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.
I am so happy it is winter break! This first semester has been so much fun and I cannot believe it is almost over. Although senior year is a lot of work it has definitely been my favorite because I every class I picked was based on my enjoyment, not meeting some requirement because that is what colleges like. I picked the classes I thought would be most challenging and interesting to me and that is what I got! It is hard work, but the material I am grasping is so fascinating, especially economics. I love how applicable economics is to the real world. Oh and sidenote, if you ever need an easy refresher on econ, I would highly recommend Charles Wheelan's book "Naked Economics". It is fabulous and his examples teach you everything you need to understand with clarity and not ONE single graph!
Anyways, although I am super excited to spend the break with my family, laughing, cooking healthy food, and exercising, I still have a lot of work to do! For psychology, I have to do an experiment on classical conditioning. I am not going to ruin the secret quite yet of how I am going to do it, but I'll post the link to my youtube video later so you can check it out! It is going to take the whole two weeks for sure! And then for my creative writing class I have to finish my portfolio, which is a lot of work, but at the same time it is exciting because I really love that class and the common thread I found in my writing~ family. And for statistics, I have to do a book report (I am reading "How to Lie With Statistics"; I'll give a review once I finish). And besides all of that work, of course I have to study thoroughly for my upcoming finals. But it doesn't bother me too much because this is really my last round of serious finals. And when I walk out the door of the last final on Thursday, I think I will be able to feel a sense of ease that my hard work and dedication to school truly paid off.
And then I can truly look forward to my second semester where my schedule is going to be a bit different! I am going to be taking Humanities instead of creative writing, which discusses Eastern philosophy. And since I am not doing a sport this semester I am going to be in my first EVER gym class. And of course, last but not least, I am going to be doing an independent study on Wellness!!! It will be in perfect union with this website so you will probably see some up and coming posts that stemmed from that class.
Anyways, as I write this post I am sitting on the balcony of my hotel in Naples and the view is spectacular. The ocean is calm, the sun is shining a glorious temperature of 80 degrees and there's a slight breeze. Of course I am soaking up my vitamin D as much as I can and later we are heading out for some golf. Yep, I think my break has started off pretty nice. Hopefully I'll get another post in before Christmas, if not (and if you celebrate) have a great Christmas!
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...
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.
First off, let me start by saying happy new year to everyone who is reading! I have a good feeling about this year. I think it is going to be productive, at least that is how I am walking in to it. Many of us make goals on the 1st and plan to go through with them throughout the year, but sometimes they fail because they are too much and life inevitably gets busy again and we push them aside. That happened to me last year a little, but this year instead of setting desires that I wished to achieve, I have set goals that will be achieved...
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!)...
And the travels continue...along with the college visits. Yes, last weekend I spent the weekend missing two days of school, scrambling to make up work, and learning a lot in the meantime. The trip was extremely informative and actually missing two days wasn't that bad (I think it was worth it actually, it is just too bad I wasn't going somewhere warm...alas, I am not complaining!). My mother is a very active-minded and energetic person so we packed A LOT into this 4 day excursion (and dragged my brothers along). So sit back and hold tight as I take you through the four days I spent in a city I now love...