On Being Humble

On Being Humble

Humility is one of the most important qualities for us to have. Understanding when we are wrong, not being prideful, respecting others—these are all things that we should be aware of and doing on a daily basis. But like a lot of other “we should”s, it is easier said than done.

I will not always be the first to admit when I am wrong, and that is something I am completely aware of. I love being right! Don’t we all? It can be so satisfying sometimes to say “I told you so!” or snicker in our heads about that one question we definitely know the answer to. But admitting when we are wrong is way more important than feeling satisfied when we are right. Even more so, knowing when to be humble is an even greater quality.

Humility does not mean never getting recognized for good work, nor is it equivalent to passivity or meekness. Humility as a personal quality, rather, means refraining from boastfulness, from pride and arrogance. Humility, in my book, means knowing when we are right and when we are wrong, and making the conscious decision to abide by the idea that how we feel about ourselves on the inside—how we treat others)—is far more important than outward pride and boasting about our accomplishments.

At the same time, being humble does not have to mean we never recognize our own good qualities or actions. We can be proud of ourselves without never admitting we are at fault. We can uplift ourselves without bringing others down.

Fall at Disney’s California Adventure

Fall at Disney’s California Adventure

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Last September, Chris and I visited Disney’s California Adventure for some excitement before beginning our senior year of college.

I know what you’re thinking….this post is long overdue. And I know! But this day was so fun, and I just realized that I should post the photos anyway so document the Disney memories.

As always, we were super excited to be heading to Disney… 🙂

On this September day, we had reservations for character dining at Storytellers in the Grand Californian! I HIGHLY recommend this place! Great food, great service, great character interaction. (We LOVED meeting Kenai from Brother Bear)

 

Next, we headed to Cars Land…my absolute favorite part of DCA!! The theming is amazing, and if you visit you MUST try Red’s Apple Freeze. It is basically frozen apple juice, and it will rock your world.

Also, can we talk about Cars Land at night??! Breathtaking! Neon lights! Life Could Be a Dream! You absolutely cannot miss Cars Land after sunset.

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Chris’s favorite part of DCA by far is Paradise Pier.  The vibes, the sights, the food, the coaster (which I clearly didn’t enjoy….)….he loves everything about it!

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The wharf area of DCA is super cool too! We love the Monterey Bay feel of this place.

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I finally got to see it’s tough to be a bug in a bug’s land. This show was my dad’s pride and joy! So fun and magical to experience it.

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And to close off the night, World of Color. This was our first time seeing this. Chris loved the Wall-E scenes, I cried….it was amazing!

If park hopper tickets weren’t so expensive, we would definitely be coming to DCA way more often. Both parks just have so much to offer, and we were so happy to spend an entire day here and really make sure we saw everything!

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What’s your favorite thing about DCA? Let me know! Maybe I will have to plan another trip soon… 😉

Planning Our Walt Disney World Vacation!

Planning Our Walt Disney World Vacation!

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That’s right! Chris and I are in the middle of planning our graduation celebration trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida!

We are so beyond excited for this vacation! It will be the longest trip we have taken together with just the two of us, and we are so giddy about making dining reservations and planning out our days at each park.

We are working with a travel agent for this trip, and so far that has made planning a lot more convenience. Of course we are doing most of the planning ourselves, but he did help us choose a hotel, hook us up with a Be Our Guest reservation, and advise us on various activities. He will also be booking our FastPasses for us when the time comes, so that takes a load off our shoulders.

Something that I have learned throughout this planning process is that Walt Disney World is intense!! It is practically mandatory to plan a vacation to WDW almost a year in advance, as hotels and restaurants book up very, very quickly. But while it is a bit overwhelming, the fun of it all outweighs any stresses.

We will be visiting to WDW this Fall (side note—we got FREE DINING! separate post to come!), and I will be writing about the whole planning process along the way. And you bet there will be posts about the actual trip once we get there!

If any of my readers have tips and tricks for us, please let me know in the comments!

 

 

Love | 4.19.17

Love | 4.19.17

 

Blessed to have this love in my life. And grateful for every second of it.

 

Years ago I would think about who my other person would be and who I would end up marrying one day. I would lie in bed and wonder where in the world he was and when we would meet.

