Life Lately

Y’all, lately life has been pretty busy. The other day I realized that we’ve now been in Seattle for 9 months and it’s crazy how quickly the time has gone by!  I thought it was high time to share an update on some of what’s been going on in my world, as of late.
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Julia Malinowski Pure Barre Sherman Oaks

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I feel like I’ve spent most of the last few months catching up with friends and family. I just got back from visiting my in-laws in North Carolina and have been able to spend some quality time with my mom. When I lived in Arkansas, I saw her about once a year, so it’s a nice change for her to be able to pop by every few weeks. Although to be fair, she mostly comes over to see our dogs, seeing Nick and me is just a side benefit. She refers to herself as “Grandma” and is in the process of framing a photo of her with her “grand-dogs.” Please tell me I’m not the only one whose mom is like this!

This summer a number of long-time friends came through town to visit. Friends I hadn’t seen in at least a year, if not more! I finally met my good friends’ baby, the beautiful Eleanor, and I think we hit it off pretty well considering that I was a nervous wreck during our first introduction. Babies can sense fear and respond to it. Seriously. So it was basically a miracle that by the end of their visit she let me hold her, briefly, but it still counts. I also caught up with my long-time friend Anna, who lives in LA. She’s a Pure Barre instructor, so if you’re ever in the Sherman Oaks area, be sure to stop by. Anna, Mil, and I actually all went to high school together, which is kind of crazy to think about.
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Julia Malinowski Enchantment Lakes Cascade Mountains Washington

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Since we recently made a big cross-country trip, Nick and I decided to keep our travel expenses pretty light this year. So no exotic summer trips to share. I did however go on an incredible backpacking trip about a month ago. I backpacked the Enchantment Lakes, a series of alpine lakes in the Cascade Mountains here in Washington. It was hands down the most challenging trek I’ve attempted to date. I’m scared of heights and one portion of the hike involved basically rock climbing up the side of the mountain. The struggle and the vertigo was real, but the payoff was worth it. The scenery was jaw-droppingly beautiful and almost otherworldly. These photos may not fully do the scenery justice, so do yourself a favor and Google image search “Enchantment Lakes.”
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Other than that, my life has been comprised of the same week to week constants: work, dogs, chores, husband, and friends. My next big upcoming life events are hitting the big 3-0 in November and a trip out to New York in early December. I’m not sure how I feel about leaving my twenties behind, but I do know that I’m excited to get back to New York City. It’s been about 6 years since I lived there, so I’d love any recommendations for new spots to seek out. Also, what have you been up to lately?
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XOXO,
Jules

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Photo credits: Josh Tyack, Marie Hernandez, Kathleen Quinlen

Weekend Adventures: Olympic National Park

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This weekend, Nick and I went camping in Olympic National Park, close to Washington’s coast. After a couple weeks of nonstop hustling, it felt so good to disconnect from everything: work, technology, chores. The weather was perfect and the scenery was gorgeous. I thought it’d be fun to share some pictures from our trip. If you’re ever in the area, the Olympics are a must stop.
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The view of Lake Quinault from our campsite at Willaby Campground.

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We were situated right in the middle of the Quinault Rainforest, which I had never been to before. I originally thought we were going to be in the Hoh Rainforest, which is further north. On Saturday, we took a long hike starting with this trail. Apparently we missed seeing a black bear by a 1/2 mile. Thank goodness we missed it. I probably would have hyperventilated and done everything you’re not supposed to do.

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The old-growth trees were incredible. I loved trying to identify the trees by their bark. I’m a nerd, but that should be no surprise by now.

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Hanging out in Falls Creek with the doggies. Saturday’s 8-mile hike wore them out.

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The best part of the trip was hanging out lakeside, soaking in the sun and reading our books.

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On the way home we drove out to Pacific Beach State Park. Even in the afternoon, the fog was so thick it was hard to see the water’s edge.

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Do you ever take camping trips or are you more of a city traveler? I used to always gravitate towards exploring cities, but as I’ve gotten older I’ve found that camping and exploring rural areas is more relaxing to me.
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XOXO,
Jules

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