traveled to: connecticut

My whole life I’ve wanted to get to the west coast. West coast best coast right? Well, life has a funny way of throwing you a complete curveball sometimes – I love New England.

My best friend moved from Pennsylvania to Connecticut when we were in seventh grade, and since then I’ve been visiting up there every year. After I got my license I started to visit more often and I made a few close friends in that neck of the woods. Eventually, I fell in love with a Connecticut boy and now this August I’m due to move up to the Constitution State. So weird. I always thought if I moved anywhere in my 20’s it would be California, Hawaii, Arizona, Florida, or anywhere I’m able to wear summer clothes year round, but I’m going to be trading in my crop tops for a parka.

This is a win-lose situation in my eyes. As much as I love the sun, I love Tony a heck of a lot more and I’m going to have so many opportunities at my new college in New Haven.

Apart from my little life story, I went up to Connecticut this past week and snapped a couple photos to share here. I can’t wait for what life has in store for me.

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Ocean Beach, New London CT. I’ve never been here during beach season but the off season is still great. New England beaches are so cute and charming.

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Mystic, CT. Home of the famous Mystic pizza (where Tony and I split a pie). I must say, it’s one of the top places for pizza in my opinion. Plus, the town of Mystic is super cute and they have docks right down from the pizza place that Tony and I sat on.

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How cute is this little to go hummus package?! I found it when at a gas station when I was driving through New York on the way home. It made my trip so much better.

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yoga filming

My roommate is a film student, and yesterday I was the main subject of her latest project! She filmed me doing a bunch of yoga poses and flows like inversions and sun salutations. It was really fun and it was an even added bonus that it was so nice outside. It’s been raining and dreary in Philly for the past couple of days, so the sunshine felt great.

I don’t have the full video to share with you guys, but I do have a few stills that turned out pretty cool. Now today I’m going to the doctor since I’ve been sick from my sinuses for the past week and half, and I’m going to take a much needed rest day.

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All photos by Madeline Brewer // Moon phase leggings from Urban Outfitters

the rory gilmore reading challenge

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I’ve been watching Gilmore Girls for the past couple of months on Netflix, and I’m currently on the last season. I feel like I’m going through a breakup. What am I going to do without more Gilmore Girls episodes to watch?! Well, I’ve found a way to hold on to my beloved Gilmore Girls obsession with the “Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge.” I came across this quite awhile ago on Pinterest and just happened to re-find it yesterday while searching up books to buy at Barnes and Noble. Thank you to the generous people of bookreviews.me.uk for compiling a wonderful list of books mentioned throughout the show. I look forward to knocking these books off the list and expanding my bookshelf tremendously.

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7 ways to come back to yourself

Life is stressful sometimes, and there are going to be instances where you don’t feel like yourself. I’m currently in the midst of college midterms and lately I feel like I’m in a completely different universe than everyone else. I’m so far away from everyone, including myself, that I just want to sit in my apartment and wrap myself under my blankets and hide. Once I get through this week, and my spring break begins, I plan on taking time to come back to myself (and feel like a functioning person of society instead of a zombie walking around trying to accomplish everything on my checklist).

Here is my list of ways to come back to yourself when you feel like you will never know who you are ever again.

  1. Take a hot bath: Sylvia Path once said, “There must be quite a few things that a hot bath won’t cure, but I don’t know many of them.” Make this bath the most relaxing time of your life. Light some candles, play some Jack Johnson or whatever music soothes your soul, use a bath bomb or bubbles or essential oils (lavender is great for relieving stress). Try to clear your mind of things you usually think about and just enjoy this time for you.
  2. Cook your favorite meal: I know when I’m busy and stressed I usually just grab something on campus or on the street to hold me over until I get hungry again. Food is a vital part of how our bodies/brains feel and function, and when we’re mindlessly eating it can alter our mood. Go home and cook something healthy and delicious that you know you love. Check out Pinterest if you’re stumped or pull out a cookbook if you like to kick it old school. Reenergizing with food is easy and it doesn’t have to be elaborate.
  3. Call someone you love: Don’t text them, actually call them and hear their voice. I know that it definitely helps me to hear another human’s voice, especially one that I know well and recognize. Human’s tend to be comforted by familiarity, so call up your mom or your best friend or whoever else is important to you.
  4. Write: I’m a huge journal freak, and the power writing has on us is incredible. If you’re not comfortable with speaking to someone else about the way you feel, or you just don’t know how you feel, writing it all down helps so much (write it down even if you talked to someone else about it). You don’t even have to write real sentences, or real words for that matter, just write until you feel there’s nothing else for you to say.
  5. Clean: Okay some of you are probably thinking, “I’m trying to relax and calm down so why on earth would I do chores?” I personally am the messiest person ever, but I noticed when I have things organized and tidy I can concentrate more on other things. Having a clean space is just one less stressful thing you will have to deal with.
  6. Meditate: This one can be tricky when you have a racing mind, but just sitting down and giving yourself five minutes to do nothing but breathe can do wonders. If you aren’t sure how to meditate, go out and get some books on the subject or look it up on the internet, just make sure your sources are reliable.
  7. Take a look in the mirror: I want you to stand in front of the mirror, look at yourself, and tell yourself that you are exactly where you are supposed to be in life and you will always find your way back. You are perfect. Your stress is only temporary. Everything is going to be ok.

THE GRATITUDE TOUR

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On January 14 I was able to take a yoga class from Rachel Brathen (aka @yoga_girl on Instagram). If anyone out there is a fellow yogi and does not follow her, go do it. She is my biggest yoga/life inspiration. This practice, with 300+ other people, was a life changing experience. We all breathed together, laughed together, and cried in savasana together. Being in a room with hundreds of people who are all such positive beings takes an emotional toll on you, but a good emotional toll. Thank you, Rachel for shaping me into the person I am today and guiding me to the one thing I know I am supposed to do in life: yoga. I will continue to pass on this beautiful practice.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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