Senior year, and our last year of Sigma Kappa, had begun. Every senior cried on our last night of recruitment ever and each of us denied it (accept Becca..)
Last year I watched as Grayson headed to California with some of his best friends as I stayed at home and tried to live vicariously through his experience and vowed to join him the next year..
Gray didn't believe me for months, I didn't have a ticket, I didn't really prepare but I kept saying I would go.. 6 days before we left I bought a ticket from Craigslist and it all became real.
Soon enough we were on our way, 5 of us squished into one car ready for the sun and adventures Coachella had waiting for us!
What kind of road trip is it if we don't stop in Vegas for In-N-Out?
The food at Coachella might be the thing I will miss the most... I couldn't stop eating at every vendor - if Gray and I were willing to stand in the mile long lines
The list of artists we saw is long, and Coachella has a full schedule making it tough to see everyone you want, but still I got to see so many of my favourite artists like The 1975, Halsey, Cold War Kids, Matt & Kim, Disclosure and SO MANY MORE!
And best of all, I got to spend the entire trip with my best friend and favorite, Gray - I couldn't have dreamed up a better trip and I am so grateful that I was able to have such an amazing adventure with such amazing people!
Until next year Coachella - you treated us too well
I constantly read articles about women who refuse to explore Greek life or have quit because they've seen too much horror in the chapter they used to belong to. I can't speak for every other sorority out there but mine is more than I could have ever hoped for.
I signed up for recruitment the first day of freshman year because, after visiting my university as a senior in high school, I had met some incredible ladies from both the sorority I am in now and a few others. I knew that I wanted to get involved and college wasn't a scary place to me, I was ready to jump in completely and wasn't afraid to try anything and everything when it came to signing up for an event or a club. I regretted not being involved from the beginning in high school and I didn't wanna make the same mistake.
So I went through recruitment, hoping to become a member of Sigma Kappa - from meeting the girls the year before and throughout recruitment I knew it was the home for me - and I made it. I got a bid and I cried. Like a lot of us do. I watched and learned so much on bid day - met SO MANY people. And I actually laid low freshman year. I thought I would hold a position and have a little and go out to parties and do all that stuff you hear about but that didn't happen. A few things (like grades) held me back. Sororities have requirements. But I didn't get kicked out, I didn't get hazed, and I've never been put down for my mistakes. I was pushed to get better, and in a good way. Every single sister wanted me to succeed and each one was there for me in their own way to help me through.
I don't have it all, but nothing has pushed me more than my sorority. To be honest, I would have no motivation without my sorority. I am constantly reminded to succeed, and reminded that I have so much love. I got candy and snacks in my pile from my big, I've never heard a sister shame another for her body, her mistakes, or any choice she's ever made. I know that not every sister is my closest friend but I do know that the second I see a sister that she will have my back. I don't know each girls hometown or who their first kiss was or what their favorite food is but when I need someone to open the front door I have 5 girls running towards those brick steps to let me in.
It's incredible to me that so many women have had bad experiences with sororities and Greek life because with my experience, and how it didn't go the exact way I expected, it has still been the best experience of my life and wouldn't change it for the world.
I went Greek because I knew that the only way I would have a good experience is by choosing to - and I absolutely have. Greek life is what you make it and no matter if you hold a position, go out once a month, or have a hard time paying your dues, it's all about what you make it. To any young woman interested in going Greek, do it for yourself. Do it because you know that you can and will make it the experience you deserve and want. You'll get what you want from it by putting in the same amount.
I'll never regret taking those first steps up Sigma Kappa because this is truly the home that took me in and helped me push myself to be the best me I could possibly be.
Luckily, college students get about 4 weeks off from school between the fall and spring semester, and for many students this time is full of traveling home, vacations, and many holidays. This year I spent Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years with my family, friends and Grayson. This year brought so much joy to my life and it was so nice being able to end the year with so much fun. I’ve spent a lot of break working, spending time with Grayson and heading home to see my family and friends from home – I am so grateful to be so busy even when on break!
Grayson and I headed to the Broncos game against the Raiders (his favorite team as you can see by his jersey...) he was very happy because the all mighty Broncos lost to the Raiders and thats a pretty big day to Gray - he's never watched his Raiders lose in person so he's glad to keep that going. NFL is not my most favorite but I will always support my Broncos :)
I had a few days of finals left before it was officially break after Thanksgiving, but it was so nice to head home and get a touch of break.
Thanksgiving was spent at my dads with family friends and lots of love, it was so nice to see some people I have missed for so long and so great to have so many people together!
I finished my 5th semester of college with my best grades ever, and a new beginning in Journalism – where I have finally started classes for broadcasting and telecommunications, it was a big semester that’s for sure!
