Location: Beansmith Coffee Roasters – Omaha, NE

Weather: 77° and sunny, with a slight breeze (a beautiful day in the neighborhood)

News: For your breakfast–and a little more–in bed today I have a few announcements:

The real stuff…

For any actual news, TheSkimm is a great way to easily get a short debrief on what’s going on in the world. So even if you can’t pick up the Times every morning, know what’s going on in the world:

http://www.theskimm.com/?r=027b5810

As for me…

1. October is here, which means so is Halloween, pumpkin patches, and the classic fall fashion layers. I’m obsessed with all things fall. And yes, you guessed it, pumpkin spice latte included.

It’s been such beautiful weather where I am recently, it’s kind of hard to believe it’s already October. There’s no normal Autumn chill that I’m used to. One of these next weekends, my roommate and I are going to go to a pumpkin patch so our room can be a little more decorative… and pumpkin patches are just cute. If we find a corn maze I’ll let you guys know how that goes.

Image result for the uses of enchantment2. I’m taking a communications class as one of my electives that’s all about Princesses and their societal effect. We’ve mostly been talking about the negative effects (low self-esteem, need to be perfect and find a man, etc.) they have in class, but I was taking to my mom on the phone about the class and she told me about a book she read before I was born about princesses.

It’s called The Uses of Enchantment by Bruno Bettelheim. It’s is a book all the positive psychological-forming role fairy tales and princesses have on children. She shipped it to me (yay for Amazon prime) and I’ve been reading it now and then when I have free time… Let me be the one to tell you, if you’re interested in this kind of stuff at all, I would highly recommend this book.

3. The art at the Josyln art museum (which is free to all public, by the way) is beautiful. I go to Creighton University in Omaha, NE and as some of my fellow college students will attest to, you can definitely feel trapped on campus sometimes. Luckily for me, we have a beautiful art museum about a block away. This has become my new favorite study spot. If you guys have a museum by you, maybe consider going there for a while. At least for me, it really helps being surrounded by creativity and beauty to get me through memorizing polyatomic ions for chemistry class.

 

I’ve taken quite the break from blogging… and writing in my journal… and doing anything I used to since I’ve started college. And I’ve been a wreck. Don’t get me wrong, I love college and Creighton is such a good fit for me, but I haven’t felt like myself lately. I have random spouts of anxiety that I can’t control, and I just feel like I’ve been drowning and I can’t do anything about it. It’s hard posting about this publicly, but this blog has always been a safe space for me creatively and emotionally. Today everyone feels like they need to put on a face that says “everything’s perfect” and “nothing could ever be wrong.” But it’s a lie. We’re not all fine, some people get homesick, some people have a hard time making friends, and some people are struggling with their classes. Whatever it is that you’re having a hard time with, I want to make sure you know this site is a safe space for you too. I want to be vulnerable for the people who think it isn’t okay to open up. No one has the perfect life, and most of the personas you see on social media should really be called the perfect lie.

Anyway, back from that little tangent: I’m never the person to feel like this, and I honestly can’t explain it, but I started thinking about what was different about my life, thinking maybe I could diagnose it. I’ve moved away from my family, it’s been a little stormy out, and I’ve stopped writing. I definitely miss my family and the security of home, but I have to tell you, I started writing in my journal a few days ago on a whim, and then started up again on the blog, and I have never felt better. I don’t know what it is about creating something and writing, but it makes me so genuinely happy. I haven’t felt like this since I’ve started college–there’s a sense of calm and peace that I didn’t have before and I really think it’s my writing.

So for those of you missing my blog posts over these few months, I’m back, and I’m sorry I ever left. I guess this is just a girl’s excuse in a blog, but I’m so glad I remembered what a good blog post can do for me. I value this blog and you guys so much, so thank you. And while I’m so content on a Sunday afternoon in a coffeeshop, I thought I should list 19 things I’m thankful for since I turned 19 on Thursday. The weirdest part about being 19 isn’t being 19, it’s thinking that I’ll be a 20-year-old next year… Yikes.

