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3 Things I Love

1. Real Simple Magazine. Every time I would pick up this magazine at the doctor’s oRealSimple_June_051412ffice or a friend’s house, I couldn’t put it down. So, I finally gave in and subscribed myself. This is the only magazine I read cover to cover (even the editors note!). Real Simple Magazine has everything- organization, decorating, beauty tips, and life lessons to name a few. (Psst…Thinking about subscribing? Go to RealSimpleOffer.com for a $10 Container Store gift card with your purchase!)

 

2. Gayle Forman, Author. After seeing the trailer for “If I Stay” months ago, I knew I needed to read the book before the movie came out, and I’m so glad I did. Reading “If I tumblr_nazvvsRx5v1r9uizvo1_1280Stay”, led me to read several more of Gayle Forman’s books (I particularly loved “Just One Year”). She is an amazing author and I can’t wait to read more from her. Check out her website for interesting tidbits about her and her books, like how Adam from “If I Stay” was inspired by her husband(how cute!!).

 

3. This video. The ultimate throwback – music videos. Definitely worth the 14 minutes!

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I Did it!

I have been working really hard to get my classroom ready for September (I can’t wait to show you the finished product!), but I have also been really stressed about the upcoming year. So, when I went in to school today to drop off a few books, I was excited to see that they put my name on the door. I have wanted to be a teacher for as long as I can remember, so to finally see my name on a classroom door, is completely overwhelming – in a good way! I have been so nervous lately, that I kind of lost sight of how much I have wanted this, and how hard I worked for it; to see that name plate was a small, but much needed, refresher.

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6 Reasons to Love New Jersey

After returning home from my southern road trip I fell back in love with New Jersey. Last winter had me contemplating whether I wanted to live here, but all I really needed was some time away to remember why I love it so much. So here it is, reasons to love New Jersey:

  1. It’s truly the best of both worlds in New Jersey. No matter where you live you’re never far from a beach or major city (you have your pick between New York and Philly). Where I live in the Northeast, for example, I’m about thirty minutes from New York and an hour and a half hour from the beach (which I think makes for the perfect mini road trip!). My friend in South Jersey, however, is about two hours from New York and only fifteen minutes from the beach!
  2. We experience every season. Sure, New Jersey winters are long and cold, but every other season more than makes up for it. Florida is great with it’s hot summers and warm winters, but here in the Northeast we get the best season unnamedof all – autumn. The leaves turn the most beautiful shades of orange and red and it’s just the right temperature outside: cold enough to bundle up in a cute scarf, but not I-can’t-feel-my-hands-cold. I would take autumn over a warm winter any day…and to be completely honest, I even kind of like winter, because Christmas just doesn’t feel the same without hot coco and snow.
  3. The pizza and bagels are better than anywhere else (okay maybe New York has us beat with the pizza, but we’re right behind them!).
  4. It’s filled with green! Most people don’t think of green trees and hiking when they 1959517_10152164667633940_6824800992737206453_nthink of New Jersey (thank you, Newark airport), but in spring and summer there really is green everywhere you look. I love New Jersey summers, because not only do we have the beach, but we also have places to hike, lakes and rivers to kayak and boat in, and secret spots to cliff jump!
  5. New Jersey has the most diners in the world. I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite meals is breakfast…especially when it’s not breakfast time. Growing up my friends and I would often end up at the diner after a night out – whether it be from the movies when we were young, a pep rally in high school, or coming home from the city when we were older. Breakfast food (pancakes!), diner fries, and good company was, and still is, the perfect way to end the night.
  6. The skyline. One thing you don’t get when you live in the city, is the view of just how beautiful the New York City skyline is. unnamedMy favorite spot in all of New Jersey is right near the Hudson River where you can sit and admire the city from afar. There’s hiking nearby (again, outdoor activities!) and plenty of picnic tables and benches. I love to come here on my own to read and just collect my thoughts. There’s something magical about sitting among all of the nature and looking across the Hudson River at the greatest city in the world.

Have you ever been to New Jersey? If so, what did you think?

xx

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2013

On letting go;

This past year, I finally (finally, finally) let go of someone that was hurting me. A lot of times we choose only to see the best in people, ignoring what really needs to be seen. When you’re ready, you will allow yourself to see it and it might hurt, but a weight will be lifted from your shoulders – that’s letting go.

On friendship;

Life is a constant push and pull, mostly between selfishness and selflessness. It’s all about balance. Once in awhile it’s good to decide to stay in with a good book or your favorite movie, but you also need to be a good friend. That means that sometimes you should go out even if you don’t feel like it, your friends will appreciate it and chances are you’ll end up enjoying yourself.

