If I am being completely honest, spring quarter was a hard one for me. I left behind familiarity and friends to seek out something I was passionate about. Environmental studies is not offered at Walla Walla University and overall I was feeling a little trapped. I couldn’t live off campus, I wasn’t able to drive 5 min to see the sea, and I was hours away from home. And I really wish that I could have my friends and still attend the university that was best suited for me. But I couldn’t, so I moved to Bellingham to attend Western Washington University.
The adjustment period was a bit rough, if you know me at all, then you would know I’m quite introverted. So introverted that I scored the highest on a test I had to do in a health class. So making friends proved to be challenging and not having my study buddies around made things worse. But I’ve managed and now I am here, done with spring qtr.
I was flipping through my bullet journal on Saturday evening and came across a page of quotes from April of last year. The one that stuck out to me the most said…
“I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. He taught me that if you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it at full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good. Hot is no good either. White hot and passionate is the only thing to be.”
It’s a quote by Roald Dahl. And it was a simple reminder to run full speed ahead at the things I’m passionate about. It reminded me that I haven’t done any community service or volunteer work in almost a year and that I miss it dearly. It made me realize that I shouldn’t hold back my passion for creating and that I should embrace it. And most importantly it reminded me to run towards a major in environmental studies wholeheartedly. I’ve been holding back, sulking, and getting lost in it all. But sometimes we just need a gentle to reminder to focus on a few things and do them well in life.
So this week, I encourage you to be an enthusiast about your life. Find your passions in life and seek them out wholeheartedly.
After a fast paced and wonderful week in Bellingham, I am home for the weekend. My family pupper, Bella the beagle, has been living in Bellingham with me as an emotional support animal. Let’s just say that she is quite pleased to be home, apartment living isn’t her thing. So this weekend we are going to enjoy our big yard, comfy couches, and endless amounts of food. In between all that we might check out a trail nearby and hit up the local farmers market. What are you up to this weekend? Let me know! Here are a few links from around the interwebs for your weekend…
Things that should exist for single people
Interesting stories about parenting around the world.
Speaking about parenting…they do have a big environmental impact.
Tasty + healthy + another way to eat cherries this summer
A pin I need for my new thrifted jean jacket because RBG is bae.
Also, this tote bag is perfect, thank you, Etsy.
Sunflowers are my fav
Shameless plug for my favorite item in my Etsy shop…
I’ve always loved plants and the idea of taking care of something beautiful and living. When I was younger I used to spend long hours outside helping my grandpa garden or even just looking at a plant. Now I find myself completely enthralled with plants. It seems crazy that something so simple can be so fascinating. I often find myself stopping along a trail to look at a plant that I’ve never seen before. Even if I don’t pursue a career in botany, I’ll always be a botanist at heart.
I definitely went through a phase where I killed all my indoor cacti and succulents, but this year I’ve finally mastered indoor gardening. My plant collection is ever growing and each month I am discovering new ways to better care for my plants. So here is my little or maybe not so little plant collection as of now.
A Pothos, loving named Phil
Succulents back from the dead
A Moondrop Schefflera that never stops growing
Three other cool plants that I’ve yet to identify
Two Spider plants
A Coleus plant that I grew in lab
A can full of lettuce seedlings
And a discounted Yucca tree from Lowes
P.s. If you ever have any dying, sick, or unwanted plants I will gladly take them!
This month I finished two really great books; All the Light We Cannot See and Euphoria. All the Light We Cannot See came to me highly recommended and it turned out to be one of those books where when you start reading it you just can’t stop! It is set during World War II and follows the story of a blind girl and an orphan and their lives throughout the war. Heart wrenching and captivating, would recommend to anyone looking for a good book. (Note: It is not historically factual…)
Euphoria was almost equally as good, but a little more heavy. It’s about three anthropologists and their adventures in New Guinea. Here is a description I found that sums it up much better than I could have…
“English anthropologist Andrew Bankson has been alone in the field for several years, studying the Kiona river tribe in the Territory of New Guinea. Haunted by the memory of his brothers’ deaths and increasingly frustrated and isolated by his research, he is on the verge of suicide when an encounter with colleagues, the controversial Nell Stone and her wry, mercurial husband Fen, pulls him back from the brink.”
One of my new years resolutions was to read more, I made a particular goal to read at least one book a month . That doesn’t seem like a lot, but I wanted to give myself an attainable goal to accomplish each month, despite if my life gets busy. Having said that, I think that I am off to a safe start on my goal. 1 month down, 11 more to go!
Let me know what books you read this month and if you have any recommendation for me on books to read next month.
This past weekend I took a little trip to visit my cousin. She goes to a private boarding school about 30min outside of Spokane and so I took her out to the city for the day. My day started on Saturday with a 3hr drive north through a whole lots of nothingness! Although the landscape was quite barren, it was pretty in its own way. Continue reading
I woke up this morning to discover that it was -11ºF outside, I had to blow dry my hair for the first time in months for the fear that my hair would freeze off. It feels like winter here will never end, but at least I have a warm bed to curl up in when I don’t have class. It is too cold to go outside this weekend, but I am not really sure what I am going to be up to. I definitely need to knit a hat, otherwise I think my ears might freeze off! I hope you had a good week and your winter is much milder than mine. Here are a few links from around the internet for your weekend…
I wish I was somewhere warm like this
Healthy hot chocolate
how college feels right now
Cute paper flowers that won’t die in the cold.
A really powerful documentary.
Cozy + ethical sweater
He will be missed.
A beautiful idea to create less plastic.
Simple + local pottery
Have a fantastic weekend!
Last week I decided that I wanted to bring back some plants to brighten up my dorm room. The project started with a trip to home depot to pick up some plants (I actually tagged along with my dad who needed some stuff for our house) and while we were picking up wood to make shelving, I had the grand idea to make a planter for my succulents. I’ve always been obsessed with succulents and cacti, (ie…pinterest board) so it was only a matter of time before I bought one of these. But this would have cost a fair amount at a store like Anthropologie. So why buy it when you can make it for less and get to pick out the type of wood and plants. Continue reading
The past couple months I have completely fallen in love with the zero waste movement. Although I am not completely zero waste, I have been taking steps to get there. And a big one is changing the way my family does christmas. First up on the list is placing sustainable goods in stockings.
Podcasts are one of my favorite things that I’ve discovered in the past year. I love listening to them when I am doing something that doesn’t require very much brain activity or something that is very boring. I’ve found that driving is a great time to listen to a podcast, especially on a long drive. I know that I will definitely be catching up on my podcasts when it comes time to drive the 5 1/2 hrs home. Another great time to listen to them is when you are doing things like cleaning or painting. I listened to so many podcasts while I was helping my parents renovate their new house this summer. It makes something boring, like painting, much more interesting. I know I’m a little late to the podcast party, but I still wanted to share some of my favorites.
A common theme with my favorite podcasts is that, for the most part, they are produced by NPR. If you have any favorite podcasts that you subscribe to, let me know!