Once finals were over I headed home to see family and enjoy the holidays with the people I love most – Christmas came and went oh too fast and I think the saddest day of the year is when we all pack up the Christmas decorations and the tree goes back into the box - this year I was so excited to give Grayson his christmas gift, I found a company that creates custom made vinyl records and made a soundtrack to our first full year together :-) My family spent Christmas eve driving around and checking out the lights throughout the neighborhood - it was a happy christmas
Gray and I made it out to a Nuggets game, but not for the Nuggies - we went so Gray could see his beloved Kobe at least once more before he's not a part of the Lakers after this season :( I supported bae and wore a Lakers t shirt that fit me like a dress and it was pretty weird supporting the opposite team for the first time ever in my own home city
New years was spent with my sweet boyfriend Grayson in Boulder with al of his friends from high school that he hasn’t seen in forever, it was so nice to get to know his friends even better and they definitely know how to throw a great party :-)
Over break both my mom and Gray dragged me to the movie theatre to see Brooklyn and the new Star Wars - I hate the movie theatre.. it makes me sad to sit in uncomfortable chairs and not be able to cuddle to watch a movie when I can do that just as well at home on my couch but I still had a great time with two of my favorites
Now its time to enjoy my last week of break and get a few hours of work in before its time to head into my second semester of Junior year – I am so excited for all this new year will bring and all the adventures that will be even better than the ones before!
Happy New Year lovelies – make it a good one
Recently, while taking a class over winter break I had an assignment to write a paper about the positives and negatives of social media. I thought a two page paper about the thing I stare at on a daily basis would be a piece of cake, but then I started doing some research and finding different opinions about social media. It’s the number one thing people want to give up for lent or to cut down on for new years and I constantly hear from my friends talk about how they want to slow down on their usage of Instagram and Twitter but then the next day they are asking me ideas for a photo to get over 100 likes. We all know it can be a distraction but why can't we actually get ourselves to put down the phone and look at what’s around us? I will easily admit that I use social media constantly, I use so many outlets to keep up with different groups of friends and family and up to date on new things happening in the world. I dream of working in the news and with sports so I always keep updated on stories and the happenings around the world but how do I notice when it starts to become an issue and I should be spending more time with my textbooks rather than texting my friends?
There comes a point when we all want to delete every account and app we have and throw our phones at the walls because we realize how obsessed we’ve become, but I think the best way is to understand that social media brings a lot to our lives that many before us never had. We get to keep up and in contact with people that we could never have without a phone and Facebook. If we learn to manage our time and use social media wisely I believe we can all move away from going in and out of a happy relationship with social media to a healthy relationship with our phones.
Here are a few tips to use social media for your benefit and not get too attached:
1 - Social media is your friend with benefits. Get what you need but don’t push it, if you feel your legs falling asleep and your hands cramping because you’ve been scrolling for too long, take a break and eat a snack or go to something healthy – talk to your friends in person.
2 – Use social media to make plans – don’t ask your friend how they’re doing over text if they live right down the street, text them and ask to meet for lunch or coffee and catch up, and leave your phone in your pocket the whole time you’re with them.
3 – Find other things you love – Whether you enjoy working out or going to a game or event or concert like me, find something you love that will keep you so busy that you don’t even want to check Twitter.
4 – “Pic or it didn’t happen.” – I can admit I love my photos, and taking pics to remember a moment but sometimes your lunch CAN go unphotographed and put on Instagram, sometimes its nice to do something for yourself and have nobody know about it, its your little secret.
5 – Don’t be scared of silence - Sometimes its not bad when your phone dies before it hits the charger, when it dies or you left it in your room while making food enjoy the silence and the moment without a screen and look up to see what’s around you.
6 – Keep it real – keep everything you put on social media real, its not a runway or a stage and everyone who is truly interested in what’s happening in your life would rather the truth than fake photos…
7 – Its just business, baby – use social media like LinkedIn to make real connections with real people to help your career and show off your real accomplishments, and you can use Twitter and Instagram to show the real side of you, respectfully (because bosses look at everything nowadays).
In light of 2016 approaching so quickly and all of the new years resolutions flooding into your head why not start with trying to use social media and your phone to your advantage and let go of the bad ideas associated with looking at your phone?
Good luck my lovelies and I hope to make coffee plans with you soon!
I haven't shared so much of my spirituality with anyone until a few weeks ago, I stepped in front of the people I am most comfortable with, and shared some easy steps towards happiness that I have learned. It felt so incredible to share something so close to my heart with my sisters, it meant so much to me that I had amazing feedback and people really enjoyed what I had to say.
It makes me SO happy to make others happy, I think its what I am here for. That big question everyone asks, why are we here? My answer is happiness; to have it and to give it.
2015 has been the best year of my life. I started it with my very best friend by my side, Grayson. He has always accepted me for how silly, emotional and downright wacky person that I am. He never pushes me down but continues to push me to be the best person I can be, and I love him so very much.
I finished up a tough sophomore year but that pushed me to make the future better. I had amazing opportunities in my career over summer and figured out so much of what I want to do, and it feels so good to know that what I am working for in school is something real and I have great opportunities to follow my dreams.
