Radiating Sunshine: May 2013

Friday, May 24, 2013

Beach Week Tradition

For the past 3 years I have gone to the Ocean City with my close friend Petra! It has kind of turned into a tradition of ours that I hope we continue for many years to come! I am so thankful to her parents who have trusted us enough to let us stay in their condo for a week each year. Some of my favorite memories have been made there.

This yearly beach week is always a blast and I have made so many fond memories which include the discovery of cranberry ginger ale, singing to Jimmy Buffet, making tons of delicious meals, and enjoying great company. 

Below is a brief recap of the past three years of great times in OC!

 Year 1: 2010

This was a spontaneous beach trip that covered a nice extended weekend in May!

Who Was There: Petra, Molly and I

What Did We Do: Lounged on the beach, played mini-golf, and board-walked it up! We had dinner at the Bayside Skillet and of course we had Dumser's.


Petra and I
This was a great trip! Some highlights included the discovery of my favorite soda... cranberry ginger ale. Also, the discovery that we all share an equal amount of love for The Sound of Music and enjoy singing the songs!

It was awesome getting closer with both Petra and Molly and in my opinion this trip definitely helped establish a stronger friendship for us all.

In this picture... Petra was dying Daniela's hair... and we were
all wearing matching Play It Safe t-shirts.

Play It Safe: is an OC initiative to keep seniors safe while
they are at beach week. They hosted tons of FREE and fun
events to keep students from drinking and making poor
decisions. Also, to help seniors avoid drinking and driving
they handed out free bus wristbands so that no one has
to get behind the wheel while under the influence! 
Year 2: 2011 {Senior Week}

Every year, thousands of seniors travel to OC to spend a week goin' crazy with their friends as one last hurrah of High School before they all say goodbye and head their separate ways... Although my friends and I didn't do what typical seniors do by *partying it up*, we still had a great time just being us.

Who Was There: Besides almost every senior from our High School and other friends... the people that stayed in the condo were- Petra, Dani, Daniela, Jenny, and I.


What Did We Do: We spent every day on the beach, hit the board walk up a couple times, played mini golf, visited friends in Bethany, had breakfast at the Bayside Skillet, went shopping at the Outlets, and road the OC bus up and down Coastal Highway visiting friends and spending way to much money at Candy Kitchen. We also went to a ton of Play it Safe events like: mini golf, beach volleyball, and free water park passes!

I never really appreciated how amazing this week was. It was nice hopping on the bus and seeing a friend from High School. There was something wonderfully simple in knowing that almost all of our graduating class was in one area... one last time.



I'm so thankful to have such a great group of girls to help bring a fabulous end to my High School career. We all still keep in touch and make time to see each other every time we are home on break. It is crazy how vastly different all of our lives are. We all went in different directions for college and it is comforting to know I have friends in many different places.




Year 3: 2012

To almost re-live the memories of Dani, Daniela, Petra, Jenny and I's Senior Week in 2011, we went up for a short OC trip in May.

It was the same group of girls and we continued our tradition of being on the beach and exploring Coastal Highway in the evenings.

It was hard to coordinate all of our different schedules so we weren't all there at the same time... but the time that did overlap was awesome!


So, to continue the tradition next week most of us will be reuniting in OC for a quick beach week! 
The timing couldn't have been better since I'm leaving for Texas in less then two weeks but, 
I'm so beyond excited to spend my last days in Maryland with these great gals. 

Pray for safe travels!

Friday, May 17, 2013

unexpected


Being an avid Grey's Anatomy fan, I naturally love all quotes from Grey's and everything Grey's related... but I never would have thought that this quote would define my life.

I am a planner. Plans make me feel whole, they give me comfort and they make me feel like I'm in control of this crazy life... but, as I sit here sipping my tea and writing this post, I can't help but admit that I have no real plans or control of my life in anyway. Sure, next week I have 4 lunch dates, 2 froyo dates, and a couple casual hang outs lined up... but those aren't plans. Those "plans" aren't really going to define my future and who I am... so I'm staring straight into the eyes of the 'unexpected' and it is overwhelmingly nice.

