a semester in review

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Feelin’ hashtag blessed by a supportive fam.

i. Our fall concert was pretty bittersweet, because I’m taking next semester off from dancing in order to prepare for the MCAT. Choreographing at a collegiate level one last time was wonderful. Getting to share something you’ve created with an audience is completely breathtaking, and it’s an experience that I’ll never forget.


ii. I moved into an apartment this summer, along with three incredible friends. Not to brag or anything, but we successfully kept (almost) all of our houseplants alive, and only set off the complex’s fire alarm once. All four of us will be parting ways after senior year, in pursuit of either grad school or marriage– it’s made this year an incredibly precious. They each enrich my life, and are such a source of joy and encouragement.


iii. This semester I FINALLY got to see The 1975 live. I am not ashamed to say that it was one of the highlights of my semester… I plan on seeing them every chance that I get.
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iv. Finally, BOUND raised over $1,000 for human trafficking survivors through our Dressember fundraiser. I never would have imagined that it would have been so successful– it was a total Jesus thing. (Also, you can still donate! Check us out here: https://support.dressemberfoundation.org/team/98832 )

What were some of your highlights?



things i just really like

This song. I do not even care if it is cliche. I love it dearly. It fills me with feels. {Surprisingly, boyfriend likes it too! Even if he won’t admit it. ;)}



I’m not a huge makeup person, but I found Ipsy through a facebook friend, and decided to give it a whirl. It looks like a really fun service, and it’s cheap to boot! You can learn more about it here. The only downside appears to be their waiting list — which I am currently on. *sigh* 


My new car. I was previously driving a Toyota minivan that had about a quarter of a million miles on it, and a missing grill. (Said minivan’s transmission decided to bite the dust about three weeks ago — in the middle of an intersection.) I had been financially worried about finding a new vehicle, as I am starting college in a few months, and have a lot of extra expenses right now. But lo, this gem practically dropped into my lap — and the price was right, yay! (His name is Harold.) 


My last recital at my home studio is in a couple of months, which is all very sobering and sad. But this week we began getting fitted for costumes, which is all very fun. And since I’m dancing opening night as Belle, I got my tiara as well… Which was even more fun. (Also, I am actually not that pale in person. At least I hope not. Fluorescent lights are just not very forgiving.) 

I’m also loving the fact that there’s only two more weeks of school. And three more weeks until graduation. Also, barbecue wings.

That is all. 

– Tress