Friday, July 17, 2015

Finally Out of the Woods.

Call me Taylor Swift obsessed, but I've actually learned quite a bit from her lyrics.  Whether I was just a fifteen year old singing "Fifteen" or I was singing "Teardrops on My Guitar," Taylor always got me.  After a sudden change to pop, I was mainly worried that the lyrics I once loved, would turn into a mess of meaningless words that didn't relate to me at all.  Thankfully, I was wrong.  Something that just kind of hit me while I was in Washington was the song "Out of the Woods."  Ever since it came out, I struggled to figure out what it was talking about.  Maybe I'm just dumb, but I just now figured it out.

The last day I was in Washington, my friends and I decided to go on a 3am sunrise hike to Rattlesnake Ridge.  I hate mornings.  I've always hated mornings, but I knew the view would be worth it.  This hike was steep, long, and never ending.  The woods were dark, and I felt like I would never make it out of there no matter how long I walked.  But then, something happened.  I finally saw some light peaking through the trees.  Even though I was exhausted, I literally ran to the ridge and almost cried because of how happy I was.  No longer was I in the dark woods, but instead, I was surrounded by the clean air and the sunlight.  I was in the clear.

I'm pretty sure TSwift was talking about a relationship she had gone through, but I connected it to my relationship with God over the past few years.  Sometimes I've felt in the dark.  You know when you are so tired spiritually, and you feel like you'll never get out of that dark place?  Sometimes I felt I was in the woods for too long and there was no possible way I'd make it out alive.  The path ahead of you was just too long and no matter how hard you tried, you couldn't get out.  Maybe it's just me, but I've been there.  I've been hurt, I've felt betrayed, and I've thought I'd never make it out.  But then, there is that glimmer of light.

For me, God has always been there.  Even when I was in the dark, I could always see where I was going.  The light may not have always been clear, but it was always there.  Now, maybe I'm crazy for comparing a song to my relationship with God, but I'd thought I share some of my thoughts.  One important lesson I've learned in life is to keep moving forward.  I've struggled with things I've never told anyone, I've felt alone, and I've made it out.  A verse that comes to mind is Psalms 23:4.

"Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; they rod and thy staff they comfort me."

I know this isn't a typical post of mine, but I just wanted to share some thoughts of mine (no matter how weird they might be.)  So for anyone feeling alone, just know that God always proves himself.  God is always there, and there is always a light at the end of the tunnel.

Also, here are some pictures of that glorious hike I took on Tuesday morning!  I took some pretty awesome photos of my friend Natalie, and I'm pretty sure she is a model at heart.  I'm so thankful for sunrises that make living so beautiful.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015


Change:  something different from what it is or from what it would be if left alone.  It could simply mean to become different.  What I've learned over the past few years of my life is that change is inevitable.  As a young adult I've learned to embrace change, as painful as it might be, and continue to live no matter the circumstance.  Upon returning home from London, I was surprised.  The lack of change in my own city combined with the change I encountered within myself left me with what is called culture shock.  Was it possible that I got culture shock from just sleeping in my old room and being only a few doors down from my parents?  Yes, it's possible because it happened to me.

Seeing as it's already been a month since I stepped off the plane in O'hare, I can't help but think about the great times I had traveling, my favorite cafes, and just London.  I've ran into a problem these past few weeks though, and I can't seem to shake the lack of inspiration.  Thoughts keep running around my head about that one time there or that time I travelled to who knows where, but I've lost the point of all of it.  To live.  It seems as though I'm not as great at adapting to change as I thought I was.

After realizing my predicament, this is the part where you come into play.  Something that gives me joy and that excites me is my own blog.  I've decided to expand my blog beyond my study abroad adventures.  I want to talk about my new finds, whether it be a new book, recipe, or cool blogger I happen to stumble upon.  I want to write about my style.  How I keep modesty fresh, cool, and fun.  And I want to talk about what you're interested in!  If anyone has any suggestions or comments, I would LOVE to hear them and incorporate them into this fun venture of mine.

My new current trend is a matching set.  I've seen them all over the place (mostly crop tops paired with skirts), but I happened to find an adorable black and white top and skirt at the Loft.  What I love the most about these sets is that they can be paired together or can be combined with other tops or skirts.  I styled my new set three different ways to create three totally different looks both casual and dressy.

The Love Triangles tee I bought at the Loft is 60% off right now and can be found here!

Unfortunately the skirt is sold out, but there are a ton of other options to go with this top.  When I got the skirt, I was actually really surprised with how long it was.  Since I'm short, it hit me mid calf, which isn't the best look.  Thankfully, my grandma was coming into town, so she hemmed it just a few inches for me!  All of the Fourth of July sales are making me go crazy, with most of my favorite stores having 30-40% extra off of clearance.  So happy shopping!

One more thought to throw out there for you!  I would love some travel suggestions for Seattle and Vancouver.  Next week I'm headed out there to spend some time with my friends, and I would love some tips!  If you've been there before, I would love to hear about what you did!