A Day for Dreaming

Today marks 50 years since Martin Luther King, Jr. made his “I Have a Dream” speech. While a lot has changed in the past 50 years there is a lot that still remains the same.

My favorite is the human nature to dream. I spend most of my time dreaming. I dream of what I want my senior year of college to be like. I dream of what I want to do once I graduate. I dream of what I want my future to look like and the mark that I want to leave on the world. I dream of ways to make my desires a reality.

Wofford has influenced a lot of my dreams and made me dream for things I didn’t know existed. 3 years ago I was moving into my freshman dorm, in the same way that our Class of 2017 is doing today, with a dream. The important thing is to hold onto that dream, change it as you change, make it grow, and make the effort to make it a reality.

As Kid President said today “We all have a duty to make sure the world keeps dreaming of better things.”

I leave you with two videos that have inspired my day:

Wofford Move-In Day! (A combination of some of the best people and the best commercial on tv)

The speech that inspired it all:

Keep Dancing,

Cayla

Friday Five: Sneak Peek

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This post lines up with part of the reason for my absence as of late. I’ve been on the search for direction (for both myself and this blog) and I came across the ultimate list. It’s the perfect combination of a bucket list and a to-do list.

Design Darling has quickly become one of my favorite blogs (her shop is equally amazing!). She created a list of 101 things to do in 1001 days, about 2.75 years. I decided this was a challenge I could take.

This list has proved more difficult to create than I was expecting, but I have finally finished! There is some tweaking I still need to do (I have a problem with being too vague, even with myself) before I share the entire list. But this week I wanted to give a sneak peek of the five items I’m most excited to accomplish.

  1. Graduate!
  2. Go to New York for at least 3 days
  3. Get my boating license
  4. Make an iTunes playlist of 101 of my favorite songs
  5. Eat from a food truck

I encourage you to start your own list and stay on the lookout for my reveal next week!

Keep Dancing,

Cayla

Wild Wednesday

Do you ever have those days where nothing goes quite like you could have planned? Well that was my day.

I had a post planned for today, but with today’s events I changed my mind. (I was very excited about the other one so you’ll probably see it soon, though.)

The day started off with waking up and not being able to move. Sometime during this morning I rolled over funny while sleeping and strained a nerve in my neck. My back was so tight I was having to think about breathing because I simply wasn’t to avoid the pain. Luckily, it has relaxed some throughout the day at work, but this morning had me worried.

But today while at work I found out some amazing news! Tri Delta‘s nationally raised $5.6 MILLION for St. Jude this past school year! This was a record year for the fraternity! This also sets us at more than $14.2 million towards our goal of $15 million in 5 years! At the rate we have been fundraising I’m predicting that we reach our goal before Christmas.

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[the announcement on the Tri Delta insta]

I’m also extremely proud of my chapter, which raised over $30,000 this past year. Being a smaller chapter this is quite an accomplishment. I’m so proud of my sisters and all the work that they put into helping with fundraising!

Do you have a favorite philanthropy? What’s the most you’ve raised for an organization?

Keep Dancing,

Cayla

Friday Five: Favorite Magazines

While redecorating my room this summer I decided to upgrade my old memory board into an actual inspiration board, like pre-Pinterest craze.

I’ve been painting all week and can’t wait to re-hang my board. But before that I had to find pictures/quotes/ideas to “pin.” For this, I turned to my magazine collection. (Which is mostly old copies we had lying around home and at work)

I definitely have 5 faves, although there are plenty more I dabble through.

1. Vogue

2. InStyle

Both of these I turn to for lifestyle and fashion advice. The ads are also to-die-for. Pure fabulousness.

3. Better Homes & Gardens

4. Architectural Digest

My latest obsession has become home decor and ideas for houses and my collection of these old catalogs has grown quickly.

5. Southern Living

Southern Living is perfect for any gal growing up in the south. I love it so much that I follow their blog, The Daily South, Instagram, and Twitter. It’s especially perfect for holidays and tailgating ideas!

What magazines do you draw inspiration from? What are your thoughts on real inspiration boards vs. Pinterest?

Leave a link to your Pinterest page and I will follow! I’m always looking for new inspiration!

Keep Dancing,

Cayla

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Good Vibrations

No, this is not a blast from the past about to get groovy. I’m referring to the masterminds behind three business I’m crushing on. These people just give off a good vibe. The websites and blogs provide enough good energy that make me want to pack my bags for NYC now, so that I can breathe the same creative air.

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The first should come as no surprise for anyone who has kept up with my blog. I don’t hide my obsession with Warby Parker very well. You would think I work for them as often as I write about them. I just recently finished my home try-on for my sunnies and I can’t wait to order! (you’ll get to hear about them soon, promise) I love keeping up with the Warby Parker class trip through their blog. Thanks to them I know the places to visit when I make it to the west coast! The greatest news is that they just reached a milestone of 500,000 pairs of glasses donated!

The second business just provided some lucky people with the cutest Fourth of July parties this nation has encountered. Revelry House has made a business out of the most fun part of planning any party – the decorations! I only wish I would have thought of this sooner! Their party-in-a-box supplies decorations as well as utensils and recipes for a party of 25. The girls behind the idea also supply great advice for any type of soiree on their blog as well. I can’t wait to see what their bachelorette party box includes for my special celebration (whenever that may be).

My newest fascination came from learning about College Prepster‘s friend, the mastermind behind Design Darling. The decor is to die for since I’m finally kissing the dorms goodbye next year and moving into an apartment. I am looking for ways to make it absolutely fabulous and this site has it all at an incredibly affordable price. I’ve been drooling over all of the fun colors and monograms! My favorite pieces are the acrylic tray, complete with topiary or latest floral arrangement. I’m also swooning over the Turkish towel, which is just right for studying on the lawn or a picnic with friends.

What are your favorite companies to stalk religiously linger over?

Keep Dancing,

Cayla

Friday Five: Recharge from Work

The work week can be very draining. This is true for anyone regardless of the type of work. I’ve found there are a few ways that I can recharge my batteries during the evenings, which also double as something to look forward to during the day.

1. Exercise: I’m not talking about anything major. Go on a walk. Take a bike ride. Throw the ball with your puppy. I’m lucky in that I can ride my bike down to the river walk in the neighborhood and take an evening stroll along the water.

2. Grab a treat with a friend: My best friend works at a restaurant so our schedules don’t always work out to hang out, but this week we were able to catch up two nights over something sweet. I can’t think of a better way to talk about life than while holding a “love it” size cup of chocolate ice cream with M&M’s from Cold Stone in my hand.

3. Read: A book, a magazine, a blog, anything really. Take some time to yourself and escape to another world or discover some new inspiration. Who knows-you could find a great project for the weekend!

4. Write: I get compliments on my handwriting all the time and I proudly tell people, “Thanks, I practice.” No, I don’t sit around and write the alphabet over and over. I write letter to my friends. I jot down my thoughts. I even write out most posts before I type them. It’s therapeutic to me to just sit and get it all out.

5. An evening with family: I’m blessed that I live so close to so many family members. One of my uncle’s and my dad’s parents live in the same neighborhood as us and another uncle’s family comes  to visit a lot so family nights happen pretty frequently. We always have a blast together and it’s very relaxing.

How do you recharge during the week?

Keep Dancing,

Cayla