2015 summer goal.

DSC_00172This year’s “summer to-do list” is the longest one yet and it’s constantly growing. Little tasks and reminders to keep this break going make up the majority of the list however there’s one big task that sits above the others.

This summer, 2015, I want to make enough money for a Sony A5100 (or an A5000.)
I did a bunch of research, looking at the spec of these mirrorless DSLRs. Originally, I was looking into one of those hefty DSLRs that you see the pros carrying around. But then I saw the smaller versions in this video and I was in love. They’re smaller and lighter, making them easier to carry around, and they have just as many lenses as classic DSLRs. With something so expensive (to me at least) I had and will keep researching. I watched this video, and this one. Both are great videos reviewing the camera.

Can you tell how excited about this I am? I’d love to get my hands on one of these and I’m hoping to put that excitement into making some money this summer. I’ve got it taped on my wall so I can see it every morning. It’s the first time I’ve ever saved money for a specific goal/reward. Let’s see how this works.

New camera also means more and better blog content. Win-win for everyone. 🙂

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lately // may

It’s May, the last full month between me and summer. Lately, I’ve been….

Reflecting on this past year. Man, it went by like a speeding soccer mom (fast, but just a little). I liked this year.

Watching the Chef’s Table documentary on Netflix. SOOOO goood.

Listening to Lana, Marina, and Karmin.

Learning about the crossroads between should and must.

Growing lettuce and goji berries. (!)

Putting a bunch of business and blogging books on hold at the library. I’m excited about this one, this one, and this one.

Enjoying the sun. We took a trip to Eastern Washington last weekend and sunglasses were always on.

Ordering this swim suit. (it was on sale too!)

Feeling kinda stressed ’bout these last two weeks of school. Finals!

Wanting to hang out with my friends before they leave for their vacations.

Looking for a cheaper version of these shoes.

Working on projects and lots of new blog posts. I’m hoping to get back into the swing of things this summer.

And, working out.

Loving this post by Becky about how “wrong reasons” in blogging is absolute bullshit.

Reading the classics. Secret Garden, Little Woman, Importance of Being Earnest.

Eating HUMMUS. GUAC. my loves.

Figuring out what I’m bring to camp this summer. And yes, I actually like packing.

And finally, this week I was posting about overnight oats. (go check it out!)

basic overnight oats.

oats-mainoats-spoonThis past month, I’ve been trying to eat healthier, or at least, eat a filling breakfast. And I’ve found on my hunts through Pinterest something called, Overnight Oats. It’s pretty filling, and can taste amazing when you put in the right fruits. It actually was so good, easy to make, and quick that I’ve created the bare-bones recipe for these oats so that you know what you need, and can add what you want.

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old-fashioned oats
milk (almond, soy, chocolate, regular, etc.)
yogurt or a mashed banana
chia seeds

optional (but yummy):
fruits
honey
cinnamon
any other topping

Steps:

  1. Pick a sealable container, and pour in the amount of oats you want. Then pour in the same amount of milk (in a 1:1 ratio)
  2. Put in about 1 tbsp of yogurt for every cup of oat-milk mixture. Play around with this to make it the perfect thickness for you.
  3. Pour in a handful of chia seeds. All the “measurements” in this are incredibly flexible, if you couldn’t tell from my fancy terminology. 🙂
  4. Then just mix in the fruit and other toppings, close the container, and pop it in the fridge.
  5. Next morning, already made oatmeal!

Easy, right? Now, tell me in the comments what you think and what you would put in these overnight oats.

this generation.

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This generation, or at least kids around my age, are doing amazing things. There are kids older than me that are talking to the President, acting in movies, and solving cancer-sized issues. And kids younger than me are doing just as much. It’s crazy.

This generation has so many opportunities and resources (internet anyone?) that almost everyone is doing something or on their way to doing someone with purpose. We have so many possibilities, especially being middle-class in the States. We’re lucky to have enough money and time and yet at the same time there is some pressure along side it. People are changing the world, and that makes me think “I should be changing the world too.” But am I doing enough, today?

read in April.

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In an effort to read more this year, I read two books this past month:

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling

It’s a autobiography/humor/memoir kind of thing. It was good, and funny at times. I really liked the first part about looking back on her childhood. It’s probably because I’m in that age right now that I relate so much to it. From the butter croissants from Costco to diminishing group of friends. I totally got her. The chapters after that were less and less relatable for me as she moved to New York and wrote a play. By the end the funny bits (like her random selfies) were a little boring.

and Paper Towns by John Green

Love love love this book. It made me happy that the night out with Margo took up almost half of the book. And the ideas/themes/discoveries of life Green includes were very… real. They struck a cord with me. The string, the grass, the cracks in our watertight vessel. And after searching high and low for this girl, she *spoiler* didn’t want to be found. Q learned so much on this adventure, and I’m glad he didn’t get his “prize”. He kept returning to that mall though, and it became almost repetitive. But that was when things began to happen. I can’t wait for the movie.

Tell me in the comments what books you read or what you thought of these! (Happy Wednesday)

closet office: thoughts

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I remember reading an article some 5 years ago. I was young and still pretty new to the Internet. But that article stuck with me all these years. I will never find the original article, as it is lost forever at virtual sea. But let me share with you the gist of. It’s still in my mind.

It was about a writer. This writer was a writer for the newspaper or magazine it was published in and he seemed good at his job. I remember him talking about what everyone seems to be talking about lately: productivity. More of it, less of it. People are spending more time find ways to be productive than actually being productive. But this writer didn’t talk about what you should do. He talked about what he did.

He did all of his work in a closet. In his house he had a little room, filled with clothes, boxes, forgotten memorabilia. Most people call it a closet. To him it was his office. There was something about being in the small space, so close to everything and yet with nothing to distract you. There was a small desk, a lamp, and his work. Nothing else.

