It's officially Spring! Time to tuck away your blacks and bring out your whites and corals. Anyway, Spring is always exciting because it's my birthday season and I can't help but think about rain and flowers whenever it comes around. Soft rain, of course. And colorful flowers. Sometimes I feel like I've let myself go during Winter and Spring is my time to get things on track again. A couple of my Spring must-do's:
1. Spring Cleaning
Yes everyone talks about it but how many of us actually do it? I know I've only done it every other year when I truly realize half my Winter clothes has got to go considering I live in what feels like a desert and my clothes is folded outside my closet because there is simply no more room for it. Any way, clean out your closet. Chances are you always wear the same thing. Admit it, you secretly repeat that white button down with boyfriend jeans because you know it matches anything you accessorize it with. But how about the sequin skirts and ruffled shirts? We both know you won't be caught dead out in those. Get rid of anything that doesn't let you breathe, sit, or move. Toss out the shoes that have been beat by your endless nights. Give away the things that simply don't match your style anymore. Keep only your all-time favorite bags. And last but not least, organize the things you stay with, whether it be by item, season, or color.
2. Get back to the gym
You might have pulled off your out of shape body for Winter but it's not going to slide in Spring. Lets face it, your not going to pass up on beach days because of your body and you shouldn't have to but you also don't want to show up a feel like a walking chocolate bar. As I once read: "If you never quit you never have to start again". Get back at it. Swimsuit season is right around the corner.
3. Start planning your summer adventures
Have you been dreaming of a Europe trip? Are you dying to catch a cruise? When are you finally going to plan the weekend to the keys? Now. Figure out who wants to join the party and start planning. Remember the longer you wait till Summer, the more it's going to cost you.
4. Festival Season
Ultra, Coachella, Tortuga, Governors Ball, Bonaroo they're all fast approaching. Maybe this will finally be the year you and your friends actually feed your music festival craving. Start buying your tickets and outfits because they'll be here before you know it.
5. Apply for Summer Internships, Jobs, Classes
Having responsibilities is not the funeral of your summer, I promise. The best advice I can give is to start now. The faster you start applying for internships the more likely you will be to find one that best fits your schedule and what you're looking for. The faster you sign up for your summer classes the better schedule you will get. Remember the good ones always go first.
Hey Spring Breakers! Welcome back to the reality of school and work. I know, I know the spring break memories are haunting you, me too. Unfortunately for me, they will only haunt me in my mind considering I got my phone stolen with ALL my spring break photos. *insert sad face*. I'm mostly sad because I was so excited to share with you all the incredible sights of Boston. The only good news is my boyfriend & I made a GoPro video of some key moments during the trip to share with you. (sorry we're so mushy and lovey, hope you'll forgive me *embarrassed face).
Some trip highlights:
First of all, my proudest moment of the entire trip was walking a mile in a skirt in the snow without catching hypothermia. My second proudest moment was battling my annual chin zit (It was really hard for me to cope considering I never get zits). Anyway, I really enjoyed taking the T-Train up and down Boston. It's a common attraction to Boston residents but a luxury to anyone from who has terrible public transportation in their hometown. It was so exciting figuring out how to get from one side of Boston to the other with a $2 train ticket. The rest of the time we used Uber (it was my first time so I got a 30 minute ride for free!! Here is a code if you want an Uber discount: danielag306). I also had the greatest time visiting my sister, ex-dance team member, and current Tufts dance team member. She took us to a dance team formal that was in the basement!! Definitely not something you see in any Miami party. Lastly, the clam chowder at Quincy Market lived up to its reputation as New England's best dish. Till next time Boston!
Am I the only who feels there's been one too many Friday the 13th's lately? Although I'm not much into superstitions, I did walk under a ladder the other day and had my phone stolen yesterday.. strange. Any way, my mini vacation week is over. Stay updated for my first GoPro video about my Boston trip with all the Boston must-sees and eats. Until then, here are a couple week finds dedicated to all the beautiful, empowering women in honor of Women's History Month.
ps- thinglink is back!! (scroll over the picture to view the attachments).
Update: I'll be getting on a plane soon. But, I forgot to share with you all some of my airport carry-on must-haves:
My laptop (I love doing offline things on the airplane like editing photos, videos, organizing)
A book (I started reading Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs by Chuck Klosterman... it's awesome so far).
A magazine (I range from wedding mags to fitness mags)
Chargers for everything that needs charging
Water & snack
Your makeup bag (because you never know how long you'll be at the airport and sometimes you need a fix-up)
An extra sweater in case the one you have on isn't enough
Moisturizer (something about airplanes makes me dry up)
Hand-Sani .. self explanatory.
Just last night I was running all around Miami making sure my bags were nice and organized for 4AM today. I was supposed to be on a flight to Boston with my boyfriend at 7AM. Now, I'm sitting in a gate wondering if i'll be boarding the next or the last flight of the day. I think it's amazing how one moment we feel like we don't even have a second to breathe of how fast our lives are moving. We get frustrated, overwhelmed, angry because, "I've done a million things today! I'm starving! All I want to do is nap!!!" (sound familiar?). But, the next moment we have all the time in the world and we feel guilty for not being productive.
