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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Thinking Back

When I first started high school, I really had an awful time. There were so many new people, I had a hard time making friends, and I didn't know how to handle it. Every day for the first month I would work myself up so badly. I couldn't eat, I barely slept, and I was throwing up almost every single day. I had no idea how to handle what was going on. So I didn't handle it at all.

Freshman year of high school, I developed an awful habit of skipping school. I realized that if I had a note from a doctor or if I went to the nurse and told her what was going on, I could get out of it. Every single time, I felt guilty for not going to school. Don't be fooled, I wasn't an under achiever by any means. I kept up with all of my school work, I had A's in all of my classes all throughout high school. I just couldn't stand being there. Freshman year I looked into virtual school, and even dropping out; but thankfully neither of those two things ever happened. I just kept going to school, and I just kept skipping school.

Every year when school started the same thing would happen. I would be sick, anxiety would kick in, I didn't want to go. But my tricks never failed me. I kept going to the doctor and going to the nurse, and I would have my days off. I think every single year I racked up over 20 absences. But I was still getting A's. I was still on the honor roll.

When I came to college, I noticed that my anxiety wasn't as bad. I wasn't getting sick at all. There was nobody telling me that I had to go to class. It was my turn to decide: did I want to remain on the path I was on, or make a new one for myself?

I'm a junior in college now. Hardly even a year of classes left and I'll be graduated. My financial aid and I pay a great deal of money for this degree that I'll be awarded. Somebody, all of us, are paying for my education. When I'm walking across that stage and graduating with honors, I'll have myself to thank. I did this for myself. I made these changes.

So today I realized that if I'm going to leave this college with tens of thousands of debt, you know damn right that I'm going to give it my very best shot. And if you're here to try and hold me back from that, I'll kindly show you the way out.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Birthday Wishlist // Year 21

The rumors are true, I'm an Aries baby (April 11th!); and 21 is just around the corner! I wanted to put together a cute little graphic of a handful of things I'm hoping for this year (other than money to pay off my credit card debt, ouch!).

1. Keurig K-Cup Home Brewer $115 (free shipping!) from Amazon
2. Sanuk Yoga Sling $36 (free shipping!) from Zappos
3. Ravenclaw Charm Bracelet $16 from Etsy
4. Prismacolor Mixed Media Set $58 from Amazon
5. Fossil Morgan Traveler in Black $168 (free shipping!) from Zappos
6. Tribal Backpack $32 from FredFlare
7. Fujifilm Instax Mini $59 from WalMart
8. Crosley Cruiser in Green $80 from Target
9. Harry Potter 8-film Collection $57 from Amazon
10. Adobe Creative Suite 6 Design & Web Premium for Mac $599 Student Edition

Also feel free to browse my Etsy favorites, Pinterest boards, and Wanelo saves for inspiration!

What do you want most for your birthday this year!?

Sunday, March 24, 2013

I'm Going to Bonnaroo!

My acceptance letter came on Friday, guys! For some crazy reason I'm actually looking forward to working in Tennessee June weather, camping with tens of thousands of strangers. I feel like I haven't done anything this weekend besides look up all sorts of survival guides and packing lists.

It's still two months away, but I just want to be prepared! I have already begun making lists and getting clothes together. I bought a new pair of shoes, a skirt, some shorts, and a shirt. I realize that there are a million moe important things I need to buy, but shopping for clothes is more fun than camping gear.

For anyone interested I'll be working during-show (merp) as part of the partner activities team. "Assists festival partners and sponsors with their activations on site from helping set up to running fan interaction with the different activities." It wasn't my first choice, but I'm happy to just be a part of the team, honestly. (And the free ticket is cool, too!) Anyone interested in volunteering can APPLY HERE! Why not!? It'll be fun!

Have any of you gone to Bonnaroo before? What do you wish someone had told you before you went?

Friday, March 22, 2013

Friday Favorites: Books

Another week, another Friday Favorites post! I've always been a huge bookworm. I've always enjoyed reading but always find myself wishing I could find more time for it. Here are just a couple of my favorite books, you can guarantee that there will be more posts like this in the future!

1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower I first read this book probably freshman year of high school. I found it to be extremely relatable. The characters were real to me and I imagined myself as many of them. I find myself rereading this book again and again. I've gone through at least 3 copies of it, underlining and highlighting my heart away.

2. This I Believe This I Believe is a book of essays about what people deeply believe in. Many are about a higher power, but many of them have seemingly silly beliefs such as, "always tip the pizza delivery guy." Each essay is really eye-opening and gives great perspective on life. I even used the "This I Believe..." formant to write my college essay!

