personal

    50 Things That Make Me Happy

    My first week back to school definitely kicked my butt. I had another post planned for today but I honestly did not have the time to put in the correct amount of effort for it. I’m crossing my fingers that I will have it up for you next week! In replacement, I wanted to post something more lighthearted. After a rough week of school, I compiled a list of 50 things that make me happy. I hope this will inspire you to think about the things in your life that bring you joy!

     

    My List

    1. My rabbits, Stan, Ollie, and Aspen (and my late rabbit, Bunny)
    2. Photography
    3. Leaves changing colors in the fall
    4. Dressing up
    5. My parents
    6. Alpha Chi Omega & my sisters
    7. Sitting in bed and watching YouTube videos
    8. Conspiracy theory videos
    9. My boyfriend
    10. Learning about psychology
    11. Helping other people
    12. Ed Sheeran
    13. My piercings and tattoos
    14. Sloths
    15. My sophomore year dorm & all of my amazing friends from my floor (shoutout to Butterfield 3rd floor)
    16. Making brownies
    17. My little
    18. Dunkin Donuts
    19. Seeing dogs unexpectedly
    20. Kate Spade
    21. Doing my makeup
    22. Getting feedback about my blog
    23. Running into my sisters on campus
    24. Meeting new people
    25. Room decor
    26. Fake flowers
    27. Traveling to new places
    28. Mugs
    29. Spending time with my friends
    30. Going to concerts
    31. FaceTime calls
    32. My school, UMass Amherst
    33. Animal videos
    34. Finding new blogs to read
    35. Tates chocolate chip cookies
    36. Oreos
    37. Neatly-written notes
    38. Finding things with rabbits on them in stores
    39. New York & New Jersey bagels
    40. My internship with service dogs
    41. Halloween
    42. Hocus Pocus
    43. Old buildings
    44. Rita’s chocolate custard
    45. Leggings that have pockets
    46. Soft, fuzzy blankets
    47. Driving on open roads
    48. Crafting
    49. Train rides
    50. Everyone who reads my blog!

     

    My Challenge to You

    Leave a comment with 5 things that make you happy!

     

    xo,

    Lauren

    lifestyle mental health

    End of the Summer Life Update

    End of the Summer Life Update // http://laurensjourney.com

    Hello, everyone! It’s been a while since I have sat down and wrote a non-structured and personal post. The day this goes up, it will be my last first day of classes as an undergraduate student! I am honestly not sure how college has flown by this fast, it feels like yesterday that I was applying to schools. I’ll save all of the sappy “I can’t believe I’m a senior” stuff for another post because today I wanted to chat with you all about how my summer was and what I learned.

     

    Working & Interning

    I spent my whole summer living alone in my college town in Massachusetts. I only returned home to New Jersey twice and both times I was only there for a couple of days. I spent most of my summer working & interning. I worked around 20 hours a week in retail and attended my internship with service dogs twice a week. I genuinely like my job and am grateful to have kind and funny co-workers. I’m continuing to work there during the school year (got to pay the bills somehow).

    I honestly did not expect to like my internship as much as I did. Although I knew I would like it because I would be around dogs (an automatic ‘yay’ in my book), I had no clue how much I would learn. I thought I would spend most of my time doing tasks like entering data or returning emails. My position was very hands-on. I was able to work with the clients, observe phone calls, and help train the dogs. Additionally, I am now trained to foster the dogs! This fall, I will be interning once a week and be a relief-foster for the dogs (meaning that I will be able to take a dog when their primary foster can’t have them). I’m extremely excited to continue working with the dogs and the awesome people who work there.

     

    Traveling

    This summer I visited California for the first time! I spent a long-weekend in Los Angeles visiting my friend, Anand. This was also my first time flying alone which I see as a giant accomplishment. I used to be terrified of flying, even when I was with someone who I trusted. I was able to conquer this fear last summer when I traveled to Israel and the UK but I still had major anxiety about flying somewhere myself. I had to take an extra anxiety pill (they’re prescribed, don’t worry) but I did it! I can safely say that I am no longer afraid of planes.

    Additionally, I’ve been able to travel a lot throughout New England. I’ve visited many towns in Massachusetts that I have never been to, as well as Rhode Island and Vermont. These places would take a minimum of five hours to get to from my home in New Jersey, so they were much more accessible from western Massachusetts. My favorite town I visited was Newport, Rhode Island.

     

    Mental Health

    I’ve noticed a large shift in my mental health throughout the summer. Recently, I have been able to pinpoint what is making me anxious. My anxiety has been a lot more situational rather than constant. Being able to identify what is making me anxious has made it ten times easier to work through it. I still have days where I feel anxious and have no clue why, but for the most part, I am able to figure it out.

     

    Moving Forward

    It’s senior year! I’m finishing up all of my requirements and am on track to graduate on-time (as long as I take a winter class). I’ve started heavily thinking about what I’m going to do after graduation. My long-term goal is to become a therapist, hopefully for young adults. I’m still not sure how I am going to reach this goal but I know that it will have to involve graduate school. Right now, I have two plans that I am considering.

    Plan #1: Take a year off after graduation and try to find a psychology-related job in western Massachusetts. Ideally, I could stay in the apartment I am already living in and live with girls in my sorority who will be seniors that year. Sometime this year I will take the GREs and apply to graduate school for the fall of 2019. I would like to attend somewhere in Boston!

    Plan #2: Apply to graduate school in the United Kingdom. Since I wasn’t able to go abroad as an undergraduate, I think it would be awesome to get my Masters degree in a foreign country. You don’t need GRE scores to apply to schools in the UK so I would be able to apply now. Right now, I’m researching schools mainly in Scotland.

     

    Yup, that’s everything that is going on in my life right now. I’d say that things are going fairly well! Right now I am trying to focus my efforts on figuring out my plan for post-grad life. How did you spend your summer?  Are you excited for the upcoming school year (if that pertains to you)?

     

    xo,

    Lauren