October Wrap-Up

"The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well."
—Ralph Waldo Emerson

October Reads

Book 20 of 12:
"This Savage Song" by Victoria Schwab

Verity is a city divided, North and South. In the North, Kate Harker, human. In the South, August Flynn, monster, bred from an act of violence. Their families rule each side of the city, and while a truce has allowed them to live peacefully for years, that truce is weakening. A human who wants to be a monster and a monster who wants to be human, Kate and August cross paths, curious about each other's secrets, and soon find that they will have to work together if they want to stay safe.

What I've Learned About Living Alone

I've (somehow) been living on my own for a year now. The experience can be summed up pretty well by a tweet my friend posted recently: "Living alone sucks as much as it is awesome." It sounds bleak, but it's true. Living alone can be daunting. It takes a bit of work. At the same time, it's one of the best things you can do for yourself. Time you spend living alone is time you spend growing, even if you don't realize it.

I think it's worth noting that I've always been very against living by myself. My plan was to graduate college, stay at home for at least a year, then move in with a friend. Instead, I moved into my own apartment five months after graduation. Even then, as excited as I was, a little part of me was still peeved. I didn't want to be doing this alone. I didn't want to live by myself, but I wanted to move out and none of my friends were able to do it with me, so I did.

Now here I am, glad it happened. And I've learned a few things along the way.

Denver Vlog

If you haven't read my blog post about my Denver trip, check it out here. There's more detail in the writing. The vlog is more of an added visual bonus.

My main goal in deciding to vlog my trip was to keep things genuine. I didn't want to put on on act or have anything be staged or forced. I wanted everything I captured to be real. At the same time, I didn't want the camera to be a distraction from the world around me. My number one priority was to be present in the moment and enjoy the trip as much as possible. Any footage I got was just an added perk.

Having said that, the vlog is finally complete! Watch it here, or below.

A Long Weekend In Denver

I've never heard a bad thing about Colorado. And now, after spending a few days there, I understand why.

Things To Be Happy About // 03

Because there's always something to be happy about. Read more here.