Sayonara Summer

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Labor Day Weekend is a bitter sweet time for me. It means summer is ending and winter is coming #GoTReference. No more beach days, 12+ hours of sun light, white jeans, or flip-flops. Normally I’d say I’m sad to see the long lazy days of summer go. However, Summer 2014 wasn’t my typical summer (thanks bar prep) so I have to say I’m ready to put it behind me.

After the bar exam I did do some exciting stuff like go to Florida, move in with my BF, learn to live with a puppy (still in progress), start my first real job, and survive a music festival. So I can’t say that summer 2014 was all that bad. Just a bit too condensed for my taste.

I use described LDW as bittersweet because I have to admit that fall is one of my favorite times of year. I think it stems from the fact that I secretly loved going back to school. More so than at New Years, I find autumn to be my time of change and renewal. New planners, new outfits, and new schedules. I love it all! Cue the low humidity, leaves changing colors, bonfires, broken in jeans, puffer vests, apple cider, football, and pumpkin everything. What’s not to like? Besides the whole winter is coming part…

-B

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Sh*t Not To Do Right Before the Beat Drops

Now I wouldn’t consider myself an EDM (Electronic Dance Music) fanatic but I’ve seen my fair share of world renowned DJs tear it up in a club in Miami or Atlantic City. When it comes to an EDM concert, there are a lot of interesting characters, outfits, and life choices. However, at the Made in America festival I was shocked by the truly poor decision making that these characters made.

If you’ve ever been to an EDM show you know that the crowd goes absolutely wild when the DJ “makes the beat drop”. You can feel that moment coming. It’s palpable in the crowd and the song. It is in that moment that I found fellow concert goers do some truly stupid stuff. This stuff was often dangerous (see # 2 and 3) and annoying (see # 1 and 4).

1. Take A Group Selfie

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I love that you love your friends but when you part the crowd like Moses at the Red Sea just as the crowd is about to go wild, you’re kind of cramping everyone else’s style. You pushed us back and away from the stage so you could stick or arm (or Go-Pro Stick) out and we aren’t amused. Also, please don’t roll your eyes when no one wants to take your group pic for you when the beat is about to drop. I don’t know about the rest of you but I go to concerts for the music, not for the instagram/snapchat moments.

2. Light a bowl

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This should be a no brainer, but unfortunately it’s not. Smoke weed. Whatever. When everyone is standing millimeters away from each other, the last thing you should be doing is lighting a flame. Go find a tree to sit under.

3. Get on someone’s shoulders

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My issue with this one is not what you may think. I frankly don’t care if I can see the stage. Like I said before, I’m there for the music. However, there should be some strategy employed before your drunk @$$ jumps on your drunk boyfriend’s shoulders. Don’t do it when the beat is about to drop. You’re just asking to fall backwards, to the side, or forward when the crowd unsettles your *ahem* base. Whatever the direction you end up falling, there is someone trying to rage. Wait for a calmer moment to steady yourself.

4. Try to leave

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The crowds are tight. There really is no good time to leave without squeezing through people. However, it is much easier to do so when the crowd is merely head bopping rather than jumping with arms flailing in every directions. You’re just asking to get whacked in the head, elbowed, or have your toes stepped on. The epitome of annoying? The human chain. You know who you are. Linking arms with 25 of your closest friends to escape the crowds doesn’t make things any easier. In fact, you’d probably get out a lot faster if you just grouped into pairs. Pick a meeting spot and stop wrapping the crowd up in your tangle of friends.

Phew. Rant complete. I got a whole other afternoon of debauchery in store just a few hours away. Until then: soaking my feet, eating lots of carbs, and enjoying the air conditioning.

-B

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25 Before 25

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So I turn 25 in just under 6 months. Now that I’m free from law school and bar prep and have a salaried income, I’m ready to make the most of every day. I was inspired by Mackenzie Horan’s 101 in 1001 to make a list of goals for designated period of time, but in 2.75 years my life will likely change too much to want to keep goals I set now. So I shortened the timeline to 6 months before my milestone birthday and accordingly lessened the number of goals.

There is so much I want to do with my life right now… buy a house…. go to Thailand… line up my next job… but for this list I needed to whittle down my goals to things that I could realistically accomplish in the next 6 months. For example, as much as I’d love to see a new country, visiting a new city is much more realistic. I made a page above so that I can keep track of my progress in one spot. So without further ado, here’s my list!

Mind

1. Learn Calligraphy

2. Learn how to use my DSLR camera

3. Read 6 books (1/month)

4. Learn Hebrew

5. Complete Whitney English Define Your Core Worksheets

6. Go to a new museum

Body

7. Complete 2 more races

8. Hold forearm plank for 2 minutes

9. Complete Kayla Itsines Program

10. Do a juice cleanse

11. Find a skin care regime

12. Play basketball with Abie

Soul

13. Switch to vegan beauty products

14. Join a “Young Friends” group

15. Volunteer somewhere 6 times

16. Grow a garden

17. Host a vegan dinner party

Adventure

18. Explore a new city

19. Go to a music festival

20. Go hiking

Save

21. Pack lunch every day for a month

22. Begin Retirement/Investment planning

23. Save a $5000 nest egg

Blog

24. Do a blog give away

25. Create a Philly guide for the blog

-B

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Cleanse Diary: Day 2

Dear Diary,

I want food. I want food all the time. If there’s one thing I’m taking from this cleanse, I’ve realized that when I’m bored, my first thought is “EAT SOMETHING!” I’m not hungry, I just want to munch. I’ve been thinking about food, pinning food, hell I smelled candles today at Bath and Body Works that smelled like food. Sea Salt Maple Popcorn? Be still my beating heart.

What it boils down to is that I’m sick of drinking juices and I’ve still got another day. Ugh. The juices all taste good but I’m bored. I want crunchy. I want chewy. I want savory, salty, sweet and everything in between. I really want to go to Dizengoff.

To be honest, I’m not getting the huge craze over cleanses. I don’t feel any different other than my extremely overactive bladder. No flat stomach, no flushed out digestive track, no internal “lightness.” The only thing I’ve been pleasantly surprised about is how well I’m surviving and recovering from my barre classes.

So….would I be the biggest failure in the world if I stopped tonight? See, I’m going to North Bowl and I’d LOVE some tots. I don’t think I’m strong enough to be in the presence of tots and not eat them. Napoleon Dynamite much? Regardless, Bonnie, make a strong mental note that if you ever have the glorious idea to cleanse again, that you should just do it for a day…. or a meal.

-B