Ran Out of Data? Don’t Panic

Quick thought- let me just say this – running out of data can actually make your life less stressful.

Yesterday afternoon, I ran out of data and I immediately became:

  1. Annoyed at myself for using that much data
  2. Panicked because I love my social media
  3. More annoyed because I could not use regular imessage or Spotify

Despite my initial response (plus me texting my stepdad asking for another half a gig so that I could survive), I have noticed how peaceful today has been.

No data means I haven’t been checking my phone every 2 minutes to refresh my Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, or Twitter feed to see what everyone else was up to.

I have been more focused on work at the newspaper, along with contributing to my blog in my down time.

Not having data can actually be nice, it’s as if I have had a mini reality check.

Maybe you should run out of data too.

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Amateur Fishing Requires Giggling

Last night around 7 p.m., my boyfriend and I went fishing at one of our favorite spots along our local creek, a  huge rock that we like to call our “special/secret place” (trust me, we know it isn’t very secret)

The water was high and muddy, due to recent storms, but overall in good enough condition to amateur fish.

We took turns casting from different angles on the rock, all the while giggling and making jokes as to how lucky we were for catching our twentieth sunny within a matter of minutes and me somewhat struggling to unhook the fish.

The highlight of the evening was my boyfriend’s wide smile when he reeled in the first non-sunny of the batch, a Rock Bass, to be precise.

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Despite swarms of nats, endless mosquito bites, and the occasional fishing line knots, it was a peaceful night.

The sun was setting, the moon rising, and dragonflies bounced around the fishing lines (it was almost  heavenly). I would do it all again in a heartbeat. 🙂

Do you enjoy fishing? Let me know in the comments.

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Milestone Celebration

Hello everyone, I woke up to a very kind surprise that I would like to share with the blogging universe.

I now have, officially, over 50 followers!! 🙂

This may seem like a small accomplishment, I believe it still needs to be celebrated.

Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to read my posts and follow my blog. You have helped me build the foundation and I can’t wait to share more with you!

Shout out to The Wine Wankers for being my 50th follower. Go check out their blog sometime.

Autumn, I Miss You

The past two mornings have been refreshing – cool and breezy – and it is torturing me.

Summer is thrilling as a kid, but after countless cycles of blistering heat followed by nasty thunderstorms,  I get sick of it. I am constantly sweating if I am not enclosed in an air-conditioned space and my hair is a frizzy disaster (girls may understand this more so). 😦

However, the past two mornings have felt more like fall/autumn weather, my absolute favorite season and I am beyond excited.

There are so many things that fall encompasses (just to name a few):

  1. Corn Mazes
  2. Halloween
  3. Pumpkin Patches
  4. Bonfires
  5. Football Season
  6. Sweaters
  7. Oversized scarves
  8. Pumpkin spice lattes
  9. Thanksgiving
  10. Rain boots

Not only that, but fall has always symbolized the start of something new or the turning of a leaf.

There is also something magical about a breezy autumn day, with sunshine breaking through an array of golden leafs, while wearing traditional blue jeans, and rain boots.

On those days, I tend to sit out back of my house with freshly brewed coffee and read my books or go outside and take thousands of pictures.

My question to you is, why do you love or enjoy fall? Let me know in the comments!

With that being said, I am so ready for fall to begin.

 

Blogger Recognition Award

Hello everyone!

Earlier today, fellow blogger lifeonplanetearth2017 nominated me for the “Blogger Recognition Award” and let’s just say, this melted my heart!

I want to give a HUGE thank you to this sweet soul for adding my blog to his nominee list, honestly made my night.

lifeonplanetearth2017 ‘s blog is filled with endless thoughts of (you guessed it!!) life on planet earth. Ganesh and I are very similar – we ponder about life at a young age and have a thing for writing. Check out his blog sometime.

THE RULES ARE:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Write a post to show your award.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them & provide link to the post you created.

I created this blog back in the beginning of December last year. I had recently dabbled with WordPress in my high school journalism class, but was clueless as to how I would pursue a real personal blog. As months went by, I would drop a post here and there – not really confident if I was doing the right thing. Over time, I learned the process of creating a blog and boom – here I am.

My two pieces of advice to new bloggers are:

  1. Be Confident – Do not listen to anyone – (friends, family, strangers) – if they try to bring you down. Do not give in to any teasing, jokes, comments, nothing. If this is what you want to do, whether it is for fun or serious, do it.
  2. Be Patient – I am still trying to listen to my own advice on this – traffic on your blog is going to take time. Unless you have a great circle of friends and family that can help build the foundation and share your work, numbers on your blog isn’t going to happen too fast.

My lovely nominees are:

Note: You do NOT have to participate, however, it could be a way to make someone a little more excited about their day 🙂

Thanks to all who read, check out my posts in the archives!

College Countdown (& Confusion?)

Way back in the beginning of the spring, I downloaded an app to my phone that would help countdown to the exact second for three important events:

  1. High School Graduation
  2. 18th Birthday
  3. College Move-In Day

As I punched in each event’s date, the app calculated how many days, minutes, and seconds until it occurred. I remember thinking, “Ugh, they seem so far away..”

But here I am, exactly 20 days away from my college move-in day, 16 days since my 18th birthday, and 50 days since my high school graduation.

Honestly, this was the fattest summer of my life and I have been having mixed feelings about going away lately.

“This is college, I have been looking forward to this day since the first day of senior year!”

All I got to say is, I regret wishing away my senior year so fast. I am excited for college and the new opportunities, but I still have yet to face the true feeling of sleeping in a different room, with people I don’t know, and the reality of not being “home” and new responsibilities.

Loans, harder classes, meeting new people, studying more, intense essays and/or tests, trying to find a job, interning… (Just to list a few)

Life is getting real, but it’s a challenge that all incoming college students have to face. I know I will be just fine and got to stay positive.