Junior year rolled around and I tried not to have high expectations, but a new house and new roommates and a focus on journalism and art in school was a lot to be excited about. I tried to envision a happy year, where I wasn't stressed about money or people or school like I had been in the past, I forced myself to not have huge expectations because in the past thats what makes things hard, when my expectations weren't met. So i just hoped that whatever came would be right for me and that I could take everything with a grain of salt.
Luckily, I probably couldn't have even expected what this semester would have brought. I live with my two best friends, absolutely LOVE coming home to both of them everyday and couldn't be more grateful for the support they give me daily. I couldn't have imagined better roommates, sisters, and best friends.
Being an "adult" and doing almost everything for myself led me to working several jobs since before I could drive, but I knew up at college I would be supporting myself so I kept a good outlook on working for my University and for a local child development center (because who doesn't love to get paid for coloring and playing with kids?) Both of my bosses at both of my jobs are incredible people that I look forward to seeing every time I head into work. How many people can say they love seeing their boss, let alone two of them? I am so incredibly lucky.
With my two "real" jobs, I continued to pursue my company, Bright Side Studio, and it has flourished this year. I get orders exactly when I need them. The moment I need a break to paint someone asks me to paint something super fun and I always get so excited about a new canvas idea. Thank you to everyone who supported Bright Side this year. Even the art teacher and UNC graduate who lives in Baltimore who supports my "hustlin" through college - I love you all.
This year I found a passion I kinda pushed away in the past, Photography. My mom is a photographer and always wanted me in front of the camera, which I loved but definitely got sick of after a while. After she begged and begged me to miss a concert this summer and second shoot a wedding with her even while I was sick, I fell in love. I saw that I take pretty wicked photos, and I was like wow damn this is fun. I get to capture these incredible moments that some people don't even get to see, thats pretty incredible. Then Sincerely; Jules Photography was born. SO many people have come to me for shoots and thank you because you guys help me pay for school and keep me going. Thank you to every sorority sister who jumped in front of the camera for random shoots and to the couples who made my photography what it is today.
My family, they're incredible. Ive never been closer to my mom. She is my best friend and I can't go a day without calling or face timing her and I am so incredibly proud of all that she has been through in the last year and how incredibly strong she is. My father and Claudia and brothers, you guys keep me young wow - and I miss our puppies everyday.
I can't wait to go home for christmas break and spend some much needed quality time with my favorite people.
My spirituality has flourished this year. I found so much of myself because I have stuck to my path and spent so much time healing and giving to myself. Just reading affirmations, meditation, and loving life is all I need. It makes me so happy to start sharing this with others. I began sending out affirmations to my sorority sisters every morning for 30 days. I challenged them to happiness and I hope they have found it if they aren't already on their way.
Thank you to all of my friends who show me such support constantly, I am so truly thankful for everyone in my life and SO grateful for what 2015 has brought me.
All thanks to a little bit of faith and a lot of cup half full thinking. Ive learned that I am not here to figure myself out, or to get somewhere. I am here to enjoy life and my goals are to find what makes me happy while bringing joy and happiness to others. I can't express how much I believe that were here for others, to bring joy to everyone around us and make other people feel good. There is so much in a complement or a smile or a joke that I can't even describe. Watching people smile when you tell them they're beautiful, now thats happiness.
2015 may be coming to an end but we still have so much time to bring love and joy to others. Remember all that you have in your life, and don't forget to spread it. Thank you again, and thank you 2015 for being the year that helped push me to become what I am meant to be.
To everyone who has supported me in my adventures - thank you.
Thank you for buying my canvases and keeping my bedroom/art studio covered in paint and brushes.
Thank you for reading my blog and (hopefully) laughing with me.
Thank you for telling me that my photos are getting better, and thank you for booking photo shoots with me, and thank you for pushing me to follow my dreams.
Nobody has the same path as anyone else, we all are just trying to get by and figure out who we want to be.
Every day I strive to make it the best day, it doesn't always work. I don't always have good days, but I do everything to follow my passions and continue being so grateful for everything I have and continue to push myself to be my best.
I am so very grateful for everyone who has helped me stay confident in my dreams and pushed me to keep moving forward, I truly couldn't do it without you.
So to anyone who thinks they aren't good enough, or someone is better at something than you are. Let it go. Follow your dreams and remember that EVERYONE deserves to be at the top, were all capable of success and we all have our own way of getting there.
I hope to someday be following my passions, who knows where that will take me. I may be completely different from who I am now but all that matters is that I am doing what makes me happy.
So follow your heart and remember to stay grateful - thank you thank you thank you to everyone who supports me - I love you all so much!
The past few weeks this October have been incredibly crazy and filled with fun - it started after a week of sorority recruitment with days full of meeting new ladies and gaining some amazing new women into Sigma Kappa. Then two weeks were filled with events with a Fraternity for a philanthropy week and Homecoming week for UNC - days full of events, games, and friends. Along with my best friend Brooke we coached and choreographed a group of Sigma Kaps and Pi Kaps in a lip sync competition and placed third.. Im like a proud mother!
