Oh my gosh, summer is here!! I am so excited for this summer, and I'm determined to enjoy every possible day I can considering it's my last few months being home before the move to Vanguard. This summer I have a small bucket list that I thought I'd share on the blog!

The only bummer about this summer is that I'm taking three college summer classes! Blah! The only great thing, it that they happen to all be online. But really nine units? Wish me luck!

Onto my bucket list...go to the movies, start my summer reading list, drink lemonade, shop for my new dorm room, have a game night with my family, watch fireworks this 4th of July, make sure to have a nice tan, become a blonde again, print my iPhone photos, try new hairstyles, bake or cook a new recipe, create a summer playlist, and diy a summer sugar scrub.

Here's to a wonderful summer ahead!



his past weekend I attended Vanguard's registration and orientation day! I was able to sign up for my classes, meet with my counselors, meet incoming students, and give another tour to my parents. I finally feel like this is all becoming real, and my dream is happening! Now with my class schedule I am feeling prepared and so ready to start. I'm officially on countdown.

Thought I'd share a few photos from my day, along with five things I'm looking forward to at Vanguard come August!

1. Music camp: 
I mentioned this before once I announced my university, but I got accepted into the choir!! I'm not sure which one (co-ed or women's), but either I know I'll be content with. It's seriously a dream come true, as music has always been a passion of mine. I can't wait for music camp as it's four full days of auditioning, and practicing while meeting new friends. I read on the newsletter that a beach bonfire was included one night...can't wait.

2. Sporting Events:
The school pride at Vanguard is awesome! On social media I follow several accounts, and it gets me so pumped to be able to attend these games and events. At Vanguard we have track and field, soccer, volleyball, baseball, softball, cheer, and basketball! Okay, I'm off to go buy yellow everything to keep that pride alive!

3.  Living in Catalina: 
I am pretty sure my dorm will be in Catalina dorm room, as it's the place for all sophomores and transfer students like me! Catalina is the newest building on campus as it provides a walk in closet, private bathroom (with a bathtub), and air conditioning.Hoping to get a room with a view of the baseball fields!

4. Meeting New Friends: 
I could not be more excited to meet my roommates. They say college is where you meet those life long friends, so that's what I'm praying for.

5. Exploring Costa Mesa: 
Vanguard is located in Costa Mesa, Orange County. I've never lived anywhere near here, and I'm so excited to become a local. The beach, hipster cafes, and beautiful shopping malls are all within a 5-10 miles reach from my campus.



raveling is a love of mine, and I'll never turn down an opportunity to do so. Every year starting from my sophomore years of high school, I've been able to visit one new US state each year (Virginia, Maui, Oahu, Oregon, and back to Virginia lol)! Sometimes I can't help but wish I could go back and do certain things differently, or explore more places. I absolutely loved Hawaii, and would love to go back with my family and have them experience the beauty and Hawaiian culture! I try not to go down memory lane too much, or other wise I find myself having the travel blues. So with much experience here are some tips that have helped me during the after affects of once that plane lands, and your back in reality!

EXPLORE YOUR CITY: There are so many things you can do locally, that doesn't involve an expensive plane ticket! If your into coffee shops, botanical gardens, adventurous hikes, or museums I bet you can do it all in your city. My town isn't the greatest, but whenever a new coffee shop appears I'm all over it, and suddenly forget all about the one's I can't wait to explore in San Diego.

PLAN A NEW TRIP: Traveling is so amazing, it can become an obsession! Instead of being blue and missing the place you were, look to the future with new dream destinations. Realize that traveling doesn't have to be a dream, it can be a reality. After a particular trip I always feel more independent and confident in my capabilities in exploring new places, and doing things I've never done before, it makes me all the more excited to book a new trip!

MEET UP WITH FRIENDS: Talking with friends about your travels always cheers me up. However, the best part isn't rambling on, because let's face it, your best friend won't want to hear about your amazing vacation for more than a half hour. The beauty of hooking up, can be to feel motivated about what you've missed while you've been gone. From here you're able to make plans for the future together, and start to get your life back in routine.

USE YOUR SOUVENIRS: In Oahu I purchased two snow globes, one from the pineapple plantation, and the other at Sea Life Park when I swam with the dolphins. I adore these little souvenirs, and when I got home I immediately put them up on my shelf above my chair in the corner of my room. Having these little pieces around makes me feel like I brought a little bit of Hawaii back with me. Use your postcards, frames, snow globes, keychains, or signs to use as room decor.

BLOG ABOUT IT: Once your home, and settled create a blog post giving your readers the scoop about the city or town you explored. Travel guides are always loved, and everyone's perspective is different. Spend some time feeling nostalgic while digging up some photos to have it forever on your blog! I love doing this because I'm able to process my entire trip, and express my hate/love relationship I had with the city I visited.



ow! I can't believe a whole week has flown by in June already! It just seemed like I was writing out my May goals haha. I suppose that's what happens when traveling is involved...it just throws me for a loop with time and dates! I landed back in CA on June 4th, so I believe that's why I'm all over the place.

I enjoy doing these types of posts so much, I hope you do too! So let's take a look into how I accomplished my goals from the month prior, and see the one's I hold for June as well!

Back in May my goals were...

1. Go To The Gym 25 Times | Nope, I didn't even come close. This totally blows, but then perhaps June will be a better month for me.

2. Preschedule 4 Posts for ABH, While I Leave For College | I have two prescheduled and it feels to good! I love being organized, and I don't wish to have my blog lacking as I begin Vanguard!

3. Purchase at Least 10 Items For My Dorm | Yes! Conquered this one. I still need so many items, but I have so many decor items that will really complete my overall beachy, boho vibe in my dorm!

4. Figure Out a Summer Job | I have decided on not working this summer, as I will be full time with summer classes.

5. Wash my Car Every Weekend | I believe I only did this maybe two times. Uhh I need to be more declined in this area. Why is this so hard to do? Haha.

Okay now onto my June goals...

1.  Make My Bed Everyday | I may be cheating on this one because I know I can accomplish this one! I love a clean room, and in the summer I have lots of time to do so!

2. Find a New Journal | I really want to have a new journal when I start college in the fall that way my memories and feelings can be wrapped up in my last two years and experience at Vanguard.

3. Finish My Novel | I've started reading the Magnolia Story, and it's so good. But making time for it is the hard part. I just need to replace my Netflix time, with reading this novel.

4. Do 4 Photoshoots for the Blog | I have over five drafts just sitting in my inbox waiting to be published for the blog, but I'm missing photos. So I need to spend time and bring the camera out and have fun.

5. Send Snail Mail | My sister left all summer to work up in Hume Lake and I already miss her so much! My goal is to send her lots of cards because I know that will cheer her up from being so homesick!