Life Lately


appy Monday everyone! It's been a hot minute since I began typing for this space. I needed to take a break, though this time it wasn't planned. It just happened. So many emotions have taken root since March (my last post) and the thought of pouring my soul onto a blank canvas was the last thing I felt like doing. Now that I'm here, I didn't realize how much I've missed it.

I honestly don't know what I desire for my blog. The typical how-to posts may not be what I'm after anymore, which is why I haven't created any content recently. I suppose this space is just going to be a place where I share my life happenings + feelings. More raw, real life stuff that isn't always glamorous. While I'm in the process of figuring out what I want that to look like, let's just dive into a few things I've been up to.

I just finished The Hart of Dixie. It was a little cheesy towards the end, but during the first two seasons, I was hooked. Honestly, I was just getting a kick out of the 2012 fashion trends and smokey eye looks, haha. Has anyone else seen it?

Summer reading can finally be a thing! No more college means I can choose a book to read for pleasure. I am planning on reading Masterpiece by Francine Rivers and Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks. These are two of my favorite authors so hopefully, they won't disappoint.

One artist that I found while searching for old music I listened to in high school was Austin Mahone. Many of you may not know who he is, but he reminds me of a blend of Justin Bieber and Ne-Yo. A few favorites include "Way Up, Do It Right, and Except For Us."

Struggling With:
All the feelings that come with being a post-grad. I'm not done by any means but I do have a little window of time before jumping into my next program to become a teacher. I'm still working in retail, but it feels weird not having any homework.

Looking Forward To:
Creating a travel art journal. I have been trying to create my own for years now but they never worked well for me. But, I saw this YouTuber begin one and it was more like a scrapbook/sketchbook for painting. I just ordered a blank sketchbook from Amazon and I can't wait to get started. I have two fun trips coming up this summer and I hope to share them on here soon!

I Graduated With My Bachelor's Degree


graduated with my Bachelor of Arts in English!!! These last four years have been the most challenging and the most rewarding of my entire life. Honestly, I have been trying to think of what to say for this blog post for a whole week now. Where do I start? Earning my Bachelor's degree has been my life long dream that I've been working towards since Jr. High. Over this past March, I seriously didn't even want to graduate. The fear of the unknown or starting something new felt all too much. I was comfortable in college. I knew what was expected of me. I felt safe.

But, if college has taught me anything it is that things never stay the same or end up the way I imagined. And that's okay. Because I've grown in so many ways, I barely recognize the girl I was when I started. Through this time I've gained a love of poetry, public speaking, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Gilmore Girls. I've overcome horrible roommate situations, loss of a friendship, living on my own, and trying new endeavors through choir and journalism. I learned that I am so hard on myself.  I learned that my kindness may be taken as a weakness, but it is not. I learned the value of grace.

Here I am a few days post-grad and I feel relieved to be done. I imagined the feeling of being done more bitter-sweet than exciting. But, I am looking forward to this summer and enjoying some time to just breathe. I just have to say that I would not have been able to reach this point without the encouragement and support from my family! So beyond excited to see all the ways the Lord will work in me as I continue on throughout this journey of becoming a teacher!

5 Ways To Get Outside More


n Southern California summer is right around the corner and I am feeling all the feels. I literally become a different person when the sun is out. Over the weekend, I woke up early, made my bed, went on a walk with my dog, and treated myself to a Starbucks drink. It was the best weekend (mentally) I've had in a long time.

So, I just starting thinking about how I can enjoy the sunshine even more, since it's been helping me so much. I came up with a list below of five ways to take advantage of the spring/summer weather. I love exploring new places so hopefully this will also be an incentive for me to take the time to try new things. What do you do to enjoy the outdoors? 

1.Attend local events. 
Farmer's markets, concerts in the park, or festivals are great way to soak up some sun, along with being involved in your community.

2. Eat outside.
This is such a powerful shift in your daily routine when trying to be conscious of enjoying the outdoors a little bit more. I've been trying to implement this whenever I go to a restaurant. I normally refuse sitting out on the patio at eatery places due to the service, but there is nothing like some vitamin D and natural sun light when out and about.

3. Watch a sunset.
This is my favorite of them all! Watching a sunset is just so peaceful, and I love the way it makes me feel so happy. A great thing about a sunset is that everyone can experience this whether at the beach, mountains, or city.

4. Take a walk in your neighborhood.
I've been doing this a lot lately with my dog. She has been full of energy recently so being outside with her has helped in that department, haha!

5. Explore your local park or garden.
For those of you who live in a city this is an easy way to step into nature. I am a tad envious of the parks that surround New York. But, for myself here in Southern California, I'm planning a trip to Balboa Park to see all there gardens.

I'm Feelin' 22



Listening to a lot of Taylor Swift today (thanks, Hannah), because I'm turning 22! I've been celebrating all weekend long in La Jolla for a shopping spree, and a beach day in Carlsbad with my friends! Seriously been one of my favorites yet. Somehow this year seems exciting to me, even with all of it's uncertainties. 22 isn't a big year, and I'm loving the non pressures that comes with this age, unlike 21.

As I was laying on my towel at the beach yesterday, my friend asked me what's been your favorite part of this year? All I could say was my journey of personal growth. It was the year of teaching myself grace...lots and lots of grace!!

This year, however, will hopefully be the one where I say 'wow look at all that I could handle and accomplish.' College has taught me so much, but it's not over yet! I have a long way to go, but I am so grateful for another year of life to live and learn.

Thank you all so much for the birthday wishes. I truly felt so loved today!!

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