college talk

i’ve mentioned before how much of an indecisive person i am. it’s a bit ridiculous at times. so when it came to choosing a major in school, you can only bet this didn’t come easy. in fact, three years ago i wrote a series about it.

growing up i never had that “one thing” i just knew i wanted to be, like a teacher or a doctor. i had interests in things, but never knew what i would want my future career to be. i think part of the reason behind this is because from a young age i just knew i wanted to be a mom when i was older.1384261_10103008009391998_1638925757_n

i’ve loved kids since such a young age. with my cousin years ago :)

i still want to be a mom, but of course you kind of need to get married before that happens and i am no where near ready for that. someday hopefully though. so where does this leave me with school?

for the past two-ish years at school, my major was Fitness Management/Personal Training. i chose this major because i enjoy working out and have thought on multiple occasions about becoming a personal trainer someday.

i really liked this major when i started, but then i started to lose interest. i realize you don’t have to go to college to become a certified personal trainer and since i don’t have any plans to open my own gym i felt like i was just wasting time (and money).

this left me just more confused and frustrated. i didn’t like my major but there wasn’t anything else that interested me. you don’t know how lucky you are if you’ve known from a young age what you’ve always wanted to do. i envy you ;)

so, long story short long, school starts back up next Monday. for a little while i contemplated not even going back and taking a break. but i knew deep down that’s not what i wanted. i knew i just wanted to get school over with and get a degree; any degree. so this is why i made the decision to switch my major to General Studies.d7e90aa129b51c7ac9994eb9aee39ca2

with this i have so many options of classes to take, with only a few guidelines. if i’m interested in what i’m learning about i hope to enjoy school that much more. technically i should be graduating this year (which is crazy to think about) but since i’ve only gone part time for the past few semesters, i’m still a junior credit-wise.

if i take 15 credit hours each semester (not counting summer) then i can, God willing, graduate in spring 2016. having a finish line in sight is what’s pushing me to finish. i can do this. and i’ll feel so, so much relief when i do<31cd1570dd0680892bb0872865fc59a5b

xo.

did you always know what you wanted to have a career in?

how many (if any) times did you change your major in college?

a year of books.

growing up i despised reading. it was my least favorite subject in school. i just could never comprehend what i was reading. within the past year i’ve found a whole new love for it that i never expected.

at the beginning of 2014 i new i wanted to read more, but i didn’t make goal for a set number of books to read. i didn’t want or need that added pressure on me. because it probably would have made me not want to read all together.

in total, if i remembered them all, i read 23 books. i’m very pleased with that number. i don’t have a specific goal for this year of how many books i’d like to read, but i just hope to chose books more often over TV. because we all know it’s so much easier to turn the TV on, hah.

here’s a list of the books i read with a mini review of each:

-Running Like a Girl by Alexandra Heminsley

i received this for Christmas last year (2013) and finished it within 2 days i think. if you have any interest in running or want motivation to start, i definitely recommend it. it’ll make you want to run a marathon. she also lives in England which i love. 

-Is Everyone Hanging Out With Out Me? (and Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling

an easy, funny read any girl can relate to. 

-The Fame Game by Lauren Conrad

-Starstruck by Lauren Conrad

-Infamous by Lauren Conrad

all easy, light reads which are a part of a series. they follow the LA Candy series which i read in 2013.

-The Fault in Our Stars by John GreenThe_Fault_in_Our_Stars

hands down my favorite book of 2014. which you probably know by how much i talk about it and the movie. the movie did a beautiful job of portraying the book and i actually like the movie a little better than the book (but not by much).

-Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham

i picked this up during Blend Retreat to read on the plane ride home and solely chose it based off the fact that Lauren Graham (aka Lorelai Gilmore) wrote it. i enjoyed it and i heard somewhere it’s going to be a series which i hope is true.

-Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin

-Something Blue by Emily Giffin

-Baby Proof by Emily Giffin

-Love the One You’re With by Emily Giffin

-Where We Belong by Emily Giffin

-The Heart of the Matter by Emily Giffinbooks

all part of a sort-of series (some characters tie into each other, especially the first two books). ‘Where We Belong’ was my favorite out of all of them, but they all kept me very intrigued and i felt like i read through them quickly. 

-Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch

as someone who has dealt with an eating disorder in the past, this book was on how to give up that diet mentality and truly learn how to eat based on your hunger cues. i enjoyed it and would recommend it to someone struggling with any food-related issues (and hope you’re recovery is in the very, near future<3)

-If I Stay by Gayle Forman

-Where She Went by Gayle Forman

both books go together and i really enjoyed them both. the first one is told my Mia’s point of view and the second by Adam, her boyfriend. i still need to see the movie ‘If I Stay’ and hope they make the second book into a movie as well! (hoping that the first movie is actually good, haha)

-The Giver by Lois Lowryimages

i think i read this book in middle or high school and remembered pieces of it but wanted to reread it. i’m so glad i did! i really loved it and actually just watched the movie for the first time this weekend and it was SO GOOD. 

-Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry

-Messenger by Lois Lowry

part of ‘The Giver’ quartet (the last is ‘Son’ which I haven’t read yet). both easy reads that tie into ‘The Giver’ but not in the expected way that you’d think.

-Paper Towns by John Green

probably my second favorite book of the year. i couldn’t put this one down! i picked it up since it is being made into a movie (to be released this summer) and it’s also by John Green who i’ve grown to love. i thought it might be like TFIOS but it’s not at all, in the best way possible.

-Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle

(shocker: another John Green book ;) ) this book was three stories in one (each written by a different author) that tied the characters together on Christmas Eve/Day during a big snow storm. a fun Christmas-y read!

-A Visual Journey by Ed Sheeran and Phillip ButahEd Sheeran A Visual Journey pack shot of jacket(1)

basically an autobiography written by Ed with sketches and drawings of him drawn by his childhood friend and artist Phillip Butah. i learned so many things about Ed i didn’t already know and finished it in two days. definitely recommend it if you’re a fan of Ed Sheeran!

-The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle

i picked this book up at the library since Lauren Myracle wrote part of ‘Let It Snow’. it’s a young adult “fluffy read” which was cheesy at times, but overall pretty decent.

and that’s a wrap on my 2014 reading! i’m about 1/3 of the way through my first book of 2015. i’m not sure how much time i’ll have to read once school starts up, but i’m going to try my best.

xo.

do you enjoy reading?

have you read any good books lately?

 

 

 

 

 

new year, new look

as you can probably tell, i gave my blog a little face lift. to be honest, i considered quitting blogging all together. then i thought maybe i’ll start an entirely new blog. then after thinking it through, i decided to just update this one. first of all, i’m not tech-y enough to figure out how to transfer everything from here to a new domain, and i didn’t want to lose everything all together, so i guess i’ll stick around ;)

the past few months (or even year to be honest) i was lacking with motivation to blog. i wasn’t feeling creative, and blogging was one of the last things on my mind. within the past month i’ve gotten the blogging ‘itch’ again and hope to put posts up more regularly now!

i want to blog more about traveling. it’s something i love so much and i love to talk about it. i also hope to blog more about concerts and music. and maybe one day even fashion. during the week i usually only wear yoga pants for work, but whenever i’m feeling stylish and love my outfit why not post about it?

i’m sure i’ll still blog occasionally about food and fitness because those are still obviously a part of my life, but they just no longer revolve around it.

here’s to a new year and new beginnings<3

xo.