ADVENTURE DRIVEN

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In the short 21 years of my life, I have been lucky enough to do some pretty wonderful things. I studied abroad in London, England; I played against semi pro soccer teams all throughout Italy, and I traveled to Italy two other times to sing in various churches with the most wonderful group.

Nobody ever told me that I couldn’t do the things that I did, so I did exactly that. I packed my bags, boarded a plane, and made some amazing memories. Traveling was not only a good time for me; it helped me to grow up, in a very short amount of time. If you are in a place where you don’t understand the language, you don’t know where you are, and you are pretty sure you don’t know which bathroom to walk in, you are forced to learn. You have to stay aware of your surroundings, remain open minded, and always, always, always, keep your purse as close as possible. You need to grow some thick skin, and always stay positive, because things may not turn out completely how you expected it to be.

Along with that, traveling allows you to make memories with new people. You meet so many different people throughout your travels, and most of the time, these are people that you would have never crossed paths with before. I remember when I was in Italy and a coupe of my friends and I decided to go to a café to enjoy us some amazing gelato. We would always listen for American accents because that was what we were familiar with. We would meet so many people, and share so many stories, and it was really nice to have that moment of pure comfort in such an exhilarating situation.

But lastly, and most importantly to me, traveling helped me to learn a lot about my self. A lot of things that I was never aware of, until I made it to Europe. I found out that I actually do a lot better, and perform a lot better in stressful situations. There were times when my group was lost in, god knows where, and I wasn’t stressed at all. I pulled out my map, checked where we were, and safely got us back to our hotel, and warm beds. Everyone was shocked that I did it so easily, but I really learned that situations like that are when I step up and out of my shell. I also learned about the aspirations I have for myself. I was able to truly appreciate the many different cities we were in; so much so that I knew that in the future I would consistently come back to them.

The world is so much greater than you. Than just you, and what you are doing at this moment. Its a beautiful place filled with so many beautiful people. I consider myself so lucky to have traveled as much as I have. But for the future, I know exactly what it holds. It holds an unlimited amount of new experiences in an unlimited amount of different places, and I cannot wait.

You Deserve This

0079cda9c0b99c18c44841921c0185f3Being back at school for my spring and final semester definitely has me feeling a lot of mixed emotions. I am sad one minute, happy the other, stressed another, I cannot keep it together.

So many things go into this final semester. The job search begins, which is my top priority at the moment. But above all, its the ending of one chapter, and the beginning of another. This is the moment where I truly need to figure out who I want to be and where I want to end up. What the hell do I know? I am just a twenty something college student who likes to watch cat videos on youtube in her spare time.

I am so torn between staying young forever or truly figuring out who I am by growing up. Your college memories will probably be the best times of your life, and I am not sure I truly want to leave. I mean, I know I have to. But the thought of leaving my friends and not having a set specific schedule anymore is really tough for me. These girls have been there for me since freshman year when we came in so terrified, and we have gone through it all together.

Heartbreaks

Failed tests

Family problems

Bad decisions

We have all been there for each other, no matter what stupid decision or drama that has tried to stop us. So why leave? I am not sure I want this chapter to end. Or this next chapter to begin.

Who do I want to be?

Will I like my job?

Will I even have a job?

These thoughts are all running through my head, as I am sure they are running through every other seniors head as well.

I take my walk to class every day, and I just think to myself. “I am really lucky to be here. At this school. Surrounded by these people.”

I am lucky.

But its not luck.

I got myself to this point, obviously with some help along the way, but I wanted this.

What I am saying is, although it may be hard to leave, I deserve to succeed. I deserve to finish this chapter, and begin writing the next.

And above all, I deserve to be happy, no matter where I am, or who I am with. And I will continue to remember that no matter where I end up.

Saying Goodbye

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A year ago yesterday my Uncle passed away.

Let me rephrase that. A year ago yesterday my Uncle was unexpectedly taken from us. Before the blink of an eye, he was gone. He wasn’t physically there, and to be quite honest, it isn’t fair. It wasn’t then, and it isn’t now. But thats how it happens. People are taken from their loved ones every single day, and they have to cope with it.

