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:: one ::           I made it to DC! I cannot believe it’s been a month already. My internship has certainly kept me busy but I’ll be posting more about it later next week so be sure to come back for a full recap. Also, please be kind enough as to overlook my messy hair and shiny face. DC is so humid! I always feel short of breath (that might also be because my exercise routine is binge watching Gilmore Girls while eating ice cream) 😛

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:: two ::          I’ve been doing some research on places to eat (aka Pinterest) while in DC, and naturally I had to start with… drum roll please… donuts! Astro Doughnuts have this amazing cream-brulee doughnut that is just perfection. It’s too sweet, to be completely honest, but at the same time highly addictive. I also tried the PB&J (not working on my bikini body obviously) but the cream-brulee is without a doubt the winner.

 

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:: three ::            Yes, homemade pancakes. Because what’s better than sleeping in on a Saturday and having pancakes for breakfast? Clearly, the answer is nothing 🙂

 

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:: four ::             The view from the rooftop of my building. The weather has been unpredictable in DC, but it’s mostly sunny. Isn’t this view gorgeous? Any guesses as to where I’ll be reading my books in the next couple of months?

 

Have a happy and safe weekend!

Diana

Things I’ve learned as a 21 year old

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This week was my sister’s birthday and it got me thinking. We all know the catchy phrase people say to you on your birthday, ‘you’re older and wiser.‘ Every birthday since I turned fifteen, I’ve wondered if that applies to me. So, I’ve been inspired to create this little space in the internet dedicated to track the things I’ve learned from the experiences, trials, and joys I’ve gone through as a 21 year old.

On my birthday I want to come back to this post and be reminded of all the things I discovered about myself, others, and life, the lessons I learned, the mistakes I made, and the happiness I found along the way.

Without further adieu, here are the things I’ve learned so far as a 21 year old:

  1. There’s is joy in serving others.
  2. Nothing, I repeat, nothing will ever beat kindness. No matter your economic position, your social status, your background, or anything else… always be kind!
  3. Letting go is a painful process. However, holding onto things that hurt you, cause you pain, or constantly let you down is a far more painful process to go through.
  4. Very often, in life we have to let go of good things so we can get better ones.
  5. Things are never as bad or as good as they appear to be. That being said, nothing lasts forever. Neither the good times, nor the bad ones.
  6. You’re not irrelevant and you’re not ordinary. You’re seen and you’re special.
  7. Never pass an opportunity to learn something new. Even if is something you think you’ll never ever need.
  8. You’ll get the results that you work for. ( I had to learn this the hard way. Please don’t ask why 😛 )

 

 

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With the semester being over I’ve had more time to focus on things that I know I should do, but never really have the time to do. One of those things is keeping a diary. Keeping a diary has always been a struggle because of the time and effort it requires. I realized that for some reason, writing down things on paper is part of the problem.

Don’t get me wrong, I love writing things down. I’m a huge supporter of paper planners instead of e-calendars and apps. But for this specific activity, I’ve come to realize that keeping an electronic diary is better for me. I’m actually surprised at how well my little experiment is going. I’ve been enjoying the simple activity of writing down the things that happened in my day, how I am feeling, and the things I’m learning.

On another note, spring is here! Well, this week the weather has been very cloudy, chilly, and gloomy. However, there have been a few good sunny days. Spring is probably my favorite season because all you need is light layers. I really cannot wait until the weather gets warmer and sunnier. It’s going to be the best summer yet!

xxo,
Diana

April’s summary

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Here’s what I’ve been up to this month…

I’m currently watching Parks and Rec. I used to say I’d never watch it. Season 1 never caught my eye, so after a lot of going back and forth, I followed my friends’ advice and I skipped season 1 and jumped to season 2. I’m so glad I listened to them because I’m so in love with Ben Wyatt. I mean, seriously, where do I find a boyfriend like him? Anyone has any idea? (I’m serious you guys!)

Music wise… Adele. I just discovered Adele’s “Water under the bridge” and wow. just wow. So deep and so emotional. I don’t know why I hadn’t listened to it (did I tell you school was crazy this semester? okay, so no judging) but now that I did it’s been on replay for like a week now 🙂

Also, I know this is really random, but I’ve been eating my weight in Mexican food. My parents are visiting and they brought A LOT of food. Ugh, it takes like four months to barely loose any weight and just one week with your mom in town to gain twice as much. SO unfair! It’s not like I’m going to stop eating anytime soon or anything, I just wanted to vent about it 🙂 Now that I have, let’s move on.

Shopping… have you seen Ann Taylor’s latest collection? It’s got me hooked. Like I’ll drool over how amazingly elegant the pieces are kind-of-hooked. So colorful and classy! But I’m still a poor college student. Can I just wake up one day with my BS degree? Pleasseee..

