to look good, and there was a time when I wasn’t comfortable with my body. Social media can definitely make us feel less confident about ourselves. I have spent hours looking at others girls on Instagram with the banging  bodies and figures and wanted to emulate that look. Now I just try to be the best version of myself. So for the month of April, I challenge you! If you haven’t already, you can start of the second quarter of 2018 on the right foot with your fitness goals. I’ll be doing this challenge as well. I’ll be posting tips and meals on my fitness page on Instagram. You can follow me here Julie Fitness. We all want to look and feel our best, but sometimes we need that extra push when the self motivation is lacking. I already have about five people that are joining me on this challenge, and I actually saw it from another one of my friends, and it inspired me.

I recently purchased a Vitamix Blender, so I’ll be sharing recipes for that also, and maybe I’ll make some videos. There’s more to come on that. Other than that, I hope that you join me on this challenge. Hopefully it starts off as a challenge and turns into a lifestyle, because at the end of the day that’s what it has to be. Start off by cutting the things out of your diet that aren’t good for you, and it will be easier to make healthier options everyday. That’s what I did and for the most part, I am pretty healthy. Thanks for stopping by, and if you’re with me on this challenge leave a comment. Have a be-YOU-tiful day!



Accomplishments & Cocktails!

Accomplishments & Cocktails!

I found my new favorite spot in South Korea! Okay so I know I haven’t been giving you guys that many updates about my time in Korea, but it’s coming, I promise. I finally finished studying for my CompTIA Security + Certification, which I passed! I am now CompTIA Security + certified, and the feeling that I had when I passed that exam was pure joy. I was so excited that I did the Lebron once I walked out of the testing room. I had focused and studied for that test shortly after arriving to Osan, so for about two months. This was my third time testing and I was the only person in my work center that was not certified and that is a certification that is needed for my job, so the pressure was definitely there. Any who, I don’t want to get too deep into that. If you want to learn more about the certification just follow the hyperlink…

Today I also took my E-6 promotion test. I have been in the Air Force for eight years now, and I feel like it is time for me to step into that next level of leadership. E-6 is the rank of Technical Sergeant in the Air Force, and in my opinion, it’s when people really start to take you seriously. This was my fourth time testing for promotion, and I’ve watched some of my peers pass me by in rank. Some people would look at that as a failure on my part, but I don’t. I am proud of all of my peers who joined the Air Force the same time or shortly after me that have already made E-6. I know what type of work has to go into achieving that rank. I was focused on other things these last couple of years, and financially I still made the same amount as them, because I wasn’t solely focused on the Air Force being my only source of income. With that being said, I am happy that I tested for this promotion cycle and I don’t have to worry about it again until the results come out in the summer.

The past weekend I explored Suwon with some of my friends, and enjoyed a nice cocktail in the Songtan Entertainment District (SED) after our fun day. The SED is literally about a five minute walk from my home and it has many different restaurants, cafes, bars, and clubs. It is what makes Osan so much fun. The one really cute cafe called Cafe CF had the nicest atmosphere and the prettiest drinks and decor. I fell in love with it and I am happy that I get to enjoy it for the next 21 months! After we left Cafe CF we went to one of our regular spots and I ordered my favorite blue drink there. I think it is definitely important for you to get out of the house and destress. I felt like I’ve been cooped up for the past two months, but this weekend was really fun and I enjoyed myself getting away from the base. Trust me, there is more to come!

Here’s a photo of my “Blue Think” from the Think Lounge in the SED. (Photo taken by iPhone 7 Plus)

Small Circle. 

Small Circle. 

Remember back in high school when the number of people that knew you and called you friend was a popular thing? Back then the more friends we had the merrier, because it showed that we were more accepted by our peers. Fast forward to almost nine years later for me, my views on that have changed. Even when I was in high school, I knew a lot of people and hang out with different groups, but I didn’t consider everyone my friend. These days the amount of people that I consider friend is even smaller. Just because you know someone, doesn’t make them your friend.

You really have to evaluate the people around you and take inventory. Are the people you call friend supportive of your goals and aspirations? Do they just hang out/talk to you when it’s convenient for them? Do they take an active role in your interests, or do they just cheer from the sidelines? Much like bad relationships, bad friendships can hold you back too.

It is awesome when you find people in your life that you can truly trust and confide in. A friendship is something that we as humans need, sometimes that type of relationship is more important than an intimate relationship. I am thankful for the true friends that I have in my life. We may not talk everyday, but the love is always there. Whenever we do speak it’s like we never missed a beat. That’s what friendship is all about.