On having a good time;

Like I mentioned before, go out even if you don’t feel like it – you will have fun. Spend a lot of time with your friends – they are some of your most important relationships. Do something for the sake of it being a good story. Money will, most likely, always be a problem – travel now when you don’t care as much. Indulge in what makes you happy, if you really enjoy ice cream sundaes get a goddamn sundae (but not too often, it takes away from being an indulgence). Do something that scares you. Try new restaurants, converse with people in line for coffee – learn something new, go out for breakfast at midnight. Fuck calories

On being alone;

One of the best things you can do for yourself is to learn to like being alone. If you can’t spend a day alone with yourself how can you expect anyone else to do the same? Treat yourself to a cup of coffee and sit alone with a book- notice how peaceful it is. Walk around a museum, a bookstore, a shopping mall – notice how nice it is to go at your own pace. There will be times in your life where you have to be alone, if you learn to like it than this will be okay.

 

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Planning

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I’m a very organized person so it’s important for me to have a good agenda. I came across Lily Pulitzer agendas about two years ago and I’ve been using them ever since. They come in three different sizes and many different prints (Lily’s genius designs!). Not only are they cute but there’s also a spot for everything: month view, weekly view, birthdays, notes, and even party planning! If you’re in the market for a planner, definitely give these a try; they’re a bit pricy but worth every penny.

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I graduated!

I graduated!

Sorry I haven’t been posting a lot, I have been very busy with graduation- but now that it’s summer I will definitely be keeping this up to date!

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The World Through a Filter

As a 90s kid I can remember a time before cell phones became necessary. I played outside for hours until the setting sun let me know it was time to go home and when I went out to eat with my friends, no one was snapping pictures of their food.  As I got older cell phones and computers became more prominent; it was exciting and Iljklhlih was able to learn along with the new advances, where as those a few years older than me were pretty lost. Having experienced the best of both worlds, I often times catch myself yearning for that time when I wasn’t so reliant on my phone, and I still cringe when I walk past a dinner table filled with brightly lit iPhones instead of vibrant conversation. In a lot of ways being glued to your cell phone can be a really negative thing, but when I truly think about it, maybe it’s not so bad.

While some people may write Instagram off as being just another social network, I think it’s a lot more than that.  A quick scroll through my Instagram feed usually offers me uniquely filtered pictures of various items – a flower in bloom, a chocolate cupcake, a cute dog. It seems very ordinary, boring even, but it’s actually allowed us to see the world in a different way.  We have suddenly noticed how ascetically pleasing our breakfast looks and the beautiful way the sun peaks out between skyscrapers. More and more people in essence are – stopping to smell the flowers (or take a picture of them at least). I’m not sure many people were doing that before Instagram became such a big part of our social networking. So yes, the art of face to face conversation may be getting lost between the characters on our keypads, but it’s important to look at the bright side of it all because it seems there’s no turning back now.

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Positive Influence

ImageMost people know Mackelmore for his radio hit “Thrift Shop“, but lately I have been listening to a lot more of his music, and I am truly inspired. Most of his music has a lot more meaning than “Thrift Shop”, and it bothers me that this is the only song of his that the radio will put on the air, but I’m not surprised.

ImageThe first song that turned me on to the rest of his music is “Same Love” which is about marriage equality. Mackelmore starts off the song with admitting that he once thought he was gay, “When I was in the third grade I thought that I was gay because I could draw, my uncle was, and I kept my room straight“, he goes on to say how being gay has so many stereotypes, but it’s not really so clear cut, it’s not a decision someone makes as the “right wing politicians” think it is.

While I haven’t had the chance to listen to every song, most of his other music is about his struggle with alcoholism. This really hits home for me as I have seen loved ones struggle with it and I’m growing up in a time where many of my peers abuse prescription drugs, which Mackelmore also talks about in his songs. In his song “Otherside” Mackelmore specifically calls out Lil’ Wayne for his “purple drank”, but he does it in a way that doesn’t put anyone down. “This is not Californication, there’s no way to glorify this pavement, Syrup, Percocet, and an eighth a day will leave you broke, depressed, and emotionally vacant. Despite how Lil Wayne lives, it’s not conducive to being creative“.

Another song that I really took to was “A Wake” which is about the current generation in general. The line that gets to me everytime is when he says, “I grew up during Reaganomics, when Ice T was out there on his killing cops shit or Rodney King Imagewas getting beat on and they let off every single officer, and Los Angeles went and lost it. Now every month there is a new Rodney on Youtube, it’s just something our generation is used to“. What gives me chills is how right he is. How often have we seen a video of a cop abusing their power on youtube, but what have we done to stop it? I know it’s hard to compete with and there are a lot of problems that need to be dealt with in this world, but what’s important is that we don’t forget them. I think that Mackelmore, and other rappers like him, should be on the radio more than the rappers that encourage young kids to smoke and drink. Mackelmore is a positive figure who makes it look cool to be free from alcohol, his raps tell it like it is, and that’s something that’s rare today- but kids need it.

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What happened in Boston on Monday is so heartbreaking. It’s scary to say, but it’s beginning to feel like there’s no place safe anymore; shootings at elementary schools, in movie theaters, and explosions at a marathon. Lately, I’ve been really wrapped up in my own life, stressing over school and problems with my relationship, but events like this remind me of what’s most important in life. Though it’s hard at times, I’m going to make a conscious effort to remember that life is short, we never know how long we have. It’s important that we try to live everyday like it’s our last, love as much as we can, and be grateful for all that we have.

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