My great pal Davis made his multi-annual visit to Greeley with his fraternity brothers from Nebraska, luckily his visit landed on the last day of homecoming here at UNC where we were celebrating with his Fraternity brothers at our school! It was so great having Davis involved here in Greeley and I always love having him visit :-)
The Walk to End Alzheimers is an event my sorority participates in every fall as a chapter and it warms my heart to have my sisters by my side while we support all the lives lost and effected by Alzheimers - I love being able to have a moment to remember my grandfather and support the cause.
I spent a weekend with my mom and some of our friends in a cabin in Breckenridge. The perfect moment of relaxation with some wonderful people was exactly what I needed to ring in the fall season. Kenna - my fake adopted sister - and I surprised our moms and spent a cozy night in playing board games and catching up.
My days are filled with wonderful memories with Grayson, weekends full of football and selfies…
An exciting moment in history happened this week - I announced a page for my photography through my blog! My work now has its own home, I still plan to share blog posts about shoots but now friends and family have somewhere to look for my work and more information on shoots and how to contact me! It was a scary and exciting step forward for me - Im so happy for the future and so thankful for the support I've had!
Saint Motel - we weren’t even the front of the line but we definitely got front row - Catherine isn't used to shows like Saint Motel so I was so happy to be able to expose her to the amazing world of music I love. She even caught the set list and gave it to me I honestly couldn't have been more proud.
I am so very grateful for everyone and everything in my life - I have days full of friends and laughter and i honestly couldn't ask for anything more.
August started out beautifully, on the 2nd I spent my Sunday night with my lovely boyfriend Grayson and the wonderful Hozier at Red Rocks - could you ask for a better summer evening? I can't - especially when the full moon rose over the stage.. ugh perfect. Grayson and I like to study up on our concerts before we go, listen to all the songs and see the set lists from previous shows and pretend were music aficionados :-) The tickets were a birthday gift from my sweet mama and I couldn't be more thankful. A wonderful night full of beautiful music - thank you Hozier u r rad
you + me, luckily i have a cute mom to take our pictures and luckily we get to remember these moments we fell in love.
I tell myself frequently that I am a person who makes good out of a rough situation. I don't want to say having to spend 5 days in Greeley is a rough situation but when I have only a few things moved in, no wifi (which, come on, we all know is dire to life..) it gets boring!!! Grayson and I ventured up to my new apartment for a few days this past week, I had a few shifts to help with at work and he had really nothing better to do so we thought we could turn it into a mini vacation.
Without much internet connection and a dead college campus right outside we got bored pretty quick, but Grayson (the perfect boyfriend he is) came up with ways to keep ourselves entertained. While watching Cutthroat Kitchen one afternoon (while i napped...) he realized we absolutely had to have a bake off. He decided we had just a few dollars and a few minutes in the grocery store to pick out our items to create the perfect cookies.
I thought of course that peanut butter cookies would be super easy, just some PB and butter and stuff idk I'm not a baker.. Grayson chose chocolate chip caramel cookies, not really sure where that came from but he was bound to make an interesting choice. He also chose to not use a recipe, just throw all the ingredients together using his incredible measuring brain to create perfect cookies, sounds like a good idea right? I myself had a recipe. We had the added trouble of not having any oven mitts, mixing bowls or utensils, or even measuring cups... it was interesting to say the least
TO MY SURPRISE. Graysons cookies were insanely better than mine, they might be killing me from the inside out right now because of how much baking powder he added but they were absolutely better than my flat oily peanut butter goo things ugh. I hate when he wins.
I am so very thankful for Grayson and all the happy moments he brings into my life, grateful everyday that I have this very tall human to give me a hug when I am sad - I love him lots and lots
Im not sure about you, but when I think about my family jetting off on an almost two week long vacation in Hawaii I get pretty excited! Ive heard of many families struggling with the stress behind trips and the anxiety that comes when trying to please everyone all the time. My family experienced its share of stress on our most recent trip to Hawaii, but that doesn't mean big families can't travel together. I realized from my experience that there are a few tips on how to keep everyone happy on a family getaway.
Life really is all about just going out there and experiencing things you may have never thought you would. I experienced this super crazy redneck circus called Country Jam in Grand Junction last summer, but when Grayson got the opportunity to win us free tickets for this year I knew it was fate to go at least once more. Last year my group camped out for the four long days of the festival, and by random fate were camped just a few spots from Grayson and his friends :) I would like to say that last years event was the beginning of our crazy adventure to becoming a couple! We didn't spend much time together or even talk much at Country Jam 2014 but I would like to think that it's the reason we popped back into each other's minds. So coming to Country Jam again together meant more than spending a few days at country concerts with friends but celebrating where our relationship has grown this past year, he means the world to me and going with this group of his friends made the trip incredible!
Grayson group of friends he is very close with are many from high school and even more of their friends they’ve all made throughout our college years, and I fortunately got to know these people on this 4 days in very close quarters… Being so close forced us to love each other and Im actually quite glad that it was them, if I had to be with anyone in tents and 12 foot camping spots I got pretty lucky with these people.
