2018 IN REVIEW

At the end of last year, I wrote a blog post entitled “2017 in Review (A short story on why I’m really glad it’s over.” In the spirit of consistency and because I’d like to think I’ll enjoy looking back on posts like this when I’m old with children, many rescue dogs, and even worse knees, I’ve decided to write a similar post about 2018. I’m also glad 2018 is over but in a completely different way than the year prior. So, what happened in 2018?

I have to address the biggest thing first even though it didn’t happen until September (so later in the year), I GOT INTO THE DISNEY COLLEGE PROGRAM. I’d say that this is definitely the highlight of 2018. I know I’ve already talked about Disney a lot so I won’t go on too much, but it’s definitely one of the reasons I’m glad 2018 is almost over. I am so ready for it to be 2019 so I can be in Disney World chasing down a dream I’ve had for a long time. I’m so optimistic about this experience and can’t wait to dive right into it. As of right now, I’m 19 days away from checking in to my apartment and getting it all started.

School this year went really well. My Spring semester I completed one of my goals of the year which was to ake the Dean’s List! I’m happy to say, I have likely made it again for the Fall 2018 semester! The actual list won’t be out until January but I made all A’s so I think it’s safe to say I made it on the list. The Fall semester was a really great semester. I got to work with an AMAZING group of people for my Audience Research class on a project. I honestly don’t think I could’ve created a better group of people. We all worked really hard, had fun, and did a great job. Every semester I fall more and more in love with the department I’m in, my fellow students, and the faculty and professors who have taught me everything I know. I absolutely love my school and have no doubts that I made the right decision choosing to go to ETSU.

In the realm of travel this year, we went to Pennsylvania this summer to spend time with family. We ate lots of Amish pretzels and doughnuts, went to many farmer’s markets, shared lots of laughs, and ate plenty of Hershey’s sweets. It was also just so great to spend time with my cousin, her husband, and their two sweet little boys. The two of them had grown up so much since we’d seen them last year and it was so fun to see their personalities developing and shine through. Plus, while we were in Pennsylvania we got to see Harry Styles at Hersheypark. He put on an incredible performance and was so engaged with the audience. Honestly, one of the best concerts I’ve been to. That was the only major trip we took this year, but I’m thankfully for the time spent in my hometown. I’ll likely be missing this place in a few months time.

I continued to fall in love with work this year and the area that I’m studying to go into. I’m so lucky to be able to already be working a job in the field I hope to be in post-graduation (media & communications/ advertising & PR), and for that, I couldn’t be more thankful. I have an amazing group of coworkers who make every day an enjoyable one and I never dread a day of work. The entire staff is amazing, the team I work on is some of the most talented and brightest people I know, and my supervisor is the absolute best. I love where I work and I’m gonna miss them so much next semester.

2018 was quite a year. For me, it was overall good, but for those around me, I know it was a challenge. Several family members faced severe health issues, friends were faced with losing loved ones, and the whole world as a whole seems to be struggling with something. It did make me worry a lot about taking care of those around me and being the best support system I can be. Despite all of the bad, I continuously strove to remind myself (and hopefully convince others) that through it all, God has a plan. This was a big thing I learned in 2018. I always knew it was true but don’t know that I actually put full trust in it until this year. Being able to fully trust in a plan that is greater than my own is something that can free your heart of anxiety and worry, and for that, I’m grateful.

I’m thankful for the memories made, lessons learned, and strength grown throughout 2018, and am excited to see what all 2019 has in store. For obvious reasons, I am so ready for 2019 to be here and cannot wait to get the year started in Disney World! So, here’s to 2018! Thank you for everything you held and have prepared us for in 2019.

What are you excited about for 2019?

❤ / Bailey

JULY BRIGHT SPOTS

July was a busy, busy month. I dove into working and dog sitting & that filled the month. Looking back on my calendar, I only slept at my house for nine out of thirty-one days because I was constantly pet-sitting. I absolutely love house sitting, so it wasn’t a problem but I’m glad to be spending some time at home in August. I had a lot of good days with friends, catching up with some I hadn’t seen in a while and making the most out of being intentional with hanging out with people. That being said, with it being busy I didn’t have many new favroites but I had a few.

Starbucks Reusable Cold Cup – It’s really important, as human beings, to do our best to try to save the planet we’ve been given to live on. Recently, there seems to be more of a trend of brands being eco-conscious and promoting an eco-friendly message. One in particular that has been making headlines is Starbucks. It was recently announced that by 2020, Starbucks will be getting rid of all single-use plastic straws. I think this is a great start for a company with such influence to make a change. The whole ramble of this was brought on by a purchase I made of a venti reusable cold cup. It looks exactly like a regular disposable Starbucks cup, which I think makes it super adorable, and was a really great purchase. As I’m not a fan of hot drinks (other than the occasional mocha), buying a venti cold cup is the perfect thing for my regularly purchased Pink Drink. Plus, I get 10 cents off every drink. Saving the Earth and saving some money all while getting my Starbucks fix, what more could college girl want?

Raining Grace Jewelry Gold Dipped Leather Earrings – When I saw these earrings on Instagram, I immediately knew I wanted them in my life. When I heard that Raining Grace Jewelry was going to be at a local maker’s market, InstaCrafty, I had to go. I’ve gotten so much wear out of these earrings in the two months that I’ve had them. They’re comfortable in my sensitive earlobes, they manage to stand out from my crazy, curly hair, and they add a nice pop to every outfit. The particular ones I got are brown with a gold dip, so they pretty much go with everything that I wear. They can easily transition from casual to more dressed-up depending on what you’re wearing as well. I would highly recommend following Raining Grace on Instagram and picking up a pair of their earrings.

