Tuesday, March 27, 2012

campus in bloom.

[march 26, 2012]
[I snapped the photo above on my way to class on Monday. This is may be a measly 10 percent of tulips currently blooming on campus. These are the days I'll miss most when I graduate in May. Because, we're awfully lucky to rock at basketball & have one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation. (Walt Whitman even wrote a poem about it!)]

What I would really like to share with you is this quote I found that seems to sum up my college experience — thus far — quite well. It's brilliant, really:
You won’t do it at the right time. You’ll be late. You’ll be early. You’ll get re-routed. You’ll get delayed. You’ll change your mind. You’ll change your heart. It’s not going to turn out the way you thought it would. It will be better.-Kate Moller
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Monday, March 26, 2012

{Quote of the Week.}

{via: flickr.}
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Sunday, March 25, 2012

On how much I love being a Jayhawk...

Note: This post may be a bit out of place, but I was born and raised a Jayhawk and in less than two months I will graduate a Jayhawk. It's such a big part of my life and I love sharing it with you. 

My beloved Jayhawks (see photo above: me & my mom circa 1991. I loved the Jayhawks even way back when) are headed to the NCAA Final Four for the 14th year.  I love the game of basketball, I love the history, I love the tradition. But most of all, I love being apart of the Jayhawk Family.

I'd love to share some links that may explain what it means to be a Jayhawk a little be more:

My friends Sarah wrote this great post on "How it feels to be a Jayhawk."
My friend Jayson wrote a brilliant essay/article on the "The Rules of the Game: Bill Self, Kansas, and basketball history"
An "ode" I wrote to our 2008 National Championship back in 2009
Our Alma Mater & Rock Chalk Chant The rock chalk chant has a rich history which you can read more about here.
Former KU, UNC, UCLA, and NBA coach and Hall of Famer Larry Brown about our arena, Allen Fieldhouse:
"I tell everybody there's not a place around—I know Chapel Hill, Pauley Pavilion, Cameron, you name it. They are pretty special, but there's nothing like this. All the guys who scout, I always tell them, 'You'll never have an experience like Allen Fieldhouse.' This is how a college fieldhouse is supposed to be."
Rock Chalk, friends.
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Thursday, March 22, 2012

why hello there, spring.

Spring, you're here in all your glory... balmy, crisp mornings. perfect-for-sleeping thundestorms. and temperatures warm enough for us to pack up our coats and rock our so-flowy-you-have-to-twirl skirts. i'd like to welcome you with open arms, dear spring. and dream (of looking even half as lovely as the lady pictured above) while i drift off to sleep with my windows open, thunder echoing in the distance.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

"...your perfectly vulnerable beating heart."

"Being tender and open is beautiful. As a woman, I feel continually shhh’ed. Too sensitive. Too mushy. Too wishy washy. Blah blah. Don’t let someone steal your tenderness. Don’t allow the coldness and fear of others to tarnish your perfectly vulnerable beating heart. Nothing is more powerful than allowing yourself to truly be affected by things. Whether it’s a song, a stranger, a mountain, a rain drop, a tea kettle, an article, a sentence, a footstep, feel it all – look around you. All of this is for you. Take it and have gratitude. Give it and feel love." -Zooey Deschanel
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Monday, March 19, 2012

Spring break daydreaming...

I'm currently enjoying what will most likely be my last spring break. This whole growing-up business is tricky. So many perks, yet so many things I'll miss about university life. 

Le sigh.

But I'm not going to worry about that quite yet. Instead, I'll compile collages galore & polish my resume/portfolio while sipping dr. pepper from my bed this break... ahhh... so delightful.

*happy monday to you.
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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Quick question, loves:

on some browsers, heinous boxes show up around the images on my sidebar as well as my banner. They are absolutely, positively, not meant to be there. Additionally, they have never, ever shown up on my computer or any program that I have used before. I just discovered it on a friend's computer yesterday.

Do they show up on yours?

I'm working out the kinks, if you have any tips or solutions let me know...


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Thursday, March 15, 2012

"Five ways to spot a proper Parisienne" by Bali Barret

Handbags are not pets
“She’ll dump her Kelly bag on the restaurant floor-none of that giving it its own chair to sit on.” 
Traffic regulations
“She never crosses the road at a pedestrian crossing. Life’s too short and rules are made to be broken.” 
Navy is important
“She prefers the richness of all kinds of (French) navy to the ubiquitous black.” 
“She changes her perfume like her scarves, on a daily basis. Perfume counts as an accessory, after all.”
Time and motion
“She always sleeps in her jewelry. Why take it off in order to put it all back on again the next morning.”
There is something so intriguing about the French woman.  Though she is mysterious, I, like so many others, long to possess her wonderful, attractive, chic confidence. Naturally, these five things were divinely insightful.

P.S. Have you seen Garance Dore's fantastically swoon-worthy video series "Pardon My French"? Could she be anymore chic & fabulous? Holy moly, the lady is talented!
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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

these are your people.

{via: vtwonen.}

find people — writers, friend, advisers, confidants... who share the same amount of passion as you. (not the same passion, but the same amount of passion for something.) these people will challenge you to dream bigger, work harder and aim further. 

surround yourself with them.

these are people you can grow with, not people you will outgrow.

these people will push you.
these people will inspire you.
these people will support you.

these are your people.

find them. cherish them. love them.
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Monday, March 12, 2012

My (someday) house.

