I'm getting close

It has begun to sink in. 
What has begun to sink in, you might ask? 
The realization that I graduate in less than 4 months. 
Today marked my last first day of college classes ever! 

While I'm always a bit sad to leave home, there is nothing quite like the first day back at school! Today was a little different for me though. Today marked my last time buying school supplies for another semester (lets be honest, I'll never stop buying school supplies!) ;-) It marked the last time I'll feel the anticipation of what my classes will be like and who will be in my class. It marked the last time I will have to wait in the bookstore line for textbooks. It marked the beginning of many other lasts that I will be having over the course of the next few months. 


Being a senior in high school meant more fun to look forward to in college. But the reality is starting to sink in as a senior in college about to enter the working world. I have enjoyed my past three and a half years here and while I am ready to see where the real world takes me I am really going to miss college and all of the fun times & opportunities I have had here. I'm definitely having mixed emotions... I am so ready to be done with papers, tests, group projects and meaningless work but I'm not sure I'm ready to be on my own working 9-5. 

I'm sure these next four months will bring a lot of mixed emotions for me. Looking back & moving forward. I am ready to soak up these next few months, enjoy them, and ready to see what opportunities lie ahead!

Is anyone else experiencing their "lasts" too?


Lets get personal

Happy Thursday ladies (and gentlemen!) I am so excited for Friday, it's so close! I thought today I would get a little personal on my blog. I have been going back and forth on whether I would actually write and post this and after much debate I decided to..... it is my blog after all. 

I think in the blog world there are a lot of misconceptions about people. We spend our time reading about other strangers lives. We read what bloggers want us to read. We are given (or give) certain information while other information stays private. 

And that's what I'm here to talk about. I started a blog (before this one) that was 100% private. No one knew my name, where I was from...nothing. I blogged about products I liked. But, that wasn't the type of blog I wanted. I didn't want a blog that I had to hide behind. So, I created Life of Emily almost one year ago and decided to be a little less private.

Now, I debated what I wanted to reveal about myself on my blog. At first not my name...then I revealed my name...not the college I attend...but as I let my guard down and my blog got more personal that became more apparent....not the town I'm from...but if you follow me on twitter or talk to me a lot, you probably have some idea. 

I just wanted to let everyone know that my blog is mine. It is real. It is me. It is not my whole life, just snippets. I write my blog to share, to remember, to introduce. I write my blog so I have something to look back on down the road. I also try to be pretty positive on my blog. I do not share all of the good times. I do not share all of the bad times (believe me, there are plenty). This is not my journal! 

Basically, I am human. I share certain information, but I also keep certain information private. My life is far from perfect. I'm laughing at the fact that anyone might think my life is. I just don't always share about the down times because lets be honest my blog isn't a pity party. But, I get bad grades. I get in fights with my dysfunctional family. I fight with Hunter. I mess up. I do stupid stuff. I get mad...easily. I cry. I get sad. I get told 'no.' I get cavities. I am a poor college student. I get stressed. I worry. There is a human behind these blog posts afterall.... 

In the blog world I think we all get a little caught up in what we read and picture bloggers having perfect lives, when really we are all struggling through similar things- whether we share them or not. 


Cruise Recap: Days 5-7

I am back with my last cruise recap (sorry if I have bored you). On the fifth day of the cruise we were in St. Thomas. I'll be honest. I wasn't impressed. It was entirely too touristy for my taste. Now, don't get me wrong it was a beautiful place but there were waaay too many t-shirt & jewelry stores. We had fun though! We went to Senor Frogs, drank a little too much, and did a little shopping. I think the highlight of St. Thomas was seeing all of the yachts and sailboats out-so beautiful........oh, and the 525789 iguanas we saw! (*fun fact: I had an iguana as a child & when I wouldn't wake up in the mornings for school my mom would set him on my pillow Ha!!*)

Seriously...these things were ALL over. HUGE.

On the boat that night my mom & I had a "girls night" while my stepdad hung out with my sisters. We went to the piano bar, sipped on some wine and sang to The Beatles......then we hit the casino (and there was no turning back!) We gambled our little hearts out until almost 2 in the morning! I came away with about $80 and my mom hit it BIG with $1000!! I am soooo ready for Vegas in May!

New Years Eve on the ship was a total blast! I was a little unsure of how the night would be since I had no plans, didn't have my BF to kiss, and we were on a ship! All of my worries diminished after seeing the amazing party they had planned. We put my sisters in the kids club for a few hours and attended formal dinner, gambled, and had some fun at the party! 

 double fisting.. why am I so classy?

