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New Year Reflection

Posted by julia olson on Wednesday, January 1, 2014,



So the New Year begins, 2014.  The end of one year and the start of the next gives people the sense of fresh start, a reason to make changes in their life.  The reality, though, is that time is a socially constructed idea created to keep track of things.  Somewhere along the line value was given to anniversaries, new years, birthdays, and so on.  Now, I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with celebrating these milestones, I’m more concerned with the notion of New Year...

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Positivity Canon

Posted by julia olson on Saturday, December 28, 2013,

The human experience- it is something so individual that there is no way of truly knowing anyone else’s experience, but your own.  Sure, they can tell you their experience, but those are just the parts that they want you to know.  What about the things they’re too scared to admit? 

For me, being in a wheelchair took a long time to get used to, more than two years.  How can anyone expect you to get used to paralysis in a time other than the one the individual experiencin...


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The Power of an Inch

Posted by julia olson on Thursday, December 19, 2013,


“Your life can change in the blink of an eye.”  This phrase gets thrown around a lot- well, it’s probably because there’s a lot of truth to it.  But it’s not just this increment of time that holds great power for change.  Every moment, every movement, every inch can make or break a circumstance.

A difference of an inch would have led my car into a tree instead of a house.  A break one inch higher on my spine would have left me stuck on a ventilator for the rest of my life.  A sh...


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No more hiding.

Posted by julia olson on Thursday, October 24, 2013, In : videos 
 

As I launch this fundraiser I am overcome with gratitude. So many people have stepped up in support of my cause. At the same time I was a bit weary and nervous about the whole campaign.

For four years I’ve stayed hidden, avoiding social media and pushing people away; I was comfortable in this little bubble that I had created for myself. I didn't like the idea of asking people for help or having to keep people updated on my progress. I’m not trying to say I’ve gained some sort of fame ...

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24.

Posted by julia olson on Tuesday, October 15, 2013,


My mom just happened to be visiting me from Japan when my accident happened.  She left her old life behind, never looking back, to care for me.  My dad and brother stayed in japan and my incredible mother has been my rock.  Now, my brother is in Boston for college and my dad’s been transferred to Hong Kong.  I see my dad every 2-3 months, but it is extra special when we get to spend our birthday together on October 10th.

My parents continue to live apart so that my dad can...


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Confidence?

Posted by julia olson on Wednesday, October 2, 2013,

Where do I start… I’m in transition between caregivers and feeling completely overwhelmed.  Training a new caregiver to care for you really bring the reality of dependency to the forefront.  You literally have to instruct their every movement for it to work.  It is extremely frustrating and the feeling of helplessness overcomes me.  no matter how frustrating, my life depends on this other human being who has no incentive of working for me other than being paid to do it.  ...


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I KNOW

Posted by julia olson on Saturday, September 28, 2013,
Hope… this word has become a pretty frequent one since my accident. “There’s no hope of walking”, “there is hope of walking”, “we hope you’ll walk” and so on. As encouraging as it might be to be told you have hope of accomplishing the seemingly impossible, how long is it before we need to transition from hoping to knowing?
 

Hope begins as such an optimistic word but eventually, with time, it becomes one of doubt and question. Like, you can only hope because you believe there ...

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That'll do

Posted by julia olson on Saturday, September 28, 2013,
Actual date: 09/24/23


In a society overrun by capitalism, we have been conditioned to want more and more…and more.  We lack focus of the beauty of the present and turn our energy toward all that is lacking.  We are made to think that now is not enough and that happiness will be attained with the purchase of a new pair of shoes or a fancy car.  But what’s wrong with wanting more, wanting to be wealthier, smarter, stronger?  Nothing.  The harm is in failing to recognize the gifts right in fr...


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Sky

Posted by julia olson on Saturday, September 28, 2013,



This is Sky, my craigslist mutt turned service dog, my love and my confidence.  Four years ago my life was flipped around.  A car accident left me paralyzed from the neck down making me dependent on someone for even the most menial task.  I had lost the very little confidence that I had and I felt I had lost my dignity.  Two years went by with little to no socialization and an obsession with rehabilitation.  Then, I was blessed with this crazy brat of a dog.  Boy, she was trouble, but never f...


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thoughts

Posted by julia olson on Saturday, April 21, 2012,
Alright, where to begin… if I’d just commit to writing more often I wouldn’t find myself at a complete loss of direction every time I start writing. A lot has happened in the last few months and the last couple weeks have been a haze (but I’m not going to talk about that). Let me just start with the most exciting news of 2012, well it was more the end of 2011, but it’s definitely made my 2012 and the years to come. I have finally…wait for it… got myself a buddy!! A puppy!! Her n...
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Love

Posted by julia olson on Saturday, April 21, 2012,
Once again I haven’t followed through with the promise to myself to write more. A lot of the time I feel as though there’s not much to express. I can recall a couple of days that I felt were colossally disastrous, but opted not to write. Often times after the bad days pass they don’t seem as bad as I thought they had and am glad I didn’t write in my irrational state. Bad days happen and then you move on, but sometimes what happens stays with you. Like the night of my accident; I’m s...
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laa

Posted by julia olson on Saturday, June 4, 2011,

kneeling- first day
kneeling- getting straighter
sitting straight up- definitely need help with it but cool!
total gym- 800 squats a day
throwing to strengthen triceps
yes, i threw cabbage haha the 4lb. ball was too heavy at first
 
yup, orages of all sizes too
 

picking up peanuts and sunflower seeds for dexterity


there was no way i could hold my body up with straight arms at first.  started on my elbows. 



            It has definitely been a too long of a time since I’v...


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