Tuesday, September 19, 2017

23 Things I have Learned in 23 Years

I love the quote, "Some years ask the questions, and some years answer those questions." I think 22 was half and half! 22 was a great year. Which if you think I am just saying that Look at my 2016 year review. Some years are just not the best. 22 however was everything and more I could have ever asked for. Now here is one of my favorite post anyone could make! What I learned in 23 years.

23. There will always be another bus, train, plane, car. Trust me on this. No matter how much planning, how much asking, statistically you are bound to miss one of these. 22 I missed a train and a plane. Both equally traumatizing at the moment. One I ended up munching on a pink covered pastry and champagne, the other I spent a couple of hours catching up with loved ones. It sucked in the moment, but take it as an opportunity.  

22. You are so much younger than you think you are. The other day someone asked me how old I was and I wanted to say FORTY SEVEN. I still get IDed, and I could probably pass as a high schooler #ShortProbz. You don't have to have your life completely together and no one expects you to. 

21. SAVE. SAVE. SAVE. SAVE. SAVE. But if you stumble upon a world renowned chefs (or any other random opportunity) take it. You will not regret it and it will be a memory you can always cherish. 

20. Balance is hard. Something I found is planning my week ahead day by day and having one focus a day. 

19. Blondes have more fun. I actually don't know if this is a scientific fact, but I am always down to change my hair, but I seam to not be able to stray away from the blonde. (Biggest fan of a winter white)

18. Staying up to date on the news is your responsibility as a human of this earth, but also makes your more interesting at dinner parties. 

17. No one knows what they are doing. Not even me. Not even you. I honestly think it is how good you can wing it in this life. 

16. Be thankful. I am a problem solver and developer. I always  want to improve, but also think about the things that don't need improvement and the things that bring you joy in the day to day. 

15. Ranch will make anything better. 

14. If you can't beat them, be kinder than them. Life does not have to be this big competition, build a community, sometimes people just need a friend. 

13. "Comparison is the thief of all joy" Boy did I learn that this year. 

12. You can not run away from your problems, which sounds so simplistic, so I guess you just have to figure that one on your own. 

11. Youe fam will always be there for you, so take the time to show your appreciation for them. 

10.  You are not vanilla ice cream, you are phish food not everyone is going to like you, and some people might find you as too much. Keep doing you, and you will find the people you like and the people that love you back. 

9. Going going going, will only keep you going for so long. Remember to take care of yourself, eat your veggies, workout, and get enough sleep!

8. Take the time to always  enjoy the small things. Take in the scenic kayak trip, the porch sitting session at sunset, holding the baby, sneaking a kiss and smelling the fresh flowers. The small things add up to the big things. 

7. Life is more than the adrenaline rush, the achievement, the prestige. Life is about the people. I truly believe the meaning of life is to love and to be loved. 

6. Trust me there is not much you will regret in this life. If you have that feeling it will pass. The one thing in this life you will regret is not being kind to people.

5. The amount of times Taylor Swift 22 will play when you are 22 will be insignificant.  

4. The older you get, the better it gets. I'm not even kidding, sure 2016 sucked, but I also had all the freedom the the world. The older you get you can take a weekend getaway to Canada or take a couple of months off to go to Europe. The older you get the more financial freedom you have and you can choose where you want your future to take you. 

3. You can learn something from everyone you meet. This is odd, but even the most difficult people I can make a challenge of what I can learn from them "If I can not get upset with this person I know I can hold my cool with a child." "If I can not argue with this person I know I will not argue with a future partner". Those are the more extremes, but you can learn something from everyone you meet. 

2. Sending flowers will never hurt you. Plus, who does not LOVE getting them. (I love hydrangeas, lilies, and peonies)

1. If you do everything ethically, you will never question anything you do. 

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Michigan Trip Snapshots

Summer is about to end. Which I am extremely sad about due to the fact that I love warm weather and sunsets. Fall is good for football, heeled booties, leggings, and chili. Do not get me wrong, BUT the fall has nothing on summer. 

So with summer coming to a close, I totally forgot to post about my summer trip to Michigan! 

This was actually my longest trip of the year and we ended up staying in a place I had not left for 3 years! MICHIGAN! I could not have asked for a better trip though! So I get off work and head straight there. Little did I know that I would drive through the most intense little red patch of a storm there ever was. I think this is a good time to get gas. Little does anyone know that I am Queen of finding the worst stops off the highway. 

