Summer Break Finally (that lasts only a week)

For the next week I will be relaxing and finding lots of adventure in the beautiful mountains of Maggie Valley, North Carolina.  When I return I will obviously post a million pictures and stories, so stay tuned!

view from my house


Is fun. the New Queen?

I am sure most of you have heard of the up and coming band, fun, for their single “We Are Young,” plays nonstop over and over on the radio.  Although it’s hard to create a genre for a band after only hearing one song, I could tell that their musical style was a bit more “anthem-like,” than most music playing on the radio.  However, the other day I heard one of their new songs, and at first I thought it was Freddie Mercury! (obviously that is not possible).


I think that fun. is becoming the new Queen of the 2010’s.  Both of the bands compose progressive rock songs mixed with an essence of musical theater and folk.  The lead singer, Nate Ruess’ voice has an extremely wide vocal range just like Freddie Mercury (maybe even a better one) and they are both super energetic and shall we say “creative” with the dance moves while performing.

All in all, I think all Queen fans will enjoy this recent band and their unique sound that has not been heard for quite some time.

Why Daydreaming Ruins My Life

Throughout my life, I have come to fine that nothing good ever comes out of daydreaming!  Not only do you lose focus of whatever task you are trying to complete or pay attention to, you end up conjuring these crazy and unrealistic ideas of how you should be on an African Safari in the afternoon and then suddenly be at the Oscars giving your thank you speech (at least that’s what I day-dream about).

Here are some of the humorous experiences I’ve had to prove that daydreaming ruins peoples lives:

  • Kindergarten: I was daydreaming as I walked to the bathroom stationed inside the classroom.  I never opened the bathroom door because I thought I was already inside.  The conclusion to this: an entire class laughing at you with your pants down.
  • 2nd Grade: While at Disney World, I was too busy daydreaming while sitting on a bench that I missed meeting my favorite princess, Snow White, who just walked right by me.
  • 5th Grade: During aftercare, I was too busy daydreaming and missed my chance to slap the big pile of cards during the game “Spit” to win, and lost the game.
  • 8th Grade: At sleep away camp, I learned the term “Nose Goes,” which we use when we don’t want to complete a chore.  I was too busy daydreaming at lunch that I missed the “nose goes,” and had to fill up the water pitcher ever 2 minutes throughout the meal.
  • 9th Grade: I was casted to play Cha Cha in our school’s performance of Grease.  Of course, because I had begun to daydream while waiting for my turn to go on stage, I missed my cue, causing an awkward 3 minutes of silence on the stage.
  • 9th Grade: While getting ready for school, I was too busy daydreaming that I had only  straightened half of my head of hair.  Since I ran out of time before being late to school, I was forced to walk through school all day with half straight, half frizzy hair.
  • 10th Grade: Since my AP World History test was so boring and confusing, I began to daydream and only left myself 10 minutes to write 3 essays.
  • 11th Grade: I was really tired and began to daydream during lunch, which resulted in my spilling my salad dressing all over my white shirt.
  • 11th Grade: I was daydreaming during AP Chemistry and what I thought was a worksheet answered, ended up being a creative collection of artistic swirls that I was forced to turn in.
  • 12th Grade: I was daydreaming during the homecoming football game that I was late to bring in the crowns and sashes to give to the homecoming court.
  • Freshman Year at UF: I was daydreaming on the bus and missed my stop 3 times.
  • Every Single Day in Organic Chemistry: I daydream and miss my entire lecture.

I’m telling you guys, daydreaming is out to get us and we must use all our might and strength to fight the daydreaming because it creeps up on us when we least expect it!

Would You Choose Love Over Career?

We have seen this situation a million times, whether it’s on a TV show, or a movie, or even in books; people are sometimes faced with the decision to choose either love or their career.

Either way, both are tremendous risks to take, but sometimes it is confusing as to which decision is the best one.  Once a decision is made, it either always at first seems to be the wrong on and then something good happens because of it, or at first it seems to be the right decision and then it blows up in your face.

I am too young and inexperienced right now to fully decide which risk I would take if it came down to it, but earlier this year I did question if the career path I was choosing was the right one for me.  Becoming a doctor is a long, rough, and very time-consuming path to take, and this would mean putting aside most things I would really want such as marriage and a family for quite some time.  For a while, I had my entire life all planned out, from the age I was getting married to the year I would be buying a house, but obviously life throws curve balls and you cannot rely on having your life turn out exactly the way you picture it to be.

