Things I Wish I Packed

For the most part I think I packed pretty well. This is definitely the lightest I’ve ever traveled anywhere for any amount of time (just one backpack for a whole month!) there have been a few things that I wish I had packed.. but at least I’ll remember them for next time.

Here they are:

  1. External drive. I’m glad I didn’t pack my whole computer. I’m in Europe and I didn’t come here to spend my time on the computer. Plus relying on my smartphone and paying for time at internet cafe’s really limits my time on the internet which is good when there is so much to see and do in a new city. However, I do wish I brought my external drive. I’ve been keeping all my files, reservations and guides on my dropbox account which has been great but it would be nice to have something that doesn’t require internet access to get to my documents! Plus, the major reason it would be beneficial to have packed an external drive is that I’ve already filled up the memory card on my DSLR. I’ve been using dropbox again to store images but like I said, I’d feel more comfortable if I had somewhere off the internet to keep them safe!
  2. Towel. Just a small to medium size one so I wouldn’t have to pay one to three euros at every hostel to rent one. The last hostel made me buy one actually for five euros which I found annoying. The towel actually is pretty good for what I need though its small enough to be packed easily and big enough for showers/beach/etc. I’m just pretty sure I could’ve found a similar one for less in the States.
  3. Nyquil/Dayquil. The pill kind. Didn’t pack any because I decided I wasn’t going to get sick and I wanted to save space. That was dumb because they hardly take any space and I did get sick! Thank goodness for the sweet friend I made in Taormina who gave me a couple days worth of both Nyquil and Dayquil!
  4. An art tube. Since I was about 12 I started collecting paintings from street artists in different places I visited (my first one I bought in one of an old ghetto in Prague). I’ve already bought two paintings and tomorrow I’m going to the studio of an artist that I bought from four years ago in Florence. He said he’d give me a REALLY good discount since I’m a returning customer and his paintings are definitely my favorite ones that I’ve collected.
  5. Tevas or Chacos. Or whatever those hippy shoe are. I swore I’d never get a pair but honestly, I wish I had for this trip! I’ve done so much walking and the shoes I brought aren’t as comfortable as I thought they were.

Just a couple little things that would make this trip easier!

Love,
Liv


What I Learned in College

For the past for years I’ve answered the same question countless times.

“So, you’re from Florida, how did you end up at Appalachian State?”

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Four years ago, when I was a senior in high school, I knew I wanted to get out. I wanted to have the ‘going away to college’ experience. I wanted to try something new and live somewhere new. I wanted to grow up and become the person I wanted to be.  So many people I knew from high school (not all though), went to the same college, hang out with the same people, went to the same parties– Personally, I just don’t think you really have a chance to grow as a person and mature if you don’t challenge yourself and put yourself in new situations that may even feel uncomfortable at first.

Everything I had hoped I’d get out of college, I got. I definitely have had a lot of lessons in the past four years and looking back I got everything I wanted for out of college. It didn’t happen as easily and smoothly as I had imagined (nothing does) but I got there and I’m better for it.

At the end of each semester the seniors in my sorority stand in front of chapter and read a letter to the younger girls. I really liked mine. It was more of a list of things I wish I had known four years ago and lessons learned. Maybe I have regrets. I’m not sure, I’ve always believed you shouldn’t regret anything. But lately I think people who have regrets are good. They’re the people who look back on their life and thought about how they could’ve done better, how if they’re in a similar situation in the future they’ll do it right. As long as you don’t dwell on regrets and use them to give you direction in the future and be a better version of yourself I think they’re healthy and a good thing.

Anyways as cheesy as it is here is my list of things I wish I had known four years ago.  Continue reading

“When the going gets tough, the tough get going”

As a college student I have the tendency to look at my never-ending “to do” list (I’m a list maniac) and feel incredibly overwhelmed. As do most of my friends, I’m sure. It probably doesn’t help that I’m blogging at the moment instead of studying for my three tests I have this week or my three upcoming research papers that I’m know are going to “suddenly” sneak up on me in couple of weeks when they’re due.

A few days ago I was looking at my list of everything I had yet to do and feeling at a complete loss at where to even begin (ADHD and long lists don’t mix well). Papers, tests, homework assignments, and projects have a tendency to pile up quickly. Lately, during the school week I’ve been noticing that most of the things I say or talk about are pretty negative. “I have so much to do.” “I haven’t slept in days.” “Is it summer yet?” or “When did college stop being fun and started being so difficult?” This is what most of my recent conversations with others have consisted of and I HATE it!

I’d like to think of myself as a usually upbeat, happy go lucky person. I’m usually the person who tries to see the silver lining on every cloud.

Yes, college can be stressful, hectic and downright depressing at times but we have to learn to give up that attitude, or at least try to. Everyone is entitled to a bad mood every now and then. We need to figure out a way to snap out of these moods. So that we can go back to living life and meeting our full potential (you always do better work when you’re in a good mood).

So here’s how I snapped out of my bad mood. I closed my lap top and my textbooks grabbed my pen and a pad of paper and I wrote down everything I could think of that makes me really, really happy. I know, it sounds like a pretty huge waste of your already small amount of time, but it worked!

I listed everything from the avocado cheeseburger at Chilli’s, to running at the beach during winter, to the Gasparilla Art Festival, to day-drinking at Klondike with my sorority sisters. I soon realized that I did not have enough time or enough space on the paper to list the many things in my life that make me truly happy. I also realized that the stress and lack of sleep I’m dealing with now will all eventually lead me to even more things that make me happy. Even just looking at the list and all the reasons I wrote, puts a smile on my face and ease on my mind.

So while it does suck at times, I’ll do my best to envision that brand new car I’m going to buy myself in a couple of years when I’m makin’ that monaayy in the real world.

Love,
Liv


Yep, my dream car is a pink Mini Cooper… except mine will be a convertible
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