If eating strawberries and watching House Hunters at 12:45 after a demanding morning of blog reading is wrong, I don’t want to be right.
And that’s about all I have for you today. I do suggest this playlist and taking a break today for some summertime fun, though. Halfway through the week – hump day, enjoy it!
*photo edited using the Waterlogue app
I plan to be back later today to share photos from Budapest, Hungary (trying to keep myself accountable, ya’ll!) but ran across this quote on Pinterest (of course) and wanted to share. It definitely strikes home and I kinda really love it.
Hope you’re having a fantastic Tuesday!
I was given three extraordinary pieces of advice for life during one of my graduation ceremonies a couple weeks ago. I am documenting them here for both my own sake, and to share them with you. Here are the tips, a little bit about each of them, and how I’m translating them to my life.
1. Get uncomfortable.
Learn to be comfortable with being uncomfortable. Comfort may be easy, but taking risks and living adventurously makes life worth living. The fear that comes with being uncomfortable is a good thing. Getting uncomfortable gifts new insights, experiences, humility, and respect. You never know what you can accomplish until you reach for new goals. One of my favorite Nelson Mandela quotes is “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” You can do so much more than you can even imagine, but just have to keep making yourself uncomfortable to make it happen.
This might be the first time I have announced this on That Charming Life, but I will be moving to Arizona in July with the boyfriend. That’s 2,000 miles out of my comfort zone, away from friends, family, and the state I have lived in for 22 years. I am definitely a little uncomfortable with it, but right now is the perfect time. I’m learning that change can be exciting and doesn’t have to be so scary.
2. Be outraged.
What moves you? What are you passionate about? Don’t disregard your passion, but rather use your outrage for good. Care about “the issues” and do something meaningful. The world is a messy place. There are things to change (hello poverty, public health, water, energy, the list goes on) and we need to be the ones to do it (because we have the tools to do it!). I think something important here is that not everyone will like you and all the things you have to say, but that is okay.
This one I am still working on. There are certainly things I care for and feel outraged about (besides make-up, crafts, and fashion, believe it or not) and I want to make sure to be a bystander, but a positive presence.
3. Go on an adventure.
There is a whole world out there to explore and now is as good as time as any to do it! If fact, it may very well be now or never. Adventure can be found in many ways, but we have to take the time to experience it. Often, though not always, adventure is travel. There are excuses that absolutely prevent people from traveling. I quote the ceremony speaker, Emily Calandrelli in saying:
“There will be so many excuses not to [travel while you’re young]. You’ll say it’s too expensive, that you’re just a poor graduate student, or that you can’t afford to leave research, or work, or school, or your girlfriend, or your boyfriend right now, but these excuses, they’re dangerous because you’ll continue to make them and the most dangerous risk of all is spending your life not doing what you want on the bet that you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later. But later comes with more responsibilities, more obligations, less flexibility.”
So, I’m making time now. Adventure is prioritized in how I approach life and that is not something I will compromise. I do hope to find adventure in day to day life. Today, however, I am traveling. I leave on an trip to Europe – visiting Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, and Austria later today. Like, I am all packed up and ready to go to the airport. It’s a bit of a graduation present (to myself) and an experience I have been waiting anxiously for.
Tell me, do you have any life advice to share? What is an adventure you have taken recently?
(P.S. I have posts lined up for next week, but will be back in a couple weeks.)
Decent amount of time no post, huh? I realized early on that if this little ol’ blog took away from living life, I would probably tire of it reaaaal quick. #bloggeroftheyear #not
Well, now here we are a week later and I missed blogging! My queue on Bloglovin’ will tell you that I haven’t been reading many blogs either, unfortunately. Both change right now.
Honestly, the marketing plans and university portfolio I’ve been working on are probably not the most interesting things to hear about. Part of the reason I blog, though, is to document the cool little things in my life. I have been up to some fun things lately, believe it or not, so without further ado…
WVU Gold-Blue Game
This is the spring game my university has every year. It was a BEAUTIFUL day and perfect for my business fraternity’s, Alpha Kappa Psi’s, spring alumni tailgate. Cornhole, tailgating food, and the Mountaineer (who happens to be a brother of the fraternity, too!) – what more could you need (okay…and drinks)?
