Why hello there.
My name is Julia and I'm a 23 year old graduate of UC Berkeley. I grew up in Monterey, CA before venturing to Berkeley for a degree in Nutritional Sciences with a minor in Shenanigans. After graduating, I thought it might be a fab idea to move back home for the summer while I got my life together and figured out what I wanted to do.
My professional graduation model photo.
Flash forward a year later and here I am, still living at home and trying to be a real person. What does that entail, you ask? I have no idea. But here's what I'm doing in the meantime while I figure it out.
Bringing Home the (Soy) Bacon:
I don't think you're ready for this jelly.
I currently work as a Sales and Reservation Associate for the Monterey Bay Aquarium (the BEST aquarium in the world, just ask Betty White.) As my boss likes to say, "When you're in sales, 50% of people don't know what you do, and the other 50% don't care." This is why I will refrain from boring you with my aquarium antics except when I just can't keep the excitement all to myself.
Physical therapy! Of course I didn't realize this until after I graduated college, so I've spent a large part of the last year playing catch-up at the fine academic institution known as Monterey Peninsula College.
I also spend a few hours a week volunteering/lurking at the local hospital in the rehabilitation department working with patients with ailments ranging from sprained ankles to severe Parkinson's. If I get lucky, I get to work in pediatrics where I basically play with toys and try not to hog them from the little kids.
Move over, little ones.
I am applying to go back to school to get my Doctorate in Physical Therapy starting in 2012. The schools are all over the country including Chicago, Miami, and Denver, so who knows where this California baby will end up!
Workin' on Muh Fitness:
My parents threw me into sports at a young age and I've been hooked ever since (thanks, Mom and Dad!). Over the years I've played softball, tennis, basketball, and beer pong (don't you dare tell me that's not a sport).
Exercise is my drug of choice and if I don't get my fix, I get super cranky and fear for those around me. Now that my sports days are over, I get my endorphins flowin' with whatever tickles my fancy: yoga, running, elliptical, spin, or dancing around my house like a mad woman.
I am not kidding about the mad woman part.
I'm always open to new cardio and strength exercises, so please share with me what you're doin to keep up that rockin' bod.
Over the years I've had a love-hate battle with food and I've finally hit the sweet spot in our relationship: the friends with benefits. Food no longer has any control over me, but we still hang out and enjoy each other's company. And sometimes, we even get a little naughty and I don't feel the least bit guilty.
Getting naughty at the circus, circa 1991
As a Nutritional Sciences major, I know enough to know what I should be putting in my body and what I should omitting. There's only one thing that makes eating 100% healthy so difficult: I love food. Like, a lot. As you will see in this blog, healthy food and sugary-yumminess don't always go hand-in-hand, but I try to balance them as best as I can.
Now that you're sufficiently bored learning about my life, read a little bit about the people I love.