Countdown to Disney: Week 30

Hello interwebs! I’ve been into starting new things as of late so I decided I’d start a new Disney-centered series, Countdown to Disney! My family and I have planned a Disney World Vacation for the end of my school year in May. As a lead up to that, I am going to be blogging every week as a countdown to my trip while providing some information about planning a Disney Vacation, my favorite rides, favorite parks and hotels and much more.

For this first post, I wanted to the Disney tag! This is basically a series of questions so that you guys that are also huge Disney nerds can get an idea of what I like etc.

Without further ado… let’s begin!

    • 1. Favorite Disney movie? Favorite Classic Movie: Peter Pan. I’ve always loved Tinkerbell and Peter Pan so I have to include it. Favorite New(ish) Movie: Wreck it Ralph/ Tangled. I can never choose between the two!

 

    • 2. Walt Disney World or Disneyland? I have to go with Disney World. As much as I have a soft spot for my own backyard of Disneyland, I also have a soft spot for WDW as my family used to go every year for Thanksgiving.

 

    • 3. Favorite Disney character?  Donald Duck or Tinkerbell. Each person in my family has ” their character” that is closest to their personality and is the character they always have on our Cruise Ship door. So that one for me is Tink, but I love seeing Donald in the parks and I always get more Donald merch than Tink.
    • 4. The first Disney movie you remember seeing in the theatres? I wanna say like… Finding Nemo or Cars for some reason… I honestly don’t remember since I’ve seen them all!

 

    • 5. What type of Disney item do you collect the most? (Pins, Vinylmation, dolls, etc.) I am a HUGE pin nerd. If you have been reading my blog for some time you remember seeing the pictures of all of my pins. I have an obsession…

 

    • 6. Your favorite Disney song? ” At last I see the Light” from Tangled. I love it so much because that’s “our song” for my boyfriend and I. Super cute I just love it.
    • 7. Favorite attraction/ride at the parks? Indiana Jones. Ever since I rode that for the first time I cant go to Disneyland without it. A close second is the Haunted Mansion Halloween layover.
    • 8. What is your dream job at Disney? Being a Plaid. For those of you that don’t know a “Plaid” is basically a cast member that gives the guided tours and what not. I know so much random Disney History and what not that being a Plaid would be the coolest thing ever.

 

    • 9. Who’s the park character you never want to miss meeting at the parks? Either Donald or Merida. Merida is really hard to find sometimes so I miss her a lot but she is my favorite so if I see her it just makes my day.
    • 10. What’s your most treasured Disney item? I just recently got this Merida themed Archery Team letterman jacket from Etsy and I am obsessed with it. I did competitive archery for 4 years so having the Disney+Merida+Archery is the coolest thing ever ( plus it’s really soft)

 

    • 11. Which Disney voice actor would you most like to meet? Idina Menzel hands down. My favorite musical of all time is Wicked and I love Frozen as well so getting to meet her would be such a dream.

 

    • 12. Favorite Disney movie that’s not a classic/famous? (ex. Black Cauldron) I think I’m going to go with Black Cauldron. I love how much it reminds me of a game of Dungeons and Dragons.

 

    • 13. If you could say anything to Walt Disney right now, what would it be? I think just how insanely much I admire him. For anyone who has read his biography, he worked so hard and got pushed down so many times but he just kept on going. Also, it was never about the money; he just wanted to do what he loved and I really respect that.

 

    • 14. Your favorite snack to get at the parks? (Churros, Mickey’s Ice Cream Bars, etc.) I recently went to Tokyo Disneyland and they have a Tiramisu Ice Cream Bar which was honestly the best thing ever. But as for a regular thing, I can’t leave the parks without getting my Mickey beignets and a Mint Julep.

 

    • 15. Your favorite parade/show at the parks? Probably the new Mickey’s not so Scary “Boo to you” parade. It’s very entertaining. I normally don’t stay for parade and fireworks so I’d have to get back to you on that.
    • 16. Flounder, Sebastian, or Scuttle? Sebastian! He is so sassy haha

 

    • 17. Your favorite Disney memory? My first time at Walt Disney World walking into the Boardwalk hotel for the first time. I just remember the sheer wonder of the whole place that blew me away.
    • 18. Do you have a favorite pair of Mickey ears? I got a giant Minnie bow from Tokyo Disneyland and I LOVE them.