Four days of country music is actually not what I would say my favorite/first choice in music but honestly its a wonderful way to spend summer days, country reminds me of warm days and lemonade and camping; country jam puts that all together and adds friends, what more could you ask for??
The line up consisted of many huge country artists, a few a day but we only made it to 2-3 each night. Thursday we saw Parmalee and The Band Perry, Friday was Frankie Ballard and Keith Urban, Friday Billy Currington and Tim McGraw and finally Sunday was Toby Keith, WHERE I GOT HIS SET LIST holler at your girl.
Overall, Country Jam 2015 - one for the books no doubt.
Thank you friends and artists for creating an incredible trip!
Day 1- Sunday
I never thought I would be the one to pack up swim suits and sunscreen and head off to Hawaii for almost two weeks with my family, but luckily I was wrong. We booked the airplanes, reserved condos and set up rental cars. The next step was waking up at 3 am to leave for the airport.. TEN HOURS of traveling. I wanna say it wasn't hard, waking up at three and riding in planes for over 8 hours but it was. Im clearly a wimp but wow was it exhausting! All I wanted was a bed to take a nap, until we landed and I felt the Hawaiian air, in that moment I wanted to become a mermaid and hula girl all at the same time.
While waiting for Mike and Dani to pick up our rental cars we decided that lunch was definitely the next on our list for the day, and not lunch just anywhere but the brewery my mom and Mike visited last time they were here. But how fun is that for the children who only get to experience the burgers... Per the advice of our waiter there was a glass beach just down the road of the restaurant that accompanied tide pools full of crabs and little friends that we had to see, so of course we made the walk after we paid our check to our first adventure in Hawaii.
Boy was it beautiful, its hard not to think you're in a wonderland here no matter where you are on this island.
We finally pulled ourselves away from the beach to head off for check in to our beach condo just west of Lihue for just one night. After checking in, Marissa and I decided that if we have just one night in this cute area we should definitely explore! We walked through a shopping center and into the Marriott Resort - which we were not staying in and I do not recommend sneaking into resort pools - down to the chairs and set up camp to relax and enjoy the pool right off the ocean. Although the pool was tempting at first we ran down to the ocean, and spent probably an hour swimming in and out and pretending to be mermaids - I will admit I am still 8... It was maybe 6 or 7 that night and we were exhausted. Finally we heading to the condo hoping for some dinner to be made, and relaxed with our family and Mikes buddy Patrick arrived to join the fun. This trip was beginning perfectly and nothing could ruin this motion picturesque life I was living - even sleeping on the pull out couch.
Day one Kauai in less than 5 words - worth it.
You know how in movies people will just buy a plane ticket and run away for awhile? Well last week I was the girl in that movie. I spent hours on the phone with my best friend going over every detail of her summer in Colorado - she's living here for the entire 3 months - and while trying to decide when she would drive from New Hampshire down to Denver we made the snap decision for me to fly out and road trip back home with her. Really couldn't get any better than flying to New Hampshire and road tripping more than half way across the country right?! I flew out just a few days after finals ended - thank goodness because boy was I ready for a break! With just those few days to pack up and move out of my house and back into my parents houses and pack up for my trip it was a busy weekend for sure! After a midnight flight and 9 hours of travel to Boston I finally landed. My best friend and I had yet another movie moment where we saw each other in the airport and ran into each others arms - it was wonderful. We spent the day exploring Boston and even had lunch at a fun restaurant where the waiters were purposely rude and gave us interesting hats -
We were on our way back up to Bedford NH to Brookes family home for a few days to prepare for our long road trip. We spent three days with her family who is basically my family and buying lots of snacks for the car - oh and getting ice cream :-) we spent a day in Portsmouth at a yummy pizza place and buying some fun things for our trip
Early Thursday morning we packed up her Volvo and headed out on our road trip extravaganza.
Day 1: Bedford, NH -> Niagara Falls, NY -> Cleveland, OH
We started of our road trip the way anyone would; with a selfie. Then headed off on the road. only 10 minutes into the trip, on the highway, we killed a squirrel. IT JUST RAN IN THE HIGHWAY THERE WAS NOTHING WE COULD HAVE DONE! We tried to brush off the loss and keep moving. It really wasn't very long to get to Niagara Falls, maybe 5 hours! Red Bull can really make 5 hours feel like 20 minutes so we flew through our first chunk of driving and arrived at the Falls. MY GOODNESS was it a sight to see, so gorgeous and so much more than I ever imagined. We may or may not have snuck up into the viewing deck after they closed it to more people, but it was worth it because woah. Finally we pulled ourselves away from the falls and headed off to our first nights hotel just outside of Cleveland. We got to our hotel around 10:30 and for some reason sitting in a car all day made us so exhausted I think we ran around jumping on beds for only 10 minutes and got in bed.
