Living in a new city can make you miss the little things you cherished back home. I’ll miss all the quaint, local shops I’ve come to love over the years (including Witherspoon Bread Company’s adorable hedgehog bread pictured above), but I also know this is just another opportunity to discover new places to love.
These orchids are from one of the last trips Lucas and I took together before our respective moves. We visited Duke Farms, a beautiful old estate in New Jersey that now serves as a model of local environmental stewardship. If you ever visit (and you should), make sure to bring a bike. It’s over 2,000 acres of rolling country filled with fountains, sculptures, greenhouses and nature trails.
Part of moving meant that I had to sort through
literal tons of clothing that I’ve hoarded over the years. Most were either garbage or donation ready, but every once in a while I would find hidden treasure, like these beige and mint polka dot/heart pumps that probably haven’t seen the light of day since sophomore year of high school.
I love that this move has given me opportunity to sort both literally and physically through my past and dream about my future.
It’s been a relaxing few weeks for me, and I’m loving soaking in all of the goodness that summer has to offer. Hydrangeas are blooming all over my neighborhood and putting me in such a good mood. I think they’re such gorgeous flowers.
We’ve been having a couple cookouts, and while I love burgers and ribs, I can’t get enough of grilled veggies (these ones were prepared by Lucas’ mom) – they’re so bright and delicious.
With my birthday approaching, I’ve been test driving some potential cocktails to serve. This one is super simple and tastes exactly like an orange creamsicle. Just mix one part whipped vodka (or vanilla – but I love exotic flavors) with two parts San Pellegrino aranciata. It’s light, sweet, and nostalgically delicious.
What’re you excited for this summer?
When I first started this blog, I tried to do a 365 photo challenge. I dropped that somewhere along the way between writing my thesis and completing my senior year, but the motivation for writing remains the same. 2013 has been (and will continue to be) a huge year for me, my friends, my family, and my peers. I love using this blog as a way to reflect on these experiences and document the ways that my life is changing.
This past week was graduation, and now that I’ve gotten a couple days of rest and relaxation (seriously, between Beach Week, Reunions, and graduation, its been a non-stop party for over two weeks – and I am exhausted), I want to really reflect on what my education and experiences have meant to me.
I’ve met great people and made wonderful friends – and I’ll miss you all (even if I suck at keeping in touch). I’ll miss our dance parties, casual nights, manic energy, and utter exhaustion (and the hysteria that often accompanies it).
I don’t know if I’m in a place where I can really look back at everything accurately. I’m trusting that I’ll have many opportunities in the future to reflect (Princeton is nothing if not nostalgic).
In a few weeks I’ll move to Wisconsin to start my new job, and I’ll leave behind almost everything that’s familiar to me (including semi-temperate climates). It will be sad, but I’m also excited. I’ve lived in Princeton my entire life, and I think that this change represents an opportunity to really grow.
I hope that, as I change and grow, this blog will also change and grow. On a superficial level, I’ll have more access to things like kitchens and interior decorating, but I’ll also have to really think about the role that this plays in my life.
I’m treasuring these last few weeks I have before I join the “real world,” but I’m also (almost) ready to get going. For so long, I’ve avoided change and growth with paralyzing indecision. I want to change that – live with more purpose.
So, I guess what I’m saying is…let’s do this!