 

    • 19. If you could, what “forgotten princess” would you add to the official lineup? Kira from Journey to Atlantis. She is SO badass

 

    • 20. Your favorite princes’s dress/outfit? Merida. She is and will always be my favorite princess.

 

    • 21. Your favorite Disney soundtrack? Tangled. I know all of the songs for that ( well I know every Disney song haha) but that is one I always catch myself singing.

 

    • 22. Genie, Abu, Carpet, Iago, or Rajah? Rajah. Who doesn’t love a tiger that acts like a dog?

 

    • 23. Favorite restaurant at the parks? Cape May Cafe at the Boardwalk Resort in Walt Disney World. It is a New England style seafood buffet and it is so amazing it’s making my mouth water just thinking about it.

 

    • 24. How did you first discover the “magic” of Disney? My first time on a Disney Cruise. I just remember walking onto the ship and when they announce your party they say, ” ___ Family Welcome Home” and at that moment my tiny little mind was like ” oh yeah this is home”.

 

    • 25. What attraction are you most likely to go to first when you’re at the parks? Cars. We always love to ride that first thing in the morning its always so crisp and lovely outside it’s just great.
    • 26. Your favorite “iconic” moment? (ex. Ariel on the rock, Aladdin finding the lamp, Rafiki lifting Simba, etc.) ” Pull the lever Kronk” *pulls lever* “WRONG LEVEEERRRR!!!”

 

    • 27. What’s the saddest moment for you in any Disney film? UP. Enough said.
    • 28. Best Disney kiss? Tangled when Eugene is about to die. SO cute~

 

    • 29. If you could live in any world from a Disney movie, which would you choose? Neverland. Come on people: Never grow up, fairies, magic, and FLYING! Sign me up!

 

    • 30. Favorite Disney musical sequence based on spectacle/animation? Never actually seen a Live Disney musical!

 

    • 31. Which Disney princess has the best sidekicks? Mulan for freaking MUSHU. Who wouldn’t want Will Smith as a sassy dragon sidekick?

 

    • 32. If you could have a party themed around any Disney movie, which one would you pick? hmmm. Probably Tangled because that’s the theme I want for my future Disney Wedding…
    • 33. Are you the only one obsessed with Disney in your family? Or does it run in the family? No all of my immediate family is obsessed with Disney. It started with my Dad and eventually went to me.
    • 34. Lumiere, Mrs. Potts, Cogsworth, or Chip? Chip! Such a cute little English gent.

 

    • 35. What are your top five favorite Disney blogs on Tumblr? None

 

    • 36. If you could choose the plot/adaptation for the next Disney movie, what would it be? I’d like to see the universe that all of the movies live in. I know they interact in the parks universe so maybe something about how the Princesses and such get along at the parks when people aren’t there and or when they travel away from the parks what they do.

 

    • 37. Favorite hotel at the parks? The Boardwalk Hotel. I have so many good memories there it is an obvious choice.

 

    • 38. Which Disney movie do you turn to when you’re sad/upset? Brave. It always makes me laugh and I love the whole story and what not.

 

    • 39. The Aladdin show or The Little Mermaid show? Aladdin. I really don’t like The Little Mermaid.

 

    • 40. Do you plan to have/have you had your honeymoon at a Disney park? I will have my Disney wedding so for sure Disney Honeymoon too.

 

    • 41. Favorite piece of Disney clothing/accessory to wear? Again my Merida Jacket I love it so much.

 

    • 42. Post a picture of yourself that’s Disney-related.
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This is a picture from when I went to the parks with my boyfriend for my 18th birthday. I love this picture because it was such an amazing day and this embodies everything I love about going to the parks; being at the happiest place on earth with the people that make me the happiest.

    • 43. Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck? Donald. My phone case right now is a little Donald butt

 

    • 44. What Disney movies/worlds would you like to see in the next Kingdom Hearts game? I never was a big Kingdom Hearts fan

 

  • 45. Which Disney movie, even if it’s not your favorite, will always have a special place in your heart and for what reason? Dumbo. I love the movie but the song always makes me cry uncontrollably so I don’t like it for that reason.

 

Sorry about the long post but I hope everyone liked all of the questions! I tag anyone who wants to do this! Please tag me if you do this because I would LOVE to see your responses!

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A Month in Review: September 2017

Hello interwebs! I am back with my usual and beloved ” Month in review series”. So without further delay, let’s get into it.

