Thursday, January 31, 2013

365 Days of Happy - Day 31

This is another piece from Thought Catalog. I get a lot of inspiration from reading articles from there. I hope one day that I can write as well as some of the articles I find there.

I like the prose below because it sounds like what love is. Love sounds so dreamy and mysterious, like a drug.

We Will Drink our Coffee and Complete our Novels and Lay in Sunlight and Sit in Darkness
By Tao Lin

We will drink beer and look at Facebook and write poetry about llamas and make drunken YouTube videos of us walking through a snowstorm at night in a gated community in Massachusetts. We will shower separately and meet in bed. You will turn off the light and I will sit on the bed and a car will pass on the street and its headlights through the window will briefly illuminate your left eyebrow and then your entire face as you walk toward me.

The next day you will work on a novel about a lonely woman in New York City. I will work on a novel about depressed movie stars who don't read books or look at blogs or have pets. We will meet in the living room at 3:30 pm and eat watermelon by the window and watch small children walk home from school. We will write poetry about planetariums and outdoor recess and drink iced coffee and lay on the carpeted floor listening to acoustic guitar music by sad women in their late-20s.

We will drive to a new Japanese restaurant across the street from a Wal-Mart shopping plaza and it will be very dark inside and we will sit side-by-side in a corner booth and hold hands under the table. We will eat edamame and drink green tea. We will stay more than two hours and our waitress will watch us from a distance and we will whisper illogical phrases to each other and nod with serious facial expressions and hold each other and look at the rest of the restaurant with wide and calm and discerning eyes while thinking about the future and death and the next day and boredom.

After dinner we will drive around listening to emotional guitar music from the mid-90s and you will rest your head on my shoulder and I will pet your hair and think about crying and you will look at the speedometer and think about your childhood. In a 24-hour grocery store at 2:30 am we will walk through the produce section and it will be very bright and I will say that I feel insane and drunk and you will pick up a muffin and ask me how many calories I think it is and I will say 860 and you will say 1120 and I will slap it out of your hand and while you are distracted I will kiss your mouth and then step back and look at your face. You will ask what I see and I will say your name and grin and hold your hand and we will walk through each aisle of the grocery store without talking. In the parking lot you will let go of my hand and run to the car and stare at me as I walk toward you with a neutral facial expression.

In bed at 5:30 am we will talk about organic gardening and small children and the future and Japan and Iceland and happy-sounding music with sad lyrics. When sunlight begins to brighten the room you will roll over and say you feel sleepy. I will pet your shoulder and hold you a little with my hand on your stomach. I wonder if you are asleep and think about my friend in elementary school who I played Zelda with on a regular Nintendo and what I would like the order of songs to be if I recorded a 5-song EP of sad songs with acoustic guitar and a muted drumset and a violin that sounded like it was being played in another room.

Song of the Day -- TBT

Ahh, good old Jim Croce. This is such a fantastic song.

Jim Croce - You Don't Mess Around With Jim

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

365 Days of Happy - Day 30

This video has been viral for the past few weeks and it's gotten over 25 million views on YouTube. It makes me laugh every time I watch it!

Song of the Day

Mumm-Ra - She's Got You High

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

365 Days of Happy - Day 29

So, like I said in this post, I'm not writing this blog to impress anyone else. I don't care if you don't like my taste in music, if you think I'm a terrible photographer, or if you think my 365 Days of Happy is stupid. That being said, this article I'm about to post is for my enjoyment, for my own reasons and records.

Okay, I didn't mean to sound that rude and cynical. I'm not a rude and cynical person (most of the time) in real life. What I am, though, is an introvert. Yes, I am an introvert! If you looked up the word 'introvert' in the dictionary, you would find the picture of me below. But, there is nothing wrong with me, just like there is nothing wrong with people who have Asperger's, people with disabilities, or people who are extroverts.

