Greeting from the middle of nowhere. When I say middle of nowhere, I mean the last car we saw was thirty miles ago. I think we’re still in Arizona, but I’m not quite sure, and by “we’re”, I mean my grandfather, my sister, my mom, and I. We’re driving back from our trip to our family cabin, where we were away from internet for a week. I still had posts scheduled for the blog and I used data for Instagram and Snapchat, but other than that, no wifi. I got a lot of reading done, and I’ve made serious progress on college apps, so hey-productivity!
It was so nice to unwind for a few days and experience nature. From the four hour hikes my mom and I did daily to doing yoga on our front porch in front of a water stream, I loved every minute of it. However, I can’t wait to get back to internet, my kitchen, my fitness center, and YOU GUYS.
How are y’all? I feel like I’ve been so busy in the past month that I haven’t gotten a chance to talk to you guys. I’ve been on Instagram and other social media sites, but I’ve been horrible at reading captions of photos, responding to comments, etc. In the past month I’ve…
GONE TO CAMP
Oh my god guys- I LOVE CAMP SO MUCH. I will probably go to camp until I’m seventy years old. I was a camp counselor for the first time this year, and let me tell ya- the experience of being a counselor vs being a camper is totally different, but I loved every minute of it! I was co-counselors with a former counselor of mine who I’m incredibly close with, and I don’t think I would’ve gotten through the week without her help. I loved my campers, and it was such a great week!
I also strengthened the bond with my fellow counselors, who I consider my second family. They all hold a special place in my heart, and I wouldn’t be ½ the person I am today without their love.
GOT MY WISDOM TEETH OUT
Yeah, this one HURT. Thankfully, I only got my top two out, so my experience wasn’t as bad as everyone else’s. Still, it was painful. All I remember about the day was that I woke up, wanted coffee and couldn’t have it, had the surgery, came home, went to sleep for a few hours, watched Prison Break, and ate a smoothie bowl. Shoutout to my mom for spending the day in bed with me- she’s the real MVP.
Oh, I worked A LOT over the past month. Tons of nine hour shifts, but hey- it’s good experience and I wanted some extra cash (or at least that’s what I would tell myself as I was on hour three of carts). If you didn’t know, I work at Vons, which is the California version of a Publix’s, Safeway, etc. “Carts” are where you collect piles of the shopping carts left in the stalls. If there’s anything working at a grocery store has taught me, it’s:
- Always put your cart back. I don’t care if it’s an extra minute out of your time- it makes the lives of curtesy clerks much easier, and saves us some extra manual labor.
- Try to make the best out of a situation. Standing at a check stand for hours on end can get boring, so I always asked the customer how they were doing, and if I noticed something (i.e: a sports team, place, college, etc) on their clothing, I’d ask them about it. It made the process go by much quicker!
- Eat a big breakfast. I remember there was one day where we were understaffed, and all I had eaten that day was some toast with Siggi’s, peanut butter, granola, hemp hears, and fruit. Now, keep in mind I have a fast metabolism, so for me that’s a very small breakfast. I remember I got my break two hours late, and I was a ravenous BEAST. I was in a horrible mood and almost got in a yelling battle with one of my bosses. Eat a big breakfast- you’ll be happier and it’ll make the day better for you and everyone around you.
- Get a job before you go out into the real world. Despite being tired each day and my feet hurting from standing / walking for nine hours, I’m grateful for the experience. It taught me a lot about the real world and the harsh reality of working.
WROTE SOME COLLEGE APPS
They’re here, and their as scary as they seem. The day that supplemental essays came out on August 1st, I rushed to my computer and started working on them. I’ve made progress on them, and I’ve taken time out of everyday to work on them. If you’re a senior, work on your college apps NOW. Do not procrastinate, because they take a while and you don’t want that stress during the school year. I’m so thankful for the people who have told me to get it done now, because I don’t know what it would be like to do them during the school year.
BLOGGED A WHOLE LOT
Summer 2016 has been the year of my blog. I’ve dedicated so much time to making it the best it can be, and I’m so happy with how it’s going. I know I have a long way to go, but I love how it’s turning out and I couldn’t be happier with the progress I’ve made. There were days this summer where I’d do three-four recipes a day, and I found those days were my favorite. Good stuff is coming people. GOOD STUFF IS COMING.
TOOK MY SENIOR PICTURES… Yeah, I guess it’s happening???
Finally, I had my senior portraits photo shoot, which means I’m a senior and this is my last year of high school. LIKE HOW I AM SO CONFUSED. I swear I was going to freshman orientation a week ago.
LISTENED TO SOME GOOD STUFF & READ SOME GOOD BOOKS
This month, I found so much good music and podcasts that I have to share!
Good to Be Alive- This song has SUCH A GOOD MESSAGE. I first heard it at camp, and I’ve been completely obsessed ever since.
Alyssa Lies- Okay, this song makes me cry almost everytime I watch it. The message is so powerful, and couldn’t recommend listening to it more.
Pat McCaffee podcast- Yes, another sports podcast. I know most of you don’t listen to football podcasts, but on the off chance you do, then you gotta download this one. It stars Pat MaCafe, the punter for the Indianapolis Colts. I’ve always known he’s a funny guy, but man- HE’S HILARIOUS. He also has some local comedians on, and they talk about things like traning camp, TV shows, etc. Even if you’re not a football fan but you want some comedy in your life, I recommend it! (Warning: don’t listen to it with your parents).
As for books, I discovered these two gems- “Dark Horse” and “You call it sports, but I’d say it’s a jungle out there”. The 2nd book is a total football nerd book, but I FREAKING LOVE IT.
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