It’s been quite a while since I last blogged…about 5 months actually. It’s a weak excuse to say that I didn’t have time, but frankly, I didn’t. So much has happened this past semester at college and I’m eternally grateful for all of the experiences I’ve had.
Within the past 5 months I have:
- Traveled to Montreal (Oh Canada)
- Started my first unpaid (big girl) internship
- Traveled to Chicago
- Worked harder on a paper than I ever have in my life
- Failed a test
- Attended a number of keynote lectures on foreign relations
- Made some new best friends
I became very focused on doing what I needed to do for my future career. I’m an over achiever, so of course that meant busying myself, striving to be perfect academically. This need for perfection, however, kind of outshone my need to be a real person.
I’ve missed blogging because it kept my reflective side intact. My passionate, exploratory, innovative side faded out this past semester, and my analytical, knowledgeable, determined side won. Neither side is better than the other, yet I know that I need a balance of the two in my life to be efficiently successful.
This summer I will be back at college, taking a few classes and continuing my big girl internship (except this time with real money!) I’ve long realized that the time for relaxing summers is over, not that I ever spent a summer just chilling. I know I have my work cut out for me in the future, but I’m really happy where I am. I’ve finished two years of college, I have two more to go. I haven’t (completely) failed yet, and I don’t plan on it.
I hope to continue blogging, at least once a week throughout the summer. There will probably be more world news mixed in with things I find curious and inspiring. Sorry not sorry, that’s just my focus nowadays. Maybe I’ll even explain where it is I’m working. Who knows.
More to come, I promise.
Now for some photographic proof I actually was there…
Do you feel like summer is ending a bit too fast? In less than two weeks, I’ll be back at college. And don’t get me wrong, I’m entirely thankful for that…but am I the only one who keeps thinking of things I need to accomplish before I have to get back in the swing of real college life?
I keep adding more things on my to-do list, e.g. one more book to read, one more topic to learn about, one more ENTIRE SERIES to watch on Netflix. And as much as I sometimes dread having nothing to do, there are days that I wish I could have more willpower to say no to something and check more things off my to-do list instead.
(Did I mention I still don’t have everything I need for college yet? Yeah…please let these weeks go by more slowly!)
I become conflicted because I still want to enjoy the last bit of my summer, yet I want to be productive so I can look back and say, “This. This is what I did with my summer. Look at all I’ve accomplished!”
However, there’s a tiny voice in the back of my head that says, “That all can wait.”
I don’t need to do everything now. There will always be time to learn more, or read more, or organize more. But, these precious time I get to spend with my friends won’t always be there. It’s a constant struggle for me not to feel remorse when I don’t reach the goals I set for myself personally. But I know that at the end of my life, I’m going to remember these memories with my friends more than the knowledge I stuffed inside my head. Besides…knowledge is going to have to be stuffed in my head for the next three (or more!) years of college.
So yes. It all can wait.
Go out and enjoy the last bit of summer. Do something you’ve never done before. Take an unexpected break from the purely stressful realities of life and laugh. Yes, I’m enthusiastic to go back to school again, but, that feeling can wait.
Life is hard. Like really hard, sometimes. And it goes by fast. I mean really, how could I have let eight days go by without a single post? Tsk, tsk. I really should get a handle on my time management skills.
But it’s not like I haven’t been busy. However, I have had ample time for Netflix…
By any means, I apologize for my lateness. If I had anything noteworthy to blog about, I’m sure that would be a different story. But my life so far looks like this:
- Wake up
Like I said, uneventful! If I’m not working for my dad at home, I’m skating or exercising. And that’s about it. However, between plowing through The West Wing on Netflix and reading, I’ve kept my mind occupied.
I recently read Mindy Kaling’s “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?” and I have to say, it was fabulous. I’m not a huge fan of simple comedy- I love rom coms, but as far as comedy goes as a whole…I normally pass it. I didn’t really know much about Mindy Kaling before I read this book, but now I know a little bit more than I would have liked to (she is one hundred percent an open book!). Mindy Kaling prides herself on how she became a comedian, and she uses that term loosely. Needless to say, now I know more about comedy in television and movies, and, knowledge is power, right?