I used to think something was wrong with me, though. I've always been shy. I've always been the one in class who would slouch and stick my nose in my book when the teacher would call for volunteers. I've always been more comfortable being in my room, alone, than being at a party with a bunch of people. I'm just really different, and I wish people understood why I am the way I am.

I am quiet. I am conscious. I am aware. I am anxious. I am an introvert, and damn proud of it.

A few days ago, I stumbled upon this article written by Anna Runyan, a consultant and blogger at ClassyCareerGirl. It describes me so well that I thought I would share it with you. They are all true for me, except for #7. Hopefully you will get an insight into why I am the way I am.
If not, well... you can stop reading now. Seriously, get off my blog.

15 Reasons I Am Proud To Be An Introvert

1. I think before I speak so I almost never say something I wish I hadn't said.

2. I get a lot of stuff done at work because I can focus without talking to other people. I can concentrate for long periods of time.

3. I have very close friendships and relationships instead of a ton of acquaintances I kind of know.

4. I can talk for hours about something I am passionate about. Just ask me about blogging. (or traveling!)

5. I am calm during stressful situations at work and very thoughtful when handling problems. I consider my actions before taking them which clients appreciate. My clients know that they can trust me because I have thought and analyzed any action I plan to take.

6. I am a great listener and empathetic. I can put myself in someone else's shoes very easily.

7. I think I may actually give better presentations than some extroverts I know because I prepare, prepare and then prepare some more. Presentations usually go well for me because I say everything I want to say because I practiced ahead of time.

8. After some practice, interviews aren't extremely difficult for me because I am able to succinctly answer the interviewer's questions rather than talking too much. I am also great in one-on-one situations so I can nail one-on-one interviews.

9. Because I don't speak up that often, when I speak up now people listen because they know it's important.

10. Quiet time rejuvenates me and I love my peace and quiet. If I was an extrovert, I would probably not be able to blog so much because I would be at happy hour.

11. I don't like small talk at all. I want to go deep fast and get to know you.

12. I am never lonely. Give me an entire day, a good book and my computer and I am as happy as can be!

13. I am independent and don't care that much about what other people think about me.

14. I know myself pretty well because I have thought a lot about my strengths and weaknesses and pretty much over-analyze myself on a daily basis.

15. I learn a lot from other people in the classes I take. Just because I don't always raise my hand doesn't mean I am not listening. I am taking in every word that everyone else is saying and thinking about it.

Song of the Day - Covers

I've always wanted to learn how to play the tree.

Local Natives - Cecilia

Monday, January 28, 2013

365 Days of Happy - Day 28

If you haven't seen this ADORABLE video of Kid President yet, well... you're welcome. It's brilliant, inspiring, heartwarming and hilarious. I watch it whenever I'm down and it instantly motivates me to take on the world!

Song of the Day - Music Video Mondays

I'm not a big fan of Kanye West (especially because of when he so rudely interrupted poor Taylor Swift during the VMA's in 2009) but I love this song, especially the music video. I took a ballet class last year so ever since then I've been obsessed with ballet. 

Kanye West - Runaway

Sunday, January 27, 2013

365 Days of Happy - Day 27

I have been a member of Delta Zeta Sorority for going on four years now, and I can honestly say that it has been one of the smartest decisions I've ever made - to go Greek. I could write for hours about what I love about Delta Zeta, how it has changed me, the amazing women I've met, and I've got plenty of funny and heartwarming stories too, but I'll save that for another post.

Delta Zeta is part of Panhellenic Council, or PHC. PHC is the governing organization for women's sororities. They oversee 26 national sororities, including the two we have on our campus - Delta Zeta and Sigma Sigma Sigma. There is also a local sorority on campus - Alpha Sigma. And we also have Gamma Alpha Omega, a Latino Fraternal Organization. Even though those last two aren't technically in PHC, we hold meetings with them and do events, such as recruitment, together.

Spring recruitment is starting up soon, so all the members of PHC got these awesome pink tshirts that say 'Keep Calm & Go Greek'! We're all obsessed with them.