So i get to this gas station an it is barely covered. There is this huge tuck taking up the covered parts, and the rain is like no other. I pump the gas and RUN in to the bathroom. I am drenched. I wore my favorite silk blouse and wet silk is the worst damp material. It is sticking to my body, I am hot and soaked. I get through the storm at sunset and I finally get to the mitten. 

We started off in a beach town and I had my first experience of an intense bike ride. My behind was kicked. From the beach town we headed to BELL'S BREWERY! Dreams had been made. If you have never had Oberon for a summer brew then you are missing out. 

So we spent the day there, and headed to Up North Michigan. This was just in time for  sunset. It was hands down stunning. We went for a boat ride, then watched the sun fall.

Also in case you did not know Michigan has sand dunes and if you really want to people watch this is a great place to do it. I think everyone enjoyed seeing 9 year olds run up the hills and getting tuckered out 5 seconds into it. 

Also in case you do not know, I am athletic. Kidding, I wiped out every time I got up on this, HOWEVER the view of the lake was worth the ride. 

Overall the trip was so relaxing and full of sunsets and lakes. I can not complain anytime I get to kayak.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Unsupervised Romper

"In my defense the moon was full and I was left unsupervised" 

This is me on walking into Whole Foods and having to grab hydrangeas. It is hands down my biggest weakness. 

Hope everyone acts like they are being unsupervised this weekend! Maybe sneak into a rose garden to take a personal private tour, or get the gal pals together and completely over dress for a Spice girls themed night (wannabe is my go to karaoke song), or just pick up a bottle of red wine to share and an ungodly amount of chips and guac to have a night in!

Have a great weekend!!


Thursday, September 14, 2017

Seattle Trip Guide

We lucked out and got 6am flights! That meant we had a 4am wake up call (upside down smiley) So we get to the airport and we were ready to roll! We landed in Seattle about 10, but we were at budget for our rental car for forever.  I ended up using enterprise later in the week, and I would 10/10 recommend them. So worth the extra 15 dollars for a such better experience. When we finally gout our car the real trip started!

-So we hopped in the car and headed straight to Mount Rainier. And by straight there I mean we went to Panera. ( I got a bomb greek salad and smoothie, best thing I have ever done. The small things right?) Then we went to the grocery store to pick up some snacks for our hike. 

-Mount Ranier: So we packed up the car and headed into the park. We ended up going on the sunset trail. Which was stunning. So A wanted to pack a backpack with food and water. He even packed a jacket in case we got lost. I thought this was nuts. It was a couple of hour hike we are both pretty athletic people. I felt like this was a little over the top.

Then when we got on the trail (I only have a water bottle on hand) We kept going higher and higher, not even 5 minutes in the altitude was killing me. I could barely catch my breath. I could not power walk what so ever, and the room was spinning a little. We got to the nearest lookout to take some water and I told A he was completely right haha! 

Other than that the walk was stunning! This was hands down my favorite part of the trip. Not only was the view and hike amazing, but the drive to and from had great views as well!

-For the rest of the night: it was pretty late so we just went to dinner at a cute little brewery. I had been snacking all day so I wanted something light. I ordered a vegetable plate which I had at other restaurants before. I assumed it was going to be similar to a cheese plate. No. It was literally a plate full of veggies. I was surprised to but at first bite I was in love. I was steamed veggies with a sweet balsamic glaze and this Parmesan dipping sauce. It was to die for. 

-Breakfast:  Everything in Seattle was so fresh. We went to a spot near pikes market. I had some good old eggs and squash. I was amazing. 

-Pikes Market: We went to the famous market. My favorite par was all of the fresh flowers everywhere! The food was fun as well.

-Bubble Gum Wall: This was actually a lot of fun. I had seen a couple of other cities with popular ones, but it was for sure a good  photo opportunity!

-Seattle Shore: We stayed in this area for a while. Across the street from the market is the Seattle Great Wheel. This takes about 15 minutes in the wheel. The only down side is you have to share it with someone else. 

-Coffee: We continued to walk down the water line and got coffee from of course Starbucks. Starbuck had this nitro brew, had all of the benefits of beer but none of the buzz. It was seriously amazing. It was unfortunate that only the Seattle stores had it and none of the suburban stores had it. 

-Old Stove Brewery: this brewery is nothing special. The food is eh, but the view is stunning. They did have this cherry cider that reminded me of a beer in Belgium. Everything in the restaurant was an oatmeal color, but outside you could only see blue. It was stunning and a good place to stop by. ALSO it was so weird it was named after a business from MICHIGAN! What are the odds?!?!

-Olympic Sculpture Park: We had had a brew too many to drive to the park, so it was actually a nice walk here. This park again had a great view and was fun to walk around, but I would not go out of my way to see it.

