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.

Monday, April 1, 2019

Spring Lust List

Circle Crossbody Bag // Striped Button Down // Mom Jeans // Espadrilles // White Dress // Pleated Top // Velcro Sneakers // Wrap Dress

I did a major closet clean out this weekend. Normally, I'll sift through my closet and see what I don't like anymore. This time, I tried on everything. Well, almost everything as I didn't fully finish but you get the point. I thought I liked some clothes on the hangers but realized I wouldn't wear them when I tried them on. It feels nice to have clothing I truly love and wear in my closet.

As I was cleaning out my closet, I realized I was gravitating towards the more minimalistic earthy tones look. I've always been a lover of black, grey, blue, green, and white clothing, but I was surprised to see the only color in my closet were a few red shirts. What can I say, I stick to what I like.

I've been getting into edgy pants compared to my normal skinny jeans so these are totally up my alley. I have a pair of espadrille platform sandals that I wear on repeat so I love this everyday espadrille. This dress is perfect for springtime as its light and airy. My friend has a pair of velcro sneakers that give off the perfect cool girl meets childhood vibe. This crossbody is perfect for spring festivals.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Spring Lust List

I was recently inspired to do some online browsing, which is a big deal as I generally get bored sifting through all the clothing available. This time I was wowed by how many items I liked. I found I was more attracted to neutral colors and simple patterns. This type of style is classic and is easy to transition from year to year with.

I love the boyfriend/mom jeans trend and I'm excited to get onboard with it with this pair. I placed a large order of smocked dresses the other week so I'm sure I'll end up picking up a few for this season. I love the look of white sneakers but I've only seen the shoes from Adidas or in leather styles until now. I own a pair of Birkenstocks but this olive pair would add the perfect pop of color to any outfit. I'm beginning to see how small purses can be useful for everyday life, and this purse is the perfect size to fit your essentials.

Friday, January 11, 2019

11 Random Thoughts

I'm back with another random things post except I gave it a new name. I thought 11 Random Thoughts sounded more interesting so I've renamed the series this. Anyways, I have so many thoughts to share so lets get into it.

  • Time management is so incredibly difficult, and I would like to work on this year. I've found that I sometimes drag some tasks out for longer than they should take and then do a bunch of tasks in a short period of time. I still get everything I need to accomplish done. It might not get accomplished in the most efficient way.
  • College fashion seems to be all over the place. People wear everything from sweatpants to business clothes. I've enjoyed seeing how the student I've been meeting with dress. The majority have been in a t-shirt or a UGA jacket.
  • Everyone at UGA has so much UGA pride. People wear jackets and t-shirts for the school. Lots of students use UGA lanyards. People in sororities keep buttons on their backpacks that show their support for the Dawgs.
  • I went to the Georgia Museum of Art yesterday. The museum was so much bigger than I expected with multiple exhibits. I'm amazed that the university has enough money to keep such a robust art collection. The students are so lucky they can take advantage of the free museum anytime they want since its on campus.
  • As I walked around the museum, security wasn't in every room. They had two security guards in the main exhibit. I really admired how much the university trusted the students.
  • I went to a hockey game last night. It was such a cool experience to see what college athletics are like. UGA doesn't have a college team but they have a club team. The team ended up winning the game.
  • I saw a girl who graduated from my school a few years ago. It was nice to catch up with her at the game. She knows some of the people I've been interviewing so that's was exciting to hear.
  • I have so much respect for people who work from home. I've found its difficult for me to separate a work environment from a home environment. I'm sure someone who works from home has a dedicated space for working from home so its easier for them.
  • I'm going home for the weekend. I'll actually be home for less than 24 hours. I'm excited to see my dad because I haven't seen him since I left for Athens. Its a very quick trip for a BBYO dance but it'll be nice to be back.
  • I'm attending services Saturday morning with the family I'm staying with. I don't attend Saturday morning services at home so I'm excited to experience them in Athens. I believe they're being held at a home so that'll be a unique experience.
  • I'm planning on going to the UGA women's basketball game on Sunday. The tickets are incredibly cheap and are general admission. I'm excited to experience the camaraderie of basketball.
That's all I have to share for now. I'm sure I'll be back with another update next week giving my thoughts on the Saturday service, BBYO dance, the basketball game, and whatever else I want to write about.

Monday, January 7, 2019

11 Random Thoughts

I'm interning in Athens, Georgia with a non-profit that works with UGA students for a few weeks. I've been living in Athens for a few days, and I still have about two weeks left. I thought it would be nice to reflect on my first few days in Athens.
  • Grocery shopping is insanely difficult! Its difficult to buy food you want to eat that's healthy and won't go bad super soon. I'm gaining a lot of respect for the little things my parents do. I'm planning on going to Trader Joe's today to grab some fruit and veggies as I know I haven't eaten enough of them lately.
  • I recently tried a Grand Slam at Arden's Garden. The Grand Slam is a "shot" of wheatgrass, ginger, lemon juice, and cranberry. I went with someone who's a regular at Arden's Garden so the employee gave us a shot of cayenne and pineapple. We followed it with a shot of pineapple juice. It was such a fun experience!
  • I really like how Athens has a true downtown shopping experience. Atlanta's downtown is a dead zone that has office buildings and tourist attractions. Needless to say, I don't hang out in Atlanta's downtown. Athen's downtown is cute with shops, restaurants, and a music venue.
  • Athens has a local coffee chain called Jittery Joe's. I'm currently sitting in one as I write this. I've been sitting for an hour and a half now, and the people watching has been incredible.
  • I'm staying with a family who have the most delightful children. Their children are fireballs of energy. I played with them outside for an hour yesterday. It made me realize I don't spend enough time running around outside. I'd like to do more of that this year.
  • The family had a gathering last night for law professors, and I ended up playing with the cutest two-year-old. It was amazing how the boy was entertained for an hour by throwing a ball around.
  • I played soccer with the kids the other day. I really enjoyed kicking the ball around. I'd like to get a soccer ball to play with at home.
  • The students haven't come back to Athens, yet. I'm excited to see the town with all the students. I'm wondering if Athens has any traffic when the students are here.
  • I'm staying in a very central part of Athens. I get to my internship in a little over five minutes if the light isn't red. I've been impressed by how convenient everything is to one another.
  • I'm going to a vegetarian restaurant for dinner tonight called the Grit. I'm excited to experience what vegan Athens has to offer. I haven't looked at the website so it'll be a surprise when I get there.
  • I'm going to a hockey game on Thursday with my mom. I can't wait to experience college athletics, a hockey game, and the camaraderie of sports. I wanted to go to Nashville over winter break to experience a Nashville Predators game but the timing didn't work out.
That's a little glimpse of where my mind's been at while I've been in Athens. I'll try to do another one of these before I go back to Atlanta.