Summer is Here!

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I always feel a little guilty talking about summer in April, because technically it’s still spring and most people don’t get out of school for several more weeks. But I’m just so excited, I can’t help it! I took my last finals, packed up my belongings into my car and drove home. It’s crazy to think that all my material possessions at this point in life can fit into a single car. College is a time of such instability and transition– you have to be ready to up and leave at any moment. Every few months you move to a new situation and have to readjust. I grew up in a very stable home, so it’s taken me a while to learn how to be flexible and embrace change. I guess that’s just the season of life I’m in right now!

Anyways, what are you up to these days? I am working a few hours each day at the Pepperdine Bible Lectures, and sinking deeper into summer mode. It always takes me a few weeks to fully stop stressing and actually relax!

P.s. Photo via here

Happy Weekend

50452120e335bea5dee8109b86e4369e.jpgHappy weekend friends! One week of school down, six left to go. Lately I’ve been having fun combing through old black and white photos like the one above to see what gems I can find. I don’t know why, it’s just so inspiring! Photography is incredible.

Anyways, I don’t have much planned for this weekend– brunch with a friend, homework, a little shopping perhaps. But next weekend is Easter, and two of my friends from Germany are visiting me and my family! I could not be more excited. It’s been so long since I’ve seen anyone from my summer in Hildesheim and I miss them desperately.

Well, have a good one friends and I’ll meet you back here next week!

Happy Weekend!

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Why hello there! How are you on this chilly Friday in January? Thick fog hangs over the ocean here in Malibu and I think I feel raindrops every now and again, or maybe it’s just wishful thinking.

My first week of school is complete- one down, fifteen to go. I am always overwhelmed by the syllabi at the start of school, and have to remind myself  it’s never as hard as it looks on paper. Do you have to give yourself little pep talks once in a while, or is that just me?

My plans for the three day weekend (thank you MLK Jr.) include reading, writing, and a few meet ups with friends. I also hope to dust off my camera and take some new photos. I adore photography and wish I made more time for it.

What are your plans for the weekend friends? I’d love to hear!

P.s. I got a Polaroid camera for Christmas, and have been obsessively documenting my life with pictures like the one above!

 

First Day of School!

DSC_0419.JPGGrowing up, the first day of school was always a HUGE deal. I would spend hours the night before painstakingly picking out the perfect outfit and packing my backpack. Then in the morning, my mom would make Potato Pancakes and take our picture on the front step before we headed out. My brother and I walked the three blocks to school together for many years, mostly in silence because we were so tired. But those were some of my favorite moments. Just walking quietly side by side.

Today is the first day of my semester. And while there is not quite as much pomp and circumstance, I still can’t help but feel a bit excited. Sure, it means a whole lot of work and stress, but it also means new friendships, skills, and opportunities. I can’t wait to see what the next four months hold, and I’m thankful you, sweet readers, are along for the ride. Have a good one!DSC_0422.JPG

 

Gearing Up for Another Semester

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Oh man. School starts on Monday and I don’t know how I feel. I’m going to a retreat this weekend, which will be a nice way to ease back into the social scene. The retreat is called “Unplugged” and you are not allowed to use any technology for the entire three days. I am really looking forward to stepping away from my screen to gain a little perspective.

I always like second semester better than first. The weather is warmer and the days are longer. But most of all, you’ve already found your niché and can hit the ground running. You don’t have to exert as much effort to get things started. I feel more confident in my place as a junior on campus and know what that entails.

I’m looking forward to investing more in established relationships and forming brand new ones. I can’t wait to figure out my plans for this summer and start dreaming about senior year. Since when do I only have three semesters of college left? I refuse to believe its true.

How are you these days? Thanks for reading my random ramblings! Let’s talk again soon.DSC_0438.JPG

Life Lately

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If procrastination was a sport, I would win. Every time. Exhibit A: Finals 2015.  I should be studying as I type this, but oh well! Life lately has been a bit of a roller coaster. Some days I am crazy busy and overwhelmed, while other days I am completely free and relaxed. But come Thursday, finals will be over and I will be at home on my couch eating exorbitant amounts of Peppermint bark and watching Modern Family.

What are your plans for this Christmas season? My family and I are road tripping to Zion National Park in Utah for a few days after Christmas. I’ve never been and I’m so excited! It’s gonna be cooooold.

Below are a few photos from life lately, if you’d like to see.

IMG_8818.JPG^My family already bought and decorated our Christmas tree at home without me (Why college? Why?) so I was thrilled when my friend Michaela invited me to help pick out their family’s tree last weekend. It was difficult to find a good tree since most of them are overly dry because of the drought here in California. But I think we found a winner.

IMG_8801.JPGIMG_8802.JPG^She’s a clown, this one. I think its funny how girls can entertain themselves for hours just taking pictures of each other!