To anyone who is younger than me reading this: Enjoy high school. Appreciate the friendships you have. Love your family.

If you are experiencing similar fears/feelings, please comment (I would love to talk!!)

Also, would really appreciate any words of advice or encouragement!! 🙂

Play Ball, Anyone?

On Tuesday night, my boyfriend and I attended a Phillies Game against the Houston Astros. Although we are more hockey fans than baseball (Go Flyers!!), we were excited to be going to the game for a new date night activity together.

We were excited to do all the American baseball classics; eat our jumbo hotdogs and anticipate any and all foul balls that we could possibly obtain.

The night was cloudy with rain droplets scattered, the Astros were well on their way with a lead of 5-0 in the 6th inning. We sat patiently waiting for the Phillies to do anything, more-so anticipating a home-run so that the stadium’s liberty bell would ignite the crowd’s energy.

As we sat and waited for some action, I had to remind myself that we were only sitting in these royal blue seats, because of someone’s kindness. We were only able to enter that stadium, because my boyfriend’s mom’s coworker was giving away her two tickets for free. I do not know the circumstance around the situation, but still, it made me thankful to be able to enjoy a free date night.

Even before this realization occurred, I had a feeling this night was special. For when we parked across from the stadium, a dragonfly flew by my car windshield. Indeed, it was special.

The rest of the night was filled with giggles, accidentally spilling our row neighbor’s beer (don’t worry, we offered $5 to cover it), ice cream, and searching for a baseball to buy as a token for our first baseball game together.

Although the night ended up being a flop for the Phillies, my heart was still happy.

 

 

Dorm Shopping

On Sunday evening, my family and I headed out to conquer the next step in my college process: dorm shopping.

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Let’s be real – I am super freaking excited to go dorm shopping because,

  1. I love shopping
  2. I love decorating
  3. I am going to college in less than three weeks

Going to college and having my own little dorm room allows me to free my creative abilities and make my home away from home just a little bit more “me” and, you guessed it, “homey”.

However, before we left to go shopping, I had an unexpected visitor.

A tiny, baby-blue dragonfly was perched upon my car’s antenna and I immediately knew that this was a sign from the universe.

As you know, dragonflies symbolize change, and dorm shopping for college was most definitely a step towards change in my life. I am excited, yet nervous for the challenges I am to face in the next month. I know I will be just fine.

Spiritual Signs

Last night around 10 P.M., I was driving home from my boyfriend’s house, which is normally a 10-15 minute drive.

However, when I first started driving, I felt an unusual tug at my seat belt, as if it had suddenly gotten tighter against my body. The tug’s presence was strong enough to make me reevaluate how fast I was driving and I thought to myself, “I need to drive slower, not only tonight, but more often”.

When I got closer to my home, I was suddenly slowed to a stop due to a police car and tow truck blocking the road around the bend.

Evidently, a young male had been going too fast around the bend of the road (a road I drive daily, multiple times a day) and flipped/rolled his car off the road. The young male had the same exact car as me, a Scion TC, and was very close in age.

As the police officer was explaining the situation to me, I sat completely shocked. I knew the tug at my seat belt I had felt when I first started driving wasn’t a figment of my imagination. Something or someone was telling me to slow down when I drive more often, for the scene in front of me could be the result.

The young male walked away fine from the incident, but what baffles me is that he was almost the same age with the same exact car. This had to be a universal message to both him and I. 

What also strikes me as amazing, is that earlier in the day before I left to go to my boyfriend’s house, my sister saw a dragonfly sitting on my car’s antenna. I has also passed a cop sitting on the side of the road on my way to my boyfriends.

I am not saying that I am a reckless speed demon. Yes, sometimes I go over the speed limit, but this showed me that speed isn’t the best option. Always, always look and accept universe’s signs or messages to you. There is a bigger plan for all of us.

Dragonflies, 18th Birthday, & Aruba

So, today is my 18th birthday! I am officially a legal adult and I am so excited. I also was able to wake up on my birthday in Aruba, who gets to do that?

We had a whole day of fun planned out. At 8:25 AM my family and I got picked up to go on a private Jeep beach tour to several places along the East Coast of Aruba.

Before that, my stepdad and I drove to one of the Dunkin Donuts on the island for iced coffee and breakfast (if you know me, you know I love my coffee). Getting iced coffee was a great early morning gift, going to Dunkin together has always been a special treat for me.

Anyways, the private Jeep beach tour was going to take us to two natural pools, old gold mine, and natural land bridge. The Jeep was regular sized and since there are six of us in our family (plus the driver), my stepbrother and I decided to sit in the trunk of the Jeep (with pillows). What an awesome decision it was to sit in the back of the Jeep.

The view was beautiful from the back. Miles of desert land with cactus and a gorgeous blue ocean crashing upon rocks.

We were able to swim in two different natural pools, both being able to rock jump into the clear water. The tour was a fantastic time and an amazing/enlightening experience to enjoy on my 18th birthday. However, the ride back from the second natural pool flared my anxiety.

The trip back from the natural pool was a single, narrow, dirt-rock road that was on a huge hill. We had to stop constantly to recalculate our travel route due to other cars or ATVs fitting on the dirt road and huge rocks blocking tires.

My anxiety flared up and I grabbed my younger stepbrother’s hand to calm myself down. Just then, a purple dragonfly flew to the back of the jeep and followed us for a good 15 seconds. I immediately calmed down, for I knew it was a sign that everything would be alright.

Several times on the way back, a dragonfly appeared at the open part of the Jeep and I was so happy. I felt so calm and at peace, I knew that this was a sign.

Tonight my family and I are going on a boat for a sunset sail. I am very excited and hope my birthday ends on another good note. Thank you for reading once again!