And the closet was symbolic to. A physical door separated him from the 9-5 work life and everything else. It’s like if you go in, you’re on work mode. If you’re not going to do any work, get out.

This stuck with me as a 10 year old, and I still remember it today. As I write countless essays for school, (I’m avoiding one right now) I come back to this idea of putting yourself in a small space, surrounded only by your thoughts. I need somewhere like that. I need somewhere where I can do my work, and finish my work.

Just some thoughts from today. I wanna know: do you have an office? What environments are you most “productive” in? Tell me in the comments!

seattle // UVillage Part 2

This is Part 2 of my trip to UVillage. Read Part 1 here.

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After getting my hair done at Swink and doing a little shopping, we stopped for lunch at Eureka!.

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LOOK AT THOSE ONION RINGS.

DSC_9520I think that was the first time I couldn’t finish everything. Yes, I was a bit sick but still. It was pretty good.

As we slowly made our way outside, under the cloudy skies, the bright liveliness of a single storefront caught our attention.

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It was Paint the Town, a childhood favorite of mine. You walk in, pick a ceramic piece, and you start painting. I’ve always loved painting. Picking out the paints, painting layer after layer of beautiful color.

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I haven’t been surrounded by so many colors in ages. It was nice to go back again. And this is for you has become a mantra of mine that I keep in my head. I’ll do a post about it soon. 🙂

It was the to such a wonderful day, visiting all the places I’ve always wanted to go, and places I’ve always loved. Being near my home, I stop by often, and now I have another reason to hang around this local shopping village. If you aren’t convinced to visit just yet, let me remind you that UVillage (fully known as University Village) is right next to the University of Washington, which means (if I use the vernacular) hella good food.

What are your favorite parts of your city? Tell me in the comments!

seattle // UVillage

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In a new series exploring the wonderful places in Seattle, I went on a day out shopping. Yes, yes, I spent a whole Saturday eating, shopping and getting my hair done. Just for you. It was hard, but I made it though. 😛 Now let me tell you about it.

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I started my day with a hair appointment at Swink Style Bar. It’s the first style bar in Seattle. Throughout the years, I’ve passed by Swink many times, always sneaking a peak into what happens inside. So when they offered a complementary ‘do, I took it. I’ve never gotten my hair done before and after just getting a new haircut, I was nervous. But I walked right in, got seated, and witnessed my hair become a piece of art.

DSC_9441 DSC_9425 DSC_9428 DSC_9442DSC_9430DSC_9438 DSC_9434The lights were shining, and the mirrors glimmering. I sat down, unsure of what I wanted. The stylist talked me through everything, ending with me choosing the G&T look. Excuse the weird face I’m making. It’s hard to be composed when my hair looks so. freaking. good. The stylist even gave me a braid to finish it off. ( I am the worst at braids)

With my hair looking fabulous, my friend and I hit the streets (@UVillage) and did a little shopping.

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We walked across the sunshine-filled village to H&M, where I’m finding is becoming less and less my style.

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In a sad attempt to showcase the hair and braid, I of course took some selfies in the mirror (it’s more interesting than the clothes there).

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That’s just a small (small!) piece of the wondrous University Village that I’ve been visiting since I was a kid. An open-air shopping area, right next to the University of Washington (which I’ve also been going to since I was a kid), it’s one of the places you should visit after the classic tourist attractions. Gives you a feel of what the people are like here in the PNW. Shopping and hair styling, could it get better? YES. I’ll be posting part 2 of UVillage next week! Stay tuned.

Thanks again to Swink Style Bar for giving me the chance to feel awesome for a day. ❤

the future.

photo-1423753623104-718aaace6772I know what it will be like in 5 years.

You definitely don’t.

I bet you wonder if you’ll be knee-deep in college homework or maybe at a job you were miraculously offered. The thought of not making it into a university and not doing anything probably wandered into you head a few times too.

I know what it will be like in 5 years.

But honestly, I know only one of the possibilities. Any one of your decisions could change me and throw me onto a different course. That pro and con list could decide if you get rich, or get lucky. Every choice you make pushes me a little further. A shove there. A bump there. Who knows where I could end up. There are so (so) many things I could be. And you hold the ability to choose.

You get to choose what I am.

I could be your best friend, your glory days. Or I could be utter hell and reck your house in the blink of an eye. I’d be ok with being either, but I think something in between would be perfect. It’s all in your hands, anyways.

Sometimes I hear rumors, from various people throughout their life. They say I’ll end up being ok. They say everything will be ok. They say who I am is as good, or maybe better, than what they thought I would be. But I don’t know. Maybe I really am ok. Or maybe, they just dream big enough.

(weekly posts resumes…now) 

getting though a slump.

slumpWinter break has long past now nothing but spring break stands in the way of summer. Oh, what are we to look forward to in the next month and a half? How are we gonna make it through this typical school year slump?

Fill your schedule. Fill it with things that you like to do so that it doesn’t seem like “busy” work. If there’s something to get excited about every week, you won’t notice the long string of weeks ahead. So go plan a weekend trip, get tickets to that thing that sparked your interest, plan a get together with your friends.

photo-1424819989622-273212130f7bDo the things that you’ve been putting off. No better time. Reply to those emails, schedule that appointment. Do it!

Start a project. Make it so that this time is special, exciting, this is when you starts (your project). Just start something. Anything. That thrilling period when you start something new can make this time seem like a guy chasing the bus that’s leaving (so, kinda fast + maybe awkward)

No matter what, make the most of this time. It may seem boring, unending, and empty. But you can change that. Yeah?

Tell me in the comments what you do when you get in a slump!