Something To Give Up – JUNE BLOG CHALLENGE

I’ve heard that it takes 21 days to end a bad habit. While I’ve never tried this consciously, there are definitely some bad habits I’d like to kick!

Negative Thinking

This is something I definitely struggle with. Sometimes it’s easy for me to slump into a negative attitude. Sometimes it’s easy for me to bring myself down. Sometimes it’s too easy for me to worry. All of these are a waste of my time and energy, and I end up feeling anxious over being negative almost daily. Recently I have been telling myself that happiness is a choice and to find something good in every day. This has been helping me a lot, and hopefully if I keep it up I can replace my bad habit with an awesome one!

Procrastinating

I think this is something everyone has a problem with at times, haha! I let myself procrastinate on things I’m dreading and on things I’m excited to do. Cleaning, blogging, studying, exercising, errands, and goals I procrastinate. I’d much rather sit on the couch and play on my phone. I know that I should do my chores instead of procrastinating so that way I can do nothing guilt free! I’d like to give up procrastinating so I can get things done and feel accomplished and proud of myself!

 

What is something you want to give up? A habit? A food? Giving up isn’t always a bad thing. No matter what you want to give up, let’s talk about it in the comments below!

Words You Need To Share – JUNE BLOG CHALLENGE

Words to share. Hm. This is a little difficult for me, because there is nothing personal I feel I need to share on my blog, since I try my best to be as open and honest as I can on here. Instead of sharing my own words, I want to share some of my favorite quotes and sayings in hopes that they will resonate with those of you reading this.

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”

St. Augustine

“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Maya Angelou

“Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if only one remembers to turn on the light.”

Albus Dumbledore

What are your favorite quotes and sayings? Are there any words you need to share? Let’s explore our thoughts together!

 

 

Reasons To Feel Happy – JUNE BLOG CHALLENGE

This is not something I have been reflecting on as much as I should lately. In the last few days I have had a lot of car trouble so I’ve let a little cloud hang over my head. But now I am happy to think of reasons to be happy!

  1.  I have an incredibly supportive family. My car broke down when I was driving back to college from my hometown and my family dropped everything to come to my rescue. My sister came to pick me up from the gas station where I was stranded and my parents went to pick my car up from the gas station a few hours later. The next day my dad and I tried to fix the problem on our own. Although we didn’t fix the problem, I got to spend a lot of time with my dad and that was really awesome.
  2. I am getting new appliances tomorrow! The apartment where I live has been going through renovations slowly but surely. A few months ago they put in new hardwood floors, a month ago they replaced the old furniture with new furniture, and tomorrow they are putting in new appliances! This means they’ll be giving the apartment a new oven and oven top, refrigerator, and washer and dryer. I am very excited because this is the last stage of the renovation and my roommates and I don’t have to pay for any of it!
  3. I leave for Chile in 2 weeks! This is very surreal to me because my trip does not feel that close. I still have a couple things to do like order some of the currency and get some of my prescriptions but I am almost ready to go! Luckily I have a friend that is already down there and she has been giving me advice about clothes and money which I am very grateful for! I am so excited for this trip!
  4. I am about to be a senior in college! This is bittersweet, but I am excited nonetheless. I miss going to classes, I miss my on campus job, I miss my roommates, I miss my boyfriend, and I miss going to different fun events with them. I am working on a Senior Year Bucket List so I can have the best senior year possible!

Writing this post has put me in a super duper good mood! What are your reasons to be happy? Let’s explore these things and feel happier together!

Your Dream Job – JUNE BLOG CHALLENGE

I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately. What is my dream job??? I’m a year away from graduating college but after that I’m planning on going to grad school, so that should buy me some time! There are a few things I know I want out of my dream job though.

One thing I know for sure is that I want to help the environment. My very first summer job was giving cavern tours and working outside. I think this had a huge influence on me! Getting to spend time in nature and see others enjoy made a huge impact on me. I also grew up in a town with a river that many people come to tube and near a lake that my family and I would visit during the summers. While I never went camping or did anything very difficult outdoors, I spent a lot of time outside at home and on vacations. All of that time instilled a love of nature in me, and I would love a career where I work to protect nature for others.

