Words of the Week: Together

This is such an overdo post. Like over two weeks overdo. But a few weeks ago, my boyfriend and I hit a major milestone. We’ve been dating for three year. Well, over three years now.

How crazy.

I can’t believe how quickly time has passed. But at the same time, I can’t imagine a time in my life without him in it. He is so very special to me, and sometimes I wish I’d met him sooner, known him longer, had more time to make more great memories. Sometimes I think about how much of each others lives we missed because we did not always know each other, and it’s such a weird feeling, because now I feel like we know each other better than anyone.

This quote exactly sums up how I feel about him:

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But when I think these things, I can’t help but be excited for all the great memories to come. There will be so many, many more.

And don’t get me wrong, being apart the majority of our time is tough. There are so many things, every day, that I think I wish he could be here for this, or, I wish we could be doing this together

But, the way our relationship is works for us and there will be so much together time in the future to do a million things together. To make a million memories. To get annoyed with each other and forget how hard it was to be apart.

And I can’t wait for those days to come.

Words of the Week: Waiting

So I’m in a huge period of transition right now. In between two steps of life. Hanging in the balance, waiting to see what will come next.

And without a doubt, it’s difficult to just not know. It’s hard to simply wait, never knowing when the answers and change will come. I spend a lot of my time trying to figure it out, and all of my time is filled with thoughts of wonder. And sometimes worry (okay, actually…a lot of times worry).

I worry that I will not find what I’m supposed to be doing. That it will take a long time to get to that place. That once I get there, I will find myself unhappy.

But, deep down I know those worries are silly. And in my heart, I know this:

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What’s meant to happen for me will happen when it’s supposed to, how it’s supposed to. And it will be amazing. That I know for sure.

Words of the Week: Friends

Graduation is coming so soon! I actually can’t believe it. All year I’ve been very excited for graduation. Almost rushing it along. Very ready to move on to something…new. But now that it’s happening, it is actually really sad. Overwhelming. Unbelievable!

Anyways, since the end is so rapidly approaching, it’s had me reflecting upon my years here at Quinnipiac. It’s been a crazy time and definitely one with a lot of memories – good and bad (more good than bad though!).

I have made some really, really, REALLY awesome friends here. Friends that I know I will stay close with forever and ever. I’ve never been a person to believe in needing a ton of friends to be happy, and that’s stayed exactly the same here at QU. I know so many people here, but I’ve always kept the ones that I know I can count on no matter what extra close, and I am so thankful for those people. I love all of our memories and cannot wait for the many, many more to come. What would life be without friends?! Especially without the ones that turn into family along the way.

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As Seen on Pinterest: Lilly

I have a love-hate relationship with how popular Lilly Pulitzer suddenly is. I love it because, who doesn’t love seeing Lilly everywhere? I hate it because there are so many “fake” Lilly lovers who like it only for the sorority pattern or only because they think it’s something they should like.

Anyways, because Lilly is such a crazy right now, it is all over Pinterest! That’s really fun. I have so many cute and perfect Lilly pins that I couldn’t help but share with you. Mostly all of them are from my Preppy Girl Problems board:

Love these Lilly quotes:

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Lilly crafting!:

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Check out the tutorial for this here!

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Just perfect Lilly!:

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What are your best Lilly inspired pins?

Words of the Week: The Present

Lately I am completely obsessed with the future yet feeling anchored by the past. Is that normal for a senior nearing graduation? I like to think it is, but at the same time, I sometimes feel as though I’m totally getting in my own head. Do you know what I mean?

I spend shuttle rides and walks to class obsessing over where I’ll work and end up living. In the moments before I fall asleep, I find myself recalling everything from the past four years here at school. I feel as though I am caught in between two very, very different worlds and completely undecided over which one I’d rather be in, so instead of choosing, I have one foot in each.

I am also someone who gets extremely anxious. About almost all things. When I was younger, I used to get very anxious and nervous about paying for things at a cash register by myself. I would always ask my mom or even younger sister to do it for me. While I’m over that anxiety (thankfully!), I have recently been facing much anxiety about the future. I spend phone conversations with my mom in a near panic – Will I ever get married? Where am I going to end up living? How many children will I have if I even have them at all?! – Thankfully, my mom always knows the right thing to say. But still, these anxieties have come to haunt me at times of change, like, well…right now.

I also feel a magnetic pull towards the past. I have a hard time letting go. I feel, again, caught between my yearn to move on and my irrepressible yearn to hold on with all my might, scared of forgetting the things that have happened to me, the people I’ve met, the lessons I’ve learned, the sights I’ve seen, and the places I’ve been.

