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As the school year winds down, I’m already getting excited to decorate my suite for next year. I love to study and relax in my dorm room. It is most definitely my home away from home. I think that’s why I am so inspired to make it look distinctively like me. Here is my dorm this year. I was able to reuse a lot of what I bought for last year yet the look is completely different. My roommate and I made slip covers for the pillows. (Mostly my roommate, she is definitely the brains behind that DIY.) We love to use them to lean back on or to sit on when we’re studying. I love the mix of colors we have. The room “goes” without being too matchy. While we’re at it, we must have a moment of silence for Petunia, our plant. We thought that she was invincible. Alas, we still managed to kill her over Christmas break. Anyways, here’s to homes away from home and to enjoying whatever home we happen to be in at the moment.

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Remember

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This memory jar was inspired by a post on Pinterest. It is part of my attempt to enjoy and remember every moment. The jar says “Memories” in glitter paint. It also says “Psalm 103.” That part is a reminder of Psalm 103:2, “Praise the Lord, my soul and forget not all his benefits.” This memory jar is very me. I’d love to see how you make a memory jar of your own. Remember the moment!

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Cold!

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It’s cold in Nashville! This “spring” is colder than most of Nashville’s winter. In light of the weather, I’d like to introduce you to my latest cold weather accessory. I found this ear muff at a store in Ohio for $5! Simply adding this to another outfit makes me feel instantly classier. People have described it as a Russian czaress. What are your favorite cold weather accessories?

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iStudy

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I decided to treat myself to a present this year, an iPad. I live in the boonies of Vanderbilt and carrying my laptop around got quite annoying. I have also always hated wasting so much paper in notebooks. My iPad is now my primary notebook, a sometimes textbook, and a fun creative tool. To give you a feel of what my notes look like, I wrote out a list of my favorite uses for my iPad and their corresponding applications. Feel free to comment with your favorite apps. Enjoy!

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Here

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No, I’m not  currently at the Parthenon. But yes, I am in Nashville. Sometimes I have to remind myself that I am here, at college and at Vanderbilt, for a reason. It’s not always a walk in the park. (Very punny, I know.) Still, there are adventures to be had and people to be loved. Wherever your “here” is, enjoy being there. You are needed more than you know.

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Ask

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As I look at my life this semester, a major theme has been the idea of asking. I’ve learned that I like to ask blunt questions (something my parents realized by a long time ago.) On ASB, I heard people’s life stories. I asked direct questions. I learned a ton. That attitude of asking, and learning, has not left me since spring break. I came back from break and I listened to this TED talk about a musician who doesn’t charge for her music, she asks people to pay what they like.  She asks her fans for places to stay. She loves her life. And then I listened to this portion of a This American Life podcast. Starlee Kine proposes that we replace small talk with “the Rundown”, conversations where you ask the questions that you actually want to know. I plan on continuing in my path of asking questions. I encourage you to start asking.

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P.S. This was the first Instagram photo I ever took! I was on a hike with my parents at Radnor.

Spring Style

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In honor of the first day of spring, I wanted to share one of my favorite spring to summer looks. These are all items I either have in my closet, have something similar to, or just want! I love this look because you can throw on a blazer for cooler spring days. Once summer hits, you can swap the booties for cute sandals. The red lips keep the outfit from becoming too plain. It works for almost every occasion. Happy spring!

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