IMG_8819.jpg^Doesn’t it look pretty up against the red wall?IMG_8834.jpg^The sunsets around here lately have been out of this world. I still can’t get over how early the sun sets now a days though…

Well friends, that concludes this random rambling post. I hope your life lately has been filled with joy, laughter, and Christmas cookies! Have a good one.

Happy Weekend!

IMG_8169.JPGHappy Friday friends! How was your week? Mine was full of surprises. At 6:30am on Wednesday morning, I was ‘kidnapped’ by my sorority, driven to the beach, and encouraged to jump in the water with the rest of my new sisters! Luckily, it wasn’t too cold, and actually provided a refreshing start to my day. I got more done before 8am than I usually do in 24 hours! Another nice surprise came when I got an A on my test (not to brag or anything, but my essay on Mesopotamia was pretty dang good..haha!). I’m spending this weekend at home to celebrate my dad’s 5?th birthday and to see my cousin and uncle’s baptisms on Sunday.
What are you up to this weekend? Is the weather nice and fall-ish where you live? It is in the 90’s here and it’s making me mad! Where are you Fall? Hurry on up.

See you back here soon friends.

A Happy List

IMG_8030.jpgHello friends, how have you been? I hope this Sunday morning post finds you well. How have I been, you ask? Well, I am a bit exhausted. I have been rushing for a sorority the past four days, and I find out the final results tomorrow. It has been a fun but draining process, so I thought I’d whip up a little happy list to keep my spirits high and remind me of all the wonderful details in life that I often don’t take time to properly appreciate.

1. The golden sunlight in the hours just before sunset.
2. Brunch! I want to start a Brunch Club, anyone interested?
3. Scrolling through old photos that fill me with happy memories.
4. Writing for the sake of it.
5. Discovering new tunes to jam to in the car.
6. Brushing up on my guitar skills.
7. Bing-listening to podcasts.
8. Grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s.
9. Finishing a project that’s been nagging you for ages.
10. Sending/receiving postcards.

Question of the Day
What is one thing that’s made you happy today?

Happy Weekend!

IMG_9195.JPGHey friends, how was your weekend? Early Saturday morning I participated in Pepperdine’s annual Step Forward Day, an initiative to mobilize students and send them out in the community to serve. My group painted a Boys and Girls club in a nearby town, which I thoroughly enjoyed, although it was tiering work! Saturday evening I worked as an usher for a show at campus theater, specifically a Benefit concert for Syrian refugees. The pianist who performed was only nineteen and was one of the youngest people ever admitted to Julliard! What have I been doing with my life for the past twenty years? I’m way behind! 🙂

Sunday has been filled with little errands, homework, and Netflix. I’m feeling a bit under the weather, so I’m trying to rest up before a busy week. I’m rushing for a sorority, which will be time consuming but fun!

How was your weekend? Do you have any fun plans for the days ahead? See you back here soon friends.

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3 Tips for Avoiding Overwhelm

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As exciting as the start of a new school year is, it can also be incredibly stressful and overwhelming. After my first few days of class, I’ve realized I am a little rusty at this whole school thing. I haven’t written an essay or read a textbook in over four months, even my handwriting looks sloppier! I am a born stresser– it’s one of my spiritual gifts actually. It doesn’t take much to overwhelm me, so I’ve had to learn how to minimize overwhelm in my daily life. Here are three practical steps I take when I have too much on the brain:
1. Do A Brain Dump- A brain dump is when you transfer everything in your brain onto a piece of paper or other device. I often find myself lying in bed at night unable to fall asleep because of the million future ‘to-do’s’ floating around in my head. But if I write all of those down onto a ‘note’ in my phone or a Post-it, I am able to relax, knowing I can address them again in the morning. Try it tonight- I promise you will instantly feel less overwhelmed!
2. Know Yourself- Are you more productive in the morning or at night? Do you thrive in silent or loud settings? Are lists helpful or stressful to you? Asking yourself questions like these helps you know yourself better and then set yourself up for success. If you place yourself in optimal situations, you are less likely to feel overwhelmed and more likely to perform at higher levels.
3. Get Moving- This is the simplest, most common advice you’ll hear from everyone and their mom: Exercise clears the brain! When you exercise, you aren’t thinking about anything, just getting through the motions. Afterwards, though, you can look at your to-do list with more clarity and practicality. If I’m in a slump or feeling over-emotional, I try to get outside and get moving. Even though it initially feels like I’m wasting time I could be devoting to my tasks, I do it anyways because I am always ten million times faster and more productive after exercise than before.

I hope you’re readjusting well to school/work life friends! Can you believe it’s already September? I sure can’t. Christmas break will be here before we know it!

Question of the Day
What tips and tricks do you use to avoid overwhelm? I’d love to hear- lord knows I need them!