Photoset: Trees

I’m not sure what exactly draws me to look up at a tree and take a picture of it. Something about it’s silhouette or the way the sun sets on each individual leaf. Maybe it’s how the branches take a fierce form or how they pierce the blank blue sky. I’ve taken a lot of photos out of admiration for nature & I hope you enjoy them:

None of these photos were edited or retouched and they were all taken with my iPhone 6.

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Tallahassee Farmers’ Market

As I settle into college, I am working on creating a new routine. Something that will help make Tallahassee feel a little more like home..

A few Saturdays ago, a couple of friends & I decided to take the bus to go to the mall. Along the way, we saw that there was a Farmers’ Market happening only a few stops away from campus. The following Saturday we attempted to go but we got there a bit late with not much going on. This past Saturday, however, we woke up early and made our way to the Tallahassee Farmers’ Market on Park Ave. It was filled with a variety of foods, arts and crafts, and music.

Rosy, Esmeralda, and I had a fun time and enjoyed the atmosphere. We hope to make visiting the Farmers’ Market every Saturday some sort of tradition. Here are some pictures of the market!


Rosy, a dear friend of mine, has an awesome blog filled with interesting pictures and recommendations from all the different places she’s traveled. Check it out & give it a follow if you like it! She has amazing photography & interesting tips: RosyEnRoute.wordpress.com

Body Awareness

“Without a bit of mindfulness every day, it’s easy to forget ourselves below the neck, to go through life like floating heads…”

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How aware of your body are you as you read this? When we are not preoccupied with the external world, the world of the senses, we tend to live in our head, among our thoughts. Unless we exercise, make love, shower, or experience physical pain, we can go about our business every day without being much aware of our body.

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The Start of College

First week of college and we got hit by hurricane Hermine. Now, a month into college, things are settling down, and so far it’s going well!

There are so many things happening on campus all the time. There was an involvement fair last week where I signed up for a bunch of different clubs–Advertising Club, Portuguese Club, Photography Club, Design Club, Crossfit & a bunch of other ones that show up in my inbox from time to time. I try to go to the gym everyday and I find myself at the library often.

I’m still working on time management. Some days I feel like I have a lot of time to get everything done while other days I stay up until 3AM just to catch up.

My dorm is slowly starting to feel like my home away from home. My roommate, Esmeralda, & I get along pretty well & are into the same things. Here we were going to our first game– FSU vs. Charleston. FSU won!

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Me and Esmeralda before our first game: FSU vs. Charleston!

Here are some pictures of my dorm:

I took some pics of campus so hopefully I’ll be able to upload those to my blog soon! Here’s to the start of college..

#ThrowBack: Hillary Clinton Rally

In honor of Hillary Clinton becoming the first woman presidential nominee, here is a throwback post to when Elizabeth, Stephanie, & I went to the Hillary Clinton rally at FIU.

It was a hot day, lines were long, & we had to wait a while before seeing HRC & her new V.P. pick, Tim Kaine, but it was worth it.

This was my first rally & it was a pretty cool experience to see everyone unite in support for Hillary. They gave us stickers, posters, and American flags to wave and show off once Hillary and Tim took the stage.

Here are some pictures of me & my friends at the rally!

CrossFit

A little over 2 months ago, I joined CrossFit! It was random but I signed up for the intro classes with Stephanie and started going. Since then, it’s been awesome.

The classes are pretty intense and I always leave with my face red as a tomato and dripping in sweat. I take that as a sign of victory though. I can only lift about 10-15 pounds (not including the 15 pound bar so I guess that’s 25-30lbs). I am trying to perfect my push presses & push jerks but I’m happy to say that my power cleans, power snatches, and deadlifts are decent/good. I like Russian & American kettle-bell swings but boy do they hurt after a while… I really dislike back squats & burpees but I’m sure they don’t like me either.

I’ve always battled with my exercise and diet. I watch what I eat and it’s usually pretty healthy but I do have a big sweet tooth. My goal for the summer is to go to CrossFit every day (Mon-Fri) but I’ve gone at least 2 times a week. It’s fun & I can get my mind off of things. I can push myself to different levels and try new things as well as meet people. The coaches are awesome & really care for you. I genuinely enjoy it! Here are some pictures of me post-workout. I look really red & really sweaty:

 

 

Here’s what happened May & June:

It’s been a while since I’ve posted something… But I have good reasons (with photographic evidence) as to why!

May

Capstone: My school is an academy based school and within my academy and strand (Journalism) we have capstone. It’s a project where we have to create a product or service that debuts all the skills we’ve learned in journalism. I partnered up with Stephanie to create a wonderful company called FloresCo. We combined our interest in graphic design, social media, and (of course) journalism to create a company that helps non-profit organizations and small businesses with their marketing needs. In creating FloresCo we were actually able to apply it to a real business… CrossFit Miami Lakes! Long story short: we exchanged our social media services for a membership with them. It was pretty cool!

Yearbook: The yearbooks arrived shortly before prom & they looked GREAT! Vivian & I were really happy with the feedback we received (especially cause we sold out! Hair flip.)

PROM! Prom was  a w e s o m e !  I had the perfect date & we both looked flawless. We danced all night long and there was good food too. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves 😉

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June

Graduation dinner: Elizabeth hosted a little potluck graduation dinner & it was so nice. We actually did a gift exchange & I ended up getting Elizabeth. I got her a few stylish school supplies. Ana gifted me this eyeshadow palette from Tarte. It’s gorgeous and my holy-grail.


Graduation: Graduation was a bit of a blur. I was very very very late & I felt like a hot mess. At least I graduated! The best part was that I got to spend it with my cousin, Michelle, and my parents. After the ceremony, we went to Cheesecake Factory. It was our first time going and the food was gooooood. We also had a cute graduation after-party.


Orientation: The day after graduation, I headed to Tallahassee with my mom for my college orientation! I got to sleep in a dorm and had a roommate. I also made some new friends. It got me really excited for what’s to come in the fall!

SUMMER: Since my cousin was in town visiting from California, we made a list of all the places we wanted to go. From PAMM to the beach to the mall and to even seeing a psychic, we did it all and it was fun. Once she left, I had to enjoy summer how any teenager would enjoy it: In bed all day watching Netflix. No shame there. I have done a few other things and I am definitely planning on doing a lot more but I’ll save it for future blog posts.

Thanks for checking out my blog post. It’s really nice to get all my memories out in writing and share them. It’s been a busy summer & I can’t wait to share it :}