-Space Needle: We obviously had to go to the space needle because #Tourist. It was a great view, and we went about sunset time, which I would highly recommend. It was extremely crowded, so I would watch out for that. We kind of lucked out where it was extremely clear so we could see everything.

Dinner: From there we went to grab a dinner. (We had kind of been grabbing drinks and snacks all day) We got some small plates and cocktails. This was my favorite place to people watch. Everyone looked like they were having fun and it was right next to a Tesla Dealership!

Sunday came way too quick. To be honest we only ended up going to brunch before I had to make a return to the airport;) 

Ice cream: I went to get ice cream I got the California Cabin because one of my favorite bloggers got it #Na

Overall Seattle was a fun weekend getaway, and it was fun to visit another West Coast city. I just love the mountains, I think it might be neck and neck with a good water view. 


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Book Club: The Nest

We are back to books! So because I was traveling so much this month books were able to happen. Also if you have not checked it out audible is AH-Maz-ing. I am all about podcast, but sometimes if feels like I have listened to everything. A 10 hour audible book, I thought I was going to get through it in 5 days, and it is half way through the month and it is still going strong.

So this month The Nest is the book of choice. I love a good story where you can hate every single character. The nest is one of these stories. It is a group of siblings that were told they would get an inheritance. With an accident, the money has gone.

You follow their lives, the chaos, and the family love. I think my favorite part is the significance of Rodin’s the kiss. When I was in Paris one of my favorite places was the Rodin Museum. Let me tell ya, there is a lot of naked art. You kind of become immune to it. For some reason Rodin’s The Kiss caught my eye. I looked it walked away and came back two minutes later to take it in. I loved how significant it was in this book. Also the cover is stunning.


Sunday, September 10, 2017

White Past Labor Day

White dresses are hands down my favorite. Even walking around in the city (Seattle). A favorite activity of mine is people watching (outfit watching) and my favorite outfits that I always remember is a crisp white dress. 

Also everyone is sooo ready for fall, and to me fall just mean that the midwest winter is coming. I am sucking up every single last day of warm weather that I can get from this Iowan town. 

Not to mention this is my favorite dress ever. I love the bell sleeves and the lace. What more could you ask for in a dress? PLUS labor day is not the end of summer. (I always say my birthday is, but the official day is September 22) So keep on keeping on with the white my friends

Plus I love a good winter white too, so I say there are no white rules what so ever. 
I also feel like a cast member of abba in this dress, so you know it is a perfect one. (I didnt choose the abba aesthetic, the abba aesthetic chose me)


Thursday, September 7, 2017

Let the Games Begin

I do not want to come across as the person who is stuck in her college days.I love my alma mater. I want to give anyone as many tips are possible on post grad and I feel that most of that takes place your senior year. Also going back to school pride even as an alumni I am a huge fan of game day. I can justify this because I have been a fan of college football (slightly march madness too) for forever. Here are some of my favorite game day pics. 

You can tell Jcrew got taken over by a midwester. They have a whole rugby collection that just so happen to be in college football colors. I wore a rugby shirt to pretty much every football game. (even for preseason games with cut offs)
Here are some additional tips to getting the best school gear:
1. Online is so much easier. Just type in your school colors at your favorite store. 
2. Boutiques near your school will have the best stuff, wait for fall semester to start. 


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

4 Lies You Hear About Senior Year

 It is back to school! Congrats on making it another year. Here are some tips for your last year of college. We are debunking some myths. I feel like senior year is always made to look so glamorous, but it can be a lot of work and great fun hanging with your best friends.

1. It is the most relaxing year: That is the biggest lie. This year was probably the most stressful. I was the most involved, adding on the job search, as well as trying to fit in working so you can save up for life. It was been crazy and no one talks about that.

2. Senior Capstone: When I was a freshman a senior said to me, "No matter what your major is, it will screw you over one day." By senior year, yes you will have some crazy projects due. Mine was not in my senior capstone class, however it was during an upper level classes and it  took over everything. There are major projects you think you will not accomplish, but by the end of it you will come out stronger!

3. You Will Party the Hardest: I think by senior year I not even want to go to random parties anymore. Most of my friends had graduated, and I got the most fun out of sleeping and just hanging out with my friends. #Lame. But seriously spending time with your good friends was so much for fun than going out. (Okay still lame)

4. You will have your life together:  I do not know anyone who has it all at age 21-23. I think everyone is just looking for a job that will be a good stepping stone for the place they finally want to end up. Do not get the comparison bug, try your hardest and rock out the job hunt!

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