two-week blog hiatus

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Hi all!

Seattle’s been pretty good at giving us some sun lately! It’s crazy how much better of a mood everyone is in with the sun out. I just wanted to pop in really quick to announce, sadly, a two-week blog hiatus. This weekend, I have to attend a conference out of town and then I have to take not one, not two, but THREE midterms back-to-back-to-back next week. I’m not too sure how I’ll survive, but right after that, I’ll be knee-deep in planning end-of-year banquets and events. The grind never ends, y’all. I finish interviews today though, so thank goodness those are over!!

Anyway, I do have a few photos from a photoshoot I did a few months ago with my good friend Amber. We got coffee and just chatted – she herself is trying to start a podcast/outlet to interview other #girlbosses. I think the photos turned out wonderfully so I thought I’d share!

(Side note: I’m having so much fun editing photos with my new ~aesthetic~. My Instagram feed felt pretty lost for awhile there!)

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See y’all in two weeks! Have a wonderful rest of April 🤗

Jen

 

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life lately: spring positivity

Hi, hello!

Spring quarter is in full swing (or should I say, full bloom? The cherry blossoms are, at least!), and this weekend I definitely spent my time playing catch-up with all the homework I didn’t do during the first week. I also finally saw Love, Simon with my best friend and oh wow, it was absolutely adorable and probably one of my favorite movies this year. Nick Robinson did such an amazing job playing Simon. I have to say I liked the book more (under a different title, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda!), but the movie was seriously so CUTE.

This week has still been pretty crazy since I’m still interviewing with a few accounting firms, but it’s all fun since they include social events usually the night before the interview. For example, tonight I’ll be going go-kart racing for the first time!

Anyway, today I felt like catching up with y’all since it’s the beginning of the quarter and I just have a lot of thoughts running through my head.

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from before spring break when the weather was so nice – sun, please come back!

I have to admit, I’m feeling pretty overwhelmed about this quarter. Earlier last week, I actually had a mini break down because I was looking through my calendar for the upcoming months and I felt like EVERYTHING IS HAPPENING AND I HAVE NO TIME FOR ANYTHING. Luckily, my good friend was able to calm me down because she knows I can handle it. And she is right: I’m good at staying on top of things and prioritizing. It’s one of my best skills.

One of the things I was really overwhelmed about is actually becoming President for one of the business clubs I’m part of on campus. So exciting! But also so much planning and meeting new people and managing. I haven’t been a president for something since my senior year of high school, and while I told myself that I would take things off my plate for my senior year of college, here I am. I thrive off of opportunity, I really do. It’s one of things I’ve learned about myself: I love trying new things to push my comfort zone so I can learn in different ways. I’m pretty excited about my team, and it’s going to be a great learning experience.

I don’t know about you, but back when I was in high school, it took me awhile to find my solid group of friends. It wasn’t until about midway through junior year that I felt like I had my people. Now in college, I feel the same way. Freshman and sophomore year, I didn’t really have my group of people, but now I’m really happy with who I’m surrounding myself with. I have a support group, and it’s an amazing feeling. These are people that I truly feel like will be my life-long friends.

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trying Five Guys for the first time over spring break. i definitely like In-n-Out the most, but this was great bang-for-buck.

This post is all over the place today, but I just feel like I’m in a good place right now and even though this quarter will get tough sometimes, a positive attitude (and a little coffee, haha) will get me through anything. I’ve been waking up before 8am every day last and this week, and I’m not sure if that’s been helping, but I feel like I’m in control of my life this quarter, if I have the right outlook.

How do you feel about spring?

Jen

trying something new: capoiera

Capoiera

Hello! How are things? I’m officially back in school (spring break flew by!) for my last quarter of junior year. Currently, I’m sitting at the library writing up this post, still a little sweaty from a dance class, which is actually what I wanted to share with y’all today.

It’s been awhile since I’ve really tried something new, but this quarter, I’m finishing off my dance minor with a capoiera class. I think it’s really easy, as students, to get caught up in the groove of routine and to forget to try new things/hobbies while being so busy. I was really comfortable with everything for awhile. It was actually my friend that kind of coerced me into taking this class with her, and that’s all the push I needed. I’m so excited to be trying something new.

There’s nothing like a little fear and uncertainty to shake up your routine! I was nervous going into the class today; not a lot of people know what capoeira is, including myself. From what I know, it’s an Afro-Brazilian mix of dance and martial arts, where people can “battle” in a community/dance-like setting. I learned a little bit about capoiera in my dance history class, but I really don’t know much else. I had expected to get a brief history lesson at the start of class today, but we really just dived in to moving.

There was a ton of people in my class, much larger than the usual dance class size. I saw a few familiar faces right when I walked in, so that was reassuring. The teacher, our mestre, is a man of little words. He gave a very brief introduction and then we started warming up and getting into the basic movements of capoiera. Before I knew it, everyone in the class was attempting flips, sweating, and panting. Someone’s foot even started bleeding, haha. It was kind of intense – we weren’t allowed water breaks because he really felt that this class was for hard workers who are determined to train extensively. Y’all, I cannot wait to wake up with sore muscles every week from this class.

