Monday, July 15, 2019

❝ Where I Have Been!! ❞

Hi! Welcome Back :) 
This post is going to be all about the traveling I have done this summer! This summer has been really exciting for me because obviously, I'm a Sagittarius... and you know, us Sagittarians are known for being travelers and adventurers. Unfortunately, I have not gotten to do much traveling in my past. The only places I've really travelled to were Florida and New York.  Yes, New York is one of my favorite places in the US but it was time for me to venture further.
First, my mom and I went to Philadelphia. She had to go for a work trip, I just tagged a long for fun. It was somewhere other than Virginia, so I was pretty excited. Unfortunately, it did end up raining most of the time we were there, which kind of sucked. However, it was nice to be in a city! We spent a lot of our time in Reading Terminal Market, which is a place with all different kind of food vendors. The food was really good... and so was all the dessert! 
Shortly after that, I flew out to the west coast for my very first time! My boyfriend flew me out to California; more specifically we went to a small town called Chico and then we ended up in Sacramento. Chico was a really beautiful small town. It was pretty far from the water, so we didn't get to any beaches, but I honestly didn't care. The scenery, the people, the vibes were really awesome in Chico. They had a downtown area, which I'm pretty sure was near a college... I think it is a college town. Anyway, it was so cute. I know i'm a big city girl and a big beach girl, but I could've seen myself staying in Chico for awhile. 
I got to go to In-N-Out burger for the first time too, and I got to check that off my bucket list! It was pretty interesting, I probably didn't enjoy it as much as my boyfriend did because I can't eat meat. I also told myself I was going to start a "Traveling Vegetarian" blog and show all of the vegetarian meals I have while i'm traveling, but I never started that...So I'll just talk a little bit about it here (lol sorry) 
In-N-Out burger actually had two vegetarian options, they have a grilled cheese and the burger without the burger. Lol. The burger without the burger is basically just the veggies with the sauce they use.  More specifically it was lettuce, tomato, onion and dressing on a bun. It was as good as veggies on a bun could be. It was more interesting than a grilled cheese, though. 
There's me, eating the burger without a burger!! :)


Also here's the pic of my boyfriend and I outside the In-N-Out burger with the pretty sunset behind us because this is one of my favorite pictures of us.
How freaking cute are we?

Then we went to Sacramento for our last day in California. We actually went to Old Town Sacramento and saw these big beautiful trains and train tracks and all the cute, old shops. Again, I'm a big city girl but this downtown Sacramento was so beautiful, I could see myself staying there for a while too. I really just think it's a California thing. This was my first time being in California, but I knew before I even went that I was going to absolutely love it. My boyfriend and I ate dinner in old town, after we walked around for awhile, checking out all the cute, unique shops. They also had a lot of candy shops, which was fun for me. 
I really wish I took more pictures, I'm sorry, I was really just living in the moment. I was trying to squeeze as much time out of Derrik and California as I could! I truly wasn't on my phone a lot. I'm trying to be more in the moment, especially with him. 

Me in Sacramento. Here's a little outfit pic because I loved my outfit this day.
My shoes are super cute, from a small shop in Chico.
I'll post an outfit blog soon because I have a lot of outfits to show you guys. 
After California, I went home for a few days which sucked because Virginia couldn't even compare at all to California. I'm sorry. Then after I went home for a few days, I was flying out to ALASKA. I never in a million years thought I'd ever get to see Alaska. But, and just to shout out my boyfriend's family really quick... My boyfriend has the most amazing family in the world. They're all so loving and caring, and I couldn't have been luckier to find not only an amazing boyfriend but an amazing boyfriend with an amazing family. My boyfriend's parents flew me out to Alaska to see him. 
For those that don't know, my boyfriend is in the Army and he's stationed in Alaska. So I got to go out there to see him and I had the best time of my life. 
Alaska is absolutely BEAUTIFUL. The mountains, the water, the nature, it's all so freaking beautiful I couldn't even believe it. It was also really nice meeting my boyfriend's friends over in Alaska. We spent half of our time in Anchorage, which was a really pretty city and the other half of our time in Girdwood. The drive from Anchorage to Girdwood was stunning - you're driving along the water, with the mountains in the background and it was breathtaking. I was staring out my window the whole time, trying not to miss a moment. BUT I did get pictures this time. 

