Today I woke up feeling so beyond grateful and happy. I can’t even put into words how much I’m loving my study abroad experience. I’ve met some incredible people!

I walked to a local cafe called Ten Belles, and I just couldn’t stop smiling. I’m so thankful to be in Europe. I’ve fallen madly in love with Paris. It took me a little while to get adjusted, but once that adjustment period passed— full on love. I’m halfway through the semester, and I don’t even want to think about going home yet. It’s bittersweet. The United States was where I was born, it’ll forever be my home. But I’m starting to think bigger— I would love to live in Europe one day.

Being able to have the opportunity to travel so much is filling my heart with so much happiness. It’s a whole new world for me, one I always wanted to explore. Now I definitely have the “travel bug”. I don’t ever want to stop exploring this beautiful world! There’s still so much I haven’t seen!

I think what makes this experience even more satisfying is knowing I did this all on my own. There’s no better feeling than being self-sufficient and completely independent. It really has been an eye-opening experience; a time to reflect on what I want in life, and to focus on myself for once. I’m a changed person coming out here, and I’ll never be the same. The amount of growth I’ve done in just a short amount of time is truly incredible.

I’m leaving for London tomorrow morning, and I am extremely excited! I am ready to hear British accents, see Big Ben, go to pubs with friends, and just explore what the city has to offer. I will take a lot of pictures, and make a whole blog post about my London trip. So stay tuned!



five things that make me happy, #6.

It’s been awhile since I’ve done one of these posts! So here are five things that make me happy currently….

  1. SPRING BREAK! Today was my last day of class & I get one whole week to myself, to relax. I’m going to LA to visit family, and I can’t wait to go to all my favorite places & DISNEYLAND.
  2. Pretty tulips in my house.
  3. Coconut water. Not only is it really good for you, but it’s delicious! I’ve been drinking more of it lately.
  4. Writing poetry. I’m currently in a creative writing class (for fun) and we got a chance to write some poetry, it’s very therapeutic.
  5. SPRING! It’s officially springtime, and I love seeing all the flowers bloom.

What are some things that make you happy currently? I’d love to know!



five things that make me happy, #5.

  1. New workout clothes.
  2. Sunny days!
  3. Spending time with my sisters.
  4. Finding new books to read.
  5. Long weekends!

I have some pretty exciting news to share, but if you follow me on instagram you probably have an idea of what I’m going to announce. I hope everyone had an amazing long weekend & a happy Valentine’s Day! See you in my next blog post.


five things that make me happy, #1.

I wanted to start doing mini gratitude posts: things that make me happy, or things that I’m thankful for. Life can get crazy, and people tend to overlook the little things in life.

Here’s the first (of many) five things that make me happy:

  1. Drinking good wine.
  2. Walking Lola Mae at her favorite park, the Golden Gate Park.
  3. Flea Markets.
  4. Local coffee shops.
  5. The sound of the ocean.

What are some things that make you happy? Some things you’re thankful for? I’d love to know!