Thursday, August 25, 2016

RACHEL'S GLORIOUS SUMMER RECAP


Summer's over?? Ish?? 




Wow. That flew by fast. Time freaks me out because it changes. Like, you can never live the same moment twice. I'll never be able to live this summer again.

If you've been with me for that long, you'll know that I made a Summer 2016 Bucket List--so here's me, going through the things, checking them off. I did a lot this summer, and I'm so, so proud of it.

STUFF I WANTED TO DO

1. Find new clothes/go thrifting
Okay, I'll admit it. I didn't do this. I did buy a couple of new things, but I didn't go thrifting again after one jaunt in May. My family was super busy, and I had a lot of other stuff on my hands, so I just never got around to doing it :( But that's okay!

2. Move bedrooms/redecorate
Again...another thing I didn't do. I rearranged my bedroom--which I love--and it's a lot cleaner than it used to be, but I just never got around to redecorating it. Which I'm fine with. I'm only going to be here for another year (!!), so I'll be fine.

3. Cook one dish from a different country (Peru/Costa Rica)
Haha...my great plans to be cultured. Nah.

4. Go to LA and eat at trendy places
I DID THIS! LA at Night.

5. Summer Reading List
Okay, so I had only five books on my reading list.

Catch-22
Slaughterhouse Five
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
The Bell Jar
The Jungle

Here's the deal: I couldn't deal with Catch-22. I just didn't like it. It was thick, and it seemed so incredibly boring to me, and even though I'm sure it was fabulous literature, it was like me and The Great Gatsby--we just didn't click. And I've learned to be okay with that.

Slaughterhouse Five was...interesting. It was the first book I read of the five, and I was actually so confused by it that I went online and tried to read literary criticism of it. I also went on Wikipedia. (Because, you know, Wikipedia's the highest form of literary criticism.) It cleared a couple of things up, but I'm still kind of reeling from the deluge that is Kurt Vonnegut. I get that it's supposed to symbolize the chaos of war, but...???????? <--that was literally me the entire time.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Great book. There's some terrible stuff in it--Maya Angelou went through so much in her life, and honestly? It was really sad, but it never really felt like she was self-pitying herself. She kind of just rolled with everything, and even though my heart hurt, I couldn't help but acknowledge where she ended up. She's regarded so highly, and it gave me a lot more respect for her, and for just people in general.

The Bell Jar is probably my favorite book out of all of them. I liked it so much that I checked out a Sylvia Plath biography and a book of her poems, and even though the writer of the biography kind of irks me, it's kind of interesting how parallel the story is to her life. It's incredibly sad what happened to her, but holy frijoles, she went through a lot. And The Bell Jar felt so relevant to my life. I've never actually suffered from depression, and I'm a well-balanced person, but I'm pretty sure everyone has gone through that feeling in his/her life--the feeling of being suffocated, or stifled, or trapped. What a book.

The Jungle. As I'm writing this, it sits a couple feet away from me in the library basket, waiting to be read. I'm kind of scared to read it, because I checked out the uncensored version that has thirty-six chapters and probably a lot more gory descriptions than the censored version does. Maybe it'll scare me away from meat. I don't know. I'm lowkey scared. But I'm going to read it.

6. New hair
Did it!


I got it highlighted blond again, because why do something crazy when you can do something that worked before?

7. Blog More
This may or may not be true, but I'm crossing it off anyway because I feel like the quality of my posts went up. I took a lot of pictures and did a lot of photoshoots and I started proofreading a bit more and I'm happy with how my summer posts turned out!

STUFF I DID

1. Film camp in June
It was great. Read the recap HERE (+ watch the video!).

2. Czech Republic/London in June/July
One of the coolest experiences ever. Went on my first-ever missions trip, and it was my first time in Europe (!!) so it was amazing. 

3. Tennis camp in July/August
Last tennis camp with my team :'(

4. College visits
Besides Wheaton, which I visited in March, I was able to visit University of California, San Diego (UCSD), UC Irvine, and UCLA with my dad. All three schools were really nice, and currently--if I get in--I'll be deliberating between UCLA and Wheaton (because Wheaton still holds a special place in my heart). I've already started my college application process, and I'm kind of blown away by how quickly it's all approaching.

STUFF I DIDN'T LIST BUT DID ANYWAY

1. Started writing a book
2. Edited lots and lots and LOTS of pictures. Like seriously. You have no idea how long it took to edit all my Europe pictures. (I haven't even posted all of them haha.)
3. Did a giveaway!!
4. Lots of photoshoots + started learning photography with a DSLR
5. Summer homework
6. Started college apps
7. Exercised & started trying to eat healthier
8. Met an Internet friend!
9. Listened to lots of Jon Bellion, Alessia Cara, Chance the Rapper, Alec Benjamin, Fitz & the Tantrums, Trey Songz, Ben Rector, and Mat Kearney
10. Went to the beach. Like, once. California girl for life, man.
11. Started hip-hop class!
12. Instagrammed SO MUCH. I'm in love with my feed right now, though. @silvermess
13. WATCHED THE OLYMPICS.
14. INTERNET FRIEND GOOGLE HANGOUT
15. Blasted the music w/ my brother in the car, going fifty in a forty-five zone #living #daredevil #rebel #wooo
16. Stopped watching a ton of YouTube, like I used to
17. Made a lot of schedules for the school year. a LOT.
18. Read Joel.

I'm thankful for the summer I had. No SAT class, no school. I have a lot of good memories, I've recovered from the beastly monstrosity that was junior year, I'm making new friends, and I've got a lot of things going for me this year that I'm thankful for & excited about. New plans are in the making. I've got a sharper focus and better concentration on what I want to get done, so please pray for me this upcoming year.

I'm excited :)



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