I hope you’re all enjoying the last few days of August because I know I am. Yesterday, I spent my day on a boat and the beach collecting snails and soaking up the sun. Today, I’m headed up to my old college town for dinner and a walk around the town. This is normally the time of year when I would be preparing to go back so I figured it was the perfect time to head back up there and reminisce. I try to enjoy every day and not put too much of my focus on the weekends but they really are important and they’re a great break in the week. I try to split my weekends between having fun, getting important things done and relaxing. The weekend is the perfect time to reflect on your goals and to refocus your energy for the week ahead. I love catching up on my favorite bloggers and YouTubers on the weekends and today I wanted to talk a little bit about some of my inspirations when it comes to blogging and life in general. I’ve been inspired by a lot of people and I can honestly say there are some bloggers and YouTubers who have made a huge impact on my life. It’s such a blessing that in this day and age we’re connected by the Internet. We can see how other people live their lives and it can inspire us to change or improve our own when normally, without technology, we wouldn’t have even know they existed. There are different things that inspire me about each one of these ladies and although they’re all different I’m thankful to have found their blogs and channels so I thought I would share!
I hope you all had a nice Tuesday. I had a nice 3 day weekend in Lake George and it was so well deserved. Sometimes you just have to break out of your routine to stay sane. It was nice to get away from what’s familiar and explore a new area (even if I am covered in mosquito bites). My boyfriend’s family heads to Lake George once a year, every year to vacation and attend a family reunion but this was the first year I was able to make it. I made a last minute decision to take Friday off and get a head start on the trip. We woke up early Friday morning and began the 4 and a half hour drive. We stopped a few times on the way but the drive really wasn’t that bad.
We got there around 2pm and let me just say, it looked like something out of a movie. We stayed in these little cottages in the middle of the woods about 30 minutes from Lake George near Lake Loon. (Imagine wood paneling and deer hoofs on the wall). I was definitely out of my element but sometimes that can be a good thing. Once my boyfriend’s family showed up and got settled we went on a hike around 5pm. I’ve hiked many, many times and I can honestly say this was the most difficult one I’ve ever done. I was so out of breath and at moments I really thought I was going to die but we pushed on. When we got to the top there were some pretty nice views and a huge, old wheel that used to operate a trolley system up to the top of the mountain in the 1800s.
We all felt so accomplished and proud of ourselves until our dreams were crushed. It was around 7pm by this time and the plan was to have my boyfriend’s dad, who didn’t come on the hike, pick us up at the top so we didn’t have to hike back down. Well the park actually closed and he wasn’t able to get up the road to pick us up. We all felt so defeated and you could just feel the morale of the group drop. It was also going to get dark soon especially oven the cover of trees so we rushed back down the mountain and I really thought my toes were going to fall off. After some drinks and comfort food we were all so ready for bed. But not before we killed a gigantic spider in the shower 🙂
The next day we went to Split Rock Falls which is this really cool waterfall and cliff jumping spot. This was the third time I’ve done cliff jumping and I decided to only jump once because my body was extremely sore from hiking the day before. The arches of my feet have never hurt so bad. The waterfalls were beautiful and there was a nice rocky island in the middle of the water where we set up chairs and our coolers. The water was sooooo cold but I braved it after some coaxing from my boyfriend.
It was the perfect weather to just sit in the sun and be outside. There were so many families there and it was so cute to see little, tiny kids climbing up waterfalls.
Next we headed back to the house for some naps and showers, got ready and went out to a nice restaurant on Lake George and had really good burgers and drinks.
On our last day we started our morning off with parasailing on Lake George which was so fun. It was my first time doing it and it was a very relaxing experience. We got breakfast at this really cute 1940s themed restaurant afterwards. The wait was super long but the waffles were so worth it. We took a stroll around for awhile followed by more naps and then we got ready for the family reunion. The house was absolutely beautiful where the reunion was and everyone in my boyfriend’s family is so nice to be around. Unfortunately, we were only able to stay for three hours before we made the trip home. Between the pouring rain and the crazy traffic it took us 6 hours to get home. It was absolutely terrible but we got back safely and that’s what’s truly important. And then it was time to face reality and prepare for work the next day.
All I wanted to do was take a bath with a bath bomb and sleep in my own bed so Monday night I cleaned my entire room, took a bath, did a face mask and watched housewives. The perfect way to refresh after a weekend in the wilderness 😉
I’m so thankful for the opportunities I have to travel. I didn’t grow up traveling and it was something I really wanted for myself as an adult. We had such an amazing time in Lake George and even though I had my moments where I didn’t want to be in the wilderness anymore I’m so thankful I went and I can’t wait for next year. I hope you all enjoyed this post. Comment below and let me know what your upcoming travel plans are. I know mine are prettttty exciting. Cheers to new adventures!
