summer bucket list 2018

Summer Bucket List 2018

Hello!!

How’s everyone’s week going? I can hardly believe that I’m taking my last final tomorrow. I’ll be moving into my new place right after my final and then going home for a few days before I start my internship in a week. I’m so excited!!

In the meantime, I’ve definitely been daydreaming about summer and curating my summer bucket list. What’s tricky about my bucket list this year is that I’ll be gone on the weekends traveling, and interning from 9-5pm on the weekdays, so I won’t have all that much time in Seattle during the day. Ideally I’ll be doing fun things while I’m traveling in different states, but I love Seattle summers so much and I haven’t been able to do a lot of the tourtisty things I’ve wanted to do. Here’s what I have on my list!

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What’s on your summer bucket list?

Jen

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tourist in seattle: chihuly x evoke

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How was everyone’s long weekend? I’m having a pretty quiet week, but I am taking two finals on Saturday so I’m gearing up for that right now. When the weekend started, I sat down with some girls in my sorority for a movie night and watched Bridge to Terabithia (I read the book in 4th grade and loved it, but sadly did not cry while watching the movie) and Mamma Mia (my first time seeing it and LOVED! Can’t wait for the second one to come out this summer). In between studying, I also headed down to South Lake Union by the Space Needle to go to the Chihuly Glass museum! It was gorgeous, so I wanted to share my experience in this (bear with me) photo-heavy post. This will be another Tourist in Seattle segment!

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One of my closest friends in my sorority is interning with a communications firm and managed to snag two free tickets to the museum. Having lived in Seattle, I’ve never been to the Chihuly Glass museum, so I was more than excited to make my way to South Lake Union to see it. I remember seeing Chihuly’s work in London at the Victoria and Albert Museum, so it’s really awesome how Chihuly’s work has touched people even internationally.

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The exhibit was pretty small; my favorite shapes are the chandeliers for sure. I was looking forward to the infamous room with the hanging flowers – I even intentionally wore something that would match the flowers for optimal photoshooting! It was really fun; at one point, I was laying flat on my stomach getting the best shots of my friend with the hanging flowers.

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Side note – I got this top from J.Crew for $5 – you heard right. I don’t usually gravitate for orange tops but I’m so glad I bought it because it’s the perfect shirt to wear to Chihuly!

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How gorgeous is the Space Needle from down here?!

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We spent about an hour at the museum, so not too long. I haven’t spent a lot of time in South Lake Union in my three years in Seattle, so when I’m down there, I try to see new things (because it’s a trek to get down there by bus too). We walked to Evoke Coffee, a relatively new place that I’ve seen on Instagram a lot. It has the infamous “but first, coffee” sign and even a shop dog!! Unfortunately, the dog takes its off-days on Saturdays, so it wasn’t there when we went.

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I ordered a 12 oz. latte and it was great – they serve coffee from Heart, which is a coffee shop from Portland, Oregon. They also had acai bowls, breakfast foods, and more on their menu, but it was pretty pricey. The space itself was really minimal and open, with multiple outlets and different types for seating. I can definitely see myself coming here to study or just read a book! The glass for holding my hot latte was really cool too: double-walled so it was insulated and not hot to hold.

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A fun weekend indeed! I just need to power through this week now, and then I’m home free!! Talk to you all next week before my last final! Thanks for reading!

Jen

end-of-year celebrations

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How’s everyone doing? I can’t believe school is over in just two short weeks – I’m almost not ready to let go of junior year. Last week I reflected on the year, but today, I wanted to share with y’all the crazy events I’ve been attending! I don’t think I’ve ever been invited to so many cool things in such a short period amount of time; they’re mostly end-of-the-year banquets held by student organizations, but it still gives me and excuse to dress up. The weather’s been absolutely lovely too (that photo above is from my run to Gasworks Park!!).

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Two weeks ago, I attended a spotlight dinner held by my business school: it’s where we highlight faculty, students, and the organizations for the year. It was a pretty nice event! I’m wearing my grey dress from Banana Republic (old) with a huge bow in the back. This was the perfect event to wear it to!

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Last week, my business school held a Pub Crawl and I went mostly in part because my student group was running it, but also because I’ve never been on a pub crawl! I showed up late because I was at a scholarship reception in Bellevue, but for the time I was at the pub crawl, I had a great time meeting new people and catching up with old friends.

The next day, I was invited to a social for one of the accounting firms and y’all, it was at the Columbia Tower Club!! I’ve been to the Skyview Observatory (way cheaper than the Space Needle, and it has a view of the Space Needle itself), but the club is two floors higher and has an event space. Before attending, I had heard to visit the women’s restroom – like it was a must. Curious, I went, and indeed, I see why:

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Is that a view or what?!

Later that night, I went to my good accounting friend’s sorority formal and danced the night away in Capitol Hill. The next day, I went to a business fraternity banquet with one of my close friends in my sorority. It was so fun! I wasn’t able to get good pictures at the venue in South Lake Union, but I did take a mirror selfie before I left the house:

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Spring quarter is never-ending with the banquets and celebrations – in fact, I’m going to another one tonight, lol. Looking at my calendar, it looks like tonight’s is my last one, but I will be heading to a gala in a few weeks (eep, that means long dresses!!). Thank goodness though because it’s definitely time to buckle up and study for finals for the next two weeks.

What have you been celebrating these past few weeks? As always, thanks for reading!

Jen

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

 

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