Our Capitol City

The State Capitol, obviously!

Last I checked in, I had let you guys know I was going to Washington, D.C. for a bit of a vacation (but also to visit one of my favorite people on this planet–hi Tessa!) I have been here for about 48 hours and am loving every minute of it so far! Good lord, it is beautiful! Everything is beautiful! There’s snow on the ground and beautiful buildings everywhere I turn!

Since I didn’t get in until 9:30ish on Thursday, we didn’t do much that night, but yesterday and today have been jam-packed with activities. I saw (and toured) both the State Capitol and the Library of Congress. I checked out the White House, which I sadly couldn’t tour since you have to set up a reservation like 4 months in advance. That’s okay though, next time. Originally I had planned to go to the Smithsonian museums since those are a huge attraction in the city, but because of the government shut-down, they are obviously closed. I was bummed about that at first but then got excited about the fact that I would have to be a little more creative about the sights that I chose to see. (Spoiler alert: I’ve been very pleased with what I’ve seen so far!)

After we saw the government buildings I mentioned already, we walked over to the Georgetown area and spent a few hours walking around and checking it out over there. My friend correctly assumed I would enjoy seeing it and getting to do some shooting because the buildings/area are really pretty. I was very impressed. She knows me well. She’s also very tolerant and understanding of my constant stopping to take shots, so that’s a huge relief–makes me feel less guilty about taking 30 minutes to walk the length of one city block.

Check out my beanie, though. 😉

We stayed in the city last night (rather than in her apartment in Ashburn) which was really nice! (Marriotts are always a good choice!) Relaxing time, then dinner with some friends made for a nice Friday evening. Saturday was filled with one activity: the Women’s March. I’m not really one for marching (or politics in general), but as far as experiences go, that was a really cool one! I mean, if you’re going to march for the first time ever, might as well make it at a Women’s March in the heart of the United States? It was interesting and let me tell you, I took an absurd number of pictures. Actually, I took an absurd number of pictures almost everywhere we went. I’ll link to the photo albums I put up somewhere in this blog entry once I’m done with them.  

Anyways, tomorrow I’ll be on my own for most of the day and I am thrilled about the things I’m planning to see. It’ll be a long and busy day, that’s for sure. Stay tuned for more updates (and loads of pictures).

xx – A

Washington, D.C.

Hey everyone! I don’t have much time but I wanted to squeeze in a quick life update / travel blog. Woo!

I’m about to leave to go visit one of my closest friends in D.C. and I am beyond excited. I haven’t been since I was essentially too young to be able to appreciate or remember anything, so this is a bit of a new one for me. I’ll only be there for the long weekend, but I have filled my itinerary as much as I possibly can. (Don’t hate on me for making an itinerary, I think we all know by now that I am insanely organized–borderline OCD.) Besides, I make really nice and efficient itineraries. Without them, I wouldn’t get to see nearly as much of the cities I go to. (I make one for every vacation.)

Anyways, the weather here in San Antonio is a comfortable 75 degrees and sunny. D.C., on the other hand, is 34 degrees right now with a chance of snow tonight. I’m weirdly excited–I love snow. I also love going on at least one “wintery” vacation each year. Last year was skiing, the year before was New York City, etc. etc. I just love winter vacations!

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Despite the fact that I go on winter vacations pretty regularly, I realized that I do not own any decent snow / weather resistant boots. I didn’t realize that until Monday though, so I had to do quite a bit of research to figure out what I could actually get delivered to myself by the time I had to leave. (I wasn’t going to bother wasting my time shopping around in SA; I already knew there wouldn’t be many options.) I ended up settling on some, rather expensive, but overall really awesome boots by Sorel. The actual Sorel website couldn’t get them to be in time, but Amazon Prime came to my rescue! They were delivered last night and I am absolutely in love with them. I’m certain they will go a long way in keeping my feet warm and dry for the next few days.

So yeah–there’s my quick little update. I’ll probably get out at least one blog while I’m up there. I’m definitely going to want to talk about the things I’m doing! So many fun / cool activities planned! Also, photos will be happening so I’ll be adding another project to my photography page exclusively for D.C. shots, so stay tuned for both of those things!

xx – A

Self-Care Thoughts

So, it’s a Friday night and instead of doing what a normal person does on the weekend (socialize), I decided to do the complete opposite. I came home, ate chips, watched Netflix, and loved it. I’ve been off my phone and social media for the most part and just spent some time alone. It’s totally okay to be antisocial for a little bit. (Also, social media is pretty toxic, we all know this….doesn’t mean we don’t still love it though.)

Anyways, after doing that for a while I realized I hadn’t blogged yet this week and I told myself I would get out at least one a week. I mean, I have spent countless hours working on this website, the least I could do is make sure it stays active.

I have a list of things I want to blog about and initially, I wanted to tackle a rather intense one tonight, but I have completely lucked out. I found a new topic instead: self care. Lucky me! I get to avoid delving into the really intense stuff that I’ve been meaning to talk about. Oh well!

Anyways, my solo hang session tonight has reminded me that just listening to yourself is much more important than we acknowledge. I could have gone and hung out with some of my favorite people, but honestly sitting on my couch and watching a new Netflix show just sounded more appealing tonight. It’s nothing against them, I guess I just needed some time to relax. This week has been insanely chaotic at work so my mind just needed some unwinding time. (Don’t get me wrong, I love being busy at work, but it does tire me out a bit more.)

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Out of all of my friends, I actually might be the biggest advocate for self-care. If I’m wanting some down time, I can be relied on to bail on plans in favor of doing absolutely nothing. I hate that I flake sometimes but being selfish with my time is something I’m working on this year so, oh well.

Not to toot my own horn, but I think everyone should take a page out of my book a bit more frequently. Relaxing is good for you–mind, body and soul. I always feel so much better once I’ve spent some time regrouping.

