Day 3 of the 30 Day Blogging Challenge: A picture of my pet!

When I was around 8 years developed a deep and powerful obsession with dogs. My mom got me an encyclopedia-like book of dog breeds at a library sale, which I think is what sparked this interest for me. I would pour over the pages of this book to the point where I could quickly identify dogs I saw on the street and could quickly produce the names of several exotic dog breeds almost immediately if asked.

Looking at the pictures in my book soon turned to browsing photos of the pups at the Humane Society of Indianapolis. I would look every day to check up on my virtual puppies (I never had a DS, so I guess these were like my Nintendogs) and would beg anyone who would listen to take me to visit them. I remember going over to my friend Helen's house and asking her dad if he would take us to visit a chow chow I was looking at at the time.

Although I never ended up adopting a dog from the Humane Society, it certainly started my mission to get my parents to let us get a dog. After months of …

Day 2 of the 30 Day Blogging Challenge: The Story Behind "Liv Laugh Love"

"Liv Laugh Love" came into being while I was still in high school, when my close friend Sarah created a recurring caption for any photo she posted with me. She would use some variation of the play on words "liv laugh love," in place of "live laugh love," both because it was clever and a little because it was also glaringly cliche. To us, the irony made it funny, but I think on the inside we secretly thought it was pretty catchy.

When I created my blog my freshman year of college, I was having trouble coming up with a good blog name, so I consulted my always-funny, always digitally-savvy, always thinking ahead friend Sarah. We came to the conclusion that it had to be "Liv Laugh Love." It was the perfect tribute to who I had been in high school and who I wanted to grow into over the next four years. She designed a banner for me to use, and that was that!

Day 1 of the 30 Day Blogging Challenge: 15 ~Interesting Facts~ About Me

1. My favorite celebrity is Kim Kardashian. I own her book of selfies called Selfish.

2. My favorite places I've ever traveled to are London, England; Barcelona, Spain; and New York, New York.
3. I love going to Noodles & Company and making a grape Fanta on the Coke Freestyler.
4. I've been to seven runnings of the Indianapolis 500, and have met most of the drivers.
5. I won my school's spelling bee when I was in the fourth grade.
6. I can't do impressions very well, but I can do a lot of funny voices!
7. When I was a senior in high school I ran a 5K in 22 minutes. Then the next week I got my third stress fracture.

8. Yellow is my favorite flavor of Starburst and I eat them by taking the tiniest bites that I can.
9. I am one of the only liberals in my family.
10. I've seen Joe Biden speak.
11. I love candy so much that I have to restrict myself to eating my favorite candies during certain parts of the year. For example, I only let myself eat Candy Corn in October and Sta…

Year in Review

2016 is certainly a year that won’t soon be forgotten for its overall ~ridiculousness~, but even though 2016 was arguably one of the worst years on a global scale, it was also sprinkled with quite a few shining moments. This past year for me personally was one of fun, firsts, and, growth. Here’s a look at my 2016 (with pictures!):

January At the start of the year, I was just beginning the second semester of my sophomore year and I started my term as Executive Vice President in Sigma Kappa! To brainstorm ideas and get to know each other better, the newly-elected Executive Council all traveled to Chicago for a Regional Leadership Conference at the end of the month. At the start of this position, I had no idea how much I would learn. One of Sigma Kappa’s values is personal growth, and this has always been my favorite value of ours because of the ways I’ve seen myself grow in my two exec positions. Becoming EVP came with a huge change in workload and responsibility, and that led to a busy y…

Manhattan Milestones

Over fall break, my mom and I decided to take a trip to New York City. Ever since my entire family visited the city five years ago, I couldn’t wait for a chance to return to the Big Apple.
In front of Rockefeller Plaza, where we later watched people skate on the ice rink.
After an early-morning flight out of Indianapolis, we arrived in New York with a full day ahead of us. Not wanting to waste any time, my mom and I dropped off our bags at the hotel and set out to the High Line, a Monon-trail type public park that extends for almost 1.5 miles over the city. At the end of the park, we visited Chelsea Market, an artsy indoor area complete with arches covered in fairy lights and full of jewelry merchants, comical political-themed gift shops, and lots of unique food stands. Even though it was raining, we still had fun on the high line.
In my opinion, the New York City experience is not complete without seeing at least one Broadway show. For this trip, we were lucky enough to see not only one,…

None of my classes have been cancelled, and 3 other reasons I’m excited for the start of junior year

A couple of days ago my Facebook page showed me my post from two years ago when I first started college. Even my mom sent a screenshot of the photo of her and me in front of my freshman year dorm. Neither of us can believe how quickly the past two years have flown by. It’s true what they say: four years go fast.
With my junior year of college starting in just a few short days, I’m finally getting more excited for the year to start.
Among the opportunities I’m most looking forward to this fall semester are the classes in my major that I finally get to take. Although I love my major, I sometimes find myself in interesting situations with my classes due to the fact that I’m one of about seven in my major and concentration. In some instances, I’ve signed up for my required courses, only for them to be cancelled because not enough people have signed up. I optimistically signed up for two courses this semester that are essential for my major, and my lack of emails from the English department …

Summertime Adventures

When nine months out of your year are taken up by classes, exams, and other time-consuming responsibilities, summer is undoubtedly the best time to travel. Whether you study abroad, travel with family, or go on a day trip with friends, getting out and exploring is one of the best opportunities summertime has to offer.
This summer I have been fortunate enough to travel a few different times, both internationally and within the United States.
May:London, England and Paris, France
My summer exploration started two days into the summer when I boarded a plane for Europe.
Last semester I took an Honors course about English/French literature and art in the 1920s. As part of the course, the nine students in the class got to travel for almost two weeks around England and France. After dreaming of visiting London for years and years, I was so excited when this opportunity presented itself at the very beginning of the school year.
Over the 12 days of our trip, we ventured around the city of London, …