Summer Nights

There’s this aura about them that makes me never want to go inside. Everything from the warm air hugging my body, to the sweet smell of the wind begs me to stay beneath the stars until the sun begins to rise

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The Liebster Award!

Hey guess what?! I just got nominated for the Liebster Award!! Jolene (aka missonceuponamarathon.wordpress.com) was kind enough to put my blog up for nomination.
Jolene is a super cool blogger who inspires readers with her delicious recipes and stories about life as a runner.

About the Award:
1. This award is given to new or up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers.
2. The award is then passed along to other bloggers in the same category to help spread the word and support one another.
3. Each blogger should post 11 random facts about themselves.
4. Answer the questions the tagger has set for you, then create 11 new questions for the bloggers you pass the award to.
5. Choose 5 new bloggers (with less than 200 followers) to pass the award to and link them in your post.
6. Go back to their page and tell them about the award.
7. No tag backs.

Random Facts About Me:
1. I usually wake up with the sun. Regardless of what time I go to bed, when the sun starts to get up I usually end up waking up as well
2. I recently discovered rock climbing as a sport and have become obsessed!!
3. Tea (any kind) is my ultimate comfort food/in this case, drink
4. When I was a kid I never wanted to grow up. I wanted be a kid forever (and still kind of do)
5. Corn tortillas, lime, cilantro, basil, mozzarella, almond butter, peanut butter, and chocolate are all, in my opinion, gifts from God.
6. If I’m ever having a bad day all I need to do is sit in a warm sunny spot for a few minutes and my mood will significantly improve
7. The 2 places I want to visit most are New Zealand and India
8. I’ve been both skydiving and bungee jumping
9. I started running as a way to train for soccer, then discovered I actually really liked it and started running off season and on my own just for fun
10. My dream vacation would be to spend 1 week in the 1960s, 1 week in the 1970s, 1 week in the 1980s, and 1 week in the 1990 (2000 and beyond I can remember pretty clearly but before that I was too young)
11. If I could have a super power, I would choose to never get tired and to never have to sleep. You could do so much more with your life if exhaustion didn’t make you dysfunctional at a certain point.

Answers to Jolene’s Questions:
1. What is your favorite meal? (i.e. breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks):
dinner
2. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would you change?
My hair. I want even and flawless waves top to bottom. Mine hair’s a mix of curly and wavy, and its so unpredictably there is no way you could call it “flawless”
3. If you could go to the Olympics in one sport, which would you choose?
Soccer or snowboarding
4. Jeans or sweatpants?
Jeans
5. Cats or dogs?
Definitely dogs!! Cats can be cute but we don’t seem to get along

Now, in order to pass on the favor (I love this “pay it forward” game) I am nominating the following bloggers for the award as well.

http://followyourheartandlifewillfollow.wordpress.com – thoughts on running, training, living a healthy lifestyle, and her life in general

http://margo187.wordpress.com – inspirational writing, thoughts on life, and quotes

http://prolificpantry.wordpress.com – yummy and healthy recipes

http://youthpolitcal.wordpress.com – thoughts on the latest political movements of the millennial generation.

http://jessietierney.wordpress.com – freelance photographer and blogger who writes about yoga and life

And here are the questions y’all need to answer:
1. Which types of foods do you prefer? Sweet or Savory?
2. Would your rather watch the sunrise or the sunset?
3. All of a sudden your plans for a busy Saturday get canceled and you’re left with a totally free day. What do you do?
4. Which do you prefer, the summer or winter Olympics?
5. Favorite rainy day activity?
6. Do you prefer ice cream in a cup or a cone?
7. What’s your favorite holiday?
8. Would you rather live in the woods or on the beach?
9. If you had to be in the circus what would you want to do? You would become a pro at whatever you choose.
10. What’s your favorite season?
11. Name somewhere you’d like to travel.

Thanks again for the nomination Jolene and I wish all the new nominees good luck!!!

