New England Fall Weekends

September 28, 2015

I had a busy but fun weekend soaking up the first cool days of fall in New England. There's something in the air around this time of year that just makes everything feel fresh and exciting. It was actually Family Weekend at my college this weekend so I was busy hosting my parents, sister, and cousin. I also covered some of the weekend's events for work (I'm a social media intern), which I'm loving.

There was a parents' picnic that I covered for work and these puppies were stealing my heart!

Then I met up with my family and we headed over to Wagon Hill Farm for a walk. It was sunny and clear-skied but there was a crispness in the air that was distinctly fall.

We drove over to Portsmouth to get some dinner. This church steeple is one of my favorite views in Portsmouth, especially as the clock face lights up in the evening.

The next morning, we ended up back in Portsmouth for brunch!

We walked around the town including a stop in my favorite spot, this garden in Prescott Park.

My parents and I then headed to a wildlife preserve called Adams Point, which had beautiful views of Great Bay.

It was such a tranquil spot to end a busy but fun weekend!

How did you spend your weekend?

Fall Bucket List

September 23, 2015

Happy first day of fall! In my opinion, fall in New England just can't be beat. The perfectly crisp weather and vibrant foliage are my favorite parts of the season, and I intend to make the most of this short but beautiful season this year!

Here are some things I'll be adding on my to-do list through fall:

  • Go on a hike
  • Take a weekend road trip
  • Go apple picking
  • Visit a pumpkin patch
  • Go for a foliage-filled nature walk
  • Eat a caramel apple
  • Attend a football game
  • Plan a fun Halloween costume
  • Carve a pumpkin
  • Go through a corn maze
  • Try a local coffee shop's seasonal drink
  • Break out the Bean boots and camp socks
  • Take a train ride
  • Visit a local farm
  • Drink apple cider
What's on your bucket list for this fall?

My Dorm Room

September 21, 2015

I moved into school for my sophomore year 3 weeks ago now, but it's been a busy year so I just got around to taking some photos of my dorm room this weekend!

I decided to keep my bedding and pillows from last year, but bought a cozy new grey throw blanket. My bed looks pretty much the same as last year but I don't mind! I'm happy I went with a bright, happy yellow hue with accents of navy and grey, my favorite colors.

In my room at home, I like to keep a neutral, calming color palette, but in a dorm room, it's fun to have bright colors and a lot of geometric patterns!

I also wanted to do a gallery wall of photos this year and it was a little tricky getting the photos to stay on the cinderblock walls... but I'm happy with how it turned out!

I had my mind set on having a bedside table this year. It just makes a dorm room feel more home-y and I definitely missed having one last year! I've kept it clean and sparse though, because clutter in a dorm room just makes it feel claustrophobic.

I also love the extra storage that a bedside table gives! Our room this year is spacious so there's space for both me and my roommate to have a bedside table.

I like to have a lot of storage on my desk to avoid piles and clusters of things all over the place.

I keep extra makeup, jewelry, and school supplies stored in desk organizers in my drawers.

Here are some of my favorite places to get dorm decor!

Weekend Reading

September 18, 2015

It's been such a busy week and I'm exhausted -- hopefully I'll have some time this weekend to relax and get some work done!

Some discoveries across the internet this week...

1. This all natural soap line donates a bar of soap and a month of clean water to children in the developing world... and the packaging is so pretty!
{ via Hand in Hand }

2. A new favorite Spotify playlist, perfect for relaxing at home.
{ via Spotify }

3. This blogger's proposal story, taking place in Greece, is pretty perfect!
{ via SS Life + Style }

4. This project features a series of interviews between significant others, exes, and parents and children (my favorite ones!). So interesting to watch.
{ via The { } And }

5. One man's advice for a happy life.
{ via Wall Street Journal }

Day in Boston

September 14, 2015

After visiting my sister in Boston last spring, I decided to make it a point to get down there more this semester. My sister, Kinsey, is a senior at a college right outside of the city, and my cousin, Maddie, just started her freshman year at a college downtown. I had no excuse not to go, and I wanted to get down there to see them as soon as possible! 

On Saturday, I woke up and drove down to my sister's school. Along with three of her suitemates, we then headed into the city and met up with my cousin at her school.

It was so fun to see the both of them! Maddie lives in Pennsylvania, so it's so exciting to have her up here in New England.

How fun is this wall that we found? Maddie showed us around her campus and it was fun to get a taste of the city college experience.

We had lunch at b.good, one of my favorite places, and smoothies at Boloco, then walked around Newbury Street, and finally wound our way back and said our goodbyes.

