It blows my mind a little bit that this is already weeks 6 and 7 of this series and of this summer. I took a break from last week because life just got kind of crazy. But don’t worry – I’ve included pictures from the last two weeks in this post. AND I promise you it will be made up in the coming weeks – I have been working on some pretty exciting things if I do say so myself. So get excited y’all!
Welcome back! Week 5 was a whirlwind.
Week 3 in this series was a really fun week filled with creativity and blog and podcast brainstorming. Week 5 I am sure is going to be incredible as I am traveling to Oregon to visit family and Texas for my sorority’s convention. But that was last week and that will be next week. This is this week. This is week 4.
Yay for week 3!
We are back! Week 2! With more pictures of my summer!
So I watch a pretty good amount of YouTube and my favorite videos to watch are daily and weekly vlogs. I think it’s really cool to get a peek into the everyday lives of the people I follow and in the back of my mind I have always tossed around the idea that maybe, just maybe, that could be something I could do. But, it scares me. Despite having this very public platform where I feel comfortable sharing some of the intimate details of my life with you all, something about YouTube is a little daunting to me. I can’t really explain it – it just is. And maybe one day I’ll gather the confidence and the courage to take that leap, but, for now, I’ll stick to this blog.
If you spent any time around me in the final week or two of the semester you know how sad I was that sophomore year was coming to a close. This was a really good year. And even though I knew that (most) all of us would be back together on Colgate’s campus in a couple months (@seniors we will miss you), sophomore year was something special for reasons I can’t pinpoint and it was sad to think that this moment, this year, was nearly over.
The article I published just after spring break a couple of weeks ago was a compilation of pictures from throughout the week. And, if I’m being honest, when I posted that article I thought it was kind of a cop-out. Next to articles about mental health it just really didn’t seem very important. Here I am though, a mere two weeks later, posting another compilation of pictures because I have realized that …
a. pictures are important.
b. these are memories worth sharing.
Two years ago to the day I embarked on a road trip from my home in New Jersey to the White Mountains in New Hampshire and, if you know me, you know that I would do close to anything to relive this week. And so, because pictures are important and memories are worth sharing, here are a few of my favorite moments from that one week two years ago.
I took a momentary pause from posting last week because I was on spring break. I finally had a moment to breathe and the chance to step off colgate’s campus and back into life back home and decided that it would be a week without the blog.
Many of my friends took spring break as a chance to escape the bitter cold and snow-covered upstate new york and set off for warmer weather in places like florida, mexico, and the caribbean. I headed home to new jersey.
Going home for spring break is unlike going home for many other breaks. While most colleges have overlapping thanksgiving, winter, and summer breaks – spring break can fall at different times for everyone. Going home I had the chance to see some of my friends who happened to have time off at the same time I did, but I also had a chance to just do me for a week. I had a week free of obligation and time to invest just in myself.
I spent a lot of time in my house, and more specifically in my bed or on my couch listening to music and bouncing between various Netflix shows. I spent a lot of time at farmhouse cafe & eatery (which for those of you who know me from home should not come as too much of a surprise). I spent a lot of time with my dogs. I spent a lot of time just with myself.
And you could call that boring or sad or just me being lazy for a week. But you can also see it as a week of self-care and self-love. That is the way I like to think of it.
And so this week on the blog I just wanted to share some pictures from the week. Mostly of my dog. Occasionally of food and coffee. Mostly in black and white.
There’s this video that I’ve started watching most mornings before I head out the door. I started making this a habit about three weeks ago and, it sounds absurd and a little bit silly, but I genuinely feel like it changes how I approach the day. I have listened to people, especially my dad, go on and on about the importance of mindfulness and meditation and how even just taking a few moments out of your day to sit with your thoughts can really change your mindset. And I kind of got it. I mean it always made sense to me. I just never really took the steps to do that in my own life. And really, I don’t even know if this habit of watching this little video every morning counts. But it feels like mindfulness. It feels like reflection. It feels important. And it feels like something other people should do, or even just something people should know is out there.