So summer is over again and last week I started my 4th year of university... It is crazy to think that in just 8 short months I am going to be graduating and this chapter of my life will be over!
The whole process of university has been such a time of personal change for me but at the same time I do really feel like the same little Emily who walked into that big lecture hall 3 years ago... I am excited to see what this year and the rest of the future bring... I'm sure it will be a wild ride!
In the meantime... Here are a few things that I have been enjoying recently:
Not that different from what I usually wear, but I have found that having a visual of something that I like and know looks good on me really helps for those days that I feel like I don't have anything to wear! If you are interested in seeing more of my inspirations you can check out my style board here.
Are you right-brained or left-brained? This 30 second quiz will help you find out! Unsurprisingly, I am an almost exact 50/50 split :)
How much is personal expression and how much is facade?
How much of what we are, and do, and see, and wear, and how we do our hair, and where we send our kids to school, and who we choose to be our friends is really us?
How much of it is planted in out heads by the media, and the 'world views' that are constantly being streamed in to our heads?
And, even ignoring that, how much of it is our innate desire to 'fit in', to 'blend' with the people around us? To not stand out as 'different'?
When I choose what I am going to wear in the morning how much of what I like is really my subconscious analyzing the world around me and telling me what will make me look the most like everyone else? Is this concept of individuality really real or is it just something that we have come up with to make ourselves feel better and unique?
How much of how I react to the people around me and how I act in my everyday life is really me and how much of it is how I have been shaped by my environment?
How is anyone really a person without their environment to shape them?
How often do we inadvertently hurt the people around us just because we don't understand their environment and way of thinking?
How often do we deliberately hurt people just because we don't understand their environment and way of thinking?
Why is it so important?
How much of that desire is just everything around us telling us to be the same, to not stand out? Do we have that desire because we know that to stand out will cause us pain? Or does standing out cause us pain because we have been told that it will?
Will this ever really change? Or will the only change be what we identify as different?
So I just realized that I never did a wrap up post for Guatemala. You know, the post that goes: "I got home safe, now here is a beautiful wrap up of the whole month". Well here I am so obviously I got home safe :) And, maybe sometime in the future I will find the time and energy to do a full recap (probably not :) ), but in the meantime I will just say that the whole experience was wonderful and that the last week was full of laughter and tears and went by much too fast.
Currently I am surviving my third year of university (which is doing its utmost to kill me slowly) and trying to figure out who I am and what I want to do for the rest of my life (light stuff). But right now I'm on reading week so all of that is on hold :)
I have also started crocheting and knitting as much as I possibly can, lighting a billion and one candles every night, and drinking more tea than is humanly possible (except that it obviously is) all of which is really helping with the stress :)
So, here is a little bit of my life lately:
My 22nd birthday was yesterday which means that now this song can be the soundtrack of my life (except maybe not :) )
Forever Amber is my favourite blog to read any time. She always makes me laugh and I looove how she dresses :) Meg Fee is another of my favourite bloggers.. Her words are so beautiful.
I recently discovered 8 Tracks which is an awesome music sharing type place that I love :)
(If you're interested, here is the playlist that I am listening to while I write this).
I am really wanting to travel right now... nowhere in particular.. just everywhere! So I occasionally do searches that go something like "student travel" travelling on a student budget" or "working vacation". So far all the options those bring up still require money to get where I'm going so it looks like I will be staying home this summer... Oh well, a girl can dream :)
I am definitely going to try to make these sometime soon!
Annnd, I have started some choreography again so I have been watching a bunch of dance stuff and this improv is just gorgeous.
ALSO, (sorry got a little excited there :) ), also, this is the 150th post on this blog!! I feel like that is a pretty big accomplishment!
Finally, it has been pretty cold here this winter and this is what I have been looking like when I catch the bus in the morning :)