3. The Hunger Games Trilogy I remember when I was first introduced to the Hunger Games. "I don't want to read that - it's a ripoff of Battle Royale!" I can't remember how long it took me to finally come around and give it a shot; but I'm so thankful I did. Battle Royale and the Hunger Games are both bold political statements, but the Hunger Games is so much more than that! I read this series over and over and feel the same roller coaster of emotions again and again.

Sorry the list is so short this week - my mind has been frazzled all week long.

What are some of your favorite books?

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Vacation Round-Up

Do you ever come back from vacation feeling like you need another vacation to recover?! That's just about how I'm feeling this Tuesday morning. Luckily, my classes have been easy so far so I can slowly get back into the groove of things.

This vacation, Alicia and I spent every morning for a couple of hours taking care of 10 mastiff puppies! Aren't they so cute? They're only a week old and they're already such a handful. I can't imagine what kind of chaos they'll be causing once they start to walk.

I didn't take a whole lot of pictures over vacation (I know, boo!) but I'll share a couple that I had posted up on my Instagram.

I finally purchased tickets to Boston Calling! Karley, Em, and I are planning to go together and I think it's going to be an epic weekend for music in general!

Alicia's parents brought home this adorable 8-week old mastiff puppy just a week before their litter was due. His name is Hercules and he's a total brat!

Saturday night, Alicia and I went to a club in Ybor, Florida called the Honey Pot. Even better, Dani Campbell from A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila was the guest of honor! I almost passed out I was so starstruck. I remember being so upset when Tila didn't pick her during the show!

I'M AN AUNT! My older sister had her first baby last week! His name is Calem Edward and he's super-cute.

Was anyone else on vacation last week? How was it? Don't forget to leave me the links to your blogs!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Friday Favorites: TV Shows

So last week I covered some of my favorite movies, and I feel like favorite TV shows go right alongside that! I don't get a whole lot of opportunities to watch TV. Whenever I do, it's either old episodes on Netflix, or if I'm lucky... new episodes on Hulu. But I never have time in my schedule to watch TV shows as soon as they air on the actual TV. Regardless, here's a few of my favorites.

1. New Girl: I love Zooey Deschanel, I love Jess Day, I love the roommate chemistry, the loft, and True American. This show is real to me - I know that these personality types are all mashed up in a loft in California somewhere and I love it. This show provides endless laughs with amazing characters.

2. One Tree Hill: I know, it's old! But ironically I just started watching it. Actually, I did see an episode when it aired ONCE, but only because Pete Wentz and Fall Out Boy were in it. I had no idea what was going on in the show, but I knew my favorite band was there! I've developed such an emotional bond with these characters (I don't think that's healthy). I'm on season 6 now, and I'm scared because there are so few seasons left!

3. 2 Broke Girls: Kat Dennings, yes. If you read my last Friday Favorites post, you'll know that Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist is one of my favorite movies. That's where my love affair with Kat Dennings began. She's awesomely sassy, just like me! Her role as Max Black in 2 Broke Girls is perfect.

4. Storage Wars: Everybody has a favorite show similar to this! I love watching these people bid crazy amounts of money on a locker they can hardly see inside, and then somehow making a few thousand dollars in profit. Some of the things they find are just so awesome!

What are some of your favorite shows? Anything I should check out?

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Update from Florida!

Sleeping until noon is where it's at, y'all. I almost never get to sleep in at school between classes and work, but having absolutely nothing to do means I can sleep until whenever! I'll regret it when I get back to school though! I slept nearly 12 hours and I'm STILL tired? The weather was really nice this weekend, but now it seems to be cloudy and rainy.

Alicia's parents' mastiff had her puppies yesterday, 10 of them! So our task this week is pretty much to take care of puppies. I wish they were a little bit older so they would at least play. It brings back some memories of when my parents' saint bernard had puppies, it was a crazy time in my little life.

I'll try and have a real update soon, I wish I had time and / or the internet access to do so.

So much spring break, so little time!

Au revoir!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Memory Lane

I've seen a lot of concerts. Really, a lot. So many in fact, that I wanted to just come in here and post a list of all of them. It'd be a shame to forget something like that, I think. So here it goes!