Bright and early Brooke and I headed off to out next destination, De Moine Iowa. But of course knowing us we had to use some of our time for adventure, so clearly stopping in Chicago was our plan. Same as the day before we had just about 5 hours of driving into Chicago and 5 hours out to our last nights hotel. Chicago is a city I have visited previously but never have I ever been with my best friend all by ourselves and capable of anything. With all of this freedom we chose to walk around Millennium Park and stare at a giant silver bean - and we also ate lunch at an Italian quick serve place and WOW was it yummy for like $6 bowl of basil pesto. Maybe if Brooke didn't shake her Italian soda and spray it all over our table we wouldn't have had orange infused noodles, but it made for a fun day! That night we got to our hotel and I just honestly had never been so grateful for the experiences life hands me everyday. I was on a road trip with my best friend across more than half of the country and ya know what, not many people get that opportunity. It was humbling truly.
The extent of Brooke and I spending days together usually involves lots of unhealthy food, watching way too much Spongebob for 20 year olds and laughing harder than I ever have, so seeing her really was the perfect start to summer - especially when I know I will get to do all of that for weeks to come. Having your best friend move away in the middle of high school can be really tough, but Brooke and I have never been closer and I wouldn't dream of having a friend better than her. I am so grateful to have her back and excited for the adventures that await us!
Through all of the adventures and days full of fun I strive to remember to radiate love every moment that I can - and to stay grateful for every curve ball life throws at me.
Spring break is probably the most well known vacation time for college students... So for someone like me who can't stand to simply stay in the same place for too long, I would seem to be the first one to book tickets to the beach or drive up into the mountains - but unfortunately that's not how my spring break went this year, don't get me wrong, I had an amazing week off of school.... It's not hard to enjoy not being in class though! I chose to be an adult this spring break, and stayed in lovely Greeley and spent my days from early morning to afternoons with the kiddos at work. I may have spent my spring break working but this girl still knows how to have fun! The first weekend of break I went home, I was nannying but of course we went to the park and ate way too much sugar but I honestly would have done that without the kids.... At home over the weekend I also got to meet the newest member of my family, Eva, our Arizona rescued German Shepard!
After driving back to Greeley for the week I went right back home on Tuesday to see a band I am obsessed with, EchoSmith. I was able to pick up Grayson and bring him with and also meet my aunt and cousins. It's wonderful to see my family because they're all at home and I barely get to see them anymore. so I'm at a concert, front row - right on the stage - with people I love, it was so amazing. Echo Smith is a band of 4 siblings, and almost all of them are younger than me so that clearly sparked some inspiration in me to force my cousins to start a band as well... Not sure that will follow through as well as Echo Smith did though... Along with that concert I was able to see another band I LOVE last week, a gift from Grayson and my favorite kind of date night, MisterWives. WOAH was that band amazing or what. The lead singer was super sick but still pushed through the show and it was one of the best shows I've been to in quite some time. I even tweeted a picture of the show to the band after the show and THEY TWEETED BACK AT ME UGH best moment of my life.
But after Echo Smith, back to Greeley Grayson and I went. Early morning work Wednesday and the first round of the NIT at CSU Wednesday night but Thursday was my day off - so needed - Grayson and I headed home for my interview at Universal Sports for a summer internship. Oh dear let me tell you, I felt like a kid in a candy store being in that building. I saw a set, control rooms and even meet a few people ugh it might be lame but I LOVED IT. The interview went super well and I really feel like I have a good shot at a production or promotions internship with the company, I find out in a month or so! The week is only a little more than half over though. Working a full day Friday (I better get a huge paycheck that's all I'm sayin) and I drove right back home to watch the NCAA Tournament with Grayson and his buddies, I even got to see one of my best friends who was in town for his spring break from Nebraska, Davis, who ended up coming up to my school to visit later in the week! I may have spent a week off of school just working but I tried to make it the best I could wish lots of smoothies and ice-cream and as much relaxation I could fit in
No matter what happens, a vacation to mexico or just an afternoon with ice-cream and Grayson, I have learned to remember that every moment is a gift. Im so incredibly grateful for every cuddles from my puppies I have and that every day with my family and friends is really all I need -
- remembering to radiate love each and everyday -
Kansas is not exactly the place I would dream of when planning a weekend road trip getaway with my lovely boyfriend, but for some reason when Grayson told me he was headed for Kansas State University for the weekend and wanted me to join I'm was so stoked. For days leading up to the adventure I was giddy... It's silly to be giddy about Kansas, and people may have made fun of me for talking about my plans every day leading up to the trip - but man was I excited! On Friday it began as any normal day, a few hours of early morning class - ew - and of to work for 4 hours, luckily I am working in a preschool class so the kiddos helped put me in an even better mood, I was very ready for our weekend road trip. A quick meeting with my landlord and future roommates to sign a lease for my Junior year house which turned into an hour started to make me anxious to leave.
