6 Impossible Things

“Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” – the White Queen, Alice in Wonderland.

Have you ever been daydreaming and you find yourself wishing for things that you know could never happen or won’t happen for a very long time? I am always coming up with some moonstruck desires for my future or for our world that I really just wish would become a reality. Here are my six impossible things:

1. A world where social media did not exist. Imagine it, full on human interaction with stimulating conversation and proper interpersonal skills? What a world that would be. Of course social media has brought us all closer together and changed the face of business forever but it can never beat being in the same room as the person you are interacting with. Who needs to be looking at their screens constantly when you have all these stars?

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2. I would love to be able to transport from one place to another in the blink of an eye, kind of like in Harry Potter when they apparate, you know? I often think of this when I am driving because I rather dislike driving long distances. I think this would be an amazing experience that could not only bring different cultures and worlds together but also make us happier people because we would be able to see our loved ones from far away more often. Maybe if this were possible we would have never invented social media. Why haven’t we figured this out yet?

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3. Fairies. Yes actual fairies like in the movie FairyTale. I used to have dreams about fairies when I was a little girl. They would be dancing around my room and singing to me. I don’t know if I should think that it was magical or borderline crazy but either way I love the idea of fairies. I also would make little fairy homes on the beach hoping I would come back to find them there. I was a very optimistic little girl.

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4. A world where stress did not exist. We all know that stress is constantly simmering beneath our calm facades and that our world is ridden with depression and anxiety because of it. Let’s just eliminate stress all together so we can all live happily ever after (just like Denmark).

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5. A world where I could eat dozens and dozens of macarons because all dessert would have no calories. Need I say more?

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6. A closet the size of a small bedroom (like these) overflowing with diamonds, pearls, classy shift dresses, bright & colorful clothing, well made shoes and matching pajama sets. OK maybe this one isn’t completely impossible…

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What would be on your list of impossible things?

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Woman of the Week!

I Present to you: Yvonne Brill, Rocket Scientist

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Mrs. Brill passed this past week after a life full of chemistry and love. She was an amazing woman, the only woman believed to have been working on rocket science in the mid-1940’s and never received an official engineering degree but was highly skilled in chemistry and math. Mrs. Brill was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2010 for her work. She also received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation from President Barack Obama in 2011.

Not only was Mrs. Brill accomplished in her work but what I found to be even more intriguing was her constant relocation based on her husband’s career as well as her raising of three children all at the same time. Mrs. Brill was dedicated to her work and did not allow her situation or gender to dissuade her from furthering her career.

I think we could call take a hint from Mrs. Brill, especially in a world where science and engineering is still considered a man’s job. Let’s all work to shift the conversation and encourage our young girls to educate themselves in science and technology.

Social Responsibility & Leggings, What’s Not to Love?

The work is piling on more and more as the end of the year grows closer. The fear of not graduating because I can not get my work done and the fear of missing out and moving on are ever present throughout my days here.

I just have to keep reminding myself to breath and focus on the little things that I love about my university. This article from the NY Times talks about how we can decrease “brain fatigue” by just going for a walk in the park. It says that right about now I should be taking a break from work and going for a walk so I guess I should enjoy my beautiful campus while I can and the work can wait…right?

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Something I really wish I was able to focus on more right now is my job search but specifically my portfolio. Of course I have been creating my portfolio consistently throughout my years at school but I have not had the time in the past months to compile it all into one place. I have been given a lot of great opportunities here and would really like to showcase it. I just discovered WordPress Porfolio and I think that this along with a hard copy of my portfolio would be great. It would be able to highlight all of the things that the hard copy couldn’t and more.

So as the job search chugs along (slowly that is) I find myself looking for companies that are strongly geared toward social responsibility as well as companies that carry an authentic reputation. I came across an article about H&M on Refinery29’s page the other day and was really impressed. H&M is now one of the first companies to release the names and locations of all of its factories in its move towards even greater transparency and openness. Now that is what I would classify as an authentic company.

Refinery29 also caught my eye for another reason: the legging handbook (as I like to call it). They have gathered five different legging looks that aren’t your average baggy shirt and tights combo and it gets better…The five girls showcased give the low down on their top do’s and don’ts of leggings, I think every female should take a look, study it even. Some of these looks may even be office appropriate…sign me up!

It’s definitely a tie for which one is my favorite:

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Which look do you prefer? Are leggings work appropriate (if done well)?

P.S. Doesn’t this look delicious and who doesn’t love a sweet Sunday read?

True Friends

“There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends.
I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature.” – Jane Austen

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Recently friendships have been causing me to be stressed out, frustrated and flat out unhappy. I have a good but big group of very close friends but sometimes there are too many of us to keep up with everyone and to make sure everyone is happy. On top of that there is usually some sort of conflict within the group that may make an outing awkward or uncomfortable for some.  I am usually the planner in my group of friends so it is easy to get overwhelmed trying to coordinate everyone to hang out. The other day was the breaking point for me and I chose to just go with the flow. It was a really nice change of pace to be able to say “I’ll be happy doing whatever, lets just do it.”

I was still feeling pretty frustrated and I really missed one of my best friends and roommates from last semester who is in Disney through August so I called her the other night at 11:30 pm(normal best friend phone call time). Who knew a phone call after a month of not talking would really do the trick? We talked for 2 hours about life, our friends, school and the decisions I have to make soon about post-grad (is that going to be me?).  The conversation really brought me back down to earth and helped me to remember that there are always going to be those friends who really understand you, for you.