Warby Parker glasses – For the last couple of years, I have seen social media influencers promoting a brand called Warby Parker but never really thought much of it. I recently decided I wanted to get new glasses, mostly with the hopes that new ones would make me wear my glasses when I’m supposed to. I hate going to stores to shop for glasses so the option on Warby Parker to pick five pairs for an at home try on to get mailed to me was very appealing. You can take a quiz about your style preferences and face shape to get suggestions and help narrow down the options. Within 5 days of ordering my box, it got to my house. It was fun getting to try on and play with all the different glasses. I found one that I loved and decided to order. First of all, these glasses are very college budget friendly. For my single-vision lenses, the glasses cost $95. Normally, my glasses that I get from the eye doctor are a couple hundred dollars. When I found out you just upload a picture of your prescription when ordering, I was afraid it would take longer than expected to get my glasses. I was BLOWN AWAY when they arrived in the mail just around a week after placing my order. WHAT?! They also came with a super cute case that says “NICE TO SEE YOU” on the inside and a cleaning cloth that has the history of Warby Parker written in a fun way. I got the Brady glasses in tea rose fade and I’ve gotten so many compliments on them. I’m very pleased with this brand and would definitely buy from them again.

xx,

Bails

CONCERT REVIEW – HARRY STYLES

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It’s no secret, I love going to concerts. I’ve been fortunate enough to have been able to attend several shows throughout my life with my music loving family. I’ve not just been to a specific genre of concerts either. My concert experience ranges from Warped Tour to One Direction and everything in between! So, I figured I’d share my love for music in the form of concert reviews, starting with the one and only Harry Styles.

On June 14, 2018, I saw Harry Styles, live on tour in Hershey, PA. Now, this wasn’t our usual choice of concert venue seeing as it was seven hours away from home, but because we have family in Harrisburg nearby we made a family trip out of it. BOY WAS THAT A GOOD DECISION. This was the second time I had seen Harry in concert. The first time being when he was with One Direction for their “Where We Are” tour. I remember 16-year-old me being thrilled about seeing him then and let me tell you, nearly 20-year-old me was even more thrilled to see him on his solo tour. I’ll run through some of the highlights from the different aspects of the show.

The Venue – Like I said, this wasn’t our go-to concert viewing location. We were at the Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, PA. The set up was stadium style with the stands on the side, but they put down flooring for seating down on the field, that’s where we were. Now, the venue was nice with views of roller coasters in the background, but the seats weren’t my favorite. They were so close together that when everyone was sitting there was no way to avoid touching the person next to you. We were quite literally shoulder to shoulder. I’m not a super touchy person, so that did make me quite uncomfortable. The other downside was that since we were in the field section, everything was flat so if there were taller people in front of you it was tough seeing the stage. Plus can I just throw in, FOR PETESAKE PUt your PHONES DOWN AND BE IN THE MOMENT?! It was already a struggle to see over the people in front of us without everyone stretching their arms up to get an inevitably blurry Snapchat post. Other than those two downers, the venue was actually really nice. It could hold a lot of people and they had the lights going on the rides which made for a fun background. Plus, we got dropped off in the Chocolate World parking lot and had a very short walk to the Stadium.

The Opening Act – Not gonna lie, I was a little unsure of how I’d feel about the opening act for this tour because I don’t like country music very much. Kacey Musgraves opened the show and I really enjoyed it. She had a beautiful voice and carried herself really well on stage. It was a great opener to a great show!

The Show – Where to even begin? The show was phenomenal. Harry Styles is just a lovely human being. The show opened with images of his hands flashing on the screen trying to solve a Rubik’s Cube. Piece by piece it would start to come together, and anticipation grew as most of the audience had caught on to the fact that when the cube was solved he’d be out. Out he came in a mint blue, bell bottom suit! He was super engaged with the audience asking questions between songs, cracking jokes about dads/boyfriends who had obviously been dragged to the concert against their will, joking about how many bugs were flying around on stage, and generally making sure everyone was having a good time. He restated several times that he just wanted everyone to have the best night, whether that included singing along or dancing, he just wanted everyone to have a safe space to be themselves and enjoy their time. Plus, his voice sounds the same in real life as it does on record. He has such a pure and unique sound that transcends. He sang some old songs, most songs of his debut album, and even some songs he hasn’t released yet. This show now ranks at #2 on my list of all time favorite concerts.

The Merch – I couldn’t talk about the Harry Styles concert and not mention the tour merch. I absolutely LOVE the merch Harry had to go along with his tour. A majority of what he was selling had the praise “treat people with kindness” on them. I think it’s really incredible to see someone with such a huge influence doing something good and being a positive force to their audience. Besides the fact that they had such a good message attached, the shirts and sweatshirts are super soft. I got a yellow crewneck sweatshirt that I basically want to live in, and am really sad that I can’t right now because it’s been 90+ degrees in Tennessee every day. The sweatshirt has black embroidered stitching on the breast pocket area that says “Kiwi” and on the sleeve that says “I’m having your baby.” I also got a yellow t-shirt with black vinyl lettering across the front that says “treat people with kindness” and a black tote back that had Harry’s hands solving a Rubik’s Cube on it. The merch overall gets an A+ from me.

Overall, I had an amazing time at the Harry Styles concert. Even though I wasn’t feeling super great, I always end up getting sick before shows, I still had a lot of fun. What are some of your favorite concerts you’ve ever been to? Comment below!

Treat someone with kindness today!

xx,

Bailey