I love the 'Keep Calm & Carry On' slogan so much. I saw a lot of versions of it while I was studying abroad in Dublin, and a friend bought me this awesome Keep Calm It'll Be Grand poster in the back of the picture.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

365 Days of Happy - Day 26

I recently became obsessed with Thought Catalog. I'm not sure how to describe this website. Instead, I've written down their ten ideals (#10 is my favorite).

1. Thought Catalog is fun, smart and creative.
2. This site is well-designed and clutter-free.
3. Thought Catalog contributors are diverse.
4. We're nobrow and nonpartisan. We don't take any of this or ourselves too seriously. Culture is our politics.
5. Reading Thought Catalog will probably make you more interesting. You're going to discover stories, ideas, and voices here that you won't find in the mainstream media.
6. We're about today. But our mission is also archival. We plan on sticking around for a long time.
7. Our content is always vetted and (most of the time) edited.
8. We're generous. We're positive. We're friendly. We prefer to focus on the good than the bad. We're more celebratory than critical.
9. Important conversations happen here.
10. In a small way, you're supporting the future of journalism.

This called You Are Free Energy, written by Mila Jaroniec.

You are the universe unfurling.

Cold water on hot skin, your skin's a sleepless city, a cosmopolis comprised of so many things, vibrating latticework spun out of so many regenerating cells. Go anywhere, do anything, there are so many things and you have so many lives.

You have so many lives, push yourself into the void off the deep end. The void is a soundproof room, sleep in it or scream; the void wants to play, close your fingers around its neck and inhale it, ingest it, squeeze it inside your atrium and let its oxygen thicken your blood. You came from somewhere but you also came from nowhere; you're unstill matter, tabula rasa every single morning. You are so many things.

What is it like to be so many things?

The feather drift of an eyelash in the void, scar tissue crystallizing over wounds, infinite power grids of cells reflecting white light and cold fingernail shavings flicked across the linoleum. You're the connective tissue, white matter shifting and changing as the void gets up and stretches, indents pressed into its calcified skeleton, raw blood and saliva and the glia holding it together, dead cell dust on the floor. You are the neural charge, the first open eye; you set in motion with the ultimate cosmic yes.

You are so many things and you are so beautiful.

We're parallel worlds but you overwhelm me when your fingers touch my skin, its electricity crackles and I can't tell what goes where in time, or how many eternities there are wound tightly into now, but sometimes things touch you and nothing and sometimes things touch you and everything. Some things brush against you and seep through the cracks in your shell, dissolve into your system and alter its chemistry, sliding and diffusing through your viscera like fever-molten ice.

You're a spark that can flare up at any moment and die at any moment but for that moment I'm rooted in, transfixed and watching the crash; you are the universe unfurling, a blinding collision of unfiltered light and I can't look away.

I can't look away, your fingers touch my skin and my lungs tighten on contact, my heart ricochets violently and plummets into the void of my stomach like a monster elevator with cut wires and I can't look away; I want to absorb your energy and coast on it before the universe consumes me, hold onto it for a moment before I'm a consciousness without a body, before the primal frequency splinters my vertebrae and I'm chewed up and spit out again and again like seeds.

Friday, January 25, 2013

365 Days of Happy - Day 25

Some of you might know that I'm the Career Social Media Intern for Career & Leadership Development at UW-Whitewater (that's probably the longest title I will ever have). I'm not exaggerating when I say it is one of the best things that has ever happened to me (well... so far). 

I applied for the (cough *paid* cough) internship when I was studying abroad last year in Dublin. I think it was in March when my interview with Laura Jacobs was. She is now my supervisor, the UW-W Disney College Program advisor and an avid Badgers fan.

I remember that afternoon when my interview was scheduled with clarity. I put on a nice  blue and white button-down shirt and did my hair and makeup all nice. I was considering putting sweatpants on, because you can't see anything below the chest when you Skype (well, most times...) but I couldn't bring myself to wear sweats with a nice blouse. I even put on a pair of heels! Just knowing that I was wearing heels made me more confident! I guess it worked, because I got the internship.

