Love & Liefs: I’m Back!

February 16, 2017

Dear Sara,

We have switched places–you from Wellesley to the Netherlands and me from the Netherlands to Wellesley! I am SO happy that you are SO happy! I love being able to watch you experience these special moments (and learn from you along the way). Your and Ken’s apartment is so lovely–I loved my little Skype tour.

Let go of fear and do something every day that pushes and inspires you. 💕 how was your Saturday? 😘

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It has been almost two months since I have written one of these. I had a great trip with my family and Dani (I will be posting all about it on the blog soon) but alas, it had to come to an end and now I am back at Wellesley. I have a lot of mixed emotions about being back at school. I have absolutely loved seeing my friends, meeting new people who joined the organizations I am in while I was gone, remembering how gorgeous Wellesley is and ending long distance (at least for now) with Dani.

Lake Waban at Wellesley, I missed the gorgeous sunsets a lot.

However, it hasn’t been a cake walk. Wellesley, as you know, can be a difficult place to be (which is probably why it helps us grow so much!). Now, instead of figuring out weekend travel plans, I am trying to keep up with deadlines and still manage to sleep an okay amount each night. Things went from 0 to 100 really fast and I feel like I am drowning a bit. I was sick for the first two weeks of the semester so I fell quite a bit behind with deadlines and blog work. However, every day it gets easier to get into the routine of things.

Endless May

We had a snow day last week and it was so nice to relax a little bit during the week.

I have been taking A LOT of photos lately and it has been such a blast. I am saving my money for a new lens and I can’t wait because I am taking a lot of senior portraits this year! I am also trying to get more involved on campus by going to more on campus events and taking advantage of everything Wellesley has to offer.

Overall, it is good to be back but I definitely left a piece of my heart in Amsterdam (I guess that is a perfect excuse for me to come visit you 😉 )

Love & Liefs,

Shannon

 

More from this series:

Shannon’s posts:

INTRODUCING LOVE & LIEFS

LOVE & LIEFS: GETTING LOST & EXPLORING THE CITY

LOVE & LIEFS: STARTING DUTCH SCHOOL, LEARNING TO CYCLE, TURNING 21 

LOVE & LIEFS: GETTING YELLED AT IN DUTCH

LOVE & LIEFS: TRAVELING & FALL

LOVE & LIEFS: TRAVELING, FINALS & GETTING MY LIFE TOGETHER

LOVE & LIEFS: OH WHAT A WEEKEND

LOVE & LIEFS: GRATEFUL

LOVE & LIEFS: FROM A TRAIN IN HUNGARY

Sara’s posts:

THE START OF SOMETHING NEW // LOVE AND LIEFS

NOT-SO NEW BEGINNINGS // LOVE AND LIEFS

ROUTINES & CELEBRATIONS // LOVE AND LIEFS

TRAVEL WEEK // LOVE AND LIEFS

A VERY BUSY OCTOBER // LOVE AND LIEFS

WE’RE WITH YOU // LOVE AND LIEFS

MY NEW LIFE // LOVE AND LIEFS

 

Valentine’s Day: Paris with My Sweet

February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine’s Day! I have to say, VDay is one of my favorites. I think it is just a sweet, happy day to break up a cold, dark month (and let’s be real, who doesn’t love chocolate and conversation hearts). You don’t have to be in love to celebrate Valentine’s Day and last year, I wrote a post just about that! However, today I do want to share some photos that Dani and I took in Paris last month. Not much to say other than I love this sweet boy and I am so excited that we have these photos to remember this incredible trip!

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As part of Valentine’s Day, I also want to share with you some of my favorite “Valentine’s Day” posts from some of my favorite bloggers:

  1. Cute Valentine’s Day Ideas to Make the Holiday Your Own from Sara Laughed. I love this post because Sara gives some great insight on how to celebrate Valentine’s Day no matter if you hate or love the holiday.
  2. Romantic Homemade Gifts from The Golden Age Blog. You don’t have to have a lot of money to give meaningful gifts and in fact, homemade gifts often mean more than something bought at the store. Aurelia, the writer at The Golden Age, even shared a handmade painting she made for her boyfriend and it is incredible. I definitely recommend checking it out!
  3. 6 Sweet Valentine’s Day Desserts from The College Prepster. Talk about YUM! This guest post on The College Prepster shares some super tasty and festive desserts–my mouth is watering just looking at them!

I hope today is filled with smiles and treats!

A Time of Transition: Ways to Settle Into a New City

February 1, 2017

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of CORT for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

When I think of last summer, one word comes to mind: transition. I moved to a completely new city and state and started my first tech internship. Needless to say, I was not only nervous about my new job but also about housing, transportation, meeting new people and how I would get furniture (I mean let’s be real, a blow up mattress can only last so long). Surprisingly, most things went off without a hitch and I ended up having a fairly successful summer. However, I definitely learned a lot along the way and I want to share with you my favorite ways to help settle into a new city during a internship to help ease some of your stress and worry!

 Take Care of Housing and Furniture in Advance

Honestly, the last thing you want to be worrying on day one of a new job is whether or not you have a bed to sleep on! CORT Furniture Rental is an incredible company that will deliver your furniture to your new apartment and set it up for you. It is there when you need it and it takes a lot of the hassle out of a big move. An added bonus for those of us on student budgets is that it is super affordable and nice quality furniture. It is so convenient to not have to stress about furniture when you are trying to make a good impression at your new internship!

Transitioning into a new city can be difficult, this article will give you tips on how to transition for a new job or internship with CORT furniture.

Pick out cute photos to hang in your new apartment to make it feel even more personal!

Get Your Bearings of the New City

Try to allow yourself a few days before your internship starts to become familiar with your new home! It is a good idea to take out a map too so you can have a good idea of where you are for future reference. 

 

Transitioning into a new city can be difficult, this article will give you tips on how to transition for a new job or internship with CORT furniture.

Exploring my new home last summer!

Plan Your Route

While you are getting your bearings of the new city you are calling home, test out the route to your internship! If you already know how to get there, you will have a much more relaxed morning on day one of your internship.

 Go to City Events

Don’t forget that you are in a brand new place with lots of brand new people to meet! Take advantage of this and go to different events being held in your new city. For example, last summer I went to the Arts Festival. It was a great (and free!) chance to learn more about the culture of my new home and also meet some new people—you never know if there is a potential best friend right around the corner!

 

Transitioning into a new city can be difficult, this article will give you tips on how to transition for a new job or internship with CORT furniture.

Remember to sit back and enjoy the little moments in your new city–it will pass by quickly!

 

I hope these tips gave you some good ideas on how to settle into a new city without too much stress and worry! Definitely check out CORT if you are looking for a fast, convenient and affordable way to rent furniture for your new pad! Let me know in the comments below if you are planning a big move anytime soon—I would love to hear from you!

Check out this video of Genevieve, a student who moved from New Zealand to Los Angeles and loved her experience with CORT!

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