2017 Reflection

Wow I really feel like it was 2016 5 minutes ago and now we are about to be in 2018. Despite the light speed this year passed by I certainly managed to fit a lot in it!

This year has definitely made me take inventory of the things (and people) in my life. As we get older we experience more and more stress, between work, school, family obligations, relationships, friendships. You can’t give your time to everything. At a certain point it is time to ask what is worth putting time into. Is that friend who always cancels on you last minute really a friend you want to have? Do you really need to spend money on another new pair of shoes? When I was younger I think I had a lot of ‘frenemies’, toxic or one sided friendships. That doesn’t make these friends bad people, just not my people. This year I definitely let go of a few friendships, I still wish them all the best, and I have made new friendships with people who are going in the same direction I am.

This year Mike and I celebrated our 3 year anniversary. I moved in with two new, and incredible, roommates. I left a job and started a new one. I took on more and I challenged myself. This year I asked what will make me happy? I’m still not sure if I have the answer totally figured out but I’m working on it everyday. 2017 definitely seemed grim when you look at the news, but as I reflect on the year I realize that I am so incredibly lucky. I am surrounded by a supportive family, an incredible boyfriend and a great group of friends. And of course there is all of you. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog, I have had some incredible opportunities this year that all happened because of blogging and Instagram. Looking ahead at 2018 I have some exciting things on the calendar. But I’d just like to take a moment to say thank you for all your support, I started this blog as a creative outlet during a time in my life when I was extremely depressed. It is amazing how far you can come in 2 years.

Happy New Years everyone, may 2018 be great for us all!


Packing for Cambodia

As 2017 comes to an end I am running around getting ready for my first trip of 2018. On January 2nd I leave for two weeks in Cambodia! I have never been to Asia before and I’m really excited but also anxious.

It’s a long flight and a long trip so I have been trying to get everything together the past two days. I love traveling but sometimes I get really stressed out right before a trip. So here is a check list of things I always go through when preparing to travel!

-I have my passport and have left a copy of my passport with my parents.

-I have all necessary travel visas

-Spoke with my doctor and have gotten all necessary shots and medicines

-I have all the hotel information

-I know ahead of time how I am getting from the airport to the hotel and back

-I always make a day to day itinerary so I can plan outfits

-I check the weather so I can be prepared for rain/snow/humidity etc.

-I have done my research about the place I am traveling

This may be a pretty boring list of things to do but they are important. I always write down everything I need to do before I leave and one by one check everything off my list. If you’re not a ‘list maker’ it is still a good tool for traveling. I am a major planner/list maker. I love to be organized but at the end of the day no matter how organized you are, not matter how well you have planned, sometimes things go wrong. A certain amount of flexibility is required when traveling.

Over the years I have had the opportunity to travel to a lot of different places. I have had some crazy things go awry. But I’ve always return in one pieces. Plan, don’t plan, make super organized lists, don’t write anything down, however you choose to travel (though I highly recommend the former) just enjoy it! Traveling is an amazing opportunity that not everyone gets all the time!

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Under the Tree

What are you hoping for under your tree this year? I spend a lot of time finding the perfect gift for everyone on my list. I love wrapping up gifts, when I was little my Dad used to take us to the store to pick something out for each of us to give to my Mom. When I was 7 he taught me how to wrap the presents. My Dad is a little OCD so they had to be wrapped perfectly! Today I still love wrapping presents, though it mostly happens on Christmas Eve the past couple of years.

This year I am super excited to have these Crab and Cleek totes (c/o) under my tree! There are so many different patterns you can find one for every person on your list! I love the Fair Isle Sweater tote!! What are you hoping for under your tree this year? Do you like wrapping presents as much as me?


Merry Stressmas

So I am sitting here, about to take my last final, thinking about all the Christmas shopping I still need to do and I am stressing. Christmas is supposed to make you merry and jolly. But many of us find ourselves stressed and exhausted during the Holidays. This can be true for any age group but I have found it especially hard to enjoy the holidays while in college.

We all know about the importance of time management. But I also think that today we face pressure to constantly be “doing the most”. We compete to see who is busiest. We look on social media and see our friends out doing fun things and feel lame for staying in. We’re told by older generations that we’re lazy so we work overtime. The pressure is real.

Ever since I was 16 I have had a job. Once in college it became a job and an internship, then it was two jobs and an internship. Well this month I managed to squeeze in three jobs, applying for, interviewing for and obtaining an internship for next semester. All while finishing classes and taking finals, I took 18 credits this semester.

My story is not unusual, most of my peers work one or two jobs on top of internships and course work. I have been so stressed the past week I haven’t been sleeping. December should be a time you can spend with your family and friends. You should be able to sit down and watch your favorite Christmas movie and have some cookies. Time management doesn’t always mean finding a way to fit everything in, sometimes it means looking at your calendar and ask, what can I get rid of? There are plenty of memes out there that joke about self care. But it shouldn’t be a joke, as the semester comes to a close take a beat to relax and enjoy the holiday seasons!


A Christmas Tradition

Right before me and Mike’s first Christmas together he took me to his place in Maine. It was my first time there, I had actually never been that far north in Maine before. It is so beautiful up there, it is the perfect place to go, unplug and relax for a few days before Christmas.

This year is our 4th Christmas together and for a fourth year in a row we headed up to Maine. It’s great to spend a weekend just the two of us, no WiFi, no distractions!

On the way home we always stop off in Freeport. I love the Christmas Village LL Bean does every year, this year they called in the Celebration of the Northern Lights. During the day Santa is there for the kids (and big kids) to take photos with, there are reindeer, hundreds of Christmas trees all lit up, it is truly magical! We can all get a little stressed during the holidays but strolling through all the trees really makes me feel like I’m in a Hallmark Christmas movie.

Thanks to Mike for being a good sport and letting me take a million photos even though you were cold!