I’ve also always been interested in politics and the government! I could never work as a politician because that would be too much stress but I think it would be interesting to work with the government. It has the potential to impact so many people and I would love to use that potential to make a positive impact and make lives better. Another way I would love to make a positive impact is through NGOs. NGOs also have a lot of potential to help others and enrich lives, and I would absolutely love to do that.

What is your dream job? Have you found it? Or are you still looking for it like me? Join me and let’s explore where our dreams can take us!

What Is Home? – JUNE BLOG CHALLENGE

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This meme basically sums up what home is as a college student, haha! You have more than one home and always feel confused on where you want to be.

While I’m in school my apartment is my home. This is where I study, where I eat, and where I live with my four best friends. This is where I go to have my spirits lifted, have a good laugh, and talk about life. This is where I go to know that I am not alone. There will always be someone to share my excitements and burdens with, and I am always there for my friends to share with me too.

Whenever school is out for winter or summer break I go to my home home. The home where I grew up. This is where my parents go to bed early and wake up even earlier. This is where my older sister bosses me around to do chores, then cracks a joke. This is where we all sit and eat dinner together and talk and watch TV together. This is where I share my hopes and dreams and fears and receive unconditional love in return.

Last summer in Costa Rica I had a home in San Jose. This summer is a little weirder though. I know I’ll have a home in Santiago when I go to Chile, but what about now? I lived in the house where I was pet sitting but I didn’t feel at home. I have my apartment but I’m the only one there this summer. So until I go to Chile, the library is the closest thing to a home I have. This is where I go to work as a tutor. This is where my coworkers and I talk about life and laugh. This is where I smile the most during the day. As the old saying goes…

…Home is where the heart is

Where Were You Five Years Ago? – JUNE BLOG CHALLENGE

Five years ago seems like a lifetime ago! I was 16, and it was the summer before my junior year of high school. I feel so old saying that, haha! A lot of things were different then…

First off, I did not have a drivers license. This automatically made my summer pretty boring. Since I couldn’t drive I couldn’t go run errands by myself or see friends by myself. This also meant I couldn’t drive myself to a job. So I was bored and broke…

I also only spent time with my then boyfriend. He was my first serious boyfriend and I was crazy in love with him. While it was the summer before my junior year of high school, it was the summer before his freshman year of college. So I spent as much time with him as I could before we entered a long distance relationship.

This was a weird time for me because 16 is an age when people start becoming independent and I felt like I wasn’t. I still depended on my parents to drive me around and only wanted to see my boyfriend. My junior year of high school was amazing, but the summer leading up to it was full of growing pains.

Where Were You A Year Ago? – JUNE BLOG CHALLENGE

A year ago I was spending my summer in Costa Rica! That’s right. 10 weeks in a beautiful paradise with wonderful people and even more wonderful experiences! It would be hard to detail all these experiences so I’ll just give some highlights…

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One of my very first excursions in Costa Rica was to Monteverde! It’s about five hours away from San Jose in the mountains and is absolutely gorgeous. Monteverde is a cloud forest, one of the rarest ecosystems on earth! Hiking through the forest is like visiting another world. The trees are humongous and the clouds pass through the mountains effortlessly. As well as hiking through the cloud forest, my friends and I took a night hike where our tour guide told us all about different plants, animals, and insects! I learned so much that night and loved it every minute of it.

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After spending time in the mountains, I visited the beach in Manual Antonio National Park! People come from all over the world to see the beaches in this park and its no wonder why. It has some of the bluest water I’ve ever seen. This is also where I saw some of my first sloths and monkeys! The sloths were what you’d expect – lazy, slow, and very fun to look at. The monkeys were very different. They would get close to bags in hopes of stealing food and swing right over people! Manual Antonio was an exciting trip for sure!

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You see the girl jumping off the cliff into the waterfall? Yeah. That’s me. One weekend my friends and I went to a small beach town on the Pacific coast named Montezuma. While we were there went off the beaten path to this amazing waterfall! Luckily this was one of many waterfalls I had the chance to visit. The water was fresh and cool, and it was a lot of fun to just swim and chat with friends. Before we left I went ahead and jumped off the cliff! It was terrifying, but I knew I would regret it if I didn’t make the leap!

