Saturday, May 23, 2015

that far off place called Scotland || UK Adventuring Part I

Well folks, I've been in Scotland and London for the past 9 days. I think that counts as a pretty darn good excuse for being absent from the blog, eh? Although I'm not sure anyone's noticed I've been gone. 

My mum and I traveled to London for 2 days, and then Scotland for 5 days.

I've been longing to walk the highlands and breath the wild air of Scotland. And last week, I finally did. Yet even with that phenomenal and breathtaking adventure, my wanderlust for Scotland has not been satisfied but rather intensified. And I do believe I've left a part of my heart in Scotland.

I'm not sure how all to describe the trip, it was just incredible. So while I dig around trying to find eloquent, descriptive, and informative words to describe my trip, please enjoy some snapshots of my journey (all taken with my phone).

The last three photos are of Abbotsford, Sir Walter Scott's house, in Melrose, Scotland.
Dunnottar Castle in Stonehaven, Scotland. Just breathtaking. 

More to come!

Saturday, May 9, 2015

World Fair Trade Day || What You Can Do to Make a Difference

Today is World Fair Trade Day.
It is in your power to change the world by choosing fair trade products.  

international FAIRTRADE Certification MarksYou may think, how can one person really make a difference? Well let me tell you, you have the power to change the world just by being conscious of where you buy your products.

Fair Trade America has put together a list of companies that are fair trade (and who display the fair trade mark). 

Friday, May 1, 2015

7 Tips to More Than Survive Finals

Well folks, finals are fast approaching. Yay. And what's worse, for me, is that this just so happens to be my second round of finals this semester. Can I hear another yay...

Okay, it's not all doom and gloom over here. There is a blessing of having two sets of 3 finals in one semester, rather than having one set of 6 finals at once. I took 6 classes this semester, but they were 1/2 semester classes (which means very compact, fast-paced classes. But it also means only 3 at a time, rather than 6 all at the same time). I chose this method so that I could continue to work full-time hours and volunteer (plus a few other things) while I got my education.

Once I get through this semester (and I plan on more than just surviving it), it's on to a four-year college for me. I'll be graduating in 2017 with two degrees in History and Justice/Global Policy, plus my associates degrees previously acquired. It's a long, tiring haul til the end.

But I know it's worth it.

Monday, April 20, 2015

nothing quite as loyal - WEEKLY QUOTE

Books. If you'd let me, I'm afraid I could go on and on about them. So much adventure, joy, mystery, life is found in books. Here's a snippet from the intro on my library page for an insight into why I love books so much:
"Books are fantastic. They tell the tales of long ago. They create imagery and descriptive accounts of both history and fiction. They tell the stories of brave heroes and fair maidens, of intellectual beings, and stark societies. They tell of adventures in far off lands, and of ones right in your own home. When you pick up a book (if it is a good book) the words will dance right off the page and create, right before your eyes, a whole new world. A world of mystery, fiction, drama, comedy, fantasy, suspense, history, all waiting to be revealed from inside those fantastic pages."

"There is no friend quite as loyal as a book."
-Ernest Hemingway

What's a current book you're reading right now? How about one of your favorite books?