In 16 days I will be boarding a plane for what could possibly be the best experience of my life, and I have no plans. I'm fully embracing the 'unexpected'. Anything can happen this summer... anything can happen today, and although that is terrifying there is something beautifully magical about not knowing and not having a plan. I'm only twenty after all, so I have the rest of my life to plan things and expect things... but for now, I will sip my tea and accept the 'unexpected' because that is what will change my life and make my dreams become realities.


So, I challenge you to embrace the 'unexpected' in your life... 

Happy Friday :)

Monday, May 6, 2013

The Perfect Friday

Hello lovelies! I am so blessed to have so many amazing people in my life, that make every day an adventure... So, I just wanted to give a little plug about how amazingly-fantastic-awesome my Friday was and show some pictures of such a simple and enjoyable day. 

For starters, it was the last day of classes so it couldn't have started any better. Oh, and I didn't have a social psychology quiz for the first Friday in three months, so that pretty much made my day.

After, classes I went out with Hannah to buy our best friend, Alex a birthday present. We also shopped a bit for ourselves... and because we have very similar style, we both purchased matching shirts. However, I must say that she picked out both shirts first, and after I saw them on her, I needed to try them on myself!
After we finished shopping, we decided we were not quite ready to return to the Mount. We were juggling some fun ideas  of what to do, until we came to the conclusion that we needed ice cream! 

I had a coupon for a free ice-cream to a local place, called Gateway Candyland, that I had been dying to use since I got it back in October from the Mother Seton School's 5k. The store was so cute and is candy central! I'm definitely going to have to make a pit-stop there to pick up some Mother's Day treats for my mom this weekend. 

So, we both got our cones and went outside and enjoyed good company while getting some sun! As we were sitting outside, there was a side road that veered off of Candyland. Hannah came up with the fabulous idea, to see if that road could get us back to the Mount... and... well... 

 It did! After, driving 25 minutes out of our way and stopping on the side of the road to take pictures of the beautiful scenery we eventually made it back to the Mount.

There was a whole other world up there and literally it was beyond beautiful. The houses were all so unique! We even saw one that looked strangely similar to a house one would see in The Hobbit!

We also jammed to a great mix, which included Gotye, Celine Dion, Bowling for Soup, Train and many other various artists.















If you look at the picture on the right could you imagine having a beautiful view of a mountain in your own backyard? Hannah and I were absolutely stunned by how simple, but incredible that view must be!


"Alex Sandwich"














So, when we finally returned the Mount, Hannah and I went straight to a picnic in celebration of our two close friends, Hilary and Alex's 20th birthdays. We ordered a sub platter, had chips and drinks, laid out a couple picnic blankets and had a great time. It was such a beautiful evening for a picnic and I'm so glad I got to spend time with all of my close friends before finals began and we move out and all say goodbye for the summer.

 Naturally, when outside with a goofy group of girls some pyramid pictures needed to occur.












And we ended the night, with some black forest cake, yum.

To the left, are the two birthday girls cutting the cake. Both Alex and Hilary are awesome girls and I couldn't picture the Mount without either of them.


So, my challenge for you is to go out on an adventure. Even if it is just navigating your way through mountains. Also, thanks for stopping by :)

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Crunch Time

 Its *crunch time*! As an RA, one of our main focuses is on student development. We want to make sure that our residents are happy, healthy, and not stressing out too much! Obviously stress comes with being a college student, especially if you're prone to procrastination... but regardless I decided that why not show some love to my girls and provide them with a little note of encouragement and some chocolate!

I found an idea similar to this on Pinterest, but I decided to make them into little packages. Putting the crunch bars in a bowl is such a great idea, but why would I pass up an opportunity for some face-to-face communication!

So, I created these little notes of encouragement... cut them out... taped them to the crunch bars. I will be distributing them either today or tomorrow!

By delivering them to each resident, it will give me an opportunity to actually talk to my residents and see how they are feeling! Not to mention, I can remind them about some closing procedures in the hopes to make closing next week an easy process!

So, 45 little chocolate packages later I'm ready to hopefully start de-stressing some of my residents!



How do you de-stress? Oh... and one more 
thing! Happy May Day :) 
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