However, I will bow my head to the book in one aspect: it gave me a great idea. In the book, Mindy mentions a fascination with Colin Firth, one I must say, I completely agree with. So now, in addition to hopefully finishing The West Wing soon, I am also going through all of Colin Firth’s movies, starting tonight with The Importance of Being Earnest. Why this feeble goal, you might ask? Well, because it’s summertime and I don’t have anything else to do when I’m lying in bed, trying to recuperate from the aches in my muscles from exercising more than I’m used to. (By the way, that ache doesn’t ever go away, or seem to get better…just for future reference, in case any of you were planning on taking up weight lifting or skiing…whatever outrageous sport fits your fancy.)
I am now going to go back to the cinema created world of literary classics in movie form. Let’s hope I come out alive.
P.S. If you have any summer book recommendations, please let me hear them. It’s not like I have a lack of books to read (just ask my mom, I have a whole trunk of them at my disposal), but I’m always interested in what other people find interesting.
Peace, love, and Colin Firth.
Ahhhh, summer. Long live those blissful, sunshine filled days spent solely outside in the warm rays… You don’t know what that is either? Good, I’m not alone.
I know a lot of girls who complain about the summer because of the humidity’s distressing effects on their hair. Because I live in Virginia, well, it’s humid for a good portion of the year. Humidity can ruin a good hair day…especially if you want your hair to do something other than its natural style.
For me, I’m returning to the skating rink for the summer, where there’s a different kind of humidity brought on by hot temperatures outdoors and cold temperatures indoors. Instead of praising the days spent outside in the sun, I’m now claiming “Long live the endless hours spent inside the skating rink.” On these long, sweat inducing days, my hair routine is as follows: Shower, brush hair, put hair in bun. Sometimes the hair gets dried. Other times if I choose to sleep for 20 more minutes instead…it doesn’t. But my hair stays in a bun ALL DAY. It’s just easier to not have to redo hair 5 different times. But when I finally get home and take my hair out of the bun and brush it…it’s a mess. If I want to go somewhere after skating, such as to the movies with my friends, there’s nothing else I can do other than putting it back up into some sort of ponytail nonsense. I’d really rather not look like a troll doll when going out in public (what happens when my hair is down).
So my healthy hair tips for the summer? Nonexistent.
If someone can teach me how to have healthy, manageable hair after a hard day of skating and exercising, please, let me know so I can share with the world.
If not, please wallow with me in hair induced pities.
You know, when I said that I would have more time to blog after final exams were over, I really thought I was going to be right. However, sometimes life decides that you don’t need a break after all. In the 18 days since I’ve left college, I’ve been home for two days, in Northern Virginia for 3 days, North Carolina for a day, back home for the night, then back to Northern Virginia, and then back to North Carolina for a week long (and much needed) vacation, and now I’m home for Memorial Day weekend before heading back to Northern Virginia in a couple of days.
I never imagined my summer would be THIS crazy.
And with all my traveling, you would have thought I would have learned by now how to pack lightly.
But what I have learned is that vacation is necessary. I had never been on a self-termed “vacation” for more than 4 days before. My week in North Carolina was the first week that I didn’t feel tied to a computer or forced to work really hard. I got to do things that I wanted to do, like take really long walks on the beach and actually finish a book in less than a month. Some people know how to turn their brains off regularly to allow themselves to take an actual break in the midst of a busy week, but I haven’t managed to figure that out yet. I know I’m still growing up and I have a lot more to learn before I get to full fledged adulthood. But I can finally appreciate the mindset that relaxation is key to a happy lifestyle. I always thought that if I worked hard enough, my hard work would make me happy and therefore I wouldn’t need to take a break ever. Maybe soon I’ll have it drilled into my head that breaks are necessary to optimal funcitoning. And now, I can say with a smile, that I’m ready to delve back into my busy summer headfirst with no regrets about missing out on anything.
I don’t know if your summer has started yet, but if it has, whatever you’re doing, don’t forget to take a vacation for yourself. It’s a good kickstarter to any summer full of work OR play.
P.S. I do sincerely hope I can reserve more time for blogging has it has indeed been too long since I last wrote. I will be sure to keep you up to date about the current events in my life as soon as I can. Happy Summer!