I’m Graduating!!

Hello again!

I won’t make any excuses as to why I haven’t blogged since October. But I do apologize and I promise that I have been very busy! I was blogging over on Adventures of Hayley all last semester for my Internet Marketing class. If you want to read about my travel adventures please visit!

I have big news though:

I’M GRADUATING ON APRIL 30TH!!!

I will be graduating with my Bachelor’s in Business Administration. My major is Electronic Business Marketing with minors in General and International Business.

It seems like just yesterday I was moving into my freshman year dorm and signing up for my very first college classes. Now I’m sitting here applying for “big girl” jobs and getting ready to graduate! College goes by so fast. I’m not exactly sad to see it go; I’m just trying to figure out my next move from here.

I’ve shared my class schedule on the blog before and it’s always cool to be able to look back at it in the future. So here are the classes I am taking this semester:

  • Advanced Internet Marketing
  • Consumer Behavior
  • International Marketing
  • Urban Politics in the U.S.

Those are the final four classes that I have to take in order to graduate! I seriously cannot believe that I am about to reach such a huge milestone in my life! I almost want time to slow down a little so that I can enjoy these final couple of months. But at the same time, I am ready to start my adult life and find a job that makes me really happy.

Thanks for reading! Hopefully I will be back again soon with another post!

Is anyone else graduating this semester?

P.S. My laptop is broken so I’m not able to post any pictures 😦

The Final Fall Semester

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Hello, friends!

Thanks for the overwhelming support on my last post! I’m so thrilled to finally have been able to share the amazing news with you guys! The reason it took me so long was that I have been extremely busy since returning home to the U.S.

As I have said before, when I returned to work I was offered a promotion that has turned into a really great work experience. It is challenging yet very rewarding but does take up a lot of my time.

This summer I also took two very time-consuming classes that I am very glad to be done with. Now I am taking five classes this fall and working at the same time. I can’t believe that this is my senior year in college. In just a few short months I will have completed my Bachelor’s degree!

Today I had a meeting with my adviser so I thought that I would stop by and share how my final fall semester is going so far. My current classes are listed below:

• Strategic Business Solutions
• Business Web Architecture
• Legal Environment
• Internet Marketing
• Advertising and Promotion

After this semester I only have four more classes left to take before graduation! College went by way too fast…

For my Internet Marketing class, one of the projects is to build a blog that represents your own personal “brand.” I really didn’t want to start another blog but I had to for this assignment. I am now also blogging at Adventures of Hayley which is my brand new travel blog. I would love it if you could stop by and read, like, comment, or follow it because I have to reach certain milestones for the class. I would also appreciate it if you could take my anonymous survey!

Thanks for reading and for your continued support!

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Hello Again!

It’s been a while since I have added any new content to this blog. There are a few reasons for this but it’s mostly because I have been feeling pretty down since returning to the U.S. It has been a lot harder for me adjust back to life here than it was for me to adjust to life in London. Don’t get me wrong, it is great being back with my family and Brett but I miss my carefree life in London.

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There have been a lot of changes in my life recently that have also affected my desire to blog. I have the best news that I will share with you all on my next blog post! I have also recently accepted a promotion at work which has led to some training and new responsibilities. Going back to work has been hard but it is a good way to keep my mind off of London.

I also feel like a lot of bloggers only show one side of their lives which is the happy, perfect side. During this adjustment period nothing has felt blogworthy because I felt like it wouldn’t live up to people’s expectations. Ultimately, I write this blog as a way of documenting my life and sharing it with others going through similar experiences. I have decided that even if no one reads this blog it still deserves to be shared and explored.

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This summer I worked a ton, took two summer classes, and spent time with my family and friends. It was a great summer that went by way too fast. Fall semester is almost here and I will be graduating with my Bachelor’s degree in May!!

As of today I will be blogging as often as I can. I want to share a lot of the experiences that I had while abroad as well as my day-to-day life. If you have any suggestions about what to write or blogging advice, please let me know! I can use all of the help that I can get!

Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for my exciting, life changing news!

P.S. I am going to my cousin’s wedding this weekend and starting school again on Tuesday so I may not blog right away! Sorry and thanks for sticking with me!

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Explore the Elements

Hello, friends!

This morning I was pleasantly surprised by being nominated by the lovely Louise from Captured to Share for a travel photography competition! Thanks again, Louise!

“Welcome to the Thomas Cook Explore the Elements photo blogging competition. It’s all about capturing and expressing the four elements through travel photography.

We’re looking for bloggers to publish photographs they’ve taken which best represent one of the four elements. All the categories are open to your interpretation, so you can be free to take a picture of anything you feel showcases your chosen element.

