This year has probably had the most changes than any other year before it. Graduating high school, starting college, saying goodbyes and welcoming many more hellos. It was a bit overwhelming but I could not have asked for a better year. So many exciting things happened and my friends and I were free. The summer was spent outside everyday at a job I loved and surrounded by amazing people. I probably will never have more of a carefree year than this. Next I will have to hold responsibilities with disappearing summers and career driven choices. Nevertheless, I am always looking forward to the next years and what they hold! 2013 is almost over and the right way to end it is with a gorgeous and smiling face that you can enter the new year with. To make sure it can last all night long check out these tips which are some of my favorite to know on nights like these.
Still wrapping or baking? Or even just hanging around the house watching other people freak out or even if you just want a good laugh SNL is always there. The Christmas episode just aired this past Saturday night with guests Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon making for a hilarious show of two favorites. So if you need a little last minute motivation to wrap up the end of this Christmas season check out the opening sketch featuring the dynamic duo!
One of my favorite things about winter is that it is always acceptable to wear glitter! As the glitz of New Year’s approaches more clothes come out with hints of sparkle and glamour. I believe the best way to wear … Continue reading →
DONE. I have officially completed my semester of college! I flew by just like everyone said it would and was a complete adjustment. Joining a sorority took up a lot of time but was so worth it. I met so many new people and have definitely seen a change in myself. From how I act and dress, every way I present myself has been tweaked but I know it is for the better. Classes were good, hard to wake up for sometimes, but overall I did learn a lot and finished strong. Probably the worst thing to happen to me was getting sick. I think I had the flu at one point and could not leave my bed for more than an hour. It was different not having people there to help me and to have to take tests when my head was so dizzy I couldn’t walk straight and no one cared. The past four months was probably one of the biggest changes I will go through. I learned a lot about myself, other people, and how to function in a brand new atmosphere. The friends I have made in this first semester were worth every long night, ice cream runs, borrowed clothes, shared stories, and sisterhood.
I know that the next seven semester hold so much for me and I only wish I could make them slow down
Yet another Monday but this one being the last of my first semester at FSU! Except I can’t rejoice yet because I have to finish trudging through my finals. Luckily I am surrounded by friends and sisters all going through the same thing so we are there to keep each other sane or to just lose our minds together when we lock ourselves in the library for 10 hours a day. So hopefully to make your Monday a little better here are some words to help. Good luck with finals, we all need it!
After enjoying lots of food over break it amazes me how much food some people have when compared to others. America is really the only country where we celebrate hallmark holidays engorging ourselves with so much food that we can do nothing but sleep or watch football. Now I love our holidays and meals just as much as everyone else, but I remember finding this article a little while back and thought it was interesting to see how other countries of the world eat. You obviously won’t find a hamburger in India but all the photographs and descriptions are representational on the normal families in that country.
This lovely time off for Thanksgiving has been much awaited! It has been 3 months since I have last been home and I am actually excited to be back for a little bit. It is going to be so weird being back and seeing everyone but I for sure am going to love sleeping in my own big bed and get away from dorm life. I know that I have changed being away but it has been for the best! I can tell these differences so I wonder if anyone else will. But to save yourself from torrential-parent-question-overload try a few things to remember your independence, I plan on going back to some of my favorite places and seeing old faces.
1. Go to the Farmer’s Market
I am starting to forget what non-college food is like. The Farmer’s Market at home is probably one of my favorite places for a morning croissant, fresh raspberry lemonade, and people watching.
2. Get a decent amount of sleep
You are most definitely lacking on sleep. Take advantage of your bed and clean sheets your mom probably put of before you came and make up for some of those long nights.
3. Have a coffee catch-up date
Meetup with an old friend and exchange your stories or meet someone who is about to graduate high school to give some good first semester advice.
4. Play with your pets, or parents
Your parents have been looking forward to this longer than you have and you cant’t bring your dog back with you.
5. Give Thanks
Offer to help with this thanksgiving and contribute whatever you can even if it’s your awesome table setting skills but don’t be asked to help, just offer. Then you can stuff your face with some good home cooking.
Today marks the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy being assassinated. This picture I took visiting his memorial last spring. So many theories and unanswered explanations of how and why this event occurred. JFK was president during a time of social upheaval and scratching the surface of a huge turning point of time where things were about to take off. His death represented to loss of innocence of the 1950’s launching distrust in the government and the actions leading to the Vietnam War. He didn’t live to see the success of his administration but he is always remembered for his contributions and the unlimited potential he possessed.
To think of how the world has changed since 1963 is incredible. Since then we have had the War Powers Act, Watergate, personal computers, Star Wars, South African racial equality, the International Space Station, 9/11, and the revolution of social media. This past half century has been the most rapid changing of time with so many components that are not just political, but social and economical.
This death was a pivotal moment because Kennedy was so personable and such a beloved president. One of the few who got down to the people’s level not for media coverage, but because he felt that his position was more than an office.
If there is one place I would L.O.V.E. love to go to would be Paris! I know it is not any place original or exotic and I share this desire with so many others so to that I say let’s go together! I have always wanted to go, I even took french in high school to prepare me for this pipe dream journey. It is not only the language that is so beautiful but of course the food, the fashion, the lights and the history that I drool over when looking at other blogs of people who have ventured there. Honestly, I could just spend a week eating all the incredible food and probably another week devoted to pastry picking. Even more interesting, I am a closet history nerd. Old cities are like a playground to me waiting to be explored with so much to learn about. After taking art history (arguably my favorite class in high school) I could actually walk into the Louvre and understand what is happening and why and see the buildings and understand the architecture. I could live there for a lifetime and still not be bored. Even the concentric layout of the city that resembles the once enclosed city is fascinating. There would be so much to take in as Paris is the perfect blend of traditional and innovative.
Back to the bucket, it is for sure on my lifetime list of places to go.
Over the weekend I went to a local boutique with some friends and found this watch that I cannot stop thinking about! Some may call it obsessive but it just struck me. It was a gold watch with a beautiful band and a face where the numbers were roman numerals. I loved the presence that the numerals had. The watch was inciting on it’s own but the edge that came with the numerals made it feel extremely classy and in a way historical. I loved every part of it, except for the price. Which was not ridiculous but it just wasn’t in the budget for that day. I have since found similar watches online and I realized how popular they are becoming! All prices are on the spectrum as for most watches but I figured that I would created a test for you.
Can you tell which watch costs $35 and which one costs $250? For me I can never tell unless I notice the brand name. If these watches can pull off an expensive look for cheap maybe I will go back and buy the one I keep daydreaming is on my wrist.
This seems to be the advice everyone is giving me lately. The first half of this quote is primarily my perspective. Most days just seem to take forever to finish, even longer when you consider exhaustion and mental draining that happens just through school work, new meeting, and trying to find time to eat. I’m trying to have a great start to the next years and so far it’s been pretty amazing. Last week seems like forever ago I can’t imagine how I will feel by the end of the year! I have already seen changes in myself and I know I’m just going to grow more. Everyone else I meet who are older really emphasize the last portion of the quote. So many times I’ve heard people say how they would love to redo their freshman year and they can’t believe how little time they have left for them. Slow down people! I just started! My goal is to have as few regrets as possible and so far none yet to complain of. -R