In case you’re new here, at the end of every month I try to do a photo roundup of some pictures I’ve taken. I somehow forgot about my post rounding-up May (oops!), but you can see the months before that here! This month was a little stressful (guys, finding a house is crazy business) so I don’t think I took as many pictures as I’d normally have liked to. I will say though, SO MANY of my days this month have been spent outside. I’m so dang glad it’s finally warm enough to get out and about, am I right?

 

june roundup

• watching Steve take photos for a secret project

• a random tree in South Philly

june roundup

• the plant decor in Anthropologie!

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Sometimes life calls for impromptu breaks where you just want to text a new friend, rent a car, and escape the city for some nature; so you do. Yesterday was definitely one of those days for me. The weather was gorgeous and I didn’t feel like wasting it between all the stone buildings, trying to soak up my bit of sun while nestled in Rittenhouse with over a hundred other people.

We took a lazy drive out to the suburbs and ended up eating a late lunch in a little park I’d visited often while in high school. After watching a group of people disappear into the tree line, we decided to follow and explore! Here’s a little glance at some highlights from our nature walk:

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In case you missed it in March, I added a feature where at the end of every month I’m round up a handful of photos to offer insight into what I’ve been up to for the month that just passed. This time around, I tried to snag mostly pictures that hadn’t been featured on my instagram (you should def follow me if you aren’t already~). As you may have picked up from past posts, I took a huge trip this month to Kenya (!!!), so there’s definitely a lot of pictures from there on here this time around.

april photo roundup

• an appetizer from Trout Tree in Nairobi, Kenya

• mural I saw on my walk home in South Philadelphia

april photo roundup

• view on our way to our safari in Samburu, Kenya

• the Alba Meru, where we stayed in Meru, Kenya

april photo roundup

• gluten free cacio e pepe I shared on snapchat

• weeds that I found beautiful (lookit that texture!)

april photo roundup

• my little sister during our safari

• a still life I pass daily in South Philadelphia

april photo roundup

• a view we passed in Meru, Kenya, near the hotel

• PIZZA! in Kenya! it was kinda doughy but still good
 

April was definitely a big month, if only because of the trip we took. I’m going to do a (likely multi-part) big post on it all, but guys, I traveled something like 30 hours to get there. How crazy is that?! I think almost every picture I took on my phone there I also took on my camera, just because I was afraid of missing anything!

I also noticed this past month that I really tried to notice the beauty in little things (the weed picture for example). I’d like to do a bigger post in the future and expand on this phrase (as well as highlight some pointers for editing and finding it), but there’s definitely beauty everywhere depending how you crop your view.

 

How did April treat you?

(I’m still out of the country, so responses may be delayed!)
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Can we have a pet appreciation post? As I was busy sneaking food under the table to stray cats at Carnivore, Nairobi, when it hit me how much I miss my little dude. He’s a pain in my behind sometimes, but definitely the only being that can ever get away with just laying directly on my face. Plus, look at how handsome he is! I can’t wait till I’m home being lazy in my bed with this butthead again!

 

Do you have a pet? What’s their name?

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(Hey, this is a scheduled post while I’m traveling!)

5 ways i prepared to travel

Yesterday into today was spent flying to Nairobi, Kenya, and whoa let’s talk about nerves. My dad’s wife is from Kenya, and we’re flying overseas for a ceremony and to meet the rest of her family! He’s been multiple times before, but now my sister, my boyfriend, and I, will get to experience the country as well. I’m excited but also nervous, because Kenya is unlike anywhere I’ve traveled to.

I’ve only flown internationally once before, to London, and it was the least prepared I’ve ever been. I took sleeping pills without thinking… for a 7 hour flight! It’s hard enough being an American overseas without looking dumb by being all loopy for the first few hours after stepping off the plane.

Obviously, I wanted to avoid any mishaps like that visit during this transatlantic trip, so I took a few extra steps to make sure I was ready for my long flight!

