Monday, January 26, 2015

A Weekend of Fun

This past weekend was a nice break from typical college life. On Friday night, we invited a friend over for a girls night, which included dinner, movies, and treats (probably the best combination of things ever!). We watched the fabulous film The Tourist by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck and then the newer film Edge of Tomorrow by Doug Liman.

The Tourist is obviously a great film. If it wasn't I wouldn't own it on DVD. Edge of Tomorrow was more the surprise. I am the first to say that I am not a Tom Cruise fan, but in this film he did a good job. Emily Blunt on the other hand is my favorite actress of all time. She can do no wrong! The film kept me wondering what would happen next. It made me question whether the characters would prevail or whether they would fail in their mission. The only fault with the film is that the ending scenes are too dark. As a viewer, we understand that lack of light adds to the scenes mood, but when the lighting becomes too dark, it distracts from the plot as you are so focused on the fact that you can't tell what is happening. Other than that, I thought it was awesome. The ending, depending on the viewer, is either really clever or leaves the viewer wanting more. I thought it was clever!

Then, on Saturday, half the day had passed before I got up. When I did finally appear from my room, I decided I wanted to do something fun a.k.a procrastinate on homework. So, Whit and I decided to venture off to the closest thing we have to a "City." On our way, we discovered a great photo spot, which we will be visiting again sometime with my DSLR. The view is breathtaking!

- Susie

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Taking Opportunities

One of my new years resolutions was to take advantage of the opportunities that come my way. (Another was to blog more... my excuse for not starting until now is that I was sick... I really was!) I had planned out my two years of university and decided that there was no way I could possibly fit in studying abroad. However, when I took another look, planned better, and basically completely redid my plan, there was an opening.

My goal is to study abroad this summer. Yes, 2015! I know it's coming really quick, but last minute is just my style. I have a month to complete my application. Now, I'm not going to share with you where I hope to be going, just in case it doesn't work out, but I am excited about the chance to travel and study at a great school!

Who knows what other opportunities could come from it?!
- Susie

Monday, January 5, 2015

Major Moments

I made it back to school on Saturday and have managed to catch a bug of some kind. I went to bed last night with a fever and woke up this morning with an even higher one. On the plus side though, I received an email informing me that I all ready had credit for the Mass Media class that I was supposed to be taking this quarter from community college. Yay! I got to drop my 8am class and I also got to take the next step... Declaring my major...

Since the email meant I had all my major prerequisite done, I waisted no time applying. I will be accepted by the end of the week. Now my time is being spent on replacing the giant gap in my schedule with another class. Here's hoping I get the one that I want!

Friday, January 2, 2015

New Year's Resolutions

This coming year is a year of new beginnings. I plan on making it a year in which I always look on the bright side and always take time to appreciate the small things. I feel like it is easy to get swept away into a world of lackluster and insufficiency because we ignore the good or are blinded by what we conceive as bad. So, I am determined to be thankful this year for what I, like so many, deem as small things and rather see them for what they are, a blessing.

Here are my resolutions:

1. Get Back On Track! I am determined to tone up. I plan on not only living a healthier lifestyle by going to the gym, but I also plan on working on balancing my diet better, removing my dairy intake completely (again!), and keeping a healthy mindset. The last of which goes with my next resolution!

2. Anxiety has been a struggle for me. I used to be a super chill person, the kind of person who doesn't have a care in the world. The year 2014, consisted of a lot of anxiety due to the circumstances and events that occurred. Now that everything has worked itself out, I plan on letting go of my anxiety. I know that it is something that doesn't just go away over night, but I am determined to de-stress my life, so that the anxiety doesn't crop up. I think it goes along with what I mentioned about ignoring the good. My mind takes over and blinds me from the good or deems is as being small and insufficient, when it's not. By being aware and consciously working towards a happier, stress-free, anxiety-free state, I think I can conquer my battle.

3. Be more sociable. I struggle with being quiet, and therefore come across as unsociable. I am determined to push myself to be more outgoing in group situations. Many times this past year, people were surprised when they got to know me by how loud I can be. Usually, I let other people's personalities dominate situations, making me appear to be "the quiet one." I have been like this as long as I remember (high school was an interesting experience). If you really know me, you know I am not quiet... at all! This can be a bit of a problem when you are at college and constantly meeting new people. I like observing people before I chime in, which means people don't get an immediate sense of who I am. If they do stick around, they get a wake up call as to who I am real quick!

4. Take time for what you enjoy! I didn't spend as much time as I would have liked this past year doing things that were fun. I waited until the second half of the year to adventure, which is something I hope to do all the time. Here come the sub-points:

  • Photography: I hope to take more photos this year. I had the opportunity to experience photojournalism this last year and discovered that it wasn't for me; I prefer taking creative photos. Adventuring to new places, capturing shots of things people don't necessarily take the time to appreciate is something that I enjoy immensely and can't imagine my life without. This year I hope to visit new places with my camera and capture inspiring shots.
  • Blogging: I hope to write more frequently (I won't commit to regular blogging). Writing is something I really enjoy and hope to incorporate into my everyday life. I find that it is good for the mind to reflect upon life by writing. Not only is it good to get thought out, but it is also a helpful way to improve ones writing abilities.
  • Music: I love music. Always have and aways will. I hope to discover new music and just take the time to listen. Not just hear the sounds, but to truly listen to it. I also hope to push my own musical abilities; to always try my best and to put the work in.