 

September is always a month of stress. It’s the first month of school which means the first few tests and quizzes and getting into the groove of the new school year. For those of us in college, we are getting used to living in a new place, being an adult, and adjusting to college life in general. With this stress also comes lots of self-discovery, new beginnings, and new adventures for us to explore in the coming months.

If you continually read my blog, you know that for me, September was a month of anxiety. Being in a new place and away from home made me come to terms with new anxiety problems. However, that being said it also lead me to understand the main focus of my anxiety and insecurities and introduced me to new things that I can do to combat those. Along with this, like I mentioned previously, there was a lot of self-discovery. I realized how much I missed doing art and that Japanese wasn’t something that I wanted to spend the rest of my life doing. This gave me not only a calming feeling that I’ve made a good choice but also that my future is more certain and more organized.

As for new beginnings, I am starting a new small business/ artistic venture in creating my own pins. I have loved and collected Disney Pins since I was a small child so when this new craze of Enamel Pins and or Lapel pins I thought it was the perfect way to make those pin creating dreams come true. As of right now, I am only selling them to the students at my college but I will expand if it comes to that. If you want to check them out I will be uploading my designs on the ” Paper Airplane Co.” Facebook page. I am super excited about it and I am interested to see how they all turn out!

For my advice this month, I want to tell you to give yourself time and care. Sometimes it will take you a little longer to do things, a little longer to understand things, and a little longer to figure things out; and that’s okay. We need to realize that everyone does things differently and we shouldn’t compare ourselves to others or put ourselves down because we can’t-do something the same way as someone else. Keep taking care of yourself, keep loving yourself and keep moving forward.

Love and hugs,

Lia

Beauty Review: BH Cosmetics

Hello interwebs! After being sick for the past week I am back with a review of BH cosmetics. If this post is well liked I might go on to do more posts! Without further adieu let’s get into this.

 

BH Cosmetics is a severely underappreciated brand.  For those of you that have never heard of the brand, it is a solely online makeup brand that offers professional quality makeup for extremely low prices. I’ve actually been a long time customer of BHC, their 88 Color Palette is one of the first makeup palettes I ever bought. That being said, they have come a long way from the products and quality that they sold all the way back in 2010. I recently purchased their 120 Color Palette generation 3. It is a mix of vivid brights, neutrals, smokey colors, and shimmers. As always, I was impressed with the color selection. Compared to my old and beloved 88 color palette, this was the queen of BH ( in my experience) the 88 didn’t have as many neutral blending colors as I would have liked and lots of the bright colors weren’t pigmented at all. However, in this new pallet, there was a wide range of colors and most of the ones that I have used thus far were extremely buttery and pigmented.

I actually use this pallet for a daily makeup instead of grabbing my new favorite Urban Decay Naked Heat palette. I can use this for basically any makeup look I want and I can also use it for LARP, Cosplay, and SFX makeup; as I had used the 88 color palette in the past. Recently I used the palette in a look for an Alternative photo shoot that I did with my friend ( all photos are posted on the new facebook page if you would like to see them). I loved the way the look turned out and was really impressed with the shoot. The colors blended perfectly allowing me to create the perfect maroon smokey eye look.

Overall I am very impressed with the growth of this brand. Of course, they will always have a soft spot in my heart but I wouldn’t keep repurchasing if I didn’t think the products were worth the money. Not to mention, they are always having sales on top of their rock bottom prices. I paid $17 for the 120 color palette on sale, which is pretty darn ridiculous ( cheap that is).

That’s all for today hope you guys liked this new post format!

Stay beautiful,

Lia

 

Long Distance Relationships: Living Without Your Personal Therapist

Hello, interwebs! Today I am going to be talking about my experience thus far with my long distance relationship and the struggles we’ve both had along the way. Particularly, I wanted to touch upon the idea of mental illness and how you are deeply affected by the lack of your significant other.

They never said that this was going to be easy. I knew that the moment I left home we would be in an uphill battle that most people had deemed we would lose. We both were very fervent about staying together and we knew that if we worked hard that we would make it out okay. That being said, we underestimated just how difficult it would be not seeing each other every day. In High School, we were around each other constantly with allowed us to share our struggles in school with the other person as well as our mental struggles.  He was always there to stand there and hug me and tell me that everything was going to be okay.