For a while there, I didn’t really think it was real. That a week before he was joking around with me over text about my “recent new boyfriend” and how no boy could ever be good for his niece. A week before, he was fine. He was there. He was happy.

We were happy.

How could something like this happen. We didn’t deserve it. Nobody ever deserves that kind of sadness.

Death is an inevitable part of everybody’s life, and there really is no way around it. Having said that, nobody should ever have to be ready for death, and nobody should ever be ready to say goodbye to somebody that they love so much.

The day that I learned that my Uncle was rushed to the ER, I thought that everything would turn out okay. Like my Uncles usual antics, he probably fell off a ladder, or accidentally shot himself on his foot.

I didn’t think that I wouldn’t have a chance to say goodbye. I didn’t know that I had to prepare myself to see him, because he was in such bad shape.  He was hooked up to so many tubes. It wasn’t my Uncle that was laying in that bed.

My Uncle was already gone.

For some of you that may know my Uncle, he was a little on the wild side. Of basically everything. He had a ponytail down most of his back, fake teeth, and a rainbow colored house. He loved playing jokes on people, and he hated being the center of attention.

He never took care of himself. Never.

My Uncle was alone, for three days before he was found in his house. I cannot even imagine what was going through his mind. I still play it all back in my mind, and it makes me so sad.

Like I said, my Uncle was known for his jokes he played on people. But boy, did people love him. Those couple days where he was in the hospital, people came and people went, but every person that entered that room had a story to tell.

Each person carried a memory of my Uncle with them, and for that, I am so thankful. That a man as wacky as him made an impression.

I sit here writing this post, tears in my eyes, and I laugh. My Uncle would hate to see me cry. So much so that he would probably bonk me upside the head and tell me to “Cool it”.

My Uncle was an amazing human being and he will always be remembered for that. Saying goodbye is not an easy thing, never will be. But I am glad that my Uncles spirit remains the topic of so many conversations that remain.

Random Act of Kindness

In my previous post, I had asked each of you to do something for another person that could make their day a little brighter. I had a little doubt because it is the new year and so many people are busy enough with their daily schedules to even stop and think for a moment, but I was surprised to see on Facebook the other day that my nephew took part in a very giving act of kindness.

My sister and her boyfriend Tony have three beautiful kids together. Seeing that yesterday they had off of school because of snow, they had the boys go outside and sled in the neighborhood. Right across the street, there is this awesome hill that all the kids accumulate at for a fun filled day in the snow. Nicole stayed back at the house to make some hot chocolate for the boys, but still was able to keep her eyes on them. Gage (my nephew) and Austin and Noah were out minding their own business, when a kid in his late teens, maybe early 20’s came out to see what they were up to. He had a snowboard with him and asked if the boys wanted to make a ramp with him, so that they could have some more fun. They each did their part in making this extravagent jump on the hill, and they all went flying off of it. Only a couple minutes went by, but the kids had so much fun with this older kid. He ended up having to leave for a busy night of work right down the road, but before he left, he pulled Gage to the side for a quick second. I guess he could notice Gage eyeing his snow board, so he asked him if he liked to board and if he was “regular of goofy-footed”. Gage told him what foot he led with and the kid ran inside for a quick second. When he came out he was holding this snowboard with stickers all over it. It looked pretty worn out, but it was such a cool board, with such an awesome personality. The kid came right over to Gage and said, “It’s yours now, bud!”

Gage has been begging my sister for a board for the longest time now, but they never go enough. Plus, snowboards aren’t so cheap. Needless to say, this was such a wonderful act of kindness, and Gage has been carrying the board around with him every day since then. He makes frequent trips up to his room to check if it actually happened and the board is still there.

The kid never told my sister or Gage his name, but what a great guy he was.

Gage will always remember how a random stranger gave him his first snowboard!

