Wednesday, October 4

162 Games Later

Baseball is over. Well, regular season baseball is over, and the magic of October baseball is just starting, but baseball is over for most teams including mine. 

Over a year ago, I shared why I love baseball, and nothing has changed since that summer. Baseball still holds a sense of magic to me, and I still fall in love with the Phillies every year even though I know they would probably break my heart at least a couple times (And they did). Fair warning: while I love baseball as a whole, this is going to be about the Phillies' season. 

Another 162 games have passed. 162 games filled with fun-to-watch rookies, some good and bad pitching, and some heartbreakers and some games I am honestly surprised they won (like that one against Clayton Kershaw). I've probably cried about baseball 162 times too, especially considering I cried while writing this post. 

Except there were something different about this season, and I don't think I was the only one to feel it. There was a sense of hope by the end of the Phillies' season. The Phillies finished 66-96, not a great record by any means, but it wasn't the worst in baseball, which is definitely an improvement. The next 4 months will be filled with talks about how Rhys Hoskins will top his rookie debut and how Aaron Nola will overcome some midseason difficulties. I'm sure people will be calling for J.P. Crawford to start opening day, and there will be hours of talk about Mickey Moniak's development. And again there will be hope because the Phillies "never let you down.

The Phillies have been there for me through some rough times. I sat watching the Phillies play in the summer of 2011 when I couldn't walk because my knee pain had gotten so bad, and I always know that no matter what the team will be back in February to start spring training. The Phillies have never left me, so why would I leave them after a couple of bad seasons?

I was texting my dad about the Phillies since that's all we talk about, and I said, "April-July were rough. But there's hope." And he said, "That's why we keep coming back every year." So while October baseball gears up for hopefully another magical postseason, I will wait for the pitchers and catchers of the Philadelphia Phillies to report in February and hopefully be able to convince my dad to go to Spring Training again. Also, I'll be keeping up with the 2008 Phillies Twitter. 

xx, Julianna

Friday, September 8

What's Next?

I should probably be sleeping right now (or studying . . . or a mixture of both), but for the first time in months I have had the urge to write. I figured I should take this burst of energy and want and run with it because I honestly have no idea when this will happen again. For the longest time, I have wanted to write something, but I didn't know what. I felt conflicted because of everything that's going on in the world. Do I acknowledge it? Do I ignore it even though I don't really want to? Do I even really share my opinion? So I picked the easiest option -- doing nothing at all.

I talked to my roommates about this a while ago. I constantly have thoughts running through my head, but I rarely actually finish my thoughts. I'll think, maybe this is something I should talk about or write about or think about longer than 3 seconds. But the thought would quickly leave as soon as it came, completely unfinished. The most frustrating part was I wanted to complete these thoughts I was having. Unfortunately, the beginning of August was crazy hectic between driving to Alabama, having workshop week/rush week, actually moving into my apartment, starting school, and trying to start off on the right foot in all my classes. It was a lot, and I decided there wasn't time to sort through my brain, find the "blog worthy topic," and write.

Except what is a blog worthy topic? I've become disillusioned with blogging lately, which is frustrating. At this point everyone and their mother blogs, and there is a huge issue with content overload. Very few things are original at this point. How many blog posts about agendas or sorority recruitment outfits do there really need to be? I admit. I am guilty of falling into the trap of the standard blog post. I especially did it when I didn't have any ideas but felt like I needed to get a blog post up. I wanted to be more authentic in my blogging in the new year, and while I think I have been true to myself, I don't believe my content over the first seven months of the year was original. I have the utmost respect for the bloggers I follow who I feel like create good, original content, especially when it comes to fashion and lifestyle content, but I just don't think that's for me anymore. Or at least right now.

Right now I just want to write. I want to write down my thoughts and feelings about everything and all things, which I think will be healthy for me. I want to talk about what I am studying in class, what I am doing in college, and what I want to do in the future. I want to talk about the lessons I've learned and about how I am coping with my mental health. One of things I miss about high school (which is honestly not a lot) is being on newspaper and being able to tell stories, so I am going to use this blog to try and tell my story. I don't know what's that is going to entail. I can't promise a blog post every week or even every month, but I can promise I'll try to make it interesting.

Until next time, 

Friday, July 28

Atlanta Wall Crawl | The Beltline

Okay so, I wouldn't exactly call this a wall crawl because I only have time to go to one mural, but I've been wanting to go to Atlanta and find cool murals for the longest time. Last week one of my best friends since forever, Marina, texted me and asked me if I was interested to do a "wall crawl" with her. I immediately said yes, and I knew exactly where I wanted to go - the Beltline. If y'all don't know, the Beltline is this path around the the city of Atlanta, and it used to be a railroad track, but now it's a walking/biking path. It's really cool, but unfortunately the development of the Beltline and the stuff around it has gentrified the Old Fourth Ward/Midtown area. However, that's another post for another day.

Marina and I didn't go too far around the Beltline because the weather started getting iffy and we ran into Ponce City Market to explore before it started raining, but we found this really cool mural that's on the back on one of the Paris on Ponce buildings. I think it's a relatively new mural too. (Warning: There are a lot of pictures)

That's Marina! She's been one of my best friends since first grade. She goes to university in Scotland, so we don't get to see each other a ton, but she's basically the coolest person I know. 

Like I said, we ran into Ponce City Market to do some exploring and we spent most of our time in Citizen Supply. I had never been before, and it's the coolest store. Everything they sell is either handmade or small-batch goods, a local brand, or a small business, which I think is amazing. They sell one of my favorite print companies, Old Try, so I knew I was in the right place. A lot the stuff that sell is Atlanta specific too, and I think between the two of us Marina and I wanted everything in the store.

Happy Friday!!
xx, jKm