I can’t believe it is already May! There are so many exciting things happening this month, the first of which is being finished with classes. Finals are next week so I’ve been putting in 14 hour work days (not fun at all), but the end is in sight! Here are some fun reads and finds to help get you through the week:
1.Striped Flats. These flats are adorable and would make the perfect addition to any shoe lover’s collection! To make it even better, they come in larger sizes so that even those of us with larger feet can enjoy.
2. Do horses in the Kentucky Derby even know they’re racing? With the Kentucky Derby quickly approaching, this article helps readers understand what goes on in a horse’s head as they are running.
3.Pineapple Appetizer Plates. With summer right around the corner, these appetizer plates are the perfect addition to any summer party!
4. Gilmore Girls Quiz. Since I just finished binge-watching Gilmore Girls, I had to post this quiz! Take a study break and see how close you were paying attention!
5.Lobster Leggings. These leggings may be the cutest things I’ve ever seen! I think they will end up being a “being done with finals” present to myself (:
6. Pineapple Tote. If you can’t already tell, I love pineapple prints! This tote would make the perfect pool bag!
7. White Dress. For those who are required to wear white dresses for graduation (whether high school or college), but don’t want to spend a fortune on a dress that will be worn only once (and isn’t your wedding dress), this dress is for you!
8. Cheetah Cubs. The Cincinnati Zoo has cheetah cubs that I cannot wait to go see! Head to the Cincinnati Zoo to see all of the zoo babies. Here is an adorable picture of one:
This week has been busy, but in an amazing and exciting way! I have began volunteering at a therapeutic riding farm, been studying for my big genetics exam tonight, have picked up a minor, and am going to start riding again! I am so excited to start riding horses again because they have always been such a large part of my life, and these past two and a half years without riding have been difficult. When I am riding, all my stress floats away and I can’t help but smile. In honor of my exciting news, here is a picture of me from the old days when I first started riding (I was 4 years old):
On a completely different note, I realized that I have not been wearing much color lately (as you can see in my outfit from today), which is very unlike me. I decided to add some color to my look by painting my nails. I used Salley Hansen’s Miracle Gel Polish in the color “Mad Women”, which you can get here. I’ve had it on for almost a week now and it hasn’t really chipped at all!
I paired a simple T-shirt from Banana Republic (not sold anymore, but this one is similar) with dark wash skinny jeans, and flats by Christian Siriano for Payless (These are quickly becoming one of my favorite pairs of shoes. They aren’t for sale anymore, but this pair is similar).
I had an amazing break in South Carolina this past week and I am looking forward to sharing it with y’all! On Wednesday we went to the Greenville Zoo, which is the perfect place to spend a few hours. It’s not giant (like the Cincinnati Zoo where I normally spend all day), but it has its fair share of unique animals. Sadly, they recently lost their elephants, but in their place they got a Giant Anteater! I had never seen one before, and it was so cool. The zoo also has a baby giraffe that was just born in February (it was so small!). If you are looking for a fun, morning activity, I highly recommend visiting the Greenville Zoo! Here is the zoo website.
Here are some pictures that I took while at the zoo!
This is the Giant Anteater at the zoo (I had no idea they had such big, fluffy tails)!
Isn’t the baby giraffe the cutest?
I will be sharing more about our vacation this week!
Happy International Women’s Day!!! I hope y’all are having a fabulous week! It is finally staying warm in Ohio, so I am one happy camper. Plus, I only have 11 days till Spring Break! Anyways, today I’d like to share some of my favorite recent finds:
1.Who What Wear for Target. This collection is great! My favorite pieces are the High Neck Lace Top and the Bardot Dress.
2. This picture from Ms. Magazine really made an impression on me! Women need to stop fighting against each other and start fighting for each other!!
3. Monogrammed Athletic Clothes. Now that it’s warm out, I’ve been running in the mornings, and what is better than working out in monograms? Marley Lilly has monogrammed seersucker tank tops, athletic shorts, and athletic skirts.
4. Coffee Table Books. If you are looking for great coffee table books, I highly suggest getting Occasions, Style, and Manners by Kate Spade. I just purchased them and I love them!
Last Saturday I traveled to Columbus to attend the 2016 Midwest Veterinary Exploration Conference. It was my first time attending and it was definitely not what I expected. I thought it was going to be a conference where veterinarians came and spoke about current research and problems in the field to their colleagues, so when I arrived and saw that a large amount of the people in attendance were high school students and their parents, I was surprised. The conference was broken up into 7 different 30 minute sessions with topics from careers in the veterinary field to veterinary school admission. Although a lot of what I heard was information I already knew, I did learn some new information about veterinary admissions and even discovered some new career options in the field. Did you know that a veterinarian (Richard Linnehan) has been to space? The career options are endless!
I wish that I had known about this conference when I was in high school because I think it provided younger pre-vet students a lot of helpful advice on what to do to prepare for applying to vet school. Since I’m applying to vet school in May, many of the things that they talked about were things that would have been of more help to have been told a few years before. However, there was a student panel of current Ohio State veterinary students and they were very helpful in answering questions about the veterinary school application and what is expected both on the application and in the interview. Overall, this was an interesting, educational experience that I would recommend to young pre-vets (especially high school students) who are looking to enter the veterinary profession.
As far as my personal preparation for vet school applications goes, I am currently working on ideas for my personal statement, finalizing my list of schools to apply to, and impatiently waiting for the application to open!
This past week has been hectic and very stressful, but after 2 exams, a paper, a presentation, and 2 lab reports, I was able to spend my weekend relaxing. On Saturday I went to the Midwest Veterinary Exploration Conference (look for a post about this later this week), and on Sunday, Thomas and I spent the entire day outside! It was a great way to end such a stressful week! We started out by playing some badminton; I quickly learned that even the slightest amount of wind makes it very difficult. After about 30 minutes of hilarious fails, we decided that badminton was not our strong suit and moved on to taking a walk (and taking some selfies).
Then we went to Orange Leaf for frozen yogurt, and it was delicious! My current favorite flavor is the York Peppermint Pattie, but it is only seasonal so I suggest trying some while they still offer it. I also found this recipe for Peppermint Patty Ice Cream, and it looks delicious!
All in all, it was an amazing day to be outside and enjoy the warm weather!
My favorite Sundays are the ones where I am able to get ahead with my work for the week and just do some general cleaning (sometimes it’s emotional cleansing and sometimes it’s cleaning the bathroom). It is a great start to my week and makes me feel refreshed and ready to take on Monday. This Sunday was one of my productive ones, I made pancakes for breakfast (with my new batter dispenser), got ahead on my readings for the week, finished my lab report due on Thursday, and wrote in happiness journal for the first time in months.
I’m sure you are wondering, what is a happiness journal? Well, it is something I started doing two years ago. Every day I write down at least 5 things that made me happy that day. Sometimes they are as simple as writing about how beautiful the day was, but my favorite things to include are specific conversations that I had with people and why they were special. When I’m having a bad day or week, I just read through and see what I wrote about and it immediately makes me feel better. It gets you in a good habit of finding happy things, even in the sad moments, and makes you more thankful for the things that you often take for granted (like beautiful spring days!). I highly suggest doing this for anyone who wants to be a little happier! It only takes about 5 minutes a day and it really has made me into a happier, more thankful person.
On a side note, if you love reading and want to be happier, I highly suggest that you read The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. Here is a link to her website if you want to find out more about it!