Sunday’s Taste of Euphoria (#2)

Last week I wrote my first “Sunday’s Taste of Euphoria”. The objective of these weekly posts is to acknowledge some of the things that made me happy throughout the past week. It is easy to get lost in the craziness of college so it is important to do things that make you happy and recognize what they are. Even the little things.

ONE// I am currently running for Senior Class President at my college which is probably crazy for those of you who know me in real life. Politics aren’t really my thing, but I am going to try something new. On Sunday night I hungout with a good friend and worked on my campaign materials. We spent hours in front of my laptop on Photoshop with Moscoto in hand. It really made me appreciate the amazing people I am surrounded by (with unbelievable talent I must add).

TWO// Monday I rode my favorite horse Tango (you can read all about her here) and had a really rough lesson, but I had an amazing lesson on my coach’s horse Tahoe on Wednesday. I hadn’t ridden Tahoe in months, and he is a complete sweetheart. I forgot how much I enjoy riding him!

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THREE// Thursday night was girls night and we watched our new favorite movie, Frozen. Again… This is going to be a problem I think. For those of you who have seen the movie, my new favorite part is “YOO HOO summer blowout!”.

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Emily and I with our scrub swag

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My buddy Fergus

FOUR// Saturday I worked with my bestfriend Emily at a canine rehabilitation center learning about hydrotherapy with an underwater treadmill, massage therapy, chiropractic therapy, and laser therapy. Oh and we also swim with dogs in an indoor pool, that is made for dogs, to exercise them. It fills my heart to see so many dog owners care so much about their pets. I love the idea that Pets are Family, and I saw that through so many people yesterday.

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Shades of Rachael

If you know me in person, you know that I am not a fan of change. I like consistency. Although I am surrounded by organized chaos, it makes sense to me. There is one thing that I have been completely addicted to changing for over seven years. My hair. So here are some pictures, recent and not so recent, of some of the many things I have done with my head. Note that I am not sure of exact years for all of these pictures.

 

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This is basically my natural redhead color when I was 15 years old traveling through Spain.

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Bleach blonde with black underneath. Yeah… And I really loved it at the time.

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Light brown hair during the summer before my sophomore year of high school. Pretty boring.

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Back to blonde during my sophomore year of high school! But this is more strawberry, looks more natural.

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I have always preferred long hair, for myself at least, but my junior year of high school I really wanted to donate my hair to Locks of Love. After chopping 13 inches off, this was the result. It was worth it to help a wonderful cause.

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This was probably one of my favorite/most fun hairstyles. It was short and colorful. The top was caramel with thick, blonde streaks and the bottom was bright pink.

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Back to natural redheadish for my high school graduation.

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Freshman year of college my hair was dark brown. I basically kept dying my hair this color in hopes of eliminating my natural red (which doesn’t work for further reference).

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Then there was that time during my sophomore year of college that I wanted black hair. Nobody liked it, but I thought it was different.

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After getting rid of the black, I let my hair grow long and natural redhead. I must say, this is one of my favorites (although I never thought I would say that).

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A couple of weeks ago, I died my hair a darker red and I love it. I might keep this color for awhile! But not too long of course…

The First Ever “Sunday’s Taste of Euphoria”

One of the reasons I started blogging was to “get things off my chest”. I wanted to find a new way of expressing myself. I have come to enjoy writing a lot more in the past couple of years, compared to when I was younger, so I figured I should write more and hopefully improve my skills. I have been trying to think of a weekly themed post that I could start, so I figured I could just reflect on some of the things that made me happy throughout the previous week. So without further ado, here is my first “Sunday’s Taste of Euphoria”.

ImageONE// To start the week, on Sunday I showed in my first horse show of the semester with my IHSA Equestrian Team. I rode a little bay mare that a few of my teammates rode before me in their classes. I knew what to expect when I got on and I felt like I had a pretty good ride, but not great. The judge disagreed apparently because I won my class!

TWO// On Monday, waking up and realizing we were not ready to accept that fact that Spring Break was over, my bestfriend Amanda and I went to get our nails done instead of preparing for classes. And we might have stopped at McDonalds for lunch. And I might have eaten a Big Mac Meal in five minutes…

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THREE// Yeeee Thursday was the first day of Spring! Unfortunately it was cold and windy in Massachusetts still, but I don’t care. We are getting closer to sunshine and happiness.

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FOUR// On Friday night my bestfriend Emily and I went to one of our bestfriend’s apartments. She cooked us an amazing dinner, cheesy breaded chicken and noodles, and we watched Frozen and drank wine. The three of us haven’t been able to hangout together, just the three of us, in way too long. Simple nights like that are truly what life is all about.