Girdwood, Alaska
We got to go to an animal conservatory in Girdwood, which was really fun for me because I got to see all of the animals I wanted to take home as pets but couldn't. I almost adopted one of the animals, but I didn't... I will one day, though. And then, my boyfriend took me on yet another beautiful and amazing date ever. 
Side note: Back in december, my boyfriend took me on a date to the Watergate in DC where we ate dinner and listened to music in an igloo. 
We rode a tram up a mountain, like a HUGE ALASKAN MOUNTAIN (where I saw a Moose!!) and we got off at the very very top of the mountain where there was a restaurant/bar and ski resort. 
The view from our table
So, here's another "Traveling Vegetarian" segment of my blog. There was literally not a single vegetarian option on the menu. It was all fish and meat. There was a small little cheese appetizer and that was the only vegetarian thing on the menu. So I asked the waiter if that was all or if there was anything else. To my luck, they actually had a hidden vegetarian item on the "menu". I ordered a Cauliflower Confit with Alaskan barley and roasted veggies. Surprisingly enough, it was actually REALLY good. Like, I was shocked. 

Cauliflower Confit with Alaskan barley and roasted veggies.
The only Vegetarian dish.
But it was really good. 
Here's another picture of the drive through Girdwood on the way back to Anchorage. 

Girdwood, Alaska
Now for some Questions and Answers because I get these questions a lot when I talk about Alaska.
"Was it really cold?"
No. Actually, it was really freaking hot!! Alaska was hitting some records when I was over there. When I tell you it was hot, it was HOT. I'm the type of person who doesn't really do that well in heat, so I was literally dying in my boyfriend's room. It was in the high 80's and apparently Alaska doesn't believe in AC. 
"Was it daylight the entire time?" 
Yes and no. The sun never fully went down, which was kind of cool but it was midnight and bright as day so I was still ready to do things but everything was closed! It was definitely a weird feeling looking at the clock at like midnight and the sun was still out. It did get kind of dark, but not fully dark. As my boyfriend explains it, the sun kind of sits on the horizon. 

After Alaska, we flew straight to North Carolina, where we stayed for two weeks with his family. I haven't been to a lake in years, so it was actually really nice to be there. It was really relaxing and it was fun for me to hang out with his family and bond with his family some more. We went jet skiing and tubing... I was thrown off the tube several times. We ended up going to Wrightsville beach as well one day, and spent a couple days in Wilmington while we were out there. 
I really liked Wilmington, actually, it was a really pretty beach town. It was cute, I don't know, I really liked it and I really liked the Wrightsville beach too! The water was really nice. 

Me and my love on the beach.
In his Budweiser shorts... 
Well, that is what I have been up to this summer. And that's all. It all went by way too fast. It's now July 15th, and I have completed all of my vacations. So now I'm just working, and I have to go back to school soon, which I really don't want to do. I really didn't want to leave Alaska... I really want to go back. I also really miss my boyfriend, and that really sucks. I got so used to being around him and so comfortable, because he's so amazing, that I'm sad he's gone again. But, he will be back and I will be back to Alaska and he will be coming home for good soon! 
This has been the BEST summer so far. I have been so lucky to go on these amazing vacations, and I can't wait to go on more vacations soon. 
Until then...
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Friday, July 12, 2019

❝ What They Never Told Me ❞

First off - I SUCK. 
I said months ago that I was going to be blogging every.... Monday? Wednesday? - see, I don't even know. If I'm being honest with you, my last semester at school really sucked. For those of you that don't know, I'm an elementary education major with a creative writing minor. That being said, I'm taking the time this fall 2019 semester to really focus on my creative writing minor. One; because I haven't been writing as much as I used too, which is really upsetting to me, actually. I have been so busy and unmotivated that my inspiration has been little to none. Two; this is the biggest thing - I am really struggling in my major. 
I want to be completely transparent with everybody, in case you have friends or family going into the education field. Elementary Education is such a rewarding major, and profession and I can't see myself doing anything else. However, it is extremely difficult. It has been way more difficult than I could have ever imagined. What no one told me when I went into this major that it was going to be a LOT of testing. Maybe I was too naive to even let that cross my mind but I was genuinely shocked to find out how HARD these tests are. 
For those of you that don't know, in Virginia at least, to even declare a major in the education school (where I'm going) you have to pass the PRAXIS and the VCLA. And what no one warned me when I went into this was that the PRAXIS was going to be so hard. Now, I am not in any way a math person. I'm good with words, no numbers. I am not the type of person who can look at a math question and know exactly what to do. I have to sit there, think it through thoroughly and then work it out. 
Unfortunately, this test only gives you 85 minutes to complete 56 in depth, hard math questions. Kudos to anyone who can solve a math question like it's nothing, I'm truly jealous. But 85 minutes for 56 questions? Absolutely not. When I tell you I couldn't finish, I COULDN'T FINISH. I guessed on the last 6 questions, because i had 15 seconds left. One of those 6 questions could've been the one i needed to pass. WHY IS IT EVEN TIMED? Truthfully, I have failed this test twice. I was embarrassed. I was ashamed. I was angry. I was sad. I have never been so hard on myself before but when I failed that test for the second time, I put so much pressure and shame on myself. It sucked. I reconsidered my major after that. I thought about doing Interior Design, or maybe Fashion Merchandising. I wanted to do ANYTHING but education, but I knew I wouldn't be happy in the long run if I didn't continue with this. 
The most disheartening thing about it all was that I was failing by ONE question, every single time. My mom would say "that should be the hope you need to take it again and keep trying" but that was the exact reason that it was bringing me down. Because it was one question, BOTH TIMES! And I studied for this test harder than I've studied for any test in all my years of being in school. 

