Peace out 2014. It’s been real.

Here, I sit with a bun on my head and an appalling amount of green clay I’ve globbed onto my face. I call it a “mask.” Here, I sit basking in the light of my beautifully decorated Christmas tree, soaking it in while reminiscing on the past year. Tis the very end of year number 20, for moi. And as usual, I like to recap all the things I’ve experienced, both good and bad. The year 2014 started off hopeful, with the knowledge that nothing could be worse than 2013. And that has held true so far. When 2013 turned the corner and I saw 2014 as the light at the end of the tunnel I knew things would be far better than I could have hoped for…and I can’t say that I was wrong. Although 2014 brought its own new challenges, like living off campus, finding a place to park, actually working my butt off to get good grades, and trying to find a place to fit in…. I found that 2014 also brought its own new blessings, like learning how to get creative when I know I’m about to be late for class, and discovering how to position things in my room to block out the light of zooming cars out my window and the beeps, caused from less intelligent people driving on the wrong side of my one way street. The year brought much greater blessings than these, and the ones I’ve ignored are much too good to even try to put into words. You’ll just have to take my word for it. It was a splendid, lovely year. Now that I’m (partially) done bragging I have to review my bucket list and see if I actually did the things I told myself I would. Fingers crossed that I accomplished all (or at least most) of that list.

Voila! I’ve found it.

  1. Find a Hike: FAIL. To be completely honest, I don’t even think I tried.
  2. Accumulate vintage items: SEMI-ACCOMPLISHED. I bought an old Polaroid camera, that worked for only about a total of 4 pictures, the rest was just wasted and incredibly expensive film. I also got an old ring from my Nana, which is gorgeous and much more practical then a crappy camera, no offense. I’m stilling praying it will eventually work again.
  3. Bookstore: ACCOMPLISHED. I found a few, actually. Apparently Words on Wheels was a hit for me.
  4. Favorite book: ACCOMPLISHED. Jesus Calling. I read it everyday and so far no book has been better.
  5. Musication: SEMI-ACOMMPLISHED. I love having random songs sent to me, and I’ve received an assortment of music from an eclectic range of people. The most memorable songs of the year, for me, are: Dollhouse by Melanie Martinez, Bad Intentions by Niykee Heaton, Who Do We Think We Are by John Legend, and more that I’ll have to share in another post. Warning these songs are not really normal.
  6. Write a song: FAIL. I write them in my head… Does that count?
  7. Drive in theater: FAIL: Still waiting for someone to take me on a date to Coyote Drive In….
  8. Attend a concert: ACCOMPLISHED! Thanks to my great friend Lesli who won free Justin Timberlake concert tickets. Love ya, Les. And also Stagecoach, and of course Stagecoach again next year is already booked.
  9. Dress up: ACCOMPLISHED. I stuck to it. Rarely ever dressed poorly (or at least what I considered poorly, don’t ask my roommates if they agree), partially because I stopped working out the past 3 months because I was sick and kept pushing it off and I knew even if I put on work out clothes I wouldn’t make it to the gym. Next year I have to dress business casual EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.
  10. Get a job: ACCOMPLISHED… let me repeat. I have to dress business casual EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. At least I get my own binder and my own business cards. I have to brush up on my persuasion skills because as a new TCU Student Media Account Executive, I have to sell ads like there’s no tomorrow.

And so, I’d like to think I had a very well rounded year. Stayed in the grey area for the most part. I guess I finally realized that not everything is black or white. And while that may be kind of boring, it was exactly what I needed before entering my next year, my 21st. Cheers!

Preview For Next Blog Post: I plan on doing a short year recap with a couple pictures and ending with a list of tips I’ve learned throughout the past year. For readers who are actively paying attention, let me know if there is anything else I should (or shouldn’t…) post. Thanks and Happy Holidays.

Advertisements

On Repeat

If you don’t know me or my not-so-absurd study habits, you’ll probably benefit from knowing that my favorite song is The Intro by The XX. Y’all have heard this song a bazillion times, trust me. It’s that super catchy low-key beat that can be streamed together for 10 hours (seriously though, it’s on YouTube) and there are (fun fact) absolutely no lyrics. Just looking at iTunes on my computer you can see the blatant gap between my top 25 most played songs, coming in first The Intro with 719 plays (as of right now) and coming in a “close” second Clocks by Coldplay with a solid 76 plays. So, you guessed it, instead of listening to YouTube’s ten hour version of The Intro, I’ve dedicated my time solely to listening to my 6 minute version, on repeat, every single time I study, or attempt to study at least.

I claim to be spontaneous, one of my top three traits, but I am pretty damn predictable. I’m a creature of habit. Aren’t we all though? I’ve decided that I need to leave myself opportunities for new experiences, for stepping outside my comfort zone. So this week, I had a couple new rites-of-passages. Some good, some bad. And instead of doing my usual lists on this site, I’ll change it up and purge some words without any other context. So who wants to know what happened recently? Ya? Okay cool. Here goes nothing.

