February 10, 2015

Winter Playlist 2015

Its that time again!  I haven't done of my playlists in a while and I thought it was time for another one.  This winter has seen an interesting twist in my music taste.  While my favorite country is still going strong I've been leaning more towards different music.  I don't really know if it has a specific style but I'm really liking it.  Something about the winter grey skies calls for more soulful music.  And I can't forget some of the top songs these past few weeks because those are just as wonderful in a completely different way!  I'll keep adding to this playlist as I find more songs that I love so make sure to follow me on Spotify


Let me know if you guys like this and what some of your favorite songs are recently!

February 8, 2015

The Future?

This past week has been filled with questions about my future.  I have realized in my life that planning more than a week in advance stresses me out.  I don't let looking towards the future when the present is still happening.  I think it takes away from the time we have and always planning ahead is a waste.  Life is so unpredictable and that is part of the beauty of it!  Planning removes the mystery.  This is why when people ask me what I plan do this summer, or after college, etc, I panic and avoid answering.

The biggest question right now about my future that I have to keep answering is about study abroad.  I have to start planning for my study abroad trip Junior year.  Right now I am torn between whether or not I want to go abroad for a full year or just a semester.  I try to keep telling myself that this is a great problem to have because at least I get to go abroad and have this amazing opportunity.  However, that reassurance fails to solve my problem.  I have weighed the pros and cons endless numbers of times and have consulted everyone I know.  The one good thing is that I know where I am going: The University of Edinburgh, Scotland.  I am beyond excited because Edinburgh is a beautiful city so that is also helping.

     Photo Courtesy of IECRE

I wanted to write down the reasons because sometimes that gives an extra sense of clarity.  Also, I would really appreciate any suggestions from you all if you had study abroad experience.  Did you enjoy going for a full year or did you want to go back to your home campus?  Was one semester the perfect amount or not enough?

ONE SEMESTER || This is what the majority of students do.  I would only have to be away from my school for a few months.  It still gives me a good amount of time to travel and enjoy my host country.  I would still be considered for leadership opportunities in some of my favorite clubs which I not only really want to do but they would look amazing on a resume.  I would not miss hockey season (aka my favorite!).  I would be able to see my family and friends more.

FULL YEAR || I could travel to even more locations and get a better immersion experience.  I would be away from my school for a full year and that would mean I would miss my friends and a ton of wonderful opportunities.  I would be away from my family for a whole year too.  I would have to say goodbye to a bunch of my friends who are juniors this year because I would not be able to say goodbye later because I would be abroad.  I would not be able to get leadership opportunities.  I would learn so much more about myself and it would be a true test of character. 

I could go on listing pros and cons forever but somehow I think making endless lists isn't only going to fuel my confusion.  I would love to hear your input!

xoxo

February 3, 2015

Fresh

I'm sitting this post in yet another coffee shop.  I've established I do my best procrastinating work here.  Somehow scrolling the internet and writing blog posts just feels so much more productive than if I did it in a library or at my desk.  I feel like then it is a way to not read through all my textbooks and not real work.  But whenever I write blogposts at a coffee shop or scroll through Pinterest at a coffee shop it feels like real work and my productivity immediately increases.


I've had the weirdest past few weeks being back at school.  I have had a very simple and stress free couple of weeks *Knock on wood*  So far very little work has come across my desk.  My planner has remained relatively empty with the exception writing too many "Nones" instead of real assignments.  Somehow I feel as though maybe I am doing something wrong because my fellow classmates have insane amounts of work that they are continually complaining about.  Where I on the other hand have remained quite content watching Netflix hours on end.  The fact that I am already on season 9 of Friends is both frightening and amazing.  

But then I remember that maybe I am doing something right.  I love the feeling of not being stressed out.  While it has been an extremely rare occurrence throughout college I am going to embrace it.  And why shouldn't I?  I think I get the most stress but realizing how I am actually not stress.  I think I should be more stress because I am in college and should have insane amounts of work and should be studying all the time.  And because this is not the case... I get stress.  The smallest little things stress me out to new extremes that are far from necessary. 

But, just because the people around me are stressed does not mean I have to be!  I know that often times I compare myself to what other people are doing and feeling and think that I if I'm not doing the same then I must be doing something wrong.  But what we often forget is that everyone handles things so very differently.  We can only focus on ourselves.  This is true in every aspect of yourself too.  Hopefully this will help me embrace my free days and not be stressed about watching too much Netflix.

Does this happen to any of you and if so how do you handle it?

xoxo

February 1, 2015

Snow Globe

I'm not going to lie to you... I really dislike the snow.  After the very first fall I think it should just magically disappear.  The brown slushiness that it turns into needs to go away immediately.  I have to watch where I step constantly trying to avoid black ice.  It is cold and wet and somehow wiggles it's way into every nook and cranny no matter how bundled up you get.  I was never the child to go out playing in the snow.  Now that might be shocker because I grew up in Chicago where winter and snow plague six months of the year.  But just because I grew up with it, does not mean I like it.  Give me a cup of hot chocolate, a cozy blanket, and movie marathons any day over snow men, snow ball fights, and snow angels.

But like I said above, the first snow always gets me.  No mater how much I hate the snow nothing is comparable to the very first one.  The way it blankets the world and quiets the whispers.  The foggy white always puts a smile on my face.  The glistening of the sun reflecting off the crystals.  That was why the massive blizzard we had early last week made me beyond ecstatic.  We didn't have very much snow here in Boston before that so I would consider Juno (the snowstorm) the first true snow fall.  And let me tell you, it was gorgeous.  Waking up in the morning to a white coated winter wonderland was truly breathtaking.

While I didn't venture too far because it was beyond freezing I did try to take a few photos.  I only made it around my campus.  Boston College's campus is known for being beautiful but I must say, I think the snow adds to its brilliance.  My hands only kind of suffered while taking these photos but in the end it was beyond worth it!  I already posted a few on my Instagram but I wanted to share more of them here!  I hope you all enjoy and if you are in a warm weather climate (I am so very jealous of you... kind of) you can live vicariously through these photos.






Let me know if you like these photo centered posts!  I really enjoy them :)

xoxo

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