As I’ve started the new school year in college, I was optimistic that my issues with my Anxiety wouldn’t return. I was in a place I loved, surrounded by new friends that truly care about me as well as teachers that were looking out for my well-being and the state of my mental health. At first, I was great. I was going through school like a piece of cake, everything was soaking in; until recently. School started getting tougher and I could feel my anxiety making it more difficult to learn things. Like any dedicated student, I sought out tutors and increased and diversified my studying habits. Even though I did all of these things, I wasn’t getting the results I had hoped for, which of course, allowed my Anxiety to come back in.

Besides school, I’ve always been someone who has been very conscious of my diet. Not in a way that I limit what I eat ( besides the normal trying not to drink soda and what not) I am just conscious of what I eat and try to eat the healthiest I can while still enjoying the food. Now that I am in college, I am very aware of the “freshman 15” which basically stands for Freshman gaining 15 pounds by the end of the first semester because they don’t know how to eat properly. While I was at home if I wanted something I could make it. I cooked all the time, making salads, rice bowls, fish, chicken; anything I wanted to make my body and me feel better. In college, you no longer have that luxury. I have a kitchen downstairs, but that being said, Gordon Ramsey would pass out looking at it ( not exactly built for actually making good food). Therein lies the dilemma, trying to scrounge for healthy foods inside the dining hall, or eating salads for every meal ( not fun). My point being, the lack of healthy foods leads to an anxiousness about the look of my body which in turn makes me want to go to the gym more as well as allowing that not so body positive side of my anxiety to come back.

While I was at home if I wanted something I could make it. I cooked all the time, making salads, rice bowls, fish, chicken; anything I wanted to make my body and me feel better. In college, you no longer have that luxury. I have a kitchen downstairs, but that being said, Gordon Ramsey would pass out looking at it ( not exactly built for actually making good food). Therein lies the dilemma, trying to scrounge for healthy foods inside the dining hall, or eating salads for every meal ( not fun). My point being, the lack of healthy foods leads to an anxiousness about the look of my body which in turn makes me want to go to the gym more as well as allowing that not so body positive side of my anxiety to come back.

After living through this for about a week and a half now, I’ve made some conclusions. One, even without my boyfriend to help me be less anxious and body positive I have some amazing friends that have reached out and cheered me up to make sure that I’m doing okay ( which is really refreshing). Two, I am not perfect nor am I meant to be. I think as a person with an Anxiety disorder, we want ourselves to be perfect in order to make up for the fact that we have a mental illness. However, that’s the point right there – we don’t have to make up for the fact that we have a mental illness- It’s something that is apart of us and we have to accept it and learn to love it like the rest of ourselves. We also have to remind ourselves that we are human and we are not meant to be perfect, it’s just not how we were made. Lastly, the fact that I am communicating with my boyfriend about these struggles and he is too only makes the idea that we really do need each other to survive more prevalent. I know most people would say that is a bad thing but, I’d have to disagree.

I don’t mean to say that I am completely dependent on my boyfriend for emotional support. That being said, it is more of an interdependence. I need him to help with my anxiety and he needs me for his own set of issues and struggles. It allows us to communicate more as a couple and also allows us to remember to open up about our struggles so that your partner can share and help in times of need. As my advice for this post, if you have a significant other or not, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Your friends, family and trusted others are there to help you get through rough times and surmount them with power and confidence, so that you can be the person you want to be. Never be afraid to fail, never be afraid to struggle.

As always with love,

Lia

College Life: Getting used to being yourself

Hello interwebs! I haven’t done a post where I’m just casually talking about things for a while so I thought I’d bring that back today. I wanted to talk about something that has been on my mind lately as I am settling into the routine of college, becoming comfortable with being yourself.

 

For some people, this might have always been easy. For others, it takes us a while to fully be comfortable with showing people who we really are. Whether it is because of insecurities or lack of trust it all comes back to not wanting to share your actual self with the world. I always thought of this as putting on different masks. I’ve grown up being a people pleaser, as most people ( I think) who have had issues with this. We want to please everyone around us so depending on our situations we act and dress in different ways in order to please those people. On top of that, the people who have mental illnesses also create another mask in order to hide symptoms or to seem normal.

All through high school, I wore masks, and I became very good at hiding them. I had a mask for my friends, a mask for my family ( who didn’t yet know of my anxiety issues), a mask for people who didn’t know me, a mask for my teachers and fellow classmates. Every day I would flip through these different personas that I had created in order to somewhat please everyone around me. Toward the end of my senior year, and after I was dating Ian for quite some time, I had become tired of pleasing everyone. I had become tired of faking who I actually was so that my extremely fake friends would kinda tolerate my existence. So I stopped. I stopped pretending to be someone I wasn’t. I started calling people out for not treating me right ( as a friend) and demanded that I had people around me who gave me the same time of day as I did them.