  1. Stayed hydrated. I’ve been making sure to drink extra water all week, but definitely planned on doubling that on the plane! I tried to find a good hydrating face spray but failed to see one that was within the TSA size limits. I’d love any suggestions!
  2. Carb loaded. I read that supposedly foods that are rich in carbs can help induce the secretion of insulin, which in turn may help with the transition from one sleep schedule to another (essentially minimizing jet lag). I’ll keep you updated if this works, but here’s hoping, since Kenya is 7 hours ahead of Philadelphia!
  3. Picked out a comfy outfit in advance. No one wants to be scrambling for an outfit last minute, or worse, be stuck in an uncomfortable outfit for a long flight! I made sure to pick mine out in advance.
  4. Looked up in flight exercises. Anyone else’s mom put the fear of blood clots after sitting for a long time into them? Ok, well mine did, so I looked up some stretches to do while on the plane. I plan to do some ankle rollsseated knee lifts, and also just stand up every once in a while to pump some blood through me.
  5. Packed a neck pillow. I made the mistake of not packing one for my trip to Miami and I don’t think I’ll ever make that mistake again. A neck pillow is a savior.

5 ways i prepared to travel

Do you have any tips for flying you’d like to add??

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family

I had an entirely different post in mind, but my mom had a scare yesterday that sent her to the hospital which had me thinking about the importance of family. Family are the people you can count on to have your back on the good and the bad days; the people that you know will love you regardless.

Family doesn’t have to be blood related! Some people may not have been blessed with blood relatives that are good people, and that’s okay. It can be hard, but there’s absolutely nothing wrong with “hand picking” your family out of your close friends, your co-workers, your pets, your neighbors, even the people you party with. There will always be people you can connect with in some way, and those connections will evolve, and that will become family.

“Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family.
Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.”
– Jane Howard

No matter who you choose, you need someone in your life that you can connect with, someone who can be a safety net if you need it! I know there’s bound to be one independent person who reads this that will say “I don’t need other people”, but you know what, that’s silly. Independence doesn’t negate that everyone needs someone.

Once you find those people, tend to those relationships. I know it’s easy to push off taking the trip out to the suburbs to see your mom because it’s an annoying all day ordeal and you assume she’ll always be there (I’m totally projecting right now), but what happens when she isn’t?? You’ll wish you had one more annoying train ride, I swear! So rent that zipcar, take that train ride, make that phone call, whatever you need to do, just make the time for the important people in your life. With the state of technology today, there’s really no excuse.

And for the sake of family talk, here’s an old picture of my little sister and I (check that compression!):

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Remember, no family is perfect, but they’re ours.

Now, go call that person who’s important to you. I swear, they’ll appreciate it.

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I’ve decided to bring over a feature that I had on my blogger account, and that at the end of every month I’m going to post a roundup of my favorite photos or moments that I managed to photograph on my phone from the month that just passed. Some you may have already seen featured on my instagram if you follow me (you should if you don’t!), and some you may not have.

march roundup

• lazy days in my room with my indoor garden

• playing with plant shadows on my bedroom wall

march roundup

• exploring near Rittenhouse with John

• one of the first visits to Tria! View Post

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Lately I’ve been working toward making changes and living a more positive life with intention, and in doing so, decided to free myself from blogger and my blog there that didn’t feel true to me. For the sake of starting over new with total transparency, I decided to share a few things about myself.

6 things about me.

  1. I graduated with my GED.
  2. I was born in Germany, because my parents were in the military. I haven’t been back since I was a baby.
  3. I have a diabetic black cat named George. He gets insulin twice day and is the biggest pain in my butt but totally worth it. (Usually.)
  4. I’m a fairly straight shooter who takes no shit, which sometimes can make me a bit unlikable.
  5. I have hashimoto’s, a hypothyroid autoimmune disease.
  6. I probably have more plants than you. Not kidding.

 

Anything about you I should know?
Comment below!