Yellow Rose is the annual spring formal of AKPsi and was such a crazy fun time. I’ll just leave you with some pictures from the night and say I realized how much I’m going to miss these people next year!
Girl’s Shopping Trip
My momma, her best friend, and my sister took a trip to Easton and Polaris shopping centers in Columbus for a couple days last weekend and it was so nice! Did I mention that we left the morning after Yellow Rose? Whew. Rough. Katie (that’s the sis) and I both needed graduation dresses, so of course we had to make an event of it. We came out of it with some great finds and a ton of inside jokes. Seriously, the trip was so fun.
PNC Roll of Academic Excellence
This is a award given to business students for academics. Really, the good part was that my dad came to town for the ceremony. The afternoon was not near enough time to spend together. I’m a shameless daddy’s girl for life.
Not too much more. Eating Trader Joe’s Organic Popcorn with Olive Oil (so good!), playing Qwirkle (Has anyone else ever played?), and channeling warm weather with pastels.
So, that’s what I’ve been up to. Do you have the bipolar weather we’ve had? Are you sick of everyone talking about it?
Have a great day!
1. I had to come back to school early for work, but it wasn’t all bad because the boyfriend got to come with for a week! Most of the year, he is 250 miles away, so this week was so so so so nice.
2. We have been chain watching Game of Thrones and I’m a little bit addicted. It’s one of those shows that you can just watch and watch and not get sick off. I didn’t think I like fantasy-like things, but I’m loving this show. My mind is blown every single episode.
3. Sometimes I feel like all I do is eat when Michael is here. In any case, we had some pretty yummy things this week.
4. I couldn’t write about the high five this week without mentioning that Thursday was my last first day of classes (In the foreseeable future. For undergrad studies at least). Feels weird.
On that note, Gordon Gee has become WVU’s interim president. I’ve heard such great things about him. This video of his top 10 reasons for returning to WVU is so cute.
5. I had a little scare this week when I lost an important (and expensive…) continuous glucose monitor. My apartment and office were torn apart with no luck. Long story short, so many little things aligned just right for it to be found frozen to a window ledge. I am so incredibly lucky that it is back in my possession and works! Finding it was one of the happiest moments of the week!
Happy Friday! Hope you had a great week and have an even better weekend!
*Linking up with Lauren from The Lauren Elizabeth for H54F!
Here are five of my favorite things from the week:
1. I’ve been jammin’ (yes, jammin’) to the 90’s Christmas Pandora station all week. Check it out! Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays by *NSync is impossible not to sing along to.
2. I received beautiful flowers this week. It was so unexpected and such a lovely surprise. They came in a silver vase, which I basically adore, obviously. Seriously, thank you Michael!
3. On Monday, I sold concessions as a fundraiser. We were there for 5 hours, but it went by fast. Thankful for that. Look how marvelous we looked in the required uniforms. Hah!
4. I had a couple little crafting sessions this week. I’ll share more next week, but this is a little sneak peak. Holiday crafts are the best!
5. As of this week, I’ve finished up three out of five classes! That makes me that much closer to break and the end of the semester.
What were your favorite things this week? I hope you have a great weekend! I’ve off to put on my Christmas sweater and do a little celebrating.
*Linking up with Lauren from From My Grey Desk for H54F!
Just stopping by to share one of my favorite Ted Talks, by health psychologist Kelly McGonigal. It’s funny, helpful, and gives some great advice for helping to deal with stress. It’s just what you might need on a Monday morning. How about trying her tips this week?
P.S. Have you seen the royal christening photos of Prince George? The first step to eliminating stress is probably to stop comparing yourself to the Royal Family, but what’s a girl to do? Always swooning over their perfection. See the photos here!
How do you cope with stress?