"damn, i'm so in love with all of this" -dave eggers
  • "It’s often a one step forward, two steps back track, without regard to chronology or linear progression."
  • —Carlos Gonzales
  • A Prayer

    The supreme prayer of my heart is not to be learned, rich, famous, powerful, or “good,” but simply to be radiant. I desire to radiate health, cheerfulness, calm courage and good will. I wish to live without hate, whim, jealousy, envy, fear. I wish to be simple, honest, frank, natural, clean in mind and clean in body, unaffected—ready to say “I do not know,” if it be so, and to meet all men on an absolute equality—to face any obstacle and meet every difficulty unabashed and unafraid.

    I wish others to live their lives, too—up to their highest, fullest and best. To that end I pray that I may never meddle, interfere, dictate, give advice that is not wanted, or assist when my services are not needed. If I can help people, I’ll do it by giving them a chance to help themselves; and if I can uplift or inspire, let it be by example, inference, and suggestion, rather than by injunction and dictation. That is to say, I desire to be radiant—to radiate life.

    Excerpt From: Hubbard, Elbert. “Love, Life & Work.”

  • Nuc mia aka fresh pressed sugar cane juice!

    Apparently it’s a Vietnamese tradition, but this is my first time trying it. It’s so yummy! My dad told me that when he was in college the girls called him Mia, because he was tall, dark, skinny, and sweet haha!

  • Today was my afternoon of fame! Here’s a behind the scenes shot of the shoot I got the chance to help out with today!

  • "Waking up was a sheet delight for him: he always showed a naive and simple amazement at the discovery that he was back on earth; he was sincerely pleased."
  • —Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • Midday snack! Yoga bunny drink and a banana from Pret A Manger.

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  • I’m beyond excited - I got my grades back from my summer session and I got my first A PLUS ever!! I plotted my GPAs for each term on excel and this is what I came up with (red is term GPA and blue is cumulative GPA).

    I definitely struggled coming into college - I was unprepared for the academic rigor of my classes, but arrogant that I could handle whatever college threw my way. I learned the hard way that college isn’t something that I could breeze through, and while there were a lot of negative consequences for this mistake (especially in terms of my grades), there are invaluable lessons that can be learned from it as well.

    I have a lot to say about college, education, GPA, and all of that other academic-y stuff, but that’s a mess for another day. For now, I’m just so proud and encouraged by this little accomplishment.


  • Lavender, lemon, and peppermint essential oils.

    One perk of being in a pageant is all of the sponsorship. As a contestant, we are given a lot of services and products to try without charge! Recently we had ladies come in to talk to us about a line of products called doTERRA, and at the end of the session we were given these little bottles of essential oils! 😍 This is my first time hearing of doTERRA and my first time using essential oils as well, but I’m excited to try them out!