  1. Mama… who also happens to be my best friend
  2. Papa… who would be proud to know I helped someone changed their windshield wipers the other day
  3. Joey… who I can talk to for an hour and 21 minutes and think it’s only been a few minutes
  4. Carly-Boo (otherwise known as Carl)… the dumbest but sweetest Dalmatian in the world
  5. My friends
  6. Cheeseman Park
  7. My education
  8. Sunny days with a little breeze
  9. Grandpa Morty and Grandma Bobby
  10. The Rocky Mountains
  11. John Denver’s voice
  12. Chai tea
  13. Random people who smile at you
  14. Professors who genuinely want to help you succeed
  15. A good book
  16. People who inspire me
  17. Two functioning legs to go on runs with
  18. Sundays
  19. My life

Happy birthday to me! And for those of you who are struggling, try to take yourself back to your roots, and do something you love. It works.

Hello my lovely readers!! This past weekend I went up to Horsetooth Reservoir with a few friends. We didn’t end up going there because of a pretty serious wildfire that seemed to be spreading all over the area. With that little surprise, we ended up at Carter Lake– about a 30 minute drive from where we had gone originally. Once we finally got there, we were more than happy to settle down, hang our hammocks up, and get the canoe going. It was a nice, hot day that made the cold lake river feel incredible, and drying off in the hammocks even better.

It was a great time listening to music and having such a fun time with my friends, and there were a few things that made the day a lot better because I had them handy, so I thought it was a perfect time for summer essentials!! (Scroll all the way to the end for the list of things I brought!).

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I’m sure there are many more, but these are the bare necessities (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ogQ0uge06o) that I honestly carry around with me almost every single day. I had such a good time! I’ve been realizing that times like these are only going to happen if you make them happen! So text a few friends and get a plan going!! Let me know if there are any summer essentials you think I missed! Have a great rest of your summer guys!!

 

If you guys follow my Instagram (@kat.libby) you’d know that I graduated high school this past weekend. It’s been a crazy past few days going from graduation party to graduation party, and trying to balance all that with becoming certified as a lifeguard and swim instructor. It’s been busy, but a good bus because I’ve been loving everything I’m doing– not necessarily sitting in a classroom for life guarding, but I’m excited to start working at the pool! 

Anyway, my favorite part of it all that kicked off the weekend festivities was my actual graduation ceremony! It was so special to finish out high school with all my friends and see how much we’ve all changed since freshman year. I painted my monogram on my graduation cap and wore a white and gold Lilly Pulitzer dress that I actually got in Florida the week before. I want to do a haul on here, but am not really sure how to photograph it all. Would you guys want to see a try on haul? Let me know! For now, enjoy some pictures of me and my friends at graduation!


Hello my beautiful subscribers! (And if you just happened to stumble across this random blog, you’re beautiful too! But seriously, go subscribe, it’s a good time). I am having the time of my life here in Florida! Starting summer vacation a little early is ALWAYS the way to go. We have had the most beautiful weather, and even if it does get hot, I’m surrounded by the three different amazing pools that I can go to (which is where I’ve been spending most of my days anyway.

It’s actually finals week for seniors, but when my mom had a trip to Florida and invited me, finals didn’t seem like a very good reason to stay… It’s okay guys I only have 3 to take and I’m taking them next Monday. I would have rather gotten them over with, but my principle didn’t seem very ready to bend to my schedule… Understandable.

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I started writing this in Florida, but got distracted with relaxing and not doing anything, but I’m home now. Just finished finals today and am officially done with high school! I had a great time in Orlando and have a great pre-summer tan, which is good because I’m life guarding this summer and a base tan was definitely necessary. Anyway, enjoy these pictures and add me on Snapchat to follow me on other adventures like this one (@kat_libby)!

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