20 reasons to drink a cup of coffee right now

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  1. Tastes heavenly
  2. Smells lovely
  3. It’s classic Instagram photo material
  4. So many pretty mugs to choose from
  5. Feels warm in your hands
  6. Sipping burns calories
  7. Distracts you from whatever boring task you’re doing
  8. Life is hard
  9. Gives you just a little bit of extra energy
  10. Goes great with cookies
  11. It’s winter and it’s cold out
  12. It’s social– drink with your friends!
  13. Facilitates conversation
  14. Brings back memories
  15. You’re part of a long tradition of coffee drinkers and coffee lovers
  16. You work hard and need a break
  17. Signals to others that you’re busy right now
  18. Forces you to slow down
  19. Compliments any outfit
  20. Why not?

happy valentines day

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  1. Love to my brothers
  2. Love to my parents
  3. Love to my dear Jessica
  4. Love to my friends in Germany
  5. Love to all the refugees and displaced persons in this world
  6. Love to those fighting for justice and peace
  7. Love to the precious children in my life
  8. Love to all the perspective graduates
  9. Love to my Opa (grandpa)
  10. Love to those who need it most

Skating through life

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I went roller skating with old friends on Saturday night. There was a disco ball and afro wigs and groovy carpet. So, you could say I was pretty happy. But man, roller skating is a lot harder than I thought! I was surprisingly bad. Good thing I had sweet company to distract me from my lack of coordination.

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Little Letter

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Dear Community Group,
I love you and can’t wait to serve at the Hollywood Winter Shelter with you on Saturday. We are preparing a hot breakfast for more than 250 homeless people in Los Angeles, and I’m excited to meet some of them, hear their stories and share a meal.

Dear Guitar,
I think I’m getting better at you. Maybe.

Dear Mele,
I can’t believe how close we’ve gotten this year. You are such a gem of a friend who just ‘gets me’, no questions asked.

Dear Valentines Day,
Honestly, I almost forgot you even existed. Is that bad? I’ve got to cook up a fun way to show my friends and family I love them!

Dear Fulbright,
Gosh it’s hard to wait to hear your results. I won’t find out if I get you until the end of March/beginning of April.

Dear Internet,
You’re funny, but also really crazy sometimes.

Dear “Bridge of Spies”,
You are a great movie! I loved the setting in East and West Berlin in 1960. Plus, it was kind of cool to translate the German for my friends!

Dear Politics,
Currently trying to balance staying informed about you with staying sane. Not an easy task!

P.s. Photo of the adorable little angel I babysit (cheeeeeese!)

 

Five Things

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1. I swear I get asked the question, “What are your plans after graduation?” multiple times a day! I’ve started answering with silly things like “I plan to join the circus” or “Become an astronaut.” I have a few post-grad ideas/leads in the works, but nothing concrete. Any suggestions?

2. How is this blog always SO good? It has been my inspiration for years with no sign of stopping. I once emailed the founder/senior editor, and she emailed back right away with the kindest words of encouragement!

3. Have you heard of the podcast “Pod Save America”? I just discovered it and am enjoying listening to an episode before bed each night.

4. I started my new job as a student worker in Pepperdine’s Human Resources department. It’s a lot of new information and new faces, but I’m really enjoying it thus far. Plus, it’s fun to dress professional every now and again.

5. I started an article club on Tuesday nights with my girlfriends. We discuss an article, eat cookies and bask in each others company. Would you ever consider attending or hosting one?

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P.s. Photos from my other instagram

Little Letter

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Dear Rain,
Wow, it’s good to see you again old friend. It’s been too long since last you made your presence known in Southern California. Stay awhile, won’t you?

Dear “The West Wing”,
You are surprisingly addictive. I can feel myself getting sucked in already, which is not good considering you have seven seasons…

Dear Fulbright,
I just heard I was selected as a semi-finalist! Thank you, I can’t tell you how much this means to me. Now I hurry up and wait till March.

Dear Monday,
I was dreading you until school was cancelled due to the many road closures caused by landslides! Oh beautiful, joyous Monday! You are my new favorite day of the week.

Dear Women’s March,
It was a profound, deeply impactful experience to march on Saturday. Something special happened, that I’m sure of. You were the largest organized march in US history. Bravo.

Dear NPR,
Gosh, keep up the good work!

Dear “Old School”,
Props to you, Tobias Wolff, for writing such a stellar novel.

Dear Novella,
I should be much further with you than I am. And by further, I mean I should have started writing you a long time ago…uh oh.

Dear Guitar,
My guitar class has proven so insightful! Thanks of being a gorgeous instrument.

P.s. Photo from the Women’s March

The Women’s March

fullsizeoutput_3aafYesterday was historic to say the least. More than a million people in over 670 locations world wide marched to bring awareness to human rights, particularly women’s rights, at the start of Trump’s administration. In fact, more people participated in the march on Washington alone than attended the Inauguration.

My two friends and I headed downtown to show our support. Though it was quite a feat getting there, including an intense search for parking and a crowded subway ride, the atmosphere was electric with positive energy. On the way there, I heard a dad saying to his little girl, “You are making a difference in your city, your country and your world today sweetie.” My heart melted.

There were men, women and children of all stripes and walks of life taking part. We marched from Pershing Square to City Hall, chanting and dancing along to music. There was even a group of Native American dancers performing amidst the crowd. I was blown away by the creativity of people’s signs and outfits. Below are a few photos if you’d like to see:fullsizeoutput_3aa9fullsizeoutput_3aac^My first time on the metro in LAfullsizeoutput_3aadfullsizeoutput_3aaefullsizeoutput_3ab0fullsizeoutput_3ab5fullsizeoutput_3ab8fullsizeoutput_3ab9^So powerfulfullsizeoutput_3abafullsizeoutput_3abdfullsizeoutput_3abefullsizeoutput_3ac1fullsizeoutput_3ac2fullsizeoutput_3ac6^These ladies dressed as tampons!fullsizeoutput_3ac7fullsizeoutput_3ace^City Hallimg_3624fullsizeoutput_3acf^Probably my favorite sign of the day. Carrie Fisher would be proud!fullsizeoutput_3ad3^The girl(s) with the power!fullsizeoutput_3ad4As Michelle Obama so eloquently said:

“No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contributions of half its citizens.”

Now I’m off to take a nap– fighting the patriarchy is exhausting! Have a good one friends.

P.s. Feel free to read this article if you want more info!