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First, Haley Young is the best. I made her blog yesterday, so basically I've achieved stardom. She's incredible and I have to give her a shout-out for being one of my best friends, and for putting up with me this summer when I don't have a ton of other people to play with. So thanks Haley, for seriously being the best:)

Today is the day. Guest bloggers!! I asked Samantha and Julie to both do a guest post a little while ago, and I'm so happy they both said yes! I figured I'd put them up on the same day so that you, dear reader, could go explore both of their blogs after you finish reading! They are both awesome and I have loved working with them, and look forward to working with them even more! Samantha is so funny and sweet, Julie is creative and caring, and I just adore both of their blogs! So here they are, Julie and Samantha!

Hey there! I'm so thrilled that Maddy asked me to guest post on her blog today! I’m Samantha, and I blog over at These Moments. I'm pretty new to the blogging world, so I am totally open to button swapping and guest posting!

A little bit about me: 
I'm 18, almost 19. I just graduated high school. I believe that life is a beautiful thing. There is beauty in everything, if you just know where to look. I love hiking and snowshoeing in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Colorado, where I was born and raised. I simply adore baking and crafting. I have an amazing group of friends. I love listening to music. I'm excited to start college in the fall at BYU! I'm a sucker for cheesy made-for-tv romantic comedies. I am terrified of geese. I'm the oldest of four kids. I love watching movies, and board games are right up there on the list. Spontaneous adventures are my all-time favorite. I love to read anything I can get my hands on. I'm learning how to play guitar. I have an amazing, blessed life, and I love sharing it on my blog!

Why I blog: 
I originally started blogging the summer before my junior year of high school, but didn't really like it and deleted my blog. That all changed the beginning of my senior year, when my best friend Erica convinced me to start up a blog again. I instantly fell in love with blogging and reading other blogs, and I've been blogging ever since.

I have especially enjoyed doing tutorials, blogging about my senior prom and graduation, and just sharing all the little adventures my life has given me!
I try to focus on the positive, because I believe that "being happy doesn't mean everything is perfect, it simply means you have decided to look beyond the imperfections." I've learned that no matter where life takes you, if you meet it with a smile and bear through hard times, there will be a rainbow at the end of the storm. But most importantly, I have learned that life isn't a matter of milestones, but of moments.
Have a lovely day, and thanks again for letting me post, Maddy!
Samantha Justine

And now for Julie:)

Hi I’m Julie! I’m overjoyed that Maddy asked me to guest post this week, I love making new blog friends J I’m relatively new to the blogging world but I’m improving and growing my blog Different is Beautiful. I would love new followers and am open for swapping buttons or guest posts on my blogs! Email me at if you’re interested. Visit my blog here.

Who am I?
I am a lover of music
I have a bucket list              
I hate sharks
Pretzels are my favorite food
I play guitar
I’m a runner
I am obsessed with traveling
I am one of six kids
I know how to beatbox         
I’m a college student
I’m an adrenaline junkie
I’m a Mormon
Why do I blog?
I originally started Different is Beautiful as a way to document my life and adventures after my family moved to Turkey my senior year. I wanted a way to stay in touch with my family and friends back in the US. I was really bad about blogging and didn’t truly begin posting until a year later when I graduated high school. Hence, most of my first posts are a look back at my year in Turkey and my senior year in High School. You can read some of my favorites here and here. When I started college I decided to keep my lil’ blog going as a project and document my experiences at Brigham Young University. It’s been a crazy and wild adventure since I started college a year ago, and I’ve grown a lot as a person. This week I celebrated my first bloviversary! I’m slowly growing and improving Different is Beautiful and my hope is to gain new readers and friends along the way. Feel free to stop by anytime, an never forget Different is Beautiful!

Aren't they fabulous? Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to stalk their blogs all the way back to the beginning. Should be fun:)
Happy Monday everyone!

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