That summer, I felt like I gained a sort of independence. Not so much a physical one, that being a free to be the person I wanted to be, but a mental independence; where I gained the courage and audacity to live life as my genuine self, regardless of who liked me or not.  That is when I left for college. Of course, leaving for college was a nerve wracking experience ( as I have previously mentioned) and that dwindled my new found confidence. However, as I have also mentioned, my campus is a place where people from many different backgrounds reside, leaving a hodgepodge of different interests and fashion styles. Getting to the whole point of why I am writing this, college is a time where you are supposed to be yourself or for that matter, try to figure out who that person is supposed to be. In finding that person, you gain a comfort of being in your own skin which for someone who hasn’t ever had that feeling, it’s utterly exhilarating.

For those people out there who are still struggling with this ( trust me I still am battling with my own self-image every day), I offer some advice. The best thing I can tell you is to fundamentally look at who you are, what you believe in, what you want to become, and who you want to be like. This allows you to figure out who you are as a person as well as looking into some of the things that you want to emulate in your daily life. The next thing I suggest is to stop caring. I mean this in the most genuine and nice way. If you stop caring what other people think about you ( which in college they really don’t care) you start living not for other people, but for yourself. You build a reputation off of the person that you’d want to be friends with and when you are truly yourself like that, the right kinds of people will flock to you.

Of course, there will be bad days, I still question my boyfriend all the time about what he thinks of me. I think it’s almost normal to question the relationships around us. Not because we will know they secretly hate us, rather, because we wish that they will tell us how much they need us. Everyone deserves to be needed, and if you aren’t needed right now, someone will come along who needs you like they need oxygen to breathe. And that will change everything.

Best of luck to everyone out there. Stay kind, stay truthful, stay humble, stay you.

Love and best wishes,

Lia

” You have been worth every letter typed on my keyboard, every breath I take for words. You are the first thing I think of in the morning and the last thing I think of before I fall asleep. You are worth more to me than you will ever understand”

 

 

 

 

 

A Month in review: August 2017

Hello, interwebs! Sorry about this post being late ( college am I right?) I wanted to continue this series as I go on to college so that I can reflect on my goals as a college student as well as sharing some advice that I learn along the way.

August was a crazy month. Leaving home, leaving my boyfriend ( shortly after our one year anniversary), and starting college in a new place far from home. At this point in time, I thought that I would have been emotionally and physically exhausted. However, much to my own pessimistic surprise I am loving life here in college. Like I mentioned in my other post, the first week was this weird time of getting used to campus, getting my routine down and facing some of my anxious fears. The idea of living with another person, having to eat in a hall with lots of other people, and showering in the same room as six other girls terrified me. I was so scared about what people would think about me, if I looked weird or didn’t dress correctly, and if I would make any friends.

The one thing I’ve come to adore about UPS is that everyone here is so nice. Back in High School, there were lots of people I didn’t like ( I mean I’m a pessimist who thinks most humans are scum, which they usually so don’t blame me) and there were lots of people who thought I was weird. Here, everyone is so accepting of everyone’s own uniqueness that well, to be frank, nobody really cares. However, it is in the way that by them not really caring, that they are actually caring. You see it’s not an ” I don’t care about you or your personality/life choices” it’s an ” I care enough to be chill and not make you feel weird about something you might really enjoy”. This idea I think is what makes this campus so much like a large family. We all find the people that like the same things as us and if we find someone who likes something different, we are usually fairly enthusiastic and supportive ( of constructive things of course).

Besides settling into classes and new home life, it was time to settle into college classes. Now, this isn’t my first time attending a college class. In High School, I actually took a dual enrollment Psychology course for Psych 101 and 114 ( for those of you that don’t speak college numbers yet, it means Beginning Psych and Abnormal Psychology) so settling into my classes here wasn’t too much of a challenge. Getting used to getting up and eating breakfast in a new place took some practice but after almost two weeks I’m starting to get the hang of it.