For Chris and I, everything was about timing. I’m happy ours worked out.

It’ll be three straight years of unceasing happiness on Tuesday, and we are already beaming with excitement!

Day 167

Day 167

I have been so caught up in the whirlwind of life lately: graduation is fast approaching, I am anxiously interviewing for jobs and biting my nails to hear back, my birthday is coming, people are moving away soon, and everything seems to be going a mile a minute.

So today I slowed down. I didn’t realize until minutes ago, but that’s what I did. I slept through my alarm, I took work slowly, I read slowly, I took a nap and took a sunset drive to In-n-Out with Chris and David. I lived life slowly and truly tasted it.

And you know what? It was a great day. Sure, I got turned down for an internship and I truly am putting all my energy into getting this one job that I think might be the best thing ever. And I didn’t take my schoolwork too seriously today—I didn’t buckle down or hustle. But that was the beauty of it all. In taking today slowly, I was able to taste every moment. Working this morning took a lot of thinking. Cooking my lunch was so enjoyable. Reading for my fairy tales class was so much fun and albeit relaxing. And driving to get a quick dinner with my boyfriend and roommate was a perfect moment.

I don’t know what life will be like in a year or two. But I do know that I am grateful for the life I lived today. And I want to make sure that even after I am in a full-time job in the real world, I want to always make time to take life a little slower.

Day 166

Day 166

I had such a wonderful afternoon in Santa Monica with my mom, brother, and grandpa today! I am so lucky to get to see him as often as I do. It is only a couple times a year, but I have grown to cherish the time I have with him and soak it all up.

We ate a delicious lunch of burgers and sandwiches and we spent some time in the sun, and then we drove home along PCH and it was sunny the whole time. I loved it! I am so grateful to live in California. I love exploring the world, but it sure is great to have days like today.

Day 165

Day 165

With the rush of finals and everything that has been going on with applying for jobs, I have felt so tired lately and, as previously mentioned a bit uninspired to keep up with these posts. But then I mentioned this to Chris and he said, “You should get back into it! You have so much to be grateful for lately!!” And you know? He is so right. So here is a little roundup of everything awesome that I am super grateful for.

  1. I have been interviewing for a couple jobs—finally!! All of this applying has been paying off and I am super happy about it. I really, really want this one job so I am dedicating so much energy into trying my hardest to get it. It feels like a perfect fit for me so here’s hoping and praying and working super hard to get it!!
  2. I FINISHED my entire thesis project! My senior honors English thesis that I worked so incredibly hard on for the past 6+ months is now complete and turned in. I could not be more thrilled about it. if any of you are working on a project like this and want to swap stories, let me know! It would be amazing to talk to someone else who has tackled an undergraduate thesis project—it was a beast.
  3. Winter quarter is OVER and I am back home with my family. I can’t believe I only have one quarter left of college…time is just flying by and it is so scary but so amazing at the same time. I know that I will totally enjoy this last quarter so I need to focus on the positive of it instead of dwelling on how terrified and sad I am to be leaving UCSB.
  4. And I got a remote internship !! I will be interning in the marketing field for a startup starting this upcoming week. I am so blessed to have this opportunity and I am so happy! It will allow me to gain more experience while also giving me a stipend that can go directly into my savings account…hooray!!!
  5. Because I am on spring break, I get to see Lindsay on Monday!! I am so grateful for her and I can’t wait to catch up.

There you have it! 5 things I am grateful for, and boy does it feel good to write about them.

 

xoxoxooxox

Day 164

Day 164

Totally feeling drained from finals and this whole quarter…so much that I was definitely not as productive as I should have been today. But I suppose I am grateful for the fact that I could afford a bit more of a rest day today. Tomorrow I have to hustle!!

 

I am feeling a bit uninspired by these gratitude posts lately 😦 I think it is because I am almost 6 months into writing them…gotta be more consistent and get back into writing more lengthy posts!

Day 163

Day 163

totally had a meltdown today but I am completely thankful for Chris for always having my back. And I am also thankful for Sabrina, who also had a rough time this evening and stressed out, but I was able to pass on the good vibes and give her a pep talk, too. what goes around definitely comes around.

if you see someone who is stressed, too, definitely try to help them out. sometimes it is way easier to help someone else if you know what you would want someone to say to you.