Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Summer 2019, I'm Ready For You

It's summer y'all! If you can't tell, your girl is so excited. It feels like the last month of school drags on but goes by in a flash. This May was no exception but I'm so happy I'm on summer break.

GIF GOES HERE: https://tenor.com/view/high-school-musical-what-time-is-it-summer-gif-4253515
I had to throw in the High School Musical summer gif in there to show I know a tad of pop culture and because it's so true.

So, what exactly am I doing this summer? I posted one blog post, a step into my week, the entire summer last year. I'm not letting that happen this summer as I want to document all that I'm doing. When talking about my summer, I'm gonna go at it like an action plan. The leadup to the game is June, the game is July, and the postgame is August — weirdest metaphor of all time, but I'm trying to metaphorize my summer, I guess.

If June is the leadup to the game, what am I doing all of June? Alright, I'll admit June my metaphor is just not good but I'm just gonna charge forward with it. June is my 'be productive' month.

I'm kicking off summer with a trip to Oregon to check out the University of Oregon (go ducks!), explore Portland, and see the Oregon coast. I'm stoked to check out more of Portland as me and my dad only explored Portland for twelve hours when we visited Washington and Oregon last summer.

After my trip to Portland, I'm flying back to Atlanta to take a summer class. Most people think taking a summer class is a lame thing to do, but I'm overjoyed about the opportunity. I'll be studying gentrification in Atlanta. It's going to be a neat and eye-opening experience.

While this is going on, I'm taking the ACT (go college!) and doing loads of summer work. I'm pumped for the classes I'm taking senior year but I have a large amount of summer work. I'm planning on knocking it out during June because June is the leadup to the game (the metaphor's never going away).

I made a list of events happening in June that I want to check out so I'm hoping to attend a bunch of things going on in the city. I also plan on volunteering quite a bit. I want to spend a lot of time giving back this summer.

The second two weeks of June are dedicated to summer work and college prep. I'm hoping to finish some of the essays I need to write for college applications in June so I can lessen the work I'll be doing when school's in session. If I can, I want to squeeze in a trip to Asheville to visit my family for a few days.

We're on to the game, also known as July. This is the meat of my summer (another weird metaphor) as I'll be out of town for 25 days. I'm spending three weeks exploring Israel, which I cannot wait to experience as I've never been. From there, I fly back to Atlanta to spend a few days adjusting to the flight difference before heading back up north to attend a Jewish studies summer program.

The postgame that is August is only summer for half the month so I've gotta make the most of it. The Jewish studies program takes up a good chunk of time leaving me with five days before school starts. In those five days, I'll be doing last minute errands to get ready for high school to start my senior year.

My summer is crazy busy in the best way. I cannot wait to be doing what I love, learning and exploring. I'm hoping I'll be a good blogger this year and share my adventures on the blog.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

My Summer Vision Board

School's wrapping up and summer's right around the corner. I'm stoked for all that I have going on this summer. I'm going to be super busy but I love being busy as I'm most productive when I'm busy. I'll post a list of everything I'm doing this summer in the near future. I'm figuring out some travels right now so I'll update y'all when I can.

I was on YouTube the other day when my sidebar featured a video about vision boards. I randomly clicked on it after resisting the concept for years. I was so impressed by the video's idea. I don't fully believe how it will revolutionize your life but I think it's a good way to visualize what you want to do. I ended up watching all the videos Olivia made on vision boards before deciding to make one for myself.

I followed Olivia's advice and wrote down some things I'd like to accomplish in the next few months, some actions I'd like to integrate into my life, and other goals I'd like to do. I picked out which goals were the most important for me to do in the coming months and set to work. I followed Olivia's advice and scouted Pinterest for pictures that fitted the vibe I was going for. I then uploaded my pictures to Canva and played around with them until I got a layout I liked. I uploaded the layout into VSCO to give the pictures a similar filter to help them look more cohesive.
Summer Vision
I feel like its very aesthetically pleasing since I tried to grab pictures in the same color scheme to help make it look uniform. I'm over the moon with what I created. I considered ordering a large print of it from Costco but I didn't find pictures in high enough quality to make it worth it. When I do this again, I'm going to focus on finding pictures in high quality.

You're probably wondering what all these pictures stand for. Well, I'm here to tell ya. Dinner parties have been on my brain recently. I don't whether it's having all the people you love around you, the delicious meal, or the conversation that seems the most magical to me. No matter what, I want to throw dinner parties. They can be potluck or themed. Whatever they are, I'm excited.

I want to create a dedicated exercise routine. I've been doing a mixture of running and walking on the treadmill lately. I turn on a YouTube video and run for one video and then walk for the next video. While I love that I'm exercising, I want to make the most of Atlanta's outdoors during the summer. I'm hoping to start a yoga practice through all the free yoga sunset sessions.