As for settling into a life without Ian, that was really hard. As I’ve mentioned numerous times before; my boyfriend Ian is one of the backbones to my happy existence. I say this in a way that we have come to rely on each other on a deep emotional level that leaving each other felt like a plug being pulled out of a socket. He was excited for me to be going to my dream school, exactly where I wanted to be, with friends he liked and could trust, and in a town where he knew I would be safe. Nevertheless, the whole thing was extremely melancholy. At first, I thought that I would be extremely anxious without being able to see him every day. But as I grew closer to my friends on campus, while still keeping in touch with him constantly, I found a perfect balance where I still felt like he was with me ( just on a more emotional level rather than a physical one).

As for my advice for this month, stay true to yourself. If I have learned nothing else in college it’s that if you are the person you actually are on the inside, the right people will flock toward you. Trying to pretend someone you are not for the sake of pleasing the people around you is bad for your health. Leading a life where you flip from mask to mask just to make people happy is no way to live your life. I am happy being the person I actually am and reveling in the things that I get to do because of that. Never feel pressured to do things that you don’t want to do because of social or parental pressures. Of course, that being said, if it’s something you really have to do then there is always more than one way to solve a problem. In the end, if you aren’t happy, there is something you can do to fix that.

Stay lovely, Stay Kind,

Lia

First Week of College: Freshman Life Update

Hello interwebs! As I am settling into the groove of college I thought I would share my thoughts about my first week of classes and how everything is going here at University.

 

First off, this college is amazing. If you haven’t checked out or even heard of The University of Puget Sound, I highly recommend looking it up. The campus looks like Hogwarts and everything is so lush and green that you can’t help but want to be outside all the time. As for the people, everyone here is extremely nice. For my first two weeks being on campus, I haven’t met a single person I don’t like. That’s really saying something coming from me because I generally don’t like people very much. Everyone here is so welcoming and understanding that you really don’t feel like you stick out like a freshman’s thumb.

As for my classes, so far so good. Of course, they are a little more work intensive than any of my High School classes, but that was to be expected.  The teachers themselves are wonderful. Most of my teachers are top people in their field but they don’t act like they are inherently better than you because of that. They are also super understanding, most of my teachers take extreme pride in being able to help students with mental illness, and understand that sometimes you just need to take a day off.

This University, as I’ve come to know it, is ultimately a place of inclusion. Everyone feels at home, loved, respected, and treated like the genuine adults we are. Ideas are respected, included and praised for the creative solutions that they might hold. I am very fortunate to go here and I can’t wait to make Puget Sound more of a home-away-from-home.

Until then, Sincerely,

Lia

First Days of College: First Impressions From an Only Child

Hello interwebs! You are officially reading posts from me in college ( WOO)! As the title suggests, I am going to be writing about my first few days at college and my first impressions as an only child, as well as from a perspective from someone whos kinda shy, nerdy, and full of anxiety.

First things first, of course, I was really nervous about leaving home. If you’ve been reading my college series you know all about my trepidations of leaving home for the first time. From all of those things, I have to say leaving my boyfriend was one of the hardest things I’ve had to do in a long time. He’s been someone who has been my rock emotionally and mentally so leaving him behind made me really nervous about how I was going to handle college life alone. As someone with Generalized Anxiety, the feeling of being alone is one of the things that makes me the most anxious. I was also worried that without someone to be there for me I’d be overtaken by my symptoms.

As for leaving my parents, that was also incredibly difficult. As an only child, I have a very close relationship with my parents so not having my mom around to talk to has been really strange. I’d like to think that my mom is my best friend so not having her in the other room has certainly been taking some getting used to. However, I have been calling home every morning so It adds a sense of routine and normalcy to this new situation. For college itself, I couldn’t be more excited. My campus here at UPS ( University of Puget Sound) is beautiful and everyone is so loving and inclusive that you can’t help but feel at home. We are currently undergoing a week’s worth of orientation, which is basically them shoving us into groups to make us get to know our new class as well as campus. For the first few days, I’ve been only going to some things and not going to others. I know myself enough to know that I really need to take time for just myself and shoving myself into a bunch of social situations right off the bat will just overwhelm me and I won’t be happy.

As a final statement, I have to say I am very happy here. I was really worried that I wouldn’t feel comfortable here and that I would want to go home within a week. However, I found that I’ve made this place a home away from home and I am falling in love with college life. I wish you all the best in your school careers and I hope that you are all settling into the new school year with ease.

Stay calm and carry on,

Lia

The Art of Writing Letters: Keeping Letter Writing Alive

Hello, interwebs! Today I am going to be talking a little bit about letter writing and why I am going to be sending lots of letters to my friends and family while I am away in college.

