Valentines Day + Everything Since

Hello beautiful followers and readers,

I hope you are all having an absolutely lovely and wonderful Friday. I have been waiting for this weekend for what seems like forever. This week has been absolutely crazy for me. Since I am on term (trimester) scheduling, instead of semesters, we only have 10 weeks to make everything happen. It is an absolutely PACKED schedule of things to do and due dates.

Luckily, I am done in just two and a half more weeks after today and I really have never needed a break more. My birthday falls during spring break (March 21st) which is something to look forward to.

So let’s rewind a bit, since I haven’t filled you guys in on anything in a while.

Valentine’s Day was almost 2 weeks ago now, but it was a great day. I put a ton of time and effort into working on an element of Tom’s gift which was a book of things I love about him, I KNOW I’m a cheese ball, just leave me alone. But, it turned out really nice and I think I may have made him shed a tear, which is always my ultimate goal when I make sentimental gifts; tears of joy.

I also got some really cute gifts, like a DIY mug that says “you’re my cup of tea” and if you know anything about me, you know I love tea (check out my other blog ALL ABOUT TEA here). I also got a huge heart-shaped box of chocolates which disappeared rather quickly and some beautiful flowers.

Before our gift exchange, we went to dinner at this absolutely FANTASTIC restaurant that we are obsessed with. It is essentially the most stuck-up foodie place in our area, but the food is 100% worth it. We raved about how great our food was for probably a week straight after.

Tom bought a vintage polaroid camera off of Ebay that arrived literally just in time for Valentine’s Day, and we were very excited to put it to use. The film is around $22 for 8 pictures.. which is so ridiculous I can’t even stand it, but we figured if we take one picture every once in a while it would be worth it.

Aside from Valentine’s Day, we also celebrated Tom’s 22nd birthday just a few days later of February 18th. Let’s just say we ate way too much cake for a week. He now has been using the “excuse me, you’re younger than me” way too much, even though he is just over a month older than I am.

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Birthday Hats for Adult Babies

Aside from his birthday, not a whole lot has happened. I’ve been completely devoting every second of my life to school, which SUCKS, but it’s okay because the degree will be worth it.

I will be back soon with posts other than “what’s happening in my life”.

Thanks so much for reading and continuing to follow me even though the feed has been slow lately.

If you do care about my everyday life and what I’m doing, check out the links below to all my social medias where I’m much more active daily.

-Emily

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I WENT GHOST HUNTING?? (and life update)

LIFE UPDATE:

It has been a kind of insane month. I say that as calmly as I can, but there were certainly points that were SCREAM worthy. It started with trying to move to the city for school, spending weeks searching and still ending up with nothing in the end. This adds an obvious level of stress to my life with having to commute to the city 3+ days a week. The other things (which are just a little too personal to share right now) all roll into one big stress tortilla.

On a positive note, I just received some official word that I will be a writer for Her Campus! If you don’t know what this is, don’t worry, I’ll tell you! It’s an online publication for college age women (I know, awesome, right?) and Columbia College now has their own branch on the site. So, this is a pretty big thing for me and I can’t wait to work on some great stuff with some great, powerful gals. I can’t wait to share it with you all.

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So I went ghost hunting. That’s right. It’s as weird as it sounds.

Let me give you a little back story real quick:

My parents have been super into going on ghost tours and doing some searching adventures for the past year. Last October, I decided to join them on a late-night tour through Downtown Naperville, IL. I was not scared at all going in because, honestly, I thought it was all dumb, but since it was near Halloween I went for something spooky to do. Within the first 20 minutes I was so terrified I had to opt out of the tour and run to the nearest Barnes and Noble for some brightly-lit salvation. That’s right, I CANNOT HANDLE PARANORMAL STUFF.

So fast forward to yesterday,

I was with my wonderful boyfriend Thomas and he had been pushing me to go with him for a few weeks. He saw the pictures of what my parents had captured on their phones and just NEEDED to see it for himself. i get the creeps even thinking about going, but I decided to push my fear aside and go with him (we went during daylight so I was fine). We walked around the historic Downtown Naperville for about an hour. It was actually a lovely walk because the weather felt very fall-like. I brought my DSLR and he used his phone; we snapped random pictures during the entire duration of the walk.

tumblr_ntlkyaLrzs1qesa1ho2_400I was freaking out during the entire thing. But, we left, went home and put the SD card into the computer. My heart rate was still way too high, anticipating what we might see. And, guess what? We found some really, really creepy stuff! Enough to make Tom, his mom, and me fall backwards.

