16/ 01/ 2017
Happy (belated) 2017!
I have been so busy recently with winter break and, sadly, studying for my nursing exit exam. However, this past break has been filled with so many treasured memories with family and friends. I went back to Los Angeles as I always do to spend time with loved ones for Chritmas. I had originally planned to do some blog posts in LA, but this past semester was so exhausting that I decided to just enjoy time with family rather than attempting to hit up popular LA spots. So, I was so incredibly happy when the stars aligned and I was able to finally visit Philadelphia!
Philadelphia has been on my bucket list since the beginning of 2016. I’ve always imagined myself to be a city girl — someone who would live in a downtown loft, walk to the local coffee shops every day, use the subway to get around, and be a local amongst tourists. For a while, I started to feel like that lifestyle wasn’t for me anymore. After visiting places like NYC, Toronto, San Francisco, and LA, I found the city life to be so impersonal. Everybody was either a worker or a tourist, and there was no sense of home. But the moment I stepped out onto the streets of downtown Philly, I fell in love.
20/ 11/ 2016
“And at last I see the light, and it’s like the fog had lifted. And at last I see the light, and it’s like the sky is new…”
On Friday, November 11th, my brother and I went south of Fort Worth to Beaumont Ranch to be part of one of the most magical experiences of my life. The Lights Festival is a lantern tour that has been going all over the country to gather people for one night to light up the sky. I originally wasn’t planning to go as tickets sold out so quickly and resale tickets were outrageous. But somehow my brother was able to find last minute tickets, and we were off!
The event was hosted on a small ranch in the middle of no where. There was a large stage set up with musical guests performing, loads of food trucks parked in the back, and a field with hundreds of mini totem poles waiting to light up the lanterns. We found a comfortable spot in the middle of the field to picnic at. We spent 2 hours decorating our lanterns, listening to loads of covers, and impatiently waiting in the cold to see the night sky lit up.
17/ 10/ 2016
It’s been 6 months since I’ve written on my blog, and a lot has happened in that duration.
2016 has easily been the most difficult year of my life. Prior to this year, I was a girl that viewed everything in my life through rose colored lenses. I remember last semester learning about the concept of the “boy in the bubble”, a case in which a person feels that nothing bad could ever happen to them. That even though there are all these terrible situations occurring in the world to other people daily, the boy in the bubble was the one exception. He was invincible and would never experience a tragedy. I distinctly remember thinking to myself, “I’m clearly living in a bubble”. In my 21 years of life at that point, I never experienced anything that rattled my life. I never failed a course, I never had my heartbroken, I never experienced anything detrimental to my health, I never lost someone I cared about. To be honest, everything I worked for and wanted turned out in my favor. Up until this summer, I had my entire life planned out. I knew who I was and what I wanted in life. I knew where I was headed academically and professionally. I knew who I wanted to spend the rest of my life with. I knew my ambitions and passions. I had a pretty set life.
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