ImageFIVE// To finish the week, my IHSA Equestrian team headed to Connecticut for our last show of the season. I came in fifth, which was last in my class, after picking up the wrong canter lead and having a very bumpy ride on a horse named Abe. You can’t win them all, right? I am just excited because fifth place is pink, so my ribbon is pretty!

The Kind of Girl Who…

I have seen a few posts explaining “I’m the Kind of Person Who…” and I thought it would be fun to do! So, here are some completely random things about me that most people probably really don’t care about, but might decide to read anyways.

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  • Loves animals more than people, by far.
  • Would choose a horse over a boy any day, without question.
  • Enjoys learning new things, but gets bored and restless within the first half an hour of class.
  • Tries to always speak up for those who can’t speak for themselves.
  • Wears breeches and yoga pants more often than jeans.
  • Is way too passionate about everything in life.
  • Doesn’t care if people think she is obnoxious because she is just having fun.
  • Always gets yelled at by her friends for being too loud in public.
  • Believes being alone and independent is just fine. Also, alone time in itself, is absolutely necessary.
  • Enjoys watching movies and drinking wine more than going out to a party.
  • Could drive around forever, blasting music and singing like an idiot, and be perfectly content and relaxed.
  • Is in love with all of her friends and would drop anything in the world for them.
  • Likes to stand under the water in the shower for as long as possible because it is one of the most relaxing things ever.
  • Worries about the future way too much yet has no idea what it will bring.
  • Wants to make a difference in the world, in any way possible.

14 Things for the Next 14 Months

Since spring break is coming to a close, I keep thinking about how I am almost a senior in college. I wanted to come up with my first list of things I want to do before I graduate in 14 months (bring on the nausea). Everybody has their own ways of staying organized, especially in college. Most college students get by with “organized disorganization”, but we tend to keep it all together somehow. My method of keeping track of my life is making lists daily, sometimes hourly honestly. I always feel comforted when I have a new list and more so, when I complete things on my list. So here it is.

14 Things

 

1. Summer 2014 Internship

A requirement for my undergraduate degree is to complete a certain amount of internship hours. Since I am a biology major, my internship must be related to biological sciences. I applied to 7 internships, all over the United States, within the field of wildlife conservation and rehabilitation because I am hoping to enter it post graduation (as of right now at least). Now I am playing the waiting game with hearing back from all of these places.

2. Sign a Lease

I have been a resident assistant for the past two years. For my senior year, I plan on getting an apartment with my two best friends and I cannot wait. Can you say relaxation?

3. Learn to Cook

Give me anything to bake and I can do it in a heartbeat, but cooking is not my thing. I feel like it is necessary to learn how to cook at least a few meals before graduating college.

4. Read More

I constantly talk about how much I miss reading books for fun. I keep buying books that I want to read, but they just get added to the pile. So, I want to get through that pile of books and maybe some more.

5. Write More

I made this blog about 5 months ago because I wanted to start expressing myself in a different way. So far, I am satisfied with how it is going so I plan to continue.

6. Win My First Election

I am running for Senior Class President, which is weird because I am not a political person. The position was suggested to me by one of my bosses and I figured, why not? I have done just about everything else so I might as well add it to the list!

7. Volunteer

I used to volunteer occasionally at various horse farms and animal shelters. Helping animals is the most rewarding experience (obviously considering that is what I plan to devote my life to). I want to make time to do this again.

8. Improve My Horseback Riding

Every athlete has something that they want to improve about their performance. Mine is not specific, I just always try to continue growing with my horseback riding. My goal is to look back after graduation and see that two years riding for my equestrian team helped me grow as a rider.

9. Continue Getting In Shape

Recently I have been obsessed with working out. I have been trying really hard to go to the gym four days a week and find new and improved workouts. I am doing everything to keep myself motivated and I want to keep it up. Hopefully in the near future I will be fit.

10. Pay Off My Car

This is self-explanatory. I traded in my first car, a 2004 Jeep Liberty, to get a 2012 Chevy Cruze. Being a semi-environmental freak, I wanted a car with better gas mileage, especially since I drive back and forth to school. I love my car, but I am over the payments so I want my loan to be paid off by graduation.

11. Save Money

Again, this is self-explanatory. Currently, all of my money goes to my car and basically useless stuff (food, gas, alcohol, etc.). I really want to start building up some savings again.

12. Stop Being Late to Everything

I am constantly running in every direction. As much as I try to be a “professional”, I am late for everything. Literally everything. This needs to change before I have to grow up and get a real job. What better time to improve on something than the present?

