Monday, October 28, 2013

Water Color [101 in 1,001]

This past thursday I was finally done for the week.  No more papers, quizzes or thesis meetings.  I could just be for about 2 hours and it was glorious.  On my 101 things in 1,001 days challenge I promised myself I would at least do 1 watercolor per month to relax.  I love art and I get so frustrated with myself that I don't leave time for it.  So, I've decided that I will.  
When I was in Denmark I was bought this small little water color set and a sketchbook. It was so nice to just forget about my classes, forget that I'm 4,000 miles away from my friends and family and just be with me.  

I'm excited to make this a series and share with you my monthly watercolor doodles.  
Here are some of my favorites from my time in Copenhagen. 

What is your creative escape?

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Monday, October 21, 2013



Monday inspiration from Pinterest this morning. 

img 1 / my comfort food
img 2 /  my next project 
img 3 /  something new I want to try
img 4 /  where I wish I was at all times

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Look Out Real World

job search

Today is my first visit job visit to meet with recruiters and discuss job opportunities in May.
Am I nervous?  A bit. 
I've had numerous internships and lots of experience, but I'm worried about 'selling myself' and knowing how to market what I want.  Luckily I worked with the career center to polish up my 'elevator speech' for the big day, but never the less, it's still nerve racking!  

This is kind of an awkward limbo for the application process.  It's technically too early to apply seeing as how employers want to fill positions they are seeking immediately, yet not too soon to start looking.  It's actually quite the tease.  I've started compiling a list of all the job opportunities, where they are located, their application requirements, & websites to keep myself organized.  Do any of my readers do something similar?

What are your best tips for the job hunt?
Any life experiences that have prepared you for the post college search?

Thursday, October 10, 2013


Ted Talks are about one of my favorite things on the planet. 
My friend Kate from study abroad introduced me to 'Ted' during our trip to London last fall.  
We were staying with her family friends in 'Little Venice' and I asked about their professions.  She simply said well, he has a Ted Talk.  

That man made me tea. 
And his wife is just as magical and brilliant. 

So there ya go. BUT this is about the most recent Ted Talks I've been watching.  
One of my 101 things in 1,001 days list is to watch 10 Ted Talks.  I figured out the easiest ways to do that.  I've been listening to Ted, my new free app on from my phone, on long drives.  It's like book on tape, but BETTER. 

Yesterday on my drive home for Fall Break I listened to about 4 Ted Talks. I'll share two.

Janette Sadik-Khan on the streets of New York and how her role as Transportation commissioner has changed traffic and mobility.

After interning with ICMA over the last 4 months, I was so fascinated by this!  My love for city management and city planning have grown exponentially as well as my fascination with NYC. ;) 
More to come later.

The next is Michael Sandel.  "Why We Shouldn't Trust Markets With Our Civic Life"

Do you feel like we put a price on things that shouldn't be valued monetarily?
I'd love to hear your thoughts on this one!

What are some of your favorite TED Talks?
I'd love for your to share :)

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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Happy October!

It's officially time to start decorating for Halloween!
 Halloween means sweaters, mom opening up the windows and airing out the house, and decorating from top to bottom.  Mom had awesome Halloween decorations that she passed down to me to take to college my freshman year.  She always made sure everything had a little orange and black attached & I loved it!  Dad would bring home a stack of hay and pumpkins.  It was a lovely time.  I'm excited to be here this season since I haven't experienced halloween in America since 2011! 

To get you in the spirit, here are few fancy finds from Pinterest.

Decorating a small college suite is challenging for any season.  With garland, you can never go wrong. 

In a dorm room full of 21 year old females that are currently writing dissertations, there are bound to be some wine bottles laying around.  What easier way to add a touch of Halloween to your common room than a few pumpkin inspired crafty bottles.  

Have fun decorating your dorm & Happy October.  

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

101 things in 1,001 days

Mackenzie Horan from Design Darling boutique started her 101 things in 1,001 days project and her end date was September 28th.   I think starting this project now is a great way to start my senior year of college as I finish a huge chapter in my life and start a new one in the real world.  I'll be checking off things as I go and blogging about them in the process. Follow along for this fun litter journey!  