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I’ll insert some pictures and you can look & find for yourselves (it will require some serious zooming). But, if you’re looking for something ridiculously weird to do, I suggest giving it a go. I probably wouldn’t do it again, and certainly not at night, but it was a cool one-and-a-half time experience.

HERE THEY ARE:

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I promise I’m not as weird as this post is.

HAVE A GREAT DAY EVERYONE.

Frappuchino Crappy Hour — Finals Week’s the Worst.

It’s 4:30 and I’m sitting at Starbucks dealing with the overwhelming stress of the last two weeks of the semester. Who knew art school would induce the want to jump from a moving vehicle? Okay, it’s not that bad.. But I am just WAITING for those summer weeks of freedom from deadlines and grades.

I chose to visit a Starbucks at the absolute worst time: 3:45 during frap happy hour. This Dearborn street location is (unfortunately) right next to a high school so I came at the perfect time to push past a thousand teens just to get a tea and steal their wifi. 

Sitting here I can kind of compare my next two weeks to the employees of this Starbucks during happy hour. Everything is calm, people just come in for their coffee and go on their way, and then the time comes and everything is THROWN AT THEM. Then eventually the calm comes again and it’s all over.

Do you get my analogy? It makes a lot of sense in my head. 

So I’m trying my best to pull it together and come out strong (despite dealing with some serious conflicts that have made it very difficult). 

For those of you struggling with the end of this semester… I’m with you.

Try not to drown yourself in liquor.

5 Ways to Naturally Relieve Anxiety 

Anxiety, Panic, and Depression…. If you’re familiar with these debilitating illnesses you know it sometimes feels impossible to escape. But, know you’re not alone: over 40 million Americans are feeling the same way. Although it may seem like the pharmacy is the one and only oasis..Here are some calming things you can do to naturally relieve yourself:

1. Exercise and Yoga 

Working out releases endorphins through your body that will instantaneously improve the way you’re feeling.. and while you’re at it maybe you’ll get an even more improved version of your already awesome bod. Next time you’re feeling overcome with negative feelings.. head towards the gym or pull up a YouTube tutorial and do it at home.

2. Clean up your Diet

Nobody’s perfect. We all love to indulge in the delicious treats and meals that make us happy. But, believe it or not, some foods can actually enhance symptoms of anxiety and depression. Coffee, chocolate, and other caffeinated foods can trigger panic attacks and uneasiness. Instead try a lightly caffeinated tea.. It will keep you awake but not freak you out. Alcohol may seem like an easy self-mediator, but actually can drive you deeper into intense depression. Try to limit drinking to 1-2 times a week. Processed foods are also good to avoid. Try incorporating fresh ingredients into your everyday meals for gradual improvements.

3. Keep a Journal

Not comfortable sharing your feelings with others? The time will probably come where you will feel able to talk to someone, but until then try writing down the way you’re feeling in a personal journal or diary. This will help get heavy thoughts out of your head and cleanse yourself at the end of each day. Instead of only focusing on the negatives, make a list of things you’ve accomplished and hope to accomplish. 

4. BREATHE

The shakes, the sweats, and the light-headedness.. We’ve all been there at one time or another. If you find yourself in an immediate panic, focus in on your breathing. First of all, make sure it’s happening. Secondly, breathe in slowly on counts of ten and then hold for a few seconds. Slowly let the air out in a small stream. Closing your eyes while doing this can help find your inner calm. 

5. Eliminate Stress Factors

Of course, most of us can’t quit our jobs (unless we are financially stable or retiring) and dropping out of college (although it may sound appealing) will make getting a job a little harder, but there could be other things in your day that have to go. Negative people in your life? If they aren’t family, try your best to push them away. Unhappy with current location? Try to research new places you’ve always wanted to live or maybe even just a weekend road trip for new surroundings. When it comes to college.. Stay on top of your assignments. Falling behind will increase stress and make it feel impossible.

*I am not a doctor.. These are what has helped me*

Comment below with what has helped you or if you’ve tried any of these techniques!