This has quickly become my mantra this year and I have never been happier. For as long as I can remember, I have always gone somewhere with someone. No big deal, right? Wrong. Going anywhere alone sounded crazy for the longest time and I always dreaded just the idea of it. Recently, I have taken up *practically* hibernating at Starbucks. This has lead to me not only being more productive, but has also been my first stepping stone into truly unleashing my independence. I’ve done countless things 100% on my own since then and even strike up conversation with friendly strangers from time to time. I know it may not seem like a huge accomplishment just yet, but it’s all about the stepping stones, people. My goal by the end of the year is to be a-okay (and actually enjoy) going to a movie on my own. My goal in the next couple of years is to move to a place where I know absolutely no one (just don’t tell my mom just yet). When I step back and think about where I want to be five years from now, my options are truly endless. Life is about adventure and dreaming big…and I can’t wait to see where my post-grad adventures take me.
Keep on dreamin’, friends.
Last Wednesday my brothers and I took the train by ourselves to Chicago to visit my aunt and cousin. The train was fun because I got to watch movies on my computer. Once we got there, we got to walk around the city. We went to a french market, and I got to try Belgian fries, mini doughnuts, and a lavender tea smoothie. Then we went to a Greek restaurant. The next day we went to Chinatown, and then we walked on Michigan Avenue. The next day we went to the beach and then went back to Michigan avenue and stopped at Ghirardelli. I got a giant cup of ice cream. We also stopped at the American girl store. Then we went shopping at the Water Tower Mall! The next day, our parents picked us up, but first we went to a breakfast restaurant and I got cinnamon roll pancakes!
On Tuesday I caught an early flight from Raleigh back to Saint Louis. I was in Raleigh, NC for a week visiting my boyfriend’s family and spent some time exploring the area. I was pleasantly surprised with how much I loved Raleigh! The city had a small-town vibe with the excitement and entertainment of a big city. I ended up falling in love with the city’s endless nature trails. My favorite trail was at Duke Gardens, a large and beautiful garden behind Duke University.
Before I left for vacation I admit that I was a little worried I would stray from my regular physical activity and healthy habits while on vacation. Despite my concern, I ended up staying on track with all the walking we were doing, plus I found other ways to stay active on the trip such as swimming and doing morning yoga indoors. I also discovered my boyfriend’s mom did personal training on the side, so she was just as in to fitness as I was!
That said, I sometimes forget that missing a workout or two won’t kill me. Nor will treating myself to “special occasion foods” (don’t worry, I did plenty of this!)
Trying popular local foods is one of my favorite things to do when traveling. We treated ourselves to the “best doughnuts in Raleigh” at Duck Doughnuts and had frozen custard another night (these were my two favorites during my trip). I won’t even mention that it was Glynn’s sister’s birthday that week, so we had ice cream cake too… (hey, balance in everything, right?!)
I had a great time on my trip, but it’s nice to be home and back to a regular routine… I hope I get to go back and visit Raleigh soon 🙂
(Top: Glynn & I at Duke Gardens; Bottom: Doughnut w/ Coconut and Rainbow sprinkles at Duck Doughnuts in Raleigh)
As the semester slowly comes to an end, that means the holidays are approaching! Since I live far away from Fontbonne, I have to plan my trips to go home way in advance. I recently flew home to celebrate Thanksgiving with my family. In this post, I want to give you all some tips and tricks on traveling to and from school.
-Look at the Academic Calendar (found on Fontbonne’s website) as soon as possible to see what days you don’t have school.
-Figure out which days/times you are able to leave school and book your flights; be sure to check multiple airlines and other traveling resources such as Travelocity and Orbitz to find the best deals!
-Pack lightly: you may come back with more than you brought in the first place, so plan accordingly.
-If you are taking public transportation such as the MetroLink or city bus, check their schedules and pricing.
-For those of you who may travel via an airplane, review the TSA safety guidlines for what you can/cannot bring with you on the airplane and the specific carry-on luggage sizes.
-Have tons of fun! Traveling allows you to see so many new places and faces, and sometimes the best part is meeting new people and hearing their stories.