Start Date: October 1, 2013
End Date: June 28, 2016

  1. Buy myself purple flowers when necessary 
  2. Finish 3 works of Russian literature
  3. Run 10 5K's 
  4. Blog once per week
  5. Go 1 week without spending money
  6. Finish knitting my scarf that I started in Copenhagen
  7. Donate to the Washington Fund
  8. Surprise a friend with flowers
  9. Tell one friend per week that I'm thinking about them
  10. Throw a dinner party for a charity cause 
  11. Move to a new city
  12. Buy a yoga mat
  13. Make homemade Christmas cards & send to family friends
  14. Revitalize old furniture from yard sales
  15. Drink 8 glasses of water every day for a week straight
  16. Read everyday
  17. Watch 5 classic films
  18. Learn a new language
  19. Travel to a new country
  20. Save up to buy a DSLR camera
  21. See a broadway play in NYC
  22. Work on my dissertation a little bit everyday until it is finished
  23. Bake 1 treat off Pinterest from scratch
  24. Visit 5 new cities
  25. Invest in blog business cards
  26. Move into my first apartment
  27. Invite others to advertise on my blog
  28. Spend a weekend in NYC
  29. Run from my house to the beach 
  30. Surprise my roommates with notes in their mailboxes
  31. Postcards from WAC to all my best friends at their colleges
  32. Finish 1 book for fun this semester
  33. Intern in DC one more time
  34. Return to Copenhagen
  35. Join Luminosity & revamp my brain
  36. Buy Photoshop & Illustrator; take a class on both
  37. Take a HTML Coding seminar
  38. Apple picking
  39. Take myself to the movies 
  40. 50 hours of community service
  41. Meet up with 3 blogger pals IRL
  42. Tailgate at a Navy Football game
  43. Write an 'About' page
  44. Attempt paddle boarding
  45. Wine tasting
  46. Day trip to Philly
  47. Ghost Tour of a new city
  48. Get up to watch the sunrise
  49. Visit 5 new musesums
  50. Donate blood
  51. Paint one watercolor per month
  52. Go hiking up a mountain
  53. Inspire another blogger to create their own 101 in 1,001 day list.
  54. Take a cycling class
  55. Buy a subscription to the New York Times
  56. Put away $10 for every task I complete
  57. Go to Canada
  58. Make homemade ravioli from scratch with Emily's family
  59. Buy Borgen on DVD 
  60. Learn Danish
  61. Get a library card
  62. Finish the Harry Potter books (6 & 7)
  63. See 3 new artists live in concert
  64. Join Local Levo for whatever city I move to after graduation
  65. Try Drybar blowout
  66. Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge
  67. Feature in a magazine
  68. Red Sox game in Boston
  69. Learn calligraphy again
  70. See Mumford & Sons in concert
  71. Visit a new state
  72. 10 recipes from Pinterest/Food gawker for meals
  73. Learn to make Danish apple cake
  74. Buy a magazine
  75. Learn graphic design; make infographics
  76. Eat an apple every day for a week
  77. Try 5 new juice recipes & blog about it
  78. Have 5 more OOTD's 
  79. Buy a fierce pair of heels
  80. Go to a Ted Talk
  81. Watch 10 Ted Talks
  82. Try to be Vegetarian for 1 week
  83. Get a real job
  84. Read 3 books on Buddhism & Islam each
  85. Read Azar Nafisi's other two novels
  86. Watch Sleepless in Seattle
  87. Make my own pair of earrings
  88. Unsubscribe from emails I don't read
  89. Run 30 miles in 30 days
  90. Host a blog giveaway
  91. Have a picnic in a park
  92. Learn to sew/buy a sewing machine
  93. Save up for a new MAC
  94. Make pickles
  95. Keep a one sentence journal 
  96. Write a letter to my 25 year old self.
  97. Refurbish a book shelf
  98. Audition for something unexpected
  99. Kayak with Dad
  100. Crabbing with Grandma
  101. $5 for every task not completed to charity

Here's to a new adventure over the next 1,001 days! 
Do you have a wish list or bucket list?  How do you keep yourself motivated to complete it?

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