Though this was taken quite recently, it reminds me of how I aimed to fill my year with small adventures and spontaneity. Taking last minute trips out to Montauk, like this one, going to the city for a day, just enjoying what I could. There's a lot around us we probably don't appreciate. Though I will be forever grateful to Netflix for providing me when I needed it most, I think it's being out and about that really helps the most. I really love taking little trips like these because it's good to just clear your mind and reset priorities in a peaceful way. I can imagine myself, back here, high up overlooking a blue infinity, hearing the waves crash and seeing them recede back only to disappear. It just puts my mind at ease and makes me feel simply happy. All in all, it's the small joys like these we should live for and when we have the chance, just go do something to make you happy! :)
I genuinely don't know if there is a better picture out there to describe my year: Netflix and food. I think it's safe to say I've spent more of my life watching "The Office" and "Friends" than doing work and things that actually matter. Some say that's an issue, but I need to give some credit to 'Flix for getting me through the year. When I would be stressed, down in the dumps, straight up accepting the fact that a project just wasn't getting done, Netflix was always the answer- it was always there for me! I think it may be an addiction, or coming close to one at least, but this picture is a typical day for me and I just found it extremely worthy of having a place in this project. Really, ask any of my friends, this is the definition of my life.
This picture is from my family's trip to Virginia before last summer ended. Everyone was bummed about school starting and just wanted to get out of New York, so we planned a last-minute trip to a resort. I actually had such a good time on this vacation even though I thought it would be lame. We stayed at a really nice place. They had a lot of restaurants with great food and breakfast, the pools were fabulous since we had them to ourselves a lot, and they had a gym, nice rooms, activities like kayaking and paddle boating, etc. The downfall was that we drove down there and the car ride was extensive and tiring. I was falling asleep in my dinner the night we got there. All in all, though, it was a really good time and we had a lot of memories. So, when I feel bummed or bored with my life, I think back to this trip. I just wish my brother had been able to come, but work got in the way. Speaking of my brother... he's a cop, which means he works long shifts. He got extra lucky with the night shifts (sarcasm) so, he's always sleeping during the day. I don't get to see him much anymore and he's sometimes busy when I do see him, but even so, I can't express how thankful I am for him. He's the type of brother that's not necessarily over-protective, but he definitely cares about me tons since I'm the youngest sister and he's the oldest kid, he's always looking out. I look up to him because he not only is brave enough to put himself out on the streets (like all cops) every night to protect others, but he also was going to go into the military and serve our country, like many in my family have done. Now, that didn't work out for him for a number of reasons, but regardless, it's the principle of the matter and he's a very brave and selfless person.
Now, I've already done Melissa and Brittany, but for this picture my focus is my fabulous cousin Kim. We get told that we look like sisters all the time, and it feels like we are sisters. As far as cousins go, I'm definitely closest to her. We've got an abundance of inside jokes and so, so many memories. Every time I go over her house for a BBQ or some get-together, she always has trendy hand-me-down's for me and that's kind of become our thing now. I never leave without a Kim original. As well as my sisters, Kim never fails to make me smile. She's got a very sarcastic and awkward sense of humor, but that’s my absolute favorite kind, so I’m always laughing with her. Growing up, she never had a sister, just her brother Tom, and so she always told me how I was like a little sister in her life and I think that’s why we have such a close bond. She’s always up for a good time and she’s adventurous. Couldn’t ask for a better cousin/third sister to turn to. Forever thankful.
My sisters, Mel and Britt. I don't think there's any two people I'm closer to in my life. I can honestly talk to them about anything. I don't think there's something they don't know about me at this point! If I'm in a bad mood, they never fail to make me smile with a combination of Britt's slapstick comedy and Melissa's (aka Melit, courtesy of my brother not being able to say her name when he was younger) wise and sarcastic humor, I always find myself laughing again. We are all crazy together and though they're in their twenties, they always seem like they're still just teenagers. The love we have for each other is boundless and there really is never a dull moments with us. I fight with one of them at least once a day, but no matter how big or small, we find ourselves laughing about an hour later about how stupid we were being. In all honesty, I don't think there are any sisters out there that are better than the ones I've got, and I'm eternally grateful for them.
My best friends, my sisters, my rocks. These girls are literally there for me 24/7. They say high school is where you find your true friends and I believe I have done just that. Whenever life isn't going great, they're the first ones I turn to. When I need emergency outfit opinions I go to them. It's interesting looking back at who you used to be close with and how much can change in a year. Allow me to be cliché for a second: with us, there's always laughs, there's always tons of love, and it's all real. I say with all honesty that I couldn't imagine this past year without them and I can't ever imagine not having them by my side. Pictures of us together make me happy when I'm down. Especially ones where you can pinpoint certain memories or times and just laugh about it. We've shared great times this year and I've got to say, the amount of rants I have listened to really helped me improve my advice-administering skills.
Up in the mountains, the clouds settle across the peaks, cool wind blows through rustling treetops, and the air is crisp. When I'm stressed, I put myself back in this place, where the atmosphere feels less heavy. Everything looks so small beneath you and there is nothing but a vast expanse of land. Serenity is easily found and peace is met with. Just looking at these pictures makes me feel more calm. Remember how sometimes you smell a certain smell from your childhood that brings back good memories? This is like that. Your problems at the moment may begin to feel just a bit lighter and you can get a clean, happy mindset once again. My family goes hiking quite often. Not only does it make you forget about technology for a day, but it's a pretty good workout and you just feel good afterwards. Standing atop a rugged mountain after climbing for hours is pretty great. Just chill there for a while and take in the views (you know, before the three hour climb back down...).