New YouTube Vlog Channel!

Hello blogging world! I feel like it has been SO long since I’ve updated this, and I want to tell you why! Lately, life has been really good and I’ve wanted to document it in more of an exciting way than just words on a screen-so I’ve started a YouTube channel! Below I’ve posted a link to my most recent video. This summer I took a family vacation to travel around Southern Germany and made vlogs (video blogs) throughout the entire trip.  It’s a great way for me to share my experiences with everyone and a unique way to remember what happened while there. I hope you enjoy watching as much as I enjoyed being there and I promise to keep my actual blogging life up to date when someone monumental happens, but for now, enjoy!

How It Feels To Have Lost My First Love (And Why Nothing Could Have Prepared Me For It)

All so relatable!!

Thought Catalog

Everyone tells you how much it will hurt when you go through your first breakup. You see it in movies, you hear about it from your parents, and you watch your friends go through it. But no amount of sappy movies or stories from other people can prepare you for what it feels like when it’s your turn to experience it first-hand.

My ex and I had first met a couple of times at parties and what not but I had never really noticed him until one night in particular. It was late in May and the weather was just starting to get warmer. A bunch of us had gathered in our friends’ backyard for some drinks. I remember looking at him and wondering where I had seen him before – something about him just caught my eye. I pulled up a chair and we started talking. We just clicked…

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The acceptance phase is here…

I love this.

Until I Get Over You

My least favorite time of the day is now the morning. The crushing heartache doesn’t come at night anymore, but instead is there to greet me as my eyes flutter open. I remember over and over that he is really gone, that he doesn’t want to fight for me anymore. Then, I plaster a brave smile on my face and function, because there is no other choice. I’m not telling him I’m sad anymore either – I’ve relieved him of his duty of carrying both of our pain.

I’ve found a room in the hospital in the last two days – it’s a spiritual room lined with chairs, and is always empty. I find myself sitting there at lunchtimes, head in my hands, trying to stop the tears from coming. I’ve talked to myself? God? the universe? whoever could hear me, and asked for wisdom to accept the fact we were always…

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Book Review: The Longest Ride, Nicholas Sparks

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I typically don’t read very often, but I thought I should pick up a book to bring on vacation with me, so that’s what I did! Last week I read The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks. This is the first of his books that I’ve read and he has a different writing style than I’m used to. Instead of narrating the entire book from one character’s perspective, he alternates from three different people in two separate story lines that meet within the final chapters of the book.  I really enjoyed this because I felt as if I knew what each character was thinking and where each stood in the eyes of each other.  Although it was difficult to get through Ira’s story (he was an elderly man trapped in his car after running off the road) it was well worth it at the end.  The letters that Ira and his wife, Ruth, shared were absolutely beautiful and Sparks did a wonderful job crafting them. Sophia and Luke also had a beautiful love story that particularly interested me because of the college campus setting alongside the country lifestyle described on Luke’s ranch.  Even though I’m not going to give anything away, I’m going to say that this book really tugs at your heart and can leave you craving more. If you’re looking for a lazy day read, this book is a wonderful choice! Enjoy and let me know what you think about it!

~E

Latest Obsession: Rascal Flatts

So lately, I’ve been on kind of a Rascal Flatts obsession spree.  I really can’t listen to anything else anymore, and it’s getting kind of crazy.  A lot of my favorite songs by them are just so heart wrenching and sad and they just make me want to cry!  This weather has been so beautiful lately that I shouldn’t want to just curl up inside and listen to Rascal Flatts, but I do!  Maybe I should just put of their upbeat and happy songs on a playlist and go for a run.  Maybe that would make me productive?  Until I get to that point, though, someone should volunteer to go to one of their concerts with me this summer, because I actually had tickets to their show by my house last year and had to sell them because of classes starting up.  But I guess I wouldn’t have had the appreciation I have for them now, so it’s for the better I guess.  Seriously though, if you haven’t ever listened to them before, I’d get on that pronto!

~Elizabeth

Current Job, Realistic Job, Dream Job…

So I’ve just been having some crazy what do I want to do for a job this summer moments so I’ve been applying and quitting quite a few different jobs pretty regularly lately, but currently I work in the Art Department here on campus! On a typical day I just sit on the couch in the lobby and do homework, but today I got to do something really fun! As soon as I came into work I was sent to the photography studio/classroom and was able to do some work in the darkroom! It wasn’t anything big, I just painted a chemical mixture on watercolor paper to prep for a project the department is working on with local kids but it was so cool! I got to put gloves and an apron on and work with everything! It really reminds me about what I want to do later in life, like what I really want to do. Right now I’m studying Exercise Science to go into Physical Therapy and am minoring in Sports Studies. I really want to work with athletes someday because I ran throughout high school and absolutely fell in love with it but I also love photography. I’ve always said that my absolute dream job would be to build a big red barn in the middle of a country field somewhere with a little house nearby.  I’d live in the house but transform the inside of the barn to be my personal photography studio! I’d set up different sets and backdrops in different rooms and depending on what I’m shooting on a certain day I could change rooms! When it would be nice out I could use the country hills and red barn as a beautiful background for perfect scenery and I would just be so happy! But to get the money to do that I’m gonna have to work on that Physical Therapy profession, where hopefully I’ll meet my own Mr. Prince Charming….

Just sharing some dreams, because everyone deserves to have them!

~Elizabeth