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Thoughts from Saturday

It's 7 am on a Saturday morning, which seemed like the perfect time to start writing down some of the things that have been on my mind recently for the past couple of weeks. Despite being half asleep, I'm surprised how easily the words come. For the first time in the past nearly four years, I have found myself ready to leave. I am ready to pack up my life to go home and then make my way to New York City. I have a couple of things in the works coming together and am very excited to share in the next couple of months! 

I came into college very unaware of "the culture." Honestly, as glamorized as the party life can be, after a while it starts to get old. For me, going out is more about hanging out with the same people that I have the best time with at Walmart. If you are feeling this way, especially as a collegiate female, you are not alone- I am in the same rickety boat (even if at this point, it is nothing more than a sinking raft). 

Im the last couple of weeks, I have rediscovered the importance of humor. Being able to laugh at yourself in everyday situations is the only way to truly live, and I feel very fortunate to have friends and family that do the same. I have recently found myself in a ton of scenarios where I can only laugh, collect the story and move on to the next. There are very few things in life that are horribly irreversible- the rest is generally pretty irrelevant. (I always try to remember the 5 year rule- will it matter in 2022? Probably not.)

Additionally if you are an underclassman worried about leaving the security of college, I have talked with enough friends to know that you will change. College lasts four years for a reason. For the next couple of months I look forward to taking advantage of all that this university has to offer, but come May 21st, I'll be ready. {Image}

Spring Break

Spring Break

I was reviewing my bucket list, and one of the items was to visit somewhere tropical. Over the past couple of weeks, my brother T.R. and I have been planning a spring break trip, since our breaks correlate this year and neither one of us has sports commitments. Because he can't go out of the country due to Navy rules, we decided on San Juan- it seemed like the perfect distance with blue water to match. Because both of us are pretty adventurous, we are planning as much as possible for the four days we will be there, though lounging by the pool for a bit with a glass of wine doesn't sound too bad either. We are going on a day long boat/snorkeling trip, hiking and exploring Old San Juan. I haven't started packing, but the temptation is too real. Happy Tuesday!

Sunday Playlist

It's been a couple of weeks, but getting back into school has been a bit harder than I thought it would be. Look for a new Fashion Friday this week! 

By far, one of the greatest discoveries in college was Spotify. It's amazing for discovering new music, easily streaming songs and making playlists. Additionally, the $10 a month for premium is completely worth it. New playlist is up- it's all girly pop but I am kind of obsessed. Hope that it makes you smile too! Here is the link. Enjoy!

Weekend Links

After a little hiatus, we are back with weekend links! With the weather being so Out of all the posts I do, these are the ones that get the most feedback, so I hope you enjoy and have a great week! {Image}

Thursday Thoughts: Getting Honest About Being Honest

From a time when I was really young, I have been an "over sharer." My mother and I have always been at odds with it, especially over the past couple of years. At this point we have come to agree to disagree on the matter. Sharing stories and experiences with others is an important part of me and my relationships with the people in my life, and learning from other's experiences is arguable one of the best parts of existing. I like to think that my friends, family and I are happy all of the time, somehow existing in a world of creating wonderful memories, laughing and feeling loved, however this is far from reality. 

We focus so much on the perfect- trying to get the perfect photo, college experience, grade, job or journey without much thought for the mistakes that are often riddled along the way. 

While searching the web, I came across this post from one of my favorite online creators, Katy. (I highly recommend giving it a read and then coming back.) It was raw and extremely relatable to most girls in their 20's. Navigating the world of relationships as a millennial is one of the worst things imaginable, as I have tried to explained to my engaged/married cousins over Christmas. ("Yes, it's really as bad as everyone says.) I think we all find ourselves thinking about the what ifs. What if I had said something different? Does (s)he think I'm crazy or stupid? Why didn't I do (insert anything that you did and slightly regret)? The result sucks and it ends up making us feel like a piece of trash. I would be lying if I said that there weren't times when I put on a slow song and took a walk late at night while trying not to make eye contact with anyone. The other day I was telling a friend that I pretty much am happy and optimistic 99% of the time because about once a month all of the tears and unhappy things build up. One of the most amazing things about being a writer (or an aspiring writer) is the perspective that it gives you on turning terrible things into great stories. 

One of my best friends and I have these late night discussions often about feeling used by boys, strangers and fake friends. The irony is that we always tend to be on opposite sides of the issue whenever we talk- while one of us is having a great day, the other tends to have had a tough one. The next time, it's flipped. This often results in one of us trying to pick up the other off the (sometimes literal) floor. With proof that "there are good people out there!" and "you'll be ok!" These words of encouragement are usually met with heavy sighs and eye rolls from the other side. 

21 seems too young to become so jaded about everything. I have mentioned in the past my inability to not open up my life very quickly to others- and get them to do the same. I truly hope that our generation can still be open, honest and expressive. Being vulnerable and making those connections might be the only thing we truly have. No experience, no matter how truly terrible, is ever wasted (I tell myself this weekly going to my lab class that I need to graduate.) Most of us are so young and there are many things to be excited about. As for the future, I do enjoy looking back at posts, and this renders as a diary of sorts, despite being very public. Thank you for reading this ramble, and the next week or so, I will be releasing a bunch of fun projects, so stay tuned! To the guy, best friend or future family that will one day be a major part of my life: whether we meet in 5 years 10 years or have already met, I'll keep my eyes out for ya- I hope you do too.