More pictures of the trip to come!
Today was my first Thanksgiving away from home and while it was different, it was still filled with my favorite traditions and with people I love. I still watched the Macy's Day Parade in my PJs and ate pumpkin pie but I also visited the beach with Delaney, my cousin and his friends.
As the day was winding down, I found this beautiful picture on the Free People blog (http://blog.freepeople.com/2014/11/solo-thanksgiving-celebration/?crlt.pid=camp.od16rimwxea) . I really relate to everything it says.
More pictures of the trip to come!
I recently stumbled upon a really great movement/company called Be Bona Fide. Here is their mission:
"Lets get real- we are not perfect.
The social media world is all about painting that perfect picture. Perfect kids, perfect vacations, perfect makeup, perfect body, and so on. Nowadays with technology at our fingertips we are all striving to portray that flawless image of how we want others to view us.
That is not real life; having struggles is real life. Those struggles have molded us to the people we are today.
BE B O N A • F I D E is a company started by two girls who have constantly compared themselves to that “perfect” social media world."
Moving to college has not been perfect. These last three months have been some of the most challenging I have ever been through. There are late nights where all I want to be is home in Salt Lake. There are times when all I want to do is hug my parents. There are tests that I didn't do well on even though I studied harder than ever. There are times when I simply felt like I didn't fit in with the people around me.
But through it all, I have learned some really important lessons. I have learned that I am independent and I can navigate the world on my own. I have learned that despite being states away, my friends and family love me and will drop anything to talk to me. I have learned that making friends and feeling like you belong takes time and you shouldn't rush it. Above all, I have learned that life doesn't have to be perfect to be wonderful. Because "perfection" is such a subjective word. My messy, tiring and thrilling life is perfect in its own imperfect way. The struggles I have been through have molded the person I am today and I wouldn't trade these last three months for anything.
So I encourage you to check out http://www.bbonafide.com
This movement is important because no one should feel pressure to portray perfection
xoxo and happy thanksgiving <3
I can't believe how fast this semester has flown by. I only have three weeks left of classes...craziness. And yet, I can't help but count down the days until I get to see my family and friends for Christmas. I have a countdown running and I can't stop thinking about being home.
I know it's completely normal to be excited for winter break but I also know that while I am here for the next month, I need to fully enjoy it because I truly do love being here. And that is why I absolutely love this quote. I need to soak up every minute of being here because it will pass so quickly.
On Wednesday night, my good friend Lauren and I sat in her room and talked for hours. It was so great to be able to just sit and talk with someone: to slow down, to reflect and to share our concerns and wishes for the future. Tonight we did the same thing. I am lucky to have a friend like Lauren that will listen to every crazy thing I say.
I am always counting down to something. Before I graduated, I couldn't wait for college. Before I moved, I was counting down the days to orientation. But I regret this. I didn't fully enjoy those last moments at home and those last few weeks of high school because I was too focused on what was to come.
And that is why this is my new motto: Wherever you are, be all there. Because the last thing I want is to wish away being in this beautiful place.
(but don't worry mom, I still am counting down the days until our annual trip to Yankee candle store to pick out our holiday scents!)
Comfy sweats, chocolate chip cookies and Chinese take-out. What could be better? My friends and I agreed that after this long week we needed a girls night IN. We snuggled in Siona's bed, listened to some good music and ate probably under-cooked cookies (because the ovens here don't seem to really work...). It was a good night.
It was yet again another midterm week (and to think that before coming to college I thought that there was only one midterm week...not five). But once again, I made it through with the help of a few of my favorite things.
This week I was really sick (thanks Delaney for putting up with me!) but with a lot of Advil, Taylor Swift, Kind bars, vitamin C and my new favorite therapeutic eye mask it went by fast. Pictured above are a few of my current favorite things.
I'm not going to lie...I miss the beautiful mountains of Utah. There is just something so amazing about watching the first snowfall high in the mountains and getting so excited for the coming ski season. But, I am so lucky to go to a school that is on a lake. And the view from here is pretty dang awesome.
I was inside my room studying for my Economics midterm when my friend texted me and told me to go check out the sunset. I ran outside and was lucky enough to catch the end of it. Best study break ever.
Well, it looks like fall is coming to an end and winter is starting! This morning Delaney (my roommate) and I woke up to snow! So in honor of fall and Halloween ending I thought I would post pictures of our cute fall/Halloween decorations in our room before we take them down. (make sure to click on the images to open the full picture)
At home, I would always decorate my room based on holidays so it was so fun to do the same in my dorm room. Stay tuned for Christmas decorations!
I know it's only October 30th and November hasn't hit yet but I can't help but post early what I am thankful for this year.
Moving away from home has helped me see how lucky I am to have an amazing support network. I've learned to cherish the short phone calls with my parents, the texts with my brothers and the letters from friends. I was incredibly worried that moving so far away would make me feel distant from everyone at home. Fortunately, this is not the case at all.
Being so far from my family and friends has actually brought me closer to them. It has helped me realize how much they mean to me and how much I love having them in my life.
And while I am thankful for my friends back home, I am also incredibly grateful for the new friends I've made here. I've realized that college is a lot about finding the people you fit with and I feel like I am really starting to find those people. Quickly, the girls on your floor become your family and your study partner in French becomes one of your closest friends (shout out to Lauren!). I also couldn't ask for a better roommate. She is patient, kind and fun loving. I can't believe that we only met two months ago and yet we are already so close.
Lastly, I am thankful to be at such a inspiring school and live in such a beautiful city. This first semester has flown by and while it has had its unique challenges, I am loving it.
Happy month of thanks.
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