I’ve been on a kick lately of trying out things that scare me. I see it all the time: “do one thing a day that scares you.” But honestly, I can’t think of a new thing every day to try. So I just try and do scary things every once in a while. Here are my most recent scares:
My friend Nikki and I thought we’d be festive and made these for the office today. The idea came from Pinterest (of course) and naturally looked a whole lot better on Pinterest. But they’re still cute and very yummy!
They’re just chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting, topped with a marshmallow rolled in green frosting with yellow mini m and m eyes!
Happy Halloween everyone!
If you know me, you know that I feel strongly about Disney. Some people (like my mother) think I’m a crazy person and am just wasting my money going to a silly amusement park. But Disney means a lot more than that to me. And here’s why…
Cultivating the Imagination
As kids, we are able to imagine anything at a minute’s notice. I remember being able to imagine that my front porch was McDonalds and my sister was driving a car through my drive-thru. I was able to imagine entire worlds for my Barbie dolls that they would live in for days at a time. I could imagine that I was a spy collecting top-secret information about my next-door neighbors. I even remember imagining I was a crime scene investigator for a “murder” that occurred at my elementary school after-hours. Now-a-days, I have difficulty escaping reality. Disney is a place where I can get back to the days of my childhood imagination. The detail they put into the parks transport you into another world and allow you to leave reality behind and be a kid again, regardless of how old you are.
Everyone is a Princess
Maybe it’s just me, but I still cling to the hope that someday, I will marry a prince. Until then, I will settle for walking around Disney Parks and having cast members call me princess. Heck, I will even spring for some ears with a little tiara on them to sweeten the deal. Disney has a way of making you feel like you’re special. And I like that.
“A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes”
Believe it or not, Disney inspires me to set real-life goals for myself and to do all I can to reach them. They teach kids and adults to never give up on hopes and dreams. Maybe even to believe in a little “magic” to help along the way.
True Love Exists
However silly and naïve it sounds, you can’t help but feel that true love exists when you’re surrounded by all the fairy tales. It brings out that little bit of hope in my heart that I will find my very own Prince Charming (or Beast, whichever) that will sweep me off my feet.
I have never been angry, sad, anxious, or stressed at Disney. I find it very important for people to have some way to just let go of all their worries and enjoy life for a minute. That’s what Disney is for me. It’s my “Laughing Place.” Maybe it doesn’t do the same thing for you; maybe the thought of long lines and expensive food is too much for you to handle. And that’s fine, but it’s still important to find for yourself something in this world that makes you feel the way Disney makes me feel.
What is life without a little magic, anyway?
I baked these cookies this weekend. All it is is one cup of Nutella, one cup of flour, and one whole egg. They are sooooo good! And super easy. I added some white chocolate chips to my second batch and they came out ten times yummier. Bake at 350 for about ten minutes
I am a poor college student just like 99% of my friends. Yet, all the time people say to me “I wish I could travel as much as you. I want your life!”
Since starting college I have been on trips to:
Washington, DC (8 times)
Chicago (2 times)
Los Angeles (3 times)
Pensacola, FL (2 times)
Edinburgh, Scotland (1 time)
Munich, Germany (1 time, for a week at Oktoberfest)
Orlando, FL (2 times)
Baton Rouge, LA (1 time, a week for spring break)
San Juan, PR (1 time, a week for spring break)
Continue reading “How to Be an Expert Traveler”
I may be late to this game (like several decades late) but I recently picked up this gem from a used bookstore in Old Town Alexandria, VA. It is a coming of age story, much like Kidd’s other novel The Secret Life of Bees, though this main character is in her forties. It is a story laced with self-discovery, faith, and the draw of a woman to the ocean. I absolutely loved it and could not put it down!
“Yes is how you get your first job, and your next job, and your spouse, and even your kids. Even if it’s a bit edgy, a bit out of your comfort zone, saying yes means you will do something new, meet someone new, and make a difference.”
– Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google