I had a great time though; we paired off a lot with different people in the class to practice the movements. At the end of class, my mestre told us that by the end of the quarter, we would be like an established band. We’d know who dances in what way, and how different people can characterize their capoeira style. I’m truly excited for this class for the rest of my quarter.

And I suppose I just wanted to remind y’all with my little anecdote today to try something new. It doesn’t have to be long-time commitment like mine is; it can be something simple for a night or a week.

What will you be trying next? Thanks for reading and have a spectacular week!

Jen

 

spring reading | 2018

Spring Reading

Hey y’all!

Just wanted to pop in with a little spring reading update. I’ve been so relaxed for the past week or so ever since I finished my final exams last Thursday. I love spring break and being at home! I actually had jury duty yesterday but it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. As long as you bring something to do to pass the time, you’re golden (a.k.a book for me!). I’m looking to hopefully go see Love, Simon in theaters before heading back to Seattle over the weekend. The soundtrack is great!! Have y’all seen it yet?

Since I’m about halfway through spring break, you can bet I’ve finished some books already. My last post about my recent reads was back in late February, and after that I was knee-deep in school work and final exams, so I hadn’t finished much until break. Luckily, I’ve been spending (too much) time in bed reading all break. Here’s a little reading update!

Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet by various authors

I had read this romance anthology in the spirit of Valentine’s Day. The concept itself sounded so cute! I have to say I was a tad disappointed with it though. Out of the various short stories, I only really enjoyed three of them (Click, The Dictionary of You and Me, and The Unlikely Likelihood of Falling in Love if you were curious!). I’d say pick it up if you’re in the mood for a collection of lighthearted stories to read in-between darker/heavier reads.

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I had to (and wanted to!) read this one for the Panhellenic book club I’m part of, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Adichie does a great job developing both Ifemelu and Obinze, and also exposed me to some issues regarding race that I had never considered. It’s such an important novel for readers who want to be more present and aware about society and racism.

The Moth Presents All the Wonders: True Stories about Facing the Unknown by various authors

You might remember me talking about this book a few times this year on my blog, and I finally finished it all in one go over break! Overall it’s pretty eye-opening to be able to read from so many different perspectives. So many of them were depressing though, which made me sad, but some had little hints of humor since many of the storytellers were/are stand-up comedians. I think I would still prefer listening to these Moth stories via podcast or liveshow.

Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aceman

If you haven’t heard of the hype surrounding this movie, you’ve been living under a rock. Ever since I heard the hype and the premise, I knew I wanted to see the movie, but obviously read the novel first. Y’all, it’s set in the Italian Riviera – that’s all I really needed to hear. But Call Me By Your Name is so much more; it was surprisingly really intense and while it’s not the most amazing book I’ve ever read, I was a little shook after finishing the book. Aceman has a way with storytelling that digs deep into emotions and thoughts about how love changes over time that I had never encountered before. I’m even more excited to see the movie now!

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

My current read! After reading Call Me By Your Name, I honestly needed something light, so I went with something I’ve been meaning to pick up for forever – Jenny Han’s other infamous trilogy! It’s also being made into a movie, which looks adorable. I’m planning on binging the trilogy all in one go.

That’s it for now! What have you been reading lately?

Jen x

#girlbosses in seattle: nastea & co.

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It’s officially finals week and I have my last final tomorrow – I wanted to take a break from blogging but the stubborn part of me wants to keep meeting my goal of one blog post per week, so here we are. I’m so close to spring break!!

Today I wanted to share with y’all something super fun. As most of you know, I’m a business student studying accounting. However, my business school also has an Entrepreneurship option. Students who take that route are required to “create a company” and compete against their classmates to see who has the best pitch. Whoever wins actually gets funded to go forth and pursue the company, and some students go forth and pursue their company idea anyway.

NASTEA & Co. is actually a company that came out of my university! They’re a team of four girls and have really launched their product into Seattle stores. They recently created an influencer package and of course, I love supporting local (and all) #girlbosses. I decided to try out their two products, the white coffee dirty chai and the white coffee dirty matcha.

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I’ve been sipping in moderation because these drinks do have 3x the caffeine compared to regular roasts. One of my friends downed a bottle in one go and couldn’t sleep for two days! (she’s also very sensitive to caffeine, lol 😂)

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The influencer packages came with cute little stickers and a key tag – so adorable!

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I’m a huge fan of these drinks (and the packaging, wow!). If you’re in the Seattle area, you can pick up these bottles in various markets in the city – go here to find where you can pick one up! They also deliver.

Thank goodness for NASTEA because they’ve been keeping me awake during my final exams studying! Good luck with y’all’s exams as well!!

Until next week,

Jen