5. Continue to be hardworking. Finally, the time spent on general education has payed off. I finally get to take my specialization courses at school. I can't wait to learn more and develop my skill set. I am determined to continue to work hard to get good grades, but also to soak in new information and take opportunities to further my abilities. I will not let myself be intimidated by the male dominated industry that I will be entering into. Instead, I will be prepared, educated, knowledgable, and the best at what I do because of my determination to succeed.

6. Finally, I plan to take every opportunity and adventure that comes my way.

Photo courtesy of P.S. It's Whit
Edited by The Susielusie
What are your resolutions for 2015?
- Susie

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 Round Up

2014 has come and gone so quick. I can't believe we are all ready entering into a new year! This past year has been a busy year. So, I decided to have a look back...

The year started off with very little blogging. I got to the point where my blogging wasn't reflecting me or my interests anymore, leaving me in a place where I felt I couldn't keep writing what I had been. I was worn out and didn't know what to do next. So, like many bloggers, I took time away to regroup and relaunch. I came up with my idea for the Diary of a College Kid series, as it would allow me to write about everything and anything going on in my life without an expectation of a narrow subject. This took my blog to more of a lifestyle category than it's previous "all things girly category." I wrote my "Welcome!" post as an explanation and also as a way to start...

Then, March rolled around. I didn't know that when I wrote my "New Beginnings or None At All" post that what was to follow would be me feeling my lowest... ever...

The beginning of April was great, I posted my first Portfolio photo post. I had finally ventured out with my camera, getting back to one of my favorite things to do. There is something about capturing photos that manages to make me lose track of time and all my worries. Then came the "Life Update" post that changed everything...

May, brought a new mind set as I started to navigate my way through the dark place that I had been in. I wrote "Reading, Writing, and Preparing for College" as a way to admit where I had been and as a way to get past what I was feeling. The next post consisted of another great Portfolio post.

At the end of June, the time had finally come for "University Orientation". That was an adventure in itself!

July contained my "Summer in the City" posts. The first was a Portfolio post from Gas Works park and the second a Portfolio post from Pike Place Market. My Summer Holiday post followed.

In August, I rediscovered my love for Pinterest. I did my first "Pinning!" post since the relaunch of my blog and I fell in love with the idea of pastel hair, which I convey in my "Would I Be Crazy?!" post. That post was quickly followed by my "Hair Emergency" post. I learned an important lesson in August! I also got to go see Ed Sheeran's X tour, which was a lot of fun!

September started with my "Three Day Get Away" post. I was lucky enough to have an extra holiday with my family and best friend! Then, my college experience finally kicked off with my "Moving Update" post. Let the adventures begin! I followed that post with a "Campus Photos" post, so everyone could see the interesting architecture that my school has, but also so that I could find my way around my school... The month ended with my "Week One of College" post, in which I shared photos from my first photo assignment.

October then came and my first blog post of the month contained some of my favorite photos that I took this year. I also got to see Phillip Phillips in concert this month, which was amazing. He was quickly added to my Spotify playlist and my list of super cute celebrities! I also discovered an old train station that month... We also ventured out to a Pumpkin Patch, where I captured some great photos!

Then, finally in November, my post "Everything Becomes Ok" was written. This was the turning point in which I felt like the struggle that I had been going through since May, had finally had the doors closed on it.

December, the final month of the year. I posted about "Getting Back On Track" and a wonderful "Sibling Trip to the Zoo".

It's been a crazy year full of ups and downs, but I feel like I have ended up on top. The first part of the year was such a confusing time for me, but I feel like I am where I am meant to be, on a path that I am meant to be on, with people I am meant to be with. I never expected things to work out the way they have, and I am so appreciative that they have. I am ready to take on the new year, and I am excited for the adventures that come with it. I know I won't be back in the place that I was, and that alone puts a smile on my face.

I hope you, my readers, stick with me as we enter into this new year of adventures!
- Susie

Monday, December 29, 2014

Christmas Holiday Movie Marathon

If you didn't know all ready, I am an avid movie watcher. There is nothing I love more than cozying up with a warm drink, a blanket, and a good film. There are also some films that draw me back to them time and time again. No surprise, the Harry Potter film series is always a must!

This time, when I sat down to watch them, my brother joined me. He has only seen a couple of the films, and decided it was time to see them all. So, we did. Over the span of a couple of days, we managed to get through 1-7.2. We also determined which film was his favorite. He selected Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (also one of my faves!). I was so proud to have my brother running around the house yelling "Expelliarmus" and the infamous "EXPECTO PATRONUM!" Harry Potter is and will always be my favorite film series. I can't imagine anything else ever coming along that will be able to out do it. However, if there is ever a movie series that comes close, you bet I want to be apart of creating it!

Once Harry Potter was finished and Santa had been, the next movie marathon was The Lord of the Rings trilogy. If you could't tell, this Christmas holiday consisted of me geeking out completely...

I hadn't seen The Lord of the Rings before, but I had seen and fallen in love with The Hobbit films, so I figured it would be a good fit. Sure enough, I was right! After seeing them (in the span of two days) I am in love. This will also be apart of my movie marathons from now on. I think it will be so much fun to watch all three of The Hobbit films and then The Lord of the Rings as one giant marathon!

What are some of your favorite films to watch?
- Susie

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Sibling Trip to the Zoo

I had the fortune to visit the zoo this past weekend with my lovely siblings. We had a great time and got to see many different animals. I must admit... the child inside of me came out for everyone to see... There might have been some skipping, singing, and frolicking...

Anyway, here are the photos that I took!

Hope you enjoyed the photos!