Hope you’re having a good one!
Diana

Long time no see

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Okay, so this picture was taken a looong time ago. Like January-ago. School definitely kept me busy this past semester. However, I’m happy to report that finals are over and this semester is as well. I don’t think I’ve ever looked forward to a summer this badly. I was so ready to to take a break, but anxious Diana kicked in last week and made the thought of having  a completely free summer a dreadful idea. So, this girl is taking a summer class. I know for sure, in less than a month I’ll be regretting my decision but for now this is the plan.

April has been a weird month. There’s been a lot of things going on. Good things and bad things. I’ve felt rejection in a whole new level (adulthood stinks!), I’ve been disappointed, and I’ve felt incapable. Fortunately, this last week has been a nice change. I’m trying to keep a good attitude about the things I cannot change. I guess that’s how you make it, by keeping you head up and your heart strong.

 

xx,
Diana

 

There’s a bee in my flowers

As you might know, and for those of you who don’t, one of the things I want to do this year is to have flowers in my apartment every month for at least one year. I have a weakness for flowers, all of them. My favorite kind are gardenias but I’ll take any flowers anytime 🙂 . I’ve decided to have a post exclusively for this goal and to update it as the year goes by. I think it will hold me accountable for my goal. Hopefully, right?

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…change.

Change; how to even begin? Change is scary, hard, and challenging. A few weeks ago I found myself caught in the painful situation we call change. In fact, 2016 started for me with a bunch of things changing quickly and unexpectedly, more things than I’d have wanted to.

I consider myself the kind of person who feels comfortable with routines and traditions. Anyone who knows me, knows that I’m not the adventurous and spontaneous kind of girl. Instead, I’m the kind of girl that loves to plan and calculate things. I love the comfort that comes from knowing what to expect, because knowing what’s going to happen makes me feel more in control. More powerful. More prepared. Life, however, can be very ironic. One day you are in one place and then the next day you find yourself in the most random and unexpected place. Isn’t it how it works?

I believe the reason I struggle with embracing new things is that I get attached very quickly and quite deeply to things/people. I’m not a trusting person in general (or even at all) so when I find something or someone who I can confide in and rely on, I hold onto it. However, most often than not, people change and move on, things come and go and in reality very few things stay the same. Change can cause anxiety and physical pain, trust me, I’ve been there. Times when you cannot fall asleep because you cannot comprehend why this had to happen. Or waking up with an accelerated heartbeat because you’re too worried things won’t work out. It’s a real struggle.

A few weeks ago, when I was wallowing in self-pity, someone said something to me that left a mark in my brain. “You have to let it go.” A short, yet powerful, phrase. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done. Surprisingly, it also works like a charm. Let it go. When you’re about to fall in this i-hate-everything hole try redirecting your thoughts to why this new opportunity is good for you. Focus on the promising stuff and forget about the rest. Allow yourself to miss the comfortable routines, the close friends who walked away, the gone opportunities, but move on quickly- it’s very easy to get stuck there. Don’t deny yourself the opportunity to welcome new things that could change your life.

Time helps too. There are two things you need to know about time. First, time washes away the sadness and pain. So take the time to enjoy the new things you have. Take time to learn to love the changes you’re experiencing. Second, eventually you’ll get used to anything (even if you thought you never would).

See? that’s the thing about change, it’s truly beautiful. The best things that I’ve ever had, or will ever have, have come from swift, unexpected, and painful changes. You can think of change as a burden (it will become just that if you let it bitter your life), or you can think of it as a clean slate. A new beginning. A new opportunity to get it right. A start of something wonderful.

I’ll choose the latter, because really, life’s too short to long for things already gone and for opportunities missed. Life was never meant to be lived in the past, but rather to be looked forward with hope and optimism.

xxo,
Diana

 

Plaid flannel Christmas

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When I think about Christmas my mind immediately thinks about plaid patterns. Am I the only one? I don’t think so because there’s nothing more Christmas-y than a warm, soft, and cozy plaid flannel shirt. I realize, of course, that Christmas already happened, but hey, to me the entire month of December is Christmas 🙂 .

Tomorrow we’ll be beginning a new year. After Christmas I have been thinking a lot about all the unexpected things that happened to me this year. I’m the kind of person who likes to plan everything; I religiously abide to my planner and calendar. This year was nothing like my plans, and I’m so grateful for it. I do think that 2015 was the best year yet.

While I’m very grateful for this amazing year, I’m even more excited to start 2016. A clean slate. Most of the time I take for granted the clean slate that I get everyday when I wake up (thus, one of my goal this year is to start everyday without the disappointments of the previous day). Somehow, a new year feels like an official clean slate, do you know what I mean? 🙂 As the control freak that I am, I’ve already written my goals for this year (you can read them here). I think that making them public will make me a little bit more accountable for them. Hopefully, right?

Happy New Year!!
Diana