black and white and red and summer

Why do I waste good outfits on a fifteen-minute coffee run and then wear the same five boring outfits to school all the time? Seriously, it’s a problem. At least today, I had the decency to take some pictures of my nice outfit so the world could see it anyway.

Remember how I said I was going to keep up with posts despite my busyness? Yeah, sorry about that. Tomorrow I take my last AP exam (Biology! Wish me luck. I feel morbidly underprepared.) and then I’m home free for basically the rest of the school year. My two hardest classes become donut parties and laid-back project planning periods, the days keep getting warmer, and all my after-school activities dwindle to a close. I’ll finally have time to read Storm of Swords and spend time with my friends again, and I couldn’t be happier.I can’t tell you how excited I am for summer. I’ve made countless plans with friends, and because so many of them are headed off to college in the fall, we’ll be sure to close out our time together with a bang. From stargazing to windsurfing to adventuring in the city, I’m sure I’ll have plenty of adventures to share here, and plenty to cherish by myself. It’s been one roller coaster of a year, and I can’t believe how much I’ve changed in such a short period of time. But it’s all been for the better. I haven’t been this happy in god knows how long.

crop top: forever21 / chambray shirt: my mother’s closet / leggings: who knows? / flats: TJ maxx
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Lately

I haven’t been so great at keeping up with blogging lately. Life has been incredibly hectic, what with APs and SATs swiftly approaching, increasingly frequent rehearsals for a show I’m in, and lots of events with friends, but I couldn’t be happier. The world is coming back to life: every day there’s a little more green, and the sun doesn’t set until almost seven thirty. Excuse the cliche metaphor, but I feel as if I’m on a roller coaster that’s only going up.

I’ll try to post more real content within the coming week, but for now, enjoy these snapshots of my weekend.

This is my adorable friend Georgia, moments after a random stranger walked over and posed with zher.

This is my adorable friend Georgia, moments after a random stranger walked over and posed with zher.

Have you ever been friends with someone for a while, stopped talking to them for years, and reconnected only to become best friends with them? That's what happened with me and Brandon. We "dated" in middle school, and now at the end of junior year we started talking again and realized how wonderfully alike we are in personality. He loves BMX biking, so we had a really fun shoot yesterday by an abandoned bridge.

Have you ever known someone for a while, stopped talking to them for years, and reconnected only to become best friends with them? That’s what happened with me and Brandon. We “dated” in middle school (lol), and now at the end of junior year we started talking again and realized how wonderfully alike we are in personality. He loves BMX biking, so we had a really fun shoot yesterday by an abandoned bridge. You can see more on my Flickr!

Oh, and I got my braces off about a week and a half ago. With all the smiling I've been doing lately, I don't think the timing could have been more perfect.

Oh, and I got my braces off about a week and a half ago! With all the smiling I’ve been doing lately, I don’t think the timing could have been more perfect.

As always, there’s more to see on my Flickr! Stay tuned; posts may continue to be sparse, but I’ll try to make them good. I hope you’re all enjoying your lives as much as I have been lately.

Spring Goals

So much has changed this past week, I hardly know what to do with myself. I’m in a lot of emotional pain, but all I can do is try to focus my energies on the positive things. When you’re with someone for more than two years and suddenly they’re not a part of your life anymore, you start to put all of your choices into perspective. What have I, personally, been doing with myself for the last two years? How have I changed, and what old habits and keepsakes am I still clinging on to? For the first time in a very long time, I’m starting to think about what’s good for me. I’ve come up with a very long list of things I’d like to change.

Luckily, spring is the time to do just that. Temperatures are climbing up into balmy afternoons with a cool breeze, and I’m starting to open up all the windows in the house again. With so much fresh air and fresh blooms in my backyard, I guess this is the perfect time to start completely new.

P1110254I have so many spring goals, but there are a few that aren’t already encompassed in my New Year’s resolutions! They are as follows:

  • Make dinner once a week.┬áIn an effort to eat healthier (and foster my love of cooking!) I want to start making meals for my family. My mother is always complaining about eating the same things week after week, so each recipe I make will be something we’ve never had before! Whether it be an asian-inspired stir-fry or just a different chicken marinade, I’m excited to promote health and new staple meals in my household.
  • Start decluttering and donating. Gosh, my room is a mess. I have so much stuff. So many papers on my desk and shoved under my bookshelf, so many clothes I simply never wear. This goal goes hand in hand with a more long-term one of refining my wardrobe. Almost all of my clothes just don’t say “me” anymore, and that bothers me more than I can say. I’m excited to clear out the old and maintain a smaller, better quality, and better fitting wardrobe that more accurately reflects my personal style.
  • Study for half an hour each day. This goal is kind of icky. I’m in several AP classes, and exams are looming ahead. The days seem to be passing with terrifying speed, so it’s really time to start studying. I’m the sort of person who has never had to study for anything in my life, so this is going to be a difficult habit to adjust to. I can’t even remember the last time I sat down at home and did my homework in one sitting! I’m praying that I can make it out of junior year alive.
  • Visit farmer’s markets and go thrifting. I always want to do this and never seem to, so I’m making it a priority this spring and summer. Farmer’s markets are a fantastic way to support the community, and who doesn’t love fresh produce and handmade goods? Thrift shopping is also a great way to save money and find unique and quality pieces that liven up the wardrobe. My goal is to visit these places with friends. I’ve failed to notice for a long time how many amazing friends I have, and I’m finally starting to spend more time with them.

This seems to be a big period for change in my life, and I’m trying to capitalize upon it as much as I can. In the end, all I have is myself. I have to take care of me first. (:

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I have several other small goals, like restart the garden in my backyard, start jogging again, take more time for my photography, and hang my artwork. What are your spring goals and resolutions?