My Apologies – Stay Tuned

So I know I said I was going to be carrying out my 22 Acts of Kindness project today, but I’ve spent the last 2 days running around like crazy trying to move myself in back at home. I arrived back from college to find my closet almost empty and really needed clothes to wear, so I’ve been busy going through boxes and unpacking. Unfortunately, this means I didn’t have time to prep for my 22 Acts of Kindness project. Don’t worry though. It’s still happening. My ambitious self just didn’t consider that the third day back home might not be the best day to take on this day-long project. I’m still really excited about it and have my list written out of things I want to do, so it’s happening!!! I’m setting a tentative deadline of next weekend, but as to not disappoint again, I’m allowing myself until June 9th to get it done. 

22 Acts of Kindness. I need ideas. Responses please :)

This morning I woke up and checked my Twitter, my email, my Facebook, and my blog, as I usually do in the morning since I’m a total social media nerd, and came across one of the most inspiring videos I’ve ever seen. Click here to watch it for yourself. 

It tells the story of a man in Pakistan who on his 22nd birthday decided to celebrate by performing 22 acts of kindness. Having JUST turned 22 this really resonated with me and definitely inspired me. What did I do for my 22nd birthday? I went out to dinner…. This kid makes my little celebration look pathetic. I’m not one to let an amazing idea come my way and not act upon it though. This Sunday I plan on having a belated birthday celebration by performing 22 acts of kindness of my own. I might even make it 23 to make up for missing this opportunity on the day of my birthday. 23 acts is a large number though and I’m going to need help coming up with ideas. I could copy the things Syed Muzamil Hasan Zaidi did in his video, but I feel I should come up with my own unique acts of kindness. Since I live in the United States, rather than in Pakistan, I am surrounded by a different set of social problems and a different set of people who could use a little help. This is where I’m calling on all of you, my readers, to help me out on this. Give me any ideas that you have about what acts of kindness I could perform. And stay tuned for next week’s post when I let you all know what I actually ended up doing.

Living to Work vs. Working to Live

I’ve recently come to an interesting observation, that there are 2 ways to go through life. One is through living to work and the other is through working to live. All my life I’ve been surrounded by people who live to work (although they may not admit it), with the exception of a few. These people have chosen to pursue careers. They have taken jobs that set them on a life path and have schedule the rest of their lives to revolve around their work. I have always aspired to grow up into an adult with a stable and interesting career, but recently I’ve started to think about what the alternative might be like. To be completely honest, I’ve also always admired those people who are free enough of spirit to follow their hearts to difference and interesting places; who choose to sacrifice months of their time in order to explore the Appalachian mountains, to conquer the face of Half Dome, or to hitch hike across the United States. These are the people who generally work to live. Their life doesn’t revolve around their job, but rather they pay their dues behind a desk or in a shop in order to save enough money to allow them to get outside and explore. From my experience, these people have no aspirations of having a “career.” They approach life from a totally different angle. I don’t think one path is better than the other. They are simply different and it’s interesting to think about the differences and similarities between the people who chooses one type of life over another. I still think that I want to choose the career path, to find a job that so excites me that I WANT to spend most of my time devoted to it. Having just graduated with a degree in sociology however, I’m left with the thought of had I not been socialized into a community in which all my mentors had a career, would I perhaps have different life aspirations? Would I view life’s possibilities differently? Would I view post-grad life from an alternative perspective? And what would my future play out to be?

Hey Look, we graduated!!

Hey Look, we graduated!! Thank you to everyone who helped make this journey both possible and incredibly special. I’ll never forget my time at Conn. I learned a lot, made some amazing friends, experienced more than I could have hoped for, and had a great time along the way. Now it’s time to move on to even bigger things. Watch out World a group of smart, driven, and talented camels are heading your way! Check out pics from the big day here. http://ow.ly/lf1zt

Here’s a quick preview of some special moments
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