(Quirky Title About Falling Out of an Airplane)

Sunday, January 19, 2014

So yesterday I plummeted to the earth at alarming speeds and it was the best experience of my life--

^^This is my skydiving instructor, Greg-- hilarious man!

I went skydiving at Skydance Skydiving in Davis, CA. I would totally recommend jumping there for those who are looking to jump out of a plane in Northern California. If not, Yelp will more than likely be beneficial for anyone in United States looking for a place to jump :)

It was exhilarating, freeing, straight awesome… Really, any synonym for 'amazing' would apply. While I was free falling at 9,000 feet, all I could say was "I cannot believe I'm doing this!"-- to which Greg replied, "Oh, you're doing it girl!"

Following through with something instead of just wanting to do it also added to the thrill of it. Like I said before, I am just so stoked on life!

Big Thank You to Walter Mitty

Friday, January 17, 2014

I am so stoked on life.

This past week, I went to the movies on $6-but-previously-$5-Tuesday and saw the Secret Life of Walter Mitty with one of my friends. I'm all about movies that are inspiring and I was actually tipped off via Twitter that this movie would make me want to live my life a little more fully than I actually do. The plot follows Walter Mitty, an adult who has fallen victim to monotony, through travels he has to make in order to find a picture that's gone missing at work. He is forced out of his comfort zone and is actually living his life, whereas before he was just going through the motions.

As you can tell, I was not born to write movie reviews-- however, my point is that I walked out of the movie so excited to be alive.

Fast forward to that same night, I was flipping through the pages of ThoughtCatalog and came across this gem:

Excuse me for a minute while I pick my jaw off of the floor and enjoy this next adrenaline rush while keeping in mind that these people snowboard for a living:

LIKE WHAT. I'm so happy that the individuals in the previous video get paid to do what they love. I mean, that has to be the secret to life right there-- doing what you love. Anyways, I digress. It is safe to say I am craving adventure but not in a 'oh my gosh, I am craving adventure but probably won't get the time to do so until 3 months from now blah blah.' No- no excuses this time. A favorite adventure of mine in the past included buying a ticket to fly across the country to explore North Carolina with a friend and tomorrow, a new favorite adventure is to be made when I jump out of a plane at 9,000 feet. I can't wait!

"Adventure may hurt you, but monotony will kill you."

Reflections, Realizations and Resolutions

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Prefacing this by saying that this is a long, overdue post--

2013 was quite the year. I've never had so much change take place in such a short amount of time and, in retrospect, I think I took it in strides. 

Throughout the beginning of last year, I was finishing up the yearbook (co-editor in chief alum, holler), working in retail, finishing the last of my college applications, and completing senior year with my solid group of friends with whom I spent almost all of my free time. The entire second semester was mainly wrapping up all things high school- to me anyways. Then again, senioritis hit pretty hard after winter break.

By the time spring break rolled around, I found out that I had gotten into Cal Poly and the yearbook had been officially completed. Not only was I officially headed to a gorgeous school, but the yearbook was finished-- this was monumental! Sending in the final pages was a huge accomplishment as much of my senior year was spent stressing over headlines, bylines and deadlines. Also, knowing that this book is actually receiving awards this current school year makes the stress of the past completely worth it.

From there, it was smooth sailing all the way until graduation. In May, the Senior Ball I had put together with the other senior class officer went smoothly and I had an incredible time with my date. Fun fact: a promise made in seventh grade led to him coming with me to my Ball. In addition to that last dance, senior activities were a blast with graduation itself being unreal. You're told the years fly by and they honestly do.

I had mentioned that I had gotten into Cal Poly, however right before graduation, I made the life-changing decision to attend Sierra College- a local junior college. It's extremely naive for me to say so but this was the hardest decision I have ever had to make in my short 18 years. I had worked incredibly hard in high school, with taking the right classes and being involved in what seemed like a ton of extracurriculars, the thought of attending a junior college had made me feel like a failure.

However, as not to diss community colleges, much of what I learned in 2013 stemmed from my enrollment at Sierra College. Unlike what I had heard from classmates in high school, Sierra is not like high school in the slightest. Despite having a few friends also attending Sierra, I felt completely independent at school. Students go to school to get what they need done and then they leave. Having always been surrounded by a big group of friends, this was new.

This ultimately taught me the biggest lesson in 2013-- it taught me how to be alone. I'm content with being by myself when I wasn't before and honestly, it's incredibly freeing.

--For the record, I also learned that my distaste regarding community colleges was completely unwarranted. Along with making my freshman year a lot more affordable than Cal Poly would have been, I have nothing but good words to describe my experience with my professors. In all honesty, if I didn't have such a bad case of wanderlust, I wouldn't mind finishing two years at Sierra.

Anyways, moving forward from where I am at right now, 2014, I am more than ready for you. I feel like you will also bring a lot of change, as I plan to move away to school next fall, and I could not be more excited. 

My goals are to take a picture a day and to save for a car. My resolution? Seize the day, as well as appreciate the day-- everyday. 

I also resolve to wear sunscreen more often than not. I've heard that my future self will thank me for it.

here goes nothing.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

"Your years in college are going to be some of the best years of your life," so why not document it?

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