{image via: bippity boppity boo.} 

someday i will come home (from a job I love) to a cheeky front door.
to my house that will be filled with laughter and hugs and far too many nights of tv marathons.
a house where little feet will scamper across its floors (for socks will prove much too slippery).
dancing while dinner is prepared will be mandatory
and the dining room will be easily transformed into an artist's den.
a house whose backyard will be the venue for afternoon puppet shows and endless rounds of kickball.

but above all, the house my mister & I build will be filled with love.
and that cheeky front door? it's a toss-up between sunshiny yellow and bubblegum pink. ; )
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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Steffi aus Stuttgart.

{steffi & flat nathan. october 2011 in Kiel.}

i will never forget the day i met steffi. we met at a cultural-fest of some sort through our mutual friend robert. he was a bit preoccupied with another girl who came with us, so steffi and i bonded over the fact we were both extremely homesick. she's from Stuttgart, so we were both new to Kiel. she was one of my first good friends i met during my time in kiel, and she quickly deemed us "soul sisters from different worlds." let's be honest, i knew we were destined to be best friends when, after only knowing each other for less than two hours, she had convinced me to get on stage and dance with this weird band. alone. it was in that moment of her cheering me on at the top of her lungs, and everyone in the room staring at our shenanigans, when i just knew she was one of those friends you have for life.

it's been hard being home, after forging such amazing friendships in Germany, but every single day we send each other a heads-up "just thinking about you" message. we don't have much time to chat (darn that time difference!) but it's one of those friendships where, when you do eventually catch up, it's like picking up right from where you left off. in my opinion, that's one of the surest signs of a true friendships.

lately, when i'm feeling a bit wonky, or just blue, i replay the one of the last conversations steffi and i had before i returned back home. she was so sweet and knowing how anxious, unsure, and overall terrified i am about what's to come, she pulled me aside to speak to me.
this is the gist of what she told me:
this is your adventure. it belongs to nobody else. it is yours alone. you focus on your adventure, do not seek love, you are the one who will be loved. you seek the world, love will seek you out. do not worry. it will come. but never settle. 
even though i was my usual, sassy/turn everything into a joke, self, steffi always had this ability to sense what was really up. she was freakishly good at that. and most of all, she could look through my silliness and see what was really weighing heavy on my heart. girl has a gift.

the most brilliant thing about my coming home was the amount of wisdom my german friends imparted on me before i left. i had so many thought-provoking, heart-awakening conversations with dear friends. i now realize why there are so many great german philosophers, writers and poets; those germans, they get right to down the soul stuff, ya know?

and i will forever be grateful that steffi always, always, spoke with me in german. she not only boosted my german skills, she boosted my courage.
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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Reason #18930 I want to move to Copenhagen...

I've already admitted I'm a lover of anything royal, so when I was able to see the palaces of the Danish Royals last October in Copenhagen I was obviously elated. I distinctly remember suppressing squeals as the tour guide told the story of how Prince Frederik and Princess Mary met.

It was something along the lines of:
He was in Australia, they met a pub, fell in love (she was not aware that he was a Prince, mind you), he proposed, she accepted, he mentioned the one tiny detail...he was the Crown Prince of Denmark and she would, of course, become a Crown Princess.  She still said yes. (Lifetime movie, anyone?)
Yesterday I found these photos of them and literally mumbled to myself: "move over Kate & Wills..."
of course though, you can never have too many royal family favorites.

But I must say, Princess Mary & Prince Frederik are edging in for the tip-top spot (and their children  Prince Christian Valdemar Henri John, Princess Isabella Henrietta Ingrid Margrethe, Prince Vincent Frederik Minik Alexander and Princess Josephine Sophia Ivalo Mathilda).

Naturally I have a board on pinterest dedicated to this kind of royal nerdiness. 
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Monday, March 5, 2012

{Quote of the Week.}

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Saturday, March 3, 2012

...things are going to get easier.

my host mom (aka soul sister) always commented about my ability to know things intuitively. i find i am better with it in regard to situations outside of ones directly connected to myself. for instance, i can tell if someone has questionable motives or is a untrustworthy when it comes to my friends' relationships. furthermore, i get strong urges to do certain things, like start this blog for instance. or move to Germany for eight months. it's as though i get these waves of "knowing." knowing, not believing, that i have to do something and knowing it is meant to be. at other times, like my relationships with gentlemen for instance, i am not so great with listening to my intuition. while i'm quite good at being able to "feel out" a situation or person, i'm equally, if not better, at ignoring my intuition. it's as though i want it to be something good, so badly, that i ignore the truth as long as i can.

talk about counterproductive talents. sheesh.

i promised myself, and my host mom, that i would listen to my instincts more, especially when it came to my love life. Because up till now, it's been a vicious cycle of "i knew it this was coming" events. so today, after a few months of forgetting this promise, i am letting it go and actually accepting the signs and feelings that come my way.

i mean, have you ever tried to go against the universe's plan? it's impossible. (not to mention, so much better than anything you could have planned on your own. i guess that's why they say patience is a virtue...)

no wonder i've been so stinkin' tired.

plus, after a wee panic attack around three o'clock today i turned on the radio to this song blaring. and ya know what? i think things really are going to get easier.
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