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1. Remember when you were a kid and one of the major feats of sleepovers was seeing if you could stay up all night? We would pinch each other, sing songs, play truth or dare, do all we could to keep our puffy little eyes open until day break. Seems silly now but I have to say, this summer I have pulled just about as many all-nighters as I had in elementary school, and the satisfaction of seeing that sun peak over the horizon while knowing you spent the entire night in good company still tastes like sweet victory...and it's always nice to know you can still do it. I double-dog-dare you to try.
2. Baseball season was just the excuse I was looking for to knock my vegetarian kick right outta the park. Dollar dogs will always trump eight dollar quinoa.
3. Bonnaroo was a lot of things and I'll be honest with you, easy wasn't one of them. Camping has never been a bother to me but five days in the relentless Tennessee sun will quickly remind you of just how much of an inexperienced camper you really are. It was hot, dirty, and sleepless but amidst the chaos and confusion was an incredible sense of camaraderie. Everyone was so supportive and kind, it was almost surreal. It reminded you of how beautiful humanity, perfect strangers, can truly be.
...oh yeah, and Elton John and lots of light beer helped ease the blazing pain.
4. Fun little collaboration in the works. Can't wait to share with you soon!
5. My boyfriend and I have been dating for several years now yet have always been "too busy" to take vacations together. Road trips and weekend getaways would come about here and there, but never a few full straight days of basking in...well, nothing. No work, no obligations, no worries. This summer we're making a point to change that.
6. I'm about to get weird with these antique postcards, and consequently, the blog may follow. Hold tight for changes.
7. This summer I plan to go full-on tourist just about everywhere I go. I know, it's so cliche to visit all the pivotal landmarks in a city and hidden gems the locals love are so much more on trend, but can't I have both? I recently had the chance to visit The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. They really gave you a sense of where you came from and how far we have progressed as a nation, matters we tend to take for granted everyday. Now Lady Liberty won't just be some monument stamped on a postcard, she deeply means something to me.
8. The few post-college years are an extremely strange transitional period that (before Girls of course) no one really seemed to acknowledge. Friends move, relationships get "real," and career goals shift. All these extreme changes can be exciting but frustrating. Instead of resenting others for these shifts, embrace the time you do share together and hold tight to the friendships that truly matter. I spent this past weekend visiting my former college roommates in NYC. Though we live in different cities and states now, it's nice to know when together, we're still those free-spirited freshmen that met nearly seven years ago at Kent State University.
Hope you have a great short week and be sure to take time to slow down and appreciate the little things.
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