Tie the Knot? Or not!

il_570xN.549987247_gomj il_570xN.547915469_t4xu Are you looking to tie the knot, and soon? Well here at Bare and Me, we have come out with our new “tie the knot” rings that would be perfect for this specific occasion. What better way to tell someone you love them, then by presenting them with this beautiful ring.

Soon to be brides can hand out these rings to their bridesmaides for perfect bridal party gifts. Imagine looking at your best friends walk down the isle for your wedding, all wearing these beautiful rings from Bare and Me. Such a perfect piece for them to have as a simple reminder that they will always be in your heart!

These rings would also look beautiful with our stacking rings, which are provided on Etsy as well as many of our other products. What we love about our rings is that they are so simple and elegant that they can be worn alone, but paired with our other rings will make for a great statement!

These rings are made with 16 gage, heavy beaded wire. Although the ring looks as dainty as it does, the wire used makes for a very sturdy ring, and very happy bridesmaids.

Everything here at Bare and Me is handmade in our studios based specifically in Maryland. We always tribe to create the perfect gifts for not only everyday events, but the special times in peoples lives where they want something to remember it all.

If you look on Etsy, many of our pieces have a lot to do with Weddings, each having special meanings.

We make custom jewelry for all over, and like to make them special for you.

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2014 MUSIC LOVE

This year has been a great year for many of the singers and songwriters out there. So many infectious songs have been created that either make you cry, scream, or want to kiss someone. They create a whirlwind of emotions, each having a reason for hitting you a certain way. Each year, certain songs have really stood out to me, and to end this year on a good note I have compiled five of my favorites.

1. Chandelier- Sia has one of the most powerful voices I have ever heard, because of how unique it sounds. Sia is always in and out of the pop records but she remains to stay true to her style of music and continues to always draw people in with her lyrics and crazy cool style.

2. Shake It Off- Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift has had such a wonderful year, having each of her songs becoming hits and her new album being unstoppable. I usually am not that much of a fan of Swift, but her music has really come a long way and she has grown into a very influential women this 2o14 year.

3. Take Me To Church- Hozier

Take Me To Church is such a jaw dropping piece of music, and Hozier is an incredible artist for speaking out through his music. By creating this song, Hozier has taken a stand against homophobia and hatred. He speaks out about his standpoint on love, and how societies and groups of people should not have the right to choose who one can or can not love. This song has sparked a lot of conversations, but in my opinion is going to be one of the most influential songs written in a long time.

4. Blank Space- Taylor Swift

Yet again, T Swift is on my top list of songs. Other than the fact that this song has a great beat and I just want to get up and dance every time it comes on, its written because Taylor Swift is sticking up for herself through her lyrics. Swift has always been the center of attention for her many different relationships, and well, there endings. Many people like to bad mouth Swift for her “backlash” against her previous relationships, but in this sarcastic song, she mocks the media for saying so many harsh things about her, and I envy her for being so cool through it all. GO T SWIFT!

5. All of Me- John Legend

You can never really put into words how much you love someone, but listening to this song has really helped me to realize what goes along with sharing something so amazing. John Legend put it simply, “All of me, loves all of you”. So beautiful.

Hope you all like my list of favorite songs. I could go on forever, but wanted to narrow it down to only 5! What are yours?!

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GoForIt<3

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It seems as though at many points in one’s life, there is always that time where they feel like doing something different. Something out of the ordinary. Something you aren’t quite used to, but so need to get it out of your system.

I say, do it. Why overthink every possible thing in your life? This new year, I feel like I am biting off more than I can swallow, but there are so many things that I want so badly to achieve. But above all the getting into shape, trying new things, and jumping out of an airplane, I want to become a better version of myself. I know I am always one for staying true to yourself, and never changing, no matter what anybody says, but there are some things I need to do to become the best version of myself possible. I want to worry less. I want to speak my mind more. I want to walk a mile in another’s shoes before I pass judgements. Ultimately, I want to become someone that I would want to be friends with. Someone who I can trust to talk to, and always seek them out for better understand. I want to be the person that people like to be around, and honestly..I know I can do it.