I work with Heather Schwartz, who is becoming one of my best friends. She oversees the Facebook page and is developing a YouTube channel. She's really good at making and editing videos, coming up with creative events to promote UW-W Career, and has amazing photography skills. I oversee the Career Spotlight Blog and the Twitter page. I'm really good at dressing up nicely for a job where I stare at a computer screen all day, researching endlessly about social media marketing and trends, and taking long lunches with my friends (I'm kidding).

I say that this internship is the best thing that has ever happened to me because it's made me realize how much I LOVE social media. There are so many things I love about this internship, and I'll list a few for you: I work with an AWESOME coworker. Laura couldn't have picked a better team. We balance each other out (well, I think, at least) and get along really well. I like having my own office where I work with only one other person. I love the work I do - researching, writing blog posts, using Hootsuite to schedule tweets, and promoting UW-W Career by tabling and having fun events. I am so fortunate to have been chosen for this internship.

Ever since I started at my internship, and even before then, I've been really interested in social media. I would love to be a social media specialist and a blogger. And a world traveler. So, we'll see what happens.

In the mean time, set your eyes on this AWESOME video. My friend Ryan showed me this video today and I think it's so cool. This is the kind of stuff I'm interested in. I could research all day about it.

I also made dinner with my friend Cameron tonight! Well, he did most of the cooking...and drinking. We made a delicious pasta/sausage/vegetable mix thing. I couldn't tell you how we did it, but it did involve causing a grease fire in the oven and setting the smoke alarm off.

Song of the Day - Friday Favorites

I don't remember where or when I heard this song, but when I did, I fell in love. The lyrics are so beautiful and you can feel the love radiating from each chord strummed.

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros - Home

Thursday, January 24, 2013

365 Days of Happy - Day 24

My mom posted this to my Facebook wall yesterday, and since then, I've probably watched this video a thousand times. I laugh more and more each time I watch this. I really wish spiders could actually talk like this.

Song of the Day - TBT

This song reminds me of that scene in the first season of Lost, where Shannon sings this in French to Sayid. If you haven't gotten on the Lost bandwagon, GET ON IT naow. Lost is SUCH a good show.

Bobby Darin - Beyond The Sea

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

365 Days of Happy - Day 23

So I finally got my books for my classes today! I'm super pumped for this semester. I usually get like this at the beginning of every semester, but then my excitement slowly decreases, and by May, I'll be one grumpy, stressed out college girl with a severe case of senioritis.

I'm taking journalism and public relations classes, in case you wanted to know. I also bought the 2012 Associated Press Stylebook. I have one from 2010, and I have a feeling I will have a large collection of these by the end of my career. The Stylebook comes in really handy, especially if you want to know things, like where Kolkata is and how to spell kowtow.

Song of the Day

Beirut - East Harlem

365 Days of Happy - Day 22

My friend Ryan and I went to eat in the Down Under in the University Center tonight, and he got these incredibly messy wings. I hate eating with my hands, so instead of eating off his plate, like I would normally do, I took a picture of him instead.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Song of the Day - Covers

I'm not a huge fan of this little lady, but she does a nice cover of the Dolly Marten song Jolene (and she can rock a top knot like nobody's business). This video is pretty cute, being staged in what it looks like beneath a willow tree. I love the old school microphone, Miley's outfit and the sweet rack focus.

Miley Cyrus - Jolene

Monday, January 21, 2013

365 Days of Happy - Day 21

Part II

One of my favorite gifts I got for my 21st birthday was this book, given to me by my big sister Sarah. It is full of beautiful quotes.

Song of the Day - Music Video Mondays

Strangely enough, I discovered this music video via the Huffington Post. It's a bit disturbing, but also really intriguing.