I hope you’re all having a great week and are ready for the upcoming weekend to begin. This weekend I’m going to be heading up to Lake George in New York and I’m super excited. I’ve never been but I hear it’s really beautiful. I’m a travel junkie and I love seeing new places, being outside around nature, and doing things that get my adrenaline pumping. I wasn’t really sure what to pack for this trip so I thought I would get myself organized and share some of my tips on packing.
I hope you’re all having an amazing week! Now that it’s the middle of August (how did that happen???) I figured I would do a back to school post and talk a little bit about college. It’s that time of the year when people start heading back and after spending my whole life in school and having an amazing time in college I can’t help but feel nostalgic and a little bit sad about the fact that I’m not going back. I made so many memories in college that I will always hold so close to my heart. The beginning of the school year was always so much fun. It was definitely the best four years of my life but that time has come to an end and in a way I’m glad. It’s bittersweet for me but I think everything ends when it should, college included. To make myself feel better and a little less left out I decided to reflect and make a list of all the reasons I’m relieved I’m not going back to school:
Ahhh Sunday. The most relaxing day of the week in my opinion. Oddly enough I used to hate Sundays! They always gave me the worst anxiety and left me stressed for the week ahead. Once I went to college, I began to love Sundays because that was the day everyone would come back to school after the weekend. Sunday became the start to a week filled with classes and fun times with friends. Now that I’m not in college anymore (cue crying), I try to make my Sunday both relaxing and productive as I prepare for the week ahead. I hope you’ll find these tips helpful and that you’ll have a positive start to your week.
1.) Have a nice breakfast: Recently, I started cooking breakfast for my family on Sunday mornings. It’s something my mom always used to do when we were younger and home on Sunday mornings. Whether it’s pancakes or a smoothie, starting your Sunday off with a good breakfast can bring a little extra joy to you and your family’s day. It doesn’t necessarily need to be healthy it just needs to be something that fills your soul with happiness.
2.) Do something you enjoy: This could be anything. Going to a farmers market, heading to the beach or just chilling at home are all great ways to spend your day as long as it’s something you enjoy doing. For me today, that meant staying home, reading a book and hanging out by the pool with my nephew and mom. There’s nothing like spending a day doing exactly what YOU want to be doing. Be sure to be present and really take it all in.
July came and went so fast. This was my first month working at my new job and it has been a big transition. Going from being a college student, babysitting, and doing small side jobs to working 42 hour work weeks and commuting is a big transition but it really made the time fly. Today I thought I would give you guys a little taste of what I was loving in the month of July.
The Secret by Rhonda Byrne: Whether you think it’s all a bunch of HOOPLAH (yes, that is a SpongeBob reference) or you think there is some truth to it, the law of attraction is fascinating. I thought the book was actually really inspiring. It’s motivated me and it helps me get a better grip on my thoughts. Whether you believe in what this book says or not, I think we can all agree our thoughts are powerful and sometimes they can make or break us. After reading this my mindset switched from never having enough, to abundance and that’s pretty amazing.
Burt’s Bees Brightening Facial Cleanser: I originally bought this back in March and I just finished the bottle. Not only did it actually brighten and improve the look of my skin but it was only $8 at Target and it lasted me 4 months. Not to mention it smells like daisies and contains no harmful chemicals
Think Dirty App: This app is life changing! You scan beauty and skincare products, and can see how many harmful chemicals they contain. It gives the product a rating from 1-10 and explains the rating for you. The products are rated by carcinogenity, reproductive toxicity and allergens. The app also gives you suggestions of which products you should use instead of the “dirty” ones. As I get older, I’m learning more and more about the amount of chemicals in everyday products and cleaning up my beauty cabinet is one of my goals. Best of all, the app is free.
Going dairy free: I’ve been dairy free for over a month and it’s been life changing. I’ve been lactose intolerant since I was a year old but I always tried to ignore it (because CHEESE). After years of ingesting something my body wasn’t happy with I started getting really sick, and I decided enough was enough. After I quit, my skin cleared up, my digestion got better, I had more energy and I even started to slim down. It’s not nearly as hard as I thought it would be and vegan pizza is pretty damn good.
Vegan Cupcakes: Now that I’m dairy free I had to get creative when it comes to enjoying my absolute favorite dessert: cupcakes. My sister and I found this cute little vegan bakery called Papa Ganache and their cupcakes are so good. It’s a half hour drive but we stock up 😉 If you’re in the Central Jersey area definitely check it out. They taste exactly like regular cupcakes without that heavy feeling afterward.
Sleep Shirts: Sleep Shirts. Night gowns. Whatever you want to call it, I’m obsessed. One of my best friends from college always wears them and she inspired me to get one for myself. They’re so comfortable and perfect for summertime. I recently got one from Forever 21 and I’ve been wearing it nonstop.
That’s all for now! I hope you guys enjoyed this post. Comment below and let me know what some of your July favorites are.