Plants and Nature

My Succulent Babies

So I recently fell in love with planting succulents and cacti. So far, they have been the best plants for me to keep alive and I think they are so adorable. Not only do I love finding new succulents, but I love painting pots for them too. It is a way for me to collect plants and be crafty at the same time. I found so many awesome ideas on Pinterest for flower pots so I will probably be crafting a lot in the next few weeks.

My dad is a major plant person and got me hooked on succulents. He has a huge collection of his own and teaches me how to plant mine. He also gives me pieces of his plants so that I can grow my own. I think half of my plant collection has come from his. However, I have also developed a small addiction to buying my own from plant stores. Lowe’s had some last week that contained four succulents for about five dollars.

I am just a beginner at growing succulents so there is a lot for me to learn. I have been researching the best soil to grow them in, the best way to water them, and how to propagate them. I am just now trying to propagate them and I am super excited to see how it will turn out. The more I get into planting succulents and cacti, the more I will probably post about them, so stay tuned to see if my succulents survive and how big my collection may ultimately grow.

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La Ciudad de MΓ©xico

Over winter break, I got the chance to visit Mexico City with one of my Spanish classes. It was one of the best trip I have been on. Although we had to complete a lot of homework overall for the class, we got to see and experience so much while in Mexico. We got to absorb the culture. We were able to practice our Spanish and listen to others speak Spanish. We had the chance to eat authentic Mexican food and climb up a Mexican pyramid. We got to ride boats, see museums, and participate in Mexican celebrations.

A few things I learned:

  • I did not feel as nervous about being in another country as I thought I would.
  • People were extremely nice and a lot of people actually spoke English.
  • Sometimes we would have to pay to go to the restroom.
  • The food was really cheap, but they use less cheese than I expected.
  • Ubers were the best way to get around and Ubers were pretty cheap.

A few things I would change if I got to go back:

  • I would not eat at so many chain restaurants: Subway, McDonalds, Starbucks, etc.
  • I would bring cough medicine and cough drops. I got sick and could not read all the information on the medicine bottles, because it was all in Spanish.
  • I would spend more time walking around and trying new things.
  • I would exchange more than $100 to Pesos on the first day. Having pesos made buying things much easier.

Overall, I recommend Mexico City to anyone who wants to embrace a new culture. There are so many museums and tourist places. It was very nice and there was so much to do. I recommend going to Six Flags (the tickets are really cheap) and visiting the pyramids. I made so many new friends and tried new food. I am so thankful for choosing to go on this trip and for the classmates that helped me when I needed a translator.

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Words of Advice for Somebody Younger

I am not the wisest and I make my fair share of mistakes, but if I could go back in time and talk to a younger me, this is what I would tell myself…

One day, you will regret the amount of soda you want to drink to get you through the day. I absolutely cannot go without caffeine and I have a deep love for carbonated drinks. I wish that I would have always just drank water. I honestly drink my calories daily and I need to work on it.

Life comes at you faster than you know, and plans have a tendency to change. Enjoy the here and now. There will never be “this exact moment” again. I have friends that are getting married, graduating, and moving. Life constantly changes so take advantage of the moments. Stay awake later than you want to if your friend wants to hang. Get off the couch and go be adventurous. Treasure every moment, even the silly or simple ones.

Do not change yourself to fit in with people. You will find your tribe one way or another. Find the friends that are perfectly fine with who you are. Find the friends that want to sing on the top of their lungs to silly songs and the friends that are okay with hanging out on the couch watching rom-coms all day. Life is so much more fun/easier when you do not have to try to be someone else in order to be liked.

One of my biggest problems is wanting to do everything and not ever wanting to say no. It is okay to take time to yourself though. Take time to read that book you have been wanting to read, to blog about something random, to play candycrush on your phone, or take a long bath. The world and your problems will all still be there after you taken a moment to yourself.

It is honestly one of the best experiences that I have ever had. There is so much that can be learned from a child. It is a chance to love on children, and grow as a person. Mentoring creates bonds like no other. The children you get to mentor want to spend time with you. They want to tell you stories and have you pour love into their lives.

Spending time with my family is one of my favorite things in this world. They support me and help me grow. I call my mom daily, and she has become one of my best friends. The older I get, the more I appreciate special times with my siblings, grandparents, and parents. Listen to their stories and tell them yours.

Whether it is a stupid boy or a friend, do not look to somebody else to find your happiness. Be yourself and search for happiness within yourself. People will let you down, even if they do not mean to. We are all humans and we fail sometimes. Understand that the only person that can truly help you find your happiness is yourself.

Take time to find out who are, take time to hang out with friends, take time to study and work hard, and take time to be yourself. Life isn’t a race. Slow down and take a deep breath. If it takes you three times of changing your major to be happy, that is okay. Take time to find your tribe, take time to find someone who cares about you and your happiness, and take time to enjoy life. Do not stress if you do not have it all together, because it will all work out one day.

