focus in the fall

How was everyone’s week? This week was my first full week of classes and while my class load is somewhat lighter this quarter, I’m still exhausted. I’m definitely still adjusting to a lot of aspects of routine. I thought I’d empty my thoughts a little here today.

Since coming back from Europe, I’ve been catching up with a lot of friends, new and old, and it’s brought to light a lot of things I want to focus on this fall, especially after so much spontaneity and irregular routine in traveling.

  • Mindfulness: I had a great conversation with a friend I met through a mutual friend, and she’s a certified yoga instructor who lived in a monastery this summer. She herself was trying to get back into the routine of mindfulness, and I thought that was something I wanted to get into as well. I tried meditating last month with the Headspace app and really enjoyed it.
  • Values: I like to think I hold pretty truly to my values. Sure, traveling this summer tested a lot of those values – even stretched them – but I want to reign my values back in and refocus on what I think matters to me in my life. I’ve met people who have challenged my values, which is great, but as a foundation, I know my values are who I am and how I explain myself to other people. I do want to continue exploring why I value such things, but I want to remember why I stay true to them.
  • CareerGetting back into the swing of things in Seattle means getting back into recruiting. I’ve done a pretty good job of keeping that as a main focal point so far: I’ve been scheduling coffee dates with professionals and connecting back with people I talked to last year. On the side, I’ve been making the time to develop skills and knowledge by reading non-fiction/business/self-help books. On my to-read list are books like Quiet by Susan Cain (currently reading), Presence by Amy Cuddy, and Onward by Howard Schultz.
  • Learning: This ties back into the books I have on my to-read list, but I want to keep learning outside of my classes as well. When people hear the word “learning”, they automatically think of it in an academic setting, but it doesn’t always have to be. I’ve set it upon myself to get into podcasts! I listened to a few during my freshman year, but I definitely want to start back up again. I want to try to listen to them when I work out or when I’m walking to classes. Just to name a few, I have Freakonomics RadioModern Love, and Girlboss Radio loaded on my phone.

Whew, there’s so much running through my mind but I think I got out what I needed today. I’m hoping this list keeps me accountable, or at least serves as a reminder that I can refer to when I’m losing that focus for the rest of the year.

What are y’all focusing on this fall?

Thanks for reading,

Jen

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five things i miss about the states

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Happy Wednesday!

Last week, I really got back into the swing of blogging and whipped out like five posts in the span of two days, which never happens anymore. My family came out to Europe to visit me and we’ve already seen Prague and Vienna! Definitely keep your eyes peeled for those travel posts…

Since I’ve been gone from the states for nearly two months now, I’ve been getting pretty nostalgic and missing a lot about the States. First on my list? Top Pot Doughnuts. I know, I know, I’ve indulged in croissants from Italy and macarons from Paris, but one of my closest friends Hannah has been snapping me pictures of TPD and it legitimately makes me so homesick, especially because it’s our favorite spot together! So I guess, technically, I miss TPD + Hannah!

Next on my list has to be – wait for it – Nordstrom. I feel so lame admitting this but it’s true! What with the anniversary sale happening and all, I do miss being able to walk into the Nordstrom in downtown Seattle and browsing the shoes. Oh especially the shoes!

After that it has to be just overall routine. Hopping from country to country is amazing and all, but I’m your Type-A kind of gal; I need to have structure! I must say that traveling has really taught me to be more spontaneous, and there’s been many opportunities for spontaneity, but I really do miss the routine I have during the school year.

Y’all are going to laugh at this one next: I miss the my school’s business library. I’m such a nerd, why am I like this?? I spend so many hours in that gosh dang library all year that it feels like a piece of myself is missing because of it. I’m embarrassingly excited to return to all its glory in the fall. To add on though, I miss American public libraries in general. I had my fair share of bookstores in Paris, but I just miss being able to browse through books written in English.

Lastly, I miss working out. When I packed for this three-month trip, I purposefully didn’t bring workout clothes because I wanted to enjoy myself and not have to think about being “fit”. Little did I know that working out makes me happy!! I guess I forgot what those endorphins can do for the body. I miss dancing in a studio, doing pilates, and even running. What with all the carbs, desserts, gelato… oh man. I can’t wait to put on my tennis shoes in the fall.

Ha, am I crazy for missing these five things?

Jen

 

 

last coffee in seattle (for now): anchorhead coffee

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Happy Friday!

As you’re reading this, I’m most likely already in Greece! After finishing my exams on Monday, I’ve spent the last few days running errands and tying up some loose ends in preparation for leaving the states. One of my good friends (s/o to Tanner!) recommended I hit up Anchorhead Coffee in Seattle. I knew for myself that I wanted it to be my last coffee in Seattle.

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I took the bus to Anchorhead – it’s right next to the Westlake station stop, and at first I was a little confused because it’s in the same complex as a business. Right when I walked in, I got the business-man-on-lunch-break vibe. Still, I ordered their Quaffle (cinnamon roll made in a waffle-maker) and an iced latte, and sat down with my Kindle at the bar.

