Sunday, September 14, 2014

5 Things Summer 2014 Taught Me

Press play. Read. ENJOY. 

When I started writing this post, I was lounging in leggings and a pink ombre hoodie snuggling in literally the softest blanket ever. Sherlock was on, and in the background I could hear thunder roll. I looked outside at the cloudy sky and the rain falling down.

And in that moment I knew summer was over. And it made me sad.
Never stop wondering. Never stop wandering.
So I decided to write a blog post about quite possibly the best summer I've ever had.

Let me start by saying I've never been the biggest fan of summer as a season. I hate being hot and I hate being sweaty, and I'm all but incapable of tanning. Therefore, I generally find it hard to enjoy summer. 

But this summer was different. After having a miserable summer last year in Provo, and after being dumped right after this summer started, all I wanted was to turn things around. All I wanted was to be happy. To have fun. To let my problems melt away. So I vowed to make this summer super dope. 

And I did. 
Panoramic selfies FOR the win.
Santa Cruz pier!
GETTIN MUDDY!!!!!!! ^^^

I went on five roadtrips. I went to San Francisco for the first (and second) time. I ran over 100 miles. I made new friends. I went to the temple (almost) every week. I threw some wicked awesome parties. I moved out of Provo. I stayed up way too late. I saw some of the prettiest sunsets ever. I lived the dream. And most of all, I learned some new things, including: 

5. Utah is beautiful.
I spent four years going to BYU, and during most of that time I took Utah's beauty for granted. 

This summer I was constantly reminded just how beautiful Utah is. How many other states have deserts filled with red sand and rock formations, beautiful forests, rocky mountains and beautiful canyons?
Arches NP :)
I have no idea what the answer to that question is but yeah, Utah is pretty cool.

4. Actually, pretty much the whole world is beautiful. 
I didn't venture off anywhere too exotic this summer. I only made it to California, Wyoming, Colorado, Nevada, and Tecate, Mexico, but those places were enough to remind me that this world is full of big, beautiful things. 

Next time you're feeling sad, go outside. Get some fresh air. And appreciate just how freaking cool the world is.
It feels good to be lost in the right direction. 
We all dream of far away. 

Sunsets and ghost towns

3. Endorphins are the key to healing a broken heart. 

I grew up playing sports, so I'm no stranger to the rush endorphins give you. I've always known how good it feels to set a new personal record and how fulfilling it is to take all of your anger out on the court/field of your choosing.

But this summer I found myself in need of something more than a rush. I needed comfort and I needed to heal (do you like how dramatic I make this sound??). So I took to the streets. I bought a new pair of really pretty orange running shoes, a sweet Under Armour tank top and matching shorts, and I just ran. And ran, and ran, and ran until I felt better. Until I forgot about the pain. Until I realized that I am more than my feelings of inadequacy and doubt.

So go. Get out there and just run. I promise it'll make you feel awesome. 
Beautiful scenery makes running prettttttty worth it.
2. People are nice.
I know with all the awful things going on in the world today it's really easy to believe that the world is full of evil, awful people who are selfish and mean and who just want to watch the world burn. 

But one morning in late August I woke up in a stranger's house in the Hollywood Hills with a golden retriever at my feet and realized that people are, deep down, basically good. People who had no reason to open their homes to my friends and I (aka a bunch of scraggly looking kids wearing snapbacks) showed me that compassion, empathy, and goodwill do still exist. 

I had countless other experiences this summer that were evidence of the same thing. I'll spare you the details of all of them, but the point is people are awesome and you should go get to know some new ones.

Llamas are basically good as well ^^^

1. YOLO. 
But for real. You only live once.

Three of the roadtrips I went on this summer took place in consecutive weeks, which was absolutely insane looking back on it. I had to work 10-hour days throughout the entire month of August to make up for the time I was missing, which sucked at the time, but it was all worth it 'cause YOLO.

You're not always going to be young and free enough to hop on a plane bound for California and a weekend of unpredictable adventures. You won't always have the opportunity to roadtrip it to your hometown and hang out on your best friend's ranch for a few days. Your family won't always be around to have reunions and barbecues. So seize the opportunities you're given while they're there.

Life is way too short to not live it to the fullest. 

Love these boys!
Love these people!
Looooove this truck :) 
So go find it!!!!