Pursue happiness, disregard other people’s approval

"Through childhood, adolescence, and into adulthood, we keep achieving, craving the external validation that comes when we get all As or are chosen to captain the team. I was, and am, extremely ambitious. But the more we achieve in order to win the approval of others, the further we get from our own goals—and happiness."… Continue reading Pursue happiness, disregard other people’s approval


I’m not going to pose here…

Teddy is the first dog I've owned. When we first got him, I took (I tried) lots of photos but he somehow does a great job turning himself away avoiding the camera. It's not because Teddy is camera shy, it's because he knows he can give me a hard time by looking away. *sighs* It's… Continue reading I’m not going to pose here…


Iceland teasers

Iceland, you exceeded my expectations. You are a unique country. You have volcanoes. You have snow. You have incredible waterfalls. You pride in your nature and your geothermal energy. It was an incredible trip. Below are a FEW photos from the trip to get LITTLE preview whilst I settle with my day-to-day, prep for grad… Continue reading Iceland teasers


Monday Motivation: I’m back

...actually, I came back from Iceland on Friday night. It was such a fantastic trip. Stayed tuned for Travel Tuesdays and the future one's thereafter. Also on Friday night, when I arrived to LAX, I turned on my phone to find out I'VE BEEN ACCEPTED TO THE MPA PROGRAM!! I start school on January 21st.… Continue reading Monday Motivation: I’m back


…and we’re off!

Follow me on Instagram @itsjuliebear for my Instagram stories. Note: I did get rid of my blog Instagram because it was too much to keep up with multiple accounts. I prefer my Instagram to be an extension my blog. À bientôt!


Mel in the Wild

These interviews are moving to Travel Tuesday. The more interviews I've done, the more I felt it would be a deserving spot for these interviews to take place on Tuesdays. Bloggers are from all over the world and from all walks of life. I love asking other people about their lives because I'd love to… Continue reading Mel in the Wild

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Meet Mocha in Rome

It's Travel Tuesday. Since the end of the the Weekly Travel Blog Challenge, I came up with a few travel-themed ideas for Tuesday and one of them is to share a bit on the Travelling Bear Project. Yup, Mocha went somewhere in world. She went to England to meet with Vikki and off she went to Montenegro...and… Continue reading Meet Mocha in Rome


Part II of Grad School Applications(?)

We're still talking about this? Why yes we are! I applied last May with the intention to start this year in the fall. I thought to myself, if I hear back, great but if I don't get accepted, then it's not meant to be. Then I got a response from the program that they needed… Continue reading Part II of Grad School Applications(?)


Greeting of the seasons

The thing I look forward to in the spring is going to the park seeing the cherry blossoms leaving winter, greeting spring. Beautiful, but so short-lived. We try to go to the park as often as we can to enjoy the cherry blossoms. Living in Los Angeles, we don't have leaves that change color indicating… Continue reading Greeting of the seasons


Week 21: Not Quite the End

Week 21: Your challenge post highlights and what you’ve learned during this challenge The Travel Challenge ends here but Travel Tuesday will still live on though. I have plenty of other posts I can fill on Tuesdays with such as: Mocha's Travelling Photos More travel stories. Based on a lot of my posts I can certainly… Continue reading Week 21: Not Quite the End


2017: The Year of the Planner

In late 2016, I bought a planner for 2017. I'm not sure what the tick was for me to buy a planner. Maybe it was to tap into my creative side more often, to give my eyes respite from looking at screens all day, an excuse to add stickers, to write and set myself goals.… Continue reading 2017: The Year of the Planner


Hike 35/52: Cave of Munits

Date: September 5th Difficulty: 2 out of 5 Weather: Hot Distance: 2.53 miles Say what? A cave in LA? Yes there is a cave in LA and not too far from my house. It was my first time exploring the El Escorpion Park. It's funny how you come from super suburbs to this vast park in a few steps. Unfortunately… Continue reading Hike 35/52: Cave of Munits