Much has happened over the past weeks. My first year of university is over and now it is summer time and I have returned back to 'family life'. Although that may connote negatively for some; I am enjoying it. Mostly it is that food is everywhere and I don't have to worry about starving (although Hemmingway says starving helps the creative process, so perhaps it was not a terrible thing after all). I also enjoy that I do not have the agency to be too irresponsible (though this seems to hinder the creativeness as well). As I've been home I have focused my attentions mainly on working, working out, and working on a tan. The working part is going well so far. I am in training to be a server at my parents restaurant currently, but I begin officially on my own tomorrow (cross your fingers for luck). I like the work though because it keeps me attentive mentally and engaged in activities I would rather not be. For example a lot of the time I have to smooth talk my way around to be successful. This is nearly my least favorite adjective and verb. I usually am not one to beat the bush and I just say the plain Jane truth. I am not an elaborator to those I am not familiar with and am not comfortable being anyone but the stubborn girl I was raised to be with everything worn on my face, plain. I was told once that this is the key to getting through life and sucess- I suppose it is good I am practicing it so much now.If I may drop all the masks though, working is actually good. I suppose the best part is that I get to observe it all- this lifestyle, this culture. It honestly would make a killing if they put it on television. Oh and the things people say to me! -thankfully it is kind. This older woman (this is Sequim we are referring to after all) said to me the other day: 'My you have a lovely bun! It must help you get all the boys!' or 'You have very attractive eyes.' Completely worded as written! Being awkward about compliments (and just about everything else) I try to find a honest way to say thank you but it never feels right and the cycle of my verbal inadequacies continues. It is not enough that I work all afternoon, my body craves physical release from the stress of the day and it is off to the gym. Thirty minutes of hard cardio is all I need until I get home and have twenty minutes of yoga and eight minutes of ab hell. As for working on my color, I am currently seeking artificial assistance- hopefully in a month or so I will be able to have organic sunshine and a couple more dollars in my billfold. When the work is done there is plenty to read and admire. The local scenery is beautiful and it makes me forget why I tolerate months of desert. Obviously I have been reading Hemingway (hence the formality of the composition and perhaps even tone). A Moveable Feast has grown to become dear to me and Hemingway a strange, lost friend found through the cracks in time that literature provides.
Life is the same but different. I have a lot of time to myself and none at all. I am independent but entirely not. And everything is an oxymoron and I am not barely grasping it at all.
for the summer I wanted something a little lighter and something a little artsy/trendy/beach-y/I just got back from coachella. so I went to my new wonderful hairstylist here in utah (click HERE for the link to her page) and trimmed it up and got a melt (AKA ombre). I went pretty drastic and got it pretty far up- but I'm really pleased with it. I love it because my roots will grow out and make it look that much better- not as many touch ups as with traditional highlights.
this is what I was originally going for:
but since my hair isn't as light we didn't go so blonde and I love it! joann on the other hand has darker hair and wanted to go more Zoella. although she didn't go as high as her's, it turned out lovely in the end!
now that I have new hair, I'm ready for summer adventures!
LAST DAY OF CLASS IS TUESDAY!!!
this past weekend joann and I had the tremendous honor of going to see conference at the conference center in SLC. it was both our first time and we were a little more than stoked! because one of my cousins is a general authority, we were lucky enough to get amazing seats (13th row center to be exact)! it was a little bit of a crazy morning and took us more than two hours on public transportation to get there- so I'm not sure I would do this regularly for all the hassle involved but it was an amazing thing to experience!
at the temple
I loved seeing and meeting family
jojo y yo
I loved general conference this year and am so grateful for family and the gospel!
Joann just found the official color fest video online and we are in it like six times!!!! There's a really good close up of me at 1:57 (you can also find us pretty good ones of us at :39 and 2:10)! We're famous!!!