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The barista got my order wrong but they were super friendly and fixed it immediately, and I really enjoyed the food itself. But in the hour I sat their reading my book, groups of professionals came in and out to grab coffee really quick, chatted with their co-workers, and then left the coffee shop to go back upstairs to work. So yes, it felt like a very professional environment. I feel like it would be a great place to be productive since they have tables and leather office chairs, but it’s not the best to sit down and read a book to relax in.

halfway done with college – some thoughts

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Surprise! It’s not Monday but I decided to write up a quick post while I’m in the midst of preparing for final exams. This past weekend, my roommates dragged me out of the library to go with them to Pike Place Market since the weather was absolutely gorgeous, and we had said all quarter that we wanted to have one last “roommate date” before the end of the year.

I’m one of those people who need other people to make me go out and do fun things, or I will literally spend all day/night studying. Luckily, my roommates are exactly the people I need in my life.

I’ve had my fair share of Pike Place already, especially when I spent last summer in Seattle, but I always love the touristy vibes of the crowded alleys in the market – I can’t help wondering if Pike Place is just a small taste of what it’ll feel like strolling through the markets in Europe.

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(P.S. – peonies are my NEW favorite type of flower. I was so tempted to buy a bouquet just for myself!)

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My roommates are seriously the cutest, and always photo-ready!!

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One of my roommates highly recommended Le Panier right by the market, and as you can tell by the bag, it’s a “very French bakery”. I got an iced latte and almond croissant, and it was so good, I highly recommend! This treat has me anticipating all the pastries in Paris when I’m there in July!

This trip to Pike Place was honestly what I needed before diving into final exams, but it is 143% crazy to me that I’m halfway done with college. HALFWAY. I mean I’ll probably do more school after college, but that’s beside the point. Why is it that two years in high school felt like ages longer than two years in college? I’m astounded that I’ll have obtained my bachelor’s in another two years; there are still so many people I want to meet, places I want to see, and things I want to do! It scares me that I’m only 20 but I feel like time already goes by so fast. So many times throughout this year, it felt like there was an hourglass constantly running and that I was always crunched for time.

One thing I’ve constantly been thinking about lately is to slow down. It’s ingrained in my mind to have a “go-go-go” mentality as a #girlboss, and it’s definitely still what I aspire to be. But that usually means I don’t get to enjoy anything I do, or savor any of it, because it’s just flying by. Strolling around Pike Place this weekend reminded me to just enjoy the now.

Why do I work so hard now? I answer by telling myself that I need to work hard now, play later. But as an adult, isn’t it… just more work? So when will I get to enjoy just the mere lifestyle of being a young adult? I’m hoping that with my upcoming trip to Europe, I’ll learn more things about myself and what I need to do for myself to be more content than I am now (not that I’m unhappy now, there’s just always a peak of happiness that I’m trying to reach). Not just for myself either, but to learn how to make others around me more content with the way my energy feeds off to other people.

xx

Jen

life updates – camera roll edition

Hello everyone!

The sun has FINALLY made its appearance in Seattle and I think it’s here to stay! It’s amazing what the sun can do to the soul; I don’t think I get Seasonal Affective Disorder, but the sun definitely puts me in a better mood.

I’m squeezing in this blog post on a Saturday morning before brunch – I’ve been so busy! I thought it’d be fun to let y’all know what I’ve been up to lately, using the photos on my iPhone camera roll! Please excuse some of the photos that are Snapchat quality 😁

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As usual, I’m always trying out new coffeeshops! I had heard a lot of amazing things about Slate Coffee Roasters (and of course, their aesthetic is on point!), but when I went and ordered their iced coffee, it was very disappointing. It was way too watered down and there was nothing special to it.

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I’m always returning to Post Alley Cafe, an age-old favorite of mine. I love going in the early morning and getting some work done while sipping a 12-oz latte.

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I’ve also been networking a ton! I was able to speak with someone who works in the accounting department at Starbucks for an assignment for one of my classes. Y’all, the corporate office is so freaking cool. Obviously, they have their own Starbucks coffeeshop in the building and I even waved to the executive chairman, Howard Schultz!

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I also got the chance to talk to someone working in the accounting department at Nordstrom – it’s the dream, y’all!

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I’ve casually been attending fancy dinners hosted by my business school. Y’all, the perks, I’m telling ya!

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One of my very good friends was in a dance show earlier and of course I had to attend! I love buying flowers for my friends who love art and love performing it. It’s one of those things I’ll never get tired of.

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I was also in my own dance show! I’ve been busy going to rehearsals multiple times a week, and I’m actually pretty exhausted. It’s been a wonderful experience though, and the dance program is so welcoming and friendly. I’m so happy I was part of such an uplifting experience!

Whew, that’s it for now! I was able to get some outfit shoots done yesterday in the beautiful, sunny weather, so look forward to those in the weeks to come.

Until then, I’ll just be holed in a corner with my accounting textbook until finals are done, and getting my travel plans finalized, eeep!

Talk soon!

Jen