Finally I was home and packing my bags, Grayson and I were off and ready to begin our 8 hour journey to our lovely next door neighbor state. A few stops for snacks and gas made the trip feel like forever, luckily Grayson drove most of the way there! We pulled up to K-State around 2 am... hoping that Graysons buddies were still awake and still willing to let us sleep on their couch - oh were they awake! We caught up with them for over an hour, and finally got some shut eye! We had an exciting day planned for Saturday, it was Fake Pattys Day at K-State - a fun holiday the college kids celebrate every year a week before St.Patricks Day. Lots of green shirts and pinching later we were in the heart of Manhattan Kansas in Aggieville, where the party really was. We spent the day people watching and eating Olive Garden. Not traditional Fake Pattys Day but honestly who can resist those breadsticks? Grayson drove me around campus and showed me all the places he spent his time when he attended K-State, its a beautiful campus and I'm actually kinda jealous... That night Graysons dorm roommate and best friend in Kansas brought us to his Fraternity Chapters Fake Pattys Day party and it was so fun seeing how Greek Life is at other schools, I even met a Sigma Kappa! I had buckets of fun meeting all of Graysons old friends and seeing where he spent his first ever semester of college, but it was already Sunday, we said goodbye to friends and it was time to head back home.
An 8 hour drive can get tedious, so Gray decided to make a quick pitstop in a little town he said I would love, Lindsborg - the most Swedish - ish place I've ever seen, oh it was wonderful. This little town felt pretty closed up, even for a Sunday - so we walked around and checked out the gift shops, looked at too many Dala horses and debated buying mini Swedish flags. Happy to spend a little time on the drive stopping somewhere fun I was ready to head home. The longest drive I've ever experienced was shorter than that drive... I was ready to be back in my own bed.
Weekend getaways, even to just Colorados next door neighbor, are something I am very grateful for. Long drives can be tough - but they remind me that I have the ability to go on small adventures everyday. Life truly is just one big adventure and I couldn't ask for anything more.
Birthdays are supposed to be the one day of the year when everything is all about you, right? Well, this year I truly realized how blessed I am, I was overjoyed when the birthday celebrations continued for almost an entire week! When Valentines day falls just a few days after your birthday, and you have a wonderful boyfriend to share the days with, it seems to be and endless amount of joy to fit into a small week.
It all began on the real day I was meant to celebrate, February 9th, a Monday.. Mondays in my life mean Sigma Kappa meetings, which if you're not involved in Greek Life, mean planning events, joining committees and writing an overwhelming amount of community service events in your planner. Mondays aren't always a joy, known as the worst day of the week, I was determined to make it the best day of my week. After endless "happy birthday!" texts and Facebook notifications I decided to turn off my phone, so I apologize if you did not receive a reply... Im not good with technology on a normal day let alone a day where more than my boyfriend and mother need my attention! I was glad to have sorority meeting on my special day though, I got to see all my sisters and thats a rare case on birthdays, there are just too many of us to get together in any occasion unless its planned ahead, as noted on the next day when a wonderful sister of mine, Catherine, planned a dinner out at the hot spot pizza joint of my college town, and 5 people showed up. LOVE THESE PEOPLE DEARLY - going out for pizza on a Tuesday is actually quite stressful after class and work, admiration for adults who go out on work nights - thats a real commitment. If pizza doesn't sound like birthday food, I'm not quite sure what does. I think I ate more pizza in high school for birthdays than any normal food at all... Not saying I hated it though..
The middle of the week brought a fun adventure - a quick drive down to Boulder - I was seeing one of my favorite bands, one may not expect me to love, but I'm obsessed. The Dirty Heads were playing at the Boulder Theater and my best friend Franny lovingly bought me a ticket for my birthday - can you ask for a better friend? - knowing me, and Franny, we were obviously the first ones in line with Jimmy Johns sandwiches before 5:30... doors opened at 7:30. Did I mention it was February in Colorado? We may not have felt our toes by 7, but boy was it worth it. Getting set lists and catching drumsticks isn't an uncommon task for Franny and me, we make those concert worth it. Two set lists and a drum stick later, we were walking home voiceless and mad fangirling over Jared and Duddy B - man were we in love - Thank you Fran for the tickets and another incredible concert together, can't wait for the next night out with you - and thank you Dirty Heads for being so rad.
I planned on going back to my hometown to spend the weekend with my family and Valentines day with Grayson, and honestly it doesn't even feel as if I had a weekend. It was so jam packed with places I had to be I think I slept for 10 hours total. Beginning with the lovely 2 hour drive home I quickly rushed to get ready to drive back downtown with my mother to see Gabby Bernstein speak - Gabby is one of my absolute favorite humans on this planet, she has inspired me to be the person I am today, which is an entirely separate post in itself - and I actually started crying after she signed my book and took a picture with me. I felt like I was meeting Mother Teresa, Gabby is amazing. Ugh still hyperventilating rn.
Valentines day could honestly be its own story by itself. I really don't want to be the girlfriend that brags about her boyfriend and how great Valentines Day was, but I'm sorry he's just too good to be true really. In the spirit of saving money for a spring break vacay, we have chosen to be smart with money recently. So I asked for a low key Valentines Day, I just wanted to be with him right - of course he is so wonderful and turns it into a picnic in Wash Park, right next to the lake. We spent the entire day - sun shining 60 degrees - creepishly staring at dogs as they passed, wishing they were ours... valentines day clearly calls for ice cream am I right? of course we had to walk down to one of my favorite ice cream spots, Bonnie Brae.