Our last day was spent at Half Moon Cay. We were all feeling the effects from NYE festivities so we spent the day laying out on the boat. It was dead on the boat, so it was like having it to ourself! That night we had our farewell dinner & packed for the end of our trip :-(

The end.


Cruise Recap: Puerto Rico

Ok, I know I said in yesterday's post that Turks & Caicos was my favorite day, but I definitely think Puerto Rico was tied for second. We were in Puerto Rico from 12p.m.- midnight. We decided to rent a car & do all the exploring we wanted! There is so many beautiful places, history, and great local spots to explore there!

These were the views from our balcony when we woke up...so beautiful!

Castillo San Cristóbal

Cemetery of Old San Juan
This cemetery is for everyone who died in the war in Old San Juan. None of the caskets are buried, all are above ground. Most of the tombstones are without names. The cemetery, as you can see backs right up to the ocean. I know it is strange to say, but this place was so interesting and fascinating. It was HUGE...way bigger than any photo I could capture of it.

 Old San Juan
Old San Juan was the cutest area. From pastel colored buildings, great architecture and cute shops! They even had a starbucks (but it was way too warm to even think about coffee!) I loved just exploring the roads and the local shops. 

Bacardi Distillery
Oh yes. We went to where the Bacardi rum in manufactured. This location and a Mexico location are the only ones who produce it! It reminded me of Willy Wonka for some reason, Ha! 

Check out Through Emily's Eyes to see more GREAT photos from Puerto Rico...such beautiful sights! 


Cruise Recap: Turks & Caicos

I'm back today to share with you one of my favorite days that I had while on my cruise! Check out Through Emily's Eyes for some great photography from Turks and Caicos! Our third day we were in port in Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos. We had a planned excursion for this day...

Horseback riding & swimming on the beach! 

Riding horses on the beach is on both mine and my mom's bucket lists, so we were both extremely excited to be able to do this together! If you ever have an opportunity to do this, do it- it was more fun than I ever could have imagined! From the entrance of our port we traveled about 25 minutes through Turks & Caicos to get to our destination. We took a bus taxi with our group. We didn't have time to get a drink or anything before this....we get in the bus and there is NO air. For the first ten minutes I had to convince myself I wasn't going to pass out. It was that hot. But, taking that bus allowed us to see the town and hear about all kinds of facts about the island. It really made all of us so thankful for the things we have.

the town
The town was so interesting. Everything was so run down, either by the many hurricanes that hit the island in the last few years or that was all they could afford. They had plenty of bars/nightclubs though...blue club, yellow bar- it was funny! They also have to get their water from gas stations and pump it into huge barrels, they don't have indoor plumbing. It made me really thankful to be able to grab water when I want it!

Horseback riding

all animals in T&C run free..like this wild horse!

beautiful views

Swimming with Horses
coolest experience ever! As you can tell in the photos I couldn't stop laughing/smiling the entire time! 

Check back tomorrow for day 4 in Puerto Rico!


Cruise Recap: Days 1-2

Hellllo everyone! I am finally back after what feels like being gone forever! My google reader is so full and I can't wait to catch up with all of you. My cruise was absolutely ah-maz-ing! I couldn't have asked for a better time or better weather. I have so many photos and can't wait to share them all with everyone! My photo blog, Through Emily's Eyes, will have more photos from each day I re-cap if you're interested in seeing more!

If anyone is looking to go on a cruise or researching a cruise line I highly suggest Holland America Line. We stayed on the Westerdam ship and it was amazing. Everything from the details, size of the room, and wait staff was superb. I can't praise them more! 

Since I had so many great experiences I thought I would break them down into days for you! On Christmas day my family loaded up the car and headed toward Ft. Lauderdale, our port of call. It was a long 12 hour drive. Side note, we got to eat at Waffle House twice on the way down because nothing else was open....lucky us. 

We got on the boat around lunchtime on the 26th and it was absolutely beautiful. We spent the afternoon unpacking and touring the ship. The 27th was a day at sea so we spent the day enjoying the boat, soaking up the sun and getting ready for our first formal night!

first drink on the ship!

first sunset...so beautiful

first sunrise...yes, I was awake for this at 6am!

I got a little too much sun the first day ;-) 

reading + sun= nothing better

formal night # 1

Don't forget to check back for day 3 tomorrow, it deserves a post 
itself it was so great! 

Link-up and tell us what you got from your secret santa in the Holly Jolly Swap! My Secret Santa was Bre! I was so surprised and so happy! I posted about what she got me here! (I'm in the midst of packing/unpacking/moving and totally forgot to take pictures of all the great stuff!)

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