08/15 - Vans Warped Tour
11/22 - Nintendo Fusion Tour: Fall Out Boy, Motion City Soundtrack, The Starting Line, Boys Night Out, Panic! At The Disco

02/07 - The Truckstops and State Lines Tour: Acceptance, Hellogoodbye, Panic! At The Disco, The Academy Is...
03/17 - The Black Clouds & Underdogs Tour: October Fall, Hawthorne Heights, From First to Last, the All-American Rejects, Fall Out Boy
06/25 - Angels & Airwaves, Taking Back Sunday
07/02 - The Hush Sound, Panic! At The Disco
07/04 - The Hush Sound, The Dresden Dolls, Panic! At The Disco
08/02 - Vans Warped Tour

05/31 - The Honda Civic Tour: +44, Paul Wall, Cobra Starship, The Academy Is..., Fall Out Boy
07/12 - Acadia Landing, The Plain White T's, The Academy Is...
12/29 - The Dresden Dolls

05/09 - Death Cab for Cutie, Amanda Palmer
05/11 - The Honda Civic Tour: Phantom Planet, The Hush Sound, Motion City Soundtrack, Panic! At The Disco
09/27 - Person L, Hit The Lights, Chiodos, Motion City Soundtrack

04/28 - Believers Never Die Tour Part Deux: Hey Monday, Metro Station, All Time Low, Cobra Starship, Fall Out Boy
04/29 - The Bamboozle Road Show: Forever the Sickest Kids, The Cab, We The Kings, Mercy Mercedes, Never Shout Never
07/21 - Vans Warped Tour
09/19 - Mercy Mercedes
12/18 - Never Shout Never, Ace Enders, The Bigger Lights

04/29 - Alternative Press Tour: Every Avenue, The Summer Set, Hey Monday, the Cab, Never Shout Never
07/13 - Vans Warped Tour
08/26 - mtvU VMA Tour: The Ready Set, Never Shout Never

05/22 - FUN., Foxy Shazam, Panic! At The Disco
10/29 - FUN., Foxy Shazam, Panic! At The Disco
11/25 - The Cab, Simple Plan, Forever the Sickest Kids, Marinas Trench

08/02 - Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra, Walter Sickert & The Army of Broken Toys, Tristan Allen, Jaggery
08/03 - Katelyn Tarver, Parachute, The Cab

01/25 - Tegan & Sara (Didn't make it all the way to the show)
01/30 - Walk the Moon, Blind Pilots (Cancelled - Flooding)
05/25 - Boston Calling Music Festival: FUN., The Shins, Marina and the Diamonds, Matt & Kim, Portugal the Man, CULTS, MS MR, St. Lucia, Bad Rabbits
05/26 - Fall Out Boy
08/01 - Panic! At The Disco
09/29 - Magic Man, Walk the Moon
12/08 - A Whole New World, Tegan & Sara

02/07 - Panic! At The Disco
02/25 - William Beckett
05/25 - Boston Calling Music Festival:
05/26 - Boston Calling Music Festival: Tegan and Sara
06/23 - Tegan and Sara
07/11 - Magic Man
08/03 - Panic! At The Disco, WALK THE MOON, Magic Man

01/15 - Cherub
03/23 - Milky Chance
07/17 - Joywave
07/30 - Milky Chance
11/22 - LIGHTS, The Mowgli's
12/13 - The Academy Is...

03/18 - Various at SXSW Austin, TX
03/21 - Fall Out Boy, PVRIS
04/12 - Magic Man, The Griswolds, Panama Wedding
04/16 - Magic Man, The Griswolds, Panama Wedding

What are some of the best live performances you've ever seen? Bring stories! I know I definitely have some stories from some of these!

Friday, March 8, 2013

Friday Favorites: Movies

I've never really been a huge movie person. Somewhere, halfway through, I get bored and never make it to the ending. Or, I fall asleep. Most times, they just play repeatedly in the background (for days at a time mind you). I think favorite movies have a lot to say about a person. This week, I'm going to share 5 of my favorites! Probably also a couple of honorable mentions, too. As I'm typing I keep thinking of more and more movies I should have added!

1. Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist: When I first saw this movie, I was at a really rough place. I had recently endured a breakup with someone I had been with for years! Seeing this movie absolutely instilled hope within me. I remember being probably a sophomore in high school and going home and making all these posts about how excited I was to fall in love again. Ever since then, it's one of those feel-good anytime movies that just makes you wish you could be a part of it.
2. The Sitter: I love comedies, but normally they're just a watch it once and never again kind of thing for me. Once I saw the Sitter, I was instantly hooked. I literally watched it every single night for at least a week straight. (You can even ask Karley!) I still watch it whenever I just need to laugh, it's such a ridiculous movie!
3. UP: I feel like everybody is obligated to have at least one Disney movie in their favorites. This movie is so important to me. Not only are the characters whole and hilarious, but it's such a poignant picture of what this man will do in the name of love.
4. Harry Potter: If you know me in real life you know I'm a huge nerd! (I have two Harry Potter-related tattoos!) As a child I was always completely enveloped in these stories. I love the movie adaptations because it just makes it that much more real. I actually fear the day they begin to remake these. I feel like that will be the sign to know I'm getting old.
5. Crazy Stupid Love: I LOVE EMMA STONE, okay? Really. The House Bunny, Easy A, anything Emma, give it here. I'm not one of those to see the ending coming in movies, so when everything tied together at the end, I about died! Love, love, love.