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10 Things I Love About Living with my Best Friend

I am in my senior year of college and my roommate is one of my very best friends. We met before freshmen year and became great friends. We realized we are actually insanely similar and clicked right off the bat. We lived in dorms together freshmen and sophomore year and then took a year living with different people. This year, we have an off-campus apartment together and it has been the best year yet. Here are 10 Things I Love About Living With My Best Friend (there are more reasons, but the list would be insanely long if I listed everything):

  1. I always have a work out buddy whenever I need one. We motivate each other, and I definitely need the motivation to go to the gym.
  2. I basically have two closets to pick clothes out of. There is nothing better than wearing the same size as your roommate. I think I borrowed at least three of her shirts just last week.
  3. We both love Christmas and Christmas movies. It is not even Thanksgiving yet and we already have 3 Christmas trees decorated in our apartment.
  4. We go along with each other’s stupid ideas. Even when we know we are acting silly and ridiculous, we still have fun. I encourage her shopping addiction and she encourages my procrastination habit.
  5. My parents love her and her parents love me. We enjoy going home with one another for the weekends. Her family treats me as one of their daughters and my parents always ask me to invite her over.
  6. We can spend hours laughing about things that only make sense to us. Sometimes we laugh until we both have tears in our eyes and we are literally doubled over.
  7. I always have someone to watch my favorite movies with. We probably watch way too many Disney movies for two college seniors, but it is worth it. Plus, we are both always down to watch the same television shows, especially Friends.
  8. I always have someone to give me honest advice. If she does not like my outfit or my hair, she will not hesitate to tell me. We have become so comfortable with one another that we are pretty straight-forward.
  9. She likes to cook and I cannot cook to save my life. She makes really good food and keeps me from spending money at Taco Bell every night of the week.
  10. We both love to read, so we can share books with one another. We like to suggest good books to each other and then discuss them. It is like we have our own private book club.
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10 Things from my Bucket List

Today’s blog is 10 things from my bucket list. I absolutely love making lists, and my bucket list is my favorite list I have ever made. I am constantly adding to it and improving it. I think having a bucket list is important, because it gives me something to look forward to. It is also helps me be a dreamer and come up with new things that I hope to someday have the chance to see or do.

1. Kiss in the rain.

I honestly want to relive one of the kissing in the rain scenes from all those amazing romantic movies. I would probably end up laughing the whole time, but I think it would make a great memory. This one might be a struggle for me, because I do not enjoy standing in the rain and I hate being wet and cold.

2.Say “Yes” to everything for a day.

I am a little nervous about this one, but I think it could be really fun. I feel like I do not always give things a chance, and this would make me more open to new ideas. I would not tell anyone what I was doing though, because my friends/family would end up having me clean their houses and doing all kinds of dumb things.

3.Ride a Gondola in Venice.

This is actually something I really want to do one day. I think it would be beautiful and I could see so much culture from being in Venice. I always try to find ideas that involve traveling to add to my bucket list.

4.Eat a hotdog in New York.

I was actually in New York this past summer and I did not cross this one off my list. I guess I forgot that it was something that I had planned to do. I always see people buying food from street vendors in movies, and I think this would be fun to do.

5.Take a random weekend trip to the beach.

I think it would be so fun to just go away to the beach for a weekend and make no plans. I am not a very spontaneous person, so I think this would make me really live in the moment.

6.Pet a penguin.

One of my best friends went to Sea World last year and paid to pet penguins. She sent me pictures of it and she looked so happy. I think it would just be something fun to do that I would not be able to do all of the time.

7.Run a half marathon.

I am not much of a runner, but running makes me feel so much healthier and clears my head. I always feel much more productive on days that I go for a run. I think running a half marathon would force myself to train and become a better runner. Plus, it would be something that I could say I did for myself.

8.Visit the Redwood Forest.

This is something that my dad really wants to do. I think a trip to San Francisco and to see the Redwood Forest with my family would be amazing. It would be a chance to bond with my family while enjoying the beauties of nature.

9.Ride in a horse-drawn carriage.

I might be a hopeless romantic, but I think this would be so fun. I always see it in movies and I dream that I will do it one day. Even if I do not do it with someone I love, I think it would still be fun to ride in one with a friend or even by myself.

10.Go apple picking.

This one seems really simple, but I think it would be an interesting experience. I do not even know where any apple orchards are, but I would like to find one. I went strawberry picking with my family two years ago and it was so fun. We made a day out of going to a local farm and gathering strawberries. It just made me look at them different when I knew that they were fresh and I picked them myself. I also love this idea, because it allows people to support farmers and local businesses instead of just buying fruit from the shelves in a grocery store.

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15 Interesting Facts About Me

I am new to this whole blog thing and I needed something to motivate me. While searching Pinterest, I came across blog challenges. I am super excited about it new ways to use my blog and I think it will be a really fun adventure/hobby.