Before heading back out of Boston, my sister and her friends and I stopped at Boston Common and walked around the picturesque Beacon Hill neighborhood for a few minutes.

It's so fun to stroll along and look at all of the lush courtyards, beautiful brick facades, and brightly painted front doors.

I'd seen this particular door on Instagram and was excited to stumble upon it. The pineapple door knocker is too cute.

It was such a fun day in Boston with some of my favorite people. I'm making it a point to visit a few more times this semester!

Weekend Reading

September 11, 2015

It's been a tiring, busy week so I'm excited that the weekend is here!

I'm heading to Boston for the day tomorrow to visit with my sister and my cousin, Maddie, who recently started college there.

Here are some links I've liked the past few weeks:

1. The parody Instagram account @SocalityBarbie is making an interesting commentary about our carefully cultivated digital "lives."
{ via The Atlantic }

2. 31 life lessons you don't learn in school...
{ via Positive Prescriptions }

3. Bottled water is one of the biggest wastes of money! This article is great at describing how there's no difference between tap and bottled water.
{ via Upworthy }

4. I was curious to learn why yoga feels so good, and this article sums up what happens to your body after a yoga practice.
{ via Women's Health }

5. A piece on experiencing Glacier National Park alongside a foreigner that conveys the awe-inspiring beauty of the park. I want to go back!
{ via New York Times }

6. As a server, I appreciate this video of people leaving a hard-working waitress a big tip!
{ via YouTube }

Sophomore Year So Far

September 10, 2015

I've only been back at college for a week and a half but it feels like it's been so much longer! My friends and I keep saying it feels like we didn't skip a beat and picked up right were we left off back in May. I know it's still early on, but my sophomore year has been a lot of fun so far.

Things I'm loving about this year...

Living with all my friends My living situation is so much fun. My roommate from last year, Lea, and I are living together again and our room is attached to our friends' room. Our other friends live in the same building a few floors down. We're in a nice, newer building in a great location. Another plus is the air conditioning, which has been a lifesaver with all these hot days we've been having.

Having my car on campus I brought my car to school and I've been so busy that I've only used it a few times, but it's nice just knowing the option is there. For me, it's important to get out of the college "bubble" a few times a week and go into the "real world" (the best way I can describe it!). It's nice to run to Trader Joe's for groceries or drive to Portsmouth with my friends.

On move-in day... so excited to be back.

Taking classes I enjoy As a sophomore, I'm starting to get further into my major, so I'm taking two Communication courses this year, one of which I'm really loving. The workload has been significantly heavier, even in just this first week and a half, which scares me a little bit, but it's nice to be busy.

Having opportunities open up I actually just got a job on campus which I'm really excited about. I'll be interning in the Communications department as part of their social media team, which is pretty well aligned with what I see myself doing in the future. I've also got some other exciting things lining up for the year!

Being a sophomore There's already a huge difference between being a freshman and being a sophomore. It still hasn't completely sunk in yet that I'm not the youngest class at the school, but I have little moments every day where it hits me. It's definitely nice to recognize faces as I walk around and go into classes already knowing people. I also love feeling super comfortable at school in general.

How's your school year going so far?

Job Experiences

September 7, 2015

As you probably know, today is Labor Day. This year, I decided to think a little more about this holiday, which honors the progress made by the American labor movement.

As a college student, I'm always interested to hear different perspectives on work and career, whether it's what people did as their first job or what career paths people are drawn toward. Today, I'm sharing a little bit about my first job and my future ambitions...

The view from the waterfront restaurant where I've worked the past few summers.

For several summers now, I've worked in the restaurant industry. I started off as a hostess and worked my way up to a server position. Many people don't realize just how physically and mentally draining a busy day waitressing can be. It's really taught me my strengths and tested my limits, but overall has shaped my identity as a member of the workforce.

This past summer, I picked up another job at a local candle company in my town. I mostly just worked at the register or in the back labeling candles, but I enjoyed getting a feel for small business and entrepreneurship.

The bosses at both of my jobs are self-employed, and I've admired their flexibility and creative passion. Working for people who are excited about what they do and who work only for themselves has inspired me to consider starting my own business in the future. Long, hard days of waitressing has also instilled in me a sense of perseverance that I know will be important in building my own business. I think it's so interesting how job experiences that may seem unrelated to your intended career path can still shape your work-related decisions and future.

I was inspired to write this post after being contacted by career resource The Ladders. The Ladders provides tools and insight for those looking for career guidance, improvement, and direction. I can definitely see myself utilizing this service following college as I try to find a career that fits my interests and passions!

What was your first job experience?

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