Artist: Laura Marling
Song: All My Rage
It has been far too long since I sat down to share what I’ve been up to!
Never fear, I am still working long and hard on my “20 before 20″ list. If you’re not sure what that is, I am trying to do 20 new things before I turn 20 on April 18th. This is going to be a mass post, because I’ve crossed quite a few things off of my list.
#2 — woke up to see the sunrise
Obviously I’ve seen a sunrise before, but for the first time to my knowledge I set my alarm in order to see the beginning of a new day.
It was fantastic to look out my bedroom window and see the sun’s first rays welcoming the day. (I will say that waking up that early was terrible and I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to do it again.)
#3 — spent time at the park instead of doing homework
I love spending time with my friends, and put a huge priority on time with people. It was the first truly nice and warm day of the year, with no clouds and a smiling sun.
My best friend Coley decided to come with me to run some errands, but I decided we needed to take some time away from doing any sort of school work and enjoy time together outside.
Coley eating greek yogurt being cute
It was such a wonderful way to enjoy the day, and was a memory I don’t want to forget.
#4 — explored Knoxville on my own
A few days after Coley and I went to the park, I found myself itching to explore it some more. Usually I wouldn’t feel comfortable going and doing something alone, but I was just so happy about life that it didn’t seem like that big of a deal.
I ended up going to the Tennessee River waterfront and loved seeing sand and driftwood and footprints.
#5 — spontaneous road trip
This week has been my Spring Break, and I needed to do something other than stay in Tennessee. I was feeling antsy, and asked one of my best friends, Sarah, if she would want to go on a road trip.
It was only two weeks prior to leaving that we were committed to going, and it wasn’t until the night before that we decided what time we were leaving.
Had to get a pre-road trip selfie
#6 & #7 — visit a new city and a new state
For our road trip we decided to go visit our friend, Isabel, in Charleston, South Carolina! Somehow I’ve never been to South Carolina, so I was able to cross two things off of my list by going!
Isabel goes to school at the College of Charleston, so we were able to stay right in the heart of the city.
Sarah & Isabel
We had an incredible time, and it’s always fun to see friends in their element.
Just being able to walk around the city was magical.
The architecture is beautiful, and the city was vibrant. I fell in love with Charleston, and hope to live there one day.
Blue Bicycle Books
#8 — eat out for every meal
I’ve gone on quite a few road trips in my day. Most of them would be to visit family, so we would eat in.
In Charleston, it was just three pals experiencing city life, and we made it our goal to try Charleston cuisine at each opportunity we had. Although it was expensive, I’m happy that I got to try so many delicious restaurants.
The only sad thing was not being able to eat more places! We talked about so many restaurants for each meal, but time was our enemy!
Crêpe with friend egg, avocado, pico de gallo, cheddar and sour cream
One of my favorite meals was this crêpe from Queen Street Grocery. It was unbelievable delicious, and gave me a newfound appreciation for savory crêpes.
latte and chocolate croissant
with her mocha and chocolate croissant
This latte and chocolate croissant combo from Kudu was to die for. We also ate at a few restaurants on King Street and near campus.
#9 — get in the atlantic ocean
Seeing as the Atlantic ocean is the inspiration for my blog, you would think I would have been there at some point in my life.
If I have, I don’t remember it.
playin’ in the sand
The weather in Charleston was dismal during our visit, until the last afternoon. As soon as the sun peeked through the clouds, we rushed to Folly Beach, and had a quick photo shoot.
I didn’t get to actually swim in the Atlantic, but putting our feet in seemed good enough.
#10 — reconnect with a friend
Isabel isn’t my only friend that goes to school in College of Charleston. Another friend also goes there, and I hadn’t seen her in almost two years.
We went to middle and high school together, and after college we drifted apart, as friends naturally do. But I was able to see her on Wednesday night, and it was just so fun to see her and her life– especially since I hadn’t in such a long time.
So I’m halfway done with my list!
I have less than a month to try ten new things, and I’m anxious to see what else I’ll do!
If you have any suggestions, please let me know.
Until next time,
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