hello everyone, I just joined this community and thought that I would introduce myself. my name is Julie, I am 23 years old, and I live in Chicago, IL. I go to Columbia College and I'm majoring in Illustration. I used to be a Graphic Design major and still have somewhat of an interest in that as well. I have become interested in Buddhism in the past 7 or 8 months, and I feel that the spiritual path for me definitely involves Buddhism as its center. I'm not learning as quickly as I could be, because I have trouble finding the time to really delve into all the books on Buddhism and Zen that I have acquired over the past severl months, but the more I find out, the more I love it. I was raised Catholic, but Buddhism just calls to me- I have never found another belief system that chimes so closely with my inner harmony.
I'm joining this community to get more perspective and knowledge on Buddhism and perhaps a little help along the way. This looks like a great place, and I can't wait to meet and start talking with some members. That's all for now, but I will be back and posting soon!