With Spring well on its way, I wanted to take today's post to talk about ways to refresh and revitalize one's life during this time of rebirth in nature. Below I have discussed a few of my ideas for you to de-clutter, de-stress, and truly enjoy one of the best seasons of the year.
Sorry I've been quite absent for a bit, but I have been very busy in the midst of second semester! I have started my independent study and it really is going exactly the way I wanted. We are delving into the philosophy of food which I discuss below. I am so excited because this class will be such a great foundation for my ultimate goal of creating a well-being company. I also cannot wait for my presentation at the end of the year to students at my school and at our local health center. I was speaking to a woman last week about mindful eating, which I wrote an article about a while back, and she gave me this great idea to incorporate it into my speech. I think giving each person a bag of raw almonds would be the perfect way to start out my speech. Have them look at the almond, then pick it up and feel it in their hands, then chew it slowly-- thinking of nothing and staying present-- enjoying each sensation and chewing for at least twenty bites. This would be such a great way to get people into the mindset of my speech and to remind them what a proper food relationship looks like, because we have forgotten.
Okay, it might be a little late, but I felt like reflecting on some things that I am thankful for in my life right now. Also I wanted to share how I spent my thanksgiving because it was a super awesome meal and vacation this year!
What a crazy summer its been! The last time I left you, I had just finished my summer program at Stanford. From there I journeyed to Greece where I visited some new places and returned to the heartfelt old ones as well. After a relaxing few weeks I had to say "Adieu", although the farewell was bittersweet. I was unhappy to be leaving my paradise, but also exhilarated to finally sleep in my own room. And of course see all of my friends again. Here's a short recount of my experiences over the past few weeks including a few of my jet-lagged stories back at home...
I don't even know where to begin with my summer program. It was exciting, different, and definitely a learning experience. I took a 3 week class at Stanford called "20th century Art, Culture, and Aesthetics". We learned about artistic movements, specifically Modernism and Postmodernism up to the present day. We also delved deeper into each category such as Abstract Expressionism and Minimalism, but we also got a broader understanding for the artistic developments of the time. While taking an enriching class, I also got a sense of dorm life and met many wonderful people. I am so happy I decided to go.
Sorry for my long absence, but I have been without a personal computer for almost a month! I know, crazy to think a teenager could stray away from technology for that long. Don't worry I still had my iPhone (and a couple funny stories coming about it later). I don't even know where to begin with my summer! So much has happened and I know I tell myself each year that "this summer is the best", but truly I think that this summer is my best. Maybe each summer experience is not necessarily better, but unique for the different travels we do and stages I am at during those times. Anyways, today I wanted to relay my past few weeks, so brace yourself and click read more!
I went to the Sting concert last night and it was amazing! Such a talented artist. Plus, a great way to start my summer with family and friends.
I cannot believe it is summer! Time goes by so fast! It has been over a year since I wrote my first journal entry in this blog and I feel that since that time so much has changed. Not only my blog format and the type of articles that I have been writing more recently, but I've also just matured as a person. In college essays when they ask you to describe yourself, it is so hard because I am always changing. One day I love something and the next day I could do without it. I believe it is because as adolescents we are growing into our environment at this rapid and conscious pace, so so much of our beliefs are influenced by others. Today I didn't have anything specific in mind to write about so I just wanted to make it short (as possible as that is for me) and diverse as I can!
I don't even know where to begin. This trip encompasses many words: thrilling, risky, and adventurous don't even begin to describe it. I'm sure you are on the edge of your seat by now wondering what this trip was? Well to be honest, I didn't even know any of the details until we landed in San Diego and packed up our suitcases into an RV. Destination? Baja, Mexico.
I hope everyone's thanksgiving break was relaxing and included some fun family time. Mine definitely did! Last week, I spent 8 days in Florida (the first 4 with my Dad and the last with my mother). It was an awesome experience because my brothers and I got to be in South Beach for the first half (more upbeat) and then Naples for the second half (more relaxing and quiet). I think it is good to get a mixture of both. Anyways, we ate at some amazing restaurants and I have some good stories to share so keep on reading to see how I spent my thanksgiving (plus recommendations if you are in Florida for good restaurants!)...