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Counting Down The Days Until Ireland!

11 Jun

I leave for Ireland in 8 days. Truthfully, it still feels a bit unreal, and yet it’s not. In eight short days, I’ll be saying goodbye to the United States and hello to a dream of mine: Ireland. 🙂

I spent time yesterday getting things ready for Ireland: making copies of all the important documents, going out and getting power adapters for my computer and camera charger (the two necessities of my trip, both of which will help me document the experience of a lifetime). Even though I haven’t started packing yet, I’ll probably do some packing trial runs throughout this week so that I’ll be sure and have everything when I leave on the 19th. Even though I’ve been told that a lot of things can be bought once I’m Ireland, I still want to bring as much of my own things as I can. Thankfully, I’ve always been a pretty light packer anyway, and I’ll definitely want to have plenty of room for gifts for family and friends as well as a few momentoes for myself.

Since I’ll be traveling around for a week with my mom before my program begins in Galway, I’ll hopefully be able to at least get a feel for things (transportation, money, shops, pubs etc) before starting my program. While in Galway, I’ll be taking two courses, and even though I haven’t officially signed up for classes yet, I’m hoping to take Irish Literature and Film and Gaelic Culture. Four full weeks of reading Irish literature and learning as much as possible about the Irish culture…I couldn’t think of anything better.

I’m also excited to keep all of you up to date on my travels and my experiences while in Ireland. I’ll be posting tons of pictures as well as recapping the best memories of every few days. I’m so happy to be able to tell all of you how my trip is going. Most of all though, I’m just ready to embark on the experience of a lifetime. I’ve had more than my share of nerves over the past few days, but truthfully, I think once I actually get there, most of my nerves will settle. I mean, how can I not smile constantly when I’m finally living a dream of mine? 🙂

The Perfect Saturday!

5 May

Though I knew that I’d have so much fun this summer, today was just a reminder of all the amazing friends that I’ve made during my first year at UNC Asheville (but second year of college). Today I went to UNCA’s graduation since two of my friends, Ivy and Rabia, were graduating. Me and two friends of mine, Malia and Brittnay, got to campus an hour before graduation was supposed to start. Honestly, though I knew that there were lots of graduates, I didn’t really think we needed to be there that early. However, Ivy and Rabia assured us the night before that we needed to get there by 8am if we wanted to get good seats, so that’s what we made sure to do!

Even though we were at graduation early, we passed the time by getting some good pictures of all of us, which I was glad about since I wanted more pictures with my friends. Even though it seems like college students end of having a lot of pictures of each other since so many of us like documenting things, I have been slack about pictures recently because, honestly, who has time for pictures when they’re just having so much fun?!?

The ceremony was a bit of a downer though since it started pouring rain right when the graduates walked out and sat down (since the ceremony was outside). Thankfully, however, my friends and I were able to get under a nearby building so we didn’t get soaking wet. Also, by the time the speaker started calling the graduates’ names to receive their diplomas, the rain had let up so Malia, Brittnay and I were able to cheer on Ivy and Rabia!

The day continued with lunch at Doc Chey’s, a noodle place in downtown Asheville, which was really yummy. And now Malia and I are just relaxing since we had to get up so early for graduation. 7am is just too early when you’re already on “summer vacation.”

Me and Malia

Or “Bread and Butter,” as our friend Seth likes to call us!

Me, Malia, and Brittnay!

Rabia, me, and Ivy!

It’s definitely been a perfect Saturday!

Burning Bridges.

2 Apr

“The hardest thing in life is figuring out which bridges to build and which bridges to burn.”

Throughout my life, my mom has warned me about the concept of burning bridges, pointing out that I should think before I burn something that I may want later. The concept of burning bridges for me has come up a lot with past friendships. Up until recently, I was very clingy with friends and often became upset when they didn’t want to always hang out with me. I wanted to spend a lot of time with them, so I didn’t understand why they didn’t want the same thing.

My first best friend Lauren (who is still one of my best friends) taught me what it meant to be a true friend. She became my best friend in 7th grade, and until that time, I wasn’t really aware of what true friendship was. Through my friendship with Lauren, I learned that there’s nothing wrong with caring fiercely about others, while also realizing that it is possible to be truly happy. From 7th grade until 10th grade, Lauren and I were incredibly close. We talked about boys, high schools, fears, dreams and everything in between. She was one of the first people I felt like I could count on no matter what.

During the summer after 10th grade, things began to change. I was going to be leaving for boarding school at the end of that summer, and I needed someone to turn to for support and advice. When that person wasn’t Lauren, I panicked. I had no idea what I would do without her friendship, but most of all I was confused as to why she was hardly talking to me. In the middle of that summer, I got a call from Lauren in which she asked if she could drop something off. I hadn’t heard from her in a month or so, so I was hesitant, but finally said okay. About 15 minutes after that phone call, Lauren showed up with a cardboard box full of things. She handed it to me without saying a word and left. I looked in the box to find pictures, things I had given her, memories….all that was left of our friendship. It was in my hands….broken…and already far away from the person who would be able to mend it. That afternoon, I got all the things together that reminded me of Lauren (pictures, movie ticket stubs, things she gave me, t-shirts from concerts that we went to together, and put it all in the same box that held the things she had given me. I also went onto my computer and deleted every picture of us that I could find. I then placed the box in the back of my closet and willed myself to not pull it out again. A month or so later, when I was packing for boarding school, my mom came across the box and asked me what I wanted her to do with it. Without even thinking, I told her to throw everything away.