Alt-J - Breezeblocks

Sunday, January 20, 2013

365 Days of Happy - Day 20

Part I

A year ago around this time, I celebrated my 21st birthday party (a month late, yes) with all of my close friends at Jessica's Restaurant, my favorite place to eat in Whitewater. My sorority sisters made this beautiful shot book for me and took me out to the bars after dinner! Here are some pictures from that night...

My little Leah was so sad that I was leaving for Ireland a few weeks after this night! Boo hoo :(

My beautiful big sister and I!

Guys were buying me shots left and right! That never happens!

It was such a fun night :)

Saturday, January 19, 2013

365 Days of Happy - Day 19

A few years ago, Starbucks ran a campaign called 'The Way I See It'. They made special cups with inspirational quotes on the side. While I'm not a huge fan of Starbucks, and I haven't even received one of these cups, I stumbled upon these cups on the internet a while ago and I love the messages. I'm really into inspiring and beautiful quotes so this will be the first of many Happy quote posts. Enjoy.

Friday, January 18, 2013

365 Days of Happy - Day 18

So, I have a kitten. He is orange and his name is Simba. I'm obsessed with him and am honestly surprised I've held out for so long by not posting any pictures of him yet (but don't worry, one day I'll just flood this blog with pictures of Simba). I am definitely on my way to becoming a crazy cat lady. Cats are just so adorable. They make me smile. Especially these ones below.

Song of the Day - Friday Favorites

You may have heard this song before. It was in the movies It's Kind of a Funny Story and Crazy Stupid Love. It is one of my absolute favorite songs. I hope you like it.

The Middle East - Blood

Thursday, January 17, 2013

365 Days of Happy - Day 17

My friend recently showed me this - If The World Were A Village of 100 People. Look through some of the prints I've posted below, and check out this article for more information.

This project really puts the world in perspective. 

This print is one of my favorites. Where I come from, getting a college education is very accessible. For some it's affordable, too. But in other parts of the world, the only education some might have is an elementary education, if that.

Song of the Day - TBT

I've always loved this song.

Looking Glass - Brandy (You're A Fine Girl)

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

365 Days of Happy - Day 16

Maurice Sendak wrote Where The Wild Things Are, a book that I wasn't into as a child, but loved the movie as an adult (how does that work?). He passed away last year, and when I was looking through blog posts and articles commemorating his work, I stumbled upon this gem. This one interview question makes me so happy.

Song of the Day

An old high school ex-boyfriend introduced me to this musician. For that, Evan, I thank you. 

I love all of his songs, his lyrics, and his raspy voice. Plus he's not bad on the eyes. If you like it too I suggest you check out some other songs by him: Te Amo, Other Ways and Well I Say...

Trevor Hall - Brand New Day

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

365 Days of Happy - Day 15

As some of you might know, I love traveling. I got the travel bug from my mom, who travels overseas usually once a year. Studying abroad was one of the best things that ever happened to me and I learned so much by traveling to other countries. I visited Poland, Germany and  Scotland, to name a few. I would love to travel to Amsterdam, along with Iceland, New Zealand and South Africa. I could write on and on about how much I've learned and how I've changed with each trip I go on, but I'll let this article by Erin Farber do the talking.

10 Things Americans Can Learn From Amsterdammers 

While this country may be relatively unfamiliar to many - who confuse its guttural language with German and tall, blonde citizens of the Danes - there is actually a wealth of life lessons that Americans can learn from the people of the low lands. Here are my top 10. And no, none of them have to do with red lights or herbal delights.

1. Don't spend more than you have.If you understand this, you understand the Dutch people. They simply don't buy things they can't pay for in cold hard cash. I once had to painstakingly explain to a colleague the difference between a debit and credit card; because in Holland, your credit card balance is generally deducted from your bank account at the end of the month. I resisted at first - I mean, why even have a credit card if you're just going to pay it off in full?! But once I did, I found it's liberating to live within your means. And that's a feeling even money can't buy.

