Today’s forecast consisted of rain, so when the weather ended up being clear and seventy, I took full advantage and met a friend down at the pond. It was too cold to swim but was a pleasant temperature for relaxing on the dock. Being out of school early allows me to enjoy my summer vacation in spring weather, giving me the best of both worlds. My sea-foam gingham button down kept me warm while my white scalloped shorts prevented me from overheating. I’m definitely going to bring my swan float back to this spot when the weather warms up to spend a day peacefully floating on the pond.
Happy (late) Birthday to Jupiter! He turned 6 this past Saturday, May 20! I’m so grateful to have him in my life and that I can ride, dress up and spend time with him. He is such a sweet, smart, curious and amazing horse who is quick to learn and loves his job. He’s also turning into quite the little model and loves posing for the camera. I can’t wait to see all the great things he accomplishes and experiences that we will share!
Yesterday was the first real beach day of the season! It was just cool enough to lay in the hot sand and soak up some sunshine. The water was freezing but refreshing. I managed to hunt down a beach that was not too well-known so it wasn’t extremely crowded and the water was much more blue, clean and clear! I wore this adorable navy gingham bathing suit that I ordered recently. It was cut to fit perfectly. The bottoms covered just enough and the top didn’t budge. I also wore a floppy hat and sunglasses to protect my eyes, face and shoulders by shading me from the sun. I managed to leave the beach without a sunburn, a rare feat for me!
Exploring the National Arboretum was the perfect kick off to summer! Ready for warm, sunny days and numerous adventures.
With less than a week left living in D.C. until the Fall, I’m starting to think that I actually might miss it. Although I’m beyond excited to go home, it’s going to be strange not to be able to visit the Jefferson Memorial on a whim or be able to go visit Georgetown, a Smithsonian or even the White House at the drop of a hat. D.C. has given me a good first year. I’m excited to come back but am by no means counting down the days; summer cannot last long enough.
On this particular evening, I styled a light pink gingham blazer with a white eyelet top, white jeans, and white point toed pumps. The blazer paired with the white ensemble popped against the white marble as well as the sky as it faded from blue to pink to black. It was fun to explore the interior and exterior of the Jefferson, watch people take their prom photos and marvel in awe at the baby geese and their mothers, too precious!
I don’t remember ever not being stressed around this time of year. Last year I was worried about passing AP exams, finding a prom dress and date, picking a college, preparing for graduation, etc. Compared to that, this year is much more manageable. However, that doesn’t mean I’m not still stressed. I have no idea what I will receive as a grade in one of my classes as its entirety is based on my essay style final exam and a paper I handed in last week. I’m also stressed over physics; my performance on the upcoming final exam will make or break both my grade and GPA. It is for this reason that I’ve been focusing on de-stressing and clearing my mind so I can study and carry out tasks to the best of my ability.
Although going to the gym helps, riding is the only real way that I can clear my head, re-energize, and make my stress melt away. It is the one thing in life (other than chocolate) that will never fail to make me happy. This past week, I’ve ridden multiple horses every day and it has felt great. It’s giving me a peek into what my summer will (hopefully) look like, filled with horses and days spent at the barn.
Everyone needs a de-stressor, a hobby, a passion, something. We cannot expect ourselves to constantly work and tax our minds and bodies. There is a major difference between being distressed and de-stressed. It is necessary to have fun and to have a release. Escaping to the barn keeps me away from school and my negative thoughts about physics. Focusing all my attention on it would not insure me a great grade; it would only stress me out, make my under-eye circles worse, and make me feel drained and exhausted. I’ll do all that I can to get through my stressors successfully but they don’t have to consume me. Getting on a horse and riding is something that always has and always will make me happy and feel ready to tackle any task placed in front of me.