July 29, 2014

Summer 2014

Good morning, everyone! It seems kind of crazy to be thinking about the end of summer already, but it's come to the point where next week is my last week of work and I'm already making plans to move into my new home. This summer has been sort of a transitional period in my life, and although I didn't picture it to have gone this way, I am grateful for the peace I've been gaining as a result of it. Today I just wanted to share my summer experiences (and plans for the school year) and hearing all about yours. Please let me know all about the highlights of your summer or exciting plans in the comments below!

From wacky sleep cycles, to making money, to getting ready for the new school year, to Skyping with a special friend, to learning yoga, to consuming way too much sugar, it's been a lazy schedule overall. I think that when I'm living at home, I tend to enter some sort of state of hibernation. I learned the other night that when you don't get enough sleep on a night, you start to accumulate sleep debt, which can be made up for by sleeping a little longer within the next few nights. Considering my sleep schedule (or lack of it) during the year, I shudder to think about how much sleep debt I probably have. But the good news is that I've been paying off the deficit gradually.

Speaking of debts, I did my best to work a whole lot to help minimize that student debt. Last week I worked 38 hours, which is the most I've ever done. This week, I'll just have 28 hours which will be pretty nice. I surprisingly have a lot of expenditures: club fees, taekwondo competitions, plane flights (I'm hoping to visit my uncle sometime this year), and of course going out to movies and meals with friends. I recently started tracking my budget through mint.com, and I was utterly astounded at how much food I bought. People with mortgages will probably laugh at me, but I spent so much money on food this summer! I was quite impressed with myself. Anyhow, this summer it dawned on me that living can get pretty expensive. So, I went on to apply for two jobs and managed to land both of them.

The first job is probably the one that you'll care more about (I'll explain why): working the front desk at the residence hall I'll be living in. I've got the graveyard shift, guys. There won't be very much to do during these wee hours of the night, so I'll probably be writing to you during these times! I can't make any promises, but we might step it up from one post a week to two posts a week. I guess we'll see how it goes! My semester is going to be a lot busier because I'll also be working as a tutor and also got a position as a research assistant in a health psychology lab. I am definitely excited to be busy this semester after a relaxed spring semester fresh from transferring and the lazy pace of this summer.

Some of my friends found it hard to believe when I told them, but I haven't practiced any taekwondo this summer! There were just too many conflicts with my work schedule and personal things going on too. I try to console myself by saying that I've been doing yoga. Don't get me wrong--the meditative style of yoga has helped with my flexibility and is great fun. It's a form of exercise that I'm hoping to incorporate into my morning routines during the school year because I do enjoy it, but I missed taekwondo quite a lot. Anyhow, these are two of my favorite yoga classes by Ali Kamenova that I've found to be awesome for beginners and have been trying to master lately:

Other than that, I had a wonderful experience going on a cruise around Scandinavia and Northern Europe earlier this summer! We ate lots of delicious food, met many incredible people, and saw lovely sights. It was an absolute pleasure and I am grateful for that family time.

Well, those are my highlights. What are some of yours? And what are you most looking forward to for the year? Let me know in the comments! Next week, I'll be writing a post on what working in the food industry has taught me, so don't forget to subscribe!

Smile on,
-Riley XO


  1. Highlights of my summer? Well, I cleared my A Levels (finally) and am preparing for the MCAT. Then there was Ramadan and Eid and now we're planning to go to Chitral :D yay!

  2. Nice post! Good to hear you've enjoyed your summer while still managing to be productive! Congrats on your new jobs! I hope they go well and the you have time to write more blog posts! Have a great day! :)

  3. Hi Riley. I nominated you for the TMI award! Just go to this link http://www.thestarryeyeddreamer.blogspot.com/2014/08/first-ever-tmi-award.html?m=1 to get it! Thanks!


  4. Catalina: Looks like you have a lot of amazing plans for the rest of this summer! Good luck with studying for the MCAT and I hope you have an incredible experience while traveling.

    Kumar: Thank you :)

    And thank you so much for the nomination, Whimsical Youngster! I will be sure to accept it sometime in the future!

  5. Hey Riley! Thank you for your comment on my blog! Your design is really nice too! I've also started doing yoga over summer, but it's not because I don't do taekwondo anymore. I just do it because I need something productive to do...

    How come I never came across your blog? I absolutely love it! Consider me your fortieth follower! It would mean a lot if you followed back! <3

    Yasmine | Cloudy Dreams

  6. Thank you, Yasmine! Yoga is a lot of fun to do and I hope I'll be able to continue it a lot. Thank you for following and I'm glad you like the blog! It means so much to me :)


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