Thanks for reading. How do you deal with your friends when things get to be too much? Do you have those friends in your life you can really rely on?

Woman of the Week!

I present to you: Hillary Rodham-Clinton

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This former secretary of state and potential presidential candidate in 2016 had a pretty big week. I don’t feel like she needs much more introduction than that. She came out in support of gay marriage  and the rights of all Americans in a video produced for the organization the  Human Rights Campaign. It is wonderful to see more and more people finally telling the world where they stand on this issue and especially wonderful to see a woman with so much power join in the conversation.

In an article by the Huffington Post Hillary is highlighted as saying “I believe America is at its best when we champion the freedom and dignity of every human being.’’ She couldn’t be more right in my opinion, if we were all on the same playing field then America would be a much more pleasant place to live. I also really enjoyed how she made her statement personal by highlighting Chelsea’s (her daughter) wedding and how she hopes thinks all parents should be able to experience that joy.

I can’t wait to see what else she does in the coming months following the end of her time as secretary of state. I expect big things Ms. Rodham-Clinton!

Who is your woman of the week?

What I learned in London

When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford. – Samuel Johnson 

London was a whirlwind, it came and went so quickly that my mind is still mostly all there and not here at school where it needs to be but I guess I can’t really complain. I was inspired and astounded by London all over again!

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Our pre-1700’s pub crawl (at The George Inn above) was by far the best part, that night a local told me that it takes two years to really see London, I feel like there is still so much more for me to discover and be a part of. As I was scrolling through LondonLately I discovered London Walks, something I wish I had discovered three weeks ago but gives me all the more reason to go back…or move there. We gave ourselves a lot of self guided tours, being seniors in college and all, we had to find ways to save our money but these walks would have been fantastic, only £7! There is always next time!

If you are going on a trip where you know you are going to be doing a lot of walking, check the weather.  Of course London is known for it’s grey and dreary weather but last March in London, England was top notch in the weather department, sunny and comfortable, balmy even! March 2013 did not have the same effect. It was chilly and damp for the majority of the trip and this girl did not bring enough warm shoes or a warm enough coat.

I had packed about 5 pairs of flats and one pair of boots for the trip and I most certainly did not need ballet flats in that weather. JCrew posted a video recently about their shoes and I think this is what I had in mind for all my fun and shiny flats on this trip, wishful thinking. Shoes are like fairies after all!

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Something else I learned in London: if you are going on a trip of a life time, it’s a good time to disconnect. Here we all are at the science museum taking advantage of their free WiFi, looks fun right? Guys can we leave our phones at home next time?

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London was a fantastic trip and I felt right at home there. We are all already planning our next trip back but for now we should probably focus on the end of our senior year.

P.S. Yesterday was national Macaron Day, have you ever had a macaron? I had never had one before I went to London and I am addicted now! I got a dozen at Fortnum and Mason to bring home because they were that good. We ended up having tea at Ladurée after doing some shopping at Harrods on Thursday afternoon and the macarons there were to die for as well and so was the atmosphere! They have a shop in NYC (their only location in America) that I will, of course, be adventuring to.

Homesick.

There are a lot of things that hold me back from reaching my full potential and homesickness is definitely one of them. I suffer from homesickness a lot of the time and to some people this may make me sound like a baby but I’m not homesick for just home it’s more than that. I feel homesick for the past and for the future, for comfort and for people and places I may not ever be able to meet or see.

Like this past weekend when I got off the plane from London and some people’s parents were there to greet them, even entire families showed up to surprise their loved ones, I didn’t have anyone to run to or to share my stories with. Granted my “family” was in London with me but it still would have been nice to see Mom,Dad and Chloe Grace standing their with big smiles on their faces.

I read these words while scrolling through the blogosphere one day:

“Sometimes you’re 23 and standing in the kitchen of your house making breakfast and brewing coffee and listening to music that for some reason is really getting to your heart. You’re just standing there thinking about going to work and picking up your dry cleaning. And also more exciting things like books you’re reading and trips you plan on taking and relationships that are springing into existence. Or fading from your memory, which is far less exciting. And suddenly you just don’t feel at home in your skin or in your house and you just want home but “Mom’s” probably wouldn’t feel like home anymore either. There used to be the comfort of a number in your phone and ears that listened everyday and arms that were never for anyone else. But just to calm you down when you started feeling trapped in a five-minute period where nostalgia is too much and thoughts of this person you are feel foreign. When you realize that you’ll never be this young again but this is the first time you’ve ever been this old. When you can’t remember how you got from sixteen to here and all the same feel like sixteen is just as much of a stranger to you now. The song is over. The coffee’s done. You’re going to breathe in and out. You’re going to be fine in about five minutes.” – The Winter of the Air

I feel like this really pinpointed the feeling. Does anyone else ever feel this way? How do you deal with homesickness?

The Siren's Tale

As far back as I can remember, I’ve carried a constant feeling of homesickness every time I am away from my dwelling. While the feeling has manifested itself differently over the years, it’s always there. That gnawing discomfort that sits in the base of your stomach, tugging at your heart-strings with no mercy.

It all began one day when my Mom let me know I’d be starting kindergarten. At first it sounded like a great idea, but when I saw the bright yellow school bus chugging down my road, my stomach hit my kneecaps. I frantically ran into my backyard, giving my Mom and Aunt a mad-goose chase to grab me before the bus drove away. I thrashed about and yelled out, “I just need to spend time with my Barbies!” Life priorities, after all.

Much like a bad 1980’s comedy movie, when my Mom brought me to the bus…

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