In addition to exercising, I'm hoping to spend more time hiking. I love the feeling of being in nature on the trails. It's so tranquil. I just got news today I'm going on a trip that will involve a decent amount of hiking. Cannot wait to be on the trails.

I love books. Books allow you to see the world from a new perspective and gain knowledge. I want to focus more of my energy on reading. I got frustrated at the lack of books I've read for pleasure in high school so I purchased some books to read a few months. I have a good stack of books to get through that excite me, which is awesome. I also have a ton of summer reading so I know I'll be spending a good portion of the summer with my nose in a book.

I want to live in the moment. I'm such a planner. Google Calendar is my #1, jk. But for real, so much of what I do is planned ahead. I want to have more adventures that come out of nowhere. I want to road trip to the middle of Georgia for no apparent reason. I want to stay up late goofing off with my friends. I want to say yes more. I want to go on adventures just for the sake of it.

I'm a travel gal. I love exploring new places and seeing the world from a different vantage point. I'm stoked about all the places I'm going this summer. I cannot wait to see all the adventures I go traveling to new places.

This summer is going to be epic. I can't wait to look back in a few months and reflect on all the incredible experiences I had. Here's to going for it, adventuring, dinner parties, and reading more. 

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Tucker + Tate Lust List

I came across this brand when scrolling through Nordstrom's sale section. Isn't it the cutest? I love the simplicity of their designs mixed with fun prints. I haven't decided which dress or romper I'm planning on testing out. I love the gingham jumpsuit but it might be too long on me.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Spring Lust List

It's warm out! Can I get a hallelujah for the warm weather? I've been able to wear jeans comfortably all year until today. It's probably because I've worn a thick sweatshirt today. But still... I'm ready to embrace the heat because it means summer's near.

For this roundup of what I've been eyeing, I rounded up my favorite yellow and striped clothing. I tend to stick to white, blue, grey, black, and green for my closet. Hopefully, this will inspire me to get some yellow into my wardrobe.

Monday, April 29, 2019

11 Random Thoughts

It’s been a hot second since I’ve written an eleven random thoughts post, but I’m back, baby (in the time of Ice, Ice, Baby). In the little bit since my last version of this series, I’ve traveled the globe, taken a multitude of tests, and continued on life’s adventures. Needless to say, I’ve been busy.
  • I’ve been “sporty.” I’m writing that in quotes because I haven’t sported (is that even a word?), but I’ve been going to sports games. In the last week, I’ve gone to a baseball game and a soccer game. That’s a new record for me! Here’s to hoping I keep this track record up!
  • Finals are coming up, which is scary but doable. They’re definitely not the most fun time of the year, but I’m always impressed by how much I remember. It’s always interesting to see what my teachers come up with for finals. My French final is always interesting.
  • I’ve become a podcast person. I’ve never been one to put on music without instinct. I always have to remind myself because I find that I get easily distracted by podcasts. I’ve been listening to podcasts on long drives as I like that I’m getting something out of them.
  • I’m reading Michelle Obama’s book. I’ve always thought of her as a queen but her book has given me even more respect for her. While the first forty pages were a bit slow for me, I’ve loved reading about her life.
  • I’ve been staring at a screen in front of me as I’ve been sitting on a plane for the last six hours. It makes me sad to think of how screen and WiFi dependent I am. While I’ve spent half the time reading Michelle Obama’s book, I’m upset to know I’ve spent my time staring at a screen getting nothing in return.
  • I’m wrapping up tech for the year. The seniors have become near and dear friends of mine (I sound like an old lady there.). While I’m sad to see them leave, I can’t wait to see all they accomplish next year. I’m soaking up the last few moments with them as I don’t know how much time I have left with them.
  • My school has advisory, which is similar to homeroom except we meet once a week. I jokingly refer to my advisory as the theater advisory as half of us do theater. It’s been cool to see how theater has allowed our advisory to get closer.
  • I’m really hoping I’ll make it to an Atlanta United game as I haven’t been yet. I’ve heard the energy in the stadium is really unbelievable. Hopefully, I’ll make it to a game this summer donning all the Atlanta United apparel I can find.
  • I haven’t figured out my full summer schedule yet. I have July and August covered but I have nothing down for June. I’m not really sure what I’ll end up doing but I’m hoping it’ll involve some sort of exploring.
  • I’m taking an independent study with my advisor next year. The topic is all on Atlanta, which excites me as I love where I’ve gotten to grow up. We need to talk more about the details. While I cannot wait for summer, I’m also excited for next school year because of this class.
  • I’ve been publishing fashion content lately, which is so unlike me as I’ve never been into fashion. It’s been so fun for me to spend hours scouring the internet to curate the perfect collection. I’ll have to spend some time looking through what I’ve picked out to decide what I want to order.