Honorable Mentions:
6. Silver Linings Playbook (JENNIFER LAWRENCE!)
7. The Breakfast Club (Obviously)
8. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Heartbreaking!)

Ahh after adding in those honorable mentions I'm dying to talk about my love affair with those movies and more! I'll save it for another Friday.

What are your favorite movies?

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Quick Update!

I feel like I never stop working! My job has kept me super busy these past few days, I've been looking forward to a big update but things just keep coming up.

My spring break starts this weekend, and I'm headed to sunny Florida! The forecast says it'll be nearly 80 degrees this weekend. Such a different environment from the snow and rain I've been getting on the mountain. Dresses everyday! I've packed 5 (and I wish I would pack more) but I am really sick of over-packing. There a few things I'm looking most forward to this upcoming week,

1. Dunkin Donuts! I know, I know. I don't have one at school. I'm not even a huge coffee drinker. But at home, there are literally 7 in my town. So not having the option to go to one really gets to me. Ahhh coffee!
2. Shopping! I really don't have money for shopping, but it'll be nice to even window shop. (Although I'm almost REQUIRED to buy something from Ross!) There are no great stores within an hour of school, yay headed to civilization!
3. The pool! I used to have a pool at home to enjoy in the summer time, but don't anymore. I cannot wait to lay by the pool on a daily basis. I could use the vitamin D!

Do you have a break coming up? What are you most looking forward to?!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Bands to Watch v.2 // MS MR

Good morning, blog world! I come to you this Saturday with yet another band to watch! This week's band to watch is MS MR. For Boston Calling, I made a playlist of all the bands I'd be seeing, hoping to find some new favorites. MS MR has this eerie sound about them, and I absolutely love it! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. I can't wait to see what else they come up with. Don't forget, you can check out my recommended songs by using the embedded Spotify widget. Scroll to the bottom for the newest additions!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Friday Favorites: ModCloth

I wasn't planning on doing a second Friday post, but I was browsing the ModCloth site (who doesn't?!) and couldn't resist to share a few of my favorites that I came across.

1. BB Dakota: When the Night Comes dress in Petal. ($99.99) I don't know if I would actually be so daring to wear such a light pink color because I'm already so pale. But the lace is just too cute to resist. Maybe a dark cardigan could help from washing me out.

2. Sapphire for Hire Dress. ($49.99) This dress has been sitting in my favorites forever. I get a little weary with the defined waistline dresses because I find them to be uncomfortable when I wear them for too long; but the color and detail on the front? Love, love, love.

3. Nice to Meet Cute Top. ($42.99) Let's face it: the necktie totally makes this shirt come together. I want 3 shirts and neckties in 50 different colors and permission to wear this shirt everyday, please.

4. Musee Rodin Skirt. ($34.99) This is another one of those pieces that I would look for an excuse to wear daily. I find this style skirt to be super flattering! With so many colors and a price like that, I wouldn't think twice about ordering a few.

5. Black Currant Scones Heel. ($49.99) I'm not a heel person! I'll drool over them all day on the internet, but when it comes to actually wearing them, I cringe. I do too many weird dance moves and fall far too many times throughout the day to wear them on a regular basis. But this cute pair might make me change my ways.

6. Full Course Load Bag. ($84.99) I have a bad problem with bags. I have so many, and never want to give any up. The result is so many bags in a tote under my bed... I can't possibly wear all of them, but can't give them up. This one would be perfect for school - those days when I feel too dressed up to carry my go-to backpack.

7. Green of the Jungle Bag. ($59.99) I wouldn't normally go for a bag with animal print, but this green and leopard combo is way subtle and super dreamy. Too bad it's out of stock :(

March Goals

Happy March! Am I the only one who feels like February slipped by in a crazy dream-like whirlwind? Between school snow-days and getting lost for days at a time in my internet land, I guess it just passed along without me. Anyway, the goal forecast for March is looking good, and I hope to accomplish some great things this month.

1. Attend all my classes! Due to vacations and my birthday celebrations, I'll have to miss a couple of classes. But it's really important that I don't skip any more classes on top of that. Life of a college student, right?
2. Don't overspend on vacation! I have a strict budget for the entire month, and overspending on vacation can throw the whole month out of whack. This one is definitely going to be difficult.
3. Work on developing the blog! So far, I love this little blog. I can't seem to get enough of it. I want to make sure that I keep up with it and work on it each day to make it better, and be able to find readers I can connect with.
4. Design, design, design! I've been good at this one so far; designing has brought me such a challenge but also a great deal of happiness these past few weeks. Spending more time on my designs will make me a better artist and also happier overall with a sense of accomplishment.

What are some of your goals for the upcoming month?