2. Travel to places where no one speaks your language. Dutch is spoken by just over 25 million people around the world (compared with the some 1.5 billion who speak English), and all of Holland would fit in the state of Maryland, give or take. That's why traveling abroad and exploring new cultures and languages is vital to the Dutch people's existence, dating back to the days of New Amsterdam. With their casually styled blond locks and six-foot-plus stature, they may stick out like an American tourist in white running sneakers; however, they are generally hungry to leave the comforts of home and discover new sights, sounds, and people.

3. Realize less choice is often more. Some pulp, no pulp, low pulp, lots of pulp - whenever I used to visit my family in the states, the grocery store always reminded me of how far away I had moved from American and its 'consumer choice'. Albert Heijn, one of Amsterdam's main grocery store chains, stocks only two types of orange juice: 'cold' and 'not cold'. (You pay more for cold.) Market researchers have often written about the fact that too much choice can paralyze consumers. And as an indecisive gal myself, I'm not immune. I love the idea of lots of choice, but find it overwhelming in reality (I'm looking at you, laundry detergent aisle!), so pour me a glass of OJ any way you like.

4. Always offer guests coffee or tea. The English word cookie comes from Dutch - koekje. This is not surprising considering every time you're a guest at an office or home, you will inevitably be offered coffee or tea and one small cookie (never two). While the American in me always wished for just one more sweet treat, this little detail, however small, seemed to make that difficult business meeting a little friendlier or that evening with friends a little cozier. As they say: this is gezellig, no?

5. Eat fried food. In moderation, of course. It's ironic that one of the things I miss most about Amsterdam is the fried bar snacks or hapjes. Now, it's probably not the batter dipped cheese sticks that I'm missing, but the fun times with friends down at the neighborhood pub. That said, a bitterbal (a deep fried sphere, filled with a creamy mystery meat) can be heavenly, especially when accompanied by a three-euro glass of house wine. Fortunately, I never felt pressured to deny myself these little pleasures, and I miraculously managed not to pack on the pounds but actually lose weight. (Hey, it's not just French women who don't get fat!) Most importantly, thought, I came to learn that moderation doesn't always mean less, but sometimes more.

6. Integrate exercise into your everyday routine. This goes hand-in-hand with eating in moderation. Part of the reason the Dutch manage to stay so fit is because they cycle everywhere, come rain or shine (well, more like rain and rain). Exercise isn't a chore - something you dread and have to squeeze into your busy schedule - it is simply a means of getting to work (even if you're a CEO!), picking up the kids from daycare, or avoiding driving home in your car after one two many Heinekens.

7. Take time for lunch, even if it's just 20 minutes. Lunch in Holland may be basic (read: boring), consisting of a couple of slices of Gouda cheese on generic bruin bread and a glass of milk. But this midday meal is not about the food, like in France or Italy; it's about taking a moment to recharge, to breathe in and out, and perhaps even catch up with colleagues, assuming you like them. Regardless of the country, there are people who work hard and those who don't; those who are team players and those just out for themselves. But taking 20 minutes out of the day for yourself does not place you in one of these categories; not will it make or break your career.

8. Appreciate the little luxuries in life. The Dutch can appear frugal, but when they decide to 'splurge,' they appreciate their indulgences to the fullest. Ladies, don't expect to pop into an Amsterdam  nail salon, for instance, and expect to be accommodated without an appointment. A basic manicure alone takes about 50 minutes and requires you to book more than a week in advance; according to my Dutch manicurist, getting your nails done is a luxury that should never be rushed. What a contrast to my experience in NYC, where I used to squeeze my weekly mani/pedi into my 30-minute lunch break, as if it were just another chore on the checklist. But as a nail polish enthusiast - and owner of my own lacquer line - I must agree that when treated as something special, a manicure can help you appreciate the little things in life. Now, I be you didn't know nail polish could do that!

9. Tell it like it is (politely). 'You're wearing so much blush.' That's what a gangly looking male colleague said to me in a thick Dutch accent one morning before a big business meeting. In the early years of living in Amsterdam, I would have taken offense and agonized for the next hour about how I should have used less bronzer (what's a girl to do - it's cloudy over half the year!). But I eventually learned to take on board this direct feedback and use it to my advantage, recognizing that the Dutch rarely say things to be cruel and never leave room for interpretation. You always know where you stand...and what you look like.

