Things My Mom Taught Me

1754971-4626770-202-HThis past weekend, I flew to Seattle to spend a weekend with my mom. Since she lives all the way in Florida and I live in Pullman, WA, during the school year I barely get to see my parents. It was a great time to be able to spend time with my mom, do some sight seeing and have a little bit of fun. This trip was supposed to be super fun and relaxing, but the first night I was there, we went to dinner at the Cheesecake Factory by South Center Mall in Tukwila, WA (about 30 minutes south of Seattle, closer to the airport). While we were at dinner, my mom’s friend’s car was broken into and my whole suitcase was stolen. I lost things from clothes to shoes and even all of my make-up and hair products. During this weekend alone, my mom taught me probably 100 things about life, love and the pursuit of happiness as a woman. I am going to share as many of these things with you as I can think of.

1.  Possessions are just things, they can be replaced.

2. It’s okay to cry sometimes.

3. Spend time with the people you love, put your phone away.

4. It’s important to look good. Yoga pants are not always the best option.

5. If a hotel offers free food/drinks during happy hour, take advantage!

6. Happy hour at a sushi restaurant means spending less than $40 for about $100 worth of food.

7. Never settle.

8. Don’t ever eat too much.

9. The best company is people who care about you.

10. Life happens. Try your best and you will succeed with flying colors.

I only was able to spend two full days with my mom, and I am sure she has taught me these 10 things a million times, but as I am growing up and becoming an adult I finally realized that what my mom says matters.

Here’s your take home from this blog post: Listen to your mom and make a book of the things she says. One day when you are in a dark place, the things she has taught you will come in handy.

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Ideal Vacation

My ideal vacation is spending time with my best friends. My friend Chloe and I had the best idea for a fun spring break “stay-cation.”

Our stay-cation involves going to Seattle for spring break. We would stay at her house (so we didn’t have to pay for a hotel), travel into the city daily to have fun, and get back home before the city gets too weird. Some things we would do in the city are shop, sightseeing, walk around the city, eat amazing food, etc. We would also go up to Bellingham for a day or two to visit one of our very best friends, Josey. Hopefully we would be able to go up to Canada and hang out up there since I am the only one of us three who is currently 21 and we all would be able to drink if we visited Canada. While in Canada, I would hope to go to Victoria and do fun things like that. Maybe more shopping and sightseeing.

But for real, my favorite idea for a vacation would be going to Spain and then travelling Europe. I would want to start in Spain during the BullRaces. I have always wanted to see these races, even though I have heard that they are very gory. I would then want to travel toward France when I would be able to spend some time with a very fun guy I met in Disney named Laurent. After going to France, seeing the Eiffel Tower, and doing other touristy things, I would want to go to England to visit my friend Emma-Jo who lives just outside of London. I would then want to train through the rest of Europe, stay in hostels, and learn about European culture from the inside rather than through history and travel books.