The truth is, as frustrated as I may getting doing math homework or as overwhelmed as I get planning a trip, I love doing those things. I love having an overbooked life. I feel grateful to have so many things to be a part of. I truly think this is a habit not everyone acquires. It's those people who want to give even the tiniest piece of themselves in absolutely everything who create this habit. I remember how excited I was to just get home and nap when I got out school. Then I got to college and I only had class for 3 hours Tuesdays and Thursdays. So what about every other day? Was I supposed to nap all day? How am I supposed to get frustrated doing that? What is going to go wrong and need my fixing? I had to remake the schedule I was once tired of and now longing for. It was almost exciting to realize this new task. It was like I had a redo opportunity to choose my electives all over again. I wasn't committed to anything. There was no one to let down. Nothing to return to. So, what are some things to take into account when you're given the chance to remake your schedule?
1. Forget all the things you've been doing and absolutely hate.
Are you so over take three hours of ballet? Are you so over baseball tournaments every weekend? It's not called quitting. You're still going to dance around your room to the piano songs that were drilled into your head during ballet barre. And you're still going to join every club baseball team on your free time. But, you're not going to feel committed anymore. You'll be releasing a lot of needless frustration in order to make room for good frustration on new hobbies. There's nothing wrong with changing up the game.
2. Before you start taking up all the fun hobbies. Think of hobbies your future self might thank you for when you look at your paycheck?
Yes you take all the necessary coursework to get your degree, but so does everyone else! With all the competition in the world you constantly have to be asking yourself what is so great about you over someone else? Take time to learn even more than what your college says you need. Volunteer to be an assistant for someone in your field who might need a helping hand. Take the workshops. Listen in on the career talks. These things will give you incomparable experience because you will mostly probably fail but at least you'll learn before anyone else does.
3. Now, your health hobbies.
Has your doctor been talking to you about exercise forever? Is your therapist on the verge of paying for your yoga sessions himself? Are you lacking some serious Vitamin D? People who don't have these problems are probably taking time in their day to get some Vitamin D with a walk to the nearest park offering yoga. A lot of people consider this their hobbies. They genuinely take pleasure in meeting their health needs.
4. Last but not least, your fun hobbies.
Once you have put first things first and worked around your schedule with the important stuff, you'll probably have a couple hours a day for some free time, me time (whatever you want to call it). Here you insert the things that feed your personality. Maybe an episode of Orange is the New Black is just right for the end of the day. Cooking for your friends and family. Scrolling through Pinterest and giving your boards a whole new batch of ideas. How about actually fulfilling one of those ideas? executing a DIY. Whatever it is, make time for it because routine gets boring but not as boring as having nothing to do gets.
ps- In the span of time it took me to write I found out a flight got cancelled last night and all those people will be before me on standby.. yes, an entire aircraft will board standby before me. I also found out I won't be getting on the 1PM flight. I foreshadow a long day of airport watch ahead of me. Maybe some math homework (bored always reminds you of responsibilities, it's gross). Ok bye guys! Hopefully my next post will be a Boston update (that is, if I ever get there).
I'm happy to announce that I have officially started my first story as the newest addition of The Reporter. Last week I applied to be part of MDC's prestigious newspaper, formerly known as The Metropolitan. I'll be writing stories for the Arts & Entertainment section of the newspaper. But considering my background in TV Production, I was able to help film a story on MDC's West Campus parking lot situation today. As many of you may or may not know, West Campus' parking lot collapsed on four workers in the midst of construction in 2012. Since then, the garage hasn't been able to be demolished and rebuilt due to lawsuits on the construction company. Students have to park at a nearby mall or park in order to take a 10 minute school-run bus system to campus. And to give my opinion, coming from a West Campus student, it sucks. Today was the perfect example. The park parking lot was closed down in order to make parking room for the Doral golf tournament this week. Therefore, all students were forced to park at the mall parking lot, which they were obviously not happy about because no one likes having their commute schedule changed last minute. Because the mall parking lot had a lot of student traffic, we were able to get different student opinions on the problem. Overall, it was a productive and HOT day of interviews.
Friday night I saw the talented, Ricardo Arjona, a Guatemalan singer-songwriter, producer, and musician at the American Airlines Arena for his tour Viaje. Although I went in only knowing a couple of songs, I left a total fan. I knew him most for his love ballads but to my surprise his lyrics ranged from world peace to friendship. More than his lyrics, I was blown away by the musicality in all his songs. The drums and saxophone to be exact. I didn't catch a single empty seat in the audience. The arena was packed with elegant, hispanic middle aged couples and forty-year-old women holding signs that said, "Señora de las Cuatro Décadas", a love song about a woman in her forty's who doesn't need to show off her beauty to know she's beautiful. For this song, he chose a woman from the crowd and brought her on stage for a serenade. Overall, I was very impressed by the show. I mean, I probably should've expected it considering he has recorded fourteen studio albums, one live album, and forty-three singles.
If you couldn't make it to see the witty Jerome Allen "Jerry" Seinfeld this weekend, well, that sucks because he was great!!! (by the way, according to Jerry, "sucks" and "great" are the only adjectives Americans use *embarassed face*). I was sort of obligated by my boyfriend to attend this event even though I'm constantly called out for not laughing at supposedly "funny" things (again, *kinda embarassed face*). But this was good since Seinfeld's specialty is making fun of social obligation. To my surprise, I spent TWO HOURS laughing my a** off. Something I should've expected considering Jerry is one of the highest paid stand-up comedians and admits he's only doing it because he is bored with his life after his self-titled show, Seinfeld. I hardly know much about Jerry Seinfeld besides that his sitcom ended in the 90's. But I was surprised to find out Jerry actually got married at 45 and is now 60 with three kids. It was the best outing I had been to in a while. Definitely worth leaving the royalty of your bed for. If you are anything like me, oblivious to Seinfeld until this weekend, please do yourself a favor and watch EVERY stand-up video of his you can find. I promise you will not regret it.
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