Like I said, I am not trying to become a beauty queen, or a rockstar. I am not trying to become a skinnier version of myself, or alter myself physically. I just want to care less and love more.

I am by no means saying that I am a bad person, and I truly believe that I have done a lot of wonderful things in my short lived life. All I know is that I can become better. This year, and all the years to come, I am making changes, for myself, and for the people around me.

I can never change what has happened in the past. I have had friendships gone down the drain, and frankly, there is not much I can do about them at this point. You can only try so hard, and second guess yourself so much, until you do not really care anymore. I believe that everyone can change, and people can become better, and having said that, things will get better. But for now, I will continue trying to be the best person I can possibly be, continuing to focus on myself and the people who mean the most to me.

I will work harder to be successful, take chances, and continue to listen to my instincts.

I will go for it.

Cheers to you! Another Year gone… Is it what you hoped for?

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Well, another year has passed us bye.

Have you said everything you needed to say, done all of the things you wanted to do?

Me, I always try to say and do everything I set out to do but we all leave some things unsaid or undone or take the ones we “love” for granted. I for one want to change this in #2015.

Top 10 Things I want to do:

I want to live a simple life.

I want to be kind and…

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2015 Design Trends

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Now that we have adjusted to the design trends that are dwindling away, it’s time to upgrade our spaces with just a few items that will have you feeling fresh. It’s safe to say that our living spaces affect the way we present ourselves and how we live out our daily lives. For those of you that have New Years Resolutions, having a space that you love will help you accomplish who you want to be,…

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Cheers to you! Another Year gone… Is it what you hoped for?

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Well, another year has passed us by.

Have you said everything you needed to say, done all of the things you wanted to do?

Me, I always try to say and do everything I set out to do but we all leave some things unsaid or undone or take the ones we “love” for granted. I for one want to change this in #2015.

Top 10 Things I want to do:

I want to live a simple life.

I want to be kind and compassionate for things I do not understand.

I want to live everyday as if it is my last.

I want to love unconditionally.

I want to not judge.

I want to be better at what I love.

I want to be a better someone.

I want to help more people just because.

I want to travel to places I have never been.

I want to be less into what I need and more of what others need.

Top 10 Things I want to say:

I want to say I understand and mean it.

I want to say NO more often.

I want to YES more often.

I want to say YES to jumping out of an airplane.

I want to say “i love you” more often.

I want to say “I am proud of you”.

I want to say “i can do that” and do it.

I want to say “really” can you re-phrase that please!

I want to say “be all you can be” to the ones that really need it.

I want to say what I feel all the time…

I think this list of mine is obtainable and I recognize the things I want to be better at and the things I want to say more often. I want to be the person that always says how she feels when she feels it. I want to live an authentic life and be meaningful to the people I love and the ones that love me. We often overlook the good and happy things in our lives and often take it all for granted. If we look at what we have and build on the future with these solid ideals, we can do anything, be anything and achieve everything…

Definition of “taking for granted:

to accept without question or objection; assume: Your loyalty to the cause is taken for granted. to use, accept, or treat in a careless or indifferent manner:

To give little attention to or to underestimate the value of, to fail to appreciate.

Synonyms:

Trust, rely on, accept, accredit, admit, attach weight to, be certain of, be convinced of, be credulous, be of the opinion, buy, conceive, conclude, consider, count on, credit, deem, fall for, give credence to, have, have faith in, have no doubt, hold, keep the faith, lap up, place confidence in, posit, postulate, presume true, presuppose, reckon on, regard, rest assured, suppose, swallow, swear by, take as gospel, take at one’s word, take for granted, take it, think, trust, understand.

Antonyms:

Abandon, deny, disbelieve, discard, dismiss, dispute, disregard, exclude, forget, ignore, neglect, refuse, reject, distrust.

I wish all of you love, happiness and the best life has to offer in #2015.

Just remember taking people for granted in your life is the one thing that you should recognize and change in 2015.