I went on my very first “official” date. I didn’t get let into the student section for my very first time and sadly it was for the K-state game. Us roommates had our very first fight about doing the dishes. I tried a coconut-oil hair mask. I went to Lab, that weird freshman bar. I got accepted to the London study abroad program for Strat Comm. I listened to new music. Found a new song to play on repeat. It’s called Bad Intentions by Niykee Heaton. I went to my very first hockey game. Go Stars! I got a 97.5% on my advertising test. I got my very first C on a comm paper. I saw a couple new movies. My roommates and friends had some exciting new experiences too, but it’s not my place to tell. Although, I want to brag for them. It took me 40 minutes to park at school on a rainy day. TCU has officially beat all of the Big 12 teams in the past three years. We rock!

Alright, I think that’s all my little mind can think off. I’ll let you know if any more cool stuff happens. This is just a reminder to give yourself a break. Give up that monotonous daily/weekly/monthly/yearly routine for just a quick moment. Make it memorable, intentional, and freeing.

Cheers to New Experience and Peace Out,

Tara

With Messy Hair and Eager Eyes

You know that one song that you hear, it comes on every once in a while, and it’s the one that makes you feel invincible. It takes you away from drowning yourself in other thoughts. Let’s replace that song with living exactly how we envision our lives would be when hearing that melody and inspirational lyrics.

1. Free yourself from expectations. Go find a new friend who has nothing in common with you and talk until you’ve become best friends.

2. Go out for a walk by yourself. Not a run. A walk. Take your time. Don’t rush to be back with friends or get back to studying. Seriously, take your time.

3. Don’t brush your hair. Even if you care, pretend you don’t. This one may be a risky one, but maybe avoid public places unless you are going to the beach.

4. Fall asleep to peaceful sounds. Maybe it is the crashing of waves on your favorite beach. Maybe its rain. Just do it.

5. Eat the second bowl of ice cream. (AJ would agree with this one.) Count the calories? Absolutely not. Be happy, not crazy.

The point I am trying to get across is simple. Color outside the lines. Conformity is comfortable, but being yourself should be the easiest thing to do. 

What To Do, What To Do.

I will be returning to Texas in a few days and I have decided that right now is a perfect time to set goals (or just things I would like  to do) for the upcoming semester. So here it is. I gave it a shot. Let me know if you have any other suggestions. I would love to add to my list.

1. Find a decent hike in Fort Worth. Coming from California where there are beautiful mountain hikes and beach walks I am determined to find a hike that is just as rigorous as a mountain climb or just as peaceful as a sandy sunset stroll. Considering that Texas is flatter than flat, I will see what I can find. l will keep you posted.

Image

2. Attain a few vintage items. As I am currently obsessing over the regular vintage items (polaroid camera, record player, typewriter) I am curious what I can find in a little poe-dunk store with some hidden gems. Sorry Urban Outfitters I don’t think I can afford your modernized vintage items, although I do admire them from afar. I quite enjoy some throwback music, mostly the Beatles, but maybe I’ll find a few new favorites. I also would love to master the perfect pinup due or long luscious wavy hairstyle. If you want to see what I am talking about check out my new board on Pinterest.

3. Search for the perfect book store. So far out of all the book stores I have been in I have only one favorite. That would be the underground book store at the ever so lovely University of Chicago. If you happen to find yourself in the beautifully aged university I would recommend trying to find that secret passage before they close it down. Meanwhile, I think it will be an interesting mission to find my own secret place.

4. Find a new favorite book. Going along with the above topic, it is about time I start referring to my favorite book as something other than the Sarah Dessen books I read religiously. I mean I still enjoy a good read, but I am looking for a novel that is just as intoxicating yet a little more sophisticated, if you know what I mean. Any good suggestions?

Image

5. Get a music education. I currently have about 100 songs in my iTunes. Pretty pathetic, huh? I am hoping someone will sacrifice some time to give me a musication. I also have a habit of playing the same 10 songs over and over again. Someone please help me.

6. Write a song. Well, I can barely play the piano and I definitely cannot sing. Although, I do make my friends suffer with my frequent singing off tune, with incorrect lyrics, and always being a half second off with every word. Anyway, I have written a few songs, well poems really, but I am hoping to add some melodies and connect the dots. I have a friend who is willing to help write and musically accompany me. Let’s see if she will let me sing the duet with her.

7. Go to the drive-in theater. A new addition to Fort Worth that I haven’t been able to try. And I fully intend on finding a good movie to tempt me into the drive-in movie, preferably with a date, but I will take what I can get.

Image

8. Attend a concert. I used to hate country music with every bone of my body. I thought it was the most awful thing and I refused to listen to it. But I found myself in Texas, and let me tell you country music is absolutely unavoidable. And I will tell you another thing, if you ever find yourself in Texas for quite some time you will learn to love country music and you may even buy cowboy boots. I did and I do not regret it. So with Billy Bob’s down the street I will make a bigger effort to get my booty there and do some two-stepping, country music concert listening. And with Austin only a few hours away there are a few concerts of plenty different genres that I would love to see.

9. Dress up. I should go at least a couple days a week in regular human clothes. Dress for success will have to be my new motto and motivator for some cute and stylish days. I probably will fall into the trap of oversized sorority shirts and heinous shorts in addition to some brightly colored nikes strapped on to our feet. I will tell you that I bought a pair of low key white and grey cheetah nikes and yes I will absolutely wear them at school. Sue me.

10. Get a job. I realize all these activities require a sufficient amount of money, one my bank account cannot fully support. Unfortunately, work is not my thing. I guess it will be an interesting journey trying to find a job that I will love, or at least tolerate.