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

it doesn’t hurt to try

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Happy Friday!

Yeah… whoops! I haven’t posted in exactly a month, and I deeply apologize!

After spring quarter started, everything has been absolutely crazy. I only have classes twice a week, but somehow, my time has been occupied with my (very stressful) finance class, extracurriculars, and maybe too many coffee dates. I just finished my round of midterms and eeep, y’all, spring quarter is over in just a few weeks and then I’m off to the best summer ever abroad in Europe! (Post about travels plans coming soon!)

Today I wanted to talk about something that happened earlier this quarter. I meant to write this when it was fresh in my head, but (see above), I’ve been busy. As most of you know, I’m studying accounting right now in college and started the recruiting process early. If you’re not familiar with the accounting recruiting process, it’s basically where students meet with professionals from the public accounting firms and start networking to them to see if they’re a good fit for the firm, and eventually interview to see if they get accepted into the firms’ leadership programs, internships, or full-time positions.

I had an amazing mentor this year who really allowed and inspired me to go for stuff. I’ve been disappointed and let-down before when applying to things and getting rejected because I was too young. To be honest though, I’m numb to rejection now; I still can’t decide if it’s a good thing or not to be “numb”, but I like to think that I’m resilient. I had the opportunity earlier this year to apply to a ton of things even though I wasn’t “qualified” (graduation year, necessary education), but my mentor still encouraged me to apply. She said, “You never know”. So I did.

Just a few weeks ago, I got an offer at one of the public accounting firms that I really love. I few weeks after, I got another offer. I was shocked. This – all of this – is what I get for just trying?

If it weren’t for my mentor, I wouldn’t have felt this success and achievement. And that’s just it – you will never know if you don’t try. It doesn’t hurt to try – unless you’re wounded easily. I think it’ll be a different growth process for everyone because some people have a hard shell like me, and some are a little softer and aren’t used to rejection yet. But trying it out, learning the feeling of what rejection feels like, toughens the skin like nothing else.

arizona recap

Hey y’all!

My apologies for breaking my one-post-a-week streak, I was doing so well! Finals stuck up on me and I ran out of time to schedule posts in advance. I’m currently writing to you with a Band-Aid on the bridge of my nose and ice on my forehead – I decided to go swimming in the hotel I’m staying in and swam head-first into the concrete wall 🙈 Hey, you can’t blame me! I had to swim with my eyes closed because I was wearing contact lenses. I learned my lesson there 😪

Today is officially the first day of spring quarter, which means spring break came and went! Over spring break, one of my sorority sisters invited me to go to Arizona with her and of course I said yes, because who doesn’t want to escape the Seattle rain? Here’s a little recap…

Day One

We left Seattle at about 9am and got to Phoenix around noon. My friend’s dad picked us up and we got In-N-Out for lunch (my fav!), and then headed back to the house. I have to say, Arizona’s landscape is super flat and you can see into the distance for miles; it’s so different from the PNW!

My friend has two dogs at her house, and it was definitely a treat to play with them all week. We just kind of relaxed by the pool for the entire day.

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Days 2-4

We headed up to Lake Havasu City to one of the resorts for a couple of days since they have a boat that we could take onto the lake. I had never been on a boat before, and my friend’s dad even let me drive the boat for a bit. I also tried inner-tubing for the first time! Highly recommend one-piece swimsuits when doing that… It was super sunny and even though I didn’t tan as much as I wanted to, it was still an awesome experience.

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THE London Bridge

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Day 5

We headed back to Phoenix and relaxed more by the pool and also decided to go see Beauty and the Beast. It was my first time sitting at a theater with recliner seats – how come no one told me those were a thing until now?!

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Day 6

My friend and I went to go see a jockey/horse-racing event because apparently it’s pretty big in AZ. We only went for 30 minutes though because it was actually pretty slow to watch. That day turned into a Nicholas Sparks movie marathon kind of day (in case you’re curious, we watched Safe Haven and The Best of Me). Then we had some Mexican food for dinner and ended up at a cowboy/bull-riding event! My only knowledge of bull-riding is from watching The Longest Ride, so it was really interesting seeing it with my own eyes. Of course, my friend and I were looking for our Scott Eastwood the entire time 😉

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Day 7

On our last full day spent in Arizona, my friend and I hiked up a little hill next to the neighborhood. It was super rocky but really easy – we spent 15 minutes hiking up, 20 minutes taking photos at the top, and 5 minutes going down (we took a shortcut). After the hike, we went to the Phoenix Zoo for a couple of hours! I hadn’t been to a zoo in ages so it was fun to feel like a kid again.

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That concludes my Arizona recap! Overall, I love the Arizona weather and atmosphere, but it’s a little slow-paced for me, and the weather makes me a lazy, lazy gal. It’s a fantastic place to relax for sure though – see you soon, AZ!