When I came home from Salem over Christmas Break, Lauren called me. I didn’t answer. She then called my house phone, so there was no getting out of speaking to her. She asked if she could come over, and I said okay even though the rest of me was screaming no. When I hung up the phone, the color had gone out of my face. I had shallow breaths, and I was pacing and crying hysterically, asking my mom what I should do. When Lauren came over, it was awkward at first. I was cold towards her because I was scared to imagine letting a friend hurt me again like she had done. Without even saying anything, I started crying, and she hugged me, telling me that it was okay. Lauren then said that she was unsure of what had happened between us and that she was sorry. I knew right then that if I was able to forgive her that we would be able to get through anything.

I later realized that the reason Lauren reacted the way she did that summer and the months until Christmas Break was because being angry was the only way she could handle my leaving. If she allowed herself to feel anything but anger towards me, she’d fall apart. Today, Lauren is one of three people who I call my best friends. No matter how much time has passed, we’re always able to pick up right where we left off, and I know that she’ll be there for me through anything. However, every day I regret getting rid of all the pictures and memories of the early days of our friendship. I hate that I can’t look back at those pictures and remark on how I wouldn’t have gotten through those 3 years of high school without her. In the case of the box of “Lauren Memories,” I burned a bridge that I shouldn’t have. Though it breaks my heart that I can’t ever see those pictures again, it also taught me a lesson of what to do with friendships in the future. Now, if I have a fallout with a friend, I do make “friend boxes” and put them in my closet, but I always remember to not throw anything out. If I hate the stuff that moment, I can put it in a box in my closet so that I don’t have to be reminded of the memories every day, but burning the memories…..watching moments catch flame and turn to ash….it’s as if the memories never even happened. And who would want to completely erase parts of themselves? Every single moment makes us who we are.

My First Photoshoot!

19 Mar

Well, I had my first photoshoot done on Saturday while visiting my best friend in Virginia, and I thought I’d share a few photos with all of you. I was very excited because I’ve always wanted to have professional photos taken of me. Let me know what you think. The photographer, Sidney Gardner, is a friend of my best friend’s, and she is absolutely amazing. Check out her photography page by clicking on the link of the bottom of this post!

Copyright: Sidney Leigh Photography

Photo Friday: Baby Clara.

2 Mar

A week ago today I was heading up to Virginia to spend the weekend with my friend Kayley. It was also the first time I got to meet her one-month old daughter, Clara.

Snow Tubing And Harry Potter.

18 Feb

It’s been a really great Saturday. I went snow tubing with 3 friends of mine (and 10 other people) up near Maggie Valley, NC (about an hour from Asheville), and it was so much fun! Granted, it was kind of funny because the snow tubing place was just on the side of the road, haha. There were 5 different “lanes” for snow tubing, and the lanes varied in terms of the number of dips they had. Also, it was really neat because there was a moving sidewalk on one side so we could just get our tube and stand on the sidewalk, and then we’d get taken to the top of the slope. I wasn’t sure whether we’d have to hike back up to the top each time, so it was nice to know that we could have a breather. Anyway, the first time I went down, me and my friend Sarah went down together because I was a bit nervous the first time, but the second time I went down by myself (screaming the whole way down obviously). The funnest part though was when me and my 3 friends linked our inner tubes together and went down as a group. Since we spanned the lane, we spun more and had more fun in general since we were all screaming in unison.

The 4 of us having a blast!

Yeah, obviously I’m the one screaming like crazy and having the time of my life, haha! Anyway, it was so much fun, and I’m so glad my friends and I got to go. A topper on an already great day was coming back to my dorm to realize that there’s a Harry Potter marathon on Abc Family. I love Harry Potter, and I always get really excited when they have marathons. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is on now. It’s one of my favorites of the series, and I haven’t seen it in a while. Yep, perfect Saturday!

How have you spent your Saturday? 

Tuesday’s Tunes: The Valentine’s Day Edition.

14 Feb

First off, Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! My day has been pretty good. Aside from classes and work, my dad sent me a dozen roses, and my mom sent me homemade chocolate chip cookies.

Yeah, I’m one lucky girl today. 🙂 Also, I just got back from going out to eat Mexican food with a bunch of friends. It was nice to be able to get dressed up to go out. Anyways, on with the song I’ve picked for my special Valentine’s Day Edition of Tuesday’s Tunes. I’ve chosen Everything by Michael Buble. It’s an upbeat song that has to do with love. Instead of sitting around hating February 14th, why not get up and dance? Anyway, check out “Everything” if you haven’t heard it. It’s a really catchy song!