I come from a family of really young parents, and really young grandparents who were always super involved in my life, and therefore I share a special bond with my family members because they aren’t just my elders they are my best friends.  Since I grew up in this environment, this is how I pictured my own family turning out.  However, if I were to become a doctor, I would be in school for the next 7 years, and then must undergo residency, and won’t be an established attendee until I’m basically 30.  That leaves little room for kids, and a normal life, which really worried me and almost caused me to switch my major this year.  But then I remembered something important: I have always dreamed of being a doctor, I feel it is what I am meant to be, and I know I would enjoy it every day.  I had to stop sticking to my little strict plan, which would have caused me to choose love (a young family with husband and kids) over a career that I am truly interested in.  I don’t know which decision is right or which is wrong, but a career path is one of the only certain things in our lives, so I think it might be too risky to give that up just for the potential of finding love and raising a family young.

The way I see it is this: do what you love, work towards your goals, and the rest will all fall in line, even if it ends up being later in life than you expected it.  Follow your heart and you usually will pick the right choice, even if it doesn’t always appear that way instantaneously.  Everything happens for a reason, and although our lives are shaped based on our decisions, good always comes from bad and one bad decision will not ruin everything, your life might just take a different path then planned and that’s perfectly okay.

What would be your decision?  Would you choose love over career?

Happy Father’s Day

I have the most incredible dad in the entire world.  He is my hero and my very best friend.  I consider myself to be one of the few lucky girls in the world to have the kind of bond that my dad and I share together.  From giving me boy advice, to cuddling on the couch and watching Mean Girls, to talking for hours on the phone about Science Fridays on NPR, my dad and I are like two peas in a pod.

I admire my dad so much, for he is nothing like your typical father who wears a suit and talks about sports.  My dad is the nature loving, adventure seeking, vegetarian fanatic, hilarious jokester, science loving, musician.  Almost every important lesson I have learned in my life has been taught to me by my dad and I am so appreciative of the countless hours he spends talking to me on the phone and giving me advice on nearly anything you can imagine.  I am so grateful to have a father who cares so much for me and my family, who loves hearing every little detail of my day, and who genuinely wants to be involved in every stage of my life.  I don’t think many college girls can say that they call their dads every single day to talk for at least an hour!  My dad is the smartest man I know and that is why this day is dedicated to him.  Happy Father’s Day to my biggest fan and “my favorite deputy,” I love you so much Dad!

Here is our song:

Apartment Decor Galore!

In August, I will be moving into my very first apartment with 3 of my best friends!  I could not be more excited and am in utter shock at how old I feel.  Lately I have become a woman of obsession, as all I have been thinking and dreaming about, day and night, is how we are going to decorate the apartment.  After discussing with my roommates, we have come to a conclusion; our individual rooms will be decorated however each of us please, but for the living room and kitchen area, we will create a peaceful sanctuary with earthy tones.  For those looking to decorate their homes/apartments, you can’t go wrong with a nature/earthy theme because it consists of gender neutral colors, the colors are warm and inviting, and the colors can easily blend well with just about any decoration or piece of furniture.

Here’s what we have been thinking for our apartment!

The Walls:  Since we really don’t want the hassle of painting our apartment because we are only leasing for a year so far, a great way to add some design and creativity to a room is to hang up some awesome tapestries!

Urban Outfitters

Lighting:  Since we are young and hip college students, we though that hanging some white Christmas lights either in the living room or kitchen would look pretty awesome.

Mirrors:  Hanging up mirrors with an old fashioned wooden look really makes an apartment seem cozy and homey.


Pottery Barn

Throws and Pillows:  Keeping up with our earthy theme, these pillows and throw would look great with our black couches.




Miscellaneous Decorations: Pieces like these provide accents to each room and spice up the creativity!


Urban Outfitters

I can’t wait to move into my apartment this fall and I feel so lucky to be living with the most amazing roommates ever! Get ready ladies!

It’s Ok to Get Away

Sometimes you just need a change of scene and to get away for a few days.  What I’ve discovered is that you don’t really need to go very far in order to escape and have some excitement.

After enduring a vey tough and stressful two weeks all leading up to an organic chemistry test, the last thing I needed was to spend another weekend in Gainesville.  I didn’t want to drive for 5 hours just to be home for a weekend, so instead I decided not to travel too far and visit my friend in Tallahassee.

We had a fabulous time! We ate great food, went to awesome clubs, and explored all of the cool areas of this city from awesome hippie shops, to delicious cupcakes!

Lucy & Leo’s

the cutest sign ever!

