Tuesday, December 20, 2005

I'm so incredably touched by Julie's passing. I would say sad, but that doesn't encompass the entirity of my feelings. Yes, I am sad. Sad for her friends and family and sad for us, the BFL community that looked up to her so much. We are all missing her and the inspiration that she provided. There was no doubt in anyone's mind that she was a candle in a dark place. That she gave us an example of not only how to live our lives but to do it with purpose. An example of giving our all. And an example of how petty most of our excuses are when we fail to take care of ourselves. When you looked at Julie you realized that things like "I'm too tired" and "I can't" didn't belong in your vocabulary. I miss her shining example already and I'm horribly dissapointed that I didn't follow it more regularly.

But for her I am joyful. There is no doubt in my mind that she's in a better place. She's getting her reward. She sits in heaven now.

And what of those us left behind? I can think of no better way to honor Julie then to simply follow her example. To be the best me I'm capable of being. To throw all my petty excuses out the window and do what I know I need to do.

At the Help Julie Whitt website there is a call to honor Julie and dedicate your next challenge to her. It was a plan I had even before reading their call, but I'm even more determined now.

Lastly I wanted to make sure to thank each and every one of you. You're friendship, suport and inspiration is invaluable to me, and as rocky as my road has been, I wouldn't have made it this far without you.


  1. You said eloquently what many of us were thinking about Julie's passing.

    As for the support, it is a pleasure to support someone so dedicated, and committed.

    KEEP IT UP :-) :-).

  2. very nice post - thanks for being so encouraging yourself!!

  3. Hi there Woman,

    That was a very nice post about Julie. I think all of us are feeling the same right now.

    But like always, you have a great and positive attitude. I wanted to thank you as well for all your support that you've given me. Your posts on my blog are greatly appreciated.

    Merry Christmas!!!

  4. Great post Sam! Yes, we are all thinking and feeling much of the same. We can carry the torch for her!

  5. Great post Shawn.. like Brit said .. you summed up what we've all been thinking!
    I'll be heading over to add myself to the ranks of those "soldiering" on for Julie..

    "Hugs" about the rest.. I only wish I had you're dedication right now! You are the inspiration Girl!


  6. It's wonderful to see that all of the blends showing an incredible amount of heartfelt words for Julie. I'm amazed at what people are saying and just stunned at how much someone affected us all in such a way. I'm proud to know you as someone who stays dedicated as well I often read your blog and I'm amazed at the amount of time you put in to describe every part of you life and not just certain elements. Keep up the good work Shawn :)

  7. Wonderful post Shawn. I signed up over on the site to dedicate my next challenge to Julie. Like you, I had thought of doing that before I saw it on the site.