Self-Care Ideas:

  • img_9235Take a hot bath. Don’t be afraid to use that bath bomb you’ve been saving for a “special occasion.” Now is a special occasion. Treat yo’ self. (Throw on a face mask as well if you’re feelin’ bold.)
  • Read a book. (Or part of a book!) Read a blog. (Like mine?) Read something that just distracts you a little bit! Poetry is a good one too.
  • Binge a show on Netflix! I know this might not seem like “self care” but it’s a great way to distract your mind. If your mind has been running non-stop, distractions are a great relief!
  • Cook something–anything! Having to focus on what you’re doing and what your next step will be is pretty immersive. Plus, having a tasty treat at the end is a great bonus!
  • Go for a walk with some headphones and your favorite music. Exercise + music = relaxing AF.
  • Clean or organize! To be fair, this might be a “just me” thing because I feel insanely content when I’m cleaning or organizing. It’s a weird thing of mine. Just a few weeks ago I accidentally spent almost 3 hours organizing my beauty products. It was great.
  • Watch the sunset. It’s simple and it’ll do the trick.56695575803__74e8fca5-f50f-463a-a061-7b85f0518eed

So yeah, there’s a few ideas just to get you started. Taking care of number one (you) is one of the most important things you can do in life. After all, you’re the only one that is going to be there for you for the rest of forever.

Enjoy!

xx – A

2019 Resolutions

img_9178I am fully aware of the fact that 2019 is well under-way and it’s a bit late to be doing a 2019 Resolution blog, but oh well. (Or am I still in the correct timeframe? I don’t know!) Regardless, I had been wanting to do a blog about my resolutions for the new year for a long time and I even had notes about what to write in a note on my phone. I’m so prepared, I know!

Typically, I’ve never been one to wait until the new year to start a resolution. I always thought of it kind of as an excuse to procrastinate doing something that you should start doing as soon as possible (like working out, for example). I still feel that way for the most part, but there’s a sense of finality when you say you’re going to “leave something in 2018” and I am starting to appreciate that phrase a bit more. Looking back on my life, I can ultimately decide what years for me were better than others, and this past year definitely had it’s high points, but as a whole, I hated it. It was a year for growth and sometimes growth is insanely painful and hard. At least it definitely was for me.

I decided to make 2019 a beautiful year in every sense of the word. I want to do my best to make myself happy and in order to do that, I need to bring a few healthy habits or routines through the year with me.

My first goal for myself is to stop comparing myself to people. I don’t talk about how frequently I do this because I’ve really only noticed recently. The worst part, it’s not physical features that I compare as much, it’s personality characteristics–my success, my income, my motivation, things like that. Rather than admire someone else’s success, I find myself putting myself down because I might not have had that level of success. This is a really bad habit to be in, and I genuinely just need to learn to appreciate myself and my accomplishments without comparing every little thing to other people. (I hope that makes sense.)

My next goal for 2019 is fairly simple, actually and it encompasses most other resolutions I could have typed out here. It’s to leave toxic people in 2019. If there is someone that is bringing negativity into my life, I just need to back away. Maybe they’ll realize what they’re doing, maybe they won’t. To add to that, I want to stop giving so much of my time and effort to people who do not deserve it. I’ve realized that I put in way more effort into relationships than I receive and it’s not fair to me.

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Also, I’m going to try to spend less time on social media. It’s toxic, we all know this.

I struggled a lot this past year, and I really just want to be as happy as possible in the future. Lately my life has been pretty happy and I love that so much. I want to maintain that low-stress streak. Who wouldn’t?

Since there was actually a “start date” for these goals, it almost seems easier to embrace them 100%. It’s time to really take care of myself.

xx – A

LOL Someone Sees Through Me (Oh No!!!)

Y’all I didn’t think I was cool enough to have trolls on my internet things, but I guess I am!! How exciting! I checked my blog today and was delighted to find that someone had left me a quite lengthy comment about their, rather low, opinion of me. Not that I care what they have to say, but I’ve gotten a few comments similar to this one on various social media platforms over the last few weeks and it’s honestly just annoying. So here’s the comment, but fair warning, this individual clearly has some personal issues they need to work out. I See Through You

I just wanna take a minute to defend myself because I’m not one for sitting back and letting people throw punches at me. 🙂

  1. My blog is whatever the hell I want it to be. If someone thinks it’s “self-righteous” then they don’t need to read it. This is my website and my blog that are mine to use how I please.
  2. I pay my fair share of rent at my house. Also, the house itself hasn’t helped with my depression, being significantly closer to my friends has. I see people I love almost every day and that has saved me from the darkest months of my life.
  3. I do create art.
  4. I can take shots of whatever I want. If I wanna take a pic that shows my butt off, I am allowed to do just that.
  5. No one at iHeart is obsessed with me. In fact, I’m not even sure where one would get that assumption. I wear my noise cancelling headphones all day and avoid talking to other people.
  6. THERE IS NO SILICON ANYWHERE IN MY BODY. But thanks for the compliment, I think I have nice boobs also.
  7. I’m pretty without makeup, too. 😉

Why do people think it’s okay to judge people they don’t know? I know this is a blog, but believe it or not, there are a lot of things I don’t actually talk about on here.

My 2019 wish for anyone out there with negativity to spread: don’t judge people you don’t know. Try to give others the benefit of the doubt because more than likely, they have been through more than you could ever know. It’s taken me a very long time to get my mental health to the place it is today. I’m proud of that progress. I don’t appreciate people coming in shooting shots at me for no reason other than to try to make themselves feel better.

Sidenote: I also have Humble stuck in my head thanks to that oh-so-insightful comment.

Happy New Year, fam! Don’t be mean to people.

xx – A