Here is 15 interesting facts about me:

  1. I have a slight obsession with Diet Coke and I sometimes drink about four a day.
  2. I have a passion for working with nonprofits, especially nonprofits that help children.
  3. I love photography, but I am just getting started in it. I need a whole lot more practice.
  4. I am a super picky eater, and I have a super bad sweet tooth. My favorite snack is a cream cheese danish.
  5. I love to drink coffee, but I add way too much creamer and sugar.
  6. I am obsessed with growing succulents.
  7. I have a bucket list and love spending time adding new things to my list.
  8. Reading is my favorite hobby, and I spend way too much money in book stores. I should really read the books I own before I go buy new books.
  9. I graduate from college soon, but I still do not know what I am going to do with my life.
  10. I love to go hiking, hammocking, exploring, and sight-seeing.
  11. Salad is my favorite food, but I hate almost all vegetables.
  12. Christmas is my favorite holiday and my favorite thing in the world is to cuddle up in my pajamas and watch Hallmark Christmas movies while drinking hot cocoa.
  13. I love making lists, so this blog is so fun for me.
  14. Bath bombs make me extremely happy and my friends gave me about 15 of them for my last birthday.
  15. I like to wear makeup, but I am terrible at putting it on.
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Going to the zoo!Β 

Ever dream about playing with a kangaroo and riding a camel? The Safari Gentry Zoo is the perfect place for you.

I recently went to the Gentry Safari Zoo with my sorority sisters and we all loved it. We got to spend hours petting and playing with animals and then we got to drive through and look at even more animals. They have kangaroos, giraffes, monkeys, zebras, camels, and so many more.

I loved it,because I loved playing with the animals while bonding with my sisters. It was awesome to watch how some girls got crazy excited to see certain animals and some girls were absolutely terrified of some animals. Some girls were taking photos with a snake, while some girls completely avoided the area with the snakes.

Visiting the Gentry Safari Zoo has been on my bucket list for a while, and I am so glad that I got to go with my sisterhood. πŸ’•

 

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Starting to Feel the Struggle

I am currently a junior in my university and I am in the stage where I want to get everything out of the college experience, but I’m also ready for it to be over. I love my classes, I love meeting people at college, and I love the experiences. However, I feel like I am just waiting for my life to begin. I want to be working for nonprofits and loving on the less fortunate, but instead I am going to class, napping, and writing papers. I mentor every week and I volunteer when I can, but I’m ready to spend all day everyday making a difference. Why is writing a 15 page paper important when I could be helping build houses, clothe homeless youth, or love on children who have bad home lives?

On the bright side, I know that I am learning things that can help me give back to the community one day. I am not only learning things associated with my major, but college is also teaching me real-life skills. I am learning how to better communicate my beliefs and ideas. I am learning about other cultures, learning about having better relationships, and about managing my time. I am learning about groups of people who need love and hope.

So although I feel extremely discouraged in this exact moment in my life, I know that it will all work out in the end. I have hope that this is all part of a bigger plan and that I just need to have faith.

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Alternative Spring Break 2017

This last spring break, I got the most amazing opportunity. I was able to spend my spring break in Austin, Texas with 8 other students from my university. We all participated in ATU’s Alternative Spring Break. We spent 4 days doing volunteer work and spent the afternoons and the fifth day exploring Austin and San Antonio. We were able to work with homeless youth, UT Austin, Austin Furniture Bank, and Hill Country Ride. Although it wasn’t the what people think about when they think about a normal spring break filled with partying and crazy college students, it was one of the most amazing weeks of my life.

I made 8 new amazing friends and learned so much about nonprofits and ways to volunteer that I never knew about. I learned how great it feels to know that I am doing something helpful. I experienced new ideas, new food, different cultures, and different viewpoints. I experienced public transportation and shawarma for the first time in my life. I hope that I can always look back on this past week and remember the amazing time I had and the important life lessons that I learned. If you ever get an opportunity to spend a week in a new place volunteering, take it cause it could be a life-changing experience.

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Beaching on the Forth

If something could go wrong, it did on our mini vacation to Gulf Shores, Alabama on the forth of July. From a small little fender accident to jellyfish stings, it all happened. I advise not traveling to the beach on the forth, because it was packed. It took us hours to get anywhere and everywhere was crowded.

With all that being said, it was still a pretty great trip. It was not our most relaxing trip, but it was still fun to watch fireworks from beach chairs, to play in the water with people you love, and to take as many photos as humanly possible on one small vacation. We had wonderful food (the best was at the Oyster House), fed alligators at Fudpuckers, did rope courses, and splashed in the water.

The best part was spending time with my family, enjoying beautiful sunsets, and making memories at every place we visited. There is no doubt that I’m a beach kind of girl.