Helloooo!! It's been a while since I've posted on here since I unintentionally took the summer off (which was honestly so great). At first, I stressed about how I didn't write a blog at the end of every week that passed for a month, and then I didn't mind how many more days came and went. While this break was much needed, I am back to regular posting! WOO! In today's blog, I wanted to share what I've been up to and post some unedited photos from my summer. Just a warning that this post might be a little all over the place!
Palm Springs Part I:
This year, my family and I decided to save the money we would have used for a big trip to buy a house instead. We did, however, go on a few small trips of which Palm Springs was the first. We live about an hour and a half away which meant we drove, so you know I took advantage and packed wayyy too many clothes ha! Buuuut we mostly hung out by the pool which led to my peeling, red face (see below). The time in between each of my three trips was short, which meant my skin barely got a break (oops).
I didn't expect how lazy I would get on this vacation, but I did manage to get out and shoot ONE outfit. The rest of the photos from this trip were all taken at the house. In June, as my first semester of student teaching was coming to an end, my blog and instagram were not my priority. They couldn't be. I had a plan for summer to shoot at least once a week, blog once a week, and post daily. This idea sounded great in my head, but executing it was the problem. There were many times during these past few months where I went a week without posting because I just wanted to relax and be in the moment with my family. Finding moments to escape and shoot only stressed me out, or I would rush photos to get back to what I was doing and then hate how they turned out. I lost a lot of followers and my engagement decreased drastically which was discouraging at first, but then I started to think that something you love shouldn't stress you out so much, right? So, I remembered why I started blogging in the first place...
Our second trip brought us to San Diego to celebrate my cousin's 15th birthday. We booked an Airbnb with a slide that I went down too many times to count, and I got to spend time with extended family I don't see too often. Going back to what I was saying before, I started blogging (via Instagram) to share my outfits. That's it. I was fresh out of high school and learning all about my own style since I previously had to wear a uniform for seven years. I pretty much bought an entirely new wardrobe. I started my Instagram to share my college looks and watch my style grow. It was never about making money or getting collabs or becoming a famous influencer, but I always thought if it happened, it happened. Once I remembered this, posting came back naturally and shooting became fun again while the numbers mattered less and less.
Whenever I travel, I always try to visit at least one museum and yes, I'm the type to stop and read about whatever I'm looking at whether it be the history behind a clay pot or a caption below a painting. I think it's the best way to learn about culture and history which brought me to Balboa park twice. There's so much to do and see here and it was definitely worth the trip! There's also a lot of great locations for shooting of course (:
On the first day of our trip, my three sisters and I went to the Museum of Man. It was kind of by accident since we had just arrived in San Diego one hour before all the museums closed (at the early, shared time of 5 pm). We were trying to find the Museum of Art, but kept getting turned around with all the construction in the area. Finally, my sister Zy suggested we just go to the museum that was right in front of us and so we ended up there. There was one exhibit with walls of secrets from people all over the world. You could easily spend a lot of time here, but we had to rush a bit. Still, this was my favorite part. They were all anonymous, and some were a little dark; the one about a woman cheating on her husband with her boss comes to mind, but there were some funny ones too! I'm remembering the confession from a woman worrying her baby might be ugly which stood out to me the most because I am guilty of that same thought...
Before going back home, we returned to Balboa with my mom this time and actually found the Museum of Art. With more time, we were able to see every room and you best believe I read a lot haha! We also walked through the botanical building nearby which convinced me that I'm going to need a mini version in my future backyard since I looooove the look of a lot of plants in a single space.
Palm Springs Part II + Final Thoughts
I won't talk too much about my second Palm Springs trip since it was truly the most uneventful of them all (and, therefore, the most relaxing). We spent one day in the pool and the other binge watching Parks and Rec! I highly suggest taking a "lazy" vacation. It was really nice to not have any plans or try to come up with something to do that everyone would enjoy, but most importantly, I loved forgetting about work.
Well, that's about it! I have less than a week until my first day of the second semester of student teaching and less than three until I go back to school myself. I am a little nervous about starting over with a new group of 8th graders especially since I'm pretty much taking over teaching this time around with another teacher in the room. I'll be back to my busy self writing lesson plans, going to school, and working full time, but I'm still going to make time for this blog. After all, you have to make time for something that makes you happy, or you might go crazy. I'll give you an update once I get to know my class a bit better, but in the meantime, I'll be back to regular style posts! So, goodbye for now and thank you for reading this especially long blog. Here's a few more random pics from this summer and I hope you enjoy the rest of yours xx