10. Ice skate every chance you get. I just painted you a picture of a grounded and rational bunch. That is, until the first snowfall. For some reason, when the weather decides to throw moderation to the wind, so do the people. It only takes a few below-freezing days to get the whole country worked up in anticipation of the elfstedentocht, when masses of Nederlanders skate the canals through eleven different cities. It only happens once every 10 to 20 years, but this hasn't stopped grown men from playing hooky from work, grabbing their ice skates, and enjoying a winter moment with childlike enthusiasm. Because in Amsterdam, as with anything in life, the rain will come soon enough, so play while you can.

Song of the Day - Covers

Remember when the song Pumped Up Kicks by Foster the People came out a few years ago and it was suddenly everyone was listening to it? And it got so annoying because it was so popular? Have you ever really listened to the lyrics?

According to Wikipedia (oh come on, it is totally a reliable news source. Don't deny that you don't use it to look something up really quick), 'the lyrics to Pumped Up Kicks are written from the perspective of a troubled and delusional youth with homicidal thoughts. The lines in the chorus warn potential victims to 'outrun my gun' and that they 'better run, better run, faster than my bullet'. 

Foster said in a statement to, 'I wrote Pumped Up Kicks when I began to read about the growing trend in teenage mental illness. I wanted to understand the psychology behind it because it was foreign to me. It was terrifying how mental illness among youth had skyrocketed in the last decade.'

In writing the song, Foster wanted to 'get inside the head of an isolated, psychotic kid' and 'bring awareness' to the issue of gun violence amongst youth. 'I like to write about real-life topics, and I like to write about different walks of life. For me, that song was really an observation about something that's happening in the youth culture these days. I guess I wanted to reveal that internal dialogue of a kid who doesn't have anywhere to turn, and I think the song has kind of done its job.'

You've all heard the original. Kick back and enjoy this version.

Cris Cab - Pumped Up Kicks

Monday, January 14, 2013

365 Days of Happy - Day 14

This makes me laugh every time I watch this. I love Ellen.

Song of the Day - Music Video Mondays

I first heard about Life in Film because I follow the Burberry Acoustic page on Facebook. Burberry Acoustic is definitely a fan of indie musicians with soft, live music videos.

I love this video for so many reasons. One, that they're in a little backyard in London, two, that the focus goes back and forth, from the guitar strings to the guys in the back... three, that all the cute tattooed blonde in the blue shirt does is play the xylophone and clap his hands and it's beautiful, but I especially love the little black and white surprise at the end. Enjoy.

Life in Film - Alleyway

Sunday, January 13, 2013

365 Days of Happy - Day 13

Apart from working at Career & Leadership Development at UW-Whitewater, I also work at the Pharmacy Station in my hometown. I've been working there since 2006 and I love it. I'm so fortunate to be employed at the pharmacy for so long! I took a few pictures when I worked there today. 

Green With Envy

The other night, my little sister spent the night at my place. I made her watch Garden State with me (only because Natalie Portman's character totally reminded me of her!), we made cookies, drank wine, and talked for hours. This girl is one of my very best friends and I am so lucky that she is my little sister.

I told her about this silly blog and somehow convinced her to dress up in my clothes and be a model for me. It actually worked out perfectly because I sent Vogue these pictures and they want to fly her out to Paris next week for Fashion Week. I mean, why wouldn't they? Leah is absolutely stunning.

Dress - Urban Outfitters - $30
Faux Fur Scarf - Pharmacy Station - $35
Shoes - Nine West - $30
Ring - Earthbound Trading - $6
Bracelet - Somewhere in Berlin, Germany
Nail Polish - Berry Hard by Essie

Model - Leah Wasylik
Location - My house in Whitewater, Wisconsin