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What else can there be to see after going to the mountains, the beach, and some waterfalls? A volcano apparently! Volcan Arenal is a beautiful volcano surrounded by a lake, a cozy town, and even some hot springs! We spent the morning hiking by the volcano and learning about it’s history and the ecosystem encircling it. Afterwards we spent a relaxing afternoon at Baldi Hot Springs! This weekend had the best of both worlds!

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This last photo was taken a day before I left my second home. In Downtown San Jose close to the government’s legislature is a sidewalk full of murals just like this! It was amazing to see such incredible art being encouraged in the city. A lot of the art dealt with social issues, but I absolutely adored this bubbly piece! It sums up how happy my time in Costa Rica really was.

Where were you a year ago? Where do you want to be a year from now? Let’s explore our past and future!

P.S. Looking at these pictures has made me seriously home sick for Costa Rica! I want to go back! 😦

A New Thing To Try – JUNE BLOG CHALLENGE

One of my FAVORITE things to try is new recipes! This is not something I have explored on my blog, but during the day I love to read about different recipes! Today I hope to share some of the recipes I’d like to try with you!

Maple Dijon Chicken

Blackberry-Babe-Headshot-2-768x512Two of my favorite toppings are dijon mustard and maple syrup. This recipe combines the two! I found the recipe on Pinterest but it come from blackberrybabe.com. The recipe only has five ingredients and takes thirty minutes to make! How great is that??? This is a recipe I am very excited to try!

Baked Parmesan Sweet Potatoes

baked-parmesan-sweet-potatoes-3This is another dish with two of my favorite foods! (If you couldn’t already tell, I have a lot of favorite foods.) This is a side dish from lilluna.com, and I can see it accompanying many different kinds of main dishes. This dish doesn’t have many ingredients either, but it takes a little bit longer since the recipe calls for cubed sweet potatoes and for the dish to be baked for about twenty minutes. Again, I’m excited to try this since it looks like it can go with almost any main dish!

Blueberry Arugula Salad

DSC_0019This recipe comes from broccoliandmuffins.com and has the quickest preparation time at five minutes! It’s another recipe with not many ingredients (Are you sensing a theme here?) and the most work is put into creating the dressing. It’s a sweet and earthy salad with the blueberry, oregano, arugula, and honey that I can not wait to try!

What new thing do you want to try? A recipe? A hobby? Let’s explore the world of options ahead of us!

Your Top Priorities – JUNE BLOG CHALLENGE

For this summer I have three top priorities…

Prepare To Apply To Grad School

In the fall applications to graduate schools open and I want to be ready when the day arrives! This means studying for the GRE, working on my purpose statement, finding mentors to write recommendation letters for me, and a lot more. I want to apply to competitive programs which makes me nervous, but if I’m able to give the applications my best I’ll be proud of myself!

Prepare For Chile

This next priority actually happens before previous one, so I should probably focus on this one more! Haha! At the beginning of July I will be leaving for Chile for 6 weeks so I need to make sure I have everything I need for the trip! I ordered a 2 in 1 adapter and converter today so I can use my electronic devices. I also have a lot of winter clothes picked out to take with me. Since it’s summer in Texas and winter in Chile, my family is letting me borrow some of their winter clothes! Yay! Now I just need to check on things like prescriptions and whatnot and I’ll be good to go!

Have An Amazing Senior Year

This upcoming school year will be my SENIOR YEAR. AH! I am not ready to leave college yet, so I want to make this year incredible! I even have a senior year bucket list. This includes things that I’ve never done before and things that I might not get to do again once I leave college. (Just writing this has given me the idea to write a post about this list!!!) Whether or not I complete everything on the list, I just want to enjoy the last year of my college experience.

What are your top priorities? Is there anything you’re looking forward to? Let’s explore the world that’s ahead of us!

Your Best Qualities – JUNE BLOG CHALLENGE

The last few days I had a cold so I spent most of the day sleeping! But now that I’m feeling better, I’m ready to tackle this challenge!

  1. I love learning. I have always enjoyed school and am always curious to understand more!
  2. I am kind. I like helping others and making them feel good about themselves!
  3. I am relaxed. I try not to take life to seriously and try my best to go with the flow!
  4. I am funny. I love making jokes and laughing with my friends!
  5. I am a good friend. I am a very loyal person and love my friends with all my heart!

What are your best qualities? What else would you like to know about me? Let’s explore our qualities!