Strong, by London Grammar


This is my song of the week, courtesy of a rocky start and some really sappy romance novels.

“Strongest Female Characters in Literature”


Anyone who knows anything about me knows that I am a bookworm–TO THE MAX. As a result, many of the role models I began to mold to came from the books that I devoured. The strong females, the BAMFs, always stuck out to me, and I would dream of days where I could pull a wand out and get myself out of a sticky situation like Hermoine Granger, or conquer my fears and solve mysteries like Nancy Drew.

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Timing is Everything


Timing is everything. And, unfortunately, it’s unpredictable. So all you can do is roll with the punches.

There are certain things in life that happen as they are going to happen, and while they may not make the most ideal situation, there’s sometimes absolutely nothing you can do about it.

You played a role in putting yourself in the sticky situation, and you’re not the only one who has to make sacrifices to work the kinks out. But it’s no use beating yourself up about it. All that is left for you to do is to make all of it, the stress and anxiety and sacrifice, count: Embrace the days to arise from the situation and make the very best out of all of it. 


March 3, 2014:

Sometimes, I still can’t believe where I am. And then I hop on the train and I glance up to see the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House whiz by, and all of a sudden it hits me. I’m actually a world away from home…and I’m loving it.

On Being Alone


So I went to the aquarium last Friday, which was something I was truly excited for—being a biology major and a huge child and all that. But I felt like I was slowing my company down the entire time, so I sped my pace up so that I wouldn’t bore my friend to death. But when I got home, I realized I forgot to do some of the things that I absolutely love doing in aquariums…because I didn’t want to inconvenience the people I was with. 

And then this weekend, it hit me: I’m a grown ass woman, and I don’t need company for everything. Sure, back in DC, I did heaps of stuff on my own. But there was something about touristy things that just made me reach out for company, like it was a taboo for me to browse through one of Sydney’s coolest attraction alone.

While company is great, it’s awesome to have some time alone every once in a while, especially when exploring unknown territory, whether it’s a new city or a hidden part of yourself. When you’re alone, you get to do things the way you want to do them, which is an opportunity you should take advantage of while traveling.

If you choose to travel or explore with friends, it’s important to have the ‘right’ people around you, especially if you’re looking to learn something new. People who take the time to appreciate new things and simply learn about whatever it is the attraction or restaurant or landscape has to offer—whether it’s their cup of tea or not—are the best sort of company, I’m finding.

Today, I ventured into the area by Hyde Park and up to the Quay without even asking my friends what they were doing today. And I found pleasure in simply being able to exert my own independence. Eventually, a friend joined me of his own volition, and I found that he was pretty awesome company when it came to meandering through the Botanical Garden along the harbor.

Lesson of the day? Don’t be afraid to take adventures of your own. You never know what you might find.