Letters have been a means of communication for a really long time. People evolved and created their own style with handwriting, stationery, wax seals and even stamps. However, over time our culture has moved away from sending hand written notes and toward the technological means of communication entirely. I’ve always loved writing and receiving mail since I was really young. I grew up in the age of computers so there was always this sort of magic and mystery regarding letters and mail in general. When I was growing up, pen-pals and sending post cards to friends during the summer were quite a common thing and I remember always being so excited when I got one.

However, now people have no interest in sending hand written notes and letters. I remember how when I was taking the ACT for the first time that most of the kids in the room didn’t know how to write in cursive, in order to write the statement saying they won’t cheat. This was incredibly surprising to me. As someone who grew up being forced to learn and write in cursive constantly it was unimaginable that people didn’t know it at all.  I digress, as you may know ( if you’ve been following my blog) that I am leaving for college soon. There are a few things that I’m doing while I’m there that I am going to add to my daily routine. Most of those are obvious things, such as skyping my boyfriend and my parents, using my planner, meditation; but there is one thing that most wouldn’t think of, writing letters to my boyfriend as well as my friends.

The reason I wanted to write letters specifically is that a) I love letters and stationery b) think there is something more thoughtful about writing letters and c) as a way to keep in touch with my friends far away that I won’t be able to talk to often. Like I mentioned, I think there is something very thoughtful about writing letters. It tells the person, ” hey I took the time to sit down and put my thoughts on paper” which I think is rather special. I also wanted this as a way for me to show a sort of commitment to my significant other. I wanted the letters to symbolize me thinking about him constantly and making the effort to keep up a normal routine as well as making some things fun and exciting.

To get to my actual point, go out and write someone a letter. It doesn’t take that much time and I’m sure someone around you has an envelope and a stamp. I think people really appreciate it and I am someone who doesn’t want this form of communication as well as handwriting, in general, to go away.

Stay old fashioned,

Lia

 

1 Week Away: Thoughts and Tips about going away to College

Hello interwebs! Today I am going to be continuing with my little series about heading off to college. Since I am leaving in about a week, I thought I would make a post updating you on my thoughts and feelings as I get so close to my final days at home.

 

Like I’ve said from the beginning, college has always been somewhat of an anxiety inducing topic. As an only child who’s never been away from home for long, this is an entirely new experience. However, as I get closer to actually leaving, there is this odd sense of calm. I think it has to do with how insanely prepared I am and my level of anxiety induced OCD. I’ve gotten all of my stuff, I am almost already packed, bought all of my school supplies and not to mention I’m going to the school of my dreams. ( it’s also a nice bonus that I got a super sweet room and an awesome roommate). With the calm and the happiness also comes with an overwhelming sense of melancholy. I am also leaving my family, my hometown, my best friend and my boyfriend as I leave off toward the unknown.

Leaving also feels like some wonderful, great adventure. I’m leaving to become more of my own person and experience people and things that will ultimately impact my life greater than anything in High School. It will make me a stronger person and hopefully, more self-assured. I think college is the ultimate time to figure out who you are and what you believe in. You aren’t surrounded by parental pressures to be one way or the other, which allows you to really delve into who you are on a very intimate level. You also have your future to dream about. What makes you happy? What could you see yourself working on/for, for quite some time? All of these things, with some good introspection and hard work, will come to you eventually.

This is also the time in which we can learn to be individual adults. The first thing I would like to mention is that you really need to take care of yourself. I know you will hear something similar from your parents, but it is important to take care of your health and well-being; both mental and physical. Mental health is really important to your overall health and happiness and like I’ve said a thousand times before, if you need help please do not feel ashamed to get it. You also have to take care of your physical health as well. Staying up all night on Redbull and Doritos won’t help your skin or your brain ( among many other things). This also doesn’t mean starving yourself because you don’t want to gain the freshman 15. Everything of course in moderation and with some light exercise you should be totally happy and healthy.

That leads me to my last point if you aren’t happy, leave. No one wants you to be unhappy and if a college or room mate or whatever is making you unhappy, miserable or depressed; maybe it just isn’t for you. I also want to stress that this is OKAY. Going to a 4 year, big wig, university isn’t for everyone. Of course, I am a large advocate of higher education but if a big private university isn’t for you there are many other options available.

Overall, I am excited for what’s to come and I wish everyone great sucess in college!

Love and hugs,

Lia