Last but not least I got to spend the last day of the weekend with my mother, she made me breakfast at home with my step dad, Michael and sister Marissa, so glad I got to see them - more than a few laughs are made at meals with those fools. My mom and I met my aunt Danielle to watch the newest movie release, 50 shades of Grey. Lemme tell ya, not a great movie my friends. Bad acting mixed with the intent for viewers to be interested for different reasons made a rough movie.. I think I laughed so loud in the theater people weren't even upset because they all laughed too... just rough. Luckily I had a great night planned with my Dad and Claudia, and two brothers Travis and Kevin. We went out to dinner, where I may or may not have smacked my face into a glass and bruised my face... other than that dinner was yummy and we had an impromptu idea of heading to the bowling alley for a game. I BEAT MY ENTIRE FAMILY THOUGH and I am very proud of myself to say the least.. I don't think I've ever beat anyone in bowling so I'm pretty stoked.
Long weekends and birtrhdays aside, I was reminded this week of how lucky I am to have such amazing people in my life. Thank you to everyone who made this week so special - I love you all
For many users of Snapchat, across the world this weekend there was a public story of the X-Games in Aspen, Colorado. I was lucky enough to be a part of one of those snapchat stories, unfortunately none of my submitted snaps made it but I still felt pretty rad for being a part of it all. Being the avid mountaineer and adventurer I am, I have always dreamed of taking a weekend trip up to the pricey hollywood of the Rocky Mountains to stand in the freezing temperatures and watch these athletes who are celebs to me throw their bodies in wacky ways to show of their mad moves. So of course I took the opportunity to drive up with a big group of friends and squish ourselves in a tiny hotel room for a night. Worth it, right? Absolutely. Spending less than 48 hours in the mountains and 12ish of them being in a car with those rad friends was a hug highlight and best start to a semester a girl could ask for. If anything makes you want to drop everything in your life and pick up your snowboard and be the most cool boarder on that mountain it is X-games. Watching a 14 year old girl win the gold medal for Big Air Skiing makes you kind of feel like a mountain sports failure.. but does she get to spend all day in bed watching Netflix ever? I bet not, I wouldn't trade Netflix for anything, even a gold medal and I'm not embarrassed to say that.
Other than frozen toes and noses while standing literally on the side of a mountain - the half pipe was quite the walk uphill - theres nothing more I could have asked for, but knowing me, I had to find another adventure to smoosh into our trip. Staying in Glenwood Springs? I think - Hanging Lake. But its 20 degrees and the trail is flat sheets of ice and snow - no problem. my unprepared wardrobe of uggs and flannels can handle it. So off we head, after loosing Fran and Nati taking a video for the entire way up the little over a mile hike which took up about 2 hours, we reached the top and for the first time I saw one of my favorite locations FROZEN. A FROZEN WATERFALL AND LAKE, man was it gorgeous.
Let me tell ya, hiking down hill on ice and snow is not as easy as uphill, and uphill was kind of a disaster... 1/4 of a mile to go, so close to the car and warmth and I choose to take a path separate from my group that looked less icy - wow was I wrong - boom straight onto my back I slipped on a rock covered in ice, after a few minutes of breathing it out and telling myself I was a rockstar for not actually breaking anything I got back up and finished the hike. A bruised booty and scrape down my arm later I still have a funny story and a great adventure with friends to make up for it, even if it hurts to sit down for a few days. Finally after almost 5 hours in the car with massive traffic we make it to Idaho Springs, and I don't believe there is a way to drive past Idaho Springs without stopping at BeauJos for some killer pizza and honey. Five stuffed bellies pilled back in the car and headed home, two hours later were all home and in bed and I speak for the whole group, I think we could have slept for 3 days straight after that trip.
I am back in Greeley now and running across campus from class to class continuously grateful and humbled by the opportunities life hands me - from an incredible adventure to the people I spent it with - thank you for everything Aspen, you treated us well.
New Years to me was not meant to be a moment to reflect on my past year but a good time to enjoy myself in the moment I was in. I spent New Years Eve in Grand Lake with my incredible boyfriend and a few sorority sister and friends. Two nights in a cute little cabin on the mountain overlooking the lake and a firework show a midnight, sounds perfect right? Other than frozen pipes for three days, having to walk 15 minutes to town to go to the bathroom and having a friends car breakdown and get towed out, it really was the perfect holiday. Spending each morning at the tiny cozy coffee shop in town with Grayson and some yummy chai lattes was the best start to lazy days in the mountains. Along with being with my sweet bf and wonderful friends, everything was wonderful. Being in the mountains and just enjoying the clear air and cold breeze was truly all I needed to clear my mind and heart for the new year.
Thank you Grand Lake and thank you friends for making 2015 New Years one for the books
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