21 and Here’s what I’ve Done

02/10/20 – Tried not to get sick.

02/11/20 – Got sick anyways.

02/12/20 – Started my birthday in the DMV. Sat next to a flight attendant on the plane ride to Seattle. Watched him eat about a dozen Oreos on a half-hour flight.

Plane ride from Spokane to Seattle

02/13/20 – Realized carrying a laptop and five school books gets pretty heavy, and deodorant is probably still a good idea even if you’re packing light.

Airport in Korea

02/14/20 – Landed in Manila, the Philippines.

Streets of Manilla

02/16/20 – Told my cousin to chuck a roast bird across the room during my grandpa’s 90th birthday celebration. She questioned my sanity. Passed out in the middle of taking pictures.

02/17/20 – Went to a cool restaurant in Antipolo City with some of the cousin gang. Ate fried squid and watched live performers.

Swipe right to hear the live performers.

02/18/20 – Got my hair highlighted for cheap. Realized why it was cheap.

02/20/20 – Rode a pedi cab. Drank coconut juice from the coconut like a real local.

Pedi Cab in Manilla

02/21/20 – Got serenaded by two guys in the restroom. That was weird.

02/22/20 – Had the best sushi in my life. Hung out on the beach.

Beach in Manilla

02/23/20 – Bought deodorant.

02/24/20 – Landed in Korea after a 14 hour flight. Couldn’t feel my ankles due to extreme swelling. I guess I’m old now.

02/25/20 – Home, Sweet Home.

Seattle to Spokane Flight

02/28/20 – Got my hair fixed.

03/01/20 – Helped my friend push her vehicle out of the police parking spot on campus. It wouldn’t shift to reverse. I told her parking there for a minute was a bad idea.

03/02/20 – Bought compression socks for my trip to New York City.

✌️Cheers y’all! I guess this is my travel year.

P.S: I promise more pics of the Philippines to follow 🙂

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!

Hello, World

It’s 8 p.m. and I’m sitting at my table just marking off the 3rd of my 10 item to-do list. The water pump isn’t working so I’m currently quenching myself with LaCroix and waiting for it to feel late enough to hit the sack. And as I wait here, I wonder what drives me. And what am I willing to walk fire for. And what I’m willing to give up.

As time ticks by, bringing closer the arrival of a new year, I think back to my goals, how high I’d set them, and how much I’d hate myself for not finishing up.

But is it the goals

Or is

it

the Moments

Or is it

a

b a l a n c e d

mixture

of

Both

?

House pictures, as promised

Here are some house pictures, as I promised a couple months ago. Hehe. It’s been fun getting to do a little interior decorating. Currently, the kitchen is a complete disaster because of the canning season, so no pics of that. Well, not a complete disaster, but my sister is working her way through 1 million apples so the peels are coming out of our ears.

Here’s the living room.

Before:

(sorry for the bad cellphone pic)

After:

I painted the walls Cloud Cover, a slightly grayish-white. The tables came from Facebook yardsale and the couch from a secondhand store. I decided to go with a slight beach and travel theme.

I found the matching anchor pillows at Goodwill for $2.99 each.

The lighthouse coasters were also from Goodwill.

This old wine box serves as a shoeholder.

And, yeah, I love indoor plants.

Here’s the dining room before picture:

Sorry, another phone picture.

And after:

And there’s my laptop and camera junk….and a hammer…on the table

I tried to add light by putting in the little mirrors but they sort of do nothing but look cute.

And here’s a few pictures of the tidier parts of the kitchen.

And of course, the bathroom. Sorry, I have no good before pictures.

Yes, that’s a real plant.
I found that little message in a bottle at a thrift shop last year.
I’m an Anne of Green Gables fan 🙂

Hope you enjoyed the tour!

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.

Seasons of Change

Change is inevitable. It’s not always bad, nor good. But it always happens.

A friend once told me that my life was like a movie. And now I see what she means. My life has changed crazily and rapidly. In one year, I went from a 4-H homeschool girl with big dreams and plenty of time for adventures to a run-from-class-to-class college student juggling two jobs.

But the dreams are still there.

Dreams of traveling the world with a pen and paper, the wind in your face and sun on your hair. Of early mornings in the garden with coffee, and late nights on the porch rocker watching the starts come out. Of sleeping on the beach and hiking in the mountain. Of getting the last paragraph typed.

I had this dream my life would be.

And so I’ve let go of my lifeguard job so I could have more time to start my little business and more time to write. Time. Every time I’ve let go of something to free myself up, I’ve looked back and wondered how I lived through that season.

And that’s life.

The real and the messy. The mud, blood, and tears.

Well, not too much blood. So far my worst injury was shooting myself with a nail gun and I aim to keep it that way. So let’s hope my aim is better.

Here’s to the raw.

I cried last night. And have lately…a lot. With everything swirling out of your control, sometimes the weight of the world seems upon you. But it’s not. And it’s under His control.

Isn’t it so awesome that our God never changes?

Be very sure, your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!

Ruth Cye Jones

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