I was writing a packing list...over and over...getting ready to live in Florence: for FOUR MONTHS. The reality of that phrase was on repeat in my mind every second of every day until I was walking to my gate.
I felt as though all I wanted to do was shout my experiences from the virtual rooftops.
This blog was LEGITIMATELY a play by play of every single day of my study abroad experience; I am horrified to admit that at this time, the words um, like and yeah were sprinkled into my writing like a child's 5th birthday cake. Looking back on that blog, all I can do is shutter.
And then, I came home, and as most study abroad students claim, I had 'found myself'. I spent the rest of my college career brainstorming, writing, and revising my thoughts on my experiences abroad. It wasn't until I graduated and was headed back to Europe that I had a handle on those thoughts. I believed, and still believe, that life is for living. So I took that idea and ran with it...
I came home and it started all over again. The feeling of inaccuracy that "because life is for living" just wasn't going to capture everything I wanted to say. I wanted to share my world views, my travel experiences, my failures, with the world. There is just something about sharing my opinions, experiences, obstacles, and triumphs that has allowed me to grow as a person and writer.
And one day, justk8things was born. Seriously, I felt like it had been staring me in the face my entire life. It has always been 'a thing': people joking that my tardiness is just a 'k8 thing', or that my picky eating habits are 'just k8 things'. So after much thought, I realized there is no better way to share my life with the world than through justk8things. And I do have to say, I'm pretty sure this is where I'm supposed to be. For now at least.
because, you know, life is for living :)
Just want to share some products with you that I'm really feeling right now! Note that none of the products/services in this post are sponsored or paid. Bringing you 100% recommendations that are part of my everyday routine :) Check em out and let me know what you think!
1. L'Oreal Extraordinary Clay
2. Colourpop Brow Pencil
3. Erin Condren Notebooks and Life Planners
4. CorePower Yoga
What are some of your current go-to's? Let me know so I can check them out! I'm always looking to add to my list! Trying out some of my favs? What did you think?
There is a special kind of joy a daughter feels when told she resembles her mother.
A burning combination of blessing and accomplishment.
As though that voice in the back of her head, now her own, stares back at her with new meaning: less directive, with more mutual respect than before. Maintaining that womb-like connection while allowing for failure and growth.
Transition is natural, as is maturation and distance.
However, of a rare few, do daughters transition from children to halves. In a sense that these young women both by unconscious choice and blessing, develop the ability to share a brain with their mothers. A superpower that, unbeknownst to them, deems them the true winners of parental lottery.
And this is where I argue...
we are the luckiest of all.
Personal day, Solo Date, Me Time. Whatever you'd like to call it, it really is essential. I've never been one to treat myself to time alone. My self-care habits have mostly included massages, new clothes, an extra coffee, or new Coloupop Lippie Stix. But recently, on a day when I was feeling particularly absent-minded, I decided to really treat myself. I called into work, and headed to the movie theatre.
Eight days from now, January 21st, 2017, one of the largest demonstrations in my history will take place on Washington DC, with sister marches across the US and in more than 30 other countries around the globe.
I have been asked over and over why I am choosing to march. My answer is typically one of the basic statements behind the march: I am marching in solidarity, women's rights are human rights, etc. But the real answer is none of those. I am not choosing to march. I HAVE to march. In these recent times, there is no other option than to speak for our rights. There is no possibility of changing the outcome of November past and more importantly, I am not protesting your Republican; it is so much more than that.
Life is complicated, that's a given. I'm here to talk through the rough patches, and celebrate the successes of adulthood as a millennial travel professional.