13. Graduate With Honors

I guess this is self-explanatory. I like getting good grades and having a good GPA so I want to maintain that and graduate with honors. *Nerd Alert*

14. Have Fun

Save the best for last. I consider myself a hard worker, others say too hard, and I really don’t leave enough “me time”. As cliché as it sounds, I want to have an unforgettable senior year surrounded by my bestfriends that have been by my side since the beginning of college.

Weekly Writing Challenge: Golden Years

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There are many different reactions when the word “age” is brought up in conversation. A twenty-one year old will proudly proclaim their age and the fact that they can legally drink, but a thirty year old will cringe at the thought of discussing it. What changes in those nine short years of a person’s lifetime that causes them to react so differently? Well, I cannot completely answer this question because I just turned twenty-one a little over a month ago and I have not personally gone through this nine-year “change”. I fear that the answer to this question is people often grow up and loose a part of themselves. Why is it mandatory to act a certain way and do certain things when you reach a specific age point? I fear that too many people get to this point in life and forget how to live. People start separating their laundry into different colors, only drink one glass of wine when their friends come over, never sleep till noon or binge watch Netflix on a day off, stop spending that stupid $4.00 on a Dunkin Donuts coffee once in awhile, and don’t find time to stop and smell the roses. Why does this happen? 

ImageOne thing I know for sure is the idea of “getting older” is scary. On my twenty-first birthday I realized something… You wait and wait and wait to be legal, then that glorious day comes and before you know it, it is over. I looked back at everything up until that point and couldn’t believe that I was old enough to order a drink at a bar. That idea alone was terrifying. Last time I checked, I was moving away from home to a new state to start my freshman year of college. Now I am almost a senior and people keep asking me what I am going to do when I graduate college (I still can’t really answer that). Don’t get me wrong, being twenty-one has it’s perks, but it also means that I am truly an adult. I am expected to answer all of those difficult questions and have a plan for the rest of my life. Well, sometimes you just have to go with the flow.

A huge challenge for me with “getting older” is I always feel like I don’t have enough time, which seems to be a common theme in most people’s lives. There are never enough hours in the day to attend class and work, studying, go to the gym and barn, hangout with friends, eat, etc. Every day I battle the clock in my never-ending list of things to do. Every Monday I can’t wait for the weekend and then it is Sunday night before I can even blink. I planned my Spring Break months ago and it is over in two days. Life flies by.

Honestly, age is so much more than just a number. A twelve year old could really be nineteen and a forty year old could really be twelve. Age is more than just the amount of years someone has lived. It is shown through maturity, wisdom, kindness, experiences, etc. My goal in life is to never age. I always try to live every day to the fullest. I hope to travel anywhere and everywhere, helping people and animals along the way. If you allow yourself to age before your time, you miss out on all of the opportunities life has to offer.

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My Response to WordPress’ Daily Challenge: Golden Years ( http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/weekly-writing-challenge-golden-years/ )

Inside the Mind of the Driver

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Today I made the 250 mile drive from my college in Massachusetts to my home in Pennsylvania for Spring Break. For me, driving for hours alone consists of eating (junk food mostly), making an idiot out of myself jamming out to any song that comes on, and thinking. Today I thought about everything going on in my life and all of the amazing experiences I’ve had in the past few months. Honestly, I am so overwhelmingly happy with my life right now. I have so many amazing friends, coworkers, bosses, and role models surrounding me everyday. With the help of the influence of these individuals, I began to find myself again. I truly believe that college is about finding yourself over and over again.

People are constantly asking me what it is like to go to school hours away from home. I always say, “I have two completely different worlds that I live in”. Being away from my animals is probably the most difficult part. Of course I miss my human family members, but I can talk to them on the phone unlike my animal family members. So of course, it is always refreshing to come home to everyone on breaks, but I also miss my college friends while I am away. In college, your friends become your family. We eat meals together, go shopping together, study together, advise one another on life choices, comfort each other, take care of each other whether we are sick or not, etc. That bond is irreplaceable. Whether I am overtired, grumpy, silly, stressed out, upset, way too happy, or what have you, my friends are there and deal with it all. Even on the days that we want to kill each other, or can’t see the others’ side, nothing seems to change. As my friends see the end of out junior year approaching, we are constantly talking about what’s next. There are the more immediate thoughts about finding our apartment for our senior year, what classes we still have to take before graduating, and all of that fun stuff. Then there are the more nauseating thoughts about after graduating, which is coming faster than any of us had anticipated. Although it is terrifying, it is great knowing that the bond between us isn’t going to be broken and we will figure it out together. By this I mean, we will choose our next state to reside in together, and that is so exciting.

In conclusion, these are some of my random thoughts from my nice long drive today.