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Summer 2017 Inspiration

To make up for the gloomy, cloudy days we’ve been subjected to, I’ve decided to share my Summer 2017 inspiration taken from my Pinterest board, as well as songs I’ve been jamming to in the car! As I was pinning (and safely driving), I was dreaming of warm summer days spent on the beach, airy and breezy clothes, and of course vibrant greenery. Summer truly makes me ~thrive~, and it can’t come soon enough. Check out the inspiration below!

Missing Spring? Check out my Spring 2017 Inspiration.

Summer 2017 Inspiration

Top Ten Summer Songs

  1. Malibu – Miley Cyrus
  2. Wouldn’t It Be Nice – The Beach Boys
  3. S.H.C. – Foster The People
  4. Sleep On The Floor – The Lumineers
  5. Hyperreal – Flume, KUCKA
  6. Don’t Take The Money – Bleachers
  7. Dancing In The Moonlight – Toploader
  8. Sh-Boom – The Chords
  9. I’m The One – DJ Khaled, Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance The Rapper, Lil Wayne
  10. Slide – Calvin Harris, Frank Ocean, Migos

 

Irish I Were In Ireland.

In June 2016, my parents surprised my sisters and I with a week-long family trip to the beautiful country of Ireland. It was unlike any other traveling experience I have ever had…every twist and turn on our CIE Tour coach bus left me awestruck by the lush landscape and inspired by the country’s mystifying history.

My parents are no strangers to the motherland, as they spent their honeymoon driving through the countryside. However, this was a life changing experience for my sisters and I. Finally, we were able to connect with our roots and immerse ourselves into our Irish heritage.

So, since it’s St. Patrick’s Day and I’m already reminiscing about my time in Ireland, I thought I’d share the brief itinerary as well as photos from our travels. Boy, what I would give to be in Ireland during St. Paddy’s Day!

Day One – County Dublin

After flying into the Dublin Airport the night before, we started Day One bright and early with our tour guide, Murt, and continued with a bus tour of the city of Dublin. We were also given a personal walking tour of Trinity College, had a chance to view the Book of Kells (sans flash photography), and witnessed the monstrosity of Trinity College’s library!

Day Two – County Wicklow, County Wexford, County Waterford

We travel to Glendalough and took a walking tour of St. Kevin’s Glendalough monastery. The views of the mountains and celtic crosses looked like they were out of a storybook! Next stop was the Dunbrody Famine Ship, a life-size 19th century ship used as an example for what traveling conditions were like for the Irish emigrants who sought a new life in North America. We ended the day in Waterford.

Day Three – County Waterford, County Cork, County Kerry

The morning of Day Three was spent visiting the House of the Waterford Crystal and having a tour of the glass blowing process. Afterward, we traveled to Dungarvan then to Cobh, which was the last port of call of the Titanic. Lastly, we travelled to the Blarney Castle and had a chance to kiss the Blarney Stone. Sure, kissing the stone may seem unsanitary, and climbing the narrow, spiral staircases could be a chore…but legend has it that whoever kisses the stone is given the gift of eloquence and persuasiveness! You can learn more about the Blarney Stone here. We ended our day by venturing to Killarney, which was actually our tour guides hometown! Killarney is the most picturesque town, and is home to the Killarney National Park. Luckily, we were staying in town for two nights.

Day Four – County Kerry

Next was the Ring of Kerry, which is found in between the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks Mountains and the beautiful Atlantic coast. Then, we learned about the lives of early Christian hermits who lived on rocky island, Skellig Michael, at the Skellig Experience. I was blown away that actual people lived on such a steep landscape…but they made it work!

Day Five – County Clare

Day Five was spent saying goodbye to Killarney and hello to the next adventure! We crossed the River Shannon Estuary and continued into County Clare until we were at the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher. The sheer beauty is indescribable. The Cliffs had a stone path for guests and tourists to take pictures to their hearts content. There was also a man-made path for those who have no fear.

Day Six – County Silgo, County Derry

Day six took us to County Silgo where we met a sheepdog trainer. The doggies were so cute, and the sheep were even better! We then traveled up the Blue Stack Mountains to County Derry, were we took a guided walking tour of the city and learned about it’s turbulent past.

Day Seven – Northern Ireland, County Louth

Day seven was spent exploring the enormous structures of Giant’s Causeway, which were formed by volcanic activity. Then, we drove to Belfast and had the freedom to explore the Titanic Belfast museum and witness restored artifacts from the cruise-liner’s fateful night. We ended the day with a traditional Irish meal and entertainment at the Glyde Inn, then reluctantly made our way back to Dublin for our last night.

Day Eight – County Dublin

This was our last day and it was THE WORST. I’d say one of the saddest parts about leaving was saying goodbye to the friendships and bonds formed with the people in our tour group. There is something to be said about sharing experiences with strangers, such as: not having a usable coach bus toilet, having a group member(s) sleep in just minutes before coach departure time, and of course experiencing local pubs together. Murt did say that we were probably one of his most well-behaved group of tourists he’s had the pleasure of meeting, which made it all the more bittersweet.

If you’re enough lucky to be Irish…you’re lucky enough!

Home Stretch

Yesterday was the last day of the spring semester before finals and honestly, I can’t believe it’s over. I clearly remember the day I made the decision to transfer schools, the day I was accepted to PSH, and obviously my first day as a Nittany Lion.

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Often, people ask me if I regret leaving my old school or changing my major and the answer is always no. At first, I was apprehensive to start over again. It meant I would have to leave my old friends and meet new ones, regroup with my new major and get to know a completely new campus. There was a lot of “new” things happening to me. Even though there was slight culture shock at first, I am proud to say that transferring schools was probably one of the best decisions I have ever made–and I’m not just saying that for the emotional appeal.

While it was a difficult adjustment, this past year has given me the chance to get to know myself on a deeper level. Here are a few things I’ve learned this past year:

1) You will never know unless you try. This goes for most everything in life.

2) Don’t be afraid to choose the road less traveled or to create your own path, especially when it comes to happiness. At the end of the day your life is your own, and how you want to live it is up to you.

3) Fake it ’til you make it. (Sauertieg ;))

4) Never pass up an opportunity whether it’s job-related, a quick social gathering, networking or even volunteering at a campus event.

5) Do absolutely everything in your ability to get the A, and if you got a B at least you know you gave A effort.

6) Driving in snow isn’t as scary the 7th time around.

7) If you have older friends, make sure you spend as much time with them as you can. Eventually they have to graduate.

8) Professors are humans too.

9) Smiles and laughter are literally contagious. Beware.

10) Bears, Beets, Battlestar Galactica.

11) Meditation actually works.

12) Spend time with family, you won’t be living at home forever.

13) Let the little things go.

14) Embrace your quirks, they are what make you uniquely you. The right people will gravitate toward those quirks in time.

15) Change is good, I can attest to that.

Thanks to everyone who helped me make this year a great one. WE ARE.

Always, Meg