currently.I didn’t want to go so many days without blogging, but sometimes it can’t be avoided. Like when you have a major test coming up and you’re doubting whether all the studying you’ve done leading up to it did you any good. What if somehow you completely missed everything important?

That’s how I felt all of last week as Human Geography loomed in front of me. But, test day came yesterday, and I passed. It’s hard to describe how that feels for me, though I have briefly written about it before.

To get back in the swing of things, here’s the abridged version of life currently. I haven’t posted one of these in quite some time!

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february / the month in instagrams

[This is the post in which I share photos and a candid review of the month. Click on the photos to read the captions.]

We are quickly approaching the quarter-year mark of 2014! How did that happen already? Do you feel like the first half or last half of the year goes by fastest? For me, the first half always seems to fly by.

February was a pretty good month…

As I reviewed my calendar, events and happenings seemed rather sparse, so I did a little math. Here are the findings: Continue reading

january / the month in instagrams

¡Hasta la vista, January 2014! Click on the photos to read the captions.

I’ll be repeating this “insta-month” series every month this year. Instagram is one of my favorite social media platforms to use, so it just makes sense to bring it to my blog!

I don’t exactly know how to describe this month. Continue reading


IMG_5189I know my previous post was rather cryptic and reflective. I actually did much more reflecting during its writing… you only saw a fraction, and even then, I took longer to hit “Publish” than I ever have with any other post.

The tone of this post is anticipatory. I already mentioned that I am so ready for the new year, and I thought I’d share some of what I’m excited about. Continue reading

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The work you do while you procrastinate is probably the work you should be doing for the rest of your life.

-Jessica Hische

In the past month, this quote has made several appearances in my Pinterest feed, but not until this week did it really jump out at me.

It taught me two things specifically:

1) I should not become an economist.
2) I should work really hard at becoming a better blogger and photographer.

What do you do while you’re procrastinating?


over coffee

IMG_4806It’s been quite some time since I’ve done an Over Coffee post. Honestly, I got a little tired of sharing a bunch of facts about myself without learning anything about you!

The original idea was that I would list a few questions, give my answers, and you’d share your answers in the comments. It would be a sort of Internet conversation… like you’d have over coffee with friends.

When my friend Sarah nominated me for the Liebster Award, I decided to use her questions for an Over Coffee session instead, since I’d already written two awards posts in the same week.

Below are 5 questions from Sarah… leave your responses in the comments! I’d love to read them! I’d even be happy with one-word answers :)

1 | Where is your favorite place to vacation in the summer?

I was homeschooled from K-12, which was awesome for many reasons- one being the fact that we were never restricted to summer-only vacations. Instead, we preferred to go down to Disneyland in early December (the BEST time to go), we’ve stayed at a friend’s house in Morro Bay twice in the off-season, we’ve been to Hawaii in October and November, etc. I always enjoyed doing vacation a little differently. Summer was for swimming in Grandma’s backyard!

2 | What is your favorite animal?

Dolphins. I’ve been fascinated with them forever.

3 | On what day of the week do you feel the most productive?

Monday/Wednesday/Thursday. Oh, and there’s a big difference between being school-productive and creative-productive… for me, at least. Usually those are inversely related…

4 | What’s one thing that makes you smile the most?

Only one thing? Cute kids, among a hundred other things. I smile a lot.

5 | What’s your favorite season of the year? Why?

I think I still have to say summer. Summer is warm and bright, and it feels free. It’s also the best time to swim, to eat ice cream, to drink lemonade, to wear shorts and flip flops, etc.