Then I found out that I wasn't alone, and if you're in education and you're reading this and you feel alone too. I promise you, you're not. I started working at an elementary school last semester, I am an Instructional Assistant for an extended day program. It is one of the hardest jobs I've had, but the best experience I could ever get. I love my job. I was talking to one of the Teachers who just graduated from my school with a degree in education. He was the IT guy at the school i work at and he told me he failed the test multiple times before he passed. 
My Coworker at Express is an education major, she's in grad school now, she told me she failed twice before she passed. Everyone I've spoken too has said that not a lot of people pass on the first try. Which is kind of ridiculous, but it made me feel so much better.
Anyway, this has been the biggest struggle for me, and I wish someone had warned me before I went into this. Not that I would have changed my mind, but just so that I could have been prepared to go through such stress and emotion. This is also another reason I got really unmotivated for awhile. 

I'm going to force myself to get back to blogging! I'm noticing more likes on my facebook page and it's kind of inspiring me and motivating me again. I know this post probably kind of sucks because not a lot of people can probably relate. I just wanted to be honest and transparent with my struggles and why I haven't really been so focused on this blog. 
BUTTTT I have been having a great summer so far and I will be posting about all my traveling on MONDAY!!! 
Hope everyone is having a great summer :)
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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

❝ I'M BACK ❞

Wow, I'm embarrassed that it's been so long since I've last been on here. April 8th was the last time I posted a blog. Don't worry, I'm back now, but let me tell you what's been going on. First of all, the reason I stopped posting was because I forgot to renew my website domain, and it wouldn't let me get it again because I was too late and surpassed the 30 day time frame I had to renew my domain before it deleted it. FOR GOOD!!! I'm also not tech savy at all so I didn't know how to get it back until my best friend, Jared, helped me fix everything. Thank god for him. So now I'm back, and now I have a logo for my blog :) 
I've been dying to get back to my blog because I've been working on my books and wanting to start looking into getting those published. I'll get back into that in a second, though. I have been dying to get back to my blog, ONCE AGAIN, because I have noticed my facebook page getting a lot of traffic. It just started blowing up for no reason! But everyday for a while, and even currently, I've been getting likes and it makes me sooo happy! SO KEEP IT GOING. 

>>> FACEBOOK PAGE <<<

Anyway, I'm going to really try to get back to my blog. I'm going to try to get you guys a post EVERY Monday. That's my goal, hold me to it? I've been extremely busy with school, my sorority, and work. However, writing is what ultimately makes me so happy, so I need to stop putting it aside. And I haven't completely, I have been working on my books, which I wanted to get back and update you all with. I completely finish my first book, Beautiful Tragic, last summer (2018). However, being the perfectionist I am, I'm going to rewrite a whole section before I print off my manuscript. 
I am currently working on my second book, Black Butterfly, and it's going great! I'm really happy with both of them, and I can't wait for the day I can print off my manuscript and take it to an editor and a publisher. My goal was to start looking into it this summer, but we shall see what happens.. i'll keep you updated :) 

So, that's all for this post. It was just a short post updating you on where I've been, what I've been doing. Which is literally just work and school and sorority stuff. But I am going to try to get back into this because I really need to start getting myself back out there and getting my writing out there. So thank you guys for liking my page even though my blog was broken.

Next post will be more interesting and it will be on Monday!!
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