With all of these desires, pulls, thoughts, and (sometimes) full-on battles I have going on within my own head, I find myself so often letting moments pass me by. All too frequently, I find myself missing out on what’s going on right now: the present.

This past weekend I saw this quote and it brought me to a full reflection of how I’ve been battling with myself over the past and future:

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After reading this, I felt really…inspired. I realize that because of the way I am and who I am, I’m never going to stop planning for, wondering about, and dreaming of the future. I also know I will never fully be able to let go of things that have happened to me in the past. But, like I said, when I read this quote, I felt an irresistible pull to live more in the moment. It made me realize that if, in moments of past/future distress, I reassert my focus on what’s going on right now, I can not only allow myself to calm down but also enjoy life more.

Graduation is less than a month away, and these last days here at Quinnipiac are definitely going to be pretty special. Monumental, even. I want to look back at them and realize I enjoyed them, that I remember these last QU moments with my friends and sorority sisters, in my dorm, around Hamden, and at the library. I am thankful that this quote shall serve as a reminder to actively do so.

Words of the Week: In a Funk

These words of the week are a little different than usual. Usually I put up a quote that’s inspiring and motivational. Today, though, my words of the week are more of what I want rather than what I believe:

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I have been in the weirdest funk this week. So lazy. So wanting to just…veg. But unable to because of the gigantic pull of all I have to do.

I woke up yesterday wanting so badly to just sleep and sleep and sleep. This is so unusual for me. But still, it’s what I wanted.

In this crazy time of life, I wish I could just have a day to settle down, cuddle up, and watch my favorite movies. Read a book. Nap. And nap. And nap some more. Pin a million pins on Pinterest and clear my always cluttered mind.

If only.

A Look at Lilly

Lilly Pulitzer Rousseau recently died at the age of 81, but not until she influenced the world of fashion in a major way. A pioneer in the world of “preppy” clothing, she used color and style to pave the way towards clothing that is bright, stylish, and very, very fun.

There are tons of reasons to love Lilly and even more reasons to remember her. Certainly a highly cultured woman with a true sense of who she was, what she wanted, and how to follow her own path and heart, I thought it would be fun to count down the top ten reasons to love Lilly:

  1. She was always up for a good party – known for throwing parties, hosting them with barefoot at her home, Lilly was always up for a celebration. What’s not to love about that? As Lilly once said:“That’s what life is all about. Let’s have a party. Let’s have it tonight.”
  2. She was an optimist – Lilly once stated, “Life’s a party. Dress like it” showing her optimistic outlook on life. She was a vibrant individual who was always sporting a smile and a positive outlook. The world could use more people with an attitude like that!
  3. She had her very own sense of style – thanks to her distinct style preferences, she built a brand that is well respected and love. Her respect for her own style wants and needs is admirable. Everyone should follow their heart just as much when it comes to picking out what they want to wear!
  4. She was innovative – Lilly actually began her business as a way to disguise stains on her dresses. How clever! You see, her story began with a juice stand. She would sell juice and frequently spill some on herself. In order to ensure no one would ever notice the spills, she began designing these brightly colored dresses. Stylish and genius!
  5. She had influence – Lilly’s designs and fashion has historically, and today, made it big! Jacqueline Kennedy was photographed in an early Lilly design.
  6. She was ambitious – at a time where it was admirable to be a housewife and definitely expected, Lilly aspired to do more. Besides running the juice stand, she started her dress designs and ended up with a famous label that is a huge success today.
  7. She created an empire – while she started out with simple shift dress designs and products, Lilly Pulitzer products are now much, much more. Besides clothing for women, there is now a children’s line as well as men’s pieces. Additionally, there are home products and a never-ending list of accessories made by the company.
  8. She was a fashionista at its finest – “Style isn’t just about what you wear, it’s about how you live” Lilly once stated, and we couldn’t agree more! She truly got the point of style, which is that it has to be something of your own that you love enough to live.
  9. She marched to the beat of her own drum – Lilly stated many times that in her business, she didn’t do things for other people, she did them for herself. That is admirable and amazing, especially in the business world.
  10. She loved summer – warm weather is always awesome, and Lilly appreciated it unlike any other. After all, what beats the sunshine, sunglasses, and a great cocktail? Not much.

Looking back at Lilly and her influential life is fun, and she will always be remembered as the fashion icon that she is. RIP Lilly Pulitzer Rousseau.

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