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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Well hello there friends! I literally cannot believe another week has flown by. I only have six weeks left of school. You hear? Six weeks! How is that legal?

It was a nice week. I snapped this photo during an impromptu stop by the beach to watch the sunset. And yes, I realize how spoiled that sentence sounded. I’m headed to a German restaurant this evening (yay Deutschland!) and can’t wait to devour a bratwurst. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to drink beer for three more months and three days (but who’s counting?)…

Have a wonderful, peaceful weekend friends and I’ll meet you back here in no time.

Spring Break Baby!

IMG_3683All I can say is thank god I made it to today. It was a crawl to the finish line. I am writing this from the comfort of my bed at home, somewhere I have not been since winter break. I can’t believe the semester is half over. I am going to be a senior…crazy. Anywho, just wanted to drop in and say have a wonderful weekend and don’t forget to unwind. I can already feel myself sinking deep into vacation mode, a state from which I fear I may never return.IMG_3678IMG_3679IMG_3681IMG_3682IMG_3692IMG_3693IMG_3695IMG_3698IMG_3676IMG_3685

 

How was your weekend?

 

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How was your weekend friends? I saw “The Witch” on Friday, which was a lot scarier psychologically than I thought it would be! Then I went to Venice on Saturday for a beach clean-up philanthropy with my sorority, followed by a chill movie night with a friend. Sunday was church and then time to crack down on the homework. I’ve reached that point in the semester where it takes all my will power to actually put effort into my assignments. You’d better pray for me :p

Anyways, one more week until spring break! Woohooo. My wild plans include going home and catching up on all my appointments/errands. What a life.

Hope  you had a good weekend and your week ahead is filled with joy!

Happy Weekend & A Happy List

12814391_1029941103718596_8539954319998996980_n.jpgWell hello there friends, how are you? This week has literally flown by. I cannot believe I’ve been in school for four weeks now. Summer will be here before we know it (wishful thinking? maybe…). On this gorgeous Friday morning, I thought I’d write out a list of ten little things that made me happy recently to kick off the weekend:

  1. Latte Macchiatos. I used to drink these every day in Germany, and Starbucks just recently introduced theirs here!
  2. Movie nights with girlfriends.
  3. Baked goods of any type.
  4. Discovering this new podcast.
  5. Checking things off my to-do list like a boss.
  6. Staying up too late to finish a good book.
  7. Catching a whiff of someone’s cologne or perfume.
  8. The New York Times crossword puzzle.
  9. Taking pride in something I’ve written.
  10. Scary movies.

What are your plans for this weekend? So far the only thing on my agenda is a movie night tonight with some girlfriends. Have a good one!

 

Happy Weekend

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You know what I thought I’d try today? A round up of my favorite links from around the web! Is it just me, or has the internet been particularly good lately? Below is a list of a few of my top finds this week.

In other news, life has been pretty good lately. I went to a friends 1920’s themed birthday party on Tuesday dressed as a flapper (pictured above). I looked pretty dapper, if I do say so myself! I also had a big work event this week which went off without a hitch *insert big sigh of relief here*. Tonight is the Pepperdine Film Festival ReelStories, where they show student made films on a variety of topic. My little brother is coming and I can’t wait!

What are you up to this weekend?

My Beauty Uniform

Eight words that reveal the sexism at the heart of the English language

Why Ascribing Intent is making you Miserable (written by me!)

Iceland Myth Busters

 

Blah!

IMG_9288.JPGDo you ever just feel blah?! I sure do today. I woke up with a horrible soar throat and slight fever, so I’m lying low to nurse myself back to health before school tomorrow. Luckily, this is giving me a chance to catch up on some random tasks, like editing these photos. My sweet friend Michaela, who I’ve mentioned several times before on this blog, and I went on a walk yesterday along the creek near her house, and of course I had to bring my camera. It felt good to be creative without any rules or guidelines. As a creative writing major, I often have to create under pressure or deadlines, which can take some of the joy out of the process.

Michaela and I talked about a myriad subjects, ranging from religion to school to relationships. It was refreshingly genuine. I love conversations like these, when you leave feeling like you took something insightful away. I need to go on walks more often.

Anyways, there is no real point to this post other that to say it’s okay to feel a little blah once in a while. You are not alone, we’ve all been there.IMG_3381.JPGIMG_3391.JPGIMG_9361.JPGIMG_9287.JPG^We found a time machine and went back to Fall…IMG_9347.JPG^My pouty “I don’t want to go to school tomorrow” face.IMG_9306.JPG^Maybe if I hide in my sweater, I won’t have to do my homework…IMG_3506.JPG^Never too old to play on the playground.IMG_3382.JPG^Still obsessed with my tattoo…IMG_3353.JPGIMG_3356.JPGIMG_3357.JPG^Isn’t she a stunner?

Best Friends Forever?

IMG_3335.JPGHey friends, how are you? I went to the pier this weekend with a sweet friend, and it got me thinking about the topic of friendship. Below are a few words on the subject if you’d like to read:

For the majority of my life, I wholeheartedly believed in the phrase “Best Friends Forever.” I thought once you became friends with someone, it was a bond strong enough to last forever. I always prided myself on being a loyal friend who stuck by people through thick and thin, but over the past few years I’ve come to realize that while that sounds lovely, its just not realistic.

People play different roles in our lives during different seasons. Loyalty is not the most important part of a friendship. Love is. There have been people in my life whom I love dearly and will continue to love, but from afar. Our close, intimate relationship simply wasn’t sustainable for the long haul, or might have held us back from pursuing other opportunities. No one can be your everything all the time. Maybe you were best friends with someone in high school, but that closeness didn’t translate to college. Or perhaps you just started dating someone, and your friend can’t relate and doesn’t want to hear about it anymore. During this seasons, perhaps it’s time to find someone else who shares your current life stage.

Sometimes you just have to flat out say goodbye to a friend forever, for whatever reason. I have had to do this in the past, and it was extremely difficult even though I knew it was the right decision. And it is something I need to get used to, because I will grow apart from countless people throughout my life. The only thing that keeps me from despairing at the thought, is that it means making room for new, vibrant friendships.

I have a handful of friends from childhood with whom I’m still close. They are extra special people who have seen me grow into the woman I am today. I will cherish them always. But not everyone can be this way, like I used to think. Many friendships are time limited, and that’s perfectly okay. Don’t feel guilty or beat yourself up for parting ways with a former companion. Longevity is not the main goal, but rather love. So don’t try to be best friends forever, be the best friend you can be right now in this moment.IMG_3281IMG_3287IMG_3302IMG_3308IMG_3314IMG_3317IMG_3321IMG_3326IMG_3329IMG_3332IMG_3333IMG_3336IMG_3337IMG_3339IMG_3340IMG_3341IMG_3342IMG_3346

Question of the Day
Have you ever drifted apart from a close friend? What was the experience like?

 

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!