I realized that in order to have a great vacation, you do not necessarily need a 5 star resort or a theme park.  Simply going on your own adventure in any random town and discovering neat and interesting things can result in a great weekend!  Therefore, if you feel that you need to “just get away,” don’t even hesitate and go for a drive!

Summer 2012 Nail Polish

It’s that time of the year ladies! Time to slim down, slip on those bikinis and catch some sun!  Not only will people be watching out for the latest trends in sun dresses, jean shorts, and crop tops, but summer nail polish is crucial for any outfit and occasion!  Luckily, I have done my research and have come up with my favorites of a few of the popular collections for this season.  It seems as though this summer the trend is to have lots of bright and vibrant colors, which is definitely different from last season’s pastels and soft colors.

First off is the new summer collection from Essie.  I love these colors they are super bright and fun

bikini so teeny

all tied up

cascade cool

fear or desire

These next few are some of my favorites from the new OPI Holland collection!

a roll in the hauge

pedal faster Suzi!

thanks a windmillion

kiss me on my tulips

But my favorite of all has got to be Zoya’s Beach and Surf collection for this summer!

Aren’t these colors great?!

Reagan, Lara, Shelby, Arizona, Tracie, Wednesday

Whatever color you’re in the mood for, this summer’s collection of colors are sure to make a statement! Have fun dressing up your nails!

Embrace the Awkward Moments

Awkward moments are what make us human, and I personally really enjoy them!  Whether your stomach growls in the middle of class; you sing the wrong lyrics to a song in front of a crowd; or you even say good bye to a crush and end up walking back in the same direction as him, awkward moments are awesome and make for some pretty funny stories.  It is extremely important to have a good laugh at yourself at least once a week, so with that, I will share what happened to my friend and I the other night.

My friend came to visit me for a few days and the other night we made plans to watch the Miami Heat game with some of her friends she met while traveling in Israel.  They told us that they were located on 23rd street in a gigantic house.  So, naturally when we arrived, we saw the big house and proceeded to park and knock on the door.  Little did we know, we had actually turned onto 23rd terrace and were approaching a large house with the same address as the house on 23rd street.  When we knocked on the door, a young, tall, dark, and DROP DEAD GORGEOUS man opened the door and didn’t say a word.  We then proceeded to introduce ourselves and had a 5 minute conversation with him, until he finally asked “What can I do for you?”  We told him that our friend who lives in this house was expecting us, and of course, the awkward moment never fails to strike when the guy replies, “I’m really sorry, but I think you are at the wrong house.”  We were mortified and very confused because we still hadn’t realized we were on the wrong road.  As we apologized and got back into my car, we then saw the street sign and bursted out laughing!

Awkward moments sneak up on you and will follow you for the rest of your life, but it’s up to you how you will handle them.  My best advice is to just laugh it off, because everyone loves a good laugh!

Here are some of my favorite awkward moments I have experienced so far:

  • That awkward moment when you tell a story as your own to the person who originally said it.
  • That awkward moment when wikipedia copied your homework.
  • That awkward moment when you realize someone was actually home the whole time you were singing at the top of your lungs.
  • That awkward moment when you aren’t paying attention and follow someone off of the elevator onto the wrong floor.
  • That awkward moment when you find that your zipper has been down.
  • That awkward moment when you realize that you texted the wrong person.
  • That awkward moment when you fall out of your desk chair from rocking back too much.
  • That awkward moment when the dentist asks you a question while his hands are in your mouth
  • That awkward moment when you run a quick errand looking like a mess and you run into at least 10 people you know.
  • That awkward moment when you forget somebody’s name 2 minutes after they introduced themselves to you.
  • That awkward moment when you don’t get your friend’s joke and they have to take the time to explain it to you.
  • That awkward moment when someone decides to move to another bus seat away from you when it becomes free.
  • That awkward moment when you are lifting 5 pound dumbbells in front of a hot guy and another girl next to you is lifting 12 pound dumbbells.
  • That awkward moment when your dad thinks every boy you talk to is your boyfriend.
  • That awkward moment when your hand touches someone’s butt by mistake.
  •  That awkward moment when you realized you’ve been mispronouncing a word your entire life. 
  • That awkward moment when you are checking yourself out in the window of a restaurant and there is somebody watching you from inside the restaurant.
  • That awkward moment when somebody says “Hello” and you reply “I’m good, thanks!”
  • That awkward moment when somebody is watching you take a picture of yourself.
  • That awkward moment when you have already said “what?” three times to a person and still have no idea what they said, so you just nod your head in agreement.
Love your awkward moments!