Once the competition has finished our panel of leading travel experts will come together to select the best photos. Each judge will preside over one category picking a winner from each before they collectively choose an overall winner.

The four individual category winners will receive a MacBook Air, a Fujifilm X-T1 camera, or an iPhone 6 with Bose noise cancelling headphones, depending on their personal choice. The overall winner will be awarded an amazing £5,000 travel fund. Keep up with the conversation using the official hashtag: #ExploreTheElements”

For all the competition details, click here.

Below are my four entries:

  1. Earth

Represents the hard, solid objects of the earth. Associated with stubbornness, collectiveness, physicality and gravity

Glencoe, Scotland

This photo was taken at Glencoe, Scotland. The day I took this it was raining hard and it seemed like it would be raining forever. I felt humbled to be in such a beautiful, inspiring place. These mountains are thousands of years old, they have survived all of the elements and changes that have taken place in their lifetime. They are stubborn and solid. You can always count on the mountains being there, they are stable in a world that is constantly changing.

  1. Water

Represents the fluid, flowing, formless things in the world. Associated with emotion, defensiveness, adaptability, flexibility, suppleness, and magnetism

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Taken during a walk through the Hermitage in Scotland, also known as Birnam Wood in Shakespeare’s Macbeth. This river winds through the woods and provides the peaceful sound of rushing water as you get lost in the nature. The fluid movement of the river contrasts against the dark woods around it.

  1. Fire

Represents the energetic, forceful, moving things in the world. Associated with security, motivation, desire, intention, and an outgoing spirit

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This picture was taken in Innsbruck, Austria near the site of the Olympic ski jump. In 2011, I traveled to Europe for the very first time and fell in love with traveling. For the first time in my life I felt like I was part of something bigger than me. This picture represents the fire that was created inside of me, motivating me to keep moving forward, to keep experiencing new things. I learned to be secure with myself and to accept the things that I can’t change.

  1. Air

Represents things that grow, expand, and enjoy freedom of movement. Associated with will, elusiveness, evasiveness, benevolence, compassion, and wisdom.

Airedit

I took this during my first hot air balloon ride in my hometown, Kalamazoo, Michigan. We glided over the treetops, over the city, just letting the wind take us away. I felt safe and free, like no one could touch me. It was one of the most beautiful and perfect moments of my life. I wasn’t thinking about school or work, I wasn’t worrying about the time passing. I was just enjoying the moment, living my life exactly the way I wanted to. I learned so much about myself during my short hot air balloon journey and was a much stronger person when we landed.

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Thanks for reading!

I nominate:

kelzbelzphotography 

retireediary 

Travelling the Word Solo 

Flux + Flow 

Travel Defined

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2015 Goals

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I’m setting myself a few simple goals for 2015 to challenge myself.

  1. Read one book a month
  2. Travel, Travel, Travel
  3. Become comfortable in a new place
  4. Drink more water and less pop
  5. Focus on eating heathier
  6. Make some real and lasting friendships
  7. Spend more time at school and less at work
  8. Learn to give myself a break
  9. Spend more time with my family and friends
  10. Learn to relax and have fun!
  11. Share my life through blogging and become more involved with the blogging community.

I’m trying not to set myself up for failure by setting hard goals for myself. Instead, I want to spend 2015 traveling, loving, and laughing. I want to make new friends, cherish the friendships I have, and learn to put myself first. 2014 was great and I know that 2015 will be even better!

Thanks for reading! I can’t wait to share 2015 with all of you!

Here’s to 2015!

It’s a new year and the only thing that I can think about is leaving for London. I am filled with anxiety about my upcoming journey abroad. Starting a new year can mean many things to many different people. But for me, it means a new life full of new opportunities.

Best friends in London!

               Best friends in London!

Studying abroad has been my dream since I traveled to Europe in 2011. I was talking to my friend the other day and she said that she can remember me saying that I would be going back to London in the future. And here I am, four years later following my dream.

Of course, I am very anxious. I’m a nervous wreck about everything that could go wrong. I think I’m most nervous about leaving my family and Brett behind. I know that I will be coming back but it’s still hard to move away from them.

2015 brings the promise of new memories, journeys, and dreams. I’m looking forward to living the next year to the fullest. I’m happy to have the chance to start over someplace new but I am even happier that I have someplace to come home to when it’s over. I am lucky to have the chance to follow my dreams and to have the support of my family and friends.

Here’s to 2015! Good luck to all of you as you follow your own dreams and go your own way!

2014 in review!

I am so proud of how far I have come throughout 2014 with the help of this blog. I want to thank everyone for their support and encouragement. I am leaving for London on January 24th and I can’t wait to share my journey with all of you! Thanks again! 

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 820 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 14 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.