March Highlights – Moving Forward

These past two months have been a whirlwind of a ride, from the Philippines to New York City to coming back home to beautiful Coeur d’Alene, Idaho and finding that life as I had known it had been totally changed.

Trying to get some of my geography homework out of the way in our Airbnb.

Upon returning home from NYC, my classmates and I were quarantined in an Airbnb not far from our college campus. There we spent two weeks working endlessly on our school magazine. I’m not kidding it was literally wake up, eat, work on the magazine, eat, work on the magazine, eat, go to bed. (I love getting tasks complete so I’m a bit of a workaholic and was cracking down on all the staff.)

Our Airbnb newsroom.

You can imagine that such a repetitive daily routine gets a bit overwhelming. I have to admit this extrovert was going a little crazy, especially during the last two days. Overall, I thought it was quite interesting to see the effect that isolation would have upon me. To sum it up, I think I went brain dead in terms of socialization and wound up mentally exhausted from the overload of schoolwork.

I think I put on jeans twice during quarantine…maybe twice

As our quarantine lifted, my classmate and I got security to unlock the newsroom on campus so we could each grab a Mac to take back to our homes for continued work on the school magazine. We probably looked like regular thieves loading all that equipment up into my little black Ford Focus.

It was a sad day driving back to my CDA home and packing everything up there and loading that on top of my stuff from the Airbnb. I moved from two houses in one day back to my own little apartment up north to be closer to family.

My new home office.

After a day of recovery (plus some spring cleaning), I am back to work in my “new” home. My plan for the upcoming week is to get as much homework that’s possible out of the way so I have the rest of my semester cleared to work on finishing up my next book! (Did I mention I was a workaholic?!) What better time than now to finally get it done!

I also got a lot of planning for the next semester completed. I have one class for my photography degree that isn’t offered again until next spring, so I decided to just go to school for one more full year and study music theory. I also put in an application to run for student government. My friend Melissa helped me film a campaign video since everything has to be online and let’s just say it’s….well, not ideal.

Looking forward, I really hope that the skies clear up ahead! But until then, I hope I’ll be able to make the best of it and give some much-needed attention to tasks at hand. I pray you all are keeping sane through these wild times. At least the memes are good.

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January/February Highlights

and Boom,

school started. But that’s okay because I needed something to keep busy anyway.

I’m taking 19 credits this semester! So that will be fun 🙂

But before all that:

I went ice skating with friends!

and learned to turn correctly on a snowboard….kinda, I’m still pretty bad at it. I’m looking forward to getting more boarding in next year!

Right now I’m enjoying some town life living closer to the college. It’s so much easier being closer to school. I’m a short drive from my office and now I can actually go to more school events like the sports games.

I’ve also been looking into local theater :). Now that the commute is shorter, I’m hoping I’ll finally be able to pursue my dreams of being involved in theater.

02/17/20

And now it’s February.

My past weeks have been crazy trying to prep for one of the biggest trips of my life. Full disclosure in my next post 🙂

But before then…

I got my second concussion after going off a jump while sledding…but not before some seriously sweet air time.

I’ve been enjoying my photojournalism class…even though it’s crazy hard. Or maybe not too much but since I overthink everything it is. Also, since it’s journalism, you’re not allowed to edit any of your pictures or set up shots unless it’s a portrait. However, it’s been super fun. I love trying to capture people’s personalities in pictures.

Here’s two of my favorites that I took for the class:

Haha, yeah, I’m also involved in the music department.

As always, you can follow my photography journey on Facebook and Instagram.

I also had a good time celebrating my birthday with friends….twice! Good thing Denny’s is open at 1 a.m!

Last note: It’s weird being an adult.

November/December Highlights

I feel like I’m always behind writing these posts! Life is just so busy! The semester ended so now I have a bit of a break to get some stuff done before school starts up again.

It was quite a hustling semester! I was the social media editor for the school paper, The Sentinel. The team also publishes a magazine once a semester, which was a lot of fun but a lot of work!

yeah, those are my feet 🙂

Besides that, I’ve been working on photography a lot. I took a class this semester and added getting a photography degree to my list of want-to-dos. I also bought Lightroom, a photo editing software, and made a Facebook page and Instagram for my photography if you’d like to follow my adventure. Here’s also a few pictures from my last two sessions:

Besides taking photos, I’ve been enjoying voice lessons through NIC. I also had fun working as an elf at the resort for a few days over the holiday season.

And now that school is out, skiing and snowboarding are on! Looking forward to having some fun over the break, and prepping for the new semester.

October Highlights

I should really be doing homework…but I’ve had brain fog for the last couple days, compliments of a cold plus my wisdom teeth getting pulled out (which by the way, laughing gas is like the funnest thing ever just saying. And my dentist [yeah, dentist, not oral surgeon] was super cool and let me look at my holes mid procedure).

So here’s my October highlights.

I had a super fun sister date with my lil’ sis for her b-day. We had sushi and watched the new Spider-man. This picture was taken at the harvest carnival where we helped run games.

I also got to help a friend cook for another harvest carnival in Montana. That was a lot of fun, and gave me another opportunity to wear my prairie dress and sport my camera. I’ve also been able to play with studio lighting at my college.

Here’s one of my favorite studio shots

The Sentinel’s fall magazine is almost ready for print (just like our semester is coming close to an end, yay!) and that’s super great especially because I’m so done with going to coffee shops. What started out as a super fun project had turned into a dreaded chore, but I’ve successfully been acquainted with every coffee shop within 2 miles of campus so mission achieved.

The school hosted a roller skating night

And I know I did other things but maybe this brain fog is just too strong for me to think. There was also a concert, a couple dances and plays, Panda Express runs, and most likely mad librarians in there somewhere. Probably the best memory is my friend tearing across the Student Union Building at the mention of free cookies.

Hope you all have a happy, happy fall!

August/September Highlights

Sometime towards the end of August

I feel like I begin every highlight post with “the month has just flown by,” but that’s how I feel every month!

School started! I’m taking a lot of fun classes this semester including voice, a journalism class in which I’m an editor for the school paper (and I get part of tuition paid through that!), and a photography class. It’s a new season once again, fall is making its entrance. . . we’ve even had snow already!

As I look back on this summer, honestly, I didn’t do that much. I mean I did a lot, but nothing memorable. (Isn’t that sad?!) Mostly just worked and crammed in two college courses (which was super hard). So that was fun, NOT! But I made it! (And I’d probably do it again next year just to finish up.) I’m hoping to make this fall season a little more exciting and try to work on my book again if the rest of my schedule would just calm itself down a bit.

10/07/19…..oh geez

But for now, I am loving my photography class! I have learned so much about operating a camera this past month. I love photographing people especially and recently did a newborn shoot which was super fun.

And hey, I did another fun thing! I went to Lake Moraine and Lake Louise up in Canada….gotta use that ol’ passport again.

That beautiful blue just soothes the soul.

And besides that, I’ve just been working on my place a bit. Pictures will come soon, I promise.

P.S: Take me to a pumpkin patch and we can be friends forever.

June/July Highlights

Hi all,

It’s been quite a summer so far, as in I’ve been soooooo busy!

But I just finished my summer semester and got my 4.0 so that’s all good. I also had to complete a bunch of extra summer jobs. Now I’m busy trying to get everything ready for school in fall and finish redecorating the house. (I’ve found that I love indoor plants.) Pics coming soon!

I’ve also been working on my new business, hannah’s honeybees. I’ll share a link with you all once my website is up so you can check out my products.

For the fun part though, I had a great visit with my cousin.

Looking forward to the fair! I’ll be entering some of my pictures.

Hannah

May Highlights

Currently smiling ’cause school’s out and I got my 4.0 GPA. Booyah! ✌

The month has been pretty jam packed with finishing up school and finals. (It’s weird how you get so lazy at the end of the semester. I start calculating how many points I can afford to miss before I lose my A.)

But I did some cool stuff, too.

For one, I went to Canada! Finally got to use my passport that I spent some buck$ on! (And there definitely will be more use put into that!)

Nelson, Canada
And here I am on the ferry boat #supercoolstuff 😂 ik I’m so rad, right?

And I got to dress up for work for the annual Lost in the 50’s car show.

50’s outfit for work. Kinda ended up looking more like Rosie the Riveter, though, haha!

Lame pic, but yanno, it’s all I got. P.S: I worked a double shift . . . backstory for the Rockstar. Another fun fact, I found my entire outfit like the day before at the thrift shop, so how’s that for awesome….also my terrible last minute planning is showing, but just being honest here, folks.

And I took my good friend and her sister camping since I’m missing her bachelorette party. Let’s just say after forgetting the keys and having to run back for them, almost wrecking my car by driving over a cement post, and then getting the keys but lacking the skills to unlock the camper for the first 10 minutes, we knew it was going to be a awesome party.

That frog, man. I found that frog at the lake 🤣

I got to try out my photography skills (or lack thereof) on a super fun trip through Washington looking for old barns and other cool stuff. We found an old farmhouse with letters dated back in the early 1900s. (Haha, they were like from Virginia’s time.)

That also brought on another fit of allergies (I developed an allergic reaction to mold last spring) and let’s just say I spent last night feeling like I was going to puke, and crawling down the stairs at 4:10 a.m. to head out for lifeguarding was pretty rough.

However, it was worth it! Below you may view my official portfolio. 😊

Currently, I’m looking forward to boating time on the lake, the last four days before summer semester starts (ahhhhh, why so fast, pleaz stop), and living off of something other than Mexican food at work or the box of granola bars from Costco in the trunk of my car (which are currently melting as the weather gets warmer). #thecollegelife

I actually baked a bit today! (Ha, and I’m that girl that used to bake all the family’s bread from age 11 on up. I learned that not using these skills can make you start losing them. Starting to understand why so many girls get married out of college without knowing how to cook.)

Currently making biscotti for those awesome guys at the local tire shop who constantly patched my tires and kept me running to school and work on time.🙌 Cuz for real, sometimes I’m just that helpless…

But I sincerely believe I’m living my best life.

So until we chat again, keep your powder dry.

Much love,

~Hannah

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.”

James 1:17 ESV

April Highlights

THREE MORE WEEKS!!!

Guys, I have three more weeks of school, then I’m out!

For two weeks before summer.

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                         Lake Coeur d’Alene NIC campus

I also have to return my camera to the school when the semester is out, so I’m looking for a new one. I’ve learned I like to take people pictures the most, because they’re so full of life.

Here’s a pic my friend snapped while I was doing some shots for her.

And sadly, that’s all I got. I promise you my next month will be more exciting!

~Hannah

March Highlights

03/25/19

Did someone say spring?

Yes! I did.

Haha, yes I know that was a lame joke.

I’m so thrilled that spring break is here, and I only have 5 weeks left at school! . . . .then 2 free weeks before summer semester starts……

But for now, FREEDOM!

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04/15/19

Then I ended up covering shifts but it’s all good.

So here’s my March highlights now I’m finally above the waters a bit.

It’s finally warming up, so between classes we go out on the beach! My college campus is conveniently located on the shores of lake Coeur d’Alene.

I chaperoned at a youth retreat in Montana where I snapped this pic at an old phone booth of the highway. We climbed up the buttes behind the campus in snow a few feet deep for some fun. 

This YMCA office has been my homework place lately during my breaks. Which I actually should be doing at the moment since I got an assignment due. Until next time, cheers!

February Highlights

I picked my college degree focus!

Well, I picked two actually: Journalism and photography.

And this is the girl who was never going to go to college. Hahahaha

I started out attending school last fall, with the intention of taking only English classes so I could better my writing skills. I ended up taking English and joining a choir. (I thought I was just signing up for voice lessons, haha.)

And then….

I thought college was kinda cool

….and I found out I only needed to take one math class to compete a degree.

Fun Fact: I hate math.

So,

I decided to get an AA.

Originally, I was going to go for English. But then my adviser enrolled me in a journalism class that I ended up loving. And I realized I didn’t like the English program.

After some research, I found out with only 4 more classes, so one semester, I could add an AA in photography, too.

So let’s hope I get through college soon so I have more time for writing.

This wasn’t a regular monthly highlight. But, that’s cause all I’ve done this month is work and school.

But here’s a photo of my latest toy I borrowed from the journalism department. Pretty soon you should start seeing some shots. Let’s hope I’m a natural 🙂

this is a picture of a camera, but I
would like to point out that my Converse are pretty sweet, too