birthday, blessed, countdown, family, growing up, joy that little things bring, life lesson, little reminders of life, twenty+three

twenty + three.

{one of my favorite photos from year 22: rome, July 2011}

Yesterday I turned twenty-three! I don’t know how this past year managed to fly by so quickly. It seems like just yesterday I turned twenty-one… eeps.
But this past year, it was amazing & life changing. Last year I was sipping on champagne in Germany that day I turned twenty-two. Little did I know the adventures that were in store for me. And to think, that the adventures have merely just begun, well that is an incredibly wonderful thing. 
But, as an ode to the last year, I’d love to share twenty-three things I’ve come to know during this last year…

23. If you want to do something, do it. People will be skeptical, people will tell you a million reasons it won’t work. But if you feel you can do it, you probably can. And more than that, you’ll regret it if you don’t. Au pairing was the greatest adventure of my life. It changed the way I think about life, and the way I live my life.
22. On that note, coming home to finish my degree, thus having to return from my new home, was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, though definitely also one of the hardest.
21. I’m going to Dubrovnik on my honeymoon.
20. If you get the urge to get bangs, go for it (just don’t use skype for your mirror…).
19. Getting a Kindle, though I am a forever-lover of print, is a brilliant, brilliant decision. Eleven books in one month? Yes.
18. Though far away in terms of distance, you really do keep those you love close in your heart, no matter where you are.
17. Attending a University in a foreign country was, by far, one of the most eye-opening experiences. I learned so much not only in a school sense, but in a cultural sense. And I was able to participate…in another language. One of my childhood dreams came true. Still so surreal.
16. People that are meant to come into your life, do. I can’t control that; I can only have faith.
15. It really is about perspective & where you put your joy.
14. Blogging is still, by far, one of the greatest things I have decided to do.
13. I can actually cook. Real food. And some wickedly scrumptious home-made break. Yup.
12. Graduating from college is extremely exciting, but equally terrifying. But it’s normal to feel that way. I’m going to be ok.
11. We’re all going to run into a lot of nay sayers in life. Let’s ignore them– better yet, let’s prove them wrong. 
10. People come into our lives when they’re meant to, just as much as they leave our lives when they’re meant to
9. Copenhagen causes me to burst into tears. I love it that much. I never, ever knew.
8. There are a lot of things I need to quit being afraid of & just try.
7. People you don’t see very often, or know particularly well, have the ability to tell you things that stay with you forever. (and things you most need to hear.)
6. Life in your twenties is pretty tricky, & exciting, and really, really scary. It’s ok to feel that.
5. I actually loved riding a bike as my main mode of transportation.
4. I need to embrace uncertainty
3. I need to be more patient.
2. Being vulnerable is brave.
1. I am the luckiest girl in the world to have such wonderful family & friends. I am surrounded by blessings.

Thank you so much for letting me share these special life moments & lessons with you. I am forever thankful for your support! Love, love, love.
xo

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my future love, random, silly

fashionably late.

(via: tumblr.)

dear mister-whoever-you-are-wherever-you-are,
(but someday destined to be by my side.)

i’m not sure where you are, 
but if you could hurry up 
that would be just peachy.

because the sooner we find each other,
the sooner we can get this party started.

and while i do prefer to be fashionably late
when it comes to parties,

i also know to never 
under any circumstances
be tardy to the party.

and you know what, 
mister-whoever-you-are-wherever-you-are?
because you were made for me,
and me for you,
you’ll understand that reference
(and love me anyway).

love, your smitten Schatzi 
who isn’t ashamed to admit a love for reality tv.
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{Quote of the Week.}

{Graduation. May 2012.}

“Anything I ever learned comes down to something pretty simple: Don’t anticipate life; meet it. When you try to anticipate, you’re being an idiot, because nobody’s got the brain to outwit nature. I’m talking here about patience, about believing in yourself. I’m talking here about having the courage to wait. You will get what you deserve.”-rob steiger

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things we (soon-to-be-college graduates) know.

note: please forgive the errors in this post it’s been a long day in the library studying…

“college is not the real world.”
we know. we know that college is a unique, safe, bubble-like environment. we know this is a particularly wonderful chapter of our lives where we around people with similar interests, hopes, and ideas. people who stay up with you chatting about absolute nonsense. we know this is not how it will be after we graduate.

“graduating and finding a job isn’t easy, especially in this economy.”
we know. we know this probably more than one would expect. we watch the news, we walk past headlines printed across the paper that read: “Unemployment rates soar.” we know that if you went into a liberal arts field, you’re going to struggle when you graduate. we know we won’t immediately land our dream job. we know that you want us to know that. and those few instances when our friends did land their dream jobs, well we know that you mark that up as a mere “fluke.” we’re aware that times are hard and coming out of college with a degree now deemed “practically useless” is going to be rough. if anyone knows this, believe me, it’s us.

“you don’t understand what it’s like…”
we might not understand, you’re right. but at one time or another, you didn’t quite know what it was like either. and us, being reminded how much we don’t understand, well that doesn’t make us suddenly “understand” anymore than before–instead it adds an unbelievable amount of stress. it’s as though you’re saying: “you don’t know, and you never will.” because know matter “how much we don’t understand,” we still have to face it. so please, please, help us know that though we don’t understand now, we’ll be o.k. because as much as you want to keep us from the possible storms ahead, it’s where our boats must venture, no matter how “rough” it’s going to be.

things we want you to know:
we know you care and that’s why you are telling us these things. we know. but when you constantly tell us these things, it doesn’t change anything. instead, it leaves us feeling as though nothing can be done at this point. absolutely nothing. we are doomed.
but really, it’s not–we’re not. far from it. it’s going to be harder than anything we might ever experience. we’re going to have a lot of our dreams crushed and have to alter a lot of paths along the way. but we’re going to be fine. because we are not the first people in the history of the world to face hardships. we are not the first people to embark on unknown territory while so many scoffed and warned. we are not the first people to open a door to find a giant brick wall.

but we’re so blessed to have the proper tools to break down those walls–survive these uncertain times. we have advantages those before us didn’t. and you were the ones who placed them in our hands, taught us how to use them. and for that, we are beyond grateful.

but you have to let us know that you trust us, you think we can do it.
that you support our battle.
but most of all, that you’re rooting for us because you believe we can.

that’s all we want you to know.

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{Quote of the Week.}

“Some days you must learn a great deal. But you should also have days when you allow what is already in you to swell up and touch everything. If you never let that happen, then you just accumulate facts, and they begin to rattle around inside of you.” E.L. Konigsburg

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