I can’t give you any direction in this post. I can’t tell you how to spend the best 48 hours in NYC, though surely I have ideas. As much as I want to tell you about the wonders of the world in every single post, the journey isn’t always picturesque or dreamy. Sometimes the journey is exhilerating and wild and free. Sometimes the journey is hazy, a blur of weeks, a daze. It’s uncertainty.
You know those moments where you swear to yourself that you’re never going to do that thing? You know, that thing you would never do. Yeah, I know those moments, too. And more often than not, I end up doing them. Here are 4 things I said I’d never do and when I ended up doing them.
I’ve tried to write this post a thousand times. I write something and then I backspace. I write something else and I backspace again. It’s not that I don’t know what I want to say. It’s that I don’t know how to say it in a way that will make you understand. When something so big happens, it’s hard to write about it. It’s hard to share it with you. A lot of you reading this will be friends. Friends of friends. But some of you are strangers. And sometimes I feel like even my friends are strangers after this. You haven’t changed but I have so drastically that I feel like a different person than I was just a few months ago. I look in the mirror and I wonder how I can look the same but feel so different. I still haven’t figured that part out.
Did you guys know that I have moved every year at least once for the last six years? Ever since heading off to college, I’ve moved a ton. Most of my college moves were little. I packed everything in trash bags since I didn’t own furniture and would pack it into my car at the time (I miss my orange VW Bug). But, this time was different. I actually own furniture. I had my own apartment for the last year which forced me to buy real, adult furniture. So this move was a little different. I even rented a Budget truck to move everything. Finally, after six weeks, I feel like I have my room together and I thought I would do a quick Jacqui Travels room tour.
If you told me when I was fourteen that someday makeup would be a hobby of mine, I would have called you crazy. First off, I was an independent, strong 14 year old who didn’t need to wear makeup because I was focusing on school and work and sports (let’s laugh a bit about fourteen year old Jacqui). Second of all, makeup isn’t a hobby, I would say. But guess what? I can still focus on “important” things and *love* makeup. I love trying new products, switching up my eye shadow and browsing the isles of Sephora for something new. It’s fun and it makes me happy. But because of this, I do have a lot of makeup. A lot of makeup that is precious to me and I don’t necessarily want to travel with. What if it gets lost? I leave it somewhere? It gets crushed some how? Traveling with my home makeup bag just made me nervous, so I had to come up with a plan.
There are very few things in life that I think can’t be cured by tea, the ocean, a trip to Ulta or a boozy brunch on a Saturday or Sunday morning. Who doesn’t love gathering a group of friends for mimosas and biscuits on a Saturday morning? We are heading into perfect brunch weather as we transition from summer to autumn. The heat from the summer is fading, giving way to brisk mornings and perfect afternoons. Call up some friends and make plans for brunch on Saturday at one of the best boozy brunches in Greenville, SC.
We have entered the final days of summer! I honestly thought this summer would never end. But on Wednesday you will wake up in summer and Thursday you will wake up in Fall. I know that the seasons changing doesn’t *magically* make everything in your life better, but there is something very therapeutic in a season like Autumn. It’s a season of change, a season of subtle transition and a season of letting go. I’m ready to let go. Goodbyes are hard and this week we are all saying goodbye to the summer season. As you soak up the final summer rays of 2016, I put together five things to remember this week (a little Monday motivation) and in the months going forward.
My first year our of college I felt like a fish out of water. I was in a new town (a small town at that), I was new at my job and I didn’t know but one person in the area (my roommate at the time). Everyone I worked with was older and more established (aka not searching for coins to buy tacos in their couch cushions) and I was having a really hard time making friends. Seriously, I found myself searching the internet for ways to make friends after college. When you leave school suddenly you aren’t forced to be social with people your age. After a year of not making much of an effort, I decided to make some changes. Here are my top five ways to make friends after college.
When I returned from studying abroad in Italy, I looked around my room and felt like something was different. Everything looked the same as when I left, yet something just felt off. After a few days I realized that what had changed wasn’t my room but rather myself. I just had these wonderful four months in Europe, exploring this beautiful continent but you couldn’t tell that by looking at my room. My room is an extension of myself and I wanted to you know how much I loved the world just by looking at it. This began my quest to find the perfect maps for decorating my spaces and pay tribute to my time abroad. I have moved every year since studying abroad but my maps always followed suit. Here are my top five favorite inexpensive maps that I have up to showcase my love of travel.
I don’t know what it is about the end of summer, but it has my motivation seriously lacking. In South Carolina it feels like summer drags on forever. I think part of my missing motivation is going into daydreaming about apple cider, booties and leaves changing colors. This summer has been a hard one so I’m not sad to see it go. I am ready to get some of my motivation back, though. Whenever I get into a funk like this, I make sure to read my list of “Non-Negotiables” I have hanging first